Despite having no prior knowledge of trekking, Elham became the first Arab woman to set foot on the North Pole in April 2010. In a three-week unassisted journey at the top of the world, she stepped away from corporate life to face up to the challenges of one of the world’s harshest environments.
Elham met those challenges with perseverance while being committed to leading by example and motivating others to do the same.
She holds a masters degree in NGO Management from the London School of Economics and graduated from the American University in Dubai in 2004. After leaving higher education, Elham worked in investment and the charity sector.
© Elham Al Qasimi
With a strong passion for science and the environment, architect Ginger Krieg Dosier has made it her mission to challenge concrete-based construction materials in favour of creating something increasingly sustainable for the construction market.
Compelled to improve the sustainable building material options for architects, she turned her hand to science and is now the inventor of the Bio-Brick. In the last eight years, Ginger has dedicated her time to researching building materials with an environmental focus, has engaged in co-research forums and sought to better understand the properties of a material in relation to its architectural performance.
Ginger is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. She also holds Masters in Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelors degree in Interior Design from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
© Michael Dosier
Julie-Ann is an experienced drum circle facilitator who has used rhythm work and group drumming extensively for team building and community events in the United Arab Emirates and the region.
Since starting Dubai Drums in 2002, Julie-Ann and her team have drummed with thousands at schools, universities, corporations and community events. They drum in all parts of the Middle East and have now opened Cairo Drums in Egypt.
She is also an experienced executive coach, co-active life coach and organization relationship systems coach and firmly believes that life is all about taking responsibility for what you are creating, reconnecting to your inner core, your humanness and authentically honouring your values as well as living in rhythm.
© Julie-Ann Odell
Veterinarian Majid Al-Qassimi is keen on raising awareness on the issues surrounding endangered animals and the environment. As a veterinarian, he sees nature as our oldest teacher. He is an advocate of education and believes that knowledge and transparency are vital foundations for the next generation.
Majid qualified as a doctor of veterinary medicine at Saint Istvan University in Budapest, Hungary.
© Majid Al-Qassimi
As a passionate advocate of using football as a platform for change, William’s role in UEFA extends beyond his position as Senior Advisor to the organisation’s President. William is actively involved in anti-racism work within the sport including UEFA’s own Unite Against Racism and the UK’s Kick It Out campaign.
Prior to his work in UEFA, William’s education at both Harvard University and The Johns Hopkins University led him to carve an international career including positions in the European Commission and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
© William Gaillard