100 MIFG: Dr. Becky Desiderio

100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Dr. Becky Desiderio – Business Leader



Extraordinary professional Dr. Becky Desiderio is quite veritably a great combination of head and heart; an empowered woman who knows how to soldier on despite the challenges of the job.


“Being a woman in this society is quite tough since the environment I am in is male dominated,” says Dr. Becky Desiderio. “To be a Filipino and a woman at that is tougher, with limited resources but with a dream and passion to give back to the community, I was able to overcome the challenges and plant the Philippine-TMC flag in an Arab country singlehandedly since I was the sole person on-the-ground at that time. However, I feel I could have given more; I could have done more, I could have reached out to more kababayans. The redeeming thought for me is that I, a Filipina started the fire, carried the torch bravely and walked the path less travelled.”


CEO at The Medical City in the UAE, she carries the philosophy of Patient Partnership – and believes in the massive value of working with people.  “I think, in every field or line of work, in every relationship, this is very important,” she says. “To communicate at eye level, to reach down and help people build their dreams and stand beside each other to build broken walls will eventually rebuild the walls of our nation.”


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Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: GiordanoLiali JewelleryMitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor MotorsMichael Cinco CoutureMapúa Institute of TechnologyCentro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing

Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co.Rove HotelsThe Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAEMPQ TourismJAMES Travel and Tours DubaiOff the Hook Seafood RestaurantThe Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.


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