8x8 Women | Iman Mutlaq

Iman Mutlaq

IMAN MUTLAQ, a dynamic leader and expert in financial markets, was born in Saudi Arabia. She’s a strong-willed character. She has never let her circumstances define her, and thus she erased all the negative voices off her mind. Challenges were always welcome to her, she was totally convinced that life is a daring adventure, in which we have to face and overcome our challenges instead of surrendering to them. As a single mother, Mutlaq was able to move forward independently, raising her two sons to see them all grown up, mature, and become successful young men. Although she had to delay her undergraduate studies to manage her responsibilities, her belief that it’s never too late to pursue your goals in life and achieve your dreams made her return strongly, and she successfully completed an MBA in finance and most recently her Chief Financial Analyst level one examination.

Mutlaq has always been an enthusiast young lady, that at the age of 14 she started selling arts and crafts at school. Quick to realize her skill, she moved on to establish her first export-import company at 18 and by 27, she entered the financial world. Mutlaq finds that her strengths lie in analyzing and interpreting financial market trends to build appropriate investment strategies. Her strong technical and analytical skills have helped numerous investors accumulate wealth.

She currently serves as CEO of Sigma Investments, Director of INGOT Brokers, a consortium of multinational financial companies that operate across six continents, and she is also part of the Global Alliance Partners, a network of regulated financial services companies focusing on the capital midmarket.

According to Forbes- September 2016, Ms. Mutlaq is considered one of the business pioneers in the Middle East; she is ranked the 32nd among the best Business women in the Arab world, she won the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo (AMCham) Award as the best Arab business woman - March 2016.

Mutlaq firmly believes that building successful companies begins with the will to work hard and succeed. Her most recent, and very worth mentioning accomplishment was the establishment of EGYCOMEX, the first and biggest commodities exchange of its kind in the MENA region to be launched in med of 2017.

Besides being a successful business woman, Mutlaq became the first instructor for the art of living foundation in Jordan, an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives, launched by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, which promotes peace and development.

Furthermore, helping others has always been a part of who she is. In early 2014, Iman and a team from Jordan scaled Mount Kilamanjaro to raise funds for the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. The group raised $1.3 million for cancer research.

Mutlaq concerns were focused on women’s empowerment. She is very aware of the fact that for a country to truly progress, every citizen should be adequately empowered, and further empowering women is vital in accelerating the peace, stability and security for the nations. She successfully implemented six programs in Iraq that aimed at supporting 400 women to advance their careers, and contribute to the economic growth of the country. Recognizing her professional accomplishments, the Obama Administration invited Mutlaq, among a few entrepreneurs from the Middle East, to attend the inaugural White House Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010 where she met former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the late Ambassador Holbrooke to discuss ways to accelerate women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and across the Middle East.

Ms. Multaq activities now is to focus on reinstating the happiness of 16,000 refugee children and also empower women as she believes in the centrality of their role in promoting peace, the stability and security of nations.

Ms. Mutlaq latest project is the establishment of 8x8 project, which is a project to support educated women in Jordan and help them to create their own projects. Project 8x8 is about eight projects, each project includes eight women working as partners, and the income will be divided into two parts: 50% for partners and 50% to expand the project to reach a total of 110 employed women by the end of the year.

Mutlaq has received many awards throughout her fulfilling journey; the “Middle - East Woman of the Year" award, presented to her during the 3rd Global Official of Dignity Awards which was held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York on August 2015, The “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” from US Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Jordan's Top Businesswomen award in 2015. Also, she has been appointed as "Goodwill Ambassador for Human Rights and Peace" in Jordan 2014.

According to Mutlaq, happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, therefore she lives and teaches how to achieve balance. She believes that in order to live the life you choose, you must acknowledge your power in that, and work accordingly. Love, Give, and Inspire others, unconditionally. Her favorite quote, is: “Love is not an emotion, it is your very existence” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.