Company: Federal National Council
Designation: First deputy speaker
Occupation: First deputy speaker
In January, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi made history by becoming the first woman to chair a session of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC), when she deputised for speaker Mohammed Al Murr.
A former architect, who has worked to document and preserve some of the UAE’s most impressive heritage sites, she was honoured with an Abu Dhabi award in 2008. Al Qubaisi represents Abu Dhabi on the FNC, with a special interest in education and young people’s issues. The council serves as the United Arab Emirates advisory body that also reviews and recommends federal draft laws. In 2009, Al Qubaisi was the first female elected to the council. She was the head of the United Arab Emirates delegation to the second regional conference for women parliamentarians and decision makers in the Gulf Corporation Council countries in 2007.