Bahrain’s Women Pioneers: Fetooh Al Zayani
March 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
Voted as one of the top ten most influential individuals in the GCC insurance market in 2009 and awarded for “Outstanding Contribution” at GCC level in 2010, Fetooh Al Zayani has made a name for herself time and time again. Her success and fierce determination to break down barriers within the business sector and society in the Arab world has truly been an inspiration to aspiring women throughout the region.
For 30 years, she has been at the forefront of advancing women’s rights by setting an example. She showed women that they had a place in society that exceeded traditional roles. They have the opportunity to take on leadership positions in a variety of spectrums and truly make a difference in the community.
Al Zayani dedicated herself to the development of regional and international insurance and re-insurance as an executive manager. She was one of the founding team members for both the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). She also initiated and led several major projects including the first-of-its-kind web-based reinsurance trading platform “Qatarlyst,” the Qatar Finance and Business Academy and the DIFC Education Centre. While at the DIFC she played a major role in their winning of the international “Industry Initiative of the Year” award in 2005.
In regards to her incredible accomplishments as a leader in the finance world, Al Zayani stated that, “It is heart warming to see these centers becoming well established and world renowned and having attracted blue chip global players in all sectors.”
During an interview with Gulf Insider Magazine, Al Zayani credited her father for her success, saying that he was her biggest role model. She said that it was his trust and open-mindedness that influenced her to build her personality and follow her interests.
“I strongly believe that you can only thrive in what you are doing if you enjoy doing it,” she said. “Money and position should never be the object. Not every woman wants to be in business, but it is really about feeling fulfilled and understanding your purpose in life.”
Wise words from a wise, inspirational woman–a woman who taught others that the only thing keeping them from having a successful, influential role in society are themselves. Being a woman is not a limitation in itself.