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United Nations Resident Coordinator,
Dr. Dena Assaf is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates and the Deputy Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020.
Dr. Assaf has been with the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior management positions and advisory roles in both UN headquarters, supporting the Arab region, and in country offices. She has worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Department of Peace Keeping (UN DPKO), and United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG).
While with UN Women, Dr. Assaf was the Regional Director for the Arab States, and worked to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Arab region. While with UN Women she spearheaded a new regional strategy to strengthen the economic, political, and social rights of women in the Arab region. Prior to joining the UN, Dr. Assaf was in a leadership role in establishing the national development planning process for Palestine and led Palestine’s first several national development plans. She has also held academic positions, as well as advisory roles in civil society.
Dr. Assaf is an engineer with degrees in Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban Planning. She is an artist in her own right, and believes in the voice and important role of all creative communities in advancing development and human rights in our societies. Dr. Assaf is a Palestinian and American, and is fluent in both English and Arabic.
Parliamentary State Secretary, Republic of Georgia
Dr. Anna Dolidze was born in Tbilisi, in what was then the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia. As a child, she experienced the dissolution of the Soviet Union, including a civil war and secessionist conflicts with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In high school Dolidze won a scholarship to live with an American family and attend high school in Vermont. Upon her return, Dolidze started law school at Tbilisi State University, where she graduated with honors.
In her final year she took part in the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, and was honored as the Best Respondent and Best Oralist. She became a clerk at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. Thereafter Dolidze worked for the international humanitarian organization Save the Children in Georgia. She was awarded a full fellowship by the Dutch government to study at Leiden University where she earned Masters Degree in International Law (LLM). In 2004 Dolidze was elected Chairperson of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA). As the head of the largest legal advocacy organization in Georgia, she oversaw program activities conducted by 125 lawyers, took part in drafting legislative reform proposals, practiced civil rights litigation and represented the organization in National Constitutional Commission, Commission for the Human Rights in Prisons and the Expert Commission for Georgia’s European Integration. In 2006, Dolidze spearheaded a nation-wide campaign to prosecute high-level government security officials implicated in the murder of Sandro Girgvliani. In 2007 Dolidze left Georgia for United States as a Scholar at Risk because it was increasingly difficult to practice civil rights litigation.
Dolidze has lectured transnationally, including at Duke University, Sorbonne University, University of Berkeley, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Queens University of Belfast and Elmira Maximum Security Correctional Facility in New York State. She conducted human rights documentation and research for Russia Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch. Then she earned her Doctorate in Law (SJD) at Cornell Law School with full financial scholarship and residential fellowship at Telluride House. In 2012 Dolidze addressed the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States Congress on human rights violations in Georgia. In 2013 she became assistant professor of law at the University of Western Ontario, where she taught property law and international law.
In May 2015 Dolidze was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defence for Republic of Georgia, overseeing the areas of education, social benefits and rehabilitation of wounded warriors. In June 2016 the President of Georgia appointed Dr. Dolidze as the Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia (i.e. chief legal adviser), overseeing rule of law related issues as well as serving as the main liaison between the office of the President and the Parliament of Georgia.
Dr. Dolidze has published widely on international law, human rights and transitional justice in academic as well as policy journals.
Secretary General and member of the Board of Trustees ,Alwaleed Philanthropies
HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Alsaud’s Biography:
HRH Princess Lamia Al Saud is the Secretary General and member of the Board of Trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies. For over 37 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 164 countries regardless of gender, race, or religion. The foundation collaborates with a range of philanthropic, government, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Working with its partners, Alwaleed Philanthropies seeks to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.
Princess Lamia was appointed Secretary General on 1 April 2016, having previously served as Executive Manager of Media & Communication at the foundation. She is the daughter of Prince Majed bin Saud, the son of King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Princess Lamia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001 from Misr International University, Cairo, majoring in Public Relations & Marketing Advertising and minoring in Journalism. In 2003, she started the publishing company, Sada Al Arab. The company produced three magazines and was operated from Cairo, Beirut and Dubai. She also became a partner in a number of marketing companies based in Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia in 2006.
In 2010, the Princess published her first novel, Children & Blood, through Dar Al Saqi, one of the most respected independent publishing companies in the Middle East. The book tackles the complex issue of honour killings, and reflects on the harsh realities with which women in the Middle East are faced with.
In 2017, HRH Princess Lamia, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies received an honorary medal from the Vice President of Laos, Dr. Phankham Viphavanh in recognition of HRH’s philanthropic efforts in the country. In the same year, Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al-Saud was announced winner of the Achievement in Philanthropies Award at the Arab Women of the Year 2017, held in London.
