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Dr Kefaya Abdulmalek Named most Inspirational Arab Woman

posted on: Nov 2, 2017

Lulu & Najla Al Mishari, Fashion winners at the Arab Women Awards 2017. Image: Grace Guino /ITP Images


The Arab Woman Awards recently held its fifth annual ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mubarak Fahad Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Undersecretary of the Emiri Diwan.

The ceremony was held in partnership with Hayatt Breast Cancer Foundation and honoured inspiring Arab women who were selected to win in the award’s various categories in recognition of their outstanding contributions across fields including business, the arts, philanthropy and medicine.

This year’s edition of the awards acknowledged inventor Hawraa Al Qallaf, who created a new technology for hearing impaired parents to alert them if their babies are in distress; artist Alia Farid who recently had her first solo exhibition in Paris and Dr Kefaya Abdulmalek who was named ‘Inspirational Arab Woman of the Year 2017’ for her outstanding work in the field of medicine.

HE Sheikh Mubarak Fahad Al-Salem Al-Sabah chaired the judging board and said of the winners “These women help us as a nation to develop so we should rightly be proud of the work they are doing to continuously push forward and improve people’s lives here.  I personally always find it amazing to discover women in Kuwait, who you may not have even heard about before, achieving things for the greater good.”

Reem AlGhanim, daugther of Sheikha Souad Al Homaizi, accepts the Special Recognition given posthumously to her mother, from Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media.

This year’s winners included managing director of Schlumberger in Kuwait, Shaima Salmeen; shooting sisters Sarah & Shahad Al Hawal who both won the sports award; social media sensation Fouz Al Fahad; founder of the Engineers Without Borders in Kuwait, humanitarian Zainab Garashi and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Reem Al Khaled.

A special tribute was paid to the late Sheikha Souad Al Homaizi who was considered to be one of the most pioneering women in business in Kuwait with an award presented posthumously to her daughter, Reem AlGhanim.

Sheikh Mubarak also used the event to highlight the work of the women from Hayatt Breast Cancer Foundation.

The private event was attended by over 250 dignitaries including members of the Kuwait royal family, ambassadors, doctors, leading businesswomen, winners and their families.  Guests were treated to an operatic soprano by Bosnian singer Aida Corbadzic who had flown in especially for the evening and enjoyed a unique three course meal created by Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait executive chef Sebastiano Spriveri.