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The four most powerful Moroccan women in the Middle East

Four Moroccan women appear in the Forbes 2021 ranking of the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East. Like the other laureates, Forbes Middle East pays tribute to these Moroccan women who have succeeded in establishing themselves in business despite the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.

According to Forbes, these four Moroccan women like the other businesswomen “have shown resilience, flexibility and strength in the face of unprecedented adversity, both in their workplace and in their communities.”

In Morocco, one of the four women leaders is in the top 10 of the Forbes ranking. This is Nezha Hayat, president of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority since 2016. She occupies 8th place and is also one of seven women in the ranking holding a position in a government entity. President of the Africa / Middle East Regional Committee (AMERC) of the International Organization of Securities Commissions until 2022, she defends women’s rights.

In 19th place is Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, CEO and founder of Aksal Group. Founded in 2004, it has 1130 employees. Forbes also recalls that the group “is the only franchisee of 45 major brands in Morocco, including Fendi, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Zara, Banana Republic, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Gap”. In addition to Askal Group, Salwa Akhannouch also created the Morocco Mall and a Retail Trades Training Academy, Aksal Academy, in 2011.

Next is Rita Maria Zniber, CEO of Diana Holding, who has “more than 50 years of experience in the food and beverage industry” in the sectors of agriculture, olive growing, poultry farming, trade and distribution. It ranks 33rd and has an olive sector which “extends over 1000 hectares of olive trees with an annual production of 500 tonnes of extra virgin olive oil”. Under its agricultural segment is “a composting platform with a production capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year,” says Forbes.

As for Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, director of the Holmarcom group and director of Oulmès Mineral Waters, she is ranked 36th place and is appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a member of the Global Alliance of Investors for Development sustainable.

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