Inspiring Women

The most resistant and powerful women, who are going above and beyond.

MARY NAZZAL BATAYNEH

Mary Nazzal Batayneh is a human rights lawyer at the Palestine Legal Aid Fund which is an organization that supports Palestinian individuals or organization who choose to take legal actions

RANA EL CHEMAITELLY

Rana El Chemaitelly founded The Little Engineer in July 2009, in Beirut. She is an instructor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the American University of Beirut, teaching

HAYFA SDIRI

Hayfa is an inspiring young woman, an entrepreneur, social activist and blogger from Tunis. In 2016, she founded Entr@crush, which is an online platform for future entrepreneurs, that contributes to the

LAMA YOUNIS

Lama Younis is the founder the Hissah Enrichment Center but is also a criminologist, forensic psychologist and traumatologist. She founded the Center in 2013 to enrich interpersonal skills, to develop personal

NAYROUZ TALAAT

Nayrouz Talaat founded Direxiona in 2016. It’s Egypt’s first online platform that designed for each Egyptian girl to help her find her match with the nearest female driving instructors, based

FATIM-ZAHRA BIAZ

Fatim-Zahra Biaz is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and the founder of the New Work Lab. She founded her organization in 2011 in Casablanca. It’s a startup accelerator and an innovation

ISMAHANE EL OUAFI

Ismahane El Ouafi is the General Director of ICBA (International Center for Biosaline Agriculture) which is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999. ICBA has evolved over the years into

HALAH AL HAMRANI

Halah is the Founder of Flagboxing Fitness which is a center where women from Saudi Arabia can train and learn different martial arts and fighting techniques. Her goal is simple,

SHAYMA N. FAWWAZ

Shayma Fawwaz founded her company in Sharjah in 2013. GOSSIP the Brand is a multi-concept Emirati company that personifies a bespoke and fashion forward lifestyle through the variety of Food

LAMIA BAZIR

Lamia Bazir is a young social entrepreneur dedicated to women and youth in Morocco. She launched in 2012, Empowering Women in the Atlas, which is a non-profit organization that aims to

RASHA KASHKOUSH

Rasha Kashkoush co-founded Bilaal with Dana Salloum in 2013. It’s an online platform for all things Palestine. They wanted to make it easier for people to find the information they need

SARA AZIZ

Sara Aziz founded the SAFE Foundation in 2012 to raise awareness about sexual abuse of children in Egypt. Having been herself victim of sexual abuse when she was young, it’s not

JOUMANA HADDAD

Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese writer, speaker and journalist but also an activist for the rights of women in the Arab world. She founded the Jasad Magazine, a controversial erotic magazine, Jasad

MAS WATAD

Mas Watad is known in Palestine and the MENA region for having designed in 2003 her own numerical system of classifying foods, and she called it Dawsat. Dawsat started as a unique numerical

AMIRA AZZOUZ

Amira Azzouz is an inspiring young woman entrepreneur who founded Fustany.com, an online platform, in 2009. Fustany.com is a fashion and lifestyle portal by Arab women and for Arab women to

HIND AL-AWADI

Hind Al-Awadi co-founded in 2015, PantryBee which is Koweït first recipe box business. The food company delivers fresh ingredients straight to customer’s door for them to realize new unique recipes.

NOUR EL ASSAAD

Nour El Assaad is currently the founder & president of No Label NGO; Lebanon’s first anti-bullying non-profit. Dubbed as passionate and well-driven, in 2014 she was named as one of

ZAINAB FASIKI

Zainab is a young woman breaking all the taboos and clichés about the Moroccan society and its gender inequalities. She is a self-taught cartoonist and with the help of her

SERENE ABBAS and NARINA NAJM

Serene and Narina met in 2012 at the ad agency JWT before deciding to create their own start-up. With their associate Jad Sarout they launched Raghunter which is an online

RAWAN AND SUZAN AL SADI

These Jordan twin sisters founded Rozan Designs in 2014, in Dubai. Rozan Designs is a high-end modest-fashion online store. The brand is special for it provides solutions to problems associated with living

NAJLA AL ANSARI

Najla Al Ansari founded the Polished Spa in 2011.  It is a luxury day spa located behind University City Road in Sharjah where every woman can come to relax. The

