UAE's Raja Easa Al Gurg Featured on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women 2019 List

UAE's Raja Easa Al Gurg Featured on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women 2019 List

Emirati businesswoman Raja Easa Al Gurg ranks 84 on Forbes’ latest list of the most powerful women in the world. Learn more below.

Forbes has just unveiled its World’s Most Powerful Women 2019 list featuring women from around the globe who are serving in leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy and media. Raja Easa Al Gurg from the UAE has also been included in this list and ranks at 84. The only Emirati woman on the list, she is the Managing Director and Vice Chairperson of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, which is one of the biggest conglomerates in the Middle East, comprising 27 companies in diverse sectors. She is also the President of Dubai Business Women Council and a board member at Dubai Women's Association,  Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and HSBC Middle East.

Raja Easa Al Gurg has previously been ranked 28 in the 100 Most Powerful Arabs list, compiled by Gulf Business magazine. She was declared the most powerful Emirati Businesswoman in Forbes Middle East's 2017 list and the third most influential businesswoman in the Arab world in Forbes Middle East's 2017 list of 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the new Forbes’ list. Women featured in the top 10 include:

  1. Angela Merkel
  2. Christine Lagarde
  3. Nancy Pelosi
  4. Ursula von der Leyen
  5. Mary Bara
  6. Melinda Gates
  7. Abigail Johnson
  8. Ana Patricia Botin
  9. Ginnie Rometty
  10. Marilyn Hewson

Saudi Arabian national Rania Nashar has also been included in the ranking of powerful women and has been placed at 97. She is the first female CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. Meanwhile, India's first full-time Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ranks 34 on the list. Other prominent women included by Forbes include US celebrity Oprah Winfrey, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, British Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump, among others. 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who was recently named Time's Person of the Year, took the 100th spot on Forbes' list.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.