Most Influential Women



Reem Al Hashimi shatters the entire preconceived notion about women in the Arab world. She is smart, meticulous and glides through her responsibilities with much ease. She is an Emirati Minister of State; Chairperson, Dubai Cares (a children’s education charity established by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2007); Chairperson, Emirates Competitiveness Council; and Chairperson, National Bureau of Statistics.

As a Managing Director of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee, Hashimi was also the public face of the UAE’s successful Expo 2020 bid that helped UAE secure a global event. Hashimi’s speech during the UAE’s final presentation in Paris, which she delivered in both French and English, won her many applauds.

A Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from Tufts University, Al Hashimi pursued her Master’s from Harvard University before starting her first job as Commercial Attaché, and then as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the UAE in Washington, DC. There she was very much involved in the issues like security, trade, economic and social concerns, in regards to US-UAE relationship.

Dubai Cares is dedicated to primary education and she is working hard to improve the state of education and reach out to the children who have no access to primary education.
With several responsibilities, the lady consistently polishes her skills and is making a difference in the Arab society. She considers education a valuable tool to eradicate poverty. In her free time, Hashimi enjoys working out and spending quality time with her family.