April 2024

Take the Lead: The Need for new model of leadership


In spite of greater awareness on gender diversity at work, the gender gap for leadership still remains and globally it will take around 131 years to reach gender parity (World Economic Forum). The value of diversity in leadership is recognized but leaders have a responsibility to address their organizational culture to encourage belonging and innovation. In this debate we will explore how models of leadership are emerging and what is really causing the gender leadership gap.

The discussion will focus on the following:

1. How is leadership adapting to an increasingly turbulent environment?
2. When do leaders need to strengthen innovation as an attribute for their teams - how is it balanced with business as usual?
3. What is the role of leaders to create stronger cultures of belonging in the workplace? 

Location: Qatar National Library - Special Events Area
Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2024
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM 




Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Diversity at HEC Paris in Qatar. 

Shaheena has over a decade of experience working in the field of gender diversity in leadership. She combines a pragmatic approach to research and capacity building by working with different organizations to create plans and cultures to promote and achieve gender balance across the organizational pipeline.  Her work also addresses creating inclusive cultures to strengthen the retention and promotion of women into leadership roles. She works with public organizations, NGOs, and private business leaders globally including FTSE100, and Fortune 500 to help them transform their cultures and work on specific interventions that strengthen gender diversity in the workplace.



Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Ooredoo

Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari  was appointed Group Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2021 and Chairperson of Ooredoo Maldives in December 2021. She is an experienced telecommunications executive, with more than 18 years of experience in commercial, marketing, product development, digital transformation, vendor-relationship management and brand & communication. She is also the first woman in the history of Ooredoo Kuwait to be appointed as a Board member of the company. Before taking-up her role as the Group’s CHRO, Fatima was Ooredoo Qatar’s Chief Consumer Officer. Previously, she was Ooredoo’s Acting Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). In her current position, Fatima is leading the company’s strategic human resources management and transformation, and working on creating a more modern, efficient and agile way of work. 

Fatima joined Ooredoo in 2006 and served in a number of senior roles, including Ooredoo Group’s Executive Director of Marketing and Ooredoo Qatar’s Director of Public Relations and CSR.  She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Qatar, an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University, USA and an MBA (specialising in Marketing) from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.



  Dr. Abdulla Al Mehshadi, CEO of Al Waab City, Qatar

Dr. Abdulla Al-Mehshadi has many years of CEO-level experience. He is the CEO of Al Wa'ab City, held several other leadership positions, and is part of boards in a variety of sectors. 

He comes with long experience in Oil and Gas, real estate, environment, and government projects. 

He previously served as CEO of Msheireb Properties, which was envisioned as the new heart of Doha. He is registered in the Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration in his function as arbitrator. He earned an Executive MBA from HEC Paris, an executive MBA in leadership and innovation from Georgetown University, and a DBA from the Paris School of Business.




Hisham Nourin, Executive Director Strategy and Projects at Qatar Foundation

Hisham Nourin is an accomplished Executive Director with over a decade-long tenure at Qatar Foundation, where he has been instrumental in driving strategic excellence and transformation. As a change agent, he has championed and scaled high-impact projects that support the Foundation's mission which contributes to Qatar's National Vision. Hisham has a proven track record of leading business enhancement initiatives and projects with major strategic impact. This includes strategy development and implementation of QF’s Community Development division, overseeing major initiatives such as Qatar National Reading campaign (Qatar Reads), Akhlaquna Award, Education City Golf Club, Equine Veterinary Medical Center, to name a few.  Prior to joining Qatar Foundation, Hisham held various management positions spanning four continents with different organizations over the past 24 years. Moreover, he has provided subject matter expertise and held advisory roles in numerous companies.
Hisham is recognized for his strategic acumen, collaborative leadership style, and commitment to driving meaningful change. His professional interests lie in driving organizational transformation, fostering innovation, and creating lasting impact. Hisham holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Toronto Metropolitan University and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Camelia Lavinia

  Camelia Olteanu, Vice President of Group Operations Excellence at Qatar National Bank (QNB)

As the Vice President of Group Operations Excellence at Qatar National Bank (QNB), Camelia brings over 14 years of rich and diverse experience in leading high-impact projects and driving organizational change. She has proven to be a pivotal force in her leadership in launching two innovative digital banks from inception to market release in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Her strategic vision focuses on harnessing digital innovation to enhance customer experience and operational efficiency, positioning QNB at the forefront of the banking sector’s evolution.  Leveraging her expertise in business planning, strategy development, and alignment has resulted in the growth of the bank's market share and strong operational performance. Her efforts also focus on mentoring and developing a team of professionals, helping them evolve into future leaders who can carry forward the mantle of innovation and operational excellence.

Before joining QNB in 2021, Camelia excelled in the telco transformation sector, implementing significant process improvements and enhanced work methodologies. Her ability to thrive in dynamic environments and navigate ambiguity with confidence set her apart as a leader who could deliver results even in the face of formidable challenges. As she eyes a future C-level position, her focus remains clear: to keep creating long-term value and driving transformative changes that not only propel her forward but also uplift the entire financial sector. Hailing from Romania, Camelia brings a rich academic background to her role. She earned an Executive MBA from HEC Paris, a Master’s in European Business from the European School of Management (ESCP), and degrees in Political and Economic Sciences. In recognition of her exemplary leadership and contributions, Camelia has received accolades such as the Vodafone Pride Recognition Award, honoring her improvements to Project Management Office (PMO) Governance. Outside of work, she enjoys polo, horse riding, and playing tennis.



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