InPics: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016 - Government
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.
1 (#1 in 2015)
\nSheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
\nMinister of Tolerance
\nAfter six years on the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list, Sheikh Lubna Al Qasimi retains her top spot. In her many years of government service, she has held various positions. She has been Minister of Economy, Minister of Foreign Trade and Minister of International Cooperation and Development in the UAE’s federal government. Last month saw her \nadd another string to her bow as the country’s first Minister of Tolerance. A great champion for women in business, Sheikha Lubna is also a regular advocate for women’s rights, education, and empowerment.
3 (#5 in 2015)
\nReem Al Hashimy
\nMinister of International Cooperation
\nIt has been another busy year in the stellar career of Reem Al Hashimy, who was appointed the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation in the recent cabinet reshuffle. After having played an instrumental role in UAE’s successful Expo 2020 bid, Al Hashimy is now managing director of its organising team. Expo 2020 is expected to provide 277,000 new job opportunities, and bring in almost US$25 billion in added economic activities. Al Hashimy is at the forefront of making that possibility a reality.
21 (#36 in 2015)
\nNoura Al Kaabi
\nMinister of State \nfor the Federal National Council
\nNoura Al Kaabi is one of five new female members of the Emirati cabinet, following her promotion last month. Her stints on the Federal National Council, the UAE’s highest consultative body, and as CEO of Abu Dhabi media free zone twofour54, have seen Al Kaabi’s work take on ever greater performance. She was one of the key players in convincing Disney to film its blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the deserts of Abu Dhabi.
\nJameela Al Muhairi
\nMinister of State for Public Education
\nJameela Al Muhiari was appointed as the UAE’s Minister of State for Public Education in February. Prior to that, she served as the head of Dubai School Inspection Bureau at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) where she was responsible for assuring and raising the quality and standards in Dubai’s private schools.She also served as the executive director of Dubai Knowledge Village from 2004 to 2008, following which she served as executive director in charge of the private education sector in Dubai Education Council.
\nMinister for International Cooperation
\nSahar Nasr took a top job in Egypt’s government in November last year, capping a fine career of public service. She had previously served as lead financial economist at the World Bank. Nasr has also been an associate professor at the economics department of the American University in Cairo (AUC) since 2002, and was a professor at the British University in Egypt (BUE) 2006 to 2011.
\nHessa Al Jaber
\nMinister of Information and \nCommunication Technology
\nThe third Qatari women to assume a place in the country’s cabinet, Dr Hessa Al Jaber previously ran the country’s telecoms regulator. As well as several senior positions on global and national bodies, she has also worked tirelessly to help people with disabilities in Qatar.
\nShamma Al Mazrouei
\nMinister of State for Youth Affairs
\nShamma Al Mazrouei is the youngest ever member of the UAE cabinet, and the country’s first ever Minister of State for Youth Affairs. After studying at New York University Abu Dhabi, where her thesis was on the labour market prospects for Emirati women, she won a \nFalcon Scholarship to study at Oxford University in the UK, where she took a master’s degree in public policy. She was a co-designer of the NYUAD Al Nahda Institute.
40 (#74 in 2015)
\nAmal Al Qubaisi
\nFederal National Council
\nAmal Al Qubaisi was appointed to lead the UAE’s Federal National Council in November last, year — the first woman to take the role. She was also the first woman to be elected to the FNC, and the first to be appointed to the Abu Dhabi Educational Council.
\nNemah bint Jamiel bin Farhan Al Busaidiya
\nOnly one woman was elected in Oman’s recent Shura Council elections last year, as Al Busaidiya was voted in to represent Muscat’s Seeb district for another four years.