Posted on April 15, 2018

An international team of women from across the Middle East (Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) and Europe will set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2018 in order to promote greater cross-cultural dialogues, to inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others and to raise awareness around global warming.

The expedition is spearheaded by Felicity Aston MBE, a pioneer of polar exploration and the first woman to ski across the Antarctic alone, covering 1,084 miles in 59 days, and it will see 11 women breaking cultural boundaries from across Europe and the Middle East. Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Qatar Olympic Committee and member of the expedition declared: “I hope that this journey will inspire and empower more women to remove their limitations and see that they can achieve their dreams and goals, however big or small. This isn’t just about sport or adventure but in every and any area of life, whether that be business, politics, education and more. We should never stop challenging ourselves or give up on our dreams.”

Majda Soussi, Country Representative for ENGIE in Qatar, added: “ENGIE is honoured to accompany Sheikha Asma Al Thani, the first Qatari to go to the North Pole, in this inspiring challenge, because we strongly believe in women empowerment. This journey is also a great occasion to focus our attention on the North Pole, a fragile ecosystem, and to reaffirm that global warming and climate change have left us no alternative but to rethink the global energy landscape. This is the reason why ENGIE is implementing a more decarbonized, more decentralized, more digital and more energy-efficient system”.

The team is comprised of 11 exceptional and brave women:

  • Felicity Aston MBE (expedition leader)
  • Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Qatar
  • Ida Olsson, Sweden
  • Anisa Al Raissi, Oman
  • Mariam Hamidaddin, KSA
  • Susan Gallon, France
  • Olga Rumyantseva, Russia
  • Stephanie Solomonides, Cyprus​
  • Natasa Briski, Slovenia​
  • Lamees Nijem, Kuwait​
  • Misba Khan, UK

ENGIE has developed a policy of gender diversity and has implemented a number of practical initiatives. The Women in Networking groups, The Mentoring for ENGIE programme for women and the Women in Leadership development programme have been created to help foster female talent within the Group and help them achieve their professional goals. ENGIE is part of The Women’s Empowerment Principles — Equality Means Business initiative, launched in March 2010 by UN Women and UN Global Compact (UNGC), to help the private sector focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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