Hessah AlSheikh

Co-founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative


Hessah AlSheikh is Co-founder and Director-Middle East of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.   As an independent researcher and author, Hessah is a committed and outspoken advocate of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, dating back to her participation in the 1990 women’s driving demonstration in Riyadh.  Hessah has spent her entire career in education and public service contributing towards efforts to increase female participation in Saudi society, earning her the nomination among the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business in 2016.  Hessah holds a PhD in Educational Management from King Saud University, a BA in Education and Arabic Language from Riyadh College of Education (1981) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility with the Ashridge Centre for Action Research in the U.K.  Hessah is author of ‘6th November 1990: Women driving in Saudi Arabia’,  ‘Giving Voice to Women Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia’, Chairwoman of the
Down Syndrome Charity Association and a Founding Board Member of the National Family Safety Programme in Saudi Arabia.