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Posted On: 28 June 2022 02:00 pm
Updated On: 30 June 2022 10:40 am

Excellence lauded at first Women of Change Awards

Cassandra Pallagud
Cassandra Pallagud
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First women of change awards

It was a night of glitz and glamour at the much-anticipated Women of Change awards held recently at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. The first-of-its kind event was well attended by over 200 women and men from different industries, sectors and nationalities. The awards ceremony showcased excellence across twenty categories and honoured outstanding women and changemakers in the community, who lead, inspire, and empower herself and others to be agents of change.

The awards celebrated various categories like arts and culture, innovation, business, sports, social media, health and wellness, diversity, and inclusion. The youth were also well represented with a special segment devoted solely for recognising merit and calibre among the youngsters in Qatar.

The awards ceremony was an initiative of the Doha Women Forum, and was organized by the newly established Wasl Events & Marketing and has been supported by platinum sponsors, NBK Auto and She’s Mercedes, Gold Sponsors Blue Salon and Naseem Healthcare, along with media partners Qatar Living, ILoveQatar, Marhaba and Whats Up Doha.

The speakers of the day included the founder of Beehive Recycling Sarah Al Dorani, Naseem Healthcare orthopaedic surgeon Dr Divya Geeta, and Qatar Youth Ambassador from The Youth Assembly Dana Al Anzy. The evening was hosted by journalists and media personalities Narges Raiss and Sara Khairat.

Conchita Ponce, Doha Women Forum and The Women of Change Founder:

“I was delighted by the response the Women of Change initiative received from the community. That serves as a collaboration of the need for women to be recognised by the society for their tireless efforts within their family or in the community. Acknowledging and bringing out the work of some of the women will not only motivate them to do more but also serve as an inspiration and drive for other women. We hope that, in time, the Women of Change awards will acknowledge, appreciate, and motivate every woman in Qatar and beyond, to achieve more and reach greater heights.”
Sheikha Mayes Al Thani
Sheikha Mayes Al Thani at the Women of Change Awards. Image credit: Press release

The awardee for the Women of Change Business Leader Award, Sheikha Mayes Bint Hamad Al Thani said, “Businesswomen in Qatar play an important and leading role in a variety of sectors in the Qatari economy ranging from finance to hospitality, to healthcare, to sports, and many other sectors. I was thankful to partake in this event and to represent not only myself, but also the female business community in Qatar.”

HE Sheikh Faleh bin Nawaf bin Nasser Al Thani, Managing Director of the automotive division at Nasser Bin Khaled and Sons Group said, “Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles and Mercedes-Benz share common values to empower women in various fields of life and work. We have a long legacy in Qatar in supporting women in their professional careers and equipping them with the right tools to play their roles in the best way. We thank Doha Women Forum for this important initiative which truly appreciates women and their achievements in our community.”

The event was one of the many successes of the Doha Women Forum, organised as part of their continuing efforts to bring gender parity in the community for the welfare of women and youth.

Below is the list of all the awardees in the different categories:


Women of Change Award Category



Arts & Culture

Fatima Al Sharshani


Business Leader

Sheikha Mayes Bint Al Thani


Creativity - Engineering

Eng. Muneera Al-Shriem


Diversity & Inclusion

What's Up Doha


Dynamic -Business

Reem Al-Sowaidi


Economic Empowerment

Malu Marsault


Endurance - Sports

Lolwa Al Marri


Health & Wellness

Jawaher Al-Fardan



Fathea Salama


Innovation - Technology

Dr. Isra Yousef Marei


Inspire Award

Layla Saad


Selfless - Community

Wardah Mamukoya


Social Impact

Shehar Bano



Torba Store



Dr. Amal Mohammed Al Malki


Young Entrepreneurship

Eman Al Obaide


Young Achiever

Aisha Almaadeed


Young Ambassador

Nawaal Akram


Young Innovation

Eman Abdulla Alhamad


Youth Advocacy

Education Above All

Source and cover image credit: Press release