Four Deserving Women Recognized and Awarded at the First OFA’s Inspirational Women of Oman Ceremony 2018

Muscat: The very first OFA Inspirational Women of Oman Ceremony was held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Grand Hyatt. In an endeavor to nurture, empower and recognize the various talented individuals in the Omani women’s community OFA hosted this esteemed event to honor them with a truly deserving award.

To started the ceremony, Philip Stanton, COO – MENA Region, Ernst & Young facilitated a panel discussions with three prominent women, Anisa Al Raisi, the first Omani woman to ski the Geographic North Pole, Reema Mansour Al Zedjali, Dean of Gulf College and Kamla Al Aufi, Chairman of World of Natural Stones. They shared their inspirational stories and answers questions from the audience.

The ceremony was organized to highlight Omani women’s role and contribution to the country, drawing attention to their career paths and/or their exemplary social involvements, the awardees came from industries very different to one another, but none less challenging.

In the field of medicine, Nurse Yusra Khalfan al Amri was handed an award of recognition for her contributions in the field. Currently working as Discharge Planner/Bed Manager, in 2009, she co-established the Patient Flow Service, leading to its implementation throughout the Sultanate. Al Amri works tirelessly, beyond expectations, to support the easy flow of patients at the Royal Hospital and ensures beds are made available for new admissions through timely discharges. Under her leadership, expatriates are repatriated with medical support. Paying attention to the sensitivity of the matter, Al Amri deals with these cases with compassion, paying heed to make sure that the assignment is carried out with precision and efficient planning. Liaising with embassies, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROP and Airport authorities are only a few of the requirements to ensure that patients receive the support they need. Al Amri is a Nurse Manager who provides an exemplary service to Omani and expatriate patients alike, and has earned the title of being a role model for the next generation of nurses.

The next award was given to Shikha Salim Al-Jabri, who, aged at fifty-six years, is an active trainer and coach. From humble beginnings, she worked her way up to bring a positive change in her own life and to become self-empowered. She then turned this into a mission by coaching other aspiring women and teaching them the art of self-independence and the need for economic sustainability.

Dr. Kamla Ali Al-Busaidi, was awarded for her various efforts in the field of education. An associate professor in the Information Systems Department at the College of Economics and Political Science in Sultan Qaboos University, she was previously the head of the Information Systems Department for three years from September 2015 to September 2018. After her graduation from the Information Systems Department at SQU, Al Busaidi was appointed as a demonstrator in SQU and was awarded scholarships to complete her Master and PhD in the United States. She got her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in the USA in 2005. She has her esteemed works published in several publications in the form of conference articles, journal articles and book chapters

The final award was given to Samia Al Jabriya, who is the first sergeant in the Royal Oman Police (ROP). She has been working with the ROP for sixteen years. She has worked in all areas related to public security, civil status, investigating female issues, guarding and is currently employed in the accidents division. Her career journey started as a policewoman. Climbing the ladder steadily, she soon graduated to a corporal. Her dedication was evident in her work and she was quickly promoted to the rank of a sergeant. Over the years, she climbed the ladder even further and today proudly holds the badge as the first sergeant. Recognizing the fact that each job has its own set of difficulties, OFA further acknowledged that policewomen are required to have a high endurance threshold, patience and perseverance which are critical when keeping in mind the safety of the citizens and residents of the country.

OFA is a non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired by Hind Bahwan, Chairman of Bahwan Cybertek LLC, and supported by the French Ambassador, His Excellency Renaud Salins as a Board member. OFA aims at providing a platform that promotes friendship, understanding and matters of mutual interest between French and Omani business and social communities active in the Sultanate. The objective of the Association is to reinforce trade, culture and economic ties through the organization of various events and activities that address current topics, trends and concerns.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event: Bahwan CyberTek LLC, Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, Total E&P, Amouage.

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