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"The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women"
CEO Middle East, March 2014


The 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2011 

Maha Al-Ghunaim founded Global Investment House — one of the region’s biggest investment firms — in 1998 along with four friends. When she took the firm public on the London Stock Exchange in 2008, it became the first Kuwaiti company to the list on the exchange. The credit crunch forced the company to delist, but in many ways, Global’s refinancing became a model for other companies to follow. “I started from the bottom and learned how things are done and gradually moved my way up the ladder,” Al-Ghunaim told CBC News last year.

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The 500 most Powerful Arabs in the world
Arabian Business, August 2013


“The 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2011” 

As a co-founder and chairperson of one of the region’s largest investment companies, Kuwait’s Global Investment House, Maha Al Ghunaim is a key figure in the Gulf business sector.

Known as a celebrity in the Arab world of finance, she founded the company in 1998 along with four friends, and over a decade helped grow it from a $50m start up to a firm with a market cap of more than $5.4bn. The firm has had a tough recession; she is currently focused on debt repayment.

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The 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen in Public Shareholding Companies
Forbes Middle East, May 2012


 

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen by Forbes Middle East magazine, and was ranked number 4.

The magazine highlighted Mrs. Al-Ghunaim's leadership skills as they made her one of the most powerful businesswomen on the regional as well as international level. She also sits on the board of various regional companies, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of San Francisco, and a mother of 4 children. The magazine also praised Mrs. Al-Ghunaim contribution to the community as she has helped to transfer her expertise, especially in the areas of finance and investment to young people, in addition to contributing to various charities.

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The World's 500 Most Influential Arabs in the Year 2012
Arabian Business, March 2012


“The 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2011”

Maha Al Ghunaim is something of a celebrity in the Arab world of banking. She founded Global Investment House and when she took the firm public on the LSE in 2008, it became the first Kuwaiti firm to the list there. The onset of the financial crisis has meant the last few years have been tough, however. The firm has been hit hard by turbulence in regional markets and in October reported losses had more than doubled to $41.96m.

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The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in the Year 2011
Arabian Business, March 2011


“The 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2011”

Maha Al Ghunaim is something of a celebrity in the Arab world of banking and finance. She founded Global Investment House, one of the region’s largest investment companies, in 1998. When she took the firm public on the London Stock Exchange in 2008, it became the first Kuwaiti company to the list on the exchange. The firm is also listed on the Kuwait, Dubai and Bahrain bourses.

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“The 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2010”
Arabian Business, December 2010


    

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arabian in the Year 2010, and ranked number 80. The article states how Mrs. Al-Ghunaim has been able to guide Global Investment House through financial crisis by narrowing Global's losses and completing a deal to restructure its debt in December last year.
 


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"Gulf's most powerful Indians List 2010"
Arabian Business, November 2010

 
  

Mr. Sunny Bhatia, Chief Financial Officer, has been chosen as one of Gulf's most powerful Indians for 2010 in the latest ranking released by Arabian Business magazine. Mr. Bhatia, in the 46th position, has joined Global in 2006 and serves on the Company's Assets and Liabilities committee. 

Arabian Business, in its first ever Indian Power List 2010, defines power as influence. In simplest terms, it is how much impact the actions of one person can have on others – the more impact, the more influence .

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"The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World"
Forbes, October 2010

 The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World 

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World and 36 amongst the most powerful women in business category in the latest ranking released by the international financial magazine Forbes. The magazine has recognized how rough the past few years have been for Mrs. Al-Ghunaim and how she has managed to restructure the company's debts, focus on repaying, and targeting key growth markets.

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"elan’s Top Entrepreneurs of the Year"
elan the mag, December 2009

elan, the online hub to global muslim culture for muslim professionals, has compiled a list of the top entrepreneurs who are making huge impacts on the business world. They have chosen Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, as one of their top ten picks for established and young professionals and leaders.

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"GCC’s Most Admired Executives"
Arabian Business, December 2009

GCCs Most Admired Executives

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, was chosen by Arabian Business to be among the first ever listing of the GCC's most admired executives. Arabian Business examined more than 300 companies, and have looked for outstanding performances, not just in profit but in various areas: revenue, margins, order books, innovation, research and development, technology, leadership and branding.

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"100 Most Influential Women in The City"
Financial News, September 2009

100 Most Influential Women in The City

The third Financial News 100 list of the most influential women in finance came at a critical time for the financial services sector. Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director was chosen among 100 women who have all steered a steady course through the crisis and are positioned to prosper in the face of turbulent times ahead. She has been marked for her influence over the investment area, leadership within her sector, performance over the past year, and her capacity to shape Global's business over the year to come.  


"The 50 Women to Watch"
The Wall Street Journal, November 2008

The 50 Women to Watch - The Wall Street Journal - November 2008

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, is the only woman heading a Middle Eastern investment bank, and one of the top go-to bankers in the region. Her reputation in a culture where the glass cieling has few cracks was hard won. She learned the trade by climbing through the ranks of Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, the Kuwaiti Investment Authority, before deciding to strike out on her own.

