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Globalisation has created a wealth of challenges and opportunities for women in the business world and in society. The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), launched in 2001, is a non-profit organisation based in London UK that brings together international business women and women community leaders to provide a unique network for them to build their knowledge, develop their business and work potential and promote their organisations.

AIWF activities include seminars, workshops and conferences alternating between London, the Arab world and international capitals.

Western society has long recognised the contribution women have made in business and society. It has encouraged women to become more involved in public life and civil society. The AIWF was formed by women who have proven by their success that Arab women, like their Western counterparts, can also benefit from increased participation in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.


Click To EnlargeAIWF is fortunate in attracting to its membership very able women who have many professional skills and experience in their respective countries. They have the desire to use them internationally to enhance the role of women in business and the decision-making process. AIWF is represented in 20 Arab countries and 15 other countries including Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, China, Brazil, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

Members of AIWF are economists; members of parliament, journalists, writers, media, communications and IT specialists; chartered accountants; lawyers; engineers; architects, landscape and interior designers; real estate developers and managers; medical consultants and hospital managers; fashion retailers; book publishers; in banking and finance; human resources/personnel; administration and welfare management; conference planning and technical translation.

Business and industrial entrepreneurs come from a wide variety of sectors, including: manufacturing; retailing; import/export of marine parts and engines; steel products; industrial bakeware; furniture; antiques; silverware, porcelain, crystal; jewellery; textiles; and natural health and beauty products.


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The Board of Trustees are all successful women giving voluntary support and advice to AIWF.

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani – Founder and Chairperson of the Arab International Women’s Forum, London, UK.

Saida Agrebi – Member of the Tunisian Parliament, Chairman of the Tunisian Mother’s Association, Tunisia.

Assilah Zaher Al Harthy – Founder-President & Managing Director of the InterLynx L.L.C., Oman and Head of Corporate Affairs at The Oman Oil Company, Oman.

Sheikha Hind Salman Al-Khalifa – Assistant Undersecretary for Social Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain

Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi – Minister of Economy & Planning, U.A.E. and Managing Director of, U.A.E.

Khalidah Ahmed Al-Qatami – Chairman, Al Khunaini Al Qatami General Trading Company, Kuwait

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani – Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Qatar Ladies Investment Company, Qatar.

Nadia Hassan Bakhurji – Interior Architect and President of Riwaq of the Kingdom Co. Ltd, Saudi Arabia.

Debra Davis – Managing Director eh! Communications in London and Communications Director for AIWF, London, UK.

Bineta Diop – Director General, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Geneva, Switzerland

Raghda Kurdi – Vice President, Hayat Pharmaceutical Industries, Jordan.

Dr Deisi Noeli Weber Kusztra – President of the World Family Organisation based in France.

Peta Payne – Former Chairman, European Women of Achievement Awards in the United Kingdom, London, UK.

Sylvia G. Perry – Honorary Treasurer of AIWF, Secretary of UNIFEM UK, London, UK

Inge Relph – Past Chair, WOMANKIND Worldwide UK, Honorary Secretary AIWF, London, UK.

Ambassador Samiha Abou Steit – Advisor to the Secretary General, National Council of Women, Egypt.


Access to a comprehensive directory of members (2004)

Newsletter three times a year

Annual conference alternating between Arab and international world capitals

Seminars and workshops

Links with other international business forums

AIWF Members Application Form


To receive a membership form, kindly contact:
Arab International Women’s Forum
4th Floor, 45 Albemarle Street,
London W1S 4JL
United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 207 409 7788 Fax: 44 207 409 7575

Email: [email protected] Website:

Joining Fee: £50 (payable once only)

Annual Membership Fees: Individual £50

Associations £100

Corporate £150

For new members there is a joining fee in addition to the annual membership dues. Please remit full payment. For membership renewals, please submit only the annual membership fees.



Arab International Women’s Forum
4th Floor, 45 Albemarle Street,
London W1S 4JL
United Kingdom

Telephone: 44 207 409 7788 Fax: 44 207 409 7575

Email: [email protected]

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