Middle East & North Africa

Hanan Saab

Hanan Saab was born in Choueifat, Lebanon. A third generation pharmacist, she graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with distinction, where she was awarded the esteemed Penrose Award.

Zein Shiyyab

With few natural resources and a young population, investment in human resources and education has become a priority for the Kingdom of Jordan, seeking to move towards an economy based on knowledge, skills and technology. ‘In a fast-moving world, education does not stop at school or university, training is an ongoing process that keeps workers and businesses competitive,’ says Zein Shiyyab, the young CEO of eTraining1.com, a web-based hub she has created to facilitate access and interaction among training professionals.

Rana El Chemaitelly

The first reason that spurred Rana El Chemaitelly to set up The Little Engineer, an after-school activity centre where youngsters age four to 16+ can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, was her son: ‘he is only seven years old but he is addicted to electronic games! The more time he spent on them, the more unsociable he was becoming. I decided that youngsters today need a place where they can learn and engage in more practical and sociable activities.’

Nawal Yaghi Fakhry

‘Many women in Lebanon need to find work nowadays to help support their families,’ says Nawal Yaghi, a newfound entrepreneur who has taken to business after a long career in banking. ‘Rising divorce rates mean more women find themselves obliged to enter the workforce but hard economic times have made it tougher to get a job, in particular for women over the age of 30.’ Not content to sit back and lament this situation, she created Banet Taxi, a taxicab firm that has found its own way to address female employment and transform social attitudes.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is United Arab Emirates' Minister of Development and International Co-operation. In November 2004, she became the first woman in the country's history to assume a cabinet position, appointed to manage the UAE's newly merged economy and planning portfolio as Minister for Foreign Trade. Sheikha Lubna was also the Chief Executive Officer of Tejari (WWW.TEJARI.COM), the Middle East's premier electronic business-to- business marketplace. (Now Serving as a board member of Tejari).

Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun

Mrs. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun was born on November 14th, 1962 in Casablanca, Morocco.

She holds an MBA in International and Finance Graduate of the University of Dallas and is an alumna of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and University Paris IX – Dauphine, France.

She is the CEO of Les Eaux Minérales d'Oulmès S.A., a leading company listed on the Stock Exchange of Casablanca, specialised in water and bottling.

Shahira Zeid

Shahira Zeid is Vice Chairman and CEO of MZ Investments, one of Egypt's most enterprising private equity companies. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1982 with a BA in Business Administration. MZ Investments Company is a private equity group with direct investments in over 50 companies involved in tourism, hotels, agriculture, marine services, oil and gas, transportation, insurance and IT. The company is the product of years of business evolution started by Ms. Zeid's father, Mr. Magdy Zeid. The key to MZ Investments' business strategy is diversification.

Jeanne Habashi

To realize her dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the cosmetics industry, Jeanne Habashi combined ancient Egyptian ingredients with cutting-edge techniques. Launched in 2006, Jeanne Habashi – Le Caire is a luxury local cosmetics brand featured in five‑star hotels and spas in Egypt. Jeanne eventually plans to expand into the retail and international markets and establish the country’s first aesthetician school.


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