Sheikha Lubna Al-Qassimi
Source of Influence: Business
Status: Featured in current year
Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan al-Qassimi is the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance. She was the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the UAE where she served as the Minister of Economic and Planning from 2000-2004. In 2000, she founded Tejari, the Middle East’s first business-to-business online marketplace, which now has franchises in Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. In March 2014, she was appointed President of Zayed University and is frequently ranked highly in most powerful women lists. (She was listed 43rd in 2016 by Forbes).