Position: Founder and chief executive officer, Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2)
Biography: Hayat Sindi left Saudi Arabia in 1991 in order to study abroad in the UK. After spending a year learning English and sitting her A-levels, she enrolled at Kings College London and earned a degree in pharmacology.
She then went on to Cambridge University, where she became the first Gulf woman to earn a doctorate in biotechnology. Sindi is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the US. In 2011, she launched i2, a regionally focused foundation that aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship among scientists, engineers and technologists.
In 2012, Sindi was appointed a goodwill ambassador for the UN Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (Unesco). She is a co-founder of Diagnostics For All, a non-profit organisation that aims to develop low-cost diagnostic devices to treat those who live far from hospitals and clinics.
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