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Building Resilience in the MENA Workplace
AIWF recognises that many of the women in our global network have experienced heightened fear, worry, and psychological stress in these times, which could be impacting their mental health, employee performance, entrepreneurial success, and their engagement in family and community life.

The OECD has called for an “integrated, whole-of-society response” to mental health resilience after COVID-19; to this end, AIWF is proud to organise a key virtual panel discussion as part of its 2021 Impact Series, addressing women’s challenges in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis.

This path-breaking 60-minute session will be addressed by executive coaches and HR practitioners who will share insights on the extent of the impact of the pandemic on the global population, especially on women, and introduce participants to strategies to handle the challenges due to change and stress as we all reconstruct our working, social and family lives after the pandemic. The session will include elements which will specifically demonstrate how to:

- Recognise the signs of burnout
- Build resilience to manage stress in your professional and personal life
- Adapt to socio-political and emerging complexities in the post-COVID world of work
- Harness new opportunities that might arise from new realities
- Contribute to creating a working world where everyone can thrive and all stakeholders (employers, employees and entrepreneurs / self-employed workers alike – have a vital role in building and sustaining thriving and inclusive working culture).

Hanan Saab, CEO Pharmamed & AIWF Board Member
Naysan Firoozmand, VP Head of Global Executive Coaching at Hult EF Executive Education
Marie-Louise Ek, Senior Director HR PepsiCo
Rima Slim, Executive Coach, Hult Ashridge (Moderator)

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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Hanan Saab
CEO Pharmamed / Board Member @ AIWF
Hanan Saab was born in Choueifat, Lebanon. A third-generation pharmacist, she graduated from the American University of Beirut(AUB) with distinction, where she was awarded the esteemed Penrose Award. After practicing pharmacy at the American University Hospital (AUH) for 5 years, Hanan made the bold decision to launch her own business in 1990, despite the political instability in her country. Starting from scratch in a competitive and harsh landscape, she managed to lead her company Pharmamed to become one of the most trusted and professional businesses specialized in the import and marketing of medical supplies and novelty pharmaceutical products in Lebanon. Pharmamed is the exclusive representative of several renowned European and American firms, and through an extensive network of sub-distributors, its activities have also expanded to Jordan, Syria and the Gulf. Hanan is a member of the Lebanese Order of Pharmacy and the Lebanese Pharmaceutical Importers Association.
Naysan Firoozmand
Vice President and Head of Global Executive Coaching @Hult Ashridge Executive Education
Naysan is inspired and intrigued by human behavior and the influencing factor around why people do things the way they do them within their specific context. He is a Chartered Business Psychologist and has, since 2001, worked with clients around the world to design and deliver behavior change programs focused on leadership, management and organizational development. He utilizes his knowledge and experience of different sectors, including finance, engineering, pharmaceuticals, energy and technology, to highlight the similarities and differences between contexts that leaders find themselves in. At Hult EF, Naysan is Vice President and Heads up the global executive coaching team who collectively support the implementation of individual and team-based coaching to clients all over the world. He works with leaders, using his background in coaching, facilitation and psychology to allow people he works with to try new techniques and gain in personal confidence to do things with greater skill.
Marie Louise Ek
Senior Director HR @Pepsico
Marie-Louise Ek has 20+ years of experience in HR, she has worked for 5 MNCs in various industries, spanning all continents. After graduation in 2000, she spent 10 years with Swedish technology group Sandvik, early pioneers of HR transformation, which took her around the world and offered a broad variety of accountabilities. Post this she lead Africa, Middle East & Asia for APM Terminals, cultural transformation at Bridgestone, emerging markets in Coty and currently Marie-Louise is Sr Director HR for Pepsico based in Dubai where she is leading HR for the franchise business. Marie-Louise has a real passion for agility, strength and wellbeing. She is an avid fan of optimization and simplification, both in personal and in working life. Marie-Louise has a bachelors degree in human resources management from Lund University, Sweden.
Rima Slim
Executive Coach @Hult Ashridge Accredited
Rima is an Executive Coach, Accredited by Hult Ashridge in the UK, and by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Building on her extensive corporate experience and her personal reflection journey into acquiring a Master of Science in Executive Coaching from Hult Ashridge, Rima strives to support her coachees raise their awareness and resourcefulness to navigate and thrive in their organizational setups. She also possesses an MBA from HEC Paris, and a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut.