Chairperson, 17 Ventures
Mary Nazzal-Batayneh (née Nazzal, born 22 August 1979) is a Barrister and Social Entrepreneur, whose career has focused on achieving social justice. Named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and one of Forbes magazine's "Most Powerful Arab Women", she has been recognised for her legal activism, business success, and community impact.
Mary is the founder of Landmark Hotels and Founding Partner of 17 Asset Management, the first global asset manager designed to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is overseeing the SDG Jordan Growth Fund; the region’s first SME fund structured to deliver financial returns and advance the SDGs. In 2019 she was awarded Jordan's "Businesswoman of the Year" by the Jordan Business Awards and in 2014 she was featured in the Forbes Middle East cover story Hospitality Meets Humanity. Mary was included in an exhibit at the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of events to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, on 29 November 2017.