UAE Power Ladies
- Raja Easa Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council and Managing Director of corporate giant Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Raja Easa Al Gurg is Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, a major conglomerate in the United Arab Emirates dealing in trading, manufacturing, retail, franchises and real estate. A family business with 23 divisions, she joined the group in 1989 as a Board Member before assuming the position of Managing Director and running the day-to-day operations. She was previously a headmistress of a secondary school for girls. Mrs. Al Gurg is also President of the Dubai Business Women Council, a role that she has been actively pursuing since the creation of the Council in 2002.
- Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, President of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Al Jaber Group
Her Excellency Fatima Al Jaber is an engineer with significant expertise in the management of international businesses, and is currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Al Jaber Group, a prominent leader in the GCC construction industry and sits on the Group’s Board of Directors. Prior to this Fatima worked with the Abu Dhabi Government in various technical and managerial positions, including her pivotal role as Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Services at Abu Dhabi Public Works Department and Abu Dhabi Municipality.
Fatima has won many awards and accolades from distinguished sources such as L’Officiel Middle East Magazine, Forbes Arabia and at the Arabian World Construction Summit, all lauding her as one of Arabia’s premier businesswomen. In 2010 she became the first UAE woman to be elected into the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Concerned with how women operate in economic fields, Fatima became a founding member of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council and in 2008 established Al Bashayer Investment Company, a service for female investors. Fatima now holds the position of Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Business Women’s Council. She graduated from the UAE University with a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering.
- Faiza Al Sayed, member of the Executive Management Team of Al Fahim Group
Having graduated from the United Kingdom with a degree in business, Faiza Al Sayed has emerged as one of the most influential businesswomen in UAE. She is part of the Executive Management Team of the Al Fahim Group, heading the central procurement division. Since 1993, she has been running her own successful business for US-based Grandeur Home Interiors. She is also Vice President of the Dubai Business Women Council, a board member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a member of the Arab International Women’s Forum – London.
- Fathiya Saeed Al Khamari, founder and main designer for Oh, la la! Abbaya Couture
Fathiya Saeed is the founder and main designer for Oh, la la! Abbaya Couture, a popular fashion house that produces Islamically appropriate clothes for Muslim women. She is also a Managing Partner at 2000 LLC and a Board Member with the Dubai Business Women Council. She earned a Bachelor of Sociology Degree at the Baghdad University in Iraq and, in 1993, gained a Master of Sociology from the California State University in Sacramento. She has had a variety of roles during her career, from teaching at secondary schools to managing an old people’s home.
- Khawla A Lootah w/o HE Sheikh Khalid M Al Qassami, member of several Middle Eastern and international women’s organisations and Director of the Board of WorldSpace Middle East
With a Bachelor and Masters Degree in sociology from the American University of Washington, Mrs Khawla is a director on the board of WorldSpace Middle East, a branch of WorldSpace Inc, USA. She was previously Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa for WorldSpace Inc, USA. Mrs Khawla’s businesses include Lapis Designing, Suba Spa, Renee Jewellery and Al Durrar Exhibitions and Conferences. She is a member of several Middle Eastern and international women’s organisations.
- Sara Ismail Mohamed, CEO of Al Bashayer Investment Company
Mrs. Sara Mohamed is the Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Al Bashayer Investment Company and has over 20 years experience in the financial services sector with leading regional and global institutions. During this time, Sara has successfully built and managed multi-million dollar investment portfolios for her clients.
She is a regular contributor to several industry publications and has carved a niche for herself in the area of providing tailored financial solutions for the GCC ladies’ market. Before joining Al Bashayer, Mrs. Sara was Vice President Client Advisory Group – she established this department to provide wealth management services to family offices, institutions, private companies and women investors in the UAE and GCC.
She was also responsible for launching the first women fund called the Dana Women Fund dedicated to women investors in the UAE and GCC region. And she quite active with UAE and GCC business women activities and have managed to establish excellent relationships with high-profile women in the region. Mrs. Sara earned MBA in Business Management from University of Bradford in 1993.
- Samia Abdullah Saleh, founder of the Courtyard Gallery
Samia Saleh is a UAE National who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the American University in Washington D.C. Her passion for art led her to organise, in 1998, the first ever show in the UAE of original paintings, rare print, lithographs and sculptures by world renowned artists Dali, Renoir and Buffet; becoming the first Emirati to host the works of these iconic legends of contemporary art. Following the success and appeal of the show to an emerging community of art enthusiasts, Samia established the Courtyard Gallery in 2000.
In 2008-2011, the Courtyard Gallery undertook the commissioning and supply of all artworks for the chairman’s office, residential floors and residential lobby of the world’s tallest tower (Burj Khalifa in Dubai). An art aficionado herself, Samia is a collector of international modern art. In 2005, she attended a unique connoisseur-ship program on contemporary art organised by Sotheby’s in Art Basel Miami Beach.
Samia is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Mentor Arabia, a global organisation working to prevent drug misuse to promote the health and well being of youth. The Foundation is headed by H.R.H. Queen Sylvia of Sweden. Besides her involvement in the organisation’s activities Samia assisted in auction arrangements during the Mentor Arabia Charity Gala Dinner, in cooperation with Lord Mark Poltimore, Chairman of Sotheby’s, and was awarded a certificate by HRH Prince Turki Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz. In addition to her work in art, Samia is a shareholder in Dutco Group, a diversifed family-owned conglomerate operating in the region, a member of the board of Amsaf Investments and a board member of the Dubai Business Women Council, an affiliate of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
- Huda A Al-Matroushi, Vice President General Services of GASCO
Ms. Huda A. Al-Matroushi is among the high-profile corporate women in UAE, holding the position of Vice President, General Services of GASCO, an operating company of the ADNOC Group and one of the largest and most complex gas processing & distribution companies in the world. The General Services Division manages three departments – Housing, Travel & Documentation and Office Services, with Ms. Huda overseeing more than 60 employers and reporting to the Senior Vice President – Administration. GASCO operates four distant onshore gas plans and a large network of produce pipelines. Ms. Huda is also an Executive Board Member of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, Board Member and Government Representative of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has been seconded to the Abu Dhabi Family Foundation.
- Nashwa Al-Qubaisi, an Emirati advocate.
An Emirati advocate, and a graduate of the Cairo University, she was trained under the supervision of a group of prominent law lecturers in both Egypt and UAE, and became one of the female advocates who have a tangible print in the field of advocacy in the UAE, due to her activity, tactful, aspirations and loyalty in the field of advocacy and law. She is an executive board member of Abu Dhabi Business Women Council.