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14 - 20 Apr , 2012
The World's Most Powerful Women
Europe is in a debt crisis, the Middle East is shaking, and there's market panic everywhere. It is against this backdrop that CEO Middle East released their ranking of the world's most powerful women.

1. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
Angela Merkel's top billing derives in part from her leadership of the EU's biggest and most competitive economy, and for her crucial role in negotiations over Eurozone sovereign debt. Known as 'the decider', The World's Most Powerful Womennothing gets done in Brussels without her consent.

2. Dilma Rousseff – President, Brazil
Dilma Rousseff had some pretty big shoes to step into when she was elected President of Brazil in 2010. While Brazil's economy has suffered as a result of the global crisis, Rousseff seems to be finally getting control of her wayward cabinet, while popularity at home is still high.

3. Hillary Clinton – Secretary of State, USA
The most globe-trotting member of the US government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a regular visitor to the Gulf. Heading up a department that dictates American foreign policy, Clinton is President Obama's most influential advisor on matters outside the US.

4. Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, IMF
Parachuted into the IMF after former Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's embarrassing indiscretion, Christine Lagarde took the helm at one of the crucial points of the agency's history.

5. Michelle Obama – Wife of US President Barack Obama
Whereas most First Ladies tend to keep a low profile, Michelle Obama has been the exception. She has used her position to become a role model for women, and has also become an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition and healthy eating.

6. Indra Nooyi – Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi is the most powerful businesswoman in the world, due to her position as Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage conglomerate on the planet.

7. Julia Gillard – Prime Minister, Australia
Australia has been the surprise of the financial crisis; the economy has ridden out the storm pretty well Down Under. Julia Gillard took over the top job in June 2010, becoming Australia's first female leader.

8. Queen Rania – Queen of Jordan
The wife of H.R.H. King Abdullah of Jordan, Queen Rania has used her position to champion education and health programs in her own country. On the global front, she has been particularly supportive of interfaith dialogue.

9. Aung San Suu Kyi – Politician, Myanmar
After fifteen years under house arrest, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released in November 2010. During her time in captivity, she campaigned tirelessly for a non-violent solution to the military dictatorship ruling the country.

10. Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner – President, Argentina
Head of Latin America's second-largest economy, Cristina Fernandez has just won a second term as Argentina's President. She is a notable advocate for human rights, poverty awareness and healthcare issues.

Most Powerful Arab Women of 2012
CEO Middle East recently released its second annual list of the world's most powerful Arab women – an exclusive countdown of the movers and shakers who are influencing the Arab Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi – Minister Of Foreign Trade, UAEworld.

1. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi – Minister Of Foreign Trade, UAE
Is it tough at the top? Ask Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi. For the second year running, the UAE's first female minister tops the women's power list. And it's not just any ministerial position; Sheikha Lubna's brief involves promoting greater Tawakkul Karman – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Yementrade ties with international partners, which is a vital part of the UAE's diversification strategy.

2. Tawakkul Karman – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Yemen
Tawakkul Karman is undoubtedly the female face of the Arab Spring. The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize – aged just 32 – Karman has found herself touring the world, bringing Yemen's plight before Lubna Olayan – CEO, Olayan Financing Company, Saudi Arabiadiplomats and fighting for women's rights.

3. Lubna Olayan – CEO, Olayan Financing Company, Saudi Arabia
The Olayan Group has been operating since 65 years and employs over 10,000 people in 50 affiliated companies. As the CEO of the company, Lubna Olayan is Princess Ameerah Al Taweel – Vice Chair, AlWaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Saudi Arabiaone of Saudi Arabia's most prolific businesswomen.

4. Princess Ameerah Al Taweel – Vice Chair, AlWaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Saudi Arabia
The wife of H.R.H Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, Princess Ameerah is now one of the world's most recognised philanthropists through her work at her husband's foundation. She supports a Raja Easa Al Gurg – President, Dubai Business Women's Council, UAEwide range of humanitarian interests both in Saudi Arabia and across the world.

5. Raja Easa Al Gurg – President, Dubai Business Women's Council, UAE
The Easa Saleh Al Gurg umbrella has twenty three trading divisions. Raja Easa Al Gurg joined the company in 1989 as a member of the board of directors, now not only is she the Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, the firm Dr. Amina Al Rustamani – CEO, TECOM Business Parks, UAEof which her father is chairman, but she is also president of the Dubai Business Women's Council.

6. Dr. Amina Al Rustamani – CEO, TECOM Business Parks, UAE
Many in Dubai will be familiar with the name Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, the CEOof TECOM Business Parks, the umbrella organisation for nine of Dubai's free zones.

7. Sheikha Munira Qubeysi – Founder, Al Qubeysiat, Syria
Sheikha Munira Qubeysi is the founder of Qubeysiat, an Islamic group created for women, focusing on organising religious lessons for them. It has been Sheikha Al Bahar – CEO, National Bank of Kuwait, Kuwaitregarded as instrumental in the spread of religious sentiment amongst young women in the region.

8. Sheikha Al Bahar – CEO, National Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait
Sheikha Al Bahar started at the National Bank of Kuwait, one of the region's largest financial institutions, as a trainee. Today, as the CEO, she manages a portfolio of $16B and is responsible for loans business, marketing, investment Hayat Sindi – Medical Researcher, Saudi Arabiabanking and treasury.

9. Hayat Sindi – Medical Researcher, Saudi Arabia
When she landed in London as a teenager in 1991 she had no university place, no money, and didn't speak English. Hard work and determination got her a place at King's College, Cambridge. In 2001, she won a PhD in biotechnology from the top university and has been credited with the invention of MARS (Magnetic Acoustic Resonance Sensor).

10. Kholoud Faqih - Palestinian Authority's First Shari'a Court Judge, Palestine
Kholoud Faqih made history in 2009 as one of the first women to be appointed as an Islamic judge in Palestine.

Top 10 Arab Women On Twitter
Egypt makes up half of the top 10 with members of the region's royal families and politicians also featuring prominently. Here, in no particular order, is the list of top female Arab Twitterati…

Asma Mahfouz
Handle: @asmaamahfouz
Followers: 263,772
Country: Egypt

Mona Seif
Handle: @monasosh
Followers: 67,890
Country: Egypt

Haifa Wehbe
Handle: @haifawehbe
Followers: 79,436
Country: Lebanon

Mona Eltahawy
Handle: @monaeltahawy
Followers: 117,272
Country: Egypt

Heba Raouf Ezzat
Handle: @dr-heba_raouf
Followers: 95,379
Country: Egypt

Dima Khatib
Handle: @dima_khatib
Followers: 88,081
Country: Syria

Princess Ameerah Al Taweel
Handle: @ameerahaltaweel
Followers: 194,148
Country: Saudi Arabia

Bothaina Kamel
Handle: @bothainakamel1
Followers: 126,190
Country: Egypt

Queen Rania Of Jordan
Handle: @queenrania
Followers: 1,926,944
Country: Jordan

Aseel Al Aadhi
Handle: @aseelalawadhi
Followers: 110,548
Country: Kuwait

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