57. Gizem Akalin
Company: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Title: Vice President & Managing Director—Gulf Region
Akalin joined GSK in 2015 and assumed her current role in 2020. The company employs more than 250 people in the Gulf. Akalin has more than 23 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector. She previously led GSK’s commercial operations teams in Russia, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Türkiye, GCC, Mexico, Argentina, and China. Before joining GSK, Akalin held roles at Merck.