The objectives of this workshop is to shed the light on relentless efforts to empower, engage and elevate women. In addition, to recognize and honour women in the GCC who are not only making a mark in their business fields but are also empowering and motivating young women leaders to imitate their success stories. Finally, this workshop is expected to come up with recommendations to address challenges and opportunities for women leaders in the GCC region.

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    Prof. Adah Al-Mutairi
    Asst. Prof. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Reem Al-Ghanim
    Reem Al-Ghanim
    Head Of Human Resources - SATORP
  • Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom
    Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom
    Energy Efficiency Program Manager - Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
  • Rania Moualla
    Rania Moualla
    CEO and Founder, ZADK (The Saudi Culinary Academy, KSA)
  • Dr. Jehad Jabr Al-Busaidi
    Dr. Jehad Jabr Al-Busaidi
    Member of the Advisory Board, Sultan Qaboos University

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Prof. Adah Al-Mutairi
Asst. Prof. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Adah Almutairi (Arabic: غادة المطيري; born November 1, 1976), one of Forbes’s top ten most influential female engineers in the world,[1] is a scholar of science and engineering, inventor, and entrepreneur. Almutairi is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; faculty in the departments of Bioengineering and NanoEngineering; and director of the Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her work focuses on nanomedicinenanotechnologychemistry, and polymer science. Almutairi is a 2016 Kavli Fellow and has received numerous honors and awards such as the NIH director’s new innovator award in 2009[2] for her work on “Chemically Amplified Response Strategies for Medical Sciences”. Almutairi’s groundbreaking work was highlighted by U.S. NIH director Francis Collins to Congress as one of the 4 most important American technology breakthroughs of the year 2012. Almutairi holds 13 U.S. patents issued, some of which are currently licensed in Industry. Almutairi is the Founder of eLux Medical Inc. [1].

Reem Al-Ghanim
Head Of Human Resources - SATORP

My purpose revolves around unleashing talent & organization capabilities. I enjoy improving functions by focusing on stakeholder needs, talent enablement, & strategic alignment. I am currently on assignment at a Saudi Aramco Affiliate organization, SATORP. Located in Jubail, SATORP is a Joint venture between Saudi Aramco & TotalEnergies, focusing on refining & moving further into petrochemicals.

I’m using the experience I’ve gained over nearly 25 years, and the roles & positions I’ve held in Upstream, Downstream, HR & Learning and Development, to ensure we reach our corporate ambitions in SATORP. These roles include establishing the HR Strategy in Downstream, Leading the Diversity & Inclusion efforts in Upstream, establishing the Women Development & Diversity function at Saudi Aramco, leading Internal Mobility, Career Planning and Consultation, Expatriate Employment and other roles. I have partnered with nearly 150 different Universities in the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, and Asia as Head of Academic Programs in Dhahran and in Houston.

I’ve also participated and presented in a number of global conferences and workshops, which include GetEnergy, WPC, MEOS, NAFSA, IP Week, and others. While in Houston, I was an Advisory Board member and panel speaker for Women’s Global Leadership Organization. Some of the recognitions I have recently achieved include one of the “Top Energy Voices” from Ally Energy (2020), the “Distinguished Alumni” award from the University of Minnesota (2018), and the “Learning at the Core” award from GetEnergy (2017).

I chair and am a founding member of a number of boards and councils that support women in the energy sector, including the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards and Symposium (LEWAS), held annually since 2013, and the Gulf Region Organization for Women (GROW) network, focused on industry partnerships towards gender diversity advancement in energy. I’ve also participated in the Asia Business & Culture Program, and Executive Programs at Emory, INSEAD, and Wharton University. I have an M.Ed. in HR Development from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in English-Education from the University of Bahrain.

Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom
Energy Efficiency Program Manager - Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Ph.D., CEM, CEA, CSDP, REP

Dr. Al-Ragom holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in Mechanical Engineering. She currently serves as a Research Scientist and the Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). She has over 25 years experience in the field of energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy auditing, air conditioning, and thermochemical hydrogen production. She authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters and holds several shared patents. She participates in professional training nationally and regionally in energy efficiency and energy auditing and is currently an AEE-authorized Certified Energy Auditor and Renewable Energy Professional trainer for Kuwait.

She is the recipient of several national, regional, and international awards, including the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 2017 International Professional Development Award, the 2016 Kuwait’s Distinguished Female Engineer from the Federation of Arab Engineers, and the 2008 Energy Engineer Award from the Emirates Energy Award.

She serves on several professional national and international committees, expert panels, and technical boards. She served as an assistant subject editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. She also served as a member of several technical committees under Kuwait’s Higher Energy Committee. She is a fellow member of the AEE. Currently, she is the President of the Association of Energy Engineers for 2022.

