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Iran's Fatemeh Moqimi nominated for Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian female entrepreneur Fatemeh Moqimi has been nominated for the Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award. Moqimi, who also holds a seat at Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), was chosen by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC) to vie with other nominees for the award, TCCIMA website reported.

Iranian female entrepreneur Fatemeh Moqimi on cover of economic daily Asia

Fatemeh Moghimi's Biography:
(source: 50 Iranian Women you Should Know: Fatemeh Moghimi - by Iran Wire)

Seyedeh Fatemeh Moghimi was born in 1958 in Tehran into a family of educators. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, she graduated in civil engineering in England and then went on to complete a PhD in development management. Moghimi is now the CEO of Sadid Bar International Transport.

Read Fatemeh Moghimi's success story in the following book:
Women's Entrepreneurship in Iran: Role Models of Growth-Oriented Iranian Women Entrepreneurs (by Leyla Sarfaraz)

Although she now has over 30 years of experience in the transportation and trucking industry, she started out as a translator for an international transportation company in 1979. Just four years later, she decided to start her own transportation company.

Initially lacking funds, she was forced to start out her business in a little room at her husband’s company, where she also took care of her baby. She was the company’s sole employee for some time.

“My education in civil engineering is far from the job I was going to end up in but I thought it better to start there,” Seyedeh explains. “After four years I tried to get permission to establish a transportation company by myself. But my application was refused by officials as they said it was impossible for a woman to do this type of profession. I wanted to prove that I could. After I approached them many times, they gave me a temporary permit. I passed so many exams and went to so many classes just to show that I could do it. That’s how I started up a business.”

Moghimi was so successful in her endeavor that her company is now one of the leading transportation companies in Iran. In 2003, the Iranian Terminal Organization awarded her the honor “Model Manager of the Year.” Then, in 2006, Labor Cultural Center voted her in as “Model Job Creator.” A year later, as she turned 50, the Transportation Ministry selected her as a “Pioneer for Transportation.”

“I was manager for the first four years that I was at this job,” Moghini explains. “It was then that I started to show that I had the ability to influence the people I work with. Fortunately, all of the people that worked with me during those four years - the drivers, clients, and merchants - said they’d like to be in business with me. During the first year of my business, I already had over 200 drivers. I showed them that I was capable of succeeding in this industry.”

For 13 years, she was also the head of dispute management at the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, during which she founded the National Society of Woman Job Creators. Then in 2012, the Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank nominated her as the 2012 “Job Creator of the Islamic World.”

Moghimi travels a lot, organizing workshops in a range of countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam. A number of Iranian universities have acknowledged her success by teaching about it to their students.

But she has stressed that success did not come easily. In an interview in 2011, she was asked about the obstacles she faced.

“The government and the rules didn’t hinder me but peoples’ attitudes did,” she said. “They couldn’t accept that a woman worked in this type of job, one that was traditionally done by men. It’s not just Iran though. Transportation all over the world fails to accept that a woman is capable of doing this job. If somebody wants to do something, it depends on their mentality, not their gender.”

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About the Award:

The Asia-Pacific Women Entrepreneur Award aims to recognize excellent women entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific rim who not only are successful in their business but also advocate corporate social responsibility for the good of their country. Presentation of the 1st Asia-Pacific Young Women Award will be made during the 30th CACCI Conference which is tentatively scheduled some time in October or November in 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.

CACCI is a regional grouping of apex national chambers of commerce and industry, business associations and business enterprises in Asia and the Western Pacific.

It is a non-governmental organization serving as a forum for promoting the vital role of businessmen in the region, increasing regional business interaction, and enhancing regional economic growth.

Since its establishment in 1966, CACCI has grown into a network of national chambers of commerce with a total now of 28 Primary Members from 26 countries or independent economies. It cuts across national boundaries to link businessmen and promote economic growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region.


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