Rana Dajani is an accomplished scientist and academician with a Ph.D. in molecular
cell biology from the University of Iowa. She is also currently the Malakova Fellow at
the Jepson School of Leadership and Ethics at the University of Richmond and also
a Harvard Radcliff Fellow.
Dajani is recognised as a world expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan
populations in Jordan. She has successfully established the Stem Cell Research
Ethics law in Jordan.
Aside from her academic pursuits, she organised the first Gender Summit for the
Arab world in 2017. She is also considered one of the most influential female
scientists in the Islamic World – 12 among 100 most influential Arab women in 2015.
She was also selected to the Women in Science Hall of Fame 2015, and 2016
Global Changemaker Award for celebrating 70 years of the Fulbright program.
She is the founder of a community-based model, ‘We Love Reading’ to encourage
children to read for pleasure and has authored a book, ‘Five Scarves: Doing the
Impossible – If We Can Reverse Cell Fate Why Can’t We Redefine Success’. Dajani
also sits on several advisory councils and committees.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 900,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, surpassing the private sector and major European and American utilities in efficiency and reliability. DEWA raised the efficiency of its energy production by using the latest technologies and adopting technological innovations, surpassing European and American utilities, by reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the US and Europe. DEWA also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe and was also able to reduce water network losses to 6.5% in 2018 compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world.