Rania Moualla
CEO and Founder, ZADK (The Saudi Culinary Academy, KSA)

Rania Moualla is a philanthropist and cultural entrepreneur bringing more than 26 years of social impact leadership, fund raising expertise, executive project implementation and management experience to her role as a catalyst for social change in Saudi Arabia.
Rania is now focusing in activities in the culinary and food sector. She is the Founder of ZADK the first Saudi Culinary Academy in Kingdom, an organization that aims to contribute through culinary and social activities to the economic, social development and cultural preservation inside the Kingdom. She has participated in different international food and culinary related initiatives.

ZADK academy was founded in June 2018 and its official opening was in Dec 2019, it is the first co-education system in the Eastern province with the vision that Academy will be a platform for Social change regarding food waste, healthy eating, sustainability and Culture.
She was invited to participate in the 2016 Food Waste Olympics challenge in Rio under Refettorio Gastromotiva with world renowned chef Massimo Battara and David Hertz. Rania represented Saudi Arabia, cooking using surplus from the Olympic village, for 108 homeless people in an impoverished neighborhood in Rio. Rania’s experience in Rio has led her to a series of 3 social impact projects under the umbrella of Food for Change which are currently underway. One of them was in Sep 23, 2017, where she hosted 50 needy family (260 person) to a fine dining lunch working with more than120 Saudi young volunteers to serve and organize the lunch.

In 2016 Rania also lead the first workers day initiative (gardening and sanitary) in the eastern provinces. Rania invited the Dhahran and eastern province community to make Ramadan care packages for all 1300 workers who are responsible for keeping the streets clean and safe. Given the enormous support generated by this event, in 2017 it became an annual tradition, with the goal that it will become a model that can be scaled to the eastern province and the kingdom.

On the fund-raising field she has led various campaign efforts with the purpose of tackling some of the key issues in Saudi community raising more than $1.5 million for a series of social causes. In 2015 Rania organized the first Organ donation awareness and fund-raising campaign in the Eastern province, an issue Saudi has a need for, and the community knows little about. Rania is one of the first women in the kingdom to register as an organ donor, and through this initiative was able to generate hundreds of organ donation registrations by Saudi women and raise an additional $150,000 to continue building awareness.

On the social entrepreneurship field Rania is the CEO of Ya Balady & Company from 2008 to 2018 for span of 10 years, a lifestyle women’s’ wear that bridges heritage and modernity to empower women. Ya Balady employs women in need and works to revive traditional techniques in design.

She also has been invited to contribute to international events organized by The Basque Culinary Center and the Basque Know-How Fundazioa like the Symposium on gastronomy and sustainable development.

Dr. Jehad Jabr Al-Busaidi
Member of the Advisory Board, Sultan Qaboos University

Sayyida Dr Jehad Jabr Al Busaidi is working in ministry of commerce, industry and investment promotion. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science at Sultan Qaboos University, and a member of the Oman 2040 Vision Team at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, and a member of the National Committee on Climate Change and the Protection of the Ozone Layer.
She was awarded her PhD in 2020, from the University of York, UK. She worked on air quality and climate change in Oman. Jehad specifically looked at air quality and climate change pollutants, and for the first time as a group of pollutants she investigated Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in Oman. Her focus was on looking at the implications of a SLCP strategy beside air quality and climate change in the region, to reduce pollution and its impacts on health, climate, and the economy.
Jehad has a bachelor’s in science in chemistry from Sultan Qaboos University; her Master of Science was in Analytical Chemistry from the same university. Her Master project focussed on developing a simple, fast, sensitive, versatile and environmentally friendly method for the analysis of phenols in water.

Jihad won the Sultan Qaboos Voluntary Work Award 2013 through a volunteer team @NajatOman, and in 2016, she won the Scientific Poster among Omani PhD students in UK.

Her work experiences summarized in the following: Member of Gulf technical committee for chemical products standards, and for Petroleum and Gas standards under Gulf Standardization Organization GSO of GCC countries. In 2012, she established with her team
the Gulf sub-committee of Drilling Fluids under the Oil and Gas Committee (GSO). She also contributed as a speaker in the International Year of Chemistry (2011) through the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. In 2014, she participated in developing the national profile for chemicals management and the report on chemicals management in the Sultanate of Oman.

Her personal experiences summarized in the following: A speaker in the women techmakers #WTM17 event 2017. A speaker in Oman environmental Forum, 2018 & 2022. Arbitratoror of student scientific innovations, robotics and artificial intelligence in the cognitive development program for students 2019, 2021 & 2022. A speaker in Sustainability Conference “Oman towards a Green Economy”, 2021. A speaker in integrating air quality and climate change strategies in Oman, 2021 which organized by ICE Oman Committee (Institution of Civil Engineers). A speaker in the UNFCCC Middle East and North Africa regional climate week, 2022.

