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Aisha Hussein Alfardan Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA) & Chairman Personal Advisor, Alfardan Group

QATAR - Economy

Aisha Hussein Alfardan

Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA) & Chairman Personal Advisor, Alfardan Group

Bio

Aisha Hussein Alfardan is a prominent Qatari businesswoman, Vice Chairwoman of QBWA, head of the Qatar Hub, and board member of the Middle East and North Africa Businesswoman’s Network. In 2006, she was ranked 24th on the Forbes list of the 50 Top Businesswomen in the Arab Word. She graduated from Qatar University with a degree in English literature and began her career in the Commercial Bank of Qatar, where she worked for over nine years, during which she climbed the business ladder to become the ladies branch manager. In 2003, she joined Alfardan Group to assist her father and brothers in running the family business. She actively participates in local, regional, and international conferences.

QBWA’s mission is to be a platform that supports female professionals and businesswomen, and it has led numerous forums over the years focused on Qatar’s female workforce and its growing impact on the country.
How have you been supporting the role of women in Qatar’s society?

Aisha Hussein Alfardan: Currently, we are seeing more and more women entering Qatar’s diverse workforce. From our ministries to our frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic, women have also been playing a leading role in advancing the future of Qatar. As the pandemic has left a resounding impact on global economies, QBWA, along with Qatar’s business community, has come together to create new national and international initiatives to assist female professionals in building sustainable business models for the future. We are proud to have the opportunity to witness this increase in female economic participation and remain committed to its progress in all sectors of our economy. It was an incredible honor for me to represent QBWA at the Qatar Economic Forum 2021 (QEF), which brings together prominent financial and economic thinkers, policymakers, and business leaders from around the world to set the next stage of global growth. It is also a testament to our female leaders and professionals, whose strategic and successful contributions to Qatar’s growth have been exemplary for the world. During QBWA’s Qatari Businesswomen: Shaping the Present. Leading the Future virtual event earlier this year, leading businesswomen and speakers celebrated the success of Qatari women in executive positions in private and public sectors. Currently, Qatari women are leaders in various fields, including the medical, engineering, and entrepreneurial sectors. Women in such positions have the opportunity to inspire the next female workforce and encourage them to reach similar positions in their respective fields as well. Female leaders can also help women who face difficulties advancing their careers. Networks such as QBWA can help identify such challenges and offer experienced and professional insights from their associations. It is also important to celebrate and promote the achievements of women in workspaces. QBWA is the host of TAKREEM Awards, which recognizes the contributions of Qatari women to the country’s economy. Such recognition serves as a benchmark for excellence and highlights the progress of female participation at all economic and corporate levels.

What will be Alfardan Group’s main contribution to a successful FIFA World Cup 2022 event?

Aisha Hussein Alfardan: The growth of Alfardan Group shows its legacy to continually deliver service excellence for the people of Qatar and contribute to the economic landscape of the country. The group, with its values of mastery, evolution, trust, passion, and distinction, offers products and services for every facet of life to all people and visitors of Qatar. Through its history of more than 65 years, Alfardan Group has evolved into a collection of businesses that began in 1954 with Alfardan Jewellery and grew with Alfardan Exchange in 1971. Now, Alfardan Group manages a multifaceted portfolio covering a wide range of industries and sectors. Alfardan Group’s hospitable experiences have been recognized in various sectors throughout the years. In 2021, FACT Dining Awards lauded nine Alfardan Group food and beverage outlets for their fine-dining experiences, showcasing Alfardan Hospitality’s commitment to delivering exclusive experiences to its guests. Our contributions are aimed at making the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a memorable and distinct experience for all.

How do you expect the country’s economy to perform in the short term, especially after the FIFA World Cup 2022?

Aisha Hussein Alfardan: As the world continues to innovate, so do we. Qatar is an increasingly self-reliant country that continues to empower its people and create a sustainable and smart country for future generations. The delivery of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is one of Qatar’s monumental goals that reflects how the country is utilizing its capabilities to amplify Qatar’s position as one of the leading economies in the region and the world. As the country continues to progress toward a knowledge-based economy, Qatar is also supporting the rise in female workforce participation. Homegrown organizations such as QBWA are striving to empower female professionals at the forefront of this evolution and create new opportunities to serve the people of Qatar in a rapidly changing environment. 6

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