THE MIDDLE EAST'S

50 Most Powerful
Businesswomen

50 most powerful business women

This year’s list of MENA’s most influential and successful businesswomen features representatives of 19 different nationalities and 17 sectors. The U.A.E. and Egypt scored the most entries with seven each, followed by Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, and Oman, with four entries each.

The banking and financial services sector is the most dominant with 16 entries, followed by diversified conglomerates and the retail sector with six entries each, and the technology sector with five.

Over 25% of the women on this year’s list are leaders of regional offices and divisions for multinational companies, such as Saeeda Jaffar of Visa, Derya Matras of Meta, Sophie Doireau of Cartier, and Rima Assi of McKinsey & Company. And there are 12 newcomers, eight of which are based in the U.A.E., Two in Qatar, and two in Saudi Arabia.

Many of these businesswomen led their companies to cross major milestones in 2021. Under Sarah Al Suhaimi’s leadership, Saudi Tadawul transformed into a holding group and executed a long-awaited IPO. Mona Ataya of Mumzworld sold a majority stake in the company to Saudi-based Tamer Group in what was one of MENA’s most significant exit deals in 2021. And Sophie Doireau of Cartier oversaw the jewelry giant’s collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai to launch the Women’s Pavilion, the first standalone pavilion dedicated to women at a world exhibition.

Methodology

When creating the ranking, we considered the following criteria, with each point assigned a weight:
• Revenues, assets, AUM, market capitalization, and number of employees
• Accomplishments achieved over the last year by the businesswomen
• Designation
• Overall work experience
• CSR and other initiatives led by the businesswomen
• Editorial points

  50 Most Powerful Businesswomen  

1. Raja Easa Al Gurg

2. Renuka Jagtiani

3. Hana Al Rostamani

4. Sarah Al Suhaimi

5. Maryam Al Suwaidi

6. Hutham Olayan

7. Randa Muhammad Sadik

8. Hanadi bint Nasser Al Thani

9. Nezha Hayat

10. Shaikha Khaled Al Bahar

11. Lubna Olayan

12. Sima Ganwani Ved

13. Mona Yousuf Almoayyed

14. Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch

15. Basmah Abdulaziz Al-Mayman

16. Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun

17. Wadha Ahmed Al-Khateeb

18. Henadi Al-Saleh

19. Huda Al Rostamani

20. Mona Zulficar

21. Pakinam Kafafi

22. Eaman Al Roudhan

23. Lujaina Mohsin Haider Darwish

23. Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish

25. Elissar Farah Antonios

26. Samia Bouazza

27. Farida Khamis

27. Yasmine Khamis

29. Mona Ataya

30. Saeeda Jaffar

31. Derya Matras

32. Reem Asaad

33. Nadia Al Saeed

34. Elham Mahfouz

35. Rita Maria Zniber

36. Hend El-Sherbini

37. Sophie Doireau

38. Hoda Mansour

39. Haifa Al Khaifi

40. Jalila Mezni

41. Hind Bahwan

42. Najla Al Shirawi

43. Najla Ahmed Al Midfa

44. Rima Assi

45. Linda Fitz-Alan

46. Rola Abu Manneh

47. Alanoud Bint Hamad Al-Thani

48. Zainab Kufaishi

49. Leila Hoteit

50. Narjes Farookh Jamal

Methodology

When creating the ranking, we considered the following criteria, with each point assigned a weight:
• Revenues, assets, AUM, market capitalization, and number of employees
• Accomplishments achieved over the last year by the businesswomen
• Designation
• Overall work experience
• CSR and other initiatives led by the businesswomen
• Editorial points