Princess Lamia received the first of its kind “Change Maker Award” at the Aid & Trade Conference in London in recognition of Her Royal Highness’s humanitarian and philanthropic efforts worldwide. Her Royal Highness was also presented with National Council’s first-ever Philanthropic Leadership Award to HRH in Washington, DC, “in recognition of HRH’s efforts to contribute to a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.”
Provost/Vice President For Academic Affairs,
A staunch supporter of quality education with a strong commitment to academic excellence and unwavering dedication to the success of students, Prof. Abhilasha Singh is a Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs at the American University in the Emirates.
With a teaching and administrative experience spanning more than three decades, Prof. Singh holds a Doctorate in Psychology and have also added to her academic credentials, an executive program in Leading People from Sloan School of Management, MIT, and in Human Resource Management from one of the top most business school in India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C). Her professional credentials spans from being a Certified Practitioner from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) to a Certified Licensed Practitioner of EQ-i/ EQ 360 from MHS, Inc., Canada, Certified Trainer from HRD Academy, UK, Certified Professional Assessor from IPM, Canada and a Certified MBTI practitioner by CPP-Asia Pacific and apart from my research I enjoy training and consultancy in Personality Typology, Stress Management, leadership, Team Building, Communication and other Behavioral Aspects.
Throughout her distinguished career, she was engaged in a series of academic administrative positions at various institutions and have been engaged in providing strategic directives at a senior leadership role and ensuring its implementation with determination, while working closely with the University President and senior administrative colleagues. In addition to advising the Board on strategic directives and liaising effectively between the President and the members of the Board as General Secretary of the Board of Trustees at American University in the Emirates, she was actively engaged in monitoring compliance with prescribed standards and mandating administrative requirements, through leading and developing highly effective team for operational excellence both as the Vice President for Research and Advancement and as Dean for College of Education, in addition to her role as Director of International Office.
While she was actively engaged in her administrative role, she never let the researcher within her die and her passion for research resulted in many published articles in national and international journals of high repute and also in frequent invitations to numerous speaking engagements to present my research to national and international audiences. A keen researcher and a prolific writer, Prof. Singh has published more than 30 papers, articles and many case studies pertaining to the GCC region in national and international journals in the area of managing people like talent management, leadership, employee value proposition, stress management, knowledge management etc., while also being engaged in ensuring accreditation compliance documents for national and international accreditation for institutional effectiveness.
She also had served as President and CEO of the College of Fashion and Design, accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education, while concurrently serving as strategic advisor (honorary position) to the President of American University in the Emirates, Dubai and as Chief Mentor at the Institute of Management Technology-Dubai, School of Management Sciences, India and Effat University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with rich and varied experience as a faculty, researcher, academic administrator and scholar.
Prof. Singh’s efforts in education sector was acknowledged through many awards and accolades from various national/ international organizations including the best Indywood Award for Educational Excellence-2017, Best Researcher Award in 2015, ‘Education Leadership Award’, on August 1st, 2014 by Asia’s Education Excellence Award, Singapore, ‘Award for Teaching Excellence’ in the year 2013 by INDUS Foundation USA, and ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in the year 2009 by the Association of Indian Management Scholars-International apart from being the first to receive the fellow title from International forums of Management Scholars (INFOMS), USA award to foster excellence in management education awarded in March 2014.
Needless to mention, her commitment to teaching and research excellence led to many research grants, including from the National Research Foundation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research on “From Education to Employment: Identification of Key Priorities for Employability of Emirati Nationals in Public and Private Sector”. While committed to bring educational excellence, she serves on the Board of many institutions and shatters the glass ceiling while truly believing in making a difference in facilitating quality education in the Higher Education.
