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WISTA UAE name Inspirational Personality of the Year

WISTA UAE has announced that Ms. Suha Obaid has won the Young Personality of the Year Award at Seatrade Middle East Awards 2015. WISTA UAE said "We have an immense pleasure to see how she has grown over the years to the confident young individual, who is almost at parallels with her father Abdulla Obaid, Managing Director at Folk Shipping." Suha, like many others, believes that “WISTA UAE is a rising star, the future support and anchor that every woman needs in this industry.

WISTA as an organization has aimed to help women find their ground in a male oriented industry. When they asked Suha how WISTA has helped her with her career, she responded by stating, “My greatest struggle in this field was networking and my job depends heavily on this aspect. It was therefore a major challenge. I had to overcome my cocoon and stand up myself. WISTA UAE has helped me establish this confidence level and be able to stand out in a crowd. Being a woman in this industry has only made me further stand out. WISTA has supported me tremendously by giving me a platform to speak at conferences and events.

Suha has become a crucial asset to her company. WISTA provided her with the confidence to build herself up and be comfortable in the rigorous work environment of the shipping industry. Suha stated, “I am a very strong believer of my generation and the coming one, most women are extremely passionate about what they are doing, they are perfectionists and strivers to success.

On Suha being a role model, WISTA UAE have said "This optimism is inspirational and something that must be remembered. Suha will become a young leader in the industry. We are so proud of her and wish her all the best in the upcoming years!"

WISTA UAE was established in 2010 and as the first WISTA organization in the Middle East has by now more than 30 active members.

The UAE chapter’s mission is to raise awareness of the Middle East shipping industry amongst professional women inside the country and abroad, to encourage more to join the maritime & trading sector and to build a network platform for women within a mainly male dominated industry. WISTA UAE meets on a bi-­monthly basis and organizes regular seminars and training programs to educate young women and highlights the many opportunities that exist.

If you would like to know more about membership please contact Mrs. Jasamin Fichte, presiding President of WISTA UAE on [email protected]

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