JHAH a pioneer in women’s empowerment

During filming for a LEWAS video, Saudi Aramco media production crew members with Dr. Linda Lee, JHAH chief of staff; Dana Mohamad, associate business analyst; and Dr. Salwa Sheikh, FCAP, JHAH physician manager, Pathology Services Division and adjunct assistant professor of pathology, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Updated 20 October 2019

JHAH a pioneer in women’s empowerment

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) was placed in the top three Corporate Excellence candidates at Monday night’s Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWAS), held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The award recognizes organizations that have excelled in initiatives to encourage, advance, hire and retain women through inclusive hiring and development practices. Saudi Aramco won the award and the other finalist in the category with JHAH was Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company.
“There is ample evidence that leadership teams with balanced representation have a positive impact on organizational culture and performance. We are confidently embracing diversity and inclusion to achieve our ambitious goals and greatest potential,” said Dr. Daniele Rigamonti, JHAH CEO.
LEWAS is the forerunner in the GCC to honor talented and influential women, address pressing issues, develop new and better opportunities and create long-lasting collaborations and partnerships. The award program is dedicated to recognizing professional excellence and celebrates those who demonstrate innovation, leadership and talent while advocating for women’s empowerment, in both academic and business sectors.


56% - female (2,147 employees)

44% - male (1,702 employees)

“At JHAH, I am proud to be surrounded by women who are excelling in their fields and making a difference both at an individual level for the patients they care for, and on a national level through our pioneering programs and vision of creating a sustainable system of medical and preventive care that can become the pre-eminent model in the Kingdom and throughout the Gulf region,” said Dr. Linda Lee, JHAH chief of staff.
Key programs and achievements of women in the JHAH workforce:
• First female nursing doctorate graduates from an in-Kingdom program.
• First Saudi woman to be appointed as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
• In cooperation with the Saudi Aramco Driving Center, JHAH female employees have the opportunity to attend driving training during working hours.


Michelin-starred chefs delight Riyadh foodies

Guests at Taste of the World, Riyadh, a six-day extravaganza featuring some of the world’s best restaurants in the capital’s Digital City, sipped mocktails while listening to live acoustic music on the Music Stage.
Updated 17 November 2019

Michelin-starred chefs delight Riyadh foodies

Taste of the World, Riyadh has been heralded as a great success by both event organizers and the 14,000 visitors that attended the six-day extravaganza in the capital’s Digital City.
Commissioned by the General Entertainment Authority, this bespoke edition of the festival, created especially for the Riyadh Season, featured 14 of the world’s best restaurants, boasting a combined 13 Michelin stars.  
Throughout the festival, the participating restaurants featured an exclusive menu of three dishes, served in taster-size portions — two of each restaurant’s signature dishes, as well as a Saudi-inspired dish that the chef had exclusively designed for Taste of the World, Riyadh. Visitors looking for a more exclusive experience were welcomed to The Taste Residence where they were treated to a four-course dining experience with Michelin-starred chefs.
Another major attraction that drew large crowds was the Fire Pit, where local star chefs Areej Al-Shareef, Abdelelah bin Jarid and Fahad Bokhari showed off their talents alongside the global superstars. Hosted by Saudi culinary star and presenter Rakan Aloraifi, spectators enjoyed cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and a live DJ.
In another area of the festival, guests sipped mocktails while listening to live acoustic music on the Music Stage.  
Award-winning chef Shane Osborn from Hong Kong’s Arcane said “Taste of the World, Riyadh has far exceeded my expectations. I have been fortunate to have experienced many similar events around the world but this one in Riyadh is both very unique and very different to anything that I have experienced before. It is the people of Riyadh who have really made it special and welcoming.”


14,000 - of the capital’s cosmopolitan citizens visited the six-day culinary festival, featuring 14 of the world’s best restaurants and boasting a combined 13 Michelin stars.

Pascal Aussignac from London’s Michelin-starred Club Gascon said: “The smiles of the people whilst trying my food and their inquisitive questions about the meals prepared made it truly very special. I am
very happy to be here in Riyadh and to have taken part in this exciting event.”
Saudi chef Al-Shareef said: “I am very happy to be here and taking part in Taste of the World, Riyadh. I am also very proud in being the only female Saudi chef taking part and my experiences at the Fire Pit were very exciting and fun.”
Chef Aloraifi said, “This is the first time that Taste of the World has taken place in the Kingdom and people have been very excited about the occasion, the activities and the cooking demonstrations ... Hopefully next year we will be back again and will be able to add more local touches to the program.”
Based on the overwhelming enthusiasm and fast-selling ticket sales that has greeted the Taste of the World experience, organizers said they are looking forward to announcing a 2020 event soon.