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The Arab International Women’s Forum extends deep thanks and appreciation to Shell Middle East, Pepsico Beverages, Hildon, Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, General Motors and HSBC as Global Corporate Sponsors. Their support is gratefully acknowledged.
Present in over 130 countries, Shell aims to meet the energy and petrochemicals needs of society in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Shell produces more oil and gas than any other private company. We integrate our business from seismic surveys and drilling, through trading and refining, to the marketing of fuels, electricity and chemicals to over 20 million customers a day. Shell has pioneered much of the world’s oil and gas technology in use today and we continue to innovate in all our activities, including our growing renewable energy business.

Shell’s partnerships in the Middle East stretch back over a century. Today they are involved in exploration and production in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Iran, Oman and Syria and are developing business in Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Corporate social responsibility is very much on the Shell agenda with the view to maximizing employment opportunities and providing sustainable development as part of their ongoing activities.

Since Marcus Samuel’s first tanker passed through the Suez Canal on August 24th 1892, Shell has had a close association with the Arab world. Today, enshrined in our business principles is the goal to promote the development and best use of human talent and equal opportunity employment. As we look to the future and our continued commitment to building partnerships and doing business across the Middle East, we can think of no better way to do this than by association with Arab women’s groups such as the AIWF.



Pepsi the company and the brands are closely interwoven into the whole fabric of Arab society, and supporting groups in society is a central part of that fabric. Through our support of groups like the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), our partners in the region and the music and sports stars we work with to promote our products, Pepsi is at the centre of Arab life.

Having achieved considerable success in the region, we take our role in the local communities very seriously. The Arab International Women’s Forum is an example of this commitment. Representing professional women from 22 countries and from diverse backgrounds ranging from technology to manufacturing, the AIWF is making significant contributions to breakdown the stereotypes that still exist in many business circles.

It is through our partnerships with groups like the AIWF that we are able to give back to the community in which we operate. At Pepsi, we feel corporate responsibility has become a central role in everyday business practice.

Some readers may be aware that PepsiCo celebrated its centenary in 1998. What may not be so apparent is that this year we are celebrating 50 years of uninterrupted business in the Arab World.

Given that Pepsi only formed an international division in 1934, which at that time marked the commencement of sales outside US borders, our half-century in the Middle East is a major milestone for the company. We believe it is testimony to how integrated Pepsi is in the region and, in turn, how strong the region’s relationship is with us.

In enjoying the status of the number one brand by far, we also recognise that with this lofty position comes a high level of responsibility to everyone with whom we come into contact. Employment is a key priority for us and we strongly recognise the skills local women can bring to business success.

At Pepsi, we have strived and succeeded in employing some of the best available Arab talent, which has allowed us to better understand and therefore serve the needs of the local community and the Arab market as a whole.

In countries such as Jordan, Lebanon or Egypt the majority of our workforce is drawn from the local population and we are among the biggest single employers in these countries.

We have also taken our citizenship programme a major step further forward. Companies such as Pepsi continue to give back to the community that have proved to be such strong supporters of ours over so many years. With that in mind, PepsiCo Middle East and Africa will be donating an additional $1 million towards supporting a range of educational projects in the Arab World.

We sincerely hope our platinum sponsorship of the AIWF helps in building the power of professional women in all Arab countries. Partly because we know such an organisation is critical, and partly because we call on this workforce to help our business succeed.
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Hildon Natural Mineral Water has graced the dining tables of the finest hotels and restaurants around the UK for over a decade, as well as supplying numerous countries across Europe, USA and the UAE to name a few.

Hildon Natural Mineral water is extracted from the chalk hills of the English countryside and is fully protected from the environment. Bottled at source, Hildon Natural Mineral Water represents the finest quality and exceptional taste.

Hildon offers a well balanced, clean, pure taste and is synonymous with all that is stylish in the restaurant and hotel world.

In 2003 Hildon launched a Home Delivery Service, allowing consumers to have Hildon Natural Mineral Water delivered directly to their door. The full range of glass and plastic bottles is available in both delightfully still and gently carbonated.
Hildon is synonymous with prestige, luxury and quality that is perfect for fine dinning and home entertaining as well as for a visit to the gym, out and about or leisurely picnics.

Hildon Natural Mineral Water is proud to be associated with the Arab International Women’s Forum.

Information on the Hildon Home Delivery Service can be found on our website www.hildon.com
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Diversity “a business must” for Procter & Gamble.

“All the data I’ve seen in 30 years of being in business – and all of my personal experience at P&G over the last 23 years – convince me that a diverse organization will out-think, out-innovate, and out-perform a homogenous organization every single time”. A. G. Lafley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive-the Procter & Gamble Company.

