Top official of Frankfurt Book Fair praises UAE women empowerment

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The Abu Dhabi Book Fair hosted Claudia Kaiser, a German expert. (WAM)
  • Women leaders can make a difference in the industry, she said
  • She said women CEO's bring fresh ideas and management for the company

The UAE’s women empowerment progress reflects in the Emirates’ publishing industry as well, according to a top executive of Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the largest book fairs in the world.

“I am surprised to see that there are a lot of new publishers, especially headed by women in the UAE – very strong women, very knowledgeable and very determined”, said Claudia Kaiser, Vice President of Business Development, Frankfurt Book Fair.

So, “there is women’s empowerment in the publishing industry as well”, noted Kaiser who has been in the senior management of Frankfurt Book Fair since 2003, in different positions.

Women leaders can make a difference in the industry, she said in an interview with the local news agency at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) on Friday.

“Mostly they are the CEOs of the companies. They bring in their own ideas and they bring in new management and measures”, she said.

ADIBF reflects the UAE’s growing diversity also, noted Kaiser who lived in the UAE 20 years ago and established a company here.

“And in those days, there were much fewer different communities in Abu Dhabi and now you can see the difference here at the book fair,” she pointed out.

Now, people from across the world are in the UAE. “It’s quite a model and therefore, I think the UAE is also moving ahead with the equal pay and equal treatment of women.”