Muna AbuSulayman

Founder, NIYA

Muna AbuSulayman, named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World in 2009-2012 for her work in media, gender, leadership and education, is a very popular Arab media personality and humanitarian. Currently as the head of Directions Consulting and Partner in Glowork, she is focusing her development efforts on unemployment and entreprenuership in the Arab world. As the former Secretary-General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, she supported innovation and strategic initiatives to combat poverty, empower women and reframe the Islam-West dialogue. She is also a founding Co-Host of Kalam Nawaem, one of the Arab world's most popular TV shows. In 2007, AbuSulayman was appointed as the first Saudi UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. A Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, an aspiring novelist, a Yale World Fellow and Aspen Institute Middle East Fellow, she serves on several non-profit boards and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a “PhD in They Didn't Teach That in School from Life/MOM University”.