Nashwa Al Ruwaini
She has been described as an energy source, a fountain of ideas and an iron woman. Nashwa Al Ruwaini has been known to cause a stir wherever and with whatever she is involved.
Currently holding the position of CEO and Board Member of Pyramedia Productions, Nashwa is also Co-Founder and Board Member of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly known as the Middle East International Film Festival), a Member of the International Emmy Awards and CEO of the Nashwa Charity Foundation.
Sparking an Arab media evolution by fusing local talent with international expertise is Nashwa’s vision, and with this ideology she was able to transform Pyramedia into one of the most successful private media production companies in the Middle East and also behind her involvement in the most important media initiatives in Abu Dhabi such as Baynounah Media Group and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.
With over 20 years of experience in the media industry, Nashwa has presented and produced hundreds of television shows, documentaries and feature films as well as playing key roles in the Middle East’s major television and production networks including, serving as the head of MBC Group Egypt and North Africa, Head of International Business Development of ARA Media Group, and CEO of Middle East Productions. She has also acted as Media Consultant to private organizations, governmental entities and prominent personalities including, the Egyptian Minister of Information, the Head of the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC), the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.
Nashwa is also the host of a self-titled weekly prime time television program, which openly and boldly debates social issues relative to the Arab world, and has received many accolades during her career for her objective and ground breaking programs including the Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award, Cambridge University Award for Best Arab Media Presenter, a nomination for ‘Best Entertainer’ at the 2008 and 2010 Rose D’Or Awards in Switzerland and an award for ‘Best Talk Show’ at the 2008 and 2010 Gulf TV Awards. In addition being voted ‘Best Female Presenter’ for ten consecutive years by several Arab newspapers.
And from a business perspective, Nashwa was ranked among the top 50 most powerful business women in the Middle East by FORBES magazine in 2005 and 2008, and one of the top 5 most influential Arab media personalities by Al Masry Al Yawm nespaper in 2007.