The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women
Mon 03 Mar 2014 03:25 AM
Reem Al Hashimy
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Reem Al Hashimy

Industry: Government

Company: UAE Expo 2020 bid team

Designation: Managing director

Country: UAE

The public face of the UAE’s successful Expo 2020 bid last year, Reem Al Hashimy played a vital role in securing the global event for her home country.

Her speech during the UAE’s final presentation in Paris — which was delivered in both French and English — won plaudits for its portrayal of Dubai.

“I stand before you representing the voice of millions in my country,” she said. “I stand before you not only as a civil servant, a daughter, a mother but also as a citizen of humanity committed and determined to make a difference and inspire change.”

Al Hashimy will certainly have her work cut out for her as the UAE counts down to the event in six years’ time. In addition to her role with the Expo, she has also been a Minister of State for the UAE since February 2008. Al Hashimy also manages the International Affairs Unit of the executive office of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.

In addition, she also chairs Dubai Cares, a charity which aims to improve children’s access to primary education in poorer parts of the world. She has extensive international experience, beginning her career as commercial attaché and, subsequently, as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the UAE in Washington DC.  In this capacity, Al Hashimy was closely involved in a broad spectrum of issues related to the UAE-US bilateral relationship, including security, trade, as well as economic and social issues.

Al Hashimy completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University, where she earned  degrees in International Relations and French. She also holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University.