Amiera AlHefeiti is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations. While overseeing the mission files, her portfolio and area of expertise lies primarily in the Security Council and legal issues. Prior to becoming DPR, Amiera was the Head of the Political Section, managing the political content of the mission, while also serving as the Political Coordinator. During the period from June 2014 to April 2017, she handled the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee (Third Committee) of the UN General Assembly. Amiera led the Gender and Youth files and served as Vice President of the UN Women Executive Board for 2016, representing the Asia-Pacific Group. In 2015, she received the Minister of Foreign Affairs Excellence Award for the category of Outstanding Diplomat.
Amiera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with distinction, from UAE University, and a Master’s degree in International Law, Diplomatic and International Relations, from Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi.She has participated in several diplomatic training programs, including at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., New York University and Harvard Kennedy School.
Amiera joined the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2011 and worked at the Policy Planning Department (PPD) as an analyst. She advised and developed strategies on several country-specific issues, including those relevant to GCC States, Yemen, Iraq and UK, specifically the UAE-UK Task Force, as well as issues related to human rights and women. Prior to working at the Ministry, Amiera worked in the field of research. She worked as a Parliamentary Researcher at the Federal National Council (FNC), where she conducted various studies and prepared materials for the FNC’s speaker and its members at regional and international conferences and forums. She also worked as a Research Assistant at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (previously known as Dubai School of Government) where she conducted a series of interviews on various gender-related topics and social issues.