Manama, 17th January 2010: BNP Paribas hosted today its 2nd Annual Regional Women and Leadership Conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bahrain, in the presence of a prominent panel, including H.E. Dr. Majeed Al Alawi, Minister of Labour of Bahrain, H.E Dr. Najar Al Baharna, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain.
The 2nd Annual BNP Paribas Women & Leadership conference was co-organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and broadcasted by MBC Group.
Moderated by Nima Abou Wardeh, Founder of Mzone and Presenter of BBC ME Business Report, the conference included a panel with a number of distinguished speakers, and was followed by a series of workshops on Women & Politics, Women & Media, Women & Business, and Women & Education. The workshops, which were lead by influential men and women representing different sectors across the GCC, including government, non-government, private, and media sectors, discussed methods of empowering women and formulated an action plan to develop the field further.
This initiative is part of BNP Paribas’ HR and CSR strategy in the region; in 2009 BNP Paribas has taken its social commitment to a new level by launching STARS, the umbrella of the bank’s social activities in the Gulf. Through STARS, the bank will continue to lead roundtables in the field of Women & Leadership, implement career centers across the region, starting in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, and organise a series of volunteerism activities.
Commenting on the occasion, BNP Paribas’ Regional Director, Jean-Christophe Durand reaffirmed the banks commitment to social development in the region by saying “‘Diversity and Social Responsibility are one of BNP Paribas’ strategic priorities in the GCC region. The Women and Leadership conference is a live example of our efforts to make a positive contribution both internally and externally.’
As an international Group, BNP Paribas defines itself not only by its varied business lines but also the diverse cultural and national make up of its community of employees. With operations in more than 85 countries and 163,000 employees worldwide, and 720 regionally, BNP Paribas brings together people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to deliver innovation, creativity, and superior results for the business and its stakeholders.
BNP Paribas has been operating in the Gulf for over 35 years with a presence in five Gulf countries (Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia). The teams also cover Oman and Yemen. BNP Paribas in the region accounts for approximately 725 employees. The Regional Management is based in Bahrain which is the regional hub for BNP Paribas in the Gulf.