Industry: Banking and finance
Company: Gulf One Investment Bank
Country: Saudi Arabia
Saudi-born Dr Nahed Taher was the first woman in the Gulf to head up an investment bank — Gulf One Investment Bank, which she co-founded in 2005 after her tenure as a senior economist at Saudi Arabia’s NCB. Taher has broken the glass ceiling on more than one occasion. She turned down a high powered job with the International Monetary Fund to return home, eager “to do something for my own country” before being hired as the first woman by NCB. Taher is also a strong advocate for a greater role for women in the kingdom.