Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo
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Lubna S. Olayan is the CEO and deputy chairman of Olayan Financing Company, the holding company through which the Olayan Group’s trading, real estate, investment, consumer and industry-related operations are conducted in the Gulf region.
 
In 2004, Olayan became the first woman to join the board of a publicly listed Saudi company when she was elected to the board of directors of Saudi Hollandi Bank (now Alawwal Bank), where she currently serves as vice chair. She is a trustee of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), as well as a trustee and member of the Asia Business Council. In addition, Olayan chairs the UK-based Alfanar, the first venture philanthropy organization working exclusively in the Arab world.
 
In recognition of her accomplishments, Olayan was named by Forbes as one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016 and 2017, and she was among Time magazine’s 2005 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. She has also been named by Fortune for many years as one of the Most Powerful Women internationally. Olayan received numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Law from Trinity College Dublin and the insignia of Member First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the King of Sweden, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustav. Olayan holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Indiana University.
 
Olayan serves as a board member of several organizations including: Schlumberger; the Saudi Arabian Mining
Company, Ma’aden; and the Down Syndrome Charitable Association. She also served on the board of WPP plc from
2005 to 2012. Additionally, Olayan sits on several international advisory boards, including those of Akbank, Allianz SE,
McKinsey & Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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