Tue 01 Mar 2011 12:21 PM
Afnan Al Zayani

Afnan Al Zayani

Industry: Media

Company: Al Zayani Commercial Services

Designation: CEO

Country: Bahrain/Bahrain

Occupation: CEO

Wife, mother, television cooking show star, activist and
multi-million-dollar company CEO, Afnan Rashid Al Zayani, president of Al
Zayani Commercial Services, transcends categories.

A former vice-president of the Bahrain bourse, Al Zayani has
established business credentials. Named one of the world’s most powerful Arab
women by Forbes magazine, her former roles include president of the Bahrain
Businesswomen’s Society, where she crafted a far-reaching agenda that catered
to all women in business.

Today – juggled with her role at Al Zayani Commercial and as
director of Al Ayam Press, Printing & Publishing - she continues to support
Bahraini businesswomen. Al Zayani educaters entrepreneurs on the benefits of
the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement and lobbies for greater support for SMEs.

Little surprise, then, that when the MENA Businesswomen’s
Network formed in 2006, Al Zayani was a natural choice to lead it. She remains
president of the network today.