SINDA SOUSSIA

Sinda Soussia is the founder and CEO of I.T. Grapes. The innovation agency was founded 2011, in Tunis and specialized  in information systems, real time, Iot, Big Data, web and mobile

NOUR AL HASSAN

Nour Al Hassan is the founder of Tarjama which is a company that runs a translation service employing 400 full-time and part-time workers across the Arab world. About 90% of

FARAH NAZ

Farah Naz is a team leader and associate sustainability consultant and her role is to act as a client adviser to provide robust solutions for building optimization and bespoke framework

AYAH BBDEIR

Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits since 2011. LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. They make

ASMAA MORINE

Asmaa Morine is the CEO of Cais-Consulting since 2007, which offers a comprehensive support service for residents and non-residents wishing to invest in Morocco at the junction point between Europe and

MONA ITANI

Mona Itani is a Lebanese social entrepreneur and social activist. She founded Riyada for Social Innovation in 2016 in Beirut. It’s an organization that aims to provide youth with practice-based social

MAHA LAZIRI

Maha Laziri is an inspiring young entrepreneur who founded Teach4Morocco in 2011. It’s a Moroccan association (NGO) based in Meknes which focuses on the state of education in the country

YARA YASSIN & RANIA RAFIE

Yara Yassin and Rania Rafie are the two young women behind Up-Fuse which is a lifestyle brand and social enterprise, based in Cairo, that promotes a sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle

MAY ABDEL ASIM

May Abdel Asim is an Egyptian entrepreneur who founded Media & More in 2007, in Cairo.  She brought together a team of young, creative and dynamic professionals to form a creative

LOULOU KHAZEN BAZ

Loulou Khazen is a young entrepreneur, startup consultant and investor who founded Nabbesh in 2011. Nabbesh is the Middle East & North Africa’s first and largest online freelance marketplace connecting businesses

ANGELA MARGARET SOLOMON

Angela Solomon co-founded Jaleesa in 2016, in Beirut. Jaleesa connects busy, working parents with experienced, reliable child care providers whom we have recruited, trained, and vetted. They have developed a four-step verification

YASMINE MEDHAT

Yasmine Medhat is the founder and CEO of Bazarna and Co. an event planning company. Considering themselves the pioneers of the “modernized” bazaar concept in Egypt, they plan everything from shopping

LINA KHALIFEH

Lina Khalifeh founded SheFighter in 2012 and it is the first Self-Defense studio for women only in the Middle East designed to empower women both physically and physiologically through Self-Defense

WIEM ASKRI

Wiem Askri is a project manager and coordinator at the FTDES where she is in charge of ensuring communication and visibility to the organization.  She works at the implementation of

NAYLA AL KHAJA

Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film director and producer in the United Arab Emirates.  She founded in 2007 The Scene Club, Dubai’s first film club, which now counts

SALLY HAFEZ BAHGAT

Sally Hafez Bahgat founded the Oasis Community Center in 2013 near Cairo in Egypt (Gizeh). The Center is an organization aiming to a more sustainable world based on renewable energy, recycling

ABEER ABU GHAITH

Abeer is a technology entrepreneur from Palestine. She has been branded Palestine’s first female high-tech entrepreneur. Abeer was the recipient of “Best Technology Enabler and Facilitator” Award given by MEA Women in

AMEERA AMIR

Ameera Amir is the founder of Weyakum, meaning ‘with you’ in Arabic. It is a social enterprise with a mission to lead positive change and deliver value to the UAE

LAYANE MAKAREM and SABINE KASSOUF

The two women founded their company A New Earth in 2009. It’s the first fully certified organic store in the Middle-East. Their motivation to open such store was that they:

ZAINA ERHAIM

Zaina Erhaim is an inspiring and devoted woman with a unique journey. In 2013, she decided to leave the United Kingdom to return to her home country, Syria, to cover

GENNY GHANIMEH

Genny Ghanimeh is an active and inspiring woman who founded Pi Slice in 2013 and Mind Cloud Academy in 2016. Passionate by the micro finance and the online industries, Genny

ALINE SARA

Aline Sara is the co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam which is a social entreprise that pairs Arabic-speaking displaced persons with learners around the world for language practice over Skype. The

AYA HOTEIT

Aya Hoteit is the founder of CIVVIES Designs which is an eco-friendly brand that provides uniquely designed textiles and fashion items. They imprint sustainable fabrics with carefully illustrated patterns to create

