Dimah Al-Sheikh, executive manager of Misk Values

Time: 02 December 2020

Dimah Al-Sheikh

Dimah Al-Sheikh has been executive manager of Misk Values at the Misk Foundation since March 2018. Chairing the recent inaugural summit of the Values 20 (V20) group, Al-Sheikh expressed her gratitude to organizations around the world that helped form the V20. She underscored the important milestones achieved by the group in a short time period amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She added: “The jewel is the people in the V20 community who have made this effort together, and who have all agreed to commit 100 percent to being part of the V20 next year.” Al-Sheikh said she “hopes the same seeds bloom” under the Italian presidency in 2021 and “blossom” under the Indian presidency in 2022.
Al-Sheikh received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Saud University in 2007. She also completed an MBA at Al-Faisal University. Moreover, she attended several executive courses on entrepreneurial leadership at the University of Oxford, a strong leadership course at Ashridge Business School and designed participant-centered training at the World Bank. Al-Sheikh also completed a diploma in cultural transformation tools at Barrett Values Centre, the Empretec program of UNCTAD, among other training courses.
Al-Sheikh, who has more than five years’ experience in promoting values and cultural transformation in Saudi Arabia, was a part-time president of the Al-Ghad Center for Values Development at Al-Ghad Youth Association from 2015 to 2018. There, she led a multidisciplinary team of professionals and volunteer experts to engage public and private entities, including ministries, quasi-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and private sector institutions in evaluating and developing values.
Al-Sheikh received the “Best Citizenship Award” from Al-Faisal University in 2014 and “Distinguished Performance Award” from Riyadh Specialist Rehabilitation Center in 2010.
The Misk Foundation executive manager is a member of several advisory boards and a certified trainer in business incubation management at the World Bank. She is also certified to evaluate and implement value-based transformation tools in organizations as a consultant.

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Women’s football league to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s sports ecosystem, says SFA president

Time: 06 November 2020

Prince Khaled said that the SFA shared the sentiment of the active and health-driven segment of society about the WFL. (Supplied)
  • The SFA president views WFL as a step closer to fulfilling the SFA’s goal of getting 40 percent of society to become active by 2030

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first Women’s Football League (WFL) will play an important role in Sports for All Federation’s (SFA) goal of integrating women into the Kingdom’s sports scene, said SFA President, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud.

With preparations underway after the conclusion of registrations on Sept. 30, Prince Khaled told Arab News about the SFA’s expectations and hopes for the tournament.

“The WFL gives women the opportunity of sport upskilling, which we see as a very important part of strengthening our healthy and active community and the country’s sports ecosystem as a whole,” he said.

The SFA president views WFL as a step closer to fulfilling the SFA’s goal of getting 40 percent of society to become active by 2030. “What else can they (audiences) expect? Good, strong, fair games played by our athletes from all over the Kingdom,” he said.

Prince Khaled said that the SFA shared the sentiment of the active and health-driven segment of society about the WFL.

“Excitement, pride, and a sense of accomplishment — the public is already invested in seeing women and girls live healthy and active lives through participation in all types of sports,” he said.

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud

“People across Saudi want to see everyone included in sports, regardless of age or capability or being female or male. Championships for any sport and any athletic pursuit is a great morale builder for the public as a whole, and is an inspirational thing to see.”

As for the SFA’s expectations of the first women’s football league, Prince Khaled said that when women joined the league they were “advocating for others to join,” as well as promoting wellness, health, fitness, inclusivity and building achievements.

The WFL has been closely supported by the Ministry of Sports, the SFA president said. He also credited those working under the Quality of Life program for their support. “The team at Quality of Life really do want to see each and every woman in Saudi be given the opportunity to pursue their passions for sports and wellness as part of our collective work toward making Vision 2030 a reality,” he said.

The Quality of Life program aims to increase the public’s participation in sports, and for them to contend in professional events regionally and globally, and create entertainment opportunities that cater to their needs by 2030.

Meanwhile, many popular women’s football teams are expected to participate in the league, including Jeddah Eagles, Miraas and Kings United.

The WFL was announced in February, but faced delays due to the pandemic. A date is yet to be announced.

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Hossa Almutairi, Think20 Sherpa

Time: 28 October 2020  

Hossa Almutairi

Hossa Almutairi is a research fellow at KAPSARC. She is also the Think20’s (T20) Sherpa and leads the T20 Saudi Arabian secretariat.
She is also the lead co-chair of the T20 Saudi Arabian taskforce for sustainable energy, water and food systems.
Before joining KAPSARC, Almutairi was a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
Her research interests include developing energy and economic models to study the impact of environmental policies on economies, sustainable development and wealth accounting.
Almutairi’s work aims to provide policymakers with support and decision-making tools that help identify challenges, opportunities, and solutions associated with moving towards sustainable energy and business practices.
Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals.
She has a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in applied operations research from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia.
The T20 was established in 2012 and is the G20’s policy recommendation engagement group responsible for connecting and collaborating with regional and international think tanks.
With Saudi Arabia hosting the 2020 G20 presidency, the T20 has led a series of events and webinars throughout the year. The talks have featured interesting and thought-provoking discussions on issues including cybersecurity, web safety, climate change, environmental safety and the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Time: 22 October 2020  

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies.
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.

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