H E Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education, has been ranked seventh on the Forbes list of 'Top 10 Most Powerful Arab Women in the Government 2017 while seven other high achieving women from the sultanate's private sector made it to the Forbes list of the ‘Most Powerful Businesswomen in the Arab World 2017’.
H E Madeeha who has been serving as the education minister since 2011, also serves as the chairperson of Omani National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and is responsible for drafting educational policies, developing plans to ensure policies are implemented and encouraging private sector investment in school education.
The prominent Omani business women listed by Forbes are as follows:
Amal Bahwan, vice chairperson, Suhail Bahwan group, was ranked 12th in the list while by Haifa al Khaifi, CFO, PDO, was ranked 26th.
Rawan al Said, chairperson and MD at NBO and Takaful Oman was ranked 28th, Hind Bahwan, founder and chairperson at Bahwan Cybertek, 33rd and Huda al Lawati, chief investment officer at Savola group was ranked 63.
They are followed by Sharifa al Harthy, vice chairperson, MB Holding, ranked 69 and Lujaina Darwish, chairperson, MHD at 72.
Methodology and criteria
To compile these rankings, Forbes collected information from annual reports and company websites, as well as other primary sources.
The magazine's research team looked at the following criteria to put together the list:
• Company revenues or GDP in the case of government departments and ministries
• Years of experience
• Scope of the role or ministry