Strong female Emirati voice at the heart of Expo 2020 preparations
Women make up 60 percent of Emirati workers at Dubai’s Expo 2020.
The expo also provides opportunities for 15 female interns from different backgrounds.
Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general of the Expo 2020 office, holds the most important executive position in the expo project.
Three Emirati women also occupy the position of vice president, Hayat Shamsaldin, VP for Art and Culture Affairs, and Maha Al Gergawi, VP for International Participants Affairs, and Aliaa Al Ali, VP of Schools Programme.
Amal Al Badwawi holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Journalism from UAE University in Al Ain and worked for eight years in marketing and communication. She joined the expo to work in the communication department, as well as the strategy and crisis management department.
Maryam Al Safran, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who joined the expo in 2017, is the director of the Expo Schools Programme. "As an Emirati woman, I am fortunate to be part of this national project," she said in a report by Emirates News Agency (WAM).
Aisha Al Marzouki, a graduate of Zayed University, who specialises in environment and sustainability sciences, works for the sustainability department at the expo. "We are engaging the community through collaborating with schools, government and private institutions and community members so that the concept of sustainability is disseminated more widely as we aim to use Expo 2020 as a global engine for sustainability," she said.