InPics: The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016 - Media
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.
13 (#11 in 2015)
\nAmina Al Rustamani
\n\nRunning some of Dubai’s largest and most successful business parks, Dr Amina Al Rustamani is working to develop Dubai Design District (d3). The executive has won praise and awards for her leadership, which will boost Dubai’s economy through fashion, design, and art. Her role at Dubai Holding unit TECOM Group sees her overseeing 10 business communities, with nearly 5,000- businesses and a 74,000-strong workforce.
22 (#28 in 2015)
\nEditor in chief
\n\nSomayya Jabarti is the first woman ever to take control of one of Saudi Arabia’s newspapers. The editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette replaced Khaled Almaeena in February 2014, and the appointment was noted as a milestone in a country where women’s rights are sometimes limited.
39 (#38 in 2015)
\n\nLina Atallah was the editor of Egypt Independent before it was closed down by the country’s authorities. Undeterred, she gathered together the cream of the paper’s young journalists and founded Mada Masr, an online newspaper. In a country where the situation for journalists has become “intolerable”, according to Reporters Without Borders, Mada Masr has become one of the few independent, critical voices. Attalah studied journalism at the American University in Cairo. She has written for publications including Al-Masry Al-Youm English Edition, Reuters, Cairo Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
\n\nAleppo-based journalist Zaina Erhaim picked up the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism in October last year, for her fearless reporting on the civil war in her home country. Despite having a safe job in the UK, Erhaim chose to return to Syria and document the harrowing stories unfolding in the war-torn country.
58 (#69 in 2015)
\nJournalist and activist
\n\nA regular name in the media, Eltahawy came to prominence in 2011. Now a central figure for activism against patriarchal behaviours, governments and societies. Her first book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, released to controversial, but critical, acclaim.
67 (#58 in 2015)
\nMona Al Marri
\nDubai Media Office
\n\nAppointed to her role in 2012, Al Marri manages the media affairs between the government of Dubai and the media. Just two years later Al Marri was named the most influential Arab media personality by the Arab Union of Electronic Media. Having previously established herself as an expert in public relations and media, Al Marri continues to shape Dubai’s image to the media at home and abroad. She is also vice president of the Dubai Ladies Club and a board member of Young Arab Leaders. Al Marri is currently the Chair of DWE Board which is considered one of the most active organizations in the field of women empowerment in the region.
87 (#78 in 2015)
\nBadreya Al Bishr
\n\nThe author, journalist and TV host never shies away from tackling taboo topics. She also lectures at King Saud University’s Department of Social Studies.
91 (#57 in 2015)
\nRubicon Group Holding
\n\nThe Jordinian animator and producer has brought joy to thousands of children through her company’s films and cartoons.
93 (#80 in 2015)
\n\nFounded in 2012, the Mandara Media Foundation iis bringing media to Egypt’s masses by creating news wesbites to underserved communities.