Dr. Fatima Albalooshi is the Chief Executive Officer of White Palm and Chairman of Bahrain Trust Foundation. She is a passionate humanitarian and an active advocate for women’s rights and community empowerment. In 2014, Forbes named her the fourth most influential woman in government in the Middle East.
Dr. Albalooshi served as the Minister of Social Development for ten years as longest serving female minister in the Bahraini Government. She has been a pioneer in the empowerment and development of individuals and civil society, through introducing new concepts and creating projects that improves the lives of people and elevates the quality of governmental services. In the years 2010 to 2012, Dr. Albalooshi was the first Minister to hold three ministries at the same time: Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Human Rights. She performed outstandingly and proved herself as a prominent leader figure locally and regionally. In 2011, she was awarded Bahrain Medal (First Degree) by HM the King of Bahrain.Prior to that Dr. Albalooshi worked as a professor at the University of Bahrain. She was the Chairman of the Department of Educational Technology before becoming the Dean of the College of Education. She had a great role in establishing several academic programs and projects there. Furthermore, Dr. Albalooshi, in her endeavor to empower the poor and small entrepreneurs in collaboration with prominent figures, is the Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Family bank – Bahrain, which is the first Islamic Microfinance Bank in the world (2010-2014). She was also a member of the Economic Development Board, Executive Committee – Bahrain (2008-2011). Also, a member of the Consultative Commission for the Supreme Council of the GCC Leaders (2004-2005). Presently, she is an esteemed member of Supreme Council for Women (2001-present), appointed by HM The King of Bahrain. Dr. Albalooshi holds an Ed.D, Ed.M, and M.A from Columbia University, New York, USA; and B.Sc from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Atef Elshabrawi Vice Chairman
Dr Atef benefits form more than 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, SME’s banking (Islamic & conventional) and social development. Currently advisor to the Centennial Fund-KSA for entrepreneurship. Also worked as SME’s advisor to the Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce, KSA. Ex CEO-founder of Family Bank. He worked as advisor for the Ministry of Social Development, General Manager in Bahrain Development Bank, in charge of managing an entrepreneurship & SME’s support Center (BBIC), as Manager in the Social Fund for Development-Egyptian to design & implement a master plan for empowering SME’s throughout financing, training and incubation system. Added to above jobs, he occupied several expert jobs within national, regional and international development organization like: EC, OECD, ISESCO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNIDO, GOIC, WB, ESCWA, GTZ, IFC, TCF, USA- ICNL, SILATECH, etc. He was awarded by several prizes as:
Winner of Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for “Young Leaders” 2013, to family bank.
Winner of Prize of “Young Researchers” in Franc, attributed from AUGC,France May 1995.
Winner of Prize of Bahraini Ministry of Interior’s research Competition on “Community Partnership”. 14th December 2011.
Sh. Lubna Alkhalifa Board Secretary
Chairwoman of the Bahrain society for woman development. She is a founding member of Riffa elderly home. She is an Activist in women’s development and involved in many training and awareness programs. Sh Lubna Received many awards, such as, Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa medal for volunteering in September 2011. She was also honored by Um Almomeneen society in Ajman, UAE in April 2010. Sh Lubna holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Alharith Alatawi Treasurer
Bahraini Alharith Alatawi has a broad range of experience across a variety of business fields, including finance, real estate investment, project management, human resources management and business administration.
As Executive Director of Jawa Group, he set up a GCC-wide talent management operation servicing multinationals and major corporations such as HP, SAP and SABIC. Mr. Alatawi later co-established Capacitee Employment Solutions where, serving as an Executive Board Member, he oversaw a major Gulf nationalization project in association with the Federation of GCC Chambers. His other executive board memberships include Zaman Ventures and SY Group.
Mr. Alatawi also played an integral part in the development and management of several mega real estate projects, including the Bahrain World Trade Center, Bahrain Bay and Dragon City, and major hotel properties, such as Four Seasons Bahrain and Sheraton Bahrain.
Mr. Alatawi served as the Youth Ambassador for the Arab Thought Foundation for two consecutive terms in 2013 and 2014.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Finance) from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Fatin Almoayyed Member
Dr Faten Ibrahim almoayyed served as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and instruction at the University of Bahrain. She has experience in teaching Science for over 20 years in higher education and in teaching science, and served as Director of licensing and accreditation at the Assistant General Secretariat for Evaluation & Accreditation Ministry of Education and has contributed to many academic committees in the fields of higher education and scientific research, teacher training, and serving as a member of the Coordinating Committee for accreditation in the GCC since 2011. She served as Vice President of the Coordinating Committee for accreditation of institutions of higher education. Dr. Almoayyed received her Ph.D. in Science Education from Cairo University and her Master’s in Science Education from the University of Bahrain.