The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women
Mon 03 Mar 2014 03:25 AM


Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Singer

Country: Egypt

Yousra is one of the Arab world’s biggest entertainment superstars.

Born as Suhair Mohamed Nasim,  Yousra first started making films in the 1970s, and quickly developed a strong working relationship with the legendary Egyptian actor Adel Imam. Perhaps her best-known collaborations were with director Youssef Chahine, with whom she made three films. Yousra’s portfolio also includes a number of TV shows that have been popular during Ramadan, and a supporting role in the Yacoubian Building, which had the highest budget of any Egyptian film at the time it was made in 2006.

She is also a well-known singer, and has worked as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.