World's 100 Most Powerful Arabs 2014
Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Iqbal Al Assad

Designation: Doctor

Country: Palestine

At the age of just 20 last year — and while living and studying in Palestine — she graduated as one of the world’s youngest ever doctors.  Her dream was to help the sick Palestinian relatives she met in refugee camps, and by the age of 12 she had already mastered biochemistry. A year later she learned to drive, and thanks to a helping hand from Lebanon’s education minister who heard about her, she was given a medical scholarship in Qatar. Her dream is to work as a doctor in an independent Palestine. Little wonder that she was honoured by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and by the Palestinian National Authority with a Qods award.