Five Bahraini women secured high positions in the latest Forbes Middle East annual list, which details the region’s most powerful businesswomen.
The list features the region’s most innovative and victorious female leaders, including 104 women from 27 different sectors, representing 27 nationalities.
Securing 16th place on the list and first place in Bahrain is YK Almoayyed & Sons, led by Mona Yousuf Almoayyed, who has been with the company for 20 years. YK Almoayyed & Sons is a diversified family business in the Kingdom, and the group represents over 300 international brands, including Nissan, Ford, Sony, Nikon, and Toshiba.
Following her is Najla Al Shirawi, who places 69th. She has been with SICO for more than 20 years and was appointed to the CEO position in 2014. Additionally, she is a board member of several organizations and committees, including the Bahrain Economic Development Board.
Dalal Al Qais, who placed 83rd (at Bahrain Development Bank), was appointed as CEO at Bahrain Development Bank in 2021. She was previously the Chief Retail Banking Officer at Bahrain Islamic Bank and held various leading roles at Standard Chartered Bank and United Bank.
Narjes Farookh Jamal, placing 90th, joined the Bahrain Bourse in 1998 and heads the digital transformation, responsible for embedding ESG practices and building partnerships with GCC exchanges. Suzy Salman Kanoo, placing 92nd (Khalil bin Ebrahim Kanoo Company), leads Khalil bin Ebrahim Kanoo Company and IMTA.
She is also a member of the YPO Top CEO Network, and in 2021, she published a book titled “Hear Us Speak: Letters from Arab Women.” Behind the ranking on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women is the impact that the leader has had on the region and the market that she serves.