Rana is a corporate veteran, writer and host of iTunes’ #1 podcast in the Middle East – When Women Win.

Born in England to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Rana grew up like many Western-educated Arabs facing the dichotomy of liberal and traditional values.

Rana’s education at Oxford University and Harvard Business School gave her a strong foundation to solve problems and negotiate effectively – a foundation which she used over her 17-year corporate career spanning McKinsey & Company’s London Office, the Dubai Government, and GE Capital. Over the course of her career she led the charge in rewriting policies and helping women rise in their professional and personal lives.

Last year Rana left her corporate career to focus her energy on empowering women and driving gender parity in the corporate world. She has spoken in front of diverse audiences on a variety of topics, and has been labelled a “thought-provoking”, “fact-driven” and “inspiring” speaker. She also advises a number of multinational corporations on their gender diversity strategies.

Rana is the president of Ellevate Dubai, a chapter of the world’s oldest businesswomen’s network, Ellevate. But what she is best known for is her podcast, When Women Win… Currently sitting at #1 in the Middle East, When Women Win is a podcast where female role models and boss ladies from around the world share their inspirational stories and practical tools they used to succeed. Season 2 kicked off with Beth Comstock and Sara Al Madani. Previous guests include Hala Gorani, Donna Benton, Mona Ataya, HRH Princess Tessy Antony, Dr. Auma Obama, and many more.

Rana has been featured in the press, on TV and on radio. Her articles have been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, The Tempest, The National, Entrepreneur ME, and Thrive Global.

Rana is a mother of two and wife of one. You can find her on Instagram and LinkedIn and you can find When Women Win on most podcast apps and at whenwomenwinpodcast.com

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7 Corporate Skills To Take With You Into Entrepreneurship

“Not. At. All.” This is my answer every time someone asks me whether I miss working in the corporate world. I left last October, and am now sure that it was the right decision for me. I thrust myself into the quirky world of entrepreneurship, creating the When Women Win podcast…

6 Stages of Reality When Cancer Bites Your 30-Something Butt

“I am 99% sure you have lymphoma [cancer of the lymph nodes]. We have to do a biopsy.” What are you talking about? I’m only 38 years old. I’m the healthiest person I know – I eat clean, exercise… It’s just a cough! I’m 99% sure you’re an idiot. I’m getting a second opinion…

How Rana Nawas Turned Her Passion Into Reality

With a Lebanese mother and Palestinian father, Nawas was educated at Oxford University and Harvard Business School, and is committed to helping women rise in their professional and personal lives. In a recent interview with HOME, she talked about her own rise, empowering other women and what…

Out-Designing Bias to Achieve Gender Parity

Why has the UK had only two female Prime Ministers, and the US no female President? Why are just 6.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs female? Of course, there are multiple factors at play here, but in my experience as President of Ellevate Dubai and co-Leader of the regional GE Women’s Network, one of the biggest barriers to women rising is…


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