Time: 13 April, 2020
Ghada Al-Nasser Al-Harbi
My childhood played a very important part in shaping who I am and in pointing me along the path I have taken in life, one which has been filled with many milestones.
I was born to a remarkable mother and father who raised two daughters and five sons. We were blessed to have educated and loving parents.
My father was a historian, researcher and Asir’s undersecretary of financial and administrative affairs, who also authored the Saudi Arabia Geographic Encyclopedia.
My mother was an extraordinary supermom who was honored with the Ideal Mother Award for her lifetime work to eradicate illiteracy throughout the Kingdom.
On top of her advocacy, she also pursued higher education and succeeded in earning a university degree at an advanced age. My parents’ devotion and support for me and my siblings were precious and knew no boundaries.
I married at a relatively young age and was gifted by God with my first child, Rayan, when I was just 17 years old. While raising a family, I gained a bachelor’s degree with honors in human resources from King Abdul Aziz University, and later a master’s degree in the same subject from the European Institute of Administrative Affairs.
I encourage all women, to get an education, work with confidence, support their families and their communities, and achieve financial independence.
I went on to a career in human resources and project management, developing skills along the way in communication, self-motivation, and time management.
Dynamic by nature, my high energy pushed me to take on challenging jobs and tasks, even while taking care of my family and domestic duties. I strongly believe that where there is a will, there is achievement.
When I was around six years old, my late grandfather asked me: Who do you want to be in the future, a housewife or a businesswoman? I told him I wanted to be both. He was joking, but it was somehow prophetic, as years later I was able to have a family and open my own business, boosting my confidence and helping me fulfill a childhood dream.
I consider myself very lucky to be part of the great shift taking place in Saudi society today, inspired by the Vision 2030 reform plan, which has empowered women to become active participants in every field of society.