Country: Saudi Arabia
Hayat Sindi has made a habit of breaking new ground in whatever endeavour she puts her mind to.
The Saudi-born medical scientist has been trailblazing since she embarked on her first quest, as an ambitious teenager speaking no English but with a passion for science, to study in the UK.
Her career has been marked by a succession of accolades as her research into diagnostics and biotechnology, and her inventions, have been heralded internationally.
The first Saudi and female scientist to become a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for sciences, last year Sindi added to her achievements an historic selection as one of the first tranche of 30 women to be appointed to Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly, or Shura Council, which is the formal advisory body to King Abdullah.
Hayat Sindi was the first Saudi and female scientist to become a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for sciences.