February 24, 2017


Eruke Ojuederie

In the year 2016, there was a lot of optimism as to the sudden flock of women into the political scene across the globe especially with the very daring US Presidential elections. Although that election did not particularly go well for the women folk, hopes were heightened at the level of possibilities available to women in this day and time.

This new drive brings a certain freshness from what was obtainable in the past but there are still lots of questions to be asked. With the inclusion of gender equality among the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN), governments of the world have been put on their toes in ensuring that women get a fair treatment as regards societal norms and beliefs, as well as get a sizeable fraction of the good things in their environment which include good jobs, leadership and political placements and other choice benefits- but how far has this quest gone relative to the 2030 target set for the achievement of the SDGs.

Some of the salient questions that need to be asked are: How many women are qualified to take up leadership position? Is the society ready for women leadership? Are men comfortable with having women leaders? What can be done to enhance women participation in fixing societal issues?

Between the years 2015 and 2016, a number of women holding political offices were displaced as a result of allegations of corrupt practices. Could it be said that this is a ploy by the men to rid the few female political leaders of their exalted positions or are the women really culpable?


This calls for a rethink and proper evaluation within women groups and political parties fielding female candidates. There should be a conscious effort towards the development of women who have indicated interest in ascending leadership positions such that it never seems as though women are simply playing the “girl card” but rather are selected based on competence, outstanding leadership qualities, and merit.

Like the vibrant leadership in Germany and in different sphere where women have led successfully, the inclusion of women in functional positions may just be the missing part of the puzzle in the developmental process of any society. Since some women in leadership capacities have proven their worth by unlocking the full potentials required to cause growth and development in a democratic setting, it is necessary for women across regions to be fully ready to undertake this leadership task which may be slightly different from daily family routine.

While the world awaits the unique prowess of women in tackling world issues, the onus lies on the women across regions to prove to the world that these tasks are not beyond the simplicity and gentleness that comes along with feminity just like some of the powerful women in politics today are doing.

By: Sejal Parikh

Long distance relationships are plagued by far more problems than the gut-wrenching pain of separation itself. In fact, it has been observed that ‘distance’ isn’t the hardest part of a long distance relationship at all. The real challenge implicit within the long distance equation is the discrepancy between your expectations for the relationship and the reality of your current situation. It is within the ‘gap’ between these dual ends of the long distance dynamic that all the long distance relationship problems vacillate.

The long distance relationship problems faced by couples can be grouped under three broad categories:

    Communication problems

    Relationship problems

    Psychological problems

  1. Communication problems

Communication is an important ingredient of all relationships. Especially so, in the case of long distance relationships, where you can’t see the expression on your partner’s face or establish some form of physical contact as a communicative gesture, say, a comforting hug or holding hands as a token of reassurance. However, communication in a long distance relationship has its own unique set of problems that are difficult to tackle. One needs an unwavering commitment toward the relationship to pitch in the efforts required to overcome the communication problems of a long distance relationship:

(i) Time zone differences

When you and your partner live on different continents, ‘TIME’ is a huge problem. Time differences create a consistent problem of syncing timetables, aligning one’s schedules in accordance to not one but two time zones, creating an overlapping time span for communication, and braving the challenges implicit in the process. Oftentimes, a lapse in this rather complicated process of keeping track of your partner’s activities and timetables alongside your own creates a gap that takes some more ‘time’ (which of course are differently aligned, phew!) to bridge. Of course, if you happen to get a hang of it, you might be in for some REAL proficiency in time management and planning and organizing skills.

(ii) Discrepancy over mode of communication

It is a known fact that men prefer to chat while women tend to give more weightage to talking. As such, it is common for couples separated by an ocean to be in deep waters over a discrepancy in their choice of a preferable mode of communication. Of course, all long distance lovers tend to use a choicest mix of communication tools and apps; however, the preferential modes still need to be aligned across an overlapping zone of ‘mutually agreed upon tools’ and used in an optimal manner to prevent disputes arising over frequency of voice calls, video chat sessions or even curt, monosyllabic text replies!!

