Hana Al Syead has over 25 years of combined experience in system’s engineering, business and banking operations, marketing, international relations and technology solutions’ development. She is an expert in the creation of organizational transformation strategies with a proven track record in building sustainable systems that promote efficiency, effectiveness and progress continuity. She is currently a member of the senior leadership team at Olayan Financing Company, a leading family-owned conglomerate in Saudi Arabia.
Hana’a is an Advisor on Women’s Economic Participation to the Global Women’s Leadership Program, an initiative of the University of Pennsylvania – Law School (Penn Law). She served as a member of the board of directors of Women for Sustainable Growth, a Sweden based not-for-profit organization focusing on women’s professional and business development, and cultural exchange between Scandinavia and GCC. She is a member of the Board of Directors Institute (BDI) and a founding Steering Committee member of the 30% Club GCC Chapter which aims to enhance women representations on Boards in the GCC. Since 2015, Hana has been advocating the economic inclusion of women since 2015, by conducting workshops, dialogue sessions, and by sharing and applying best practices from across the globe. Her work in gender inclusion and empowerment continues to attract local and international attention, including a recognition as a best practice by the World Economic Forum, a published regional case study and an academic business case.
Hana’a holds a Master of Science degree in computer information systems from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and international management with a minor in French literature from Simmons College in Boston. She has attended executive programs at Wharton and Harvard. She is a graduate of the Women On Boards program at HBS (2016). Hana is a writer with an avid interest in fiction, memoir and young adult genres, and an adventurer in the arts.