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World’s top women are honoured by university

Nahed Taher receives her Alumni Award from Lancaster University Vice Chancellor Prof Mark E Smith

Nahed Taher receives her Alumni Award from Lancaster University Vice Chancellor Prof Mark E Smith

One of the world’s most powerful women and a renowned Kenyan politician have been in Lancashire to receive awards from their old university.

Lancaster University has handed out alumni awards to the pair at its annual winter graduation ceremonies.

Dr Nahed Taher is the founder and chief executive officer of Gulf Investment Bank and in 2006 she was voted one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes magazine.

She was also listed 24th in a Financial Times table of the 50 most prominent international businesswoman in 2010.

The Saudi Arabian took an MSc followed by a PhD in economics at Lancaster University Management School. She turned down a down a high-powered job with the International Monetary Fund, and returned to her home country a where she became the first woman to be hired by the National Commercial Bank.

She was appointed CEO for the Gulf One Investment Bank in 2005, making her the first Saudi woman to head a bank in the Gulf region. Gulf One, based in Bahrain with $100 million in capital, became operational in the second quarter of 2006.

Professor Hellen Sambili completed a master’s degree and a PhD in education at Lancaster University before returning to a political career in Kenya. She was one of only 16 women returned to parliament in the Kenyan general elections in March.

Before entering politics, she taught in Kabarak, Kenya, and in 1993 joined Egerton University as a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming an Associate Professor.

She is devoted to improving the academic opportunities for young people in her country and to women’s rights.

 

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