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



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.

New World Concepts bringing together women leaders across the globe


Karachi(Cliff News)The 9th ‘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 144 speakers from 36
countries and over 2000 delegates in the previous 8 events.The summit focused on bringing 250 women professionals together by inspiring them through
success stories of global women leaders. The inaugural ceremony hosted distinguished speakers including Dr Shamshad Akhtar Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan; Major
General Shehla Baqai, Pakistan Army; Dr Inga Legasova, Director General, Remiling Co. Ltd, and Chairperson Women Power Union, Russia; Amena Arif, International Finance Corporation
Country Head, Sri Lanka; Mr. Abrar Hasan, CEO, National Foods Ltd., Mr. Sagheer Mufti, COO, HBL Pakistan; Dr Rana El-Akhal, CEO Medal Consultancy, Jordan; and Itir Sanem Aykut, CEO
Aykut Foods and President elect KAGIDER, Turkey; Madiha Khalid, Head of HR, Shell Pakistan; Anna Ruffino, Consul General of Italy, Karachi; Aamir Niazi, CEO HRSG; Jan Vankrunkelsven,
Director Winterthur Insurance, Switzerland; and other success stories.
The keynote speaker Dr Shamshad Akhtar highlighted her inspirational career growth both within Pakistan and abroad, and how she overcame glass ceilings and challenges in her
professional career.The conference explored issues related to gender diversity in the workplace, branding &
marketing, HR challenges of managing the generational divide, among others; and presented success stories of women leaders from Pakistan and across the globe.The IWLS 2019 was well attended by members of the diplomatic community, renowned women
entrepreneurs, heads of bilateral trade associations, teams from the World Bank Group, senior businessmen and members of the media.

WCCI South successfully concludes its second AGM

President Shaiyanne Malik and Senior Vice President Shanaz Ramzi at the WCCI 2nd Annual General Body Meeting

Karachi(Cliff News)The 2nd Annual General Body Meeting of WCCI South successfully concluded here earlier today at a five-star hotel, before a packed audience comprising friends and well-wishers of the newly elected executive committee, media and WCCI members.The programme began with recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by a naath. WCCI South’s secretary general Shakila Rizvi, the MC of the evening gave a brief background of WCCI South and declared the AGM open. She then invited the outgoing president Rukhsana Abbas to give a brief over-view of her year as president WCCI South. The election commission comprising Shazia Akber, Rabia Basri and Naheed Kamal were then invited to the stage. Rabia Basri spoke about the election process after which chief executive Ms Hina Mansab Khan invited the incoming executive committee to take their oath. The new executive committee comprises: President Shaiyanne Malik, Senior Vice President Shanaz Ramzi, Vice President, Nazli Abid, executive members Afzala Shaheen, Dr Fauzia Hameed, Dr Shaista Effendi, Ghazala Saifi, Iqra Ashar, Mehreen Mansha, Rabia Sheikh, Shaheen Khan, Shehnaz Banatwala, Rukhsana Abbas, Hina Amir, Fauzia Essa, Farida Kureishi and Naheed Haroon.After the oath-taking ceremony, bouquets were presented to all the committee members. The newly sworn-in president, Shaiyanne Malik then addressed the audience and spoke of her plans for the year. The chief executive Hina Mansab handed over the documents of the Chamber as per her rules, comprising SECP Compliance, DGTO Lessons, Federation Lessons and all original documents which are regarded as public property to president Shaiyanne Malik. She then addressed the audience after which the AGM was officially declared closed.
Honourable chief guest Begum Laila Sarfaraz, a pioneer and renowned name in the world of commerce and industry was then invited to share her views on the occasion, after which an Awards ceremony took place. Awardees were Chief Executive Hina Mansab, Farida Qureshi, founder president WCCI South, Rukhsana Abbas former president WCCI South, Naheed Haroon, former SVP, Amna Faraz former Vice President, Begum Laila Sarfaraz, Ghazala Saifi, MNA, Nazli Abid, executive member 2017 for her commendable efforts, Dr Shaista Effendi for her contributions in medicine, Laila Amin, treasurer, and Shehnaz Banatwala, HR Committee. Certificates were given to the Election Commission.It may be noted that the concept behind WCCI is to develop women entrepreneurs by encouraging entrepreneurship as a means of economic empowerment. For potential women entrepreneurs, the chamber aims to provide a one-window facility. For established women entrepreneurs, the chamber provides a forum for debate and discussion, opportunity to interact with their local and international counterparts as well as facilities for research and development. WCCI South was founded in 2015 and isthe only chamber that has received no financial assistance whatsoever from any governmental or private organization in these four years.
WCCI South successfully concludes its second AGM


