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)


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.

OICCI Women reiterates its commitment for women empowerment on International Women’s Day

Karachi(Cliff News)‘The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) is committed towards promoting ‘Women Empowerment’ and ‘Gender Equality’ at workplaces in Pakistan. Working in partnership with UN Women, OICCI’s 2017 “Women Empowerment” initiative made significant progress during 2018 supported by intense research and coaching by leading practictioners in the field of gender balance and work place improvement. “OICCI member companies, who represent the largest bloc of foreign investors in the country, are considered as a role model for the corporate sector in the country not only for their forward looking management skills, transfer of best practices and more so in promoting gender balance at work place” the President OICCI, Shazia Syed, said in a statement issued on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrated every year on 8th March.A survey done among OICCI member companies in late 2017 highlighted that only 2% of the senior management positions were held by women where as another 16% in middle management and 36% in junior management position were filled by leading female talent. OICCI has during the past twelve months organized many training and coaching sessions to understand the issues in increasing the ratio of women at the work place.According to Shazia Syed, OICCI President, “the change comes from the top; therefore, OICCI member companies are actively engaged in promoting Women empowerment for a better future  and are willing to become part of policymaking with the government to resolve those issues which are considered as hurdles in the progress of Pakistan in the Global Gender Gap Ranking”.Based on its recent research and feedback from female ,  OICCI is about to launch Women Empowerment Whitepaper presenting  a set of recommendations on different core issues of working women which the government may find very useful for enacting appropriate regulatory infrastructure which promotes gender balance and find acceptance of the  Pakistan’s corporate and business sector.The Secretary General OICCI, M. Abdul Aleem, expressed his concerns over the poor ranking of Pakistan in “Global Gender Gap Report 2018” issues by the World Economic Forum (WEF). “Pakistan stands at 148 out of 149 countries in the Global Gender Gap ranking which is indeed extremely poor show by the country which has a population of over 200 million and a thriving economy. The Global Gender Gap Report 2018 identified that Pakistan is ranked 146th in economic participation and opportunity category, 139th in educational attainment, 145th in health and survival and 97th in political empowerment.Abdul Aleem hoped that “all the key economic stakeholders including the government will soon realize the urgency to create a work place environment which facilitates greater and more visible participation of women in all segment of our economic activity. The country’s economic growth can show a measurable growth in GDP and export with greater gender balance and more female engagement , especially in the manufacturing and services sector activities.”

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.