CFA Society Bahrain & SICO launch “Women in Investment (WIM)” Programme


The training will be delivered by Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF) as the knowledge partner. Each module has been designed with interactive learning and fireside sessions that provide a unique opportunity for participants to interact with high-profile industry professionals, and pull-out relevant insights from them. Through the CFA Society mentorship programme, Qodwa, the participants will receive ongoing executive mentoring to support their progression.

SICO is the strategic partner in launching this women-focused investment programme. The overarching objective of the programme is to develop a pipeline of women investment leaders within the Kingdom of Bahrain. The set of proposed trainings aim to enhance the investment skillset of graduates and professionals in Bahrain’s investment field through a full range of courses that include soft skills, business fundamentals, and investment universe workshops. An internship programme will be arranged at the end to provide participants with an opportunity for on-the-job learning experience and development.

“Enabling Bahraini women with the practical skills and training that are aligned with the future needs of the job market is one of the most important contributions that we can make as responsible corporate citizens and it has always been a key pillar of SICO’s corporate social responsibility programme,” said Najla Al Shirawi, SICO’s CEO. “As an organization that prides itself as an equal opportunity employer, we are pleased to partner with like-minded entities like the CFA Society Bahrain to help usher in the new era of diversity in the workforce and a culture of women empowerment,” she added.

Zeeba Askar, Chairperson Women Inclusion Committee and Vice President CFA Society Bahrain said, “As we play a significant role in advancing the investment profession, not only locally, but globally, the launch of this programme marks the beginning of a new flagship programme to be added to our current major initiatives, such as Mutamahin and Qodwa. We look forward to delivering this program which is aimed particularly at preparing and training young women aspiring to join the investment field. Having a strong strategic partner such as SICO is a major success factor in this programme and reinforces its strong potential.”

Noorhan AlZann – Chairperson Qodwa and Board Member CFA Society Bahrain commented, “Our commitment to serve the local investment community and contribute to creating enhanced opportunities in the Kingdom continues with the launch of this flagship programme. With the integration of technical training and executive mentorship through Qodwa, we aspire to boost the skillset and employability of the participants.”

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