Egyptian bedouins face a minefield of problems

This article was first featured in Gulf News on the 4th March, 2011 Desert people losing limb and life to World War II landmines for years lament the lack of government support and compensation. Egyptians eagerly took their cue from the grassroots revolution of neighbouring Tunisia and succeeded in toppling their long-time president Hosni Mubarak. But the topic of this column traverses a much longer timeframe and … Continue reading Egyptian bedouins face a minefield of problems

Less is more during Ramadan

This article was first featured in Gulf News on the 20th August, 2010 Begging, gluttony and extravagance should not be part of the month of fasting. I recently visited a superb exhibition in Washington, D.C. by a Korean artist and came away intrigued by her work, which depicted three quite shocking human characteristics — begging, gluttony and extravagance. As I made the return journey home to Dubai … Continue reading Less is more during Ramadan

The pragmatic hub of art in the region

This article was first featured in Gulf News on the 2nd April, 2010 Dubai isn’t quite there yet, but with a bit of fine-tuning there is no reason why it shouldn’t seize the initiative. After a week of taking in all the art at Art Dubai and Bastakiya Art Fair, I felt quite invigorated to say the least. Both fairs were extraordinary — one very … Continue reading The pragmatic hub of art in the region

Patient capital in an impatient world

After reading The Blue Sweater I felt truly inspired to look at philanthropy from a whole different persepective. The author writes beautifully about her life in Africa – the struggles and hardships coupled with the moments of joy and satisfaction. After meeting Novogratz I felt a sense of  immense positive energy. I was surprised to find that instead of much of the conversation being about … Continue reading Patient capital in an impatient world

Breaking through the glass ceiling

This article was first featured in Gulf News on the 1st October, 2009 Arab women are making tremendous progress in the corporate world in a striking example of how inspired leadership can help to shape societies. I was recently asked if, as a female professional, I had ever come up against a ‘glass ceiling’. The question intrigued me as fortunately I had not, in both … Continue reading Breaking through the glass ceiling