LUBNA S. OLAYAN
Citizenship/Residence Saudi Arabia
CEO of Olayan Financing Company, Lubna Olayan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most exceptionally influential businesswomen. She was listed as one of the top 100 most influential people of 2005 by Time magazine, and has continued to be on the Forbes list of most powerful women till 2011 and has returned to the list in 2014. In 2004, In a country with many restrictions on women, Olayan was a keynote speaker at the Jeddah Economic Forum in 2004, which highlighted her as the first woman to speak at a mixed conference in Saudi Arabia. As of 2014, she is listed as the 86th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her persistence, passion and power to be able to stand up for what she believed in and made a difference.