Twelve Lebanese women hold places among the ranks on the list of the Most Powerful Arab Women 2013 on Arabianbusiness.com.
Here is the list:
8- Nayla Hayek
14- Leila El Solh
39- Nadine Labaki
41- Nancy Ajram
46- Anissa Helou
49- Cyrine Abdelnour
56- Najwa Karam
66- Octavia Nasr
81- Mona Bawarshi
90- Christine Sfeir
“I am delighted that there are 12 Lebanese women on the list. However, I think that there are other many powerful ladies who were not listed,” said Hanan Saab, Owner of the company, Pharmamed, and current president of the Lebanese League For Women in Business LLWB. “More importantly, ladies who undertake challenges whether in family business or in startups should be more highlighted,” she continues. “Such a list is well needed, and will act as a motivational tool for other women who need role models to encourage them to engage in business fields in a region where they stand out at a percentage of around 52- 60% of the educated population.”
According to Anil Bhoyrul, editorial director of Arabian Business, the candidates are not chosen with some specific criteria in mind. An editorial team debates for two months to come up with the final list, considering any Arab female from any country in the world, no matter what they do. The team looks at overall influence the person has over the general population.
“If you are an artist who inspires many people then you are powerful – just like a businessman who hired 20,000 people,” said Bhoyrul.
Leila Solh Hamade, came in at #14, up three places from last year. Legendary singer, Fairouz, fell 18 places to #31.
Nadine Labaki, a film director most famous for the movies, “Caramel” and “Where Do We Go Now?” came in at #39, up a considerable number from last year’s list. Singers Nancy Ajram and Elissa followed her at #41 and #42.
The writer Annisa Helou, famous for her cookbooks, ranked #46, followed by actress and singer, Cyrine Abdel Nour, at #49. Popular singer Najwa Karam came in at #56.
Octavia Nasr, CNN’s former star journalist, came in at #66, while Mona Bawarchi, president of “Gezairi Transport”, came in at #81st. Last but not least, Christine Sfeir, 38, the owner of restaurant chains, including Semsom, came in at #90.
Not everyone made it from last year’s list however. Among the overthrown powerhouses, was the famous pop star, Haifa Wehbe, who was #69 in 2012, and now completely out of the list.