IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Diversity of Thought: A conversation with Widad Haddad

December 2023

Welcome to Kingsley Gate’s ‘In the Spotlight’ series, where we highlight exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. This episode features Widad Haddad, Vice President and General Manager of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, and Lebanon at Emerson.

Widad offers valuable insights on fostering an environment that empowers women within companies, exploring effective strategies for nurturing and retaining female talent in the industrial sector.

The Importance of Diverse Thinking

In her discussion with Muna Awwadová, Partner at Kingsley Gate, Widad takes us through her unique story, defined by pivotal moments that shaped her professional trajectory. She starts by underscoring the importance of embracing your qualities, emphasizing that getting a degree should not act as a constraint but rather as a springboard for limitless possibilities.

She highlights her commitment to supporting other women in their professional pursuits, a commitment that has been instrumental in her own success.

Widad also talks about the importance of understanding the crucial cultural nuances of the workforce in the Middle East, especially when it comes to gender diversity and inclusion.

About Widad Haddad

Widad is the Vice President and General Manager of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, and Lebanon at Emerson. She holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has over 20 years of experience in her field.

Widad is a strong advocate for women in the industrial sector and assists with many events in her region to strengthen the voices of women in the industrial sphere.

Watch the conversation between Muna & Widad in the video above!

Muna Awwadová
Partner
Kingsley Gate
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