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.