About Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society

Bringing together exceptional Bahraini leaders

Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society was founded by 16 Bahraini businesswomen. The society was established in Bahrain in 2000 in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Associations and Social Clubs, Cultural and Private Bodies working in the youth and sports and private institutions promulgated by Legislative Decree field No. (21) for the year 1989 and the ministerial decrees issued for its implementation.

“The Supreme Council for Women considered the reference for all official bodies in regards to women affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain” – – The Supreme Council for Women

Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society was founded by 16 Bahraini businesswomen. The society was established in Bahrain in 2000 in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Associations and Social Clubs, Cultural and Private Bodies working in the youth and sports and private institutions promulgated by Legislative Decree field No. (21) for the year 1989 and the ministerial decrees issued for its implementation.

“The Supreme Council for Women considered the reference for all official bodies in regards to women affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain” – – The Supreme Council for Women

Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society was founded by 16 Bahraini businesswomen. The society was established in Bahrain in 2000 in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Associations and Social Clubs, Cultural and Private Bodies working in the youth and sports and private institutions promulgated by Legislative Decree field No. (21) for the year 1989 and the ministerial decrees issued for its implementation.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Michelle Obama, lawyer and former First Lady of the United States

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Why Join Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society?

The society works to set up seminars, conferences, and workshops for its members. In addition, the society also organizes various social activities. Members of the society participate in social, economic, and cultural events in the country. The society also promotes cooperation and coordination with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lastly, the society helps to establish and coordinate relationships with similar societies in the GCC, Arab countries and the rest of the world.

Benefits of Joining Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society

The society engages in the development and promotion of economic and social relations between businesswomen in Bahrain and strengthening the role of Bahraini women and their contribution to all commercial, economic, investment, and development activities in the country. The society also prides itself for helping to contribute to projects and social programs and activating the role of the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society in areas of social development. The society works on the participation of women in the Boards of Directors of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, banks and investment companies and public bodies. The society aims to create closer links and cooperation between itself and similar Arab and international societies. Lastly, the society aims to promote the representation of women entrepreneurs in all forums, conferences and seminars locally, within the GCC, in other Arab countries and internationally.

Membership Requirements

  1. Applicant should be a minimum of eighteen years old
  2. Applicant should either be a Bahraini citizen or a resident
  3. Applicant should be reputable and may not have been sentenced for involvement in crimes of moral turpitude or dishonesty unless it has been regarded
  4. Applicant should be engaged in economic or commercial activity
  5. Applicants should submit their applications to the Secretary of the Board of Directors according to the model prepared for this purpose. The Secretary of the Board of Directors should present the prospective members to the Board of Directors at their first meeting to decide on the acceptance or rejection within one month from the date of submission
  6. Applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance or rejection, based on the decision of the Board of Directors, within two weeks from the date of their decision, with a statement of reasons in the event of a rejection

Board of Directors – (2021 -2023)

Ahlam Yusuf Janahi
President
Ahlam Yusuf Janahi

President

Ahlam Janahi is the President of Bahrain Businesswomen's Society. She sets policies and strategic direction for the Society, both for the near term and for the foreseeable future. It's her responsibility to ensure the Society follows its mission, policies, and procedures that are in place, and is profitable.

Salwa Yousif AlMoayyed
First Vice President
Salwa Yousif AlMoayyed

First Vice President

Khulood has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. She has been serving on Batelco Board since March 2014. She was been re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director on the Board for a period of 3 Years. Khulood has vast banking in finance, consultancy and investment experiences locally and internationally. Further, she has experience in capital and money market instruments in the local, regional and international markets and also in portfolio management.

Vicky Saad Mouawad
Second Vice President - Head of Social Committee
Vicky Saad Mouawad

Second Vice President - Head of Social Committee

The Social Committee is the dynamo of the society. Its’ mission is to articulate the value and objectives of the society in addition of being the financial pillar, the mainstream income for financial support. It plans fun related activities, themed events and appealing events allowing members to enjoy and interact together. To collaborate with the Board to identify events that could meet member needs, and develop a marketing plan to
advertise events.

Hala Ahmed Sulaiman
Board Secretary
Hala Ahmed Sulaiman

Board Secretary

Fatema AbdulKhaliq AlDilawer
Treasurer
Fatema AbdulKhaliq AlDilawer

Treasurer

The Treasurer has a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management, working closely with other members of the Management Committee to safeguard the organization’s finances. It is important to note that although the Treasurer ensures that these responsibilities are met, much of the work may be delegated to a finance sub-committee and paid staff or volunteers.
In summary, the Treasurer is responsible for:
• General financial oversight
• Funding, fundraising, and sales
• Financial planning and budgeting
• Financial reporting
• Banking, bookkeeping, and record-keeping
• Control of fixed assets and stock

Sameera AbdulJabbar AlKooheji
Vice Board Secretary - Head of Training and Technology Committee
Sameera AbdulJabbar AlKooheji

Vice Board Secretary - Head of Training and Technology Committee

Sameera Al Kooheji’s Biography

Sameera Al Kooheji is the founder/ President/Executive Director of Naseem International School which envisions to inspire lifelong learners and global citizens. She is the first woman to have established an international school in Bahrain and leads the only fully IB accredited school in Bahrain offering the four IB Programmes - PYP, MYP, DP and CP.

Sameera is an active member and recently elected Vice Board Secretary - Head of Training and Technology Committee in Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society.

Fawzeya Ahmed AlKhaja
Vice Treasurer - Head of Media & PR Committee
Fawzeya Ahmed AlKhaja

Vice Treasurer - Head of Media & PR Committee

Follow up & Coordination Committee: To advise and to coordinate BBS’s activities related to government and policy. It is a steering committee. Its main objectives are to support and to assist Bahrain’s policy and regulatory framework conditions for its’ members, and to promote fair competition within Bahrain’s various markets. In pursuing these aims, the committee would meet with members of the local government, parliament, and administration.

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HE Ambassador Huda Ezra Nonoo
Head of Advisory and International Relations Committee
HE Ambassador Huda Ezra Nonoo

Head of Advisory and International Relations Committee

Dr Hanan Saeed Madan
Head of Cultural Committee
Dr Hanan Saeed Madan

Head of Cultural Committee

Nahed Eshaq AbdulRahman Eshaq
Head of Entrepreneurs and Startups Committee
Nahed Eshaq AbdulRahman Eshaq

Head of Entrepreneurs and Startups Committee

Esmahan Hassan Bokhowa
Head of the Economic Committee
Esmahan Hassan Bokhowa

Head of the Economic Committee

Esmahan Bokhowa is high profile a visionary female entrepreneur who is recognized as a leader in both retail mall management and her community. Esmahan has over 25 years of management experience. Started out as an accounting trainee and rose through the ranks to become Share Holder and Finance Director in the Bokhowa Group, the family-owned conglomerate with subsidiaries in construction, trading, real estate and retail.

In her parallel role as general manager at Saar Mall, Mrs. Bokhowa has successfully established the Mall at the heart of the Saar neighborhood by actively engaging with the community through an expanding programme of promotions, charity and cultural events.

Esmahan has an MBA from Torrens University in Australia, is an honorary member of the Entrepreneur Organization (EO), sits on Tamkeen Advisory Board for the retail, construction and services sectors and others, member of Middle East Council of Shopping Centers & Retailers (MECS+R), also member of Bahrain Businesswomen Society. She has been listed as one of Bahrain’s Most Influential Women in Gulf Magazine for the past three years.