H.E. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh
Lana Nusseibeh was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in New York in September 2013.
She currently serves as Vice-President of the General Assembly for the 72nd session; President of the UN Women Executive Board for 2017; and as co-facilitator of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the UN General Assembly by the President of the General Assembly since 2016.
She previously co-facilitated the review process of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). She also serves as co-chair of the Friends of the Future of the UN (FFUN), an informal group of UN Permanent Representatives working to strengthen the UN’s capacity to deliver on its priority mandates.
In 2017, she was awarded the UAE Prime Minister's Government Excellence Award (the UAE Medal of Pride).
Prior to her appointment as Permanent Representative to the UN, she served in several capacities within the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, establishing the Ministry’s Policy Planning Department in 2009 and serving as its first Director for three years. During this time, she was also the UAE Deputy Sherpa at the G20 Leaders’ Summit under the Presidency of France in 2011. From 2010 – 2011, she also served as the UAE Co-Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, she was the Head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Campaign Task Force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as Director of Research and Communications for the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs.
Ambassador Nusseibeh received an MA (Cantab) and BA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and an MA with Distinction in Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2003.