(iii) Difference of ‘primary love languages’

Dr. Gary Chapman has often iterated upon the power of words to forge emotional as well as physical intimacy. In his revealing book on love languages for singles, he iterates upon the use of words to forge a deep connection with a person who may be sitting away from you behind a computer screen. Surprisingly, his techniques are instrumental in averting the problems in this area. Couples in a long distance relationship are deprived, in a sense, of three of the five primary languages that Chapman mentions in his book ‘The Language of Love’ and therefore, it is difficult to pin down a primary language of love that shall be efficacious to bridge the distance of miles, from across the continent. Couples in a long distance relationship face a consistent problem of understanding their partner’s communicative pattern and adapting to it for effective communication. This is especially true for a relatively new and budding long distance relationship.

(iv) Dependence on technology

In a long distance relationship, partners come to love and hate technology at the same time. While it helps them bring closer, it also creates a rift between them. Technology acts as a double-edged sword – an enabling medium of bringing your loved ones closer whilst also pushing them apart, in ways that aren’t blatant. How, you’d ask. When one is constantly texting their beloved to share details of their day, staying updated on their activities through social media, seeing them whenever they want through FaceTime, Google Hangout or Skype, talking twenty times in the day during wonky work hours for a few minutes and even SnapChat-ting when a particular ice cream truck reminds you of them or spamming them with sappy romantic numbers on a song app, it is but inevitable that ‘time made for some REAL sharing,’ when you actually get to talk after a long day, has already been devoured by the virtual glutton. As such, technology divides in ways that aren’t immediately visible until the cracks begin to appear.

(v) Problems faced as a result of the long distance communication

Being apart poses a few problems for long distance couples that geographically close couples do not face. Not being able to see the expression of their partner when they say something or not being able to read the intonation of a text or understand the rationale behind a mail are a few ways in which misunderstanding creeps into the equation between long distance lovers.

Of course all of these long distance relationship problems can be overcome vis-à-vis effective communication. Emma Dargie, a PhD student in clinical psychology at Queen’s University, maintains that the single best advice to have a healthy long distance relationship is to have effective communication.

    “Establish the needs of each partner early on, practice working towards meeting those needs, and give feedback about which needs are still being unmet,” says Dargie. “These needs can include agreeing on anything from on how often the couple communicates to how frequently they take time to see each other in person. In fact, it’s important to set dates for meet ups. Going long distance with no end in sight can be trickier.”


  1. Relationship problems

Every relationship has its own share of problems. In a long distance relationship, these problems are compounded by the miles between the partners. As such, it becomes difficult for long distance partners to resolve problems as easily as their geographically close counterparts. The relationship problems that are seen to evolve in such a dynamic are:

(i) Possibility of growing apart

Spending majority of their time apart inevitably causes long distance partners to lead lives that are distinctly separate and not necessarily similar in quality to one another. As such, it is quite possible that the lovers grow apart instead of being able to grow individually within the ambit of feeling committed to each other. It is important that the couple retain their individual identities whilst also feeling exhorted to invest time, energy, and emotions into their commitment to each other. A fine balance between growing together as well as individually has to be struck, so as to avert the possibility of growing apart. This closely ties in with the next problem – the challenge of dependency.

(ii) The challenge of dependency

Dr. Kenneth J. Davidson, sociology professor and co-author of the textbook, Marriage and Family at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire describes three types of dependency in the marriage set-up, that can be applied with equal ease to any romantic relationship: A-frame, H-frame, and M-frame. An A-frame equation is one in which one partner is too dependent upon the other. An H-frame is a relationship of total independence in which very little couple identity develops. An M-frame equation, on the other hand, balances dependence and independence to form an interdependent relationship. In a long distance relationship, couples tend to either fall victim to an A-frame pattern or grow into an H-frame pattern. This inevitably points toward a rapidly growing downward spiral that may result in a fallout. This is just one of the many long distance marriage problems that can arise. 

(iii) Lack of physical interaction

Physical intimacy is an important element of relationships. The lack of physical interaction in long distance relationships can create problems that make monogamy a hard rule to adhere to in long distance relationships.

(iv) Absence of tangible support

Another stumbling block for partners in a long distance relationship is the conspicuous ‘presence’ of the ‘absence of another.’ No matter the evolution of technology, there still seems to be a tangible aspect of ‘presence’ missing from long distance relationships owing to a lack of support in good times and bad – coz there are times when a promotion or a loss of a loved one just cannot be celebrated or grieved for over a phone call.

