Dawlance Parent Company,Arcelik’s director addresses Women Leader’s Summit in Karachi

Dawlance Parent Company, Arçelik’s Director Addresses Women Leader's Summit in Karachi Picture Release_English

Karachi(Cliff News)The 10th International Women Leaders’ Summit was recently held at the Movenpick Hotel, Karachi, where Arçelik – Turkey’s largest manufacturer and the parent-company of Dawlance, participated as one of the main partners of this prestigious conference.The Chief Human Resources Officer of Arçelik in Turkey – Ms. Buket Çelebiöven personally attended and addressed this grand event, to inspire the women delegates to enrich their professional knowledge and skills, while taking on leadership roles, in every socio-economic sphere.With over 20 years of professional experience, Post-Graduate studies in Engineering-Management and a degree in Industrial-Engineering, Ms. Buket Çelebiöven is now managing local and international HR teams of Arcelik, in 35 countries. Her Organizational-Development (OD) policies, strategic implementations and initiatives, have helped transform Arcelik into a global technology-leader, while the company’s HR structure is now built to ensure higher productivity and sustainable growth in future.Speaking at the event Ms. Buket Çelebiöven said, she is glad to be in Pakistan and meet all the powerful women who are the role model for young generation. “My corporate role and I personally believe in gender diversity and support women empowerment. The initiatives that Pakistan has been taking to empower more women are appreciable. The Arçelik group and Dawlance also try to empower more women and support gender diversity in work place. We have taken many initiatives to increase female presence in our companies and try to strengthen our employees in the workforce.”The Summit brings hundreds of talented professional women together, inspiring them through success stories of global women leaders. The valuable topics discussed at the forum covered: Global learnings and experiences of international speakers and C-Suite executives, while they provided insights to the delegates, especially women, about strategies to overcome the glass-ceilings and achieve more work-life balance. The aspiring business leaders were inspired to engage with diverse and cross-functional executives, from the private and public-sector organizations across Pakistan. The conference also provided great opportunities for aspiring women to build-connectivity and expand their networks on a global scale.Dawlance believes that investing in gender diversity manifests in building a great reputation for the company, which leads to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. Dawlance shares the vision of diversity with Arcelik, which creates innovation and competition. This vision allows Dawlance to attract and retain top talent, produce a higher quality products, and better understanding of the ever changing needs of their consumers.

Inspiring Global Women Leaders gather in Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)The 10th International Women Leaders Summit’ was held in Karachi, Pakistan, bringing together women leaders from across the globe, to reflect on their stories of success, and inspire others to take the lead.A pioneer in leadership development for professional women, New World Concepts led by Yasmin Hyder has been organizing the International Women Leaders’ Summit in Karachi since 2012. The premier annual conference series has to date hosted 160 speakers from 40 countries and over 2300 delegates in the previous 9 conferences. Yasmin highlighted that this conference was a culmination of a decade of achievements in Women Leadership & Empowerment.The Summit focused on bringing 250 women professionals and together by inspiring them through success stories of global women leaders. Guest speakers include Shaikha Hind bint Salman AlKhalifa, President, Bahrain International Federation of Business; Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan; Illang Patchmuthu Country Director Pakistan, World Bank Group; Tania Aidrus, Head of Digital Pakistan; Buket Çelebiöven, HR Director, Arcelik Turkey; Wendy Gilmour High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan; Androulla Kaminara,  EU Ambassador to Pakistan; Asif Jooma, CEO, ICI Pakistan Ltd; Brigadier Nadia Hayat, Pakistan Army;  Shazad Dada, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan; Ayesha Tammy Haq, Executive Director, Pharma Bureau; Jamal Baquar, SEVP, National Bank of Pakistan; Commodore Gulnaz Ahmed, Pakistan Navy; Dr. Nino Paichadze, George Washington University, USA;  Squadron Ldr. Ambreen Gul, Pakistan Air Force, as well as notable Pakistani success stories.The keynote speaker Dr Sania Nishtar highlighted the evolution of women’s empowerment in Pakistan and the importance of promoting inclusiveness of women in the workforce. She also spoke of the Ehsaas Program being launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.Honorable guest Shaikha Hind bint Salman AlKhalifa of Bahrain spoke about the role of women leaders in the Muslim world and the success of women in boardrooms in shaping organizational strategy and growth.World Bank Group Country Director Pakistan Illango Patchamuthu spoke about the new initiative of Girls Learn Women Earn-100 days of action. He also underlined World Bank’s commitment to create more awareness about the importance of girls education and women’s participation in the workforce.Commodore Gulnaz Ahmad, Brigadier Nadia Hayat and Squadron Leader Ambreen Gul shared their experience of performing their duties in the face of severe challenges.The conference explored topics related to Creating a Digital Pakistan, Purpose Driven Marketing, Increase in Gender Representation in the Workplace, Women in Health-Care among others; and presented success stories of women leaders from Pakistan and across the globe. The IWLS 2020 was well attended by members of the diplomatic community, renowned women entrepreneurs, and heads of bilateral trade associations, teams from the World Bank Group, senior businessmen and members of the media.


