UAE’s UN ambassador elected as president of UN Women Executive Board

About Lana Nusseibeh

Lana Nusseibeh was appointed Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations in New York in September 2013.

She was elected President of the Executive Board of UN Women last month and also serves as co-chair of the Friends of the Future of the UN (FFUN), an informal group of UN Permanent Representatives working to strengthen the UN’s capacity to deliver on its priority mandates, as well as co-founder of the Group of Friends for Gender Parity.

Before her appointment to the UN, she had a number of roles at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, most recently launching the ministry’s policy planning department and serving as its first director for three years.

Previously, she served as the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) Campaign Task Force at Mofa, and as director of research and communications for the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

She received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in history from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s with distinction in Israeli and Jewish diaspora studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

*Caline Malek

ABU DHABI // The UAE’s ambassador to the United Nations is the second woman to be elected President of the UN Women Executive Board for 2017.

Lana Nusseibeh, who will be representing the Asia-Pacific Group at the UN in New York, said UN Women played a critical role within the UN and around the world as a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls.

“In the UAE, women are core partners in building and leading our prosperous society,” she told The National. “And that is a story that we want to share around the world.”

She said she aimed to demonstrate the key role that women play in senior leadership and decision-making in her homeland.


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