Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

Ghazael Aldossary
Updated 21 November 2017

Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

A Saudi entrepreneur from the petrochemical industry, Ghazael Aldossary, has won the merit prize at Shell LiveWIRE’s “Top Ten Innovators” global competition, which highlights and rewards LiveWIRE businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation.
Through Ghazael’s company, Oriental Promises Trading, she connects large manufacturers to waste materials which can be repurposed for their needs, reducing the volume of industrial waste going to landfills and saving on the environmental impact from creating new materials. Specializing in the recycling of polycarbonate materials, the company’s innovative process converts polycarbonate waste back to its raw material form, closing the loop on a high-demand product.
Ghazael was the first female Saudi entrepreneur to operate in the recycled industrial waste sector, and was the only winner from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the competition.
“Top Ten Innovators” is a worldwide competition open to the alumni of Shell Intilaaqah, the MENA version of Shell LiveWIRE, a Royal Dutch Shell Social Investment Programme which operates in 15 countries, supporting young entrepreneurs.
Shell Intilaaqah supports business development in countries where Shell operates. In Saudi Arabia, the Shell Intilaaqah program helps entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth in the Kingdom. The program provides business skills training and workshops; business startup grants and awards; and links entrepreneurs to opportunities in sectors that contribute to the local economy. The program also helps to facilitate access to finance, incubation, business acceleration, access to markets, technology and mentoring.
Andrew Crowe, country chairman at Shell Saudi Arabia, said: “Shell is keen to continue contributing to achieving Saudi Vision 2030. Shell Intilaaqah helps Saudi entrepreneurs set up businesses, create jobs, and generate sources of income for communities by helping to find innovative solutions to economic challenges.”
Aldossary said: “As a Saudi woman I am humbled and proud to be chosen as one of the ‘Top Ten Innovators’ global award winners. I would like to thank Shell for their support to Oriental Promises in the past years, which led to this achievement.” The shortlisted businesses from the competition were judged by an international panel of business leaders.

Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

Sofana Dahlan, founder of Tashkeil; Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat; Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena; Khashoggi Holding Group Vice Chairman Hassan Khashoggi and Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO, My Events International Saudi Arabia, at the event in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 August 2018

Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.

Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”

Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.

Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.

Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.

The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.

Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.

Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.

The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”

Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”

Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.

“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”

Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”