(v) Issues blown out of proportion

I know that any dispute in a romantic relationship (words said in anger or hurtful situations) sear twice as much. The intensity is doubled for a long distance relationship. From trivial, insignificant matters (themselves magnified owing to the distance) like ten unanswered calls to larger issues like a chance encounter with an ex can hurt acutely and create discernible rifts that can be difficult to bridge.

Again, the most important thing to bear in mind to tackle these problems with long distance relationship is to communicate about the issues that are creeping into the equation, strive to resolve them, push each other to pitch in equal parts effort and time to attain an ideal M-frame style of relationship and commit, completely to nurturing, building, and sustaining the relationship.

  1. Psychological problems

The most difficult part of a long distance relationship is the impact the physical separation has on one’s mental health. The emotional problems of a long distance relationship are the most daunting challenge of a long distance equation and some of the psychological problems of the long distance relationship are very hard to overcome, making you question, do long distance relationships work. Trust me, they do work. Just takes a bit of effort and faith on your part.

(i) Loneliness

Combating the feeling of loneliness is a lone battle. More so for someone who cannot fly into the arms of one’s beloved whenever one wants. Loneliness is a common problem that plagues most long distance relationships, at some point or other. The absence of your significant other and an awareness of the long time span that has to elapse until you get to see them in person, can make the feeling a rather overwhelming one to bear.

(ii) Depression

Depression can set in for individuals in a long distance relationship when the pangs of loneliness begin to eat away at the essence of their mental health. A conspicuous lack of fulfillment (emotional or otherwise) and a discernible discrepancy between the image in their head and the reality of their situation can cause the long distance lover to be depressed. The long-term effects of depression can be harmful to the health of the individual partner and that of the relationship.

(iii) Anxiety

Unlike depression and loneliness, anxiety is an emotion that cannot be dealt with alone. There is an element of exclusivity about this emotion that makes the issues raised as a result of anxiety levels difficult to tackle. Anxiety can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic factors like one’s own trust levels and agreements on set boundaries, acceptable/unacceptable relationship behavior may put strain on the relationship while extrinsic factors like a partner’s frequency of interactions with members of the opposite sex and estrangement or low time investment by the partner may create rifts.

(iv) Insecurity

Getting insecure about a partner’s interactions with members of the opposite sex is natural. Failing to deal effectively with the anxiety so caused may create jealousy to emerge and can cause excessively obsessive behavior that may cause immense emotional damage to both parties as well as the relationship.

(v) Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a common element of most long distance relationships. It has been found that being uncertain of the relationship’s likely outcome/possible future puts excessive strain on the relationship. This uncertainty about the relationship’s direction and the absence of a set of mutually-agreed upon goals can cause the relationship to be ripped apart. Being committed to a romantic relationship with no end in sight can only create an unhealthy environment, fatal to the participants’ mental health as well as the relationship.

Patience, trust, endurance, a strong sense of commitment and frequent visits along with effective, healthy communication is key to tackling the problems and challenges of a long distance relationship. Emotional fulfillment, strong connection and a deep bond of intimacy have to be forged in order for a long distance relationship to thrive.

It isn’t easy, but when your heart says it’s worth it, it really is!!

By: Niveen Ghoneim

As a mechanic, Liqa’ El Khouly is challenging stereotypes in Egyptian culture, by pursuing a career in a male-dominated industry. She chats with our Niveen Ghoneim and takes us on the wild ride that has been her life so far.

Under Luxor’s scorching sun, Liqa’ El Khouly leaves the comfort of her house for a hard day’s work, goes back home, wakes up the next morning, and does it all over again – nothing out of the ordinary. In the unforgiving culture of Upper Egypt, however, it takes everything in a woman not to falter under the accusing eyes of the provincial townies of Esna. To them, her role in life is largely that of a uterus; she is not fit to handle the nuts and bolts of an automobile; she couldn’t possibly wrap her head around the mechanics of this intricate piece of heavy machinery.

