Hayat Sindi

Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation, Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Hayat is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. She is the Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation at the Islamic Development Bank and was voted to BBC 100 Women 2018, a list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. In 1995, she became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Cambridge. With a team from Harvard, she co- founded Diagnostics For All to create affordable diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions. She has launched the i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity to encourage innovation among young scientists, technologists and engineers. Hayat Sindi is a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO; one of 25 global experts selected by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the UN Scientific Advisory Board; and a member of the Ten Members Group to support the technological facilitation mechanism (TFM) for the SDGs.

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