Forbes has revealed its list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, with three of Forbes Middle East’s most powerful Arab women in business and politics making the cut.
The U.A.E.’s Minister of Tolerance, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, is the world’s 36th most powerful woman. Appointed in 2016 as part of a cabinet reshuffle, Al Qasimi has previously served as the Minister of International Cooperation and Minister of Economy and Planning for the U.A.E. A philanthropist, she sits on the board of Dubai Autism Center and volunteers with the “Friends of Cancer Patients” Society.
Saudi national, Lubna S. Olayan, is the world’s 59th most powerful woman. She serves as the CEO of the business conglomerate Olayan Financing Group, which has businesses spread across the Middle East. In 2004 Olayan became the first woman to serve on the board of Alawwal Bank.
Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group in the U.A.E., is the 90th most powerful women in the world. In her current position since 1990, Al Gurg has been responsible for the operations of all the 27 of the group’s companies. She is also the head of the Dubai Business Women’s Council.
In our list of the Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen 2017, Lubna S. Olayan secured the top spot, with Raja Easa Al Gurg in third position. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi took first place on our list of the Most Powerful Arab Women in Government 2017.
According to Forbes, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the Most Powerful Woman in the World this year for the seventh consecutive year and 12 times in total. She’s followed by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May at number two and Melinda Gates at number three. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and GM CEO Mary Barra round out the top five.