REVEALED: World’s Most Powerful Arab Women 2012

Saudi activist Reem Asaad was the highest placed female in the Gulf Business 100 most powerful Arabs list.



1. Reem Asaad

Women’s rights advocate Origin: KSA Residence: KSA Sector: Culture and societyIn 2008, Asaad launched a campaign to boycott lingerie shops that only employed men. This move gained international recognition and was followed by a local decree which instantly created 44,000 jobs for women. Alongside promoting female employment in Saudi Arabia, Asaad continues to work on a road map for long-awaited labour reforms in the Kingdom.

This year’s Gulf Business Power 100 list saw 25 new entrants, with the highest new entries from three women: women’s rights advocate Reem Asaad and Olympic athletes Sarah Attar and Wodjan Ali Seraj Shaherkani.

Female entrants comprised 23 per cent of the list this year, the highest ever number.

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The full list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs is published in the Gulf Business February issue and can be purchased from newstands in the Gulf from February 3 2013.

The online edition of the magazine can be purchased here .