Rabat - Salwa Akhannouch has topped the list of the most powerful Moroccan women.
Rabat – Salwa Akhannouch has topped the list of the most powerful Moroccan women.
Akhannouch is listed among the world’s 100 most influential Arab women in the fifth edition of a ranking published by UAE website “Arabian Business.”
Head of Akwa Group made it to the 8th place, “and despite being born into privilege, Akhannouch decided to take the harder route to wealth and success,” says the website.
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch is one of Morocco’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs. She holds exclusive rights in Morocco to distribute various fashion brands such as Zara, Banana Republic and Gap, and has built an impressive real estate portfolio, including 50 percent of Morocco Mall – Africa’s largest shopping center, which attracts 15 million visitors each year.
At the top of the list is HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for international cooperation and development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), retaining the position she has held for the past four years. She was followed by Amal Clooney, a Lebanese international human rights attorney and wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, and Saudi feminist Loujain al Hathloul in third place.
The depth and breadth of achievement among Arab women, not to mention the influence they exert in various different fields.
Arabian Business said it ranked the women through a number of different criteria. For companies they have looked at revenues, the number of staff, innovation and strategy. For artists such as musicians, the website has taken into account record sales, tours, followers on social media and the like.
With actresses, they have considered total audiences that have watched their movies. In other fields, such as science, the list considered the total number of people likely to have been affected by an individual’s work, their prominence on social media, as well as other outlets like YouTube.