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"Businesswomen of the Year" Award
Leaders in Dubai, November 2007

Businesswomen of the Year Award - Maha Al Ghunaim

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, has been granted the "The Businesswomen of the Year" award by Leaders in Dubai. Mrs. Al-Ghunaim was nominated for the award due to her significant role as a leading business and investment personality in the region. The award commended her positioning of Global as a leader in investments banking through prudent management that has contributed greatly to the formation of a very successful enterprise.


"The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World"
Forbes, September 2007

 The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World - Maha Al Ghunaim

For the second consecutive year, Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chairperson and Managing Director, has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by the international financial magazine Forbes. Mrs. Al-Ghunaim has jumped from number 91 on last year’s list to number 72 this year placing her on top of the Arab women listed. She has been ranked due to her impressive leadership, vision, and great economic impact. 


"World Islamic Funds Excellence Award"
the 3rd Annual World Islamic Funds & Capital Markets Conference, May 2007

World Islamic Funds Excellence Award - May 2007

 

Mrs. Maha K. Al-Ghunaim, Global’s Chairperson and Managing Director, has won the World Islamic Funds Excellence Award for 2007 in recognition for her achievements as a leading individual in the Funds world. The award celebrates a leader’s contribution to the development of the Funds industry and markets through significant achievements. Mrs. Najah Al-Aali, Global Bahrain General Manager, received the award on behalf of Mrs. Al-Ghunaim which was organized by the Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA).


"Outstanding Contributions to Investment"
Islamic Finance Real Estate (IREF-ME) awards , December 2006

Outstanding Contributions to Investment - December 2006

Maha K. Al-Ghunaim received the  “Outstanding Contributions to Investment” award during the Islamic Finance Real Estate (IREF-ME) awards ceremony organized by ICG Group at Burj Al-Arab Hotel, Dubai. Mrs. Al-Ghunaim was awarded due to her exceptional achievements in the investment sector. The awardees also included H. H. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud of Saudi Arabia.


"The Medal of the Italian State"
32nd Pio Manzu International Conference, October 2006

 The Medal of the Italian State - Conference held in Rimini, Italy

Maha K. Al-Ghunaim received two official Italian recognitions during an international conference held in Rimini, Italy: “The Medal of the Italian State” from the Italian government and an award from Rimini’s Chamber of Commerce, in appreciation to her professional dedication and success.


"The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World"
Forbes, August 2006

 100 most powerful women in the world for the year 2006

Mrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim was listed in Forbes annual listing of the 100 most powerful women in the world for the year 2006.  The Forbes annual listing is based on a power ranking that is the composite of visibility (measured by press citations) and economic impact. The later, in turn, reflects three things: résumé (a prime minister is more powerful than a senator); the size of the economic sphere over which a leader holds sway; and a multiplier that aims to make different financial yardsticks comparable.


"100 Most Successful Business Leaders in the Arab World"
Forbes Arabia, April 2006

 Maha K. Al-Ghunaim as one of the most powerful business women in the Arab world

The Arabic edition of the renowned Forbes magazine has selected Maha K. Al-Ghunaim as one of the most powerful business women in the Arab world. Mrs. Al-Ghunaim was ranked the second in a list that included 50 business women. The list appeared in the magazine's April edition.


"One of top 50 Most Powerful Arabian Business Women"
Al Idari Magazine, March 2006

 One of top 50 Most Powerful Arabian Business Women - Maha K. Al Ghunaim

The Arabic business magazine “Al Idari” has selected Maha K. Al-Ghunaim among as one of the 100 most successful business leaders in the Arab World. The list appeared in the magazine's February/March edition and was comprised of who's who in the business, financial, economical, and investment sectors.


"Business Woman of the Year" Award
Arabian Business Magazine, September 2005
 Maha K. Al-Ghunaim was awarded by the distinguished Arabian Business magazine Business Woman of the YearMrs. Maha K. Al-Ghunaim was awarded by the distinguished Arabian Business magazine “Business Woman of the Year” due to her perceptive leadership and entrepreneurial management style, that led Global to its current prominent status in the region. The award was presented to Mrs. Al-Ghunaim by His Highness General Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defense.


"The 100 most Powerful Women; Women to Watch in the Middle East"
Forbes International Magazine, July 2005

 Al Ghunaim - The 100 most Powerful Women; Women to Watch in the Middle East

The renowned Forbes Magazine has selected Ms. Al-Ghunaim for this prestigious titles due to several facts such as: launching the Global Index for the Kuwait Stock Exchange, managing real estate investments in the U.S. and Bahrain, riding the popular wave of Islamic finance, and introducing a pair of funds compatible with Islamic Sharia laws.

"43 Most Influential personalities in the Arab World"
Newsweek Arabia, April 2005
  43 Most Influential personalities in the Arab WorldMrs. Maha Al-Ghunaim received an award from Newsweek Arabia as one of the most influential personalities in the Arab World. This award was given to her by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Prime Minister.


"One of top 50 strongest Arabian women"
Forbes Arabia, December 2004

One of top 50 strongest Arabian women

The Arabic edition of the renowned Forbes magazine has selected Maha K. Al-Ghunaim among the Top 50 Leading Arab Women. The list appeared in the magazine's November edition and was comprised of who's who in the social, political, financial, economical and investment sectors.