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.