Social Development Expert – Community Development Authority,Obstetric & Gynecologist Specialized In Aesthetic Gynecology – Algarhoud Private Hospital
Shaikha Dr. Alia Humaid AlQassimi, is a social development expert at the Community Development Authority. Her main duties consist of providing expert leadership & direction by articulating Dubai Gov. vision to CDA strategic business units and creating actions towards the achievement of CDA corporate goals. Prior to that, Al Qassimi was the Acting CEO of the Social Care & Development Sector in Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA). She led a core sector represented by five main departments: Family Cohesion, Elderly, Social Cohesion, Disability and the vulnerable groups by developing high standard programs that ensure availability and access to services in the community. AlQassimi joined CDA in 2014 as Director of the Social Care & Inclusion Department, with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Dubai Medical College (DMC) and Masters in Healthcare Management from the Royal College Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), she has also been certified as a Chief Innovation Officer (CCIO) by Boston College. In addition to her position, AlQassimi is an Obstetric Gynecologist practicing in Al Garhoud Private Hospital in Dubai and is the first emirati as a senior member in the European Society of Aesthetic Gynecology delivering innovative techniques. AlQassimi’s efforts and hard work was the reason she was appointed for several renovation and development projects nationally and internationally. She has recently been appointed by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – crown prince of Dubai- to the board of directors of Dubai Autism Center. She is a founding board member of Friends Of Cancer Patients(FOCP), and a founding board member of the Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland Alumni Dubai chapter where her portrait has been chosen as the first to be raised on the College “Leaders with an impact” wall. She was selected amongst women leaders to participate in the Women Leadership Exchange Program between UAE and Sweden, and was an elected board member of the Women for Sustainable Growth (W4SG)-an International NGO. Dr. AlQassimi -in addition to being a public figure and mother of five- has won “Inspirational Woman of The Year 2016” by the Arab Woman Award, and “Woman Leader in community Development Excellence Award” category of the 17th Middle East Women Leaders Excellence Award in 2017. Shaikha Dr.Alia AlQassimi is a graduate of Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre of Leadership Development Impactful Leaders Program & an assessor of Mohammed Bin Rashid Government Excellence Award 2018.
تقدم الشيخة الدكتورة علياء بنت حميد القاسمي، نموذجاً متكاملاً لشخصية المرأة الرائدة في مجال القيادة في الحكومة والحياة بشكل عام، حيث تجمع بين حزمة واسعة من الخبرات والمعارف العلمية والعملية والمهارات الإنسانية والحياتية، مترجمة باختصار رؤية دولة الإمارات للمرأة الرائدة التي تقود أمتها ومجتمعها لمصاف الدول المتقدمة. تشغل الدكتورة علياء بنت حميد القاسمي منصب خبير تنمية اجتماعية في هيئة تنمية المجتمع بعد أن عملت كمدير تنفيذي لقطاع التنمية الاجتماعية والرعاية، حيث ترأس محور الحماية الإجتماعية و تشرف على تنفيذ استراتيجية أصحاب الهمم في إمارة دبي وعدد من أهم المشاريع والبرامج في الهيئة المعنية بمختلف فئات المجتمع والفئات الأكثر عرضة للضرر، لضمان تحسين جودة حياتهم و أسرهم، ودمجهم بشكل مدروس وفعَال في مختلف نواحي المجتمع. كما تمارس مهنتها كطبيبة وأخصائية أمراض نسائية وتوليد في مستشفى القرهود بدبي؛ حيث أنها أول اماراتية في تخصص الترميم و التجميل النسائي و أول إماراتية في عضوية الجمعية الأوروبية للتجميل النسائي. قبل انضمامها لهيئة تنمية المجتمع، شغلت القاسمي عدداً من المناصب الإدارية في مجال إدارة الخدمات والمرافق الطبية في هيئة الصحة بدبي، وعلى هامش عملها آنذاك كأخصائية أمراض نسائية وتوليد في مستشفى لطيفة بدبي، فقد تولت رئاسة قسم الطوارئ بين العامين 2013 و2014، حيث عملت على تطوير ومراجعة السياسات واللوائح استناداً إلى أحدث المعايير العالمية، وتأهيل فريق عمل لتطبيق مرحلة الانتقال السلسة إلى الأنظمة الحديثة، ووضع وثيقة المبادئ والمعاييرالتصنيف الشاملة لسرعة الاستجابة لحالات أمراض النساء والتوليد الطارئة. وكانت القاسمي قد تولت قبل ذلك منصب مديرة إدارة التعليم الطبي و تطوير العمال بالهيئة، حيث قامت بإنشاء قسم لتطوير الإجراءات وخدمات الشركاء، بما في ذلك الإجراءات المالية وتخطيط الميزانيات والفعاليات الاستراتيجية. وتولت الشيخة الدكتورة علياء إدارة عيادات صحة المرأة في مراكز الرعاية الصحية الأولية التابعة