Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Diversity at HEC Paris in Qatar 
  • Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Group Chief Human Recourses Officer at Ooredoo
  • Dr. Abdulla Al Mehshadi, CEO at Al Waab City
  • Hisham Nourin, Executive Director Strategy and Projects at Qatar Foundation
  • Camelia Olteanu, Vice President of Group Operations Excellence at QNB

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. Adapting leadership 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?  


Qatar National Library - Special Events Area


Tuesday, 30 April 2024


5:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

(Registration starts at 4:30 PM)


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

Shaheena has held academic roles in the UK and set up Centres for Entrepreneurship at Brunel Business School and Henley Business School (HBS) and she was also School Director for Diversity and Inclusion at HBS. She holds a PhD in Family Business Management from Brunel Business School (UK).

Shaheena is a regular Forbes contributor and has co-authored three books: Futureproof your career, how to lead and succeed in the new normal (2021) (Bloomsbury Press) Championing Women Leadership Beyond Sponsorship (2018) (Palgrave MacMillan), Succession in Asian Family Firms (2005) (Palgrave MacMillan). Her latest book Take the Lead – Women and Innovation published by Kogan Page is due out in February 2024.

Professor Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj