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Young global leaders: A look at 4 most promising women in the Middle East

Four up-and-coming female leaders stand out in the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in the Middle East this year.

Four up-and-coming female leaders stand out in the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in the Middle East this year. Of the 10 honorees, the four women represent both the Arab private and the public sector.

Each year, the World Economic Forum selects the innovative, socially enterprising men and women under the age of 40. The global program identifies those who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them.

Promising female leaders

Faten Kallel, Tunisia

Faten Kallel is the newly appointed Secretary of State for Youth in Tunisia.

Kallel holds a master’s degree in accounting from IHEC Carthage and an MBA from the University of Paris-Dauphine. Prior to entering politics, Kallel was worked as a management consultant at several consulting firms in Tunisia such as Grant Thornton and Deloitte. She joined the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation in February 2015 where she was responsible for administrative reforms. Kallel was also part of the Smart Tunisia program.

Ghosson Khaled, Kuwait

Ghosson Khaled is the chief operating officer of one of the largest concrete companies in the Middle East. In her role at ACICO Industries, Khaled heads up global operations.

Khaled was voted one of the 17 Kuwaitis in Forbes’ ranking of the Most Powerful Women in the Middle East.

In 2002, Khaled joined the family business after her studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and construction management from Kuwait University, and a master’s degree in building science from the University of Southern California.

Malak Jehad Al Akiely, Jordan

Malak Jehad Al Akiely is the founder and CEO of Golden Wheat For Grain Trading, a major commodities trading company.  In her role, she has established herself as a regional food security expert.

As one of the only female grain traders in the MENA region, Al Alkiely serves as the liaison between commodity traders and the Jordanian government. She founded her business to boost Jordan’s food security.

Mona Hammami, Lebanon and UAE

Mona Hammami is a senior official in the office of The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. As director, she is a leading contributor to economic development and public policy initiatives.

Hammami’s role includes analyzing local and international social and economic developments. She also drafts white papers to influence policymaking. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, she was a lead associate at Booz & Company’s public sector practice. Her expertise is in social and labor policies, macroeconomic policy, governance frameworks, organizational restructuring, agriculture policy reform, and structuring public-private Partnerships (PPPs).

Hammami was also an economist at the International Monetary Fund where she co-authored a paper on the determinants of PPPs. She also worked in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia focusing on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights. She is also the founding curator of the World Economic Forum Abu Dhabi Global Shapers Hub and a member of the Welfare Association. She is the author of two books Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter and The Giving World. She holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard University and a D.Phil. in development studies from the University of Oxford. Dr. Hammami is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

She holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in development studies from the University of Oxford. Hammami is also a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

According to World Economic Forum, a young global leader needs to possess four main qualities – to achieve success under the age of 40, to be committed to serving society, to have some extraordinary achievement, as well as an impeccable public record.

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