Forbes Middle East has revealed its flagship annual list of the region’s most powerful businesswomen for 2023, ranking the female leaders championing business success in the Middle East and beyond. The list was constructed based on the size of the business, the individual’s impact, achievements, and performance over the last year, and the scope of CSR and other initiatives led by the person.
Eight Kuwaiti women made it into the list, which is dominated by banking and financial services sector.
Hana Al Rostamani, Group CEO of First Abu Dhabi Bank and Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson & Managing Director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group are holding the top two entries in the list.
Shaikha Al-Bahar, the Deputy Group CEO of NBK is in the 4th place. Wadha Al-Khateeb, CEO of KNPC is in the 6th place. Group CEO of KIPCO Dana Nasser Al Sabah is on 12th place and Chairperson of Agility Henadi Al-Saleh is on 20th position in the list.
Others in the list are Zain Kuwait CEO Eaman Al Roudhan (22nd), CEO of Ahli United Bank of Kuwait Jehad Al-Humaidi (34th), Nadia Bader Al-Hajji – CEO of Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) (35th) and CEO & Vice Chairman of United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) Nadia Akil (88th)
The list also includes two Indians Renuka Jagtiani (Chairwoman of Landmark Group) and Poonam Bhojani(CEO – Innoventures Education).