Eman Al-Roudan is among the most influential businesswomen in the Middle East


– Al-Roudhan was part of the founding team for Zain’s operations in several countries

The CEO of Zain Kuwait, Eman Al-Roudhan, was ranked among the list of the 50 most influential businesswomen in the region for the year 2022, launched by the prestigious “Arabian Business” magazine specialized in the financial and business sectors.

Zain said in a statement that this rating is one of the largest and leading media organizations in the Middle East, highlighting the role that Al-Roudhan played in leading it to be one of the largest and most pioneering Kuwaiti private sector companies during the last period, and highlighting its efforts in developing and implementing An integrated strategy for digital transformation that aims to enable a more efficient business sector in the Kuwaiti market under the umbrella of the “New Kuwait 2035” vision.

Every year, “Arabian Business” honors businesswomen who make a difference in the Middle East region, through their influence in society, their practical experience, their expertise in various business sectors, and their ambition to lead the region’s markets and push them forward. It selects 50 names from among tens of thousands of names of female entrepreneurs. and heads of non-profit associations and presidents of companies from various industries.

Al-Roudhan was appointed CEO of the company in December 2015, and she is considered one of the Kuwaiti leaders in the parent group that actively participated in the successful story of its launch.

Al-Roudhan has more than 25 years of experience in various executive management sectors within “Zain Kuwait” and many of the group’s subsidiaries. Prior to this position, she also held the position of CEO of Regulatory Affairs in the group.

Al-Roudan is considered one of the pioneers in the telecommunications sector in the region, and started its business journey with “Zain Kuwait”, and launched the first prepaid mobile service in the country and the region, which continued to dominate the customer base for mobile services in Kuwait.

Since 2003, and with the expansion of “Zain” throughout the region, Al-Roudhan has contributed with its great experience in accomplishing many works for Zain’s subsidiaries, and was part of the founding team of the group’s operations in many countries such as Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Roudhan has played a key role in Zain’s transition over the years, building numerous operational teams, and laying solid foundations for business units in all major telecom sectors, including smart grids, product and service development, strategy making and business planning, roaming, international corporate sales, and corporate affairs. organizational.

After assuming the duties of CEO at Zain Kuwait in December 2015, Al-Roudhan led a number of major projects that constituted a transitional stage in the company’s history, most notably overseeing the commercial launch of the fifth generation technology in June 2019, to be the first company to introduce this technology in the Arabian Gulf through The Kuwaiti market with comprehensive coverage of all regions, and the signing of the smart meter system contract with the Ministry of Electricity and Water in May 2017, which is considered one of the largest projects in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector at the country level, which contributed to achieving the state’s vision towards implementing the e-government system and digital transformation mass.

Strategic alliances

Throughout her tenure at Zain, Al-Roudhan has organized several strategic alliances with international and regional operators, leading teams and developing resources in the areas of technology, trade, strategy, wholesale sales, and regulatory affairs.

Al-Roudhan has more than membership in many international bodies and organizations, and she is a member of the Regional Interests Group “GSMA” for the Arab world, and a member of the Group of CEOs for Regulatory Affairs “GSMA CROG”, and she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Kuwait University, and attended Practical programs from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), and programs in Public-Private Relations Management from Harvard Business School, and she is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

This comes at a time when Al-Roudan was recently selected among the annual Forbes Middle East magazine list of the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East for the year 2021, who succeeded in demonstrating resilience and strength in the face of unprecedented difficulties in workplaces and societies, in addition to being chosen by Forbes. » The Middle East is also one of the most influential women in Kuwait, in its special issue on the successes that Kuwait is witnessing under the title “New Vision” for the year 2017.

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