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Ladies Fund Entrepreneurship Conference on 16th

By: Asad Farooq

KARACHI: The Ladies Fund, an initiative taken by the Dawood Capital Management Limited (DCML) for the betterment of women community in the society, has officially announced the 2nd Ladies Fund Entrepreneurship Conference (LFEC) 2011 on Sept 16 at a local hotel.

DCML Chief Executive Tara Uzra Dawood announced this on Thursday at a press conference at a local hotel. She said that the 2nd LEC was aimed at bringing a revolution in the society by enhancing skills of entrepreneurship among women. She said that the conference would comprise two sessions during which panel discussions, question answer sessions, presentations and other programmes would be held.

Dawood said the Higher Education Commission, Avari Group and Dawood Global Foundation would be partner to present the LFEC. Shedding light over the initiative, she said the Ladies Fund was a commission free investment advisory service and fund management for women, managed by the DCML.

She told media that under the fund, women were provided with guidance on mutual funds, bank accounts, mixed baskets and other options that suit individual needs.

DCML head concluded that she got overwhelming successive response from the LFEC 2010 so she was delighted to bring the next conference and to showcase six more extraordinary Pakistani entrepreneurial successful stories.

She said that these personalities would be connected with other entrepreneurs though workshops. This year, we are also introducing Virtual Businesses and Professionals as Entrepreneurs.

Avari Karachi General Manager Gordon James Gorman on the occasion said, “We support brands like Ladies Fund that are making a difference in helping women be successful entrepreneurs in Pakistan.”

Dawood also revealed the LFEC 2011 panelists: Mehrbano Sethi (Luscious Cosmetics), Ayaz Khan (Okra), Naheed Mashooqullah (architect), Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (fashion designer), Naila Naqvi (Chatterbox, Pie in the Sky), Wajeeha Malik (Olive Soap).

Dawood also announced the Ladies Fund Nadira Hyder Zaidi Short Story Competition 2012. The competition would be held in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission under the theme of ‘Unity, Faith, and Discipline’.

The stories must be written by women having 18 years of age or older. The story words should be between 1500 to 2500. Deadline for submission of essays is Jan 15, 2012.

She further said that the top three finalists would be invited as honoured guests to the 4th Ladies Fund women’s awards. The author of the best short story will be announced live at the award ceremony and awarded on stage by Nadira Hyder Zaidi with Rs 50,000. Details in regard with competition are available at the website: and and HEC website:

Source: Daily Times