As the young royals of the region continue to pave the way for a promising future, one Abu Dhabi sheikha has just made history.

Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan has become the first GCC woman to be appointed into a global and prestigious position.

Per the Abu Dhabi Media Office, Her Highness has been appointed as one of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center women leaders in the Energy and Climate Fellowship Program.

The group will be invited as core participants to the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in January 2023 held in Abu Dhabi.

“The selection of Her Highness Sheikha Shamma Al Nahyan as one of the women leaders in the Energy and Climate Fellowship Program, and her hosting of the Atlantic Council Global Forum, reflect Abu Dhabi’s commitment to achieving its 2030 environmental vision,” the Abu Dhabi Media Office stated.


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Sheikha Shamma herself also shared her pride in being appointed to the prestigious position.

“I’m delighted to be a 2022 Fellow on the Atlantic Council’s Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Programme,” she said, “I look forward to sharing perspectives from a region that is heavily investing in tackling climate change and is soon going to be hosting #COP28.

“Women’s voices are imperative in all spaces, but especially in the context of the climate crisis, and I’m confident this initiative will continue to create great impact.”

Having had a keen focus on the environment and sustainability for many years, Sheikha Shamma is the founder and CEO of the Alliances for Global Sustainability.

Her mission is to empower women and the youth and to focus on sustainable initiatives that create change. In November 2021, Sheikha Shamma also signed five sustainability agreements at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

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