Success Stories

UAE Nationals join the regulatory ranks of Dubai Financial Services Authority

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Malik Al Madani joined the DFSA in September 2006. After completing the 2-year TRL Programme, the DFSA’s graduate training programme, Malik joined DFSA’s Authorisation Team as a Manager. Malik talks to us about his experience in the DFSA. ‘I have been at the DFSA for just over two and a half years now. I completed the DFSA’s training programme 7 months ago and now work in the Authorisation Team. One of the great things about being at the DFSA is being part of the DIFC success story.’ Despite being a newcomer, the DIFC attracts businesses from the GCC and all over the world, including banks, funds and investment managers, insurance companies, auditors and law firms. ‘Some of the world’s biggest financial organisations operate in the DIFC. This makes it a very exciting international environment to work in’. Malik works in the Authorisation Team. This team issues licences to businesses wishing to operate in the DIFC. On a typical day Malik and his colleagues assess business applications and prepare reports based on this assessment. The assessment involves obtaining and analysing information from the firm. ‘My typical day includes corresponding with firms to discuss their applications or meeting the new applicants, usually with SEOs or CEOs to obtain more information about a firm’s application. Our team acts as the “gate keeper”. Licences are given only to businesses that are sound to operate within the DIFC.’ Every firm applying for a DIFC licence has to go through the Authorisation Process. This involves submitting, amongst other documents, a business plan. ‘The part that I really enjoy in my job is reviewing all the different business plans that are submitted by applicant firms. When I review those business plans, I always look for the information that will help me make a good assessment of the application. As time passes I realise that I have a better understanding of how a well-written business plan should look like. With every new business application I gain more experience in understanding different financial services, and that is what I enjoy most about my job.’ Like, many government departments, the DFSA has service standards which help provide an efficient service to its clients. All financial services firms submitting an application to the DFSA can expect an initial review in 5 working days.‘This can be quite challenging. For example, I have an application that is complex or difficult to handle and I still have to complete it in 5 working days! My assessment has to be 100% accurate because I will present my recommendation to our Senior Management who decide whether the firm should be given a licence or not.’ Being a regulator with the DFSA requires a high level of technical and financial skills, but this is only half the story. The DFSA has 21 nationalities so being able to work across cultures is essential. ‘The team I work with is quite mixed. There are Emirati, British, German, Canadian and Australian regulators. They all bring different experiences and knowledge. I am learning a lot and speaking with them about a difficult issue often leads to a quicker solution.’ The current global crisis has impacted everyone. As a regulator with the DFSA, Malik has had to adjust to the new economic reality. ‘This is a new experience for me so...

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Our Awards

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Some people achieve great accomplishments in their lives leaving fingerprints of success wherever they go. It is not a difficult task to identify Dubai Woman’s College’s (DWC) accomplishments through out the past 20 years since they are many.

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Difference DWC graduates made to Dubai

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Success Stories | 0 comments

On the 20’th birthday of Dubai Women’s College (DWC), students, employees, employers and other many community members celebrate the great difference the College has made to Dubai.

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Successful graduates

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Throughout the years, Dubai Women’s College (DWC) cultivated the spirit of perseverance, hard work and discipline in its students. Many graduates left the College and entered the real world with high spirit and big ambitions, DWC’s graduates worked hard with passion and love till they achieved their dreams and ambitions, but they are not going to stop there. It is iust the beginning of their successful careers.

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The woman breaking the UAE gender barrier

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Whether working in a mechanics workshop or taking to the desert to shoot scenes for broadcast, Emirati women are continuing to challenge stereotypes of their jobs and gender in the UAE. In the middle of all the grime, grease and the unmistakable odour of motor oil stands a peculiar figure in an abaya. Once thought of as a man’s domain, the garage is where Mariam Darwish is most comfortable. Mariam is one of the leading service advisers at Al Futtaim Motors’ Lexus service centre, where on a normal day she works on about 40 cars. “I love this job,” says the Emirati single mother of four. “Its different, I like working with my hands.” Being a divorcee, Mariam’s financial situation forced her to find a job, “I didn’t want to stay at home and collect [welfare] cheques from the ministry; maybe I was too proud for that.” “The only positions I could find were for receptionists,” she says. “I tried it but it was very boring …it wasn’t something that needed any skill, not something you can improve yourself at,” she says holding a pneumatic wrench in her hand as comfortably as she would a designer handbag. “Then I found this offer from Al Futtaim. I thought why not, I’m always watching motoring programmes on TV with my sons and it looked exciting,” says Mariam. “There were three other Emirati women from my branch who applied for it as well. We didn’t know anything about how to fix cars, but we were willing to learn and Al Futtaim were very supportive. They sent us on a six-month training course on the basics of servicing a car.” “After that we began working in the service centre. But it was summer and really hot, and the work was very hard. The other women soon quit, but I was enjoying it, I was learning something new every day,” Mariam says. “Now after four years of doing this job, I can say with self assurance, I have gained the experience, knowledge and most importantly the trust of my customers.” “The biggest problem I faced came from Emirati men who saw me working here. They found it very difficult to understand why a woman was working in these conditions. They offered me jobs, [ironically] as a receptionist, but I turned them down,” says Mariam. “They think you need muscle to do this job, I say no you just need a mind.” “It took years of hard work to gain their trust. Now these same men ask for me when they bring their cars in for service.” Mariam didn’t just face obstacles at work. Her own family almost threw a wrench in her plans to be a mechanic. “At first my brothers were really against it; a woman working among men in a garage they said it’s not our culture. But I don’t agree, I think we have to evolve just as our city is evolving, as Emiratis we have to push boundaries and find interesting jobs, not just sit behind a desk in an air-conditioned office and do nothing.” “As a housewife I saw nothing of the world,” says Mariam. “Now I’m working and interacting with people from all over the world, I’m learning so much, experiencing so much, I’m a different person. Women...

