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UAE and Singapore Women Leaders Shine and Inspire, 15 Sept

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

The UAE Singapore Business Council and our Strategic Partner and co-organiser, the UAE Embassy in Singapore, would like to extend our deepest appreciation the Guests of Honour, Speakers and Panellists of the "Women In Business: UAE & Singapore" webinar on Wednesday, 15th September.

The event was graced by a line-up of remarkable and inspiring women leaders from both the public and private sectors representing UAE and Singapore led by our Guests of Honour, Her Excellency Sim Ann, Singapore Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development, and Her Excellency Shamma Faris Al Mazrui, UAE Minister for Youth Affairs.

In her Opening Address, Her Excellency Sim Ann emphasized that successful women leaders are role models and mentors to young women. She also underlined the role of women in bilateral relations "The strength of our two countries' relationship goes beyond statistics ... we share similar views on the important role that our women play in society," she said. In this regard, Singapore and the UAE have undertaken many efforts to empower their respective women citizens. “However, the task to further strengthen this bilateral relationship is not only borne by the two governments alone. "Each of you can be a bridge between Singapore and the UAE to help our community be more connected," she explained.

In the UAE Opening Address, Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui, likened women to stars and star-finders like Helen Hogg, the American-Canadian astronomer who pioneered research into globular clusters and variable stars. Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui shared that “In this room of remarkable Emirati and Singaporean women, I see a lot of active and potential Helen Hoggs….What would the world look like if, instead of viewing ourselves as leaders at a vertical part of a pyramid that is, leaders higher than followers, we see ourselves as part of the great constellation? What would that world look like if we saw each other as stars? Each is brilliant, each with their own special light, each with their own inherent power to illuminate their part of the universe. I believe with this lens we would learn to see the value in others in a way that would help us grow and create together.”

Following the Addresses by both GOHs, the audience were privileged to watch two Keynote Speeches delivered by leading and respected business women in Singapore and the UAE namely: Ms Chew Gek Khim, Chairperson of The Straits Trading Company, and Dr Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, MASDAR (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company). The webinar then proceeded with a lively panel discussion with 4 business women. Representing Singapore were Ms Michelle Cheo, CEO of Mewah International, and Ms Helene Raudaschl, Founder and CEO of Indoguna Productions FZCO. Representing the UAE were Ms Shatha Al Mulla, Creative Director of SHATHA ESSA (Dubai), and Ms Salama Al Shamsi, Director of Qasr al Hosn & Historic Sites at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism. If you want to find out more about the GOHs, speakers and panellists, you can read all of their profiles in the programme booklet HERE.

This first-ever webinar featuring successful women leaders from both countries was well-received by more than 100 attendees, many of whom supported the idea of having more of such bilateral sessions amongst professional women.

We are grateful to all speakers and panelists at the webinar who not only shared their professional experiences, but were also generous in sharing their personal perspectives and advice too.

The event was reported in Berita Harian, a Singapore daily newspaper in the Malay Language on Friday, 17th September on Page 6:

  • To read the actual Berita Harian article in the Malay Language, please CLICK HERE.

  • For the English translation of the above article, please CLICK HERE.

To view a recording of the webinar, please click below:

Below are screenshots captured during the webinar for your viewing pleasure:

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