Nada Alawi, Co-founder, Annada /

Recognised at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Awards for Young Business Leaders as the Best Arab Start-up Business in the female category, among other local and regional recognitions, Nada Alawi grew up loving fashion and appreciating art. In 2011 she founded Annada, a luxury lifestyle brand that transforms art into fashion accessories and apparel, with her sister Noor Alawi in partnership with Middle Eastern artists. Today Annada products are sold widely across the GCC. In 2016 Alawi received the female entrepreneurship seal from Her Majesty Princess Sabeeka for her work in Annada. Besides being an entrepreneur, Alawi – who began her career in the oil & gas industry in Houston, Texas – is currently a board member at the Bahrain Economic Development Board and prior to that she led a number of key roles, most notably as a board member at Bahrain Bourse in addition to being the president of leading global NGO Rotary Club Bahrain.