Posted on December 16, 2014

The Fifth Annual Qatar International Businesswomen forum was inaugurated under the patronage of 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, at the St. Regis Doha Hotel in Qatar.

Organized by the Qatari Businesswomen Association in collaboration with Interactive Business Network, the event will be conducted under the main theme ofBusiness Women and the New Age of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Social Responsibility’, for two days to further highlight the rapidly growing significance of businesswomen in a highly globalised economy.The forum was attended by H.E. Mrs. Sare Davutoglu, wife of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassem Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatari Businessmen Association and more than 500 participants and visitors from 40 countries .

The Forum aims to put forward and discuss key issues that greatly affect a growing number of businesswomen in Qatar and beyond. These include topics such as women empowerment, entrepreneurship, human development and corporate social responsibility. Mrs. Aisha Al Fardan, Vice Chairman of Qatar Businesswomen Association said : “The Qatari woman has proved her efficiency in the economic field, in business and investment projects which were reserved for men for a long time”.

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Also, Mr. Raed Chehaib CEO of Interactive Business Network said: “The forum has been considered as a place to promote the potential for the business women by highlighting the business opportunities and the economic challenges.”

The keynote speaker was H.E. Mrs. Sare Davutoglu, wife of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, and she talked about the history of the women and how her position was improved by Islam, then she confirmed the importance of disseminating the education and how to balance between family & work, and provide awareness among the community of the woman role’s importance in the economic and social development.

Mrs. Sana Bardawil, Director of Communication at Qatar Shell Companies said : “I am always very impressed by the real developments Qatar has achieved and continues to promote the development of women – from the identification and creation of opportunities for them in the country, whether through education and in the academic fields, or in the entrepreneurship and the various professional private and public sectors, all under the wise initiative and guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned”.

Ms. Hiba Al Tamimi the GM Retail at QNB said : “QNB is pleased to be the official banking partner for this important event, in which we celebrate the achievement and empowerment of businesswomen in Qatar and worldwide”.

(Click here to read full speech of Ms. Al Tamimi)

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Some of the highlights of the forum agenda thus include:
- Qatar National vision 2030
- New Perspectives on women entrepreneurs as drivers of change.
- Innovation and innovative approaches as means to create value for business and society.
- Social Innovation: Its nature and impact and how to align it with the strategic objectives of an organization.
- Sustainable living for a sustainable future: Programs and priorities for Qatar and the rest of the Gulf.
- Corporate social responsibility and its role in reducing poverty, generating investment and trade, and improving business performance.
- Exploring corporate social responsibility strategies for business: How the right strategy can make business more effective.

On the strength of the overwhelming success of its first four sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in terms of attendance, the quality and relevance of deliberations, and the wide interest it garnered across a wide economic, social, political and geographical spectrum, QIBWF has acquired an unmatched reputation and following as a unique, eagerly anticipated event in the Gulf, the wider Arab region, and internationally.

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The Forum, has  honoredH.E Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassem Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Businessmen Association; H.E. Mrs. Sare Davutoglu, wife of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey. Qatar Shell,  Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa – Chief Executive Officer QDB, and Mr. Walid Al Sayed  COO of Ooredoo for their efforts and continuous support for the annual event and women’s sector in general.

Sponsors and partners of the 5th QIBWF include Qatar National Bank (QNB) as the Official Banking Partner; Qatar Petroleum as the Official Energy Partner; Ooredoo as Official Telecom Partner, Qatar Shell as the Diamond Sponsor; Qatar Development Bank (QDB) as the Strategic Partner; Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) as Silver Sponsor; Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) as Lanyard Sponsor; Texas A&M as Educational Partner; Qatar Businessmen Association as Lunch host; Al Fardan as the Official Car provider; Qatar Airways as the Official Carrier; Al Raya as the Official Newspaper; and CNBC Arabia as the Official Arabic broadcaster.

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