Qatari women leaders in business and sports - The experiences of Maha Al-Ansari

Luana Marques-Garcia Ozemela and Ghoroor Abduwalheed Ahmed

Very little is known about women leaders in business and sports in the Gulf Region. Maha Al-Ansari is the Founder and CEO of Knockout Boxing, the first female-only boxing studio in Qatar. The case traces her personal history, highlights her experiences living in Japan, examines the challenges faced setting up and running her businesses in Qatar, and focuses on the distinctive strengths and leadership skills acquired as a basketball captain and as part of Qatar’s National Team. The case study will prompt discussion about work-life balance, the significance of culture, and the traditional and transitional roles and responsibilities of women in a highly diverse and rapidly evolving nation. It can also be used more broadly to compare leadership and gender between different cultures.