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Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, President of Effat University, Saudi Arabia

Haifa Jamal Al-Lail EffatDr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail joined Effat University in 1998 and began her tenure as President in May 2008. She is one of the winners of 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 and the winner of the Distinguished Arabian Woman Award in 2005. A respected author and researcher, she is well known for her expertise in privatization, and women empowerment. She is the author of a number of articles, and has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on topics like public administration and public policy.

Before joining Effat University, Dr. Al-Lail was the first Dean of Girls’ Campus in King Abdulaziz University.  She was a visiting scholar at John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2001. She participated in the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in 2000. She is a native of Saudi Arabia and received a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Al-Lail has published and spoken on a range of topics including creative learning, and women’s education. She is a member of multiple international bodies including the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Trust in the UK, the Arab Social Science Monitor, and the American Council of Education in the US.