Who Is She

Leila Hoteit

Personal information

Partner and Managing Director
Leila Hoteit

What I have done for Lebanon

Leila has over many years now promoted a positive role model for Lebanese and Arab women in business, through holding executive positions in leading multinational companies, driving human capital development in the region, and advocating for women economic empowerment.

Contact information / Work

The Boston Consulting Group
One Central Towers
United Arab Emirates


  • Master's Degree, Business Administration, 2002-2003, INSEAD, France.
  • Doctorate Degree, Signal Processing, 1996-1999, Imperial College, Great Britain.
  • Bachelor Degree, Electrical and Computing Engineering, 1992-1995, Imperial College, Great Britain.

Areas of expertise

  • Education
  • Gender (women economic empowerment)
  • Labor Market
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Work history

  • Partner and Managing Director, May 2014-present, The Boston Consulting Group.
  • Vice-President and Partner, 2013-April 2014, Booz & Company Middle East.
  • Associate, Senior Associate and Principal, 2004-2013, Booz & Company.
  • Research and Development Manager, 2001-2002, Schlumberger.
  • Senior Research Scientist, 1999-2001, Schlumberger.


Publications highlights: 
Exhibitions, lectures & performances: 
  • Panelist in MiSK Foundation hosted Davos panel on “Youth shaping a fractured world”, Davos, 2018
  • Panelist in Women in the World on “Reinvent the rules”, New York, 2018,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s_igfh7_OY
  • Panelist at Harvard Arab World Conference on “Creating future-ready citizens: How can education create citizens who can navigate the increasing demands of a rapidly evolving economy”, Beirut, 2018
  • Panelist at Maharat min Google launch on topic of digital skilling of women, Dubai, 2018
  • Keynote speaker, SME Advisor, “Is the Future Female? Gender Parity in the World of Tomorrow”, Dubai, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvXbpO-gD-s
  • TED@BCG 2016 - Leila Hoteit: 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman, https://www.ted.com/talks/leila_hoteit_3_lessons_on_success_from_an_arab_businesswoman?language=en
  • Keynote speaker at the conference on "Women Entrepreneurs in MENA: Successes, Challenges and Policies", Dubai, 2012.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Named as one of 100 Most Influential Arab Women by Forbes Middle East 2018
  • Named as one of 200 Most Powerful Arab Women by Forbes Middle East 2014
  • Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (Middle East), 2014. http://widgets.weforum.org/ygl-2014/