Afnan Al Zayani

Afnan al-Zayani is the CEO of the multi-million dollar company Al-Zayani Commercial Services (AZCS). She is recognized internationally as one of the most powerful businesswomen of this era. She is responsible for the passing of personal status laws in Bahrain that ensure the protection of Muslim women’s rights in divorce and custody proceedings, something she oversaw during her leadership of the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society (BBS). Subsequently, Al-Zayani led the Middle East and North Africa Businesswomen’s Network and in 2010 she received the Leadership in Public Life Award from Vital Voices, a women’s empowerment organization. She was listed among the most powerful women by Forbes and Arabian Business Magazine.

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