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10 Showstopping Saudi Women In Business

With a powerful imprint in business, these 10 Saudi women have landed impressive posts and demonstrated their expertise on Saudi, regional, and international levels. Get to know these accomplished ladies paving the way for younger generations to come!

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Dr. Nahid Taher

Dr. Nahid Taher held the position of Assistant Professor and Head of the Accounting Department at King Abdulaziz University, then she became the CEO of the Investment Bank Gulf One in Bahrain.

Along with a rich portfolio in banking and investment, Forbes called her the "Desert Rose" since she is the first founder and CEO of an infrastructure investment bank in the Middle East.

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Sarah Al-Suhaimi

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange, Tadawul, and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of AlAhli Capital, worked as the first director of investment portfolios in Asset Management «Samba». In 2013, Al Suhaimi was nominated to be part of the advisory committee of the Capital Market Authority and worked as an executive director of the Investment Department of Asset Management for «Jadwa Investment ».

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Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi

The first Saudi Arab woman to hold the position of the President of the British Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi served as an advisor to the President of the American-Saudi Business Council in Washington. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Forum for Women, located in London, Al Shaibi holds the valued position of Secretary General.

She won the "Diplomat of the Year" award by the Diplomatic Magazine, was named leading figure by George Washington University in 2015, and topped the list of "the 30 most powerful Saudi women" in Arabian Business magazine in 2014.

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Dr. Noura Al-Youssef

Dr. Noura Al-Youssef is a Member of the Shura Council, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, College of Business Administration, King Saud University.

She is also a Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Economic Association, and was nominated by the Saudi Economic Association to be the first woman to handle the presidency of the association, therefore the Saudi Economic Association has become the first Saudi scientific association to choose a woman as its president.

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Reem Asaad

Head of shareholders relations in the Saudi Mining Company as the first Saudi woman to reach this position in the sector and a founding member of the Association of the Protection of Individual Investors, Reem Asaad also worked in finance and investment as the vice president of the Securities Society in the Jeddah Chamber.

In recent years, Arabian Business Magazine ranked her as the third most powerful Arab figure.The Saudi professor and academic, who studied finance and investment at Northeastern University in Boston and graduated with a master’s in business administration, works as a writer and economics expert in her field.

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Lubna Al-Olayan

A businesswoman who demonstrates excellence in the business world, Lubna Al-Olayan's rich career enabled her to be the first Saudi woman to become a board member at the Saudi Alawwal Bank and the CEO of Olayan Financing Company. 

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Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman

Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman headed the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Saudi Arabia as vice president. She is also a board member of the Khadija Bint Khuwaylid Business Women Center of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, the Rolaco Trading and Contracting Group, the National Institute of Health Services, National Home Health Care, and the Economic and Social Department for Makkah .

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Rania Al-Nashar

The CEO of Samba Financial Group, with a wide experience in banking for more than 20 years, during which she held a number of leading positions.

She came in the 97th in the annual list issued by the American magazine "Forbes" for the year 2019. And the fifth in the list of the strongest Arab women 2017.

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Dr. Nouf Al-Ghamdi

Dr. Nouf Al-Ghamdi is a big name in consulting! As the chairman of the COC Consulting Group, this Saudi businesswomen delves into women empowerment and gender balance and focuses on advanced strategic planning and marketing management.

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Dr. Basma Musleh Omair

Dr. Basma Musleh Omair was elected by the members of the Group of Women (W20) as the head of the Women's Participation Committee in the Labor Market 2017 in Berlin, Germany. She is also a member of the Group of Twenty (G20) and now a member of the Group of Twenty Business (B20).

Along with her long trail of victories, Dr. Basma has established BMO Management Consulting, where she works in coordination with decision makers to develop effective strategies to empower individuals and to improve the standard of living through multi-faceted research.

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