This article offers a captivating exploration into the remarkable achievements and profound impact of women in the global business arena. This curated collection showcases the journeys, strategies, and triumphs of ten visionary female leaders who have shattered glass ceilings and redefined success across industries. From pioneering entrepreneurs to seasoned executives, each profile illuminates the resilience, innovation, and trailblazing spirit that have propelled these women to the forefront of their fields. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, insights, or simply celebrating female excellence in business, this compilation serves as a testament to the transformative power of women’s leadership and their invaluable contributions to the world of commerce.

Featuring Top 10 Leading Business Women:

1) Anju Shahani:

Anju Shahani
Anju Shahani

Anju Shahani is a globally renowned Laughter Yoga Expert and Happiness Coach. As a Professional Coach and Laughter Yoga Expert, her mission is to spread positivity and unity.

Amidst the global pandemic, she became a certified Happiness and Mindfulness Coach, striving to bring positivity during tough times. As a ‘Happiness Ambassador’ for the UAE, Anju empowers individuals globally.

She has been featured on multiple international platforms and with big names such as Kris Fade-Virgin Radio , Helen Farmer-Dubai Eye, also on national TV-Dubai Today, Moscow News, RT -Russia Today and has worked with giants like KPMG, Meta, Amazon, Landmark Group, PepsiCo,
Pay Future, Kitopi and many more.

Over the last 12 years she has conducted several corporate as well as family Laughter Yoga sessions and focussed on reducing workplace stress.

She has been dedicated to spreading the movement of Laughter Yoga for health, happiness and World Peace.

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2) Linda Karam:

Linda Karam
Linda Karam

Linda Karam is a distinguished Interior Architect based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with an extensive background in interior design and project management. As a seasoned professional, Linda boasts comprehensive expertise in high-value residences, 5* hotels, resorts, high-end commercial spaces, public areas, F&B, and retail units. Her exceptional management skills are complemented by a profound understanding of spatial planning, construction, MEP, Fit-Out, and FF&E.

Linda’s leadership qualities are evident through her roles as a Rotarian, Assistant Governor for RY 23/24, and past President for RY 20/21. She also serves as a valued member of the Board of Directors at Rotary International. Her commitment to service and community is further exemplified by her active involvement in various networking events and industry gatherings, including the recent “Fit-Out Superwomen” event celebrating International Women’s Day.

Fluent in English, French, and Arabic, Linda is an excellent communicator known for her strong track record in building, leading, and motivating teams. With over 15,431 followers and 500+ connections, Linda continues to inspire and make a significant impact in the field of interior architecture and beyond.

Connect with Linda to explore collaborative opportunities and experience her passion for design, leadership, and community engagement first-hand.

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3) Priya M. Nair:

Priya M. Nair
Priya M. Nair

Meet Priya M. Nair, a visionary leader at the forefront of Conversational Tech innovation. As the Founder and CEO of ZWAG AI Solutions, based in the vibrant landscape of the UAE, Priya champions the fusion of cutting-edge AI technology with human intelligence, paving the way for transformative outcomes. Her company, powered by the groundbreaking Z-LANG 66B proprietary Language Model, crafts bespoke AI solutions tailored to bridge the gap between humans and machines.

With a distinguished career spanning over the realms of technical writing at Tata Consultancy Services, IT management with the UAE Air Force and Air Defense, and strategic leadership roles at AECOM, Priya’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. A proud alumna of the University of Wolverhampton, UK, holding both a Master’s in Mass Communication and an MBA in Strategic Leadership and Management, she embodies the spirit of continuous learning and growth.

As a vocal advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, Priya leverages her platform to amplify the voices of female founders and entrepreneurs. She has graced numerous panels and conferences across the UAE, sharing profound insights on Conversational Tech, Generative AI, and Large Language Models. Her recent accolades include being ranked among the Top 10 Startups by TiE Dubai MENA Program 2023 and authoring the impactful book, “Formula-G, Scale your Startup to a Growth Machine.”

Passionate about mentorship, Priya generously shares her expertise as a mentor with the Westford Mentorship Program. Her commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders extends to her role as a speaker, panelist, and jury member at various tech and AI-focused events, reinforcing her position as a thought leader in the industry.

Join Priya M. Nair on her relentless quest to redefine the boundaries of AI technology, driving meaningful change, and shaping the future of Conversational Tech.

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4) Srimathi SundaraRajan:

Srimathi SundaraRajan
Srimathi SundaraRajan

As an accomplished Director in the computer software industry, I bring a wealth of experience to the table. Together with Sundar, we co-founded SunSmart with a clear vision: to design top-tier, cost-effective software solutions that propel our clients to greater heights of success.

