LONDON: Six pioneering Saudi women have been named among Arabian Business magazine’s 50 Most Inspiring Women in Business.
The list, released last week, recognizes women who have used their influence, experience and ambition to make their mark in the region.
All of the honored Saudi women have made significant contributions to the changing landscape of the Kingdom, in fields as diverse as architecture and philanthropy.
Among them was Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al-Saud, secretary general and board member of Alwaleed Philanthropies, considered a pioneer in the empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia.
Winner of the Achievement in Philanthropy award at the Arab Woman of the Year Awards in 2017, the princess launched her own publishing house in 2003, which now produces three magazines in Dubai, Cairo and Beirut.
Given that empowering women in the Kingdom is an integral part of the Saudi Vision 2030, it was no surprise to see Mae Al-Mozaini, Founder and CEO of the Arab Institute for the Empowerment of Women, on the list of Arab companies this year.
Al-Mozaini is also the founder of Nusf, a social enterprise dedicated to helping advance the economic and social well-being of women across the Arab world.
Ghada Othman Alrumayan, Director of Group Marketing and Communications at ROSHN, was another inspirational business leader to make the list.
A national community developer and public investment fund project, ROSHN is responsible for implementing one of the largest residential real estate projects in the Kingdom.
The other three Saudi women to be recognized were Mona Althagafi, Rabaa Abdulaziz Al-Othaim and Rasha Al-Hoshan.
As country manager for Saudi Arabia at Serco, Althagafi is responsible for driving the UK company’s growth in the kingdom. With over 20 years of experience, she has held various positions in government and the private sector.
An engineer and founder of 4A Architects, Al-Othaim has been recognized for her exceptional work in the healthcare, hospitality, residential and commercial sectors of the Kingdom.
Owner and founder of interior design company Rasha Al-Hoshan Est, Al-Hoshan holds degrees in interior design and architecture from some of the best universities in the world. She is also responsible for introducing major furniture brands such as Nada Debs, Fendi Casa and B&B Italia to the Saudi market.