Lubna S. Olayan is the Deputy Chairman of Olayan Financing Company (OFC), the holding company for The Olayan Group’s trading, real estate, investment, consumer and industrial related operations in the Gulf region. She also chairs the board of Olayan Saudi Holding Company (OSHCO), an OFC affiliate through which the consumer and industrial related operations are conducted. As well as chairing the Executive Committee of OFC. In 2004, Ms Olayan became the first woman to join the board of a Saudi publicly listed company when she was elected to the board of Alawwal Bank, where she most recently served as its Deputy Chairman. Following the successful merger of Alawwal with SABB, the Saudi affiliate of HSBC, Ms. Olayan elected Chair of the newly merged entity. She has also been a member of the board of Schlumberger since 2011, and in 2016 she joined the board of Ma’aden, a Saudi public company operating in the mining sector. Previously, she served on the board of WPP plc from 2005 – 2012 and Chelsfield plc from 1996 to 2004. Ms Olayan also sits on several international advisory boards, including those of Akbank, Allianz SE, McKinsey & Co and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is currently a trustee of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Asia Business Council. In addition to serving as President of the Suliman S. Olayan Foundation, Ms Olayan chairs Alfanar, a UK based charity that is one of the first venture philanthropy organizations in the Arab world. Ms Olayan was selected by Time in 2005 as being amongst the 100 most influential people in the world and has been on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women for many years running since 2003; she was also selected by Forbes as an influential business leader. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Trinity College, Dublin and the insignia of Member First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star from His Majesty the King of Sweden, Carl Gustav XVI. Ms Olayan holds a BSc from Cornell University, and an MBA from Indiana University. She resides in Riyadh with her husband, John Xefos, and they are the proud parents of three daughters.