Our pick of the brightest, best and most brilliant men and women in this region
Youth drives the future, and in the Middle East these are the 40 and unders who are doing just that.
Unlike in the West, and indeed many other parts of the world, the majority of the population of the Middle East is aged 40 and below. In fact, more than 28 percent are between 15 and 29, representing over 108 million young people. It’s a very powerful demographic.
Among the millions, there are many thousands doing incredible things to advance this region in business, finance, property, entertainment and culture, which means narrowing it down to just 40 is extremely difficult.
More than anywhere else on the planet, there is an abundance of opportunity and potential to tap into in the Middle East. And, throughout the following pages, you will find 40 impressive, forward-thinking individuals, aged 40 and under, who are taking full advantage of the unending possibilities in the region.
These are the real influencers of the Middle East.
How we did it:
As we always say, influence is subjective. But we believe we have selected 40 Arabs, who are all currently based in the Middle East, whose impact and influence cannot be disputed.
Of course, this is only a snapshot of the talent that can be found in the region. Not included here are any royal family members or government officials, as that could make up an entire list of its own.
From a list of hundreds of incredibly impressive names, the below list of researchers have put their heads together to pool their extensive knowledge on the region and narrowed it down to these 40 names.
Ultimately, these are the professionals who we firmly believe are pioneers in their various industries, whether that’s fashion, finance, activism or even realising the potential of renewable energy in emerging markets.
We salute them all.