By Jola Chudy
Each year, CEO Middle East shines a spotlight on the women whose contribution to the entities they lead is more than merely an expression of exceptional leadership...
The women we profile command and influence. They are trailblazers and visionaries whose contribution goes beyond exceptional business acumen alone. These women give back to their communities and act as mentors and role models alongside spearheading some of the most successful companies in the region. We celebrate their achievements and shine a light on how they influence and improve the world around them.
Why, in 2020, do we still need to focus on female leadership as opposed to simply championing men and women for their exceptional traits? The figures say it all. Just five per cent of CEOs of leading companies are female, and women in senior management in 2019 totalled 29 percent – the highest number on record, but still not high enough.
The number of women in senior roles is increasing in the region, and the women taking up positions of power reflect the ambitions of Gulf countries eager to be one step ahead of dwindling oil revenues.
Ambitious, entrepreneurial and confident, they are a minority whose success must pave the way for a level playing field where more women can embark on career paths that lead to the top.