FaceOf: Samar Al-Mogren, journalist, writer and novelist

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Samar Al-Mogren. (Supplied photo)
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Samar Al-Mogren. (Supplied photo)
Updated 25 June 2018
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FaceOf: Samar Al-Mogren, journalist, writer and novelist

  • She was a columnist for Emirati magazine Bint Al-Khaleej, and wrote articles for international news agencies
  • Saudi women steered their way through busy city streets on Sunday, driving to work, running errands and relishing a new era in which they are allowed to drive and no longer need to rely on men to move around

Saudi journalist, writer and novelist Samar Al-Mogren on Sunday became one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

“I never in my life imagined I would be driving here. On this road. Driving,” she said on Riyadh’s King Fahd Highway.

On her first drive, she took her youngest son, aged 4, to his grandmother’s house.

Al-Mogren received her bachelor’s degree in pre-elementary education in 2001 from King Saud University in Riyadh. In 2017, she received her master’s in public relations and media, on the role of Saudi women writers in ushering social change in the Kingdom, from the National University in Bahrain.

Al-Mogren used to head the community section of Al-Watan newspaper, becoming the first female to head a daily section that is not fully dedicated to women in a local newspaper.

 She was a columnist for Emirati magazine Bint Al-Khaleej, and wrote articles for international news agencies.

She also produced “Imra’a wa Akthar,” a program dedicated to discussing concerns that Saudi women face on a daily basis.

Al-Mogren launched a media campaign to stop men from working in women’s lingerie stores. She published interviews and reports on the struggles facing Saudi female prisoners, and women facing violence and discrimination.

Saudi women steered their way through busy city streets on Sunday, driving to work, running errands and relishing a new era in which they are allowed to drive and no longer need to rely on men to move around.

A longstanding ban on women driving was lifted on June 24, ushering in a historic moment.

The ban had relegated women to the backseat, restricting when they could meet friends, where they could spend their time and how they could plan out their day.


TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

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TheFace: Aghareed Abduljawad, supply chain director at Globe Group

  • Aghareed Abduljawad is also the finance director at Abduljawad Holding Co.

It is a great honor for me to be featured in this space, not only to be representing the young women of society but also to be able to share my personal background story.

I am privileged to have been brought up in a home where both my parents did not discriminate between genders but rather promoted equality and equal opportunity and education among me and my siblings.

This shaped me into becoming the eager, persistent, determined, and some would even say competitive, person that I am.

My father has always been a role model for me in business. A well-rounded global engineer by education, a successful businessman by virtue, but more importantly he is my father.

He taught me always to remain strong, fearless, and brave but gave me all the opportunities to be successful by earning it rather than receiving it. This somehow constitutes the core of our business values at Globe Group.

Similar to every family business, boardroom discussions always somehow find themselves at the center of the dinner table, but this is where we can count on my wonderful mother to intervene.

As a graduate in English literature, she brings the arts and cultural side to our family which is always a nice break when we’re constantly thinking of how to grow a successful third-generation business. She is the motivation behind the enhancement of my language skills (truly capturing Arabic, French and English languages) and the hobbies we enjoy (such as playing the piano).

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in 2014 and currently hold the position of supply chain director at Globe Group, as well as finance director at Abduljawad Holding Co.

Abduljawad Holding is the investment arm of our business conglomerate, Globe Group. Globe is one of the most established logistics and transportation companies in the region and was founded by my late grandfather Fareed Abduljawad in 1976.

My journey at Globe started very early in my teens, when I enjoyed spending time with my father at the office and learning the trade. I realized with age that no matter how much corporate governance we tried to follow in the company, our code of ethics was very similar to values we were taught at home.

Nothing is given to you on a plate; you need to work hard and earn every merit. Globe is a company that was here before I was born, and we want to ensure it is around for the next generation, stronger and more successful than ever.

Because of our family nature, we tend also to treat our employees as family and end up being one big family running an operation. This goes back to how I was brought up with my siblings; we are much stronger as a team than as one.

Who do I aspire to be? An established, global and successful businesswoman leading the family name and business for the next generation to come, hopefully one day as the CFO.