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These 19 Egyptian Females Are Officially Among the Middle East’s Most Influential Women

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These 19 Egyptian Females Are Officially Among the Middle East’s Most Influential Women
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Yes! Break that glass ceiling! Forbes recently released a list of the Most Influential Women in the Middle East, and it features 17 Egyptian women! It’s an achievement enough just to even make it onto a Forbes list, but even more so when one has to overcome the struggles associated with working in a male-dominated field. These women are paving the way for young Egyptian girls who dream of being successful in a man’s world and they should be celebrated for their accomplishments. We plan to do just that by providing you with this list of all these fierce ladies:

1. Elham Mahfouz, CEO of Commercial Bank in Kuwait. 

2. Dalia Elbaz, Head, Risk, Banking Operations, Information Technology and Deputy Chair of National Bank of Egypt. 

3. Sahar El Damati, Managing Director of Union Capital

4. Nevine El-Messery, CEO of Ahli United Bank of Egypt

5. Mervat Zohdy Soltan, CEO of Export Development Bank of Egypt

6. Sahar Faraht, Senior Executive Vice President in Egypt Kuwait Holding

7. Rasha El Azhary, CFO of Vodafone

8. Hania Sadek, COO and Excutive Director of HSBC Bank

9. Marwa El Ayouti, CFO of Orange

10. Hend El Sherbini, Group CEO of Integrated Diagnostics Holdings

11. Reem Asad, CEO of Raya Contact Center

12. Hoda Mansour, Managing Director at SAP Egypt

13. Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO at Pyramedia

14. Noha El Ghazaly, Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking in Pharos Holding

15. Shahira Zeid, CEO Vice Chair of MZ Investments, Maridive Group

16. Rana Awadi, Managing Director of Acumen Asset Management

17. Soha El Turky, CFO of Banque du Caire


Wait, that’s not all. Two more Egyptian women made it onto the Forbes Top Ten Women Heading Government Departments 2018 list! They are:

18. Lobna Helal, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Egypt 

19, Nevein Gamea, CEO, The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency ‘MSME’


We are so extremely proud of these women and their hard work! This is only another step in the right direction for women’s full inclusion in the workforce and the political world.