HE Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany is the permanent representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Dr. Al-Hosany’s career spans business and academia, both in the UAE and internationally. She served as the deputy director-general of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). Prior to this, she was the executive director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company and the director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the UAE’s annual global awards for renewable energy and sustainability.
Highly regarded for her expert counsel, she has been invited to sit on several boards and intergovernmental bodies including the board of trustees of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, the advisory board of the Payne Institute in Colorado School of Mines. She is on the advisory panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Her professional achievements have been widely acknowledged through prestigious awards. In July 2018 Dr. Al-Hosany was presented the Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by Keele University in the UK in recognition of her achievements in the field of sustainability. She has also received the Arab Woman Award and the Emirates Business Women Award.
She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University in 1992 and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK in 2002. Dr. Al-Hosany is also credited as one of the first two Emirati women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea-level.