Aurora50

Manarat

Aurora50’s invite-only club for the GCC’s women directors on listed boards

The word Manarat means ‘lighthouses’ in Arabic, as we felt this sisterhood would act as the guiding lights for women coming through the ranks to become future board directors.

They are Aurora50’s guiding lights too: they meet quarterly and are active contributors to Pathway20, Aurora50’s accelerator, and attend the chairs’ luncheon at The Board Summit.

"With a focus on gender diversity, [Manarat] echoes the vision of our rulers to empower women to do larger things in life."

Shining a light on Manarat's members

Read interviews with some of Manarat’s independent board directors.

  • Natasha Hannoun, board member of Pure Harvest Smart Farms
  • Sara Nooruddin, board member of Aegila Capital Management, Amanat Holdings and Bahrain’s Royal Hospital for Women and Children
  • Amani Bouresli, board member of Bahrain’s Ithmaar Holding and IB Capital Board of Directors and Egypt’s Faisal Islamic Bank
  • Meitha Al Hashemi, board member at UAE insurance companies Dar Al Takaful and Noor Takaful.
Gulf women board directors Sara Nooruddin, Natasha Hannoun, Meitha Al Hashemi and Amani Bouresli

"This initiative not only provides excellent networking opportunities, but aims to provide guidance from prestigious board members across the GCC."


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