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L to R: His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib and His Excellency Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi with the winners Ahlam Nasser Al Tauqi and Shahad Naser Al Wahaibi
Oman's brightest Young Business Professionals honoured at NTI Bizpro Awards 2017
A view of the audience at NTI BizPro Awards 2017
The Sultanate’s brightest young business professionals were awarded top honours at the recently organised 11th NTI Bizpro Awards 2017 ceremony, that was held at the Sheraton Oman Hotel under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib, Director, Renaissance Services. His Excellency Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Undersecretary to the Ministry of Oil and Gas was the Chief Guest of this year’s glitterati ceremony.
The BizPro Awards have been conceptualised to recognize and reward the exceptional contribution of Omani business professionals in the private sector. The winners of this year’s Bizpro Awards 2017 are Shahad Naser Al Wahaibi, Fuels Marketing, Branding and Communications Implementer, from Shell Oman Marketing SAOG and Ahlam Nasser Al Tauqi, Tendering & Contracts Manager (TCM), from Rukun Al Yaqeen International L.L.C, who were presented with their trophies by His Excellency Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi and scholarships by His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib.
Keynote speaker: Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi
The finalists Afaf Ali Moosa, Unit Head Large Corporates, Bank Muscat; Mohammed Yahya Al Jabri, Head of Business Synergy, NBO; Nasser Juma Al Maskri, Relationship Manager-Trade, NBO; Ahmed Mohammed Al Ardhi, Area Manager – Sadara Wealth Management, NBO; as well as the winners - Shahad Naser Al Wahaibi and Ahlam Nasser Al Tauqi were awarded certificates by His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib. That’s not all – the 6 finalists will also receive a two-month internship at one of Babcock International Group’s UK offices. The NTI BizPro awards are presented by Renaissance Services SAOG, which has been providing scholarships to the winners each year. Renaissance’s association with the awards is in keeping with its reputation as a company that is known for its strong ethical corporate governance, business excellence, encouragement to Omani youth empowerment and the peaking of individual competence.
Mr. Lawrence Alva, CEO, NTI, with the dignitaries and special invitees
Now in its eleventh year, the BizPro Awards looked for candidates who showed an ability and passion for excelling in their fields of work, while having high business acumen. Global Audit, Tax and Advisory Firm – KPMG, the independent evaluator of the Awards chose 55 nominees out of 120 applicants, who competed in a management aptitude test, which resulted in the deeming of 12 semi-finalists that went into the next round of the Awards. This was followed by 6 of the highest calibre candidates going forward to compete in the final round of the competition.
His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib and His Excellency Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi
In taking the BizPro tradition of the previous year’s award winners hosting the current year’s ceremony forward, Suad Al Balushi, Global Head – Corporate & Institutional Sales, Treasury & Capital Markets Division at Bank Muscat, and Ammar Askari, Program Manager, Office of Project Governance, Transformation Division at Bank Dhofar, winners of BizPro Awards 2016 hosted this year’s glitzy evening, that was attended by some of the nation’s top corporate leaders, senior professionals from the private sector, and provided the perfect backdrop to showcase the next brigade of Oman’s corporate leaders. Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Chief Executive Officer of Asaas and Chairman of Salaam Air, who is a role-model for young Omanis was the keynote speaker at the event.
Speaking on the side-lines of the Awards ceremony Mr. Lawrence Alva, CEO, NTI elucidated: “It’s essential that we continue to encourage, nurture and support young business professionals so that they can be the positive change within our society. For more than a decade, NTI BizPro Awards has had the honour of not only being the platform to recognise young Omani professional achievers of today - but also serve as a launch-pad for the corporate leaders of tomorrow. The Awards were created to encourage talented young Omanis to aim for the stars in their careers - while making positive differences in their teams, at their respective workplaces and in society.”
The two winning candidates showcased an ability to harness changes in their business environments, and to be a part of Oman’s successful growth story. Commenting upon her win - Ahlam Nasser Al Tauqi said, “Winning the coveted BizPro Award will definitely make a significant difference to my career, and I'm honoured to have received this award and be recognised among the top young empowered professionals in Oman.”
Shahad Naser Al Wahaibi, another winner averred, “I hope to encourage other young Omani professionals to be a part of this amazing recognition in the coming years. Receiving such an award makes me feel that I am on the right path, and should continue working hard to achieve my goals.”
Part of the Babcock International Group, NTI started the BizPro Awards over a decade ago with the aim to encourage and recognise successful young Omani professionals and support the future leaders in the private sector. The Awards have had many exemplary winners, each of who have served as change agents and made the nation proud with their contribution to the economy.