The Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Recognized for her many achievements in the field of electrical engineering, Bahrain-born Dr Ghada Amer is known for her pioneering work as an advocate of social and economic development both regionally and internationally. In her current role as Vice President and board member of the Sharjah-based, non-profit Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), a pan-Arab organization spearheading research activities and investment in science and technology, she has helped lead more than 20 projects and programmes to support scientific development, entrepreneurship and education in the Arab region. A teenage chess champion (1986–1990 in Kuwait), Amer demonstrated her leadership skills while studying at Benha University in Egypt and later at the University of Cairo, where she received both master’s and PhD degrees. In addition to serving as head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Benha University, among her other positions, Amer is CEO of the Global Awqaf Research Centre in Auckland, New Zealand (GARC), which is developing technology models to achieve sustainable development in Arab countries; CEO and founder of AccuTraining, based in the UAE and dedicated to research and training; and chief operating officer of AccusVis Bio, involved with the hospital and healthcare industry in the UAE. She is also editor of the International Journal of Soft Computing. In light of her numerous accomplishments, in 2014, Amer was singled out as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women” ─ one of 10 scientists on ArabianBusiness.com’s prestigious list ─ and by Muslim-Science.Com as one of the “Top 20 Influential Muslim Women Scientists in the Islamic World”, an “Emerging Champion” and a “Power Woman” in engineering. Sayidaty magazine recently ranked her in first place on a list of the 50 most prominent Arab women leaders who have achieved amazing things during their careers.