Afnan al-Zayani is the CEO of Al-Zayani Commercial Services (AZCS), a multimillion dollar corporation. 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. In 2010, she received the Leadership in Public Life Award from Vital Voices, a women’s empowerment organisation. In 2016, she was honoured by the IWEC Foundation at the annual conference in Belgium.