By: Editor In Chief
Wed 25 February,2015

The Chartered Institute Of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) event titled ‘The Impact of Women in Procurement”

Filed Under: Entrepreneurship

The Chartered Institute Of Procurement &  Supply (CIPS) event titled ‘The Impact of Women in Procurement” was held at Crowne Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and was  attended by around 70 Procurement Professional from diverse industries, most  participants being women and of UAE Nationality. 
Lalit K. Dhamija, UAE Branch Committee Vice President and Procurement  Process Team Leader, ADCO moderated the highly interactive panel  discussions. The animated participation from the audience only reflected the  fact that Women in Procurement are already assuming leadership roles, and  have high ambitions for taking their profession to the highest international  standards. The panel consisted of Samar Al Mansoori, TDIC; Sara Omar, Tejari; Saeed Al  Ameri, ADAC; and Muna Bin Zouba, Abu Dhabi Motor Sports, who shared their  procurement expertise and led discussions across a variety of topics  including emotional intelligence, ethical considerations and handling  aggression in the workplace. 
As a result of the discussions, CIPS MENA is now considering establishing a  permanent Sub Committee for UAE women in procurement. 
The possibility of  initiating a mentoring pool for UAE women in procurement may also be on the  horizon, wherein female procurement leaders will mentor, support and advise  up-and-coming women in the procurement profession. Rebecca Fox, General Manager, CIPS MENA (Middle East & North Africa) said,  “This event has shown that there is a healthy appetite amongst women for the  procurement profession to be conducted according to the highest  international standards in organisations of all kinds and in all sectors.  Women in this region are eager to nurture and develop this discipline, and  we can play an instrumental part in advising and supporting them across  various industries. Since we started providing service and training to  organizations and professionals across the Middle East, we have seen strong  levels of commitment from women to creating sustainable supply chains, and  to the creation of further employment opportunities.” 
CIPS have a regional membership of almost 2,000 members, almost half of  which are female. The global not-for-profit organisation is the world’s  largest procurement and supply professional body supporting corporates,  public sector and SMEs in all sectors. CIPS are recognised around the world  as the voice of the procurement and supply management profession with  globally recognised qualifications.