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MIGA Launches Gender CEO Award

​MIGA Launches Gender CEO Award

First recipient is Nourah Mehyar of NAFITH Logistics

Washington, DC, March 8, 2016 – In honor of International Women's Day, MIGA—the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group—announced the launch of  its Gender CEO Award recognizing a women leader among the agency's clients.

The inaugural award was given today to Nourah Mehyar of NAFITH Logistics for her work integrating women staff in the logistics industry in Iraq. MIGA insures NAFITH's investment in Iraq, which involves building and managing a system in the Basra governorate to control trucks entering and exiting three ports and the Safwan border crossing with Kuwait.

"Logistics is definitely a male-dominated industry," said Mehyar. "Couple that with working in the Middle East, you can imagine that in 99 percent of the meetings I'm the only female." She continued, "Nevertheless, I was able to introduce women in operations, IT, finance, and administration. It took baby steps but finally we are there."

Congratulating Mehyar for the award, MIGA's Executive Vice President and CEO Keiko Honda noted, "We now have rich analysis that shows how advancing women's leadership has a major impact on economic growth and development. MIGA launches our new award to emphasize the private sector's role in making this happen."

Honda presented the award to Mehyar today during a ceremony in the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

Watch a video of Nourah's work here.