Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi is an Emirati politician who is the Minister of State for Government Development and Future. She is also Chairwoman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR).[1][2][3][4]

Ohoud Al Roumi
Minister of State for Government Development and Future
Assumed office
July 2020
Preceded byPosition established
Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing
Assumed office
February 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
EducationExecutive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (EMBA) University of Sharjah

Education edit

Al Roumi holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Sharjah and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University. She is also a graduate from Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development.[5]

Career edit

Al Roumi is the Minister of State for Government Development and Future in the United Arab Emirates. This ministerial portfolio was created in the new UAE government formation that took place in July 2020, with the aim of advancing government development and preparation and planning for the future of the UAE government.[6][2][7]

Her Excellency Al Roumi is also Chairwoman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR), the federal entity responsible for the growth and development of the UAE federal government human resources. Her Excellency is the Vice President of the World Government Summit Organization and Vice President of the International Institute for Tolerance. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Future.[8]

She also serves as the Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office of UAE and is currently overseeing multiple strategic programs and initiatives such as UAE Centennial 2071, UAE Vision 2021, The National Agenda, the UAE Government Strategy, The National Strategy for Innovation, The Federal Government Accelerators, Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre For Government Innovation, Government Performance Management System “Adaa”,[9] Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Program, Mohammed Bin Rashid Government Excellence Award, UAE Government Leaders Programme, Emirates Government Service Excellence Program, Global Star Rating System for Services, World GovTechioneers, Best M-Government Service and Mohammed Bin Rashid Policies Council.[10][9]

Al Roumi also leads the virtual management team for proactive government services within the "Ministry of Possibilities", overseeing the implementation of numerous national and global initiatives led by the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, such as "The UAE Government Annual Meetings” and " The Annual Meetings of the Global Future Councils" in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.[11]

Prior to her role at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Al Roumi held several leadership positions within the UAE federal government and the Government of Dubai. She was the Director of Economic Policy at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai.[12] She also was Director of Business Research at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she led several teams to develop multiple government-driven strategies, such as the Economic Sector Task Force for the Dubai Government's as well as the Federal Government strategy.[13][3][14]

In 2016, Al Roumi held the position of Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, the first ministerial position of its kind in the world introduced by the UAE government to achieve happiness and wellbeing in the UAE society.[15][1]

Recognition edit

In 2015, The United Nations Foundation appointed  Al Roumi a member of the UN’s Global Entrepreneurship Council (GEC), making her the first Arab member to hold that position.  She also made the Young Global Leaders (YGL) list with World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2012. Also, she was listed among the World’s Greatest Leaders in 2017 by Fortune magazine in recognition of her accomplishments, making her the only Arab figure on the list.[16]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "UAE appoints a woman to be first 'minister of happiness'". France 24. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "UAE names first minister of state for happiness". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "UAE Government Showcases Its Successes in Development to Visiting Czech Delegation". www.menaherald.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Emirati women are lucky to be supported by UAE's leadership: Ohood Al Roumi". Emirati News. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Ohood Khalfan Al-Roumi". United Nations Foundation. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ Wam. "Making government future-ready is a priority, says Sheikh Mohammed". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Kazakhstan and 5 other countries set up Global Happiness Coalition". lenta.inform.kz (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  8. ^ Dartford, Katy (30 July 2019). "Dubai sets its sights on becoming the happiest place on earth". euronews. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Revealed: who will run the UAE's new Ministry of Possibilities". ArabianBusiness.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Les Emirats arabes unis nomment une femme " ministre du bonheur "". Le Monde.fr (in French). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  11. ^ Wam. "UAE selects 60 Chief Happiness Officers - News - Emirates - Emirates24|7". www.emirates247.com. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Global Happiness Dialogue to host 300 international happiness experts ahead of World Government Summit – Emirates News Releases". Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  13. ^ Sheena McKenzie. "United Arab Emirates appoints minister of happiness". CNN. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Four UAE ministers handed roles in new Ministry of Possibilities". The National. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  15. ^ "United Arab Emirates Names Official 'Minister for Happiness'". Time. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Ohood Al Roumi". Fortune. Retrieved 7 September 2020.

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