Sarah Al Amiri

Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri (Arabic: سارة بنت يوسف الأميري‎, born 1987) is the Minister of State for Advanced Technology within the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology in the government of the United Arab Emirates, chair of the UAE Space Agency and the United Arab Emirates Council of Scientists, and Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission.[1]

Sarah Al Amiri
Sarah Amiri - Sustaining the Space Economy - 2019 (48177030097) (cropped).jpg
Al Amiri in 2019
Minister of State for Advanced Technology
Assumed office
19 October 2017
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born1987 (age 33–34)
United Arab Emirates,
Alma materAmerican University of Sharjah

Early life and educationEdit

Al Amiri was born in the United Arab Emirates in 1987.[2] She studied computer science at the American University of Sharjah, earning bachelor's and master's degrees.[3][4][5] She was always interested in aerospace engineering but grew up at a time when United Arab Emirates did not have a space program.[6]

Research and careerEdit

Al Amiri began her career at the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, where she worked on DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2.[7] In 2018 she was appointed the chairwoman of the UAE Council for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and in 2016 the head of the Emirates Scientist Council.[6][8][9]

Today she is the science lead for the Emirates Mars Mission, Hope.[6][10][11] The mission is partnered with University of Colorado Boulder, University of California, Berkeley and Arizona State University.[6] She spoke at TEDxDubai Salon about the Hope Mars Mission.[12][13] In November 2017 Amiri became the first Emirati to speak at an international TED event when she spoke about the Hope Mars Mission in Louisiana.[14] The mission launched in July 2020 and is scheduled to reach Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates.[15] In 2015, the World Economic Forum honoured Her as one of its 50 Young Scientists for her contributions to science, technology and engineering World Economic Forum.[16]

In October 2017 Amiri was named Minister of State for Advanced Sciences in the United Arab Emirates Cabinet.[4][17] In an effort to increase global scientific collaboration, Al Amiri toured US scientific institutions in November 2017.[9] She was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women (BBC) announced on 23 November 2020.[18] in Feb 2021 she was also named in Time’s 2021 List of Next 100 Most Influential People [19]


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  7. ^ "Sarah Al Amiri | The First UAE Synchrotron User Meeting". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  8. ^ News, Samir Salama, Jumana Khamis, Mary Achkhanian, Gulf (2017-10-19). "New UAE ministers aim to excel". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  9. ^ a b Report, Staff (2016-02-11). "Al Amiri, 29, to head UAE Council of Scientists". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  10. ^ "Arabian Aerospace - Living in the city...on Mars". Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  11. ^ "UAE and Indian scientists to discuss nano satellites and Mars mission plans". The National. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  12. ^ "TEDxDubai". TEDxDubai. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  13. ^ TEDx Talks (2017-01-23), A Mars Mission of HOPE | Sarah Amiri | TEDxDubaiSalon, retrieved 2018-06-27
  14. ^ Simpson, Leah. "The First Emirati to Speak on a Global TED Stage Is a Woman". POPSUGAR Middle East Love. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  15. ^ "UAE Mulls Life after Oil--and on Mars". Scientific American. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  16. ^ "Authors". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  17. ^ "Sarah Amiri of UAE Mars Mission appointed Science Minister by Mohammad Bin Rashid".
  18. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2020: Who is on the list this year?". BBC News. 2020-11-23. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  19. ^ "2021 TIME100 NEXT Sarah Al Amiri". Time News.