InPics: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016 - Banking & Finance

Welcome to CEO Middle East’s sixth annual list of the world’s most powerful Arab women — our yearly look at the most important female influencers across the Arab world.
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\nKatia Bouazza
\nHead of capital financing, \nLatin America
\nHSBC
\nUS (Algeria)
\nBanking and finance

\nWidely regarded as one of the most influential women in global finance, Katia Bouazza has had a powerhouse career with HSBC since joining the lender in 1996. She now leads HSBC’s Latin American business, and also serves as the only woman on the bank’s capital financing executive committee in London. Bouazza has made it a priority to encourage more women to stay within what is still a male-dominated and hugely competitive industry.
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8 (#4 in 2015)
\nLubna Olayan
\nCEO
\nOlayan Financing Company
\nSaudi Arabia
\nBanking and finance

\nLubna Olayan is the public face of the Olayan Group, a colossal Saudi conglomerate with stakes in Credit Suisse and the National Grid in the UK. It also has an estimated $400m property portfolio in Paris. The group was founded in 1947 by her father, the late entrepreneur Sulaiman S. Olayan.
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\nShahira Zeid
\nVice chairman and CEO
\nMZ Investments
\nEgypt
\nBanking

\nShahira Zeid is one of Egypt’s most prominent private sector executives. She is the chairman of MZ Investments, a holding company that oversees various firms operating in the energy, logistics, tourism and hospitality sectors, and one of Egypt’s most enterprising private equity companies. Zeid is also vice Chairman of Maridive Group. She sits on the board of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (EIEF) and its affiliate the Arab Global Forum, and is head of the Forum’s Woman’s Strategy Group. She is also active in the Suzanne Mubarak Women for Peace Movement, a board member for the Egyptian Food Bank and a participating member of the Arab International Women’s Forum.
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\nNemat Shafik
\nDeputy governor
\nBank of England
\nUK (Egypt)
\nBanking and finance

\nDame Nemat Shafik is one of the most influential women in the British financial sector. She sits on the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee. and served as deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund between 2011 and 2014. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in June last year.
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42 (#39 in 2015)
\nGrace Najjar
\nManagement consultant
\nLebanon
\nBanking and finance

\nWith a wide-ranging portfolio of projects across MENA and Europe, Grace Najjar has cemented her reputation as one of the region’s leading management consultants. She has worked on a wealth of projects across Euripe and the Middle East and North Africa. She has also been an academic assessor for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture since 2004, in which role she evaluates joint European projects. Spare time is spent lecturing at universities in both France and Lebanon. Najjar holds a degree in electrical information technology and systems from ESIB in Lebanon, and a master’s degree in networks and telecommunications from ENST in Paris.
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48 (#31 in 2015)
\nShaikha Al Bahar
\nDeputy group CEO
\nNational Bank of Kuwait
\nKuwait
\nBanking and finance

\nShaikha Al Bahar is deputy CEO of one of the Gulf’s largest banks, National Bank of Kuwait. The lender oversees $78bn in assets, as of the end of last year. Also on the board of the International Bank of Qatar, a director of Mobile Telecommunications Company KSC, vice chairman of Watani Investment Company KSCC, and vice chair of Watani Investment Company KSC, Al Bahar is an important figure in Kuwait’s business landscape.
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49 (#30 in 2015)
\nHamdiya Al Jaff
\nChairman
\nTrade Bank of Iraq
\nIraq
\nBanking and finance

\nAs the chairman of the Trade Bank of Iraq, Hamdiyah Al Jaff run’s Iraq’s biggest financial institution. Despite being only a decade old — set up by the USafter the invasion of the country in 2003 — it has been enourmously influenctial. Established to assist with the reconstruction of Iraq, Al Jaff has a huge say on how the country’s various new projects and infrastructure will \nbe financed.
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56 (#51 in 2015)
\nMaha Al Ghunaim
\nChairwoman
\nGlobal Investment House
\nKuwait
\nBanking and finance

\nOne of five friends who founded Global Investment House in 1998, the company is one of the region’s biggest investment firms. She took it public in 2008, becaming the first Kuwaiti company on the London Stock Exchange. It was forced to unlist, but its refinancing plan became a model for others.
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60 (#68 in 2015)
\nNahed Taher
\nCEO
\nGulf One Investment Bank
\nSaudi Arabia
\nBanking and finance

\nThe Saudi-born CEO is credited as being the first woman in the Gulf to take charge of an investment bank. She turned down a high-powered job with the International Monetary Fund to return home and “do something for my country”. Having started as a senior economist at Saudi Arabia’s NCB, Taher co-founded Gulf One Investment Bank in 2005. The bank has financed the construction of several key projects in the region including the airport terminals that serve pilgrims visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Having excelled in a traditionally male-dominated field, Taher is also a strong advocate for a greater role for women in the Kingdom.
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\nMiriem Bensalah Chaqroun
\nCEO
\nLes Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès and Holmarcom Group
\nMorocco
\nBanking and finance

\nWearing two CEO hats at the same time, Chaqroun is the CEO of Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès, a leading company listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange that specialises in water and bottling. She is also the CEO of the Holmarcom Group, one of the five largest industrial and commercial groups that belong to her family. She is also the Chairperson of the Euro-Mediterranean Center of Mediation and Arbritration.