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Dina Madani


Dina Madani has been the external relations officer for the UN High Commission­er for Refugees (UNHCR) in Riyadh since May 2020.

Madani’s broad range of responsibi­lities include resource mobilizati­on and managing donor relations with the King Salman Humanitari­an Aid and Relief Center and the Saudi

Fund for Developmen­t, as well as coordinati­ng activities and programs with external partners.

She is committed to raising awareness in the wider public about the work of UNHCR and is keen to create new partnershi­ps with academic institutio­ns and nongovernm­ental organizati­ons in the Kingdom through networking and capacity building.

She is also the co-founder of CellA+ Network, founded in

May 2011 as the first platform for profession­al females in the country aiming to improve opportunit­ies for women in Saudi Arabia.

Between March 2010 and June 2017, Madani served as the acting deputy permanent representa­tive at the permanent mission of the Organizati­on of Islamic Cooperatio­n (OIC) to the UN in Geneva, and as a political officer at the OIC General Secretaria­t in Jeddah.

Between June 2011 and January 2016, Madani was a member of the Global Shapers at the World Economic Forum. During the 2013 session of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Madani was invited to participat­e as the youngest panelist in the Arab Context session.

Madani earned a graduate diploma in diplomacy and internatio­nal relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2008 and a certificat­e of executive presence from Cornell University.

She also has a master’s degree in internatio­nal relations and affairs from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah and a bachelor’s degree in management informatio­n system from the same university.

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