SOAS University of London

SOAS alumna first female representative of UAE to UN

29 October 2013

Lana Nusseibeh, who graduated from SOAS, University of London in 2003 with Distinction in the MA Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies, is the first female Permanent Representative of United Arab Emirates to UN.

In this role the SOAS alumna will work to advance cooperation between the UN and the UAE on critical issues of mutual interest, in particular security, disarmament, human rights, women’s empowerment and sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon expressed his delight to receive the first female Ambassador of the UAE in New York when he received the credentials of Ambassador Nusseibeh last month. He and viewed her assignments as a reflection of the increasingly prominent role played by Emirati women in UAE society.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Nusseibeh said: "I am privileged to represent the United Arab Emirates as we strengthen our engagement with the key challenges facing our region and the world, security, disarmament, human rights, women's empowerment and sustainable development.”

Prior to her appointment as Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nusseibeh served in a number of capacities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently launching the Ministry’s Policy Planning Department and serving as its first director.