Company: Al Jaber Group
Designation: Chief operating officer
Fatima Obaid Al Jaber does not lack in achievements, but is best known for heading one of the GCC region’s largest and most influential construction companies, Al Jaber Group, as its CEO, overseeing more than 50,000 staff and managing around $4.9bn in assets.
Just as importantly, she was also the first Emirati woman to be elected to the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.
She originally graduated a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering, following which she worked for the Abu Dhabi Municipality in a number of technical and managerial positions until the mid-2000s, specializing in the public works department. In 2009, she also had a brief stint lecturing female engineers at the Al Hosn University in Abu Dhabi.