When Fatima Al Jaber picked up 2009’s Arabian Business Businesswoman of the Year award it capped a fine year. As one of the leading women in the Middle East — she is COO of the family firm, but sits on the board of many prestigious organisations — she has won a number of awards and commendations in her career.
In 2007, she was voted the seventh most influential woman in the Arab world by Forbes Arabia. In 2008, she was named one of the most influential businesswomen in the Middle East region by the Middle Eastern Economic Digest.
She is also the first female representative on the board of directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) and deputy chairperson of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen’s Council. Al Jaber is also the chairperson of Al Bashayer Investment Co.
A staunch advocate of women’s causes, she is actively involved in empowering Emirati women in the business arena. She has appeared as a keynote speaker at various conferences themed on women in business.