Our approach is deeply rooted in understanding each client’s distinct business needs. By crafting tailored software solutions, we aim to enhance sales, streamline operations, and maximize ROI. With a diverse portfolio spanning from burgeoning startups to industry giants boasting revenues exceeding $200 Million, our expertise traverses a wide spectrum of business landscapes.

At SunSmart, we leverage cutting-edge technologies such as JavaScript, React.js, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft AI, SharePoint, MySQL, Ionic Framework, PHP, Laravel, Salesforce, AWS, and more. Our selection of tools is always optimized to suit the specific requirements of each project. Backed by a seasoned team proficient in design, development, project management, and quality assurance, we are well-equipped to cater to all your technological needs.

Our esteemed clientele includes prestigious names like the Commercial Bank of Dubai, Burgan Bank, Airbus, UAE Exchange, MetLife, Life Insurance Corporation, Government of India, Aditya Birla Group, Vedanta Group, and over 25 Banks & Finance Companies, to name just a few. We are passionate about driving innovation and efficiency in business workflows and processes through the power of technology. Let us partner together to transform and elevate your business to unprecedented levels of success.

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5) Irina Duisimbekova:

Irina Duisimbekova
Irina Duisimbekova

Irina Duisimbekova is an Investor, Entrepreneur and President of Licorne Gulf Investment Holding, a Family own Investment arm along investment syndication and capital raising reputed firm spanning across historical presence in Saudi Arabia 27 years ago and the Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

The firm is dedicated to invest AUM directly into company equities and to structure syndicated investments if required.

Irina had led a multitude of investment in Licorne Gulf portfolio for the last past 15 years with reputed partners and clients from start ups to Fortune 500 companies and CAC40.

Her dedication to empowering money as a force for good have marked her as an influential figure in capital risk and investments.


6) Michaela Lindinger:

Michaela Lindinger
Michaela Lindinger

Meet Michaela Lindinger, a dynamic force in the realm of organizational transformation and leadership. As the CEO & Founder of braininspa, Michaela is dedicated to sculpting healthy high-performance structures for international leaders and C-level executives poised to thrive in our digital, agile future. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, she has been a trusted executive coach and strategy consultant for senior leaders, entrepreneurs, and startup-founders navigating the digital transformation landscape.

Driven by her passion for fostering clarity, agility, productivity, and purpose, Michaela transitioned from a thriving C-level corporate career to establish braininspa in 2014. Her mantra underscores the paramount importance of people over technology in the digital economy. This ethos culminated in the development of the potent Be.Me. System, designed to empower emerging talents with passion, fulfillment, and productivity, all while maintaining a harmonious work-life balance.

Additionally, Michaela serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of think300 GmbH, a hub for instilling startup thinking incorporates, enabling them to embrace new mindsets for digital transformation success. Her accolades extend to being an esteemed member of the Forbes Council, the International Society for Coaching Psychology, and a prolific contributor to Forbes and the Global Business Playbook.

Armed with two Masters degrees, certifications as a SCRUM-Master, and a rich academic portfolio encompassing Innovation, Business Models, and Leadership lectures, Michaela’s expertise is as multifaceted as it is profound. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is a devoted yogini and a proud mother, seamlessly blending her personal passions with her professional endeavors.

If you are a visionary leader or professional seeking to transcend conventional boundaries and cultivate a rewarding, life-enhancing career, Michaela is your ideal sparring partner. Reach out to her to explore the structures and habits pivotal to achieving unparalleled success across all spheres of life.

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7) Olivia Murphy:

Olivia Murphy
Olivia Murphy

Meet Olivia Murphy, a dynamic and influential global marketing consultant based in the United Arab Emirates. With a rich background spanning over several prestigious roles in marketing and business development, Olivia has consistently demonstrated her prowess in driving business growth and innovation. As the founder of Olivia Murphy Marketing, she is dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to achieve unprecedented success in both their professional and personal lives.

Olivia’s journey began at King’s College London, where she pursued English Language and Literature, achieving an Upper Class Second (2:1) grade. Her academic pursuits were complemented by active involvement in various societies, including the King’s Musical Theatre Society and the English Society.

Professionally, Olivia has held key positions at renowned organizations such as FIVE Hotels and Resorts, ITP Media Group, and Address Intelligence. Her roles ranged from Assistant Director of Marketing to Senior Commercial Manager, where she showcased her strategic vision, innovative thinking, and exceptional leadership skills.

