Five Qataris named in ranking of world’s most powerful Arab women

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani has been named one of the three most powerful Arab Business Women in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

The Qatar Museums chairperson and sister of the Emir first debuted on the publication’s 100 most powerful women list when it launched three years ago and landed in the No. 3 spot this year.

The Forbes Middle East’s annual list celebrates Arab female empowerment in business and government, and features dozens of women with Arab roots from across the globe.

Forbes appears to have considerably consolidated its rankings from past years, as it previously recognized hundreds of Arab women across multiple categories for their achievements.

This year, the magazine named 100 of the most powerful Arab businesswomen alongside the 10 most powerful Arab women in government and the world’s 10 most powerful Arab women “making a global impact.”

According to Forbes, candidates were ranked based on the “size of their companies … their positions, and spheres of impact.”

Media presence in terms of Arabic Google entries and social media clout were also considered in the rankings, though they were not deciding factors except in a few cases.

Lubna Olayan, the CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Olayan Financing Co. – a multinational company with more than 40 affiliated businesses – topped the list of the most powerful businesswomen.

Other Qataris on Forbes’ list of the most powerful Arab businesswomen include:

QNB Capital CEO Mira Al Attiyah at No. 23 for her role as chief executive of QNB’s investment banking subsidiary. Al Attiyah was previously the assistant undersecretary for trade at Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce;
Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, the managing director of Hamad Medical Corp. at No. 37; and
Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani, the founder and chair of the 17-year-old asset management company Amwal who is credited with launching Qatar’s first mutual fund, is ranked No. 79.

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Source News: Doha News
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