With a vision to support Kuwait’s economy by increasing the numbers of Kuwaiti women executives and women entrepreneurs, WMF offers a mentorship program for young aspiring career women to help them achieve success and growth in the private sector.
Besma Al-Qassar is the founder and president of the Women Mentor Forum (WMF) that aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions in the private sector.
Throughout her career, Besma has been involved in women-related professional programs, from conferences to development programs and corporate initiatives that aimed at empowering women in the workforce and as entrepreneurs. Most notably was She Works, a global two-year project lead by the IFC in partnership with the private sector. Besma is a regular guest participant at Chatham House’s gender-related events, most significant is the annual flagship event the International Policy Forum on Gender-Inclusive Growth.
Besma’s experience ranges from PR & communications to corporate social responsibility and people’s development. She has consulted and coached individuals and corporate teams on corporate communications, corporate identities, corporate values and corporate cultures. She started her career in 1997 in radio where she worked for one year before moving to the public oil & gas sector. She transitioned into the private sector in 2007 working as a communications consultant before entering the private corporate world in 2010. Besma holds a BA in English Literature from Kuwait University.
About Women Mentor Forum
WMF is a cross-sector and cross-company developmental initiative that seeks to support and nurture the growth and leadership of women in the private sector, both in entrepreneurship and in the private corporate world. WMF pursues its aim by creating annual networking and mentorship opportunities for women professionals, while at the same time providing a platform for data collection and dissemination.