Designation: Vice chairwoman
Country: Saudi Arabia
Occupation: Vice chairwoman
Lama Al Sulaiman was elected deputy chairwoman of the Jeddah Chamber for Commerce and Industry in December 2009, becoming the first female to hold such a post in Saudi history.
Her appointment was even more remarkable given that just a week before standing for election, the businesswoman was told she had beaten breast cancer. The mother of four studied biochemistry at King Abdulaziz University before taking on her doctorate in nutrition from King’s College London.