Mrs. Rim Siam is the President of Business Women Council/ Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, CEO of WEBB International Middle East Ltd, and Women’s Economic Empowerment Success Story /United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO.
“Rim” , an Egyptian business woman who wanted to create her own independent business to realize her ambitions and to become self reliant economically and socially . Therefore, she chose a line of business that women rarely choose as Middle Eastern or over the world: ” Antique Dealer”.
Recently, Rim started to think about taking on a role as a mentor to empower other women and to teach them new ‘ skills ‘ , so she submitted the first training program for Middle Eastern women to teach sewing art & craft carpentry.
Rim think this training will give another chance to women who did not have a chance to go to school and will make their future brighter. She thinks this will be a proof that Middle Eastern women can do what men can do if given support. Rim believe that Empowering women by teaching them new skills is the best way of fighting against gender inequality and women’s dependency.
In 2009, Rim submitted her success story with the Hot Mommas Project (HMP), an award-winning women’s leadership program housed at the George Washington University School Of Business DC and included in the mission of GWSB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. She became the first woman from Arab Countries who not only shared her story with the Hot Mommas Project, but became the 2009 winner of the Middle East Award.
Through her Company “WEBB Middle East”, Ms.Rim Siam has created an online social business platform that brings together female entrepreneurs to form a powerful economic force for change with the vision to pool all women’s companies under 1 roof and in 1 place. Her company succeeded in getting the support of UN Women & UN Global Compact for committing to respect the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact to take action in support of UN SDG’s. WEBB Middle East put into action Principle number 5 of “Women Empowerment Principles (WEP’s)” by creating The First Women’s Business enterprises digital platform to implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
As an Egyptian entrepreneur for more than 22 years and a mentor, Rim realized that it wasn’t all just about the achievement of her personal dreams, but also about the playing of an important role in connecting female entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals across borders specially those whom their businesses were affected by the Arab springs.