The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015
Thu 26 Feb 2015 12:00 PM
Maha Al Ghunaim
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Maha Al Ghunaim

Industry: Banking and finance

Company: Global Investment House

Designation: Chairwoman

Country: Kuwait

Maha Al Ghunaim was one of five friends who founded Global Investment House in 1998.

The company is now one of the region’s biggest investment firms, and when she took it public on the London Stock Exchange in 2008 it became the first Kuwaiti company to list on the exchange. GIH was forced to delist due to the credit crunch, but its refinancing model became a model for other companies to follow. In February this year the GIH inaugurated its new premises in Dubai International Financial Centre, prompting Al Ghunaim to say: “Global DIFC marks a milestone in the future of Global as it strengthens our presence in one of the major capital markets in the region.”