Published November 15th, 2005 - 07:40 GMT

The Women in Business International Forum in LONDON to be held between December 5-7th will feature key note speakers from government and business. Confirmed Speakers include  HE dr Klara  Dobrev the first lady of Hungary; Dr Massouma Al Mubarak  Kuwaiti Minister of Planning and Administrative Development; Dr Jowam Masum Iraqi  Deputy Minister of Communications; HRH Princess Lulwa Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

The Forum also plays host to the Annual Women in Business –UKTI and BEXA Achievement award to recognise women in international trade. UK Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson stressed that “The Government has put in place a clear strategy to encourage diversity at the top of the UK workplace and though the signs are encouraging there is still progress to be made. We must all continue to strive to ensure that talent from all backgrounds is properly recognised.”

“An award like this will help raise the profile of the important contribution women are making in UK industry and hopefully inspire a new generation of young women entering the workplace to go to the very top. I encourage all business women acheivers to put their name forward as they can be important role models.”

The specialist business panels will feature world reknown experts, which include;  Ann Cotton, Executive Director of CAMFED; Jane Scott Paul, Chief Executive,  Association of Accounting Technicians; Hiba A. Dialdine of  Saudi Aramco; Dr Nahed Taher; Dinah Bennett of  Durham University; Liz Jackson ,  Managing Director,  Great Guns Marketing; Caroline Plumb, CEO Freshminds; Lena Bjork –  CEO In or Out; Carlos De Silva  of IBM; Miranda Milburn the CEO of The Princes’ Trust; Gita Patel the Director of Stargate; Nhlanhla Mjoli- Mncube -Economic Advisor - Deputy President South Africa; Lynne Franks, PR guru and founder of SEED women’s programme;  media moghul - Lord Alli of Norton , Chairman of Chorion Plc;  Oonagh Blackman Political Editor of the Mirror Group of Newspapers from the UK;; Hoda Barakat Managing  Partner Tamimi & Co (UAE Businesswoman of the year 2005) ; and Joan Burstein the  Founder of Browns fashion house.

More than three hundred businesswomen will gather for the annual event that is held in London to discuss, debate and be informed on business trends  an opportunities. Some of the topics that will be covered include specialist panels on The Challenges facing the Oil Industry; Media and the Creative Industries; Retailing and the Consumer – The Art of Selling; Mentors for Successful Business. In addition the Forum will consider The Role of Education in the Development and Empowerment of Women, and Case Studies for Promoting Women in the Economy

The event, is organised by Women in Business International (WiB), with the support of UK Trade and Investment, Welsh Trade International and The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Council and the Arab British Chamber of Commerce

According to founder of Women In Business International, Ahmed Suleiman MBE, ”The forum provides a platform for businesswomen to exchange views, experiences, expertise, knowledge and for promotion of bi-lateral business opportunities between all the participants whether on an individual basis or country specific The interest that we have received  from those wishing to speak and attend the Forum has exceeded all our expectations “

The forum will attract businesswomen delegates from at least   20 Countries, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, UK, USA and Europe.

The event is sponsored by Saudi Aramco, British Offset Office, Shell, HSBC Private Bank and Champneys



Women in Business International is a not-for-profit company that started life by organising ‘Women in Business in the Arab World’, an annual conference for businesswomen from the UK and Middle East. Now in its 7th year, the initiative aims to promote and encourage business-to-business networking and the exchange of knowledge and skills between businesswomen from the UK and the Middle East, and the wider international business community. This successful business network also organises training in the Middle East encouraging the economic participation of women in national economies. The initiative boasts the highest of reputations, past speakers at its conferences and events have included: Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Bahia Hariri of Lebanon, Shaikha  Hisah Saad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Shaikha Hanadi Al Thani of Qatar, Shaikha Lubna Al Qassimi and Mrs Zanele Mbeki as well as a number of leading figures from government and the international business community. In addition to running business skills training programmes, Women in Business and the Arab British Chamber of Commerce have launched a joint membership-benefits programme called Women in Business at the Chamber.  Recently WIB organised the first Women in Business sessions at the Jeddah Economic Forum.

All profits generated are reinvested in the programme of activities.



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