Nine years ago, El Khouly discovered her true passion: fixing cars. “I love everything in a car; the engine, the body, everything,” she says. She would accompany her father to his auto repair shop where she learned the craft; she would join him every day after school to observe, learn, and try her hand at mechanics. Now the 20-year-old is an osta 2ad el donia (Egyptian colloquialism for ‘ace’); she can detect the malfunction ailing your car and fix it right up. It hasn’t been easy considering her XX chromosomes, which constitute an affliction in some cultures. “People would tell me ‘you’re a girl, you can’t lie under a car’, ‘you shouldn’t work’, ‘you deal with too many men’,” she recounts. “It didn’t faze me one bit, I kept going.”

Yet it wouldn’t be fair to say that it was her against the world since the people that matter to her the most have always stood by her side. “My family is very supportive of my decision; I don’t care what anybody else says, my father is always with me,” she says, gratifyingly. Many may slip into complacency after achieving success – for a case in point, look up Lindsay Lohan – but El Khouly is no dilettante. “I am constantly looking to evolve and develop my knowledge of mechanics, keeping myself up-to-date with the latest technological advancements in the field,” she says. Her fascination with mechanics is not an act of rebellion but rather a lifelong commitment she would happily forsake all else to pursue. “If I ever decide to get married, my husband would have to be okay with my job because it is not something I’m willing to give up that easily,” she says.  

The silent co-conspirator against El Khouly and other like-minded female auto enthusiasts is Egypt’s vocational education system. “There are no mechanics departments for girls in our vocational schools,” she tells us. Lucky for her, her hands knew their way around a car long before her mind did; El Khouly learned in practice, so when she had the opportunity to enroll in a government training program, she had absolutely no problem keeping up with her male classmates.    The world doesn’t afford women much, but we do what we can with what we get, and El Khouly’s success is testament to that; but, for every successful woman, there are thousands who don’t make it. As with any persecuted group, basic human rights – such as entering a profession of your own choosing – comes at a steep price, a reality El Khouly is aware of despite having grown up in a somewhat progressive household. “A lot of women want to do what I do for a living but can’t because their parents won’t let them,” she says.


“I want to establish a training centre in Esna where young women can learn mechanics,” she says. As for herself, she doesn’t ask for much – a multi-million dollar car maintenance centre will do. “I wish to have my own business one day”. I want to establish a fully equipped state-of-the-art car maintenance centre and hire women; they wouldn’t have to slide under cars – I want there to be car lifts!” she says magnanimously. Times are changing, Egyptian women have come a long way since our pre-Hoda Shaarawi days, but a woman still needs her parents’ ‘blessings’ before she can pursue a career of her own volition. Women can fly planes, write books, devise nuclear weapons, and rack up Fields Medals, Nobel Prizes, Oscars, Grammys, etc., but we are somehow still stuck in that mental place where a girl needs her baba and mama’s permission before she can commit herself to a career choice only SHE has to live with for the rest of HER life. While that may not apply to El Khouly – her success is due in part to her parent’s support. This,  she says is why women don’t go into science and engineering, not because we are dumb, but because our choices are already made for us. Whoever designed our vocational education system probably thought to himself – I am going to take a wild guess here and venture that it was a ‘he’ – “would I let my daughter be a mechanic? No, so no mechanics department for girls!”

“Customs and traditions still dictate our lives here [in Upper Egypt], but things are slowly changing,” she says pensively.

Mexico is warning its citizens in the US to “take precautions” following the deportation of a Mexican woman who had lived in the US for more than 20 years.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said the case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos illustrated “the new reality”.

The mother-of-two was detained on recently when she went for a routine check-in with immigration officials.

President Donald Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigrants with criminal records.

Garcia de Rayos, 36, had pleaded guilty in 2009 to using forged documents to get a job and was issued with a deportation order in 2013.

However, she was allowed to remain under President Barack Obama’s policy of leniency towards undocumented migrants who had entered the US as children.

Garcia de Rayos’s children were born in the US and they remain there with her husband.


“The case of Mrs Garcia de Rayos illustrates the new reality for the Mexican community living in the United States, facing the most severe implementation of immigration control measures,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.

“For this reason, the entire Mexican community is invited to take precautions and to keep in touch with its nearest consulate, to obtain the necessary assistance to face a situation of this type.”

The ministry said Mexico’s consulates in the US were “stepping up” their work to protect fellow nationals “anticipating more severe immigration measures to be implemented by the authorities”.

