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Women in the Corporate World

Alghanim Industries and Gulf Bank are pleased to announce they are holding a conference entitled “Women in the Corporate World: Beyond the Glass Ceiling” on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel. 

This non-profit conference will bring together key influential international, regional, and local leaders together to discuss the important issue of gender diversity in the workplace. The format of the conference will include keynote speakers and panel discussions.  This is also intended to create a networking platform to exchange various ideas on achieving success in the corporate environment.

As part of this important conference, a Kuwait-wide survey is being conducted to better understandkey motivating factors and challenges for women in Kuwait’s workforce. This research will enrich our understanding of thedrivers thatincentivize women to work, and the results of the survey will be revealed at the conference.

The international keynote speaker will be entrepreneur Ms. Randi Zuckerberg. She is the Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique-marketing firm and production company working for high profile organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Randi is the bestselling author of Dot Complicated and Editor-in-Chief of a digital lifestyle website by the same name. Each week, Randi hosts “Dot Complicated” a weekly business talk show on SiriusXM Business Radio radio. Randi sits on the board of Directors of the Professional Diversity Network, a publically traded company that helps with diversity staffing and training for Fortune 500 companies. She previously served as Director of Marketing at Facebook, leading major marketing initiative for the tech giant.

Ms. Zuckerburg will be delivering a keynote speech on the topic of gender diversity in the workplace. She is highly passionate about elevating women in the workplace and has mentored several successful businesswoman and entrepreneurs. She will share her advice, expertise, and inspiration for women in business.

The issue of gender diversity and equality in the workplace in an important local and international issue.  Many studies shows the positive business and financial impact of having a workplace that is more appealing to women. International Monetary Fund (IMF)  statistics suggest that the Middle East gender gap is three times larger than in most developing economies.

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year, workplace diversity was highlighted in their Global Gender Gap Report 2015. Studies from this report show the strong correlation between gender equality and GDP per capita. While Kuwait ranks highests of any Arab country in the WEF Global Gender Gap Report, it should also be noted that the MENA region also has the lowest-ranked country in the index.  As such, much work remains to be done to bring this topic to the forefront and offer solutions designed to increase female participation in the workplace.

Initiatives such as this conference not only improve internal company cultures, but will positively reflect on society and push the region as a whole forward economically and in a socially responsible direction. Both Alghanim Industries and Gulf Bank are committed to gender parity and meritocracy in the workplace. 

For information about the conference and registration, please visit: www.womeninthecorporateworld.com and follow Instagram account:@GDC2016

For inquiries and partnership opportunities, please contact events@alghanim.com


About Alghanim Industries

Alghanim Industries is one of the largest, privately-owned companies in the Gulf region.  Originally founded in 1932 by Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim in Kuwait, the company has since grown into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, employing over 14,000 people in 30 businesses, and present in 40 countries across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.   

Alghanim Industries is a market leader in almost every major sector of its operations.  These sectors include engineering, retail, automotive sales and service, insulation and pre-engineered steel building structures, logistics and warehousing, fast moving consumer goods, food & beverage, oil & gas, office automation, advertising, insurance, consumer credit and travel. This range of business activities has allowed it to develop long-standing relationships with more than 300 global brands, including household names such as AC Delco, American Express, Avis, British Airways, British Petroleum, Cathay Pacific, Costa Coffee, Daewoo, General Motors, Honda, Saint-Gobain, Toshiba, Wendy’s and Whirlpool. Alghanim Industries has also created successful regional businesses such X-cite by Alghanim Electronics, a leading electronics player in the region, and Safat Home, a lifestyle and home furniture concept.


Gulf Bank Overview

Gulf Bank, established in 1960, is one of the largest and leading retail banks in Kuwait. It has a large network of 55 branches, with total assets of KD 5,438 millionfor year ended 31 December 2015.

Gulf Bank is currently ranked “A” by the three leading international credit rating agencies. Prior to 2015, Gulf Bank was rated A+ by Fitch Ratings. In June 2015, the Bank received a rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s to “A-” from “BBB+”. In November 2015, the Bank received a rating upgrade from Moody’s to “A3” from “Baa1”.

Gulf Bank has been recognized with numerous awards, spread over different sectors of its work, including consumer banking, wholesale banking, products, performance, marketing, and human resources.  These include awards from respected international publications such as The Asian Banker, International Finance Magazine (IFM); International Banker; and Banker Middle East.

Gulf Bank is strongly committed to giving back to Kuwait through its corporate social responsibility program.  The Bank supports numerous events focusing on youth, education, health and fitness, helping the underprivileged, women’s empowerment, as well as promoting Kuwait’s heritage and culture.

For more information about Gulf Bank log onto: www.e-gulfbank.com  

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