Women in FocusPK: Celebrating of Substance

The Award Winners at the Women in Focus event hosted by Atiqa Odho at the Governor house, Karachi

Karachi(Cliff News)The PAS 2017 award winner, FocusPK held its much-awaited annual event, Women in FocusPk successfully initiated last year and focusing on dynamic women who have contributed immeasurably to society and their country at large, here, at the Governor House, Sindh, earlier today. The exclusive event was attended by corporate personalities, celebs, socialites, media and enterprising women from various professions. These awards were held in support of breast cancer awareness as a national cause for women’s health in Pakistan.The event was hosted by renowned TV and film actor and chairperson of FocusPK, Atiqa Odho. After recitation of the Holy Quran and national anthem, the host shared a background to the event. She said “This venture is very close to my heart as I feel women need to celebrate women and support one another – that is the only way to grow.” She then invited Misbah Khalid, project chair to the rostrum who spoke of her vision for the event.Among the worthy award-winners were Noorul Huda Shah, Sultana Siddiqui, Mussarat Misbah, Shazia Sayed, Momina Duraid, Frieha Altaf, Fareshteh Aslam, Fizza Ali Meerza, Erum Bintay Shahid, Maheen Khan, Sheema Kirmani, Samina Ahmed, Ameena Sayed and Seema Taher Khan. Honourable Chief Guest present to witness the remarkable evening was Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail.The programme ended with a tribute to two remarkable women, Fehmida Riaz and Asma Jahangir after which dinner and a live musical programme by Veru Shah and Fatima Shah followed.The official media partner of Women in FocusPk was HUM TV, national media partner was Ptv and PR partner was Starlinks PR and Events. Event supporters were ICI, Atiqa Odho Cosmetics, TDAP, Arkadians, AKMAN RD and Odho Consultancy.

Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail at the Women in Focus event held by Atiqa Odho



Tez financial services and green girls organization selected visa women global edition

Visa Photo Release 3 - Winners of Visa Everywhere Initiative Announced (July 04, 2019)

Karachi(Cliff News)Earlier this month, Visa (NYSE:V) hosted theVisa Everywhere Initiative (VEI): Women’s Global Edition, marking the first time the programhas focused on organizations with at least one woman founder or co-founder from around the world who are changing the world by solving business and social challenges. The new global competition spotlighted the underrepresented millions of women business and social impact leaders, tasking them to solve a FinTech and – for the first time – a Social Impact challenge for a chance to win $100,000 per challenge along with mentorship, access to Visa products and programs, and exposure to key participantsin the commerce ecosystem.Nearly 1,300 applicants applied to participate in the program.Justbefore the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ kick-off, 12 finalists from six regions pitched their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. Two finalists, Tez Financial Services from Pakistan, represented by its co-founder and business head, Naureen Hyat, and Green Girls Organizationfrom Cameroon, represented by its founder,Monique Ntumngia, were selected as the winners of the FinTech and Social Impact challenges, respectively. “As the worldwide rate of female entrepreneurship continues to rise, Visa is giving a voice to the collective strength of women who are creating impact in the global economy, spinning the fly wheel of innovation from the bottom up– and we will continue to do so through investments and partnerships that enable women-founded businessesto thrive,” said Marianne Mwaniki, Senior Vice President of Social Impact at Visa. “All of the finalists in this global Visa Everywhere Initiative are testaments to how diverse, women-owned businesses can grow, uplifting economies in communities across the globe, and we intend to provide them a platform to create connections and opportunities to succeed.”The Women’s Global Edition is an extension of the established VEI program, and reflects Visa’s commitment to investmentin women entrepreneurs.Since the inception of the VEI in 2015, more than 6,000 startups have participated in 24 innovation programs and have collectively raised more than$2.5 billion in funding. This year, Visa expanded the competition to include a globalchallenge for organizations with at least onewomanfounder to submit solutions that tackle the vast societal and business challenges facing social impact landscapes. The FinTech competition measured how applicants leveraged their companies’ unique ability to solve or transform consumer and/or commercial payment experiences locally, regionally or globally. The FinTech winner Tez Financial Services from Pakistan, represented by Naureen Hyat, is the first fully digital financial institution in Pakistan providing frictionless financial services to the unbanked and under-banked via a smartphone application.“The Visa Everywhere Initiative has been a remarkable opportunity for Tez, Pakistan and our cause to enhance financial inclusion,” said Naureen Hyat, Co-founder and Business Head of Tez Financial Services. “It has not only served as a driver for growth but has also allowed us to tap into the connectivity and numerous partners at Visa. I’m honored to be a part of such a thriving group of women entrepreneurs. All of these finalists have already achieved so much – I’m excited to continue to be a witness to our growth collectively beyond this competition.” The Social Impact Challenge sought women-led businesses around the world who are supporting sustainable and inclusive livelihoods and strengthening their local or regional economies. TheSocial Impact winner Green Girls Organization from Cameroon, represented by Monique Ntumngia,is a non-governmental organizationthat trains women and girls to harvest and create renewable energy from the sun and bio-waste.  “This opportunity will allow Green Girls to reach more women and girls and expand our footprint to provide renewable energy,” said Monique Ntumngia, Founder of Green Girls Organization. “Visa’s network and support will not only help my organization scale but will provide a number of rural African communities sustainable energy sources from the sun and bio-waste – creating a ripple effect of impact.”

