Lateefa AlWaalan named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’

Updated 07 May 2015
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Lateefa AlWaalan named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’

Lateefa AlWaalan, founder and CEO of Yatooq, has been named Saudi Arabia’s “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2015” by an independent panel of judges at the EOY event.
The event was held under the patronage of Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, minister of commerce and Industry, the Strategic Partner of the event.
Lateefa was chosen from a group of 11 finalists from 10 companies, each a dynamic and gifted business leader. The award was presented yesterday evening at a gala dinner.
The event was sponsored by Eye of Riyadh,  Riyadh Bank and Endeavour Saudi.
Fahad Altoaimi, office managing partner, Riyadh and Entrepreneur of the Year leader, EY, says: “We congratulate Lateefa on being named Saudi Arabia’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015.”
He added: “Lateefa truly deserves this award which honors her business achievements, innovation and contribution to her community. Lateefa will join the Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners from over 50 countries at Monte Carlo in June 2015, where she will be inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Academy and will vie for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year award.”
The independent judging panel comprised: Abdallah Obeikan, CEO of Obeikan AGC Co. Ltd; Abdulaziz Al-Omran, co-founder, a member of the board of trustees and chair of the Riyadh Chapter of Oqal; Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Alrowaita, managing director and general manager — Aseer Company; Ali Al-Othaim, chairman of the National Committee of Young Businessmen Council of Saudi Chambers; Fahad A. AlKassim, chairman of Amwal Financial Consulting; Khlood Abdulaziz Aldukheil, founding partner and an executive transactor at MKD Financial and Business Advisory; Mohammad A. Abunayyan, chairman of the Board of ACWA Power International.
Lateefa was chosen by the independent panel of judges after an extensive process of evaluation.
The judging process was based on numerous criteria that included entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, social impact and influence.
The program celebrates the success of entrepreneurs who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses.
 The event has been running for 28 years by EY in 145 cities across 60 countries.
The EOY awards recognize outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses — businesses that influence the way we live, the products and services we depend on, and the economic vibrancy of our local communities and global markets.


India oil minister says considering steps to keep fuel prices in check

Updated 15 min 44 sec ago
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India oil minister says considering steps to keep fuel prices in check

NEW DELHI: India is looking at ways to keep rising fuel prices in check, its oil minister said on Monday, with retail rates for diesel and petrol touching record highs in capital city New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai.
Prices at the pump have surged on the back of rallying international markets for crude oil, which last week hit their strongest since late-2014 amid ongoing production cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
“Various alternatives are being looked at,” Dharmendra Pradhan said in a televised speech, adding that he would “work out something soon.” He did not give details.
Opposition leaders have criticized the government for failing to rein in rising fuel prices, a politically-sensitive issue in one of the world’s biggest economies.
India is particularly at risk from stronger global prices for crude oil as it is the No.3 importer of the commodity, buying about 80 percent of its oil needs.
On Monday, industry lobby group FICCI called for an immediate cut in the excise duty on oil imports.
The cost of the growing thirst for oil around Asia will surpass $1 trillion this year, about twice as much as in 2015 and 2016, as oil prices touch $80 per barrel and continental demand hits a record.