By Tamara Pupic
Ameera Bin Karam was chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council and supporter to many local and international entrepreneurs
Her Excellency Ameera Bin Karam, chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council and a great supporter to many local and international entrepreneurs, has passed away.
Bin Karam, 38, died in a fire which broke out in her family's villa in Al Qadisiyah area of Sharjah at around 4.30pm on Saturday, also killing her mother Badriya, 57, and her sister Sama, 40.
Officials said that her brother Khalid, 32, was rescued and moved to Al Qassimi hospital in a serious condition.
Binkaram was admired for her commitment to the cause of women's empowerment as well as to numerous humanitarian causes.
Binkaram started her career as director of human resources management at the Binkaram Group, her family’s manufacturing-based group of companies, in 1997, rising through the ranks to become the second vice president responsible for managing the government construction projects on behalf of Karam General Construction.
She was also the President of the Board of Trustees and a founding member of Friends of Cancer Patients Society, as well as chairperson for the Emirates Women Award. Binkaram served as a board member of Education For Employment, a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society; and the Word Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
In 2012 she was honoured with the UAE's “Humanitarian of the Year” Award by the Arab Woman Award.
Since 2010, Binkaram was Chairperson of Sharjah Businesswomen's Council, where she worked closely with Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE Chairperson of Nama Women Establishment, Founder and Patron of the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC).
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi expressed her sorrow over the sad news on social media by tweeting on Saturday: “A few hours ago, I lost a person who was very dear to me, a person who I consider like my daughter. I knew her when she was a child. She used to go to school with my daughters. I loved her a lot. She was really close to me and carried a lot of the work burden I had over me.”
“Bin Karam was a very active person who took over a lot of responsibilities and worked productively. She worked with her sisters and friends for the success of the conference [Investing in the Future’] and there are a lot more things she still wanted to contribute to. I can’t seem to be able to imagine three of them leaving us.
“May God have mercy on Ameera, her mother and her sister. Ameera we will miss you a lot.”
In an interview with Arabian Business StartUp published in 2015, Ameera Binkaram spoke about her support to female entrepreneurs in Sharjah and her cooperation with Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi. “ We have so many untold and unheard of successful stories,” she said. “So many that now as a business women’s council we’ve assigned an entire budget to identify these women, capture them on video and create an online library for journalists, for conference organisers to tap into. To let them hear them - let them see them.
“Women are now ready to lead on. For the past three decades, Her Highness has been working continuously on preparing women to advance in the society of Sharjah. Now we’re reaping the results of it.“
She will be part of our history for all the good work she has done. May she Rest in Peace. Amen.