Commemorative Awards

Every year, for the past 5 years, NAWF has awarded exceptional women who have left a solid mark on society and contributed to the better of the collective, guided by astrong sense of social responsibility, each in their own field be it philanthropy, politics, media, business, arts…
What a better way to start the New Arab Woman Forum than by honoring leading female figures from the Arab world.
In 2012 NAWF Women Entreprenurs introduced the “WOW Award” initiative taken as a conscious effort to applaud and recognize the success of women. WOW award does not only aim to highlight and recognize the strong capabilities of the modern Arab woman, it also strives and hopes to inspire women everywhere to make use of their full potential, while having the strong resolve to override hindrances and obstacles, just as every WOW woman has had to do.

WOW 2014

Sara Falaknaz, Co-founder of Innova Machine, UAE
Ms. Lina Karmash Hundaileh, Chairman of Chocolography, Jordan
Zoya Sakr, Co-founder of 2Pure epublishing, Lebanon

WOW 2013

Science, Research and Technology Award:
H.E. Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya, Director, The Research Centre at King Fahad National Centre for Children’s Cancer, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research (KFSH)
Media Award:
Ms. Nima Abu-Wardeh, Entrepreneur & Founder, & and Broadcast Journalist, BBC World
Civic Service Award:
Ms. Lena Gebrane, Vice President, Kunhadi
Artistic Expressions Award:
Ms. Reine Abbas Co-Founder/Partner Wixel Studios
Business Award:
Ms. Randa Bdeir, Assistant General Manager-Group Head of Electronic Banking and Cards Services, Audi Saradar Group
Entrepreneurship Award:
Eng. Sara Akbar, CEO, Kuwait Energy

NAWF 2012
Ms. Mona Khazindar, Director General, Institut du Monde Arabe
Mrs. Hala Fadel, Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Pan Arab Region and Fund Manager, Comgest
Ms. Octavia Nasr, Columnist founder of Bridges Media Consulting

NAWF 2010
HE Ms. Layla El Solh Hamadeh, Deputy Chairman at the Walid bin Talal Foundation in Lebanon
HE Ms. Suhair El Ali, Member of House of Representatives in Jordan
Ms. Raghida Dergham, Columnist and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent at Al Hayat newspaper

NAWF 2009
Mrs. Mona El- Harawi, Former First Lady of Lebanon
H.E. Mahinur Ozdemir, Member of Brussels Regional Parliament, Brussels
Dr. Suhair Al Qurashi, Dean, Dar Al-Hekma College, KSA
Mrs. Leila Othman, Writer, Kuwait

NAWF 2008
H.E. Mrs. Bahia Hariri, Minister of Higher Education, Lebanon
Princess Nouf Bint Faisal Bin Turki Al Saud, Chairwoman, Nayara Group of Companies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Received by H.E. Mrs. Bahia Hariri)
H.E. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy- MIFTAH, Palestine

NAWF 2007
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
Sheikhah Soad Al Humaidi, Kuwait.
Mrs. Fatima Obeid Al Jaber, UAE.
Mrs Al Juwhara Bint Mohammad Al Anqari, Saudi Arabia (received by Ms. Lama Suleiman).