Women in Science & Technology


Dr. Rim Al Turkamani

Dr. Rim Al Turkamani

DrTurkmani is well known in Syria and the United Kingdom. She is a physicist by qualification but is also an historian who’s authority is considered to be authentic on most matters.
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Dr. RanaDajani

Dr. RanaDajani

Dr. RanaDajani teaches molecular biology and is the Director of the Center for Studies at the Hashemite University of Jordan. She is also the founder of the initiative We Love Reading, which aims to encourage children in the Arab world to read for pleasure.


Dr. GhadaAmer

Dr. GhadaAmer

GhadaAmer is the Deputy CEO for the Arab Science and Foundation Technology (ASTF) and an associated professor of electrical engineering at High Institute of Technology, Benha University. GhadaAmer received her training on Control and instrumentation in electrical engineering (B.Sc. 1995), Electrical Power Engineering (M.Sc., 1999) and PhD. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from faculty of engineering, Cairo University in 2002.


Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani is an Iranian mathematician, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. She is an alumna of National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) Tehran, Iran. She found international recognition as a brilliant teenager after receiving gold medals at both the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong) and the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad (Toronto), where she finished with a perfect score. Mirzakhani obtained her BSc in Mathematics (1999) from the Sharif University of Technology. She holds a PhD from Harvard University (2004).


Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman

Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman

A graduate of Monash University and trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Melbourne Australia, Dr. AdeebaKamarulzaman established the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, which has become one of the country’s leading infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS tertiary referral centers. She has directed and managed the development of infectious diseases in both its clinical and research components.


Dr. Maryam Matar

Dr. Maryam Matar

Maryam Matar is one of the UAE’s finest public servants. After working in several public health positions, Matar launched a series of outreach initiatives, including ‘UAE Free of Thalassemia 2012’. She has also launched the UAE Down’s Syndrome Association in 2005 and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association in 2006. Matar was the first Emirati woman to hold the director general in the Dubai government, at the Community Development Authority. She is the deputy chairwoman of Dubai Cares.


Dr. Hayat Al Sindi

Dr. Hayat Al Sindi

Dr. Hayat bintSulaiman bin Hassan Sindi is a Saudi Arabian medical scientist and one of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia. She is famous for making major contributions to point-of-care medical testing and biotechnology. She was ranked by Arabian Business as the 19th most influential Arab in the world and the ninth most influential Arab woman.

Ms. Hayat Sindi was born in Mecca. In 1991, she convinced her family to allow her to travel alone to the United Kingdom in order to pursue her higher education. After a year spent learning English and studying for her A-levels, she was accepted to King’s College London, where she graduated with a degree in pharmacology in 1995. While at King’s College she was a recipient of Princess Anne’s Award for her undergraduate work on allergy. Sindi went on to get a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the University of Cambridge in 2001; she was the first Saudi woman to be accepted at Cambridge University in the field of biotechnology  and to complete a doctoral degree in the field.

In 2010, Sindi was the winner of the Mekkah Al Mukaramah prize for scientific innovation, given by HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud. She was also named a 2011 Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society. On October 1, 2012, Sindi was appointed by UNESCO head Irina Bokova as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for her efforts in promoting science education in the Middle East, especially for girls. She was also on Newsweek’s list of 150 women who shook the world for that year. In January 2013, Sindi again broke new ground by becoming part of the first group of women to serve in Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council. In the annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative held on September 21-24, 2014, Dr. Sindi was awarded with ‘Leadership in Civil Society’ prize.


Dr. Hina Chaudhry

Dr. Hina Chaudhry

Dr. Chaudhry holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biology with a thesis in Physics from MIT, and obtained her M.D. with Honors from Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Her findings regarding key genetic regulators of cell division in the heart and the use of stem cells will help pave the way for growing new heart muscle cells in patients after a heart attack. She has several patents pending for methods to prevent degeneration of heart tissue after heart attack or during heart failure.


Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

AmeenahGurib-Fakim graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983 with a BSc in Chemistry then with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Exeter in the UK in 1987. She has worked at the Mauritius Research Council in Mauritius as Manager for Research and Development and has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the UoM. She has been elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius in 2008 and to the Order of the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des PalmesAcademiques’ by the Government of France in 2009.


Dr. Hessa Al Jaber

Dr. Hessa Al Jaber

Hessa Al Jaber is a Qatari engineer, academic and politician. She is the former secretary general of ictQATAR. She has been serving as minister of communication and information technology since 26 June 2013. In recognition of her public service, Al Jaber was honored by the ministry of interior as the “National Figure of the Year” on 24 December 2008 to honor key Qatari figures which made significant contributions during that year. In 2012, she was also named the 30th most powerful Arab woman by Arabian Business.


Prof. Dr Nuket Yetis

Prof. Dr Nuket Yetis

Prof. Dr. Yetis has a Ph. D. in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and an MBA in Operations Management and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bosphorus University. Prof. Dr. Nuket Yetis is President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) since August 2008; she was Acting President from 2004-2008.


Dr. Sania Nishtar

Dr. Sania Nishtar

SaniaNishtar is a Pakistani, Former Federal Minister of Education & Training, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Health, Physician cardiologist, author, health science writer, science administrator, thinker, peace builder, key health policy voice, member of advisory groups and boards, Founder and President of NGO think tank Heartfile, Heartfile Health Financing and Pakistan Health Policy Forum. All that and much more through her contributions to society.


Prof. Ilham Al Qaradawi

Prof. Ilham Al Qaradawi

Professor Ilham Al Qaradawi is professor of Nuclear Physics at Qatar University and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University in Qatar. Over the past decade, Al Qaradawi has established a positron lab and successfully built the first variable energy slow positron beam in the Middle East. Her research is concentrated in the field of positron physics. Al Qaradawi is involved with Europe’s CERN in the Antihydrogen experiment AEGIS.


Dr Ismahane Elouafi

Dr Ismahane Elouafi

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) since 2012. Before that, she led the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Ismahane holds a PhD in Genetics (Cordoba University, Spain) and has a passion for Science that amazes everyone.


Prof. KhatijahMohdYusoff

Prof. KhatijahMohdYusoff

She has a degree in Microbiology since 1979. She then won a La Trobe University research scholarship to complete her PhD on Genetic and molecular analysis of plasmid. Her academic excellence and findings have been of great importance to the world.


Prof. Rabia Hussain

Prof. Rabia Hussain

Prof. Rabia Hussain, the GhulamaliHirji Professor and Chair of Microbiology at Aga Khan University, recently became the first Pakistani to receive the prestigious Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) award in Basic Medical Sciences for the year 2000, for her exceptional research contributions in the field of immunity to infectious diseases.


Professor Samira Ibrahim Islam

Professor Samira Ibrahim Islam

She is a noted Saudi pharmacology researcher and professor. She is also the first woman in Saudi Arabia to earn a Ph.D. who also introduced formal university education for girls in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Professor Bina Shaheen Siddiqui

Professor Bina Shaheen Siddiqui

Dr. Siddiqui has made noteworthy assistance to medicine and agriculture through her study and classification of indigenous plant materials. She has been awarded several patents for anticancer constituents and biopesticides and has written more than 250 research articles.


Prof. NesreenGhaddar

Prof. NesreenGhaddar

Dr. Ghaddar is a founding member of the Energy Research Group (ERG), a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who conduct basic and applied energy research for sustainability in Lebanon and other areas.


DrSameera Moussa  (March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952)

DrSameera Moussa (March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952)

She was an Egyptian nuclear scientist with doctorate in atomic radiation. Her focus was medical use of nuclear technology. She organized the Atomic Energy for Peace Conference and sponsored the organizing of an international conference under the banner “Atoms for Peace”.


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