Posted on December 10, 2014

Under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, wife of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Emir of Qatar, The Qatari Businesswomen Association and Interactive Business Network, organizers of the 5th edition of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum (QIBWF), have signed an agreement with Qatar Shell as the Diamond Sponsor of the event that will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2014 at the St. Regis Doha Hotel in Qatar.

Qatar Development Bank strategic 2 [].jpg“More than ever before, there is a wave of talented and distinguished Arab women working for leading companies and playing instrumental roles in shaping important policies across various sectors. This change is increasingly prominent and at Qatar Shell one of our main objectives is to empower female talent in the oil and gas industry by helping women become successful leaders within our company or as entrepreneurs through our work with local businesses” said Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell. “ Qatar Shell is therefore proud to be able to positively contribute to the further professional development of women through our sponsorship of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum. I’m delighted that my colleague Sana Bardawil, a senior female Arab colleague, who is a role-model and mentor to many others, will be Shell’s keynote speaker at the conference.” added Sawan.

Qatar Shell plays an important role in enhancing the skills of Qatari women through its Qatarisation program that aims to identify and develop Qatari citizens to become the leaders of current and future Shell operations. Additionally, through the Qatar Shell Women’s Network, the company is committed to developing a more gender diverse and inclusive workplace by building a strong support network to empower its members to develop themselves.

Qatar Shell sponsors 5th Qatar 3 [].jpg“Since the inaugural edition of the Forum in 2010, we have witnessed it grow into a highly anticipated event for businesswomen in the region to discuss and interact among themselves, as well as with their male counterparts, on issues, concerns and opportunities that would help them become among the leading influencers of a highly globalized world economy,” said Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of the Qatari Businesswomen Association. “Through the support of big businesses such Qatar Shell, we are able to further advance our objectives of promoting a deeper understanding about human development, women empowerment, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and entrepreneurship among women.”

The Forum’s aim is to open new horizons for Arab businesswomen by empowering them to take up leadership roles in the economic arena. This is perfectly aligned with the vision of the State of Qatar to empower women and to support social and economic development. “With key business organizations like Qatar Shell signing up and being an active supporter of the fifth edition of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum, this is truly a testament of how far this Forum has gone to become the largest ever platform for discussion that aims to further enhance and promote women empowerment in business and society,” said Raed Chehaib, Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Business Network. “We are therefore thankful to Qatar Shell for their sponsorship.”

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