Industry: Culture and society
Company: UN Population Fund
Designation: Former executive director
Country: Saudi Arabia
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid became the first Saudi national to head a UN agency when she took over as executive director of the UN Population Fund and under-secretary of the United Nations in 2000. Obaid also served as chair of the committee on Management of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination. In March 2011, she announced her plans to publish three books; one in defence of Muslims, with the other two focusing on women’s issues.