Beyond her corporate achievements, Olivia is a passionate advocate for social change and empowerment. She has dedicated nearly a decade to volunteering as a Social Media Intern for PoweredByGirl, an online media activism campaign that challenges media sexism and promotes positive representation of girls and women.

As a leading marketing consultant and mindset mentor, Olivia is committed to equipping entrepreneurs with the necessary tools, strategies, and mindset to realize their dreams. Her company, Olivia Murphy Marketing, offers a plethora of resources, courses, and mentorship programs designed to help businesses grow, market effectively, and achieve financial freedom.

With over 5,440 followers and a strong online presence, Olivia’s insights and expertise are highly sought after in the industry. She has been featured in various publications, including Business Magazine UAE and The Emirates Times, for her contributions to entrepreneurship and leadership in the Gulf Region.

Connect with Olivia Murphy today to embark on a transformative journey towards success, empowerment, and financial freedom. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, Olivia’s guidance and mentorship can help you unlock your full potential and achieve the success you deserve.

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8) Trenna Probert:

Trenna Probert
Trenna Probert

Building a business to solve a problem is Startup 101. But solving a problem you genuinely care about is rocket fuel for a conscience-led entrepreneur. Powering my determination to build Super Fierce, Fierce Impact & Care360 is my mission to empower Australians to age with dignity, & women to control their financial future.

Motivated & strategic, I am an innovator, creator, entrepreneur, educator, sales expert & financial markets translator. With decades of experience in senior roles in multi-nationals, managing SMEs & building my own businesses, I bring a unique perspective to the challenges & opportunities of business.

With more than 50 years on the planet, I draw upon a rich tapestry of personal experiences (the bad, good & ugly) to inspire, inform & ground the work that I do. I’m not shy about sharing my failures, modest victories & how I apply the lessons learnt.

My passion is creating moments of happiness, inspiring others to live large & doing what we can to leave the world a better place. “Fierce Love, Hugs & Wine” sums up my approach perfectly. I believe in living boldly, with passion & good intentions. I’ll have the tough conversations when it matters. But life is hard, & hugs help. So does jumping in puddles, singing in the shower & wearing colourful dresses. I always make time to celebrate the small moments & big wins. That’s where the wine comes in. But it’s just a metaphor. You choose your poison; juice, meditation, coffee … you do you.

At Revolver Capital & Audacious IP, our team is passionately driving financial innovation for ambitious companies & creating businesses of our own where we see an opportunity to make a difference. My primary focus today is on building Super Fierce to become for women’s financial empowerment what pink ribbon is for breast cancer; a powerful movement everyone can get behind regardless of gender, age or race. I envision a world of genuine equality where everyone will enjoy a brighter future.

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9) Doone Roisin:

Doone Roisin
Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin, Founder and Host (and Hype Girl) of the internationally-acclaimed Female Startup Club podcast, has inspired thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs from around the world through her relatable girlfriend-to-girlfriend-style chats with inspirational founders, who happen to be women.

As a digital marketing expert, Doone has worked for global brands such as Snapchat, IMG and The Iconic – Australia’s largest online retailer. As an entrepreneur, she has launched her own companies, including the renowned direct-to-consumer jewelry brand, Kincs and Female Startup Club, an educational media company.

Doone has interviewed over 500+ successful female founders and impacted tens of thousands of female entrepreneurs all over the world. She’s on a global mission to help inspire and advance women-in-progress.

In 2022, Doone released her debut book, Your Hype Girl, becoming an instant best-seller in Women & Business, Ecommerce and Small Business Books. Recently awarded the Young Australian Young of the Year, Doone’s mission is to continue to change the Two Percent statistics and empower young women to create wealth through business.

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10) Sasha (Alexandra) Kichyhina:

Sasha (Alexandra) Kichyhina
Sasha (Alexandra) Kichyhina

I thrive in roles helping new exporters develop and grow their business abroad, supporting established exporters into new markets and helping foreign companies develop their business in Spain. I enjoy tackling organizational effectiveness, strategy development and implementation. I am passionate about business in general, sports, wellness, health & fitness, business development, real estate, international trade, marketing and technology.

Took part at FITUR, FIBO, Mobile World Congress, Global Wellness Summit, Biohacker Summit and foreign real estate trade shows as a member of the core curational team that organized the trade show’s booth to maximise the ROI on the exhibition stand and have been elected to represent a company for its fitness export project as a speaker at FIBO Innovation Tour in Moscow.

Addicted to Kitesurfing.

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Published: 29nd March 2024

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