In 2020, Jihad published her first literary work, “A woman in love”
Jihad loves reading; poetry and novels, running, cycling, and drawing sometimes.

Prof. Adah Al-Mutairi
Asst. Prof. Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Adah Almutairi (Arabic: غادة المطيري; born November 1, 1976), one of Forbes’s top ten most influential female engineers in the world,[1] is a scholar of science and engineering, inventor, and entrepreneur. Almutairi is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; faculty in the departments of Bioengineering and NanoEngineering; and director of the Center for Excellence in Nanomedicine and Engineering in the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her work focuses on nanomedicinenanotechnologychemistry, and polymer science. Almutairi is a 2016 Kavli Fellow and has received numerous honors and awards such as the NIH director’s new innovator award in 2009[2] for her work on “Chemically Amplified Response Strategies for Medical Sciences”. Almutairi’s groundbreaking work was highlighted by U.S. NIH director Francis Collins to Congress as one of the 4 most important American technology breakthroughs of the year 2012. Almutairi holds 13 U.S. patents issued, some of which are currently licensed in Industry. Almutairi is the Founder of eLux Medical Inc. [1].

Reem Al-Ghanim
Head Of Human Resources - SATORP

My purpose revolves around unleashing talent & organization capabilities. I enjoy improving functions by focusing on stakeholder needs, talent enablement, & strategic alignment. I am currently on assignment at a Saudi Aramco Affiliate organization, SATORP. Located in Jubail, SATORP is a Joint venture between Saudi Aramco & TotalEnergies, focusing on refining & moving further into petrochemicals.

I’m using the experience I’ve gained over nearly 25 years, and the roles & positions I’ve held in Upstream, Downstream, HR & Learning and Development, to ensure we reach our corporate ambitions in SATORP. These roles include establishing the HR Strategy in Downstream, Leading the Diversity & Inclusion efforts in Upstream, establishing the Women Development & Diversity function at Saudi Aramco, leading Internal Mobility, Career Planning and Consultation, Expatriate Employment and other roles. I have partnered with nearly 150 different Universities in the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, and Asia as Head of Academic Programs in Dhahran and in Houston.

I’ve also participated and presented in a number of global conferences and workshops, which include GetEnergy, WPC, MEOS, NAFSA, IP Week, and others. While in Houston, I was an Advisory Board member and panel speaker for Women’s Global Leadership Organization. Some of the recognitions I have recently achieved include one of the “Top Energy Voices” from Ally Energy (2020), the “Distinguished Alumni” award from the University of Minnesota (2018), and the “Learning at the Core” award from GetEnergy (2017).

I chair and am a founding member of a number of boards and councils that support women in the energy sector, including the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards and Symposium (LEWAS), held annually since 2013, and the Gulf Region Organization for Women (GROW) network, focused on industry partnerships towards gender diversity advancement in energy. I’ve also participated in the Asia Business & Culture Program, and Executive Programs at Emory, INSEAD, and Wharton University. I have an M.Ed. in HR Development from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in English-Education from the University of Bahrain.

Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom
Energy Efficiency Program Manager - Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Ph.D., CEM, CEA, CSDP, REP

Dr. Al-Ragom holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in Mechanical Engineering. She currently serves as a Research Scientist and the Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). She has over 25 years experience in the field of energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy auditing, air conditioning, and thermochemical hydrogen production. She authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters and holds several shared patents. She participates in professional training nationally and regionally in energy efficiency and energy auditing and is currently an AEE-authorized Certified Energy Auditor and Renewable Energy Professional trainer for Kuwait.

She is the recipient of several national, regional, and international awards, including the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 2017 International Professional Development Award, the 2016 Kuwait’s Distinguished Female Engineer from the Federation of Arab Engineers, and the 2008 Energy Engineer Award from the Emirates Energy Award.

She serves on several professional national and international committees, expert panels, and technical boards. She served as an assistant subject editor for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. She also served as a member of several technical committees under Kuwait’s Higher Energy Committee. She is a fellow member of the AEE. Currently, she is the President of the Association of Energy Engineers for 2022.

Rania Moualla
CEO and Founder, ZADK (The Saudi Culinary Academy, KSA)

Rania Moualla is a philanthropist and cultural entrepreneur bringing more than 26 years of social impact leadership, fund raising expertise, executive project implementation and management experience to her role as a catalyst for social change in Saudi Arabia.
Rania is now focusing in activities in the culinary and food sector. She is the Founder of ZADK the first Saudi Culinary Academy in Kingdom, an organization that aims to contribute through culinary and social activities to the economic, social development and cultural preservation inside the Kingdom. She has participated in different international food and culinary related initiatives.

