A lawyer and social entrepreneur, Sofana Dahlan is also a member of the Estoril Conferences 2019 International Advisory Board. She holds the prized distinction of being among the first three female lawyers to have been granted the permit to practice law in Saudi Arabia. She works in the social enterprises’ sector, having founded several companies focused on developing the creative industries in Saudi Arabia.
From 2016 to 2017, Dahlan was also the Vice-Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policy maker.
She has extensive experience in project management and strategic planning across a wide range of social development initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa Region and has also served as a legal consultant in different parts of the world including countries such as Lebanon and Kuwait.
An influential figure of female empowerment for her advocacy on social and cultural heritage issues, Sofana Dahlan has given many public talks over the years, has authored numerous articles on topics such as women’s rights, social values, and interreligious dialogue and in 2015 was named a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a distinction among many others.