Thoraya Ahmed Obaid


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Thoraya Ahmed Obaid

Source of Influence: Social Issues

Status: Featured in current year

Thoraya Obaid is one of the few Saudi women in the Shura Council. She was formerly the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, the world’s largest multilateral fund for population assistance. She was the first Saudi Arabian to head a UN agency and was also the chair of the principal inter-agency organization for coordinating management matters within the UN. She had underlined religion and culture as important aspects for the agency’s development work.