Strong willed, captivating, powerful and dedicated to progression, these women embody what the female race can do in any profession, when presented with opportunity. Whether its business, media, or law, these Arab women are at the top of the international lists of influential individuals.
Working for globally renowned international companies, About Her.com recognize 5 women who have been chipping away at the glass ceiling…
Nemat Shafik - Deputy Governor – Bank of England
She became the youngest ever vice – president of the World Bank and is being considered for the prestigious title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Nemat is currently working on Brexit and it’s consequential fallouts; being ranked at 59 in Forbes’s ‘The World’s Most Powerful Women’ list, she is not shy when dealing with big budgets or economic turmoil.
Kinda Ibrahim – Director of Media Partnerships at Twitter MENA
Kinda Ibrahim joined Twitter from Microsoft where she was the Editor-in-Chief responsible for English MSN Arabia and is now the Director of Media Partnerships for Twitter MENA.
Based in Twitter’s Dubai office, she leads the team responsible for accelerating Twitter’s push for content partnerships across the news, politics, sports, TV and entertainment verticals.
She has played an instrumental role in shaping the digital and data strategy at companies such as EMAP Middle East, the Yellow Pages group and the National bank of Canada.
Nisreen Shocair – President of Virgin Megastores MENA
Graduating from top schools including London Business School and Colombia University, Nisreen Shocair possesses a global perspective on business.
Working her way up from previous positions within the licensing, digital, publishing and retail sectors at the likes of internationally renowned companies including Sony Music and Hearst Entertainment, Nisreen has been instrumental in building the Virgin brand across MENA by incorporating local and international consumer trends into one shopping experience.
Nayla Hayek – CEO at Harry Winston Inc.
Nayla Hayek is a Swiss businesswoman and heir to the Swatch Group fortune. Her father, Nicolas G Hayek was a Lebanese entrepreneur who founded the Swatch Group in 1983, and later also acquired Harry Winston, famously known for fine jewellery and diamonds. She has developed her inherited business and taken it from strength to strength through consistency and dedication. Her current net worth is approximately $1.2 billion.
Amal Mudallali – UN Ambassador for Lebanon
Dr. Amal Mudallali was appointed as Lebanon's UN ambassador; she's the first Lebanese female to ever hold the position.
She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in Political Sciences and later achieved another degree in Political Communication from the University of Maryland in the U.S.
Mudallali was also previously, late Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri's foreign media advisor.