Zain key sup­porter of youth in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tives: Roud­han

As part of NUKS - USA 33rd con­fer­ence open­ing cer­e­mony

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Zain, the lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany in Kuwait, an­nounced its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 33rd an­nual con­fer­ence of the Na­tional Union of Kuwaiti Stu­dents in the United States (NUKS - USA). The event was held with the pres­ence of many na­tional fig­ures in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia.

The con­fer­ence, which comes un­der the pa­tron­age of the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader Al-Essa, wit­nessed the at­ten­dance of the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to the US Sheikh Salem Ab­dul­lah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who vis­ited Zain’s booth dur­ing the ca­reers fair. The com­pany’s Platinum spon­sor­ship of the con­fer­ence comes in line with its Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity and So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity strat­egy to­wards the youth and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors.

Most valu­able as­set

Dur­ing her open­ing speech ad­dress­ing the stu­dents, Ea­man Al-Roud­han, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: “we are ex­tremely proud to be this event’s main sup­porter for over 13 con­sec­u­tive years. Our strate­gic part­ner­ship with this con­fer­ence over the years is a tes­ta­ment of Zain’s com­mit­ment to­wards the youth; our coun­try’s most valu­able as­set.”

Roud­han con­tin­ued: “your tire­less ef­forts to make this event a suc­cess ev­ery year gives us con­fi­dence that a gen­er­a­tion of young, am­bi­tious innovators will lead our beloved coun­try in the near fu­ture. Zain has long con­sid­ered the sup­port and devel­op­ment of youth as a main pri­or­ity, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.”

Dur­ing her speech, Roud­han also an­nounced the launch of a new an­nual pro­gram to em­power and sup­port Kuwaiti en­trepreneurs study­ing in the US. The pro­gram will in­clude a com­pe­ti­tion that will re­ceive and eval­u­ate their projects and small busi­nesses in the ar­eas of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion. The win­ner will re­ceive a two to four-week paid trip prize to Zain’s strate­gic part­ners who are tech­nol­ogy innovators, in­clud­ing Cisco, Eric­s­son E&Y, and Huawei. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion will be in part­ner­ship with Huawei, where they will host the win­ner in their main head­quar­ters in China for an amaz­ing in­tern­ship pro­gram.

Pri­vate sec­tor’s role

Roud­han con­cluded: “we at Zain strongly be­lieve in the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in sup­port­ing the ef­forts and plans of the pub­lic sec­tor to bring pos­i­tive change into our ev­ery­day lives, es­pe­cially ef­forts that em­power in­no­va­tive ideas. Zain has adopted many pro­grams and ini­tia­tives to em­power and sup­port the youth’s in­no­va­tive ideas through the years.”

Zain’s pres­ence in the event con­veys its en­thu­si­asm to in­ter­act with the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Kuwaiti youth, es­pe­cially those who pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion abroad, as the NUKS - USA con­fer­ence is one of the largest gath­er­ings of Kuwaiti stu­dents out­side of Kuwait.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event af­firms Zain’s role as a lead­ing na­tional com­pany that takes the devel­op­ment of young peo­ple se­ri­ously, with the ul­ti­mate in­ten­tion to in­duce pos­i­tive change within the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety.

Zain of­fi­cials are pic­tured with Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to the US Sheikh Salem Ab­dul­lah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti stu­dents.

Ea­man Al-Roud­han, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer de­liv­ers her open­ing speech at the 33rd an­nual NUKS - USA con­fer­ence.

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