Procter & Gamble believes that that leveraging the diversity of its staff is a business imperative for winning in the global marketplace and an ethical responsibility anchored in P&G’s shared values. P&G has close to 100,000 talented people all over the world. 36% of its managers are women and this proportion grows each year.
P&G has brought diversity to life in the workplace with many initiatives. These include:Making leadership accountable for building diversity by setting gender targets at each level in the organization Employee mentoring programs where senior women and men coach and share experience with young managers in their field of work Gender awareness training- for men and women alike Flexible work arrangements, including the possibility for flexible or reduced work schedules, job sharing, work from home, family care leave, maternity and paternity leaves, and personal leaves of absence like sabbaticals.About P&G

Two billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the largest and strongest portfolios of trusted, quality brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Bounty®, Pringles®, Folgers®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Actonel®, Olay® and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy®. The P&G community consists of nearly 98,000 employees working in almost 80 countries worldwide. Please visit www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.Touching Lives, Improving LifeP&G
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PricewaterhouseCoopers is very pleased to be associated with the AIWF. Our success as an organisation depends upon unlocking the potential of our people, in the same way that the AIWF aims to open up the opportunities and influence of Arab women in business and government.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ strength is built on the diversity and talents of 130,000 people in 144 countries. We work most effectively for our clients when we harness the rich mix of our collective skills, knowledge and backgrounds. We connect together within our organisation, with our clients and in the wider communities in which we operate to create stronger ideas and better answers. We call this approach Connected Thinking. Through it, we combine our capabilities in order to bring fresh perspectives that go beyond conventional thoughts and solutions.

It seems to me that this approach fits well with the aims of the AIWF and its ‘Building Bridges, Building Business’ ideology. I am therefore delighted that we are able to support the work and objectives of the Fund.

Elham Hassan
Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bahrain
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With a heritage stretching back over eighty years, General Motors (GM) today brings its host of vehicle brands, services and technologies to customers across the region. Through its regional headquarters in Dubai, GM oversees operations in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Yemen – the largest presence of any automaker in the region.

The range of vehicles offered by GM in the region under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Opel, Saab and Hummer brands is unmatched by any other manufacturer. From small cars like the Chevrolet Aveo to full size trucks such as the GMC Suburban or luxury cars like the Cadillac STS, GM offers the Arab customer reliable, fun to drive vehicles.

GM was the first automaker to test, validate and re-engineer its vehicles with specifications tailored for the harsh driving conditions and specific customer preferences of the region. GM also offers a rich after-sales experience through the ACDelco and GM Parts businesses.

General Motors is dedicated to contributing to ongoing development of the region, recently announcing plans to build several educational programmes to develop local talent in hand with leading educational institutions in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

GM’s commitment to the region has never been stronger as evidenced by the number of new vehicle introductions, customer service initiatives and significant investments in business infrastructure.


“Thousands of employees, partners and retailers are the face and spirit of GM in the Arab world. Their expertise has helped spearhead GM’s globalization while their roots have anchored us to local communities over many generations.”
Maureen Kempston Darkes
GM Group Vice President
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At IBM, workforce diversity is a business imperative as fundamental as delivering superior technologies and services to the marketplace. We strive to be a great company not only for our customers, suppliers, partners, and other stakeholders, but for our 320,000 employees and the communities in which we work and serve. At IBM we benefit from and participate in the diversity of 164 countries throughout the world. Diversity is a global priority. We are committed to making workforce diversity a bridge between the workplace and the marketplace everywhere we operate.

IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com<Back to Top>


HSBC’s Private Bank provides private banking and trustee services to high net worth individuals and their families through 60 locations in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.

Within the dedicated global team that handles the banking needs of High Net Worth Individuals from the Middle East and North Africa region, including the Middle East Diaspora world-wide, there is a devoted team of 12 female relationship managers, who focus specifically on advising, guiding and managing the investments and financial needs of Arab women for both their businesses and their families.

The team’s success is driven by a long history of referrals. Located in London, Geneva, Dubai and Lebanon these 12 relationship managers use their expertise in the financial world and discreet access to women in the region to bring an array of financial solutions to the most complex of problems.<Back to Top>
 AIWF ACKNOWLEDGESThe Board of Trustees and members of the Arab International Women’s Forum would like to extend their warmest thanks to Mr Fawzi Beidas and Mrs Tohfe Beidas for their kind contribution as Annual Partners, as well as for their continued support of AIWF News. The AIWF extends its warmest thanks and appreciation to
Jumeirah International
for their generous and ongoing support. 
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AIWF wishes to thank our 2005 Programme Corporate Partners

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The Arab International Women’s Forum would like to thank the following conference sponsors for their kind contributions to the Third Annual AIWF Conference.
<Back to Top>AIWF CONFERENCE 2003 SPONSORSAIWF is most appreciative of the generous support for the
Second Annual Conference from

Partner Sponsor
Pepsi International

And also to Principal Contributor
Procter & Gamble

Jumeirah International

 AIWF CONFERENCE 2002 SPONSORSAIWF acknowledges the support of the AIWF Conference 2002 SponsorsHSBC Republic
Jumeirah International
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The Arab International Women’s Forum extends special thanks to
His Excellency Dr Ghazi Algosaibi
and acknowledges with gratitude his most valued endorsement. The AIWF also acknowledges with appreciation and gratitude the valued support of the following distinguished organisations as corporate founder sponsors.Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London
Al Bawardi Enterprises LLC
Euromoney Institutional Investor plc
Emirates International Forum
HSBC Republic (International)
Shell Oman Marketing Company
 We would also like to thank
H.E. Muhammad Bin Issa Al Jaber
 Chairman of MBI International, for his valued sponsorship of the AIWF NEWS 2002-2003.