Two Qataris among Forbes Middle East’s ‘100 Most Powerful Businesswomen 2024’

Two Qataris among Forbes Middle East’s ‘100 Most Powerful Businesswomen 2024’

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By QLNews

Two Qatari women made the country proud when they were featured in the list of the Middle East’s 100 most powerful women figures in 2024, compiled and published by Forbes magazine.

While Mira Al Attiyah, CEO and board member of QNB Capital, secured 68th place in rankings, HE Sheikha Anwar bint Nawaf Al Thani, CEO of Al Faleh Education Holding, was 74th.

Apart from the two Qataris, four other powerful Qatar-based businesswomen made it to the list.

While Microsoft Qatar’s General Manager Lana Khalaf was ranked at 60, Commercial Bank of Qatar’s COO and Executive General Manager Leonie Ruth Lethbridge came in at 70.

Sidra Medicine CEO Iyabo Tinubu-Karch finished 87th while Oracle Qatar’s Managing Director Lalla Hanane Drissi finished 94th in the list.

Forbes highlighted Al Attiyah’s significant role in Qatar’s financial sector since assuming her role in 2014. Under her leadership, QNB Capital played a pivotal role in different local, regional, and international sovereign and corporate bond and sukuk offerings, amounting to over $50bn in the last five years.

Before her current position, Al Attiyah served as assistant undersecretary for trade affairs at Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

She also held several senior roles within the Ministry and at the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology.

Meanwhile, under Sheikha Anwar’s leadership, Al Faleh Education Holding became the first woman-led Qatari public shareholding company and the first Qatari educational institution to list on the stock market.

The Al Faleh Education Group amassed unparalleled successes in recent times. The company broke new ground when it was included in the Qatar Stock Exchange, making it the first public company in the stock market with a female as a CEO.

Sheikha Anwar also founded Little Panda’s Kindergarten, a learning institution offering early years foundation stage for students in Qatar.

The Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Businesswomen 2024 list comprises 104 women from 27 sectors and 28 nationalities.

While the banking and financial services sector dominated with 26 entries, healthcare had 13, investments and technology — six each. Notably, 35 newcomers from 15 sectors were added to the list, reflecting a diverse representation of talent in the region.

Forbes ranked the leaders on the impact they had in the region, achievements, designation, size of their business, and the number of years of industry experience. Leaders of family businesses were excluded this year.

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