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Meet Rania Nashar …. First Saudi female CEO named in World’s Most Powerful women list

For the second time in a row, Rania Mahmoud Nashar, CEO of the large banking firm in Saudi Arabia (Samba Financial Group), and the first woman to hold this position in a Saudi banking group, maintained her position on the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world for the year 2019, in a poll by the US Forbes magazine.

The US Forbes Magazine ranked Nashar ranked 97th of its annual list that it issues in its assessment of the 100 most powerful women in the world, during which German Chancellor Angela Merkel maintained the top spot for the ninth year in a row, followed by “Christine Lagarde” CEO of the European Central Bank, then chairwoman of the American lawmakers, Nancy Pelosi.

The Arab presence in the list was limited to only two Arab women, Mrs. Nashar, and next to her, Mrs. Raja Issa Al Gurg, from the United Arab Emirates.

Forbes’ selection of Rania Nashar came in view of her career and distinguished experience in the banking industry, where the magazine indicated that “Nashar” is the CEO of Samba Financial Group.

This record is a new achievement carried out by Mrs. Nashar, who was the first Saudi woman to take the helm of the executive management of a bank in Saudi Arabia.

On a regular basis, she has a proven professional record.

Nashar is considered the first Saudi woman to obtain a certificate of as accredited anti-money laundering specialist by the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists accredited by the United States of America.