Giselle Pettyfer is most influential female Brit in Gulf

Falcon & Associates boss takes sixth spot overall on Arabian Business’ inaugural Brit List
Giselle Pettyfer is most influential female Brit in Gulf
By Staff writer
Sun 19 May 2013 08:10 AM

Giselle Pettyfer is the highest-placed woman on the inaugural Arabian Business Brit List.

As the CEO of Falcon & Associates, was established in 2009 by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Pettyfer has a wide mandate to craft, shape and influence the image of Dubai.

Pettyfer was in sixth position on the list, which is headed by Emirates Airline president Tim Clark.

Charity worker Lucy Bruce was the second the highest-placed woman on the inaugural Arabian Business Brit List, coming in eleventh place.

Bruce originally co-founded brand marketing firm Insignia with her husband Gaurav Sinha, before launching Home Grown Children’s Eco Nursery in the UAE, and Harmony House, a day-shelter for destitute children in India.

The second most influential British women is Isobel Abulhoul, who placed sixteenth. A long-term resident of the UAE, Abulhoul founded Magrudy’s, one of Dubai’s biggest bookstore chains, and is also the driving force behind the Emirates Festival of Literature.

Other highly placed British women include Margaret Atack, group senior director for education at GEMS, who is in 21st place. Atack joined GEMS in 2005 and has played an important role in the growth of the UAE’s biggest private education provider.

Jennifer Bibbings, a partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, was 24th. Bibbings moved to Dubai in 1993, and has acted for a number of household names in a number of different sectors. She is also honorary legal advisor to the British consul general in Dubai.

Altogether, nine women made it onto the list.

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