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Fatima Balfaqeeh

Procurement Consultant, RKAH Administrative Consultancy Studies

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date? 

Although women are becoming very good at networking and creating their own opportunities, the challenge I face is that most of the networking setups are still very much male driven and dominant.


Who has inspired you (male or female)?

I am always inspired by industries leaders, and individuals who are generous with their knowledge-sharing and hunger for learning. I saw that behavior modeled to me by my parents and siblings, which remains as a corner stone of my pursuit for excellence and furthering my own knowledge.

What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

To not be too hard on myself in terms of setting up idealistic expectations of my skillset, the state of learning is a journey rather than a destination, and to defiantly enjoy that journey.

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

I think ownership of their role and responsibilities, where it allows them to lead the team in the style that suits them with a clear direction and vision.

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life? 

“Know that there’s enough room for everyone to be passionate, creative and successful. In fact, there’s more than room for everyone; there is a need for everyone.” - Marianne Williamson

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

I choose to challenge the idea that women have to choose either or, instead it is more of creating a balance and being content with that balance. That balance is desired not only by women but also men.

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