National Foods celebrated women’s day with theme of “Press for Progress”

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Karachi (Cliff News)Celebrating women everywhere, National Foods Limited (NFL) hosted an event for the International Women’s’ Day 2018, with the theme chosen for this year, Press ForProgress.With the rise of female presence in the corporate world, NFL invited multiple notable figures like Sadaffe Abid; CEO Circle, Samia Naseem Ahmad; Organizational Psychologist and Ms. Amina Mujib Khan; dietitian and nutritionist among others present at the event. The event was to commemorate the female employees and their efforts towards the growth of the organization.In support of women in all industries, NFL invited guests from different fields to discuss general issues faced by women in the corporate sector.The event was also graced by Mrs. Noreen Hassan and Mrs. Saadia Naveed, Member Board of Directors National Foods. Mrs. Hassan said “We appreciate the efforts made by female leaders who have paved the way for the coming generations. It is important to understand that a female perspective, while different from men, is as important to the growth of the economy as the male perspective. It is a point of pride to be part of an organization which recognizes the abilities women bring to the table and celebrates it openly.”National Foods has always been at the forefront of including women in their rise to the top of the industry. They have strong policies which give way to gender inclusion and diversity. In line with this, they have also built an onsite day care facility for their female workers. Keeping all of this in mind, the two speakers spoke on various topics, addressing the concerns women have while being a part of the corporate sector.Speaking about the event, Ms. Saira A. Khan, Director Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Admin and Securitysaid, “We are extremely proud of the gender diversity present at National Foods. As an organization we are honored to celebrate this year’s International Women’s’ Day, #PressForProgress. In a company which employs women at its Corporate Office and plants, we believe it is important to present equal opportunities to both men and women to bring forth their talents to contribute towards the success of the organization. We aim to hold other such events, which allow for our employees to increase communication across the board.”To show his support for the International Women’s Day, Mr. Abrar Hassan, CEO National Foods Limited was also present.

About National Foods Limited

National Foods Limited is a Public Limited company incorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, with shares quoted on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The principal activity off the Company is to manufacture and sell convenience based food products.National Foods Limited product portfolio comprises some of the country’s best products such as pickles, frozen meals, ketchup, jams and sauces.

ACCA calling bussiness leaders to show progress on social mobility issues

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Karachi(Cliff News)Forty years on from the phrase ‘glass ceiling’ being used to define thwarted careers and ambitions – especially for women – ACCA is calling for business leaders to show real and measurable progress on diversity and social mobility issues, as it marks International Women’s Day 2018.The global theme for this year’s event is #pressforprogress, seeking advances on a number of issues from gender pay parity to equality of opportunity.Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive, says: ‘2018 is the 40th anniversary of the phrase ‘glass ceiling’ first being used by business consultant Marilyn Loden.‘Looking forward, if there’s one area where I wish to see sustained progress, it’s to ensure career ladders breakthrough the glass ceiling for women. We have to take a wider view and seek progress on social mobility – unequal access to opportunities still exists for many women and men.‘ACCA has welcomed policies to address issues such as disparity in pay and boardroom diversity in the UK and globally. There are examples of good practice highlighted in our recent report Generation next: managing talent in large accountancy firms which shows how the Big Four are addressing diversity to ensure women have a place and voice in their business. This includes KPMG’s women in finance forum and Deloitte conducting ‘blind interviews’ to tackle recruitment bias.’Sajjeed Aslam, Head of ACCA Pakistan adds: ‘The accountancy profession is an attractive career choice for many because of the flexibility and choice it offers. At ACCA we’ve made opportunity a reality, with an open access policy that enables anyone to qualify as a professional accountant. By simply removing the need for prior qualifications, we’ve created access to a profession that offers a rewarding career.’ACCA says employers and their recruitment strategies are part of the success equation for diversity.  Sajjeed Aslam continues: ‘As our Gen Next report shows, creating the leaders of tomorrow is an on-going task for firms. The tone clearly has to be set from the top, with a transparent culture that’s committed to diversity. We have to measure this progress too – after all, what’s not measured can’t be managed.‘Effective corporate leadership is needed to achieve real and lasting progress. At ACCA we believe this can be made through open discussion, transparent reporting and ensuring diversity is an integral part of how we work now and in the future.’

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centers and more than 7,200Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.