Breaking the glass ceiling

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Welcome to the inaugural Power 100 — our exclusive countdown of the world’s 100 most influential Arab women. Over the past six months, CEO Middle East has been scouring the globe to examine in the detail the influence of female Arabs. Though primarily from the business world, no sector has been left untouched — including science, media, entertainment, arts and sports. The result, we believe, is the most definitive list ever published on the power of Arab women.

So how do we define “power”? Quite simply, the more people you influence, the more powerful you are. Topping our list is the UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi. Since first being appointed to a senior government position in 2004, Sheikha Lubna has become a prominent figure on the global stage, and one of the most respected business leaders in the region. Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan, CEO of the massive Olayan Financing Company, is closely behind in second place, with another UAE figure Salma Hareb, head of JAFZA, in third. But as our list shows, it is far more than business success that brings influence. In fourth place is Leila El Solh, vice chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation, Lebanon.

*We have not ranked royals although those we believe to be the most prominent figures have been featured throughout the list.

To read the full 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011 list, click here

Related:

Special Report

100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011

100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Kat

A laudable list of women, but was intrigued to not see the name of Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani - seeing as she was named as Woman CEO a number of years back. Also, if you're going to start bandying names like Salma Hayek around - what about Shakira, Teri Hatcher, etc - just a thought.

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi bank's $6bn IPO ignites religious controversy

Saudi bank's $6bn IPO ignites religious controversy

Plans by National Commercial Bank have prompted some clerics...

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

Kingdom expects nearly 3 million pilgrims in Makkah this year...

Dubai flexes legal muscles as financial court system grows

Dubai flexes legal muscles as financial court system grows

Landmark ruling by the court system in Dubai's financial free...

Most Discussed