Bahrain’s Women Pioneers: Huda Janahi
March 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Perseverance is the key to success” – Huda Janahi
One of Bahrain’s finest examples of success is businesswoman Huda Janahi. Janahi has bravely challenged the status quo of Bahrain’s business industry by overcoming any roadblocks she faced as a woman and establishing herself as a powerful entrepreneur.
Since 2001, Janahi has served in the Investment Promotion & Enterprise Development Program. The program is conducted by UNIDO-ITPO Bahrain or the Bahrain Model of Investment Promotion & Enterprise Creation, through its Arab Regional Center for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (ARCEIT). From there, she worked to establish a business in cargo services, which is typically a male dominated business worldwide.
From the beginning, she faced a number of obstacles for being a woman. The business registration authorities, for instance, denied her the chance to start the business at first, stating that “this business is not for women.” She said she also had to wait two years to receive approval for several projects.
Despite her difficulty in getting her business off the ground, Janahi persevered and eventually managed to make a name for herself as a successful businesswoman and a role model for aspiring women around the world. Her business, Global Cargo Services, is currently worth $3 million, and is one of the biggest cargo and travel services in Bahrain with 28 professional staff along with eight new companies in the region that her company helps promote and manage.
In 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush recognized Janahi for her perseverance and success in a speech before the World Economic Forum and called her “an inspiring example for the whole region.”
Janahi has received several awards in recognition of her success. She won the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders in 2005; the “2006 Investor of the Year Award,” from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development and Her Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa; the “GCC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in Oman in 2008 and one of the most powerful Arab women by Forbes magazine the same year.
As a major advocate for female empowerment, Janahi encourages women to keep pushing forward. “Never stop trying because there is always light at the end of the tunnel,” she said. “Take challenges head on and you will be able to overcome them, but if you are weak, then you won’t be able to achieve anything.” Her determination and strength has inspired women around the world, and we are proud to call her one of our own!