Bodour Al Qasimi | The Innovator 25 Asia Pacific 2018
Innovator 25 EMEA Bodour Al Qasimi

Bodour Al Qasimi 

CEO, Kalimat

Chair, Sharjah Development and Investment Authority

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi is the chair of the Sharjah Development and Investment Authority (Shurooq) and a leading contributor to the reputation and growth of Sharjah and the UAE. The daughter of Sharjah’s ruler Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, she is playing a pivotal role in changing the way the Emirate is positioned and communicates with the rest of the world. Al Qasimi founded Kalimat, the global publisher of children’s books of which she is CEO, in 2007. She has pioneered the publication of books highlighting traditional Arabic culture alongside the lives of modern children, as well as Arabic translations of titles which deal with themes that can push socio-cultural boundaries. Named by Forbes as one of its most powerful Arab women in business, Al Qasimi is involved in regional and international initiatives to promote human rights, youth and gender empowerment, economic development, creative industry development, and cross-cultural exchange.