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RANA ASKOUL Global Sustainable Development
Business & Management
Social Development


Rana Askoul is a development executive, a youth and gender expert and writer with over 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

Rana started her career with Dubai Government where she led the design and development of the Leadership Program for Government Employees, aimed at growing and developing a cohort of future leaders for Dubai Government. She then joined McKinsey & Co. and established their Board Director Institute for the GCC region, a not-for-profit organization that guides board directors of organizations, from family-owned businesses to listed companies, to acquire the know-how and the tools to reach and sustain effective governance.

Rana joined General Electric in 2007 and as part of GE's Executive Leadership team in the MENAT region, she was a key partner to GE's most senior leaders on various strategic initiatives including Executive Coaching and Development, Youth Attraction and Retention and the regional Gender Balance Agenda.

In 2012, Rana founded the Changing Pink initiative through which she continues to partner with public, private and non-governmental institutions to provide advisory, consulting and capacity development services to eliminate gender inequalities between men and women in the MENA region.

Rana is also Director of Programs for The Womanity Foundation, a private not-for-profit focused on building a world where men and women enjoy equal and full social, economic and political rights. Rana is responsible for overseeing the foundation's portfolio of program globally.

As a relentless advocate for social change and narrowing the inequality gap, Rana is a published writer, expert speaker and key contributor to regional and international newspapers and publications. Rana holds an MPA from the University of Liverpool, UK and a BBA from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

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