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Talk: Maysoun RAMADAN

As head of communication and public affairs for Roche Diagnostics Middle East, Maysoun Ramadan is responsible for corporate communications in 16 countries and internal communications to over 350 employees across the region. Ramadan is also a strong and active advocate for women in leadership and women’s health initiatives, with specific experience in oncology, hematology and breast cancer, enabling her to develop communications campaigns that focus on driving early diagnosis and treatment to help people live longer, better lives. Ramadan is considered one of the brightest talents on the Middle East in-house scene, working closely with a variety of stakeholders including health regulators, NGOs, patient groups and the media.

Fashion: Arwa AL banawi

Saudi designer Arwa Al Banawi grew up in Jeddah, and spent most of her upbringing in Switzerland. She grew up learning about fashion from her parents who inspired her recent designs to include sharp dressing with a retro twist, with travelling being such an important part of her life, this has rubbed off on her design inspiration being heavily focused around her passion for story telling. Arwa began her journey into fashion as a fashion and lifestyle blogger from her hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On moving to Dubai in 2012 Arwa took up a career in banking whilst taking up short courses in Fashion Design with London College of Fashion.

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words: afra al mughairi

Arafa has been writing poetry since she was a little girl. Originally from the Sultanate of Oman, she is currently based in South Bank, Brisbane, as a student. She regularly attends readings at the Inspire Bar and Gallery for the Poetry Smack and the monthly Speed Poets. Her main writing interest is writing poetry about human nature and her work is heavily influenced by music. Arafa studies old English verse, modern abstract poetry and is inspired by poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Lord Alfred Tennyson.