Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been appointed as The Minister of State for Tolerance, in line with the new UAE Cabinet Reshuffle recently introduced in the United Arab Emirates in February 2016, whose primary mission is to promote tolerance and instill its core principles, as a fundamental value in UAE community and the globe.
Previous to her current role, Her Excellency was named in 2004 as Minister of Economy as the first woman in the United Arab Emirates to hold a ministerial position. In 2008, Her Excellency carried her role as Minister of Foreign Trade, and was tasked, 2013 -2016 as Minister of International Cooperation and Development.
In addition to her portfolio responsibilities, Sheikha Lubna holds several distinguished positions including President of Zayed University, and serves on number of Boards namely, The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, and The Emirates Foundation for Youth Development. Moreover, Her Excellency is also a member of the Governing Board of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at The National University of Singapore, and many local and international organizations.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from California State University of Chico, USA (1981), and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah, UAE (2002). Her Excellency holds Honorary Doctorates in Science from California State University of Chico, in Law from the University of Exeter (UK), and in Economics from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Korea) respectively. Her Excellency was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Lebanese American University, Lebanon