Promoting women leadership: Creating better than equals

Gender diversity is good for business. Significant research substantiates that gender diversity has a positive impact on productivity and profitability and accordingly is beneficial for a company’s performance. However, few companies have achieved adequate gender diversity levels and many continue to struggle. Similarly, gender pay gaps are present in almost every country in the world and discrimination against women at the work place is not uncommon, often leaving them disadvantaged.

Hence, the economic empowerment of women should be on the top of the agenda.

This includes both ensuring women’s participation in the workforce and their representation in leadership positions.

The Action Council on Women in Business addresses these and other issues, reflecting gender diversity as a key priority for B20 Saudi Arabia.

B20 Saudi Arabia is committed to generate robust policy recommendations through a transparent, collaborative, and inclusive process with relevant stakeholders. Following this principle, Women in Business, will also have seamless collaboration with Women 20 (W20) engagement group for developing and advocating policy recommendations.

Rania Nashar - CEO, SAMBA


Rania Nashar – CEO, SAMBA

Rania attained a Degree of Honor BSc in Computer Science & Information Technology followed by various international and local financial and risk management education programs, including Leadership Development Program at Darden School of Business–Virginia University. She is the first Saudi woman Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

In addition to her position as Samba’s CEO, Rania serves as board member in SambaCapital, Samba Bank Limited (Pakistan), Samba Global Markets Limited and Institute of International Finance. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Board of the Capital Market Authority.

Rania joined Samba Financial Group in 1997. Previously, she led the audit and risk review functions for all Samba business and operations areas. Earlier, she contributed significantly to establishing and building of a centralized compliance department at Samba. She also worked in Samba Private Banking and in Consumer Bank where she played a key role in developing Samba’s e-banking strategy and launching Samba’s online banking system. Sources