It urged Mexicans to have an emergency plan in case they had to return home.

Last November, Mexico published a list of measures aimed at helping citizens living in the US following the election of Mr. Trump.

Seven protesters were arrested late on recently as they tried to block a vehicle taking Garcia de Rayos away from the immigration office in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was being held.

Her lawyer, Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, said she was taken to Nogales in Mexico on Thursday morning by US immigration staff.

Mr. Ybarra-Maldonado had earlier told the New York Times that a “war on immigrants” had begun.

Garcia de Rayos was detained a few days after President Trump signed an executive order broadening the regulations covering deportation.

It stipulates that any undocumented immigrants convicted of a criminal offence get priority for deportation.

An estimated 11 million immigrants were living in the US illegally as of 2014.

Source: BBC News



An Indonesian woman arrested on suspicion of the murder of North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia was told she was taking part in a comedy TV show prank, Indonesia’s police chief has claimed.

Tito Karnavian said Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to take part in a series of pranks that involved convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water. She was reportedly told this was part of filming for a comedy TV show called “Just for Laughs”.

“Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong Nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer,” Mr. Karnavian said.

“She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents.”

North Korea demands Malaysia return Kim Jong-nam’s body immediately

Mr. Kim was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport on recently by what appeared to be two female assassins who sprayed him with an unknown poison.

Ms. Aisyah was arrested along with her boyfriend, who police said was not a suspect but had been detained in order to help them with their inquiries. Another woman, believed to be a Vietnamese national, is also in custody.

Mr. Karnavian’s claims echo those made by relatives of Ms. Aisyah, who said she had been hired to perform in a short comedy film and had travelled to China for the work.

Other family members said she had initially gone to Malaysia along with her then-husband and their young son in order to find work.

Ms Aisyah’s mother, Benah, said it was “impossible” her daughter was an assassin.

“My daughter is not like that, she is just a country girl”, she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Inside the daily life in North Korea

The news comes as Malaysia warned it would not release Mr. Kim’s body to North Korea unless one of his relatives comes forward to provide a DNA sample. 

Police warned that without DNA from a next of kin, they would refuse to hand over the body or release the autopsy report which could reveal the cause of death.

Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat told Agence France-Presse: “So far no family member or next of kin has come to identify or claim the body. We need a DNA sample of a family member to match the profile of the dead person.

“North Korea has submitted a request to claim the body but before we release the body we have to identify who the body belongs to.”


Mr. Kim died after he was attacked while waiting to board a flight to Macau.

South Korean authorities believe suspects sprayed or splashed a poisonous liquid into his face, causing him to collapse and die shortly afterwards on the way to hospital.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday despite objections from diplomats at the North Korean embassy.

It is not clear when the results will be made public.

Mr. Kim was estranged from his younger brother and lived with his wife and two children in Macau on the south coast of China. He had previously spoken out against his family’s dynastic control of North Korea.

A number of South Korean media reports had said two female suspects were believed to be North Korean agents working on behalf of Kim Jong-un, although this could not be confirmed.

It emerged that prior to his death, Mr. Kim had reportedly written a letter to his half-brother pleading with him to withdraw a standing order for his assassination, following an alleged attempt to kill him in 2012.

Source: BBC News

Having observed the burden and cost of shipping in her environment, Laura Behrens Wu set out to ameliorate the plight of the common man by building GoShippo to make it easier and less expensive to undertake shipping activities for e-commerce.

Laura grew up in Germany.  She lived there until she was 6 years old.  Her father works for the Germany foreign ministry, a diplomat, so he was moving from country to country.  Her Mom who is from Taiwan stayed home raising the family.  Her parents met when they were 18/19 when her father was in Taiwan studying Chinese.  Her Mother went to back to Germany with her Father to get her graduate degree and never left.

At six Laura moved to Beijing for six years.  She went to the German school in Beijing so that no matter where she moved the curriculum would remain the same and make the transition easier.  Their next stop was Berlin for two years, Ecuador for two years and then Cairo for two years.  The constant movement made their family unit very strong.

After Cairo, Laura went to college in Switzerland where she majored in economics.  One summer she spent as a research assistant and another she traveled.  While she was there she spent her junior semester abroad at Harvard.  It was the first time she had been in the US.  She was speaking fluent English and loving it.  The entire experience was inspirational.  She found the diversity and the people empowering.

