Six talented female entrepreneurs from the State of Qatar visited the Netherlands late April for a 3 day programme on the topic of female entrepreneurship. Through the short-term visit to the Netherlands, the Qatari business leaders from a variety of fields (legal, sports, agriculture, energy) experienced this country firsthand and cultivated new relationships with Dutch counterparts. Professional meetings reflected the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the Netherlands.
Female entrepreneurship is a key priority for Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag. It is also an important objective in Qatar’s economic agenda National Vision 2030.
The participants included Rasha Al-Sulaiti (founder of the first Arabic audio book company in Qatar), Dr. Ghada Darwish (managing partner at Ghada Darwish law firm), Saba Al-Fadala (communications director at Baladna Farms, Qatar’s largest dairy and meat producer), Dr. Hanan Ali (senior researcher at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce), Nouf Ahmad (Qatar Petroleum) and Coralie Durussel (specialist at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for overseeing all construction and infrastructure projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup).
This year’s programme included meetings with Cambridge Innovation Center and Venture Cafe, the Royal Dutch Football Association, the Netherlands – Middle East Business Council, the Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam and several Dutch companies. Cultural events included a visit to the Royal Delft earthenware factory and the Peace Palace.
The visit helped strengthen economic ties between the Netherlands and the State of Qatar in the field of female entrepreneurship and has resulted in concrete business leads that will be pursued in the near future.