Founder & Chairperson
UAE Genetic Diseases Association
H.E Dr. Maryam Matar is a Physician, Scientist, Healthcare Influencer and Leadership Mentor. A representative of scientific community of the Arab world promoting knowledge exchange
Represent the Arab women scientists and leaders and work towards increased participation of women leaders in global scientific community. She is serving on the board and committees of organizations and academic institutions such as; wherein shares her scientific experience in strategic planning, public policy and advocacy as well as community empowerment campaigns. Represents the Arab scientific community as Co-chair and committee member of the Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children with a Rare Disease. Member of the Panel of Experts in WHO Collective Global Network for Rare Diseases (WHO CGN4RD). Steering Committee Co-Lead for the NNEdPro Middle East Regional Network.
Among two chosen Arab Women members of Selection Committee of Zayed Sustainability Award. Ambassador of Science Regional magazine & Women in STEM by Springer Nature.
Advisory Committee Member of different Universities in UAE and other organization. Medical Doctor and Recognised among top 20 Arab Researcher with the biggest contribution to humanity. Graduated from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Program for Leadership Preparation / Second Batch. The first Emirati woman to hold the position of Senior Undersecretary of the
Ministry of Health in 2006. Among the “50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World” for the 7th consecutive year. The Feigen Baum Leadership Excellence Award in the Category of "Accomplished Leaders". Leader of the executive team “Dubai Plan 2007-2016” launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2007. The first Emirati woman to hold the position of general manager in the Dubai government at the Community Development Authority 2008 Vice President, Dubai Cares Foundation, since its establishment for 11 years. The largest field surveys were worked in the Gulf countries (2007-2016) for more than 11,000 Emirati citizens, to define the scientific reality of the most common genetic diseases in the region and find ways of treatment and prevention. Founded two public benefit societies, the Emirates Down Syndrome Association and the Emirates Genetic Diseases Association. Published research and studies with a group of the most important international scientists and the best medical fields in the world. She received many honours and annually since she graduated from the College of Medicine in 2000, starting with the Distinguished Employee. Award in the Dubai Health Authority 2003 and the last of which is the Arab Women’s Leader Award in Health Innovation for the Arab Doctors Union on November, 2019. The Arab Excellence Award from the Arab League in Egypt on January 29, 2020 AD.