Laura went directly to business school after graduating.  She attended the University of St. Gallen that specializes in the fields of business, economics, law and international affairs.  Part of the curriculum is doing an internship.  At Harvard people were talking about Teach for America.  Laura decided she wanted to do an internship at a Y Combinator company in SF.  She went to work at LendUp that offer socially responsible loans to people for education.

She went out for that internship and never came back to finish graduate school.  Her business partner Simon who she met at business school was on the same roadmap.  He went out there and never came back either. 


Laura and Simon decided they wanted to get into something that was transactional.  They began to realize that shipping was a huge pain point for e-commerce companies.  They wanted to figure out the problem of how to get products from one end of the globe to the other with a better more efficient shipping rate.  They began to optimize shipping through an API platform.

They decided to apply to 500 Start-ups to get a few test users and then raise capital.  Laura was part of the 500 Start-ups (Batch 8) group.  Currently, Shippo is being used by small companies, medium sized companies and large companies.  Through analytics they are tackling the shipping industry.

Shippo is the leading API and dashboard for shipping that empowers platforms, marketplaces, warehouses and ecommerce stores with the building blocks they need to succeed. The company processes millions of shipments per month for more than 10,000 customers. With instant access to multiple shipping carriers for real-time rates, printing labels, automating international paperwork, tracking packages and facilitating returns, companies of all sizes trust Shippo to power their shipping.

Shippo is backed by esteemed investors including Union Square Ventures, SoftTechVC, Version One Ventures, FundersClub and others.

Laura has a quick mind which is data driven and sharp.  She is always warm and engaging. As e-commerce mobile platforms get bigger each year the importance of Shippo is spot on.   It saves companies money and time.  Shippo is changing the way companies’ ship goods locally and globally.


Mrs. Al Gurg is the Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), as well as a well-known businesswoman in the Middle East region. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the group under the tutelage of her father, the Chairman, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Her counsel and valuable insights have significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of ESAG.

A leading business woman in her own right, Mrs. Al Gurg has carved a unique niche for herself in the region due to her support and encouragement of Arab women entrepreneurs.  She is the President of Dubai Business Women Council, Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Board member of the Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), Dubai Women’s Association. Mrs. Al Gurg is the first Emirati woman on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and is also on the advisory board of Coutts Bank, the wealth division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She is the Head of the Auditing Committee at the Federal Customs Authority and a Board member.  She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. Mrs. Raja Al Gurg is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mandate is to promote the UAE as a centre of excellence for medical research and education. She holds memberships at the Dubai Economic Council, Arab International Women’s Forum, National Advisory Council and College of Business Sciences.



Mrs. Al Gurg was listed among ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ for 2015 by Forbes and was also first in the Forbes Middle East’s ranking of ‘The 200 Most Powerful Arab Women’ for 2014 and was also on the Forbes Middle East list of ‘The Most Influential Arab Women in Family Business’ in 2013. She is ranked fifth in the list of the‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2012’ compiled by CEO Middle East; was ranked among the top 100 – 58th place in the list of the world’s most influential Arabs in the Arabian Business 2012 Power 500 listing. Forbes International also listed her as the 4th most powerful Arab businesswoman in 2006.  She has earned several other plaudits and awards in recent years. These include the Stevie Award for Women in Business in 2011 and the ‘World of Difference Award’ from the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) in 2009. Mrs. Al Gurg was also selected as the figure of the month, ‘The Mother of Pearl amongst Businesswomen’ by the Al Waref Institute for Humanitarian Studies in Washington in 2010.

Mrs. Al Gurg represents the U.A.E. at many international conferences and round-tables as a key-note speaker and is also part of the Government of Dubai’s official delegation for various trade and commerce meetings. She also hosted the first MENA Businesswomen’s Network Forum, in her capacity as the President of the Dubai Business Women Council. 

Besides providing valuable counsel to various business groups and international trade alliances, Mrs. Al Gurg spends considerable time in several philanthropic, social and charitable activities, notably with the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation and the Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE organisation with global aspirations dedicated to making lasting and significant contributions in healthcare to transform lives.