About Visa Inc: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

Visa Photo Release 1 - Winners of Visa Everywhere Initiative Announced (July 04, 2019)


Standard Chartered launches Women in tech programme in Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited announces the launch of Women in Tech, a global programme aimed at supporting greater diversity in gender representation within technology based entrepreneurship. Partnering with INNOVentures and the Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF), Standard Chartered Women in Tech programme aims to promote the economic and social development of women in Pakistan through innovation or technology led entrepreneurship. This initiative is a global programme, Women in Tech, being launched in Pakistan.The Bank will be focusing on capacity building for women-owned small enterprises. The Standard Chartered Women in Tech programme will target female-led entrepreneurial teams and provide them with training, mentorship and seed funding. There will be an open call for participation leading to a final selection of up to top 25 contestants with the most compelling ideas. At the end of the training period, up to five winners will be chosen and each winner will be awarded up to USD10,000 to invest in their business.The event included an all-women discussion panel that talked about women entrepreneurs; cost of technology in running business and the digital divide. The panel discussion was led by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Pakistani development economist, diplomat and intellectual, Jehan Ara, President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT, Shandana Gulzar, Parliamentary Secretary at Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan, PTI’s Member of the National Assembly and Rabia Nizami, PTI’s Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA), with Saad Amanullah, Chairman Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF), as the moderator. The panel talked about how it is important for women to access more hands-on training, mentoring, long-term engagement to help businesses grow, while funding is important, it is not enough.Commenting on this launch Mr. Shazad Dada, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered said, “I am proud to launch Women in tech in Pakistan today. We are optimistic that this programme will act as a great platform of support for aspiring women entrepreneurs and business owners in Pakistan and help them realize their true potential. It will help identify, grow and bring to the market unique business ideas, while at the same time celebrating women in Pakistan.This initiative builds upon Standard Chartered’s focus on increasing women’s access to entrepreneurial finance, and supporting adolescent girls and women through capacity building. It encapsulates the essence of the Bank’s sustainability strategy of Futuremakers, enabling the next generation to learn, earn and grow.”The launch of the programme in Pakistan follows a successful rollout of a similar initiative in USA and Kenya by Standard Chartered. The Bank first launched the programme to support women in technology in 2014 at the City College of New York where it created the Women Entrepreneurs Resource Centre. The US programme includes a dedicated workspace, mentorship, coursework and access to an extensive network designed to support entrepreneurs navigating the challenges of starting a business.The second programme was launched in Kenya in 2017 with iLab Africa (Strathmore University) to support the economic and social development of women in Africa through innovation or technology led entrepreneurship.Pakistan is the third market selected by the Bank to launch the Women in Tech programme.


PTCL celebrated International Women’s Day under the theme “Better the World”


Karachi(Cliff News)PTCL celebrated International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Better the balance, Better the world’ by organizing a special event to recognize and appreciate the achievements and success of their female workforce at the PTCL Regional office in Multan.The Chief Guest at the event was Shagufta Hussain, Pro Vice Chancellor, Women University Multan. Other distinguished guests and speakers included Bushra Akram, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Multan, Zunera Azfar, Superintendent, Punjab Police, Multan Cantt, Namreen Munir, DSP, Punjab Highway Patrolling Police, Multan and Rizwana Tabassum Durrani, Senior Producer, PCB, Multan. The speakers shared their professional experiences and learnings, which proved to be motivating and heartening for the female participants.On the occasion, Muhammad Ajmal Khan, RGM, PTCL, Multan, said, “At PTCL, we strongly believe that our female workers are playing a pivotal role in success of our organization. We value their contribution and continuously strive to provide them with ample opportunities to further excel and stand out.”The speakers shared their professional experiences and also talked about proactively supporting female staff to ensure that they feel empowered, valued and respected at workplace.PTCL celebrated the International Women’s Day across Pakistan in various regional and zonal offices.

Mona J successfully attended a transformation of master class at Turkey

Mona j with Mounir

Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan’s celebrity makeup artist and hair-stylist Mona Jamal of the famous Mona J Salon in Karachi, successfully attended a transformation master class by the well-known Hairstyling & Beauty Professional Mounir.The masterclass was based on the trending Ombre and Balayage technique women are craving for. The session comprised a hair demonstration on models introducing updated procedures and tips that were appreciated by all participants hailing from around the world.Mona J, who has been using this technique for some time now, is thrilled to have expanded her oeuvre with tips from one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. She said, “I attended the Master Class taught by Mounir in Turkey and found it absolutely amazing! Even as an experienced artist I still learned sooo much! I am now going to implement these techniques on my clients.Life, after all, is too short for boring hair!”