Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi
Global Leadership Awards
In 2004, the president of the United Arab Emirates announced a new lineup of cabinet ministers — an ordinary act of government, but one that prompted an extraordinary amount of media attention worldwide. This cabinet was different. It included Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi, the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the history of the UAE — and the first female minister of economy and planning in the history of the Middle East.
At the time, Sheikha Lubna had already enjoyed a remarkable career as a businesswomen and information technology professional. She was the CEO of a highly regarded firm, Tejari, the first business-to-business e-marketplace in the Middle East. She led the implementation of the Dubai e-gove