Counsellor and author Hala Kazim will address Northwestern University in Qatar’s (NU-Q) Class of 2024 on May 6, a statement said Wednesday. The graduation speaker will attend the annual commencement ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

An artist turned certified life coach and counsellor, Kazim has dedicated her career to promoting social service, women’s well-being, and self-empowerment in the Arab world. Since 2010, her award-winning Journey Through Change programme has helped women improve their lives through counselling, coaching, workshops, lectures, and other team-building initiatives.

Over the past decade, Kazim has gained regional prominence on social media for focusing on positive transformation. For her digital success and impact, she received the Most Influential Arab Woman DIAFA Award 2022, as well as one of the most influential social media personalities in the Arab world in 2015.

Kazim is the author of Hala and Change and Hala and Life and the recipient of numerous other awards. These include the Arab Woman of the Year Awards (2017 and 2018), the Emirates Award for Creativity in the field of Community Service (2014), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Best Business Woman of the Year (2013), among others.

“Kazim’s journey underscores the transformative impact media, particularly social media, can have in shaping narratives and driving societal change,” said Marwan M Kraidy, dean and CEO of NU-Q.
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