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AmCham CEO, Gail Abrahams cops international fellowship

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 5:17 PM

Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica, Gail Abrahams has been selected as Jamaica’s representative in the 2017-2018 International Women's Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Programme.

"This unique program has nurtured business innovation, leadership and mentorship in women across the world continuously since 1994 by recruiting and supporting outstanding women with high potential leadership skills across careers, cultures and continents,” IWF said in a release. 

Through its global membership of more than 6,000 women leaders in 33 nations, IWF connects the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement in order to build better leadership for a changing world, it said.

According to the IWF Leadership Foundation, Abrahams was chosen out of a highly competitive global pool of more than 80 candidates as she is “a woman with enormous talent, promise and potential,” who would make a wonderful addition to the class. 

The 2017-2018 Fellows Class comprises 36 women leaders spanning the corporate, government, non-profit and academic sectors who hail from 14 nations: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Ecuador, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, The Netherlands, Turkey and the United States.

President of the Jamaican chapter of the IWF, Camille Facey said “Gail impressed the selectors as a future leader with enormous potential whose further development would accord with the IWF mandate of building better leadership for a changing world.”

The year-long programme kicks off in Houston this October with orientation and training followed by participation in the IWF global leadership conference. 

Subsequently, there is executive education training at Harvard Business School in Massachusetts and INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France next year.

Abrahams is a communications professional with over 15 years experience in the public and private sector.

She has held senior positions at GraceKennedy, FLOW and First Global Bank. Earlier this year she was appointed chair of the Jamaica Information Service Advisory Board and a director of the board of the JPS Foundation.

- business@gleanerjm.com