100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid
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Thoraya Ahmed Obaid

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Former executive director

Country: Saudi Arabia

Occupation: Former executive director

Another new member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council, 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 served ten years as executive director before leaving the post to become the chair of the WLP’s board of directors. Obaid is renowned for her work with governments to establish programs to empower women.