4 Lebanese women land in the top 10 most powerful Arab women in the world

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January 20, 2016

Proving how important a woman's role is, and proving that Arab women CAN make a difference in this world, 10 exceptional women have landed in Forbes's annual top 10 most powerful Arab Women in the world, and 4 of them are actually Lebanese! Catch below the names and share with us which powerful woman influenced you the most!

Amal Clooney (Rank #2) - Human rights lawyer

Amal Clooney who is at the base Amal Alamuldine is a lawyer specialized in Human Rights and International Law. has represented high-profile clients such as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime the U.K. She served as adviser to the King of Bahrain, and Kofi Annan when he was the United Nation's Envoy to Syria. In September, she made headlines when an Egyptian court sentenced her client, Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Al Fahmy, to three years in prison. Amal who's a Lebanese native born in Beirut, holds law degrees from Oxford University and New York University, and practiced as a litigation attorney at New York white-shoe law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

Nayla Hayek (Rank #4) - Chair, Swatch

After the legendary Nicolas Hayek who is a Lebanese native, passed away in 2010, his daughter Nayla Hayek took over the reins of Swatch Group which additionally being one of the biggest watch companies in the world, is one of the biggest importers of polished diamonds . In 2013, she played a central role in acquiring fine jeweler Harry Winston for $750 million, plus the assumption of up to $250 million of debt. Swatch which sells the Omega, Blancpain and Breguet brands, among others, reported $9.4 billion in revenues last year. In January 2015, Harry Winston announced it will sponsor amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research's 27 gala events over the next three years-the single biggest coporate partnership in amfAR's history

Reem Acra (Rank #7) - Fashion designer

A graduate of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Reem Acra first became known for her bridal gowns, before launching her prêt-a-porter collection in 2003. Based in New York, yet Born in Beirut, Acra has a loyal clientèle in her home the Middle East. But stars, such as Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, and Halle Berry have helped raise her profile by wearing her lavish designs on the red carpet., Acra often tells the story of how an embroidered silk organza gown she made from her mother's dining room tablecloth caught the eye of a fashion editor, and helped propel her career. She serves on the board of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council.

Ayah Bdeir (Rank #9) - Founder, littleBits

Ayah Bdeir, 32, created New York-based littleBits in 2011, which makes circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. She graduated with a degree in computer engineering from the American University of Beirut, and earned a Master's in computer culture from the MIT Media Lab in 2006. Designers and engineers use them for prototyping, but they are easy enough to use by children and non-professionals to create fun gadgets. More than 2,000 teachers around the world have adopted them as learning tools. In June, the startup raised $44 million in a Series B round, bringing the company's total funding to nearly $60 million. Bdeir is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, which believes in freely sharing inventions.