The World Economic Forum has chosen Dr. Dalal Iriqat- the Vice President for International Affairs in Arab American University to represent Palestine as a Young Global Leader after a rigorous selection process to identify and select remarkable, inspiring and responsible leaders under 40.
Dr. Iriqat is the first Palestinian to represent Palestine outside the business field, and the first Palestinian academic among only other 7 academics from around the world, and also the first to represent the Palestinian Academic World in the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Dalal Iriqat is the Vice President for International Relations in Arab American University and a professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Diplomacy and Strategic Planning. In addition, Dr. Iriqat writes a weekly Column in Al Quds Palestinian newspaper for over 6 years now.
The World Economic Forum has chosen Dr. Iriqat for her great passion and hard working to make a difference on the political and social levels in Palestine, either through her university classes or through her weekly column in the newspaper. Moreover, Dr. Dalal has published many articles and studies aiming to promote Palestine and focusing on the public diplomacy.
Dr. Iriqat also wrote more than 300 articles to raise political awareness among the Palestinian youth and she participated in many conferences and academic symposiums that raise the name of Palestine in all local and international forums.
Every year, the World Economic Forum represents thousands of nominations aiming to spot light on the young responsible leaders under the age of 40.
The World Economic Forum has announced the names of 112 promising global leaders under the age of 40 to participate in the different activities from the public health care to inclusion in research campaigns.
The Young Global Leaders Forum was created in 2005 to encourage the young leaders for a sustainable future, and to face challenges and help the world meet the increasingly complex and interdependent problems. The Forum’s community has membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities, some of the well-known members are: Jacinda Ardern- the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sanna Marin- the Prime Minister of Finland, Carlos Alvarado Quesada- the President of Costa Rica, the actor Yao Chen, the advocate Amal Clooney, the director Wanuri Kahiu and the soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
Mariah Levin- the Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders said in a statement: “Members selected to join the 2021 Young Global Leaders community include thoughtful and forward-thinking leaders who will work together to shape a more sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic era.”
On the other hand, Nicole Schwab- a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum said: “We are happy to welcome the new selected members of the year 2021. Their joining comes at a time when we need to develop responsible leadership more than ever, to guide us through the multiple challenges the world faces.”