HIND HOBEIKA

Hind Hobeika is the founder of Instabeat. Hind and her team are a group of dedicated swimmers, triathletes, wearable experts, engineers, and designers from all corners of the world based

DOHA ABDELKHALEQ

Doha Abdelkhaleq is the co-founder, owner and executive partner of Eskadenia, which is one of Jordan’s biggest software companies. She founded the company with her husband in 2000, after having worked

YASMINE MUSTAFA

Yasmine Mustafa is the founder and CEO of ROAR For Good, a company that makes self-defense wearable technology to diminish attacks against women. The idea was to create a fashionable accessory

CAMELIA DRISSI

Camélia Drissi is the founder of SkillsMotion which is a moroccan social enterprise that aims at improving youth employment. They explain: “We help young graduates better promote themselves with unique Video-Résumés

IMAN BEN CHAIBAH

Iman Ben Chaibah is the founder of Sail Publishing, which is an Emirati publishing house specialized in producing content, and in publishing digital books and magazines started in 2014. It

AMY MOWAFI

Amy Mowafi co-founded MO4 Network in 2011 and it’s now a leading digital media hub & digital marketing agency with offices in Cairo & Dubai. They developed two very famous platforms

SAHAR WAHBEH

Sahar founded Dumyé, a social enterprise dedicated to children, in 2013. Indeed, the principle of Dumyé is that for every purchased doll, they gift a doll to an orphan or

NIAMA EL BASSUNIE

Niama is the founder and CEO of WaystoCap, which is an online B2B marketplace for businesses in Africa to buy and sell goods. Beyond just product discovery, the online platform facilitates

SAANA AZZAM

Saana Azzam founded MENA Speakers in 2016. It is a leading speaker and MC Bureau in the Middle East. They provide world-class speakers and trainers for a variety of events

MONA SHIBEL

Mona Shibel is a self-employed mentor, consultant and trainer that helps women and men entrepreneurs to develop and thrive in their businesses. She has more than 22 years of experience

Ilham Kadri

Ilham Kadri is President and Chief Executive Officer of Diversey, a global leader in hygiene, cleaning solutions, food safety and infection prevention. U.S.-headquartered Diversey, owned by Bain Capital, has 9,200

AMAL SHANTY

Amal Shanty is a young woman who stands out by her incredible journey out of the Gaza Strip and how she returned stronger. In 2013, she obtained a scholarship by

YASMINE EL BAGGARI

Yasmine is young Moroccan based in San Francisco who launched Voyaj. in 2015. Voyaj is a tech platform that matches people, worldwide, to provide them with meaningful experiences – opening hearts

FATIMA BATOOK

Fatima Batook founded Studio55 in 2015. It’s a new concept, the first women-only Spinning and Fitness Studio in Saudi Arabia. Featuring a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. The opening

HANAN NAGI

Hanan Nagi is the founder of HNI Training & Coaching which is a Dubai based training organization, is an innovator and leader in human capital development, providing world-class corporate training

ROLA HUSSEIN & SHAHIRA FAHMY

Shahira Fahmy founded MIX AND MATCH more than 35 years ago with the idea of providing young women separates where they could mix and match according to their size and

NOUR EL ASSAAD

Nour El Assaad is an inspiring young woman who founded No Label NGO in 2014. It’s an award-winning and internationally recognized NGO, that

Fatima Zibouh

  Fatima Zibouh graduated from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) with a Master in Political Science and has an advanced Master in Human Rights from the Universite Catholique de Louvain

IMAN MUTLAQ

Iman Mutlaq started her company, Sigma Investments, in 2006. It’s a multinational financial company, and director of Australian firm Ingot Brokers, which enable clients to operate on foreign exchange markets

YASMINE EL-MEHAIRY

Yasmine founded Coushies in 2016. It’s a Cairo-based startup with a social and artistic agenda that capitalizes on the talent of local artists whom hand paints the designs on canvas,

ROWAIDAH BIBERS

Rowaidah is the managing director at POD Egypt which is a full-service Advertising and Marketing Agency based in Cairo-Egypt, with a nationwide reach. They are specialized in Public Relations, Advertising,

NEZHA HAYAT

Nezha Hayat is one of the most influential Moroccan business women. In 2016, she was named the President of the Morocco’s Capital Market Authority (AMMC) which is a public institution whose