The Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA) and Interactive Business Network (IBN), organisers of the Qatar International Businesswomen Forum (QIBWF), announced that the 5th edition of the QIBWF will launch its activities on Tuesday 16 December 2014 at The St. Regis Doha Hotel.

Under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, wife of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 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.

Vice-Chairwoman of the QBWA, Aisha Aifardan, said:

The anticipation for the start of this year’s Forum has been heightened by the participation of many distinguished women leaders of society. This further ensures the high quality of the discussions and enable us to meet the expectations of participants. We are definitely looking forward to another successful edition of QIBWF.’

The forum will honour HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassem Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Businessmen Association; Qatar Shell, Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa – Chief Executive Officer QDB, and Walid Al Sayed  COO of Ooredoo for their efforts and continuous support for the annual event and women’s sector in general. Chief Executive Officer of IBN, Raed Chehaib, said:

With a stellar cast of women achievers and businessmen from across the world among the distinguished line-up of speakers at the event, this year’s Forum promises to be another huge success. I wish to thank all our partners and sponsors who will be making it possible for us to hold this Forum for a fifth year in a row.’

With participants from 40 countries expected to attend, the keynote speaker is HE Sare Davutoglu, wife of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey. The forum will also have many speakers throughout the two-day programme including Walid Al Sayed, COO, Ooredoo – Qatar; Sana Bardawil, Director of Communication, Qatar Shell Companies – Qatar; Marya Al Dafa – President & Acting Director for Communication – Qatar Foundation (QF); Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa, CEO, QDB – Qatar; and QNB.

In addition, Reem Badran, Board Member, Amman Chamber of Commerce – Jordan; Munera Al Dosari, Girnass Developer – Qatar; Dennis Percy- Senior Lead consultant- JMJ Associates; Monika Papadopoulou, Community Relations Manager, Potential – UAE; Alla Kovanlenko, President, Business Women Congress – Ukraine; and Benjamin De Seille, Vice President MENA, Fuchs and Associates – Qatar, will likewise deliver their keynote speeches.

Other well-known personalities who will be part of highly informative panel discussions as moderators include Dr. Sharif Elabdelwahab, Head of National Entrepreneurship Institute – KSA.; Dr. Aisha bint Yousef Al Mannai, Director, Islamic Studies Center in Qatar Foundation – Qatar; Maali Qasem, Legal Advisor, Ferris & Co. – Jordan; and Nimat Al Matari, Radio Host, Radio Monte Carlo – France.

Meanwhile, among those who will be participating as panelists in the panel discussions are: Cynthia Dearin, Managing Director, Dearin & Associates – Australia; Dr Reem Alfrayan, Director of Businesswoman Sector, Councils of Saudi Chambers – KSA; Dr Fatima Othman Baathman – KSA; Florida Mugione, Chief Entrepreneurship Section – UN Conference on Trade and Development; Mashael Al Ansari, Board member, QBWA – Qatar; Bouthaina Al Ansari, Board Member, QBWA – Qatar; Clarissa Anderson, CSR Leader, IBE – Qatar; Nabila Fakhri, Vice President for HR, Qatar Airways – Qatar; Laila Miyara, President, AFEM – Morocco; Rola Basamad, General Director of Female Employment, Bab Rizk Jameel – KSA; Dr Diana Hamade, Founder, International Advocate Legal Services – UAE; Maha Al Baghli, Founder & MD, Safira CSR Company – Kuwait; Munther Zeidan, Director of Micro-Project Development Qatar Charity – Qatar; Laurance Lehman Ortega, Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris University – Qatar; Lina Khalifeh, Founder, Shefighter- Jordan; Engineer Fatima Mahmoud, Reservoir Engineer, Maersk Oil – Qatar; and Zdenka Loncar, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts – Republic of Croatia.

The organisers also announced that Qatar Petroleum (QP) will be the Official Energy Partner of the event. Other sponsors and partners of the 5th QIBWF include Qatar National Bank (QNB) as the Official Banking 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.

For more information, visit the QIBWF website.