ZADK academy was founded in June 2018 and its official opening was in Dec 2019, it is the first co-education system in the Eastern province with the vision that Academy will be a platform for Social change regarding food waste, healthy eating, sustainability and Culture.
She was invited to participate in the 2016 Food Waste Olympics challenge in Rio under Refettorio Gastromotiva with world renowned chef Massimo Battara and David Hertz. Rania represented Saudi Arabia, cooking using surplus from the Olympic village, for 108 homeless people in an impoverished neighborhood in Rio. Rania’s experience in Rio has led her to a series of 3 social impact projects under the umbrella of Food for Change which are currently underway. One of them was in Sep 23, 2017, where she hosted 50 needy family (260 person) to a fine dining lunch working with more than120 Saudi young volunteers to serve and organize the lunch.

In 2016 Rania also lead the first workers day initiative (gardening and sanitary) in the eastern provinces. Rania invited the Dhahran and eastern province community to make Ramadan care packages for all 1300 workers who are responsible for keeping the streets clean and safe. Given the enormous support generated by this event, in 2017 it became an annual tradition, with the goal that it will become a model that can be scaled to the eastern province and the kingdom.

On the fund-raising field she has led various campaign efforts with the purpose of tackling some of the key issues in Saudi community raising more than $1.5 million for a series of social causes. In 2015 Rania organized the first Organ donation awareness and fund-raising campaign in the Eastern province, an issue Saudi has a need for, and the community knows little about. Rania is one of the first women in the kingdom to register as an organ donor, and through this initiative was able to generate hundreds of organ donation registrations by Saudi women and raise an additional $150,000 to continue building awareness.

On the social entrepreneurship field Rania is the CEO of Ya Balady & Company from 2008 to 2018 for span of 10 years, a lifestyle women’s’ wear that bridges heritage and modernity to empower women. Ya Balady employs women in need and works to revive traditional techniques in design.

She also has been invited to contribute to international events organized by The Basque Culinary Center and the Basque Know-How Fundazioa like the Symposium on gastronomy and sustainable development.

Dr. Jehad Jabr Al-Busaidi
Member of the Advisory Board, Sultan Qaboos University

Sayyida Dr Jehad Jabr Al Busaidi is working in ministry of commerce, industry and investment promotion. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science at Sultan Qaboos University, and a member of the Oman 2040 Vision Team at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, and a member of the National Committee on Climate Change and the Protection of the Ozone Layer.
She was awarded her PhD in 2020, from the University of York, UK. She worked on air quality and climate change in Oman. Jehad specifically looked at air quality and climate change pollutants, and for the first time as a group of pollutants she investigated Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in Oman. Her focus was on looking at the implications of a SLCP strategy beside air quality and climate change in the region, to reduce pollution and its impacts on health, climate, and the economy.
Jehad has a bachelor’s in science in chemistry from Sultan Qaboos University; her Master of Science was in Analytical Chemistry from the same university. Her Master project focussed on developing a simple, fast, sensitive, versatile and environmentally friendly method for the analysis of phenols in water.

Jihad won the Sultan Qaboos Voluntary Work Award 2013 through a volunteer team @NajatOman, and in 2016, she won the Scientific Poster among Omani PhD students in UK.

Her work experiences summarized in the following: Member of Gulf technical committee for chemical products standards, and for Petroleum and Gas standards under Gulf Standardization Organization GSO of GCC countries. In 2012, she established with her team
the Gulf sub-committee of Drilling Fluids under the Oil and Gas Committee (GSO). She also contributed as a speaker in the International Year of Chemistry (2011) through the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. In 2014, she participated in developing the national profile for chemicals management and the report on chemicals management in the Sultanate of Oman.

Her personal experiences summarized in the following: A speaker in the women techmakers #WTM17 event 2017. A speaker in Oman environmental Forum, 2018 & 2022. Arbitratoror of student scientific innovations, robotics and artificial intelligence in the cognitive development program for students 2019, 2021 & 2022. A speaker in Sustainability Conference “Oman towards a Green Economy”, 2021. A speaker in integrating air quality and climate change strategies in Oman, 2021 which organized by ICE Oman Committee (Institution of Civil Engineers). A speaker in the UNFCCC Middle East and North Africa regional climate week, 2022.

In 2020, Jihad published her first literary work, “A woman in love”
Jihad loves reading; poetry and novels, running, cycling, and drawing sometimes.