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Six from Kuwait in Most Influential Women in ME list
September 22, 2018, 6:23 pm

Forbes Middle-East recently unveiled its ‘Most Influential Women in the Middle-East’ list for the year 2018.

Lubna Al Olayan, CEO, Olayan Financing topped the list followed by Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, and Renuka Jagtiani, CEO Landmark Group. Speaking during a gala night held in Dubai to recognize the women who are at the fore of business and government organizations in the Middle-East, Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Middle East said, “The region is undergoing a paradigm shift with women-led businesses dominating major sectors. Countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia have showcased most gender diverse cabinets and the landscape is ever evolving.”

The list featured 100 female executives and businesswomen and 10 women heading government departments. For the very first time, the annual list has included successful expat female leaders who have scaled heights in their careers. Six women from Kuwait made it into the top 100 list for 2018. Eaman Al Roudhan, the CEO of Zain Kuwait topped the list from the country and was ranked sixth in the overall list, just ahead of Shaikha Al Bahar, the Deputy Group CEO of National Bank of Kuwait in seventh position.

Others in the list from Kuwait included (with rank in bracket): Henadi Al-Saleh, Chairperson of Agility Logistics and Transportation (12); Ghada Y. Al-Amer, VP Finance and Administration of KUFPEC (49); Donna Sultan, President and CEO of KEO Capital (52); May Al Mudhaf, CEO of Kuwait First Abu Dhabi Bank (55); and, Ghosson Al Khaled, Deputy CEO of ACICO (72) Amongst the women in the list heading government departments are: Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister; Chair Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development; Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi and twofour54 leads the list. Noura is followed by Sarah Al Suhaimi Chair; CEO, Tadawul; NCBC and Lobna Helal, Deputy Governor, Central bank of Egypt. Today, women are influencing policies and are emerging as powerful figures in business across the GCC.

They have advanced across industries breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and making their own mark on the future of the Arab world. To formulate this ranking of the most influential businesswomen, the evaluation team considered revenues of the companies these women lead, their title, scope and impact of the role that they perform, work experience that they possess and the growth of their firm, and other initiatives that they have led in the last three years.

The most influential women heading government departments were evaluated based on the GDP of their respective countries and scope of their departments.

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