Eaman Al Roudhan, head of Zain Kuwait and the first female CEO of a Kuwaiti telecommunications firm, was recently honored with the 13th annual Media Excellence Award for Technology and Information at a panel discussion.
In a discussion entitled "Media: The Basics of Communication and Integration," Al Roudhan stressed technology’s relationship to media and telecommunications.
“We cannot overlook the important role technology plays in advancing communication within members of the society, as it is considered an integral part of the media development process,” she said.
The forum was sponsored by Prime Minister Jaber Al Sabah. Sponsored by Zain for the past five consecutive years, the occasion has become a high-profile media event, joining religious, business, social and education leaders, journalists, authors and entertainers from throughout the Middle East.
Zain Kuwait’s CEO emphasized that the responsibility of telecom operators in protecting user privacy cannot be overlooked.
“Sometimes users unintentionally allow their privacy to be breached by downloading certain applications on their smartphones," she said.
Al Roudhan delivered her comments alongside former Qatari telecommunications minister Hissah Al Jaber and information technology engineer Salem Al Uthaina, who serves as board chairman and CEO of the Public Authority for Communications.
“The nature of the media channels used in every time period defined the society at that time,” Al Roudhan said. “The change from verbal communication to written communication took centuries, while change into digital and social media only took a few years, and this is a result of the super-fast advancement of technology in recent years.”