Tue 01 Mar 2011 12:21 PM
Raja Essa Saleh Al Gurg

Raja Essa Saleh Al Gurg

Industry: Retail

Company: Essa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Designation: Managing Director

Country: UAE/UAE

Occupation: Managing Director

Former school headmistress Raja Essa Salah Al Gurg worked her way up from her early role running her father’s steel factory. Today, as managing director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, Al Gurg is responsible for 23 manufacturing and trading companies and some 3,000 employees.

The Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group was founded in 1960 by HE Easa Saleh Al Gurg and is today associated with some of the world's leading names such as Unilever, Siemens, Dunlop, Benetton, Osram, British American Tobacco, and ICI Paints.

As a role model in business, Al Gurg  often speaks to aspiring female entrepreneurs. “At first I never thought I wanted to go into business. But when I took a role in my father’s company, I had to prove that I could be successful regardless of the fact that I was a women or chosen by my father,” she once explained.