H.E. Dr. Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi
Her Excellency Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi was elected Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) on November 2015, becoming the first woman to preside over a parliament in the Arab world. Earlier, she made history as the first female member of the FNC in 2006, the first woman to become its Deputy Speaker in 2011 and the first woman to chair an FNC meeting in 2013.
Prior to her election as Speaker of FNC, she held the position of Director General at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). Under her leadership, ADEC won two awards from the government of Abu Dhabi for excellence in government performance –for Best Improvement in Performance and for Best Knowledge Management.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi has overseen several institutions in various key capacities. She was the first woman to become a member of the Executive Council, the local executive Authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as the Chair of its Social Development Committee, which had under its umbrella 28 governments entities, covering various key sectors such as education, health, housing, social welfare and others.
In February 2018, Dr. Amal has been elected as the Chairperson of the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism (HLAG) of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which serves as an advisory technical group for counter-terrorism related activities. In addition, Dr. Al Qubaisi served in UAE as an active board member of many key institutions, such as the Family Development Foundation, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, as well as Zayed University, besides serving as a jury panelist for the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi has been representing the UAE at noted global assemblies, forums and conferences, and for the last 8 years, she he been leading the UAE delegations at the IPU assemblies. She has also carried out official international assignments, mostly related to activities of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, United Nations.
Besides being the first UAE woman member of the IPU and representative of the Arab Group in the Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, she has also been active on IPU’s Governing Council and Third Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights.
In 2000, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi earned her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering with Honours from the UK and holds the world’s only doctoral degree on the conservation of the UAE’s architectural heritage. With 18 years of professional academic experience, she has served as faculty for six years at the Architectural Engineering Department at UAE’s College of Engineering. To her credit, she has received a number of honorary degrees from educational institutions worldwide, such as University of Sheffield, UK, and L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan and Dublin City University in Ireland.
Dr. Amal has published and written a number of research papers and studies that have drawn international recognition, covering a wide range of subjects, such as the conservation of the UAE’s cultural and historical heritage, national identity, demographics and political development and participation.
Among the many accolades Dr. Amal has received over the years is the UAE Pioneers Award 2014, presented to her by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for being the first Emirati woman elected to the Federal National Council.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has also conferred on her the Federation Personality Award for her political achievements at the national and local level. Some of her other distinctions include the 2008 Middle East Excellence Award of Women Leadership, the Abu Dhabi Award 2008, the Abu Dhabi Medal of Honor in 2009, and a special recognition in 2007 from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, for being the first woman member of the UAE Federal National Council. Dr. Amal was named in 2017 as the winner of the Excellence Award for Speakers in the Arab world by the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union.
She was nominated for the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Series ABLF Award 2018 November, considered as one of highest accolades, and which recognizes leadership influence that reaches beyond community, country and region. The ABLF recognized Dr. Amal as one of the most defining influencers of our time.
Finally yet importantly, she was recently honored at the Second Eurasian Women's Forum, held in Saint Petersburg, in recognition of the role played by the UAE in the development and empowerment of women and for her being the first woman to become a parliamentary speaker in the Arab world.