Interviews with leading businesswomen
In the UAE

In light of International Women's Day (IWD), Hays Middle East interviewed some the UAE’s leading businesswomen to understand more about their experiences of gender diversity in the workplace and how they have progressed in their careers to date.

By reading the Q&As, you will gain unique insights about the qualifications, beliefs, values and motivations that have enabled them to secure leadership positions across their different industries.

No matter what your level of seniority, gender or profession, we hope these provide you with inspiration for your own career success.

Featured interviews:

Suzanne Gandy, Director, Director of Talent Management, DMCC

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“I think the UAE has successfully managed to strike a fine balance between celebrating femininity and providing increasing educational and career opportunities for women”

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Helen Mellor-Mitchell, VP Brand Engagement & Communications, Dubai Airports

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“I’m happy to witness such positive steps towards the advancement of professional women in the UAE.”

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Dr Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services, Etihad Airways

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“Career success is not about your gender, it is about your skillset, your achievements and your confidence.”

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Sarah Chambers, Head of HR - Middle East Markets, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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“In my experience and within the organisations I have worked, performance and output have always been the driver for career opportunities whether it be for men or women.”

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Dr Mai Al Jaber, Acting Medical Director and Public Health Specialist, Healthpoint - a Mubadala Company

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“Education and knowledge are key to women’s empowerment. If a young woman is well educated, she will acquire employable skills which will lead her to making measurable contributions to the country.”

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Cheryl Thornton, HR Director - People & Performance, Major Retail Group

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“I believe gender equality to be one of the most challenging issues across most industries as it takes time and a lot of commitment from many stakeholders inside and outside of a company to address.”

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Randa Bessiso, Middle East Director, The University of Manchester

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“The business world is finally changing and recognising the full economic and other benefits of a strong presence for women in the workplace.”

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