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Nayla Al Khaja

Posted by on Oct 29, 2009 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Nayla Al Khaja is the first woman film producer in the United Arab Emirates. She is the CEO of D-Seven Motion Pictures and D-Seven FZ LLC, a marketing and design agency that offers full media campaign and corporate branding services.

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Dubai Women’s College Succesful Ladies

Posted by on Oct 28, 2009 in Success Stories | 0 comments

AMAL MOHD AL KOOS – Founder of Roots social support group with a mission to establish the connection between Centers of Special and Social Needs and other stake holders in UAE. Amal also works in United Nations IIMASAM programs…

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DFSA’s Shaima Badri featured in Emarat Alyoum

Posted by on Oct 15, 2009 in Success Stories | 0 comments

From: Al Emarat Alyoum 01 October 2009-10-14

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Suhail Bin Tarraf

Posted by on Sep 29, 2009 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Suhail Bin Tarraf General Manager Human ResourcesEmirates NBD Suhail graduated from the American University of Dubai and was on Dean’s List of Academic Honours. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration and Diploma in Business Leadership (Duke University and Coaches Institute). Suhail’s experience has covered various facets of Human Resources and he has a successful track record of having worked in numerous key roles in HR such as resourcing, reward, employee services and managing strategic HR projects. His responsibilities have included heading the Human Resources function for major businesses in the Group such as Emirates Islamic Bank and more recently with the Consumer and Wealth Management Group where he successfully led the HR team to setup an effective and pro-active function that was aligned to the core business needs and challenges. With the variety of experience and exposure, Suhail’s objective first and foremost will be to continue to ensure that HR plays a leading role in supporting the Group’s strategy of growth and consolidation and of becoming the Regional Business Champion we all aspire for. Suhail is an ardent sports enthusiast and is one of the Middle East’s leading...

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Home and office ‘success is achievable’

Posted by on Jul 18, 2009 in Success Stories | 0 comments

Creating a balance between a fruitful career and taking care of the household is no easy feat for working women these days. However, for one particular Emirati woman it is doable. With two young children, ages 1 and 4, and only in her 20s, Shaikha Al Maskari makes it possible for a woman to handle seniority in the workplace while spending quality time taking care of her kids and husband. Shaikha is the Abu Dhabi Airport Company’s (ADAC) Vice-President for Corporate Affairs. Her role is to support all requirements and expectations for the ADAC management and translate the 2030 transportation strategic vision set by the government of Abu Dhabi into a reality. Shaikha speaks to Gulf News about how she manages her time, keeping up with all her responsibilities while being heavily involved in project after project that will help transform the Abu Dhabi Airport into a five-star entity. Gulf News: How do you manage your time? How do you keep up with both a career and the household? SHAIKHA AL MASKARI: I’m a perfectionist who loves challenge and risk! When I first started my career, I was working as an intern IT administrator. While people around me would rather work for fewer hours, I enjoyed the learning experience, and before I knew it I became an IT and Systems Manager in 2000. As a student and during the first few years of my career path, my parents supported me the most; my parents are my biggest fans. Then, four years ago, I met my husband through a work  venue and shortly after that we got married. He’s been very supportive and being a Harvard graduate himself and currently the chief operating officer for Mubadala, he understands how important it is to pursue a career. Tell us about your academic and professional background before working in ADAC. How did you reach where you are right now? I completed my bachelors degree in business information and technology – Management Information Systems – at the Higher Colleges of Technology. I was also the president of the student’s council. After working in IT & Systems Management, I was offered a challenging position at Injazat Data Systems where I was in charge of client delivery and handling certain outsourced accounts of different governmental departments such as ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage), the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the Executive Council, et cetera. I worked from 7.30am to 7.30pm daily. It was a tough challenging period for me, but I was persistent to get a job well done. How about your career path in ADAC? My current boss is Khalifa Al Mazroui, chairman of the ADAC. He used to work with me in my previous company and asked me to join ADAC by October 2007, which is when I started off as a business support services director. I gained experience in human resources and procurement. Exactly one year later I was promoted to vice-president corporate affairs. What is your day-to-day schedule like? Do you get a chance to spend enough time with your children? I get up at 6.00am and drop Ahmad, 4, [at] school every morning and Alyazia, 1, tags along because I miss her so much during the day. I then drop Alyazia back home, get ready for work and arrive in the...

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