Two local newcomers, including Qatar’s first female judge, added to Arab women power list

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Qatari women continue to be underrepresented in regional magazine CEO Middle East’s “100 most powerful Arab women” list, though the country now claims four spots in the rankings instead of three.

The list, published online by partner publication Arabian Business, names Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE’s first female minister, as the most powerful Arab woman for the third year running.

The highest-ranked Qatari woman is a newcomer to the list: Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani, Qatar’s first female judge, who is number six. Sheikha Maha, a law school graduate from Qatar University, was sworn into the post in 2010.

Another newcomer

Buthaina Al Ansari, founder of the women’s empowerment company Qatariat, was the highest-ranked Qatari woman in 2012 at number 19, but is now 52nd. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, head of state telecom regulator ictQatar, moved up from 30 to 20th.

Another newcomer to the list is Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser Al Thani, founder and chairperson of Amwal and CEO of Al Waab City Real Estate development project, who has been deemed the 40th most powerful Arab woman.

Qatar University professor Ilham Al Qaradawi, who ranked 36th last year, is no longer on the index. And once again, first lady Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and her daughter, director of Qatar Museums Authority Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani, are not featured in the rankings.

Here’s the full list.

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Credit: Photo of Dr. Al Jaber by itupictures

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