Industry: Culture and society
Designation: Commentator, former TV host
Country: Saudi Arabia
Occupation: Commentator, former TV host
Muna AbuSulayman was the first Saudi woman to host a non-state television programme and one of the kingdom’s most prominent commentators on culture, society and gender.
“In order for women to reach to the top... they need to learn how to network, how to play politics, and this is something they didn’t have to do in the old regime - they were picked and put [there]” AbuSulayman told us last year. “It was imposed, not through her own work — that she would get to be chief judge, or a minister. The problem is we’ve been pampered a little bit. We’ve been chosen — we’ve not had to do the dirty work.”
In 2004, she was named a Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. In addition, AbuSulayman went on to found several companies including Glowork.net; which aims to enhance female employment opportunities and Muna World; a holding company that uses charitable funds from her various businesses to build educational institutions in high conflict areas. She has also created a fashion line which she says “complements her Muslim principles and maintains her chic appearance” and which has been a lucrative entrepreneurial venture.
AbuSulayman holds two degrees in English Literature from George Mason University.