Female Executive Leadership Workshop on Nov 2nd


The Workshop by Dussmann & GESALO aimed for empowering Saudi females in executive positions through training on application and leadership tools.

As part of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is taking big steps towards the inclusion of women in the labor market. Given the sharp increase of female workforce to 35% within three years, the outlook is promising. GESALO together with the Dussmann Group contributed to this human capital development efforts by facilitating a targeted training for Female Executive Leadership on November 2nd, 2022.

The full-day program commenced with an inspirational speech of Catherine von Fürstenberg-Dussmann, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Dussmann. She encouraged the female participants to use their unique characteristics as an advantage to foster female leadership in Saudi Arabia. Her speech stimulated a lively exchange on working in management positions as a female in Saudi Arabia and the US among the participants and was followed by interventions of other Dussmann representatives.

The training session was concluded by an intercultural exchange module on German Business Culture dealing with potentials and challenges of cultural diversity within the working environment.

The workshop ended with a certificate ceremony and closing remarks from Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, the Delegate and Head of GESALO and Hakan Lanfredi, Member of the Board, Dussmann.  

Overall, the workshop was an immense success as the female executive leaders feedbacked to have learned a lot from the qualified input but more importantly from the fruitful exchange with their peers. As one of the participants stated: "Every woman on her own is a power, but together we make an impact!".


The Female Executive Leadership Workshop took place on November 2nd at the Delegation der Deutschen Wirtschaft für Saudi-Arabien, Bahrain und Jemen in cooperation with Dussmann Group.

A big shout-out to all the smart, creative and dedicated participants and female leaders.

Thanks to the team from Dussmann who initiated this fruitful exchange.

“We’re different and this is our strength”,

Mrs. Catherine von Fürstenberg-Dussmann