The First Emirati to Ever Speak on a Global TED Stage Is a Woman
TED talks are known to inspire the masses, especially people in the Middle East. One country that has never taken part in them is the UAE or its people — which is why it was quite refreshing to find out that the first Emirati to ever speak on a Global TED stage is a woman.
Sarah Amiri, a 29-year-old, who is the science lead on the UAE’s Mars Mission Hope Project and the deputy project manager first appeared at TEDxSalon on Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue in November 2016. She is also the Chairwoman of the Emirates Scientist’s Council.
It has been reported that she will be speaking on November 1-3, where she will delve into her mission.
“It’s easy to throw an all-female festival and then use that as an excuse to keep running a male agenda, so for me, as curator of TEDxDubai, it was important to give all women speakers the same opportunities as men in front of a mixed audience,” TEDxDubai curator, Natascia Radice said. “I don’t know why it’s still not the norm everywhere – it’s better for the energy and for the purpose of spreading ideas! But this live stream party is a major and happy exception. In fact I couldn’t be happier or prouder to cheer for Sarah Amiri hosting our first TEDxDubaiWomen.”