للهيئة على مدار عامين، ومسؤولية فريق التغيير والاتصال خلال عملية تحول دائرة الصحة والخدمات الطبية إلى هيئة الصحة بدبي. انتخبت الدكتورة علياء في العام 2006، نائباً لرئيس شعبة أمراض النساء والتوليد في جمعية الإمارات الطبية، وفي العام 2011، تم انتخابها لعضوية مجلس أمناء الجمعية، كما أنها كانت عضو مؤسس لجمعية أصدقاء مرضى السرطان وشغلت لفترة منصب نائب الرئيس للجمعية منذ العام 1999. و تم تعيينها في مجلس إدارة مركز دبي للتوحد في 2017 بمرسوم من الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم. مثلت القاسمي المرأة الإماراتية القيادية في الخارج سواءً على المستوى العملي أو الشخصي. حيث اختيرت ضمن الوفد الرسمي الممثل لحكومة الإمارات في اجتماعات الأمم المتحدة لدول الأطراف في اتفاقية حقوق الأشخاص ذوي الإعاقة وعرضت آخر مستجدات خطة دبي 2021 واستراتيجية دبي للإعاقة 2020. كما اختيرت ضمن عدد من القيادات النسائية الإمارتية لبرنامج القيادات النسائية للتبادل المعرفي مع مملكة السويد. و شغلت منصب عضو مجلس إدارة في منظمة نساء للتنمية المستدامة العالمي (W4SG)، ومنصب عضو مجلس إدارة الكلية الملكية للجراحين في إيرلندا- ملف دبي (RCSI) و اختيرت كأول شخصية قيادية ذات أثر تم تدشين جدار الجامعه بها في دبي، و هي أول إماراتية تحصل على عضوية الجمعية الأورببية لعمليات التجميل النسائي (ESAG) . تقوم القاسمي بصفتها الشخصية دعم عدد من مبادرات المنظمات والجمعيات غير الربحية منها مؤسسة دبي العطاء وحملات التوعية بأمراض سرطان الثدي والقولون وتقدم ندوة سنوية بمرض ألزهايمر، وتحرص على المشاركة مع أبنائها في المسيرة من أجل التعليم والتي تنظمها "دبي العطاء" للتوعية بصعوبات الحصول على التعليم في البلدان الأقل حظاً. كما تحرص القاسمي على تخصيص جزء من وقتها للتوعية المجتمعية ونقل المعرفة، حيث كانت صاحبة فكرة تدريب أمهات المستقبل وتولت بنفسها تدريب دفعتين من طالبات كلية الدراسات الإسلامية بدبي على المهارات الحياتية والإسعافات الأولية. فازت بجائزة "المرأة الملهمة لعام 2016" ضمن جائزة المراة العربية، كما حازت على جائزة "المرأة العربية المؤثرة اجتماعيا" في عام 2016 من جمهورية مصر العربية ، و "المرأة القيادية المتميزة في تنمية المجتمع لعام 2017" ضمن جائزة الشرق الأوسط السابعة عشرة لتميز القيادات. تحمل القاسمي، عدداً من الشهادات المهنية التخصصية منها، شهادة البكالوريوس في الطب والجراحة من كلية دبي الطبية، وماجستير في إدارة الرعاية الصحية من الكلية الملكية الإرلندية للجراحين، كما أنها حاصلة على شهادة المدير التنفيذي للابتكار المعتمد من كلية بوسطن – الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.هي خريجة برنامج "القيادات المؤثرة" التابع لمركز محمد بن راشد لإعداد القادة ، وهي ضمن 80 خبيرا من الكفاءات الوطنية من مقيمين جائزة محمد بن راشد للآداء الحكومي المتميز و التي تعد أرفع جائزة للتميز الحكومي في الدولة.
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Managing Director, Founder,Nikai Group of Companies
Jean is an entrepreneur with a sole purpose of making a difference in the lives of the people around her. She has a passion for innovation and driving change. She has transformed the face of global companies right from starting the Young Entrepreneurs Incubation Centre at University of California to leading the Opioid Collaborative Task Force and the Right Care Initiative for Diabetics with Heart Disease for the entire State of California. She has been a potent force in achieving successful outcomes in disease management and behavioral health issues in the US. She comes with a diverse experience of 28 years spanning various geographies in industries like healthcare, technology and trading. She left the corporate world after working at C-level at Centene Corporation, a FORTUNE® 50 company, multi-national healthcare enterprise with a revenue of over $124 Billion. She moved to be with her family after realizing how COVID 19 could change the lives of many and the importance of cherishing time with your family. She started Ardent Consulting Solutions during the pandemic after looking at the gaps in the care in the healthcare delivery system. Ardent is a vertically integrated company within the Behavioral and Mental health space. With its track record of providing Digital Marketing and Technology services to its clients for the last 5 years, Ardent has made a meaningful impact within the industry. Having developed the expertise and a team of subject matter experts our vision is to provide an integrated suite of technology, clinical services and data driven outcome-based models powered by Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, to enable the journey to Sobriety and Mental Wellness. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” She plays the Sitar and is an advanced certified scuba diving instructor.
Digital Entrepreneur,Digital Entrepreneur