AmCham Abu Dhabi's Annual Women in Business Event 2019

One way that UPS supports gender balance is by encouraging women entrepreneurs to participate in international trade


Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. –AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Women in Business Committee, celebrated its 6th anniversary on March 5, 2019 at The Abu Dhabi EDITION. The event featured keynote addresses by healthcare industry expert, Dr. Yousif Rashid Matar Al Zaabi and Kathleen Marran, Vice President, Diverse Segments Marketing UPS.

Sharief Fahmy, AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman welcomed the attendees in his opening remarks. “The AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee has been working diligently to empower women in the workplace by organizing numerous events, programs and initiatives that benefit members and WOMEN Ambassadors. U.A.E. continues to take concrete steps towards pushing tolerance and diversity. Following the heels on the Year of Zayed, and now the Year of Tolerance, we should follow the lead not only by pushing the boundaries of diversity and tolerance, but also gender equality.”

Rinad Nazzal, Women in Business Committee member, introduced the theme for the event and explained what it means to the committee: “‘Balance for better’ is the 2019 campaign theme of the International Women’s Day; we embraced the theme and combined it with “making a difference in the Year of Tolerance” because it summarizes our objective. We want to help inspire you all to drive action. Our aim is to make a difference and engage all of you to build a gender-balanced world.”

“One way that UPS supports gender balance is by encouraging women entrepreneurs to participate in international trade and expanding their capacity to grow. Together UPS and the UPS Foundation launched the Women Exporters Program last year to help women-owned businesses around the world fortify skills which allows them to easily reach new markets. I am honored to be a part of AmCham Abu Dhabi's annual event to celebrate and champion women in businesses,” said Kathleen Marran, Vice President of Diverse Segment Marketing at UPS.

Through his insightful presentation, Dr. Yousif Matar Al Zaabi demonstrated how balance (art) is defined as harmony of design and proportion, and how that can be incorporated into our lives; adopting a more gender balanced design, leads to a more harmonized, balanced life. He also highlighted some of U.A.E.’s future sustainable development goals, which aim to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

From Left to RightSalama Mohamed entrepreneur & social media personality, Neil Clark, Senior healthcare industry expert, Sherif Fahmy, AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman, Elissar Farah Antonios, CEO, Citibank-U.A.E., Rula Dajani Women in Business Committee Member

Following the keynote speeches, Rula Dajani moderated a Q&A session with Elissar Farah Antonios, CEO, Citibank-U.A.E.; Sherif Fahmy, AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman; Neil Clark, senior healthcare industry expert and Salama Mohamed entrepreneur & social media personality. The panelists highlighted three lessons, which they learned during their careers and life experience. They also discussed what women could do differently to help shift the paradigm and promote female empowerment in the workplace.

From Left to Right: AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee Members: Lisbeth Beneski, Rinad Nazzal, Rula Dajani, Christina Struller and Nicoleta Dobrata

The event was made possible by event leadership contributors Bechtel, Parsons and UPS. Event supporting partners included Fruitful Day and Sarky.


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AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. Active since 1986, AmCham Abu Dhabi’s Mission is to promote commerce, investment, and goodwill between its membership, the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates. Our vision is to be an innovative organization creating trusted commercial partnerships that broaden U.S. - U.A.E. relationships. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

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