This year’s panel will be led by HE Ameera bin Karam, Chairperson of the Sharjah Businesswomen’s Council and include influencers, government members and prominent business leaders. Ten women were selected and these are Sheikha Nawar Al Qassimi, Sharjah Art Foundation; Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Masdar’s Director of Sustainability; HE Reem Alshemari, Director of Strategic Communications Affairs at the Executive Affairs Authority (EAA); Noor Sweid, Partner at Leap Ventures; Nadine Y. Maalouf, Owner of the SME Advisory Group; Dr Mona Hammami, Director at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Courter; leading Abu Dhabi business woman Asma Al Fahim; TV presenter Zeina Al Yaziji; Editor in Chief of Hello! Arabia Gina Tadros and Dubai based designer, Aljoud Lootah.
The awards were launched in 2009 with the aim of raising public awareness of the significant achievements by Arab women and to provide young women with inspirational role models. The events now run across the GCC with ceremonies in the UAE, Kuwait, KSA and Qatar with Bahrain and Oman launching in 2017. Twenty awards will be presented in areas including business, fashion, entrepreneurship, charity, media and literature. Previous winners include HH Sheikha Fatima bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nahyan, Yusra AlHashimi, Dr. Iman Al Jaberi, Moza Sultan Al Kaabi, Sheikha Alyaziah bint Nahayan, HE Moodhi Al Shamsi and Professor Rafia Ghubash.
Awards Founder and Executive Director of ITP Publishing Group and APP Media Group, Sue Holt said, “We have selected this year’s board of judges due to them all being inspiring women who are experts in their own fields. Being the UAE awards we also try to have all of the Emirates represented. Many of the board members have themselves been previous winners and said what a positive experience it was for them. This year we have had over 300 nominations so they now have the very difficult task of selecting the most deserving. I wish them luck and look forward to seeing their final choices.”
About ITP Publishing Group:
ITP was founded in 1987 in the UK, and won The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1995. Reflecting the international scope of its business, the company subsequently relocated to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The company now publishes more than 80 weekly and monthly magazines and has a wide portfolio of market-leading digital properties. ITP organises more than 80 business and consumer events and conferences each year. ITP Customer Publishing publishes the in-flight magazine of Etihad Airways, the catalogues, previews and daily show newspapers for all exhibitions organised by Dubai World Trade Centre as well as a host of specialist publications for major retail and financial organisations.
The company has a dominant position in the Middle East media industry and has successful and fast-growing subsidiaries in India and the UK.
About the Arab Woman Awards:
The awards were launched by ITP Publishing Group in 2009 with the objective of positively promoting Arab women in a culturally befitting way in areas including business, the arts, charity and design. They now run annually in the UAE, KSA and Kuwait with Qatar as a bi-annual awards and Bahrain plus Oman launching in 2017. All awards ceremonies are private by-invitation only events with a commemorative publication created per country. To-date 300 women have been awarded and the vision is to have 500 by 2019, the ten year anniversary, with all previous winners and judges being invited to attend the ultimate ceremony to celebrate the past decade of their achievements – the Arab Woman Awards GCC.