UAE businesswoman blazes trail for women in logistics

Watch out guys, the ladies are also coming into the logistics world! Woman-power is beginning to be felt in the warehouse, the transport bay and other areas of the supply chain, thanks to the influence of a non-profit organization called Women in Logistics and Transport Middle East (WILATME).

It all started with President Nadia Abdul Aziz, an enterprising UAE national from Dubai who developed her own career in marketing, freight and logistics.

Now she’s applying a fully-fledged plan to empower women in WILATME and the Middle East region through training, workshops, networking, site visits to top organizations from the logistics industry and enhanced relations with government, the private sector and universities. “People in Logistics are impressed with the potential that we bring to the table,” she says.

Fast growing membership

In the two years that WILATME has operated as an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UAE (CILT), membership has grown to over a hundredand more women are joining all the time. A strong contributor to the internal dynamism is the non-stop calendar of seminars and events that takes members on an intensive learning track.

In March this year, for example, one seminar from Sebnem Sen of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre – DMCC (also the first woman Board Member from CILT UAE) focused on the technicalities of warehouse inspection and rating.

“Logistics is a fascinating and varied field where women can apply many of their multi-tasking skills. The Middle East is beginning to benefit from these same assets in organizational skills. We’re seeing recurring proof here that Logistics can be a valid and rewarding career for women” comments Nicola McCart, Vice-Chairperson at WILATME.

Personal achievement

In 2013 the organization held its first annual awards. The winner was Fatima Hassan, whose outstanding individual achievements earned her two internships – one withIntegrated National Logistics (INL) and the other with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). WILATME’s growing network of contacts is opening opportunities like these.

Fatima can also look to role models like WILATME Board Member Hasik Margossian, who is National Channel Account Manager at DHL Express in the UAE. Her role includes creating solutions and providing quality service on the global, regional and local level.