The Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Qatar (Camara) organised an online forum titled, Women in Business: Challenges and ideas for future trade between Qatar and Spain

The online event featured prestigious panellists including Ambassador of Spain in Qatar HE Belen Alfaro; Qatar Financial Centre Managing Director of Business Development Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani; Qatari Businesswomen Forum President Ibtihaj Al Ahmandani; and FMM Company CEO Engineer Irene Vidal. Dooha Media General Manager Samar Abou Farah was the forum moderator.

Women in Business Live Online Discussion

Women in Business

Ambassador Alfaro explained how the platform called ‘Women and Internationalization’ and the ICEX, promote greater participation in international activity, where women can have access to training, counselling and various resources in order to support their international projects.

This platform enables to share experiences, best practices and networking in a community of women that would like to go further and to increase their presence in the market and create alliances in the international economic arena.

Sheikha Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani, meanwhile, takes a stand in promoting gender equality which, she said is embedded in Qatar National Vision 2030. Gender equality according to her, allows both men and women in Qatar to achieve their full potential whether in business, economics or education.

And I think that education is the basis for all of these, and it is reflected by the numbers as over 60% of graduates are women not only in Qatar Foundation but also in public institutions.

Ahmandani, in turn, highlighted that 36% of Qatari women are economically active and Qatari businesswomen who manage their own businesses is now at 21%. She explained that the percentage of Qatari females that hold leadership positions is now at 21%, while those who hold specialised jobs are 54% of the total number of Qataris. Qatari women who are working in technical and professional positions represent 31% of Qatari nationals.

Engineer Vidal, on the other hand, provided some insights on how to promote women participation in a male-dominated industry. She said that women need to generate more opportunities by choosing strong technical backgrounds and being well-prepared. She suggested different strategies to increase the presence of women in executive positions such as acting from governments and requesting a minimum quorum in the board of listed companies in the securities market.

Women in Business forum participants with the president

The Women in Business Forum was made possible with the joint collaboration of Doha Women Forum, La Difference, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Future 318 and Facilities Management and Maintenance Company, LLC (FMM).

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