InPics: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016 - Healthcare & Science
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.
20 (#16 in 2015)
\nEntrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist
\n\nHayat Sindi’s career in diagnostics, biotechnology and inventing has been hailed not only in the Middle East but around the world. She became the first Saudi and female scientist to become a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for sciences, and was one of the first 30 women to be appointed to Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council – the formal advisory body to the King. Her main focus is currently her fellowship programme, the i2 Institute, through which she aims to mentor and develop the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.
\nArab Network for Women, Science and Technology
\n\nThe former president of Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain, Professor Ghubash has long been a role model for Arab women in the Gulf. She has served as dean of the UAE University medical school, and, in 2012, she opened the first museum in the UAE that is dedicated entirely to the accomplishments of women from the region.
46 (#48 in 2015)
\nUAE Genetic Diseases Association
\n\nDr Maryam Matar is one of the UAE’s finest public servants, and was the first Emirati woman to hold the director general in the Dubai Government. As well as leader of the UAE Genetic Disease Association, Matar is also Deputy Chairperson of Dubai Cares. Her many achievements include various outreach initiatives, including the ‘UAE Free of Thalassemia in 2012’, as well as the UAE Down’s Syndrome Association in 2005.
\nSoha Al Qishawi
\n\nBased in Houston, Texas, the Palestinian is working on NASA’s Orion spacecraft programme, helping to design and engineer the vessel to transport astronauts into deep space. Al Qeshawi grew up in Gaza City but studied engineering at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Texas. Soon after graduation, she began work on NASA’s Space Shuttle \nprogramme, which she \nwrapped up in 2011.
66 (#37 in 2015)
\nSamia Al Amoudi
\n\nHaving diagnosed herself with breast cancer in 2006, Al Amoudi has been a tireless campaigner in bringing the issue to prominence in the Middle East. The obstetrician, gynaecologist and assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah continues to raise awareness through a regular column in Al Madinah newspaper. Samia Al Amoudi has played such a vital role in highlighting the importance of early examinations for breast cancer that in 2007 she was recognised by then US secretary of state Condoleeza Rice as being one of the most courageous women in the world. A trailblazer in more ways than one, Al Amoudi was also a member of the first group of doctors to graduate from the medical college at King Abdulaziz University in 1981.
\nIqbal Al Assad
\n\nHaving graduated from high school at aged 12, Al Assad went on to graduate as the Arab world’s youngest ever doctor at aged 20 in 2013. The child prodigy, who grew up in a rural Lebanese village, she later received a medical scholarship from the Qatar Foundation, and now works at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha.
\nMaha Al Muneef
\nNational Family Safety Program
\n\nA specialist in paediatric infectious disesases, Al Muneef works to spread awareness about domestic violence and child abuse.
97 (#91 in 2015)
\nInternational Centre for Biosaline Agriculture
\n\nWith more than 15 years’ experience in agricultural research, Elouafi is helping poor farmers in places where water is scarce.