To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, PwC Qatar hosted two panel discussions that tackled the global campaign theme – Each for Equal.

The discussions were centred on how people in Qatar can contribute to realising gender equality and how it is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

The sessions featured a diverse panel of accomplished women from across sectors and industry in Qatar including Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani, Managing Director of Business Development at Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC); Abir Bougerra from Malomatia; Zeynep Yondem from Qatar Free Zones Authority; Eman Al Kuwari from the Ministry of Transport and Communications TASMU Smart Qatar Program; and Hind Zaki, Director of Strategy and Planning at Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council (QDRI). Each panelist brought a unique perspective to the discussion about the barriers they faced in the workplace, and how they overcame these and ultimately build or lead some of the most successful businesses in the country.

The panel also featured Dave Verma, Consulting Director at PwC Qatar, who discussed the prominent role women have had on his own development. Dave shared how he started his management career working for a company overseen by New Zealand’s first female venture capitalist. He also mentioned his work for Reem Al Mansoori at MOTC more recently, which he said has been a defining experience for his career development.

Both sessions were led by Jennifer OSullivan, Partner at International Tax and PwC Qatar Consulting DirectorAysun Ozen Tacer.

International Women’s Day serves as a much-needed opportunity to celebrate women in the local workforce, a chance for female leaders in the industry to share and pass their expertise and knowledge to others.

The diversity at PwC Qatar, according to PwC Qatar Country Senior Partner Bassam Hajhamad,  is a key success factor that continually transforms their business. He said that this diversity and the ongoing collaboration to recognise equality within the team should be celebrated beyond International Women’s Day.