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Filipina Wins “Female Leader of the Year” in Prestigious Awards for Businesses and Business Leaders in Middle East

OFWs are known for being hardworking and dedicated employees in almost every part of the world. However, being an employee is not the only thing that Filipinos are good at.

This was proven by the Filipina NPM Group CEO, Dr. Karen Remo, who has recently won the ‘Female Leader of the Year Award’ in the 2019 Middle East Economic Digest, MEED, Awards, a prestigious award-giving body for businesses and business leaders in the Middle East.

Credits: WAM

Filipina Hailed ‘Female Leader of the Year’ in the Field of Business and Leadership in the Middle East

Dr. Karen Remo of the NPM Group, a leading 360-degree media, marketing and communications agency was given the highest distinction for any female leader at the MEED Awards 2019 held on November 27 at The Ritz Carlton-Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai, UAE, as shared in a report by WAM.

Accordingly, the award was presented by Sultan Alshaali, Executive Director, Government Accelerators at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.

On the other hand, the ‘Male Leader of the Year,’ was awarded to Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free who has been in the business of duty-free retail for 50 years.

The ‘Female Leader of the Year’ recognition is one of the highest distinctions in the MEED Awards.

The award-giving body acknowledged that Dr. Remo has proven to have demonstrated “excellent business leadership in empowering her employees, leadership approach, a successful existing and future growth plan and how her successful leadership has had a direct result on the success of their business.”

The judges all agreed that Dr. Remo was deserving of the recognition due to “her indispensable entrepreneurial spirit that allowed her to launch an impressive portfolio as part of the NPM Group.” The Awards stated: “The judges commended her for her innovative methods that enabled the growth of her business across geographies and culminated in satisfied customers. 

Furthermore, they noted that Dr. Karen’s approaches to align with the sustainable development goals, as well as the clearly articulated initiatives that have been taken for the Filipino community, make her an inspirational leader in the region. 

Dr. Remo shared, “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award and I am very grateful to the committee and the judges for this award. I am very happy to have the privilege to work for and help many clients and brands in the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions. It was their trust and support that gave us this opportunity to shine and the passion and dedication of every team member in the NPM Group of companies to be of service and to make a difference.”

Among the impressive accomplishments which Dr. Remo has contributed in society through the NPM Group was the launch of the Philippine Property & Investment Exhibition, now on its 8th edition, which is the largest, longest-running property investment expo in the Middle East. 

NPM also organizes The Filipino Times Awards (now on its 5th year), the largest and most prestigious red-carpet awards that honor exemplary professionals in their respective industries and recognizes top brands in the UAE.

According to Sonia Kerrigan, MEED Group Commercial Director, “The MEED Awards celebrates those who are riding the wave of the current economic landscape by embracing global and regional trends. With regional governments now in the implementation phase of their strategic visions to diversify economies, businesses and leaders boosting the private sector are the key to encouraging economic growth.”

For this year, the event registered over 250 nominations, making it the most competitive edition since its inception.

Credits: WAM

Congratulations, Dr. Karen Remo! Truly, your leadership has paved the way for many Filipinos who dream to thrive and excel in their chosen field of work in the UAE and in the Middle East. 

ALSO READ: 10 Tips to Become a Successful OFW in Dubai (or Anywhere)


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