OFA with French embassy hosts economic conference

Muscat – The Omani French Friendship Association (OFA), in collaboration with the Economic Department of the French Embassy, on Monday hosted an economic conference entitled ‘Human Capital: Women and Young in Front’ under the patronage of H E Véronique Aulagnon, Ambassador of France to the Sultanate of Oman, and H H Sayyid Tarik al Said, Honorary member of the OFA and Vice-Chairman of Tawoos Renaissance.

The French Embassy is organising this year the fifth edition of the French Weeks in Oman, a keystone celebration aimed at putting forward the strong ties between Oman and France.

This year edition is quite special since it will last the whole month of March. The French Embassy and sponsoring companies are programming various events in Muscat, including a concert, cultural and scientific events, workshops and conferences.

In front of more than one hundred participants gathered at the Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel on Monday, several recognised leaders from Omani and French organisations shared their views and best practices to promote a human-centred approach to the workplace, while conducting corporate social responsibility actions, in a larger way, on diversity and inclusion of women and youth as well as creativity and capacity of future leaders.

After a keynote video speech of Pascale Sourisse, an inspiring French woman leader holding the position of General Director for International Development of Thales, the first panel, entitled ‘My boss is a Woman’ focused in particular on empowering women and breaking the glass ceiling in the corporate world.

Five expert-panelists addressed the issues that are facing women in their career paths, such as leadership opportunities, work-life balance and the gender pay gap. The panel also tackled strategies for creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity and provides equal chances for all.

Those who participated in the discussion are Ghaniya al Rashdy, Finance Controller, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO); Marie Laure Tassin, Near & Middle East HR Director, Veolia; Hanaa al Hinai, CEO, Al Ahlia Insurance Company; Berivan Suzgun, Head of people & Organisational Development, DEI-AMEA, Engie; and Caline Daher, Head of Networks and Partnerships, École Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) – Business School.

The second panel, entitled ‘Training of the Future’, focused on enhancing the skills of young professionals, training innovative leaders, managing Omanisation and making the best use of offsets for training programmes.

Five experts from leading Omani and French companies shared their insights and expertise on these topics, providing valuable perspectives on the latest trends and best practices in talent development.

Those who took part in this discussion are Bechir Chehab, Managing Director, JCDecaux; Noora al Raaidan, Senior Manager of Workforce Planning, Omantel; John Murphy, Head of Learning & Development, Renaissance Services; Nadeem Ahmed, General Manager, Khimji Training Institute; and Youcef Rachidi, Cyber Security Technical Manager, Thales Cyber Academy.

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