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Amna Al Haddad

Ex-Olympic Athlete and Motivational Speaker, United Arab Emirates

Amna is a multi-award-winning sports pioneer from the Gulf, freelance journalist and motivational speaker. She is known for breaking the glass ceiling as an Olympic weightlifting athlete from the UAE. In 2012, she decided to turn her passion into a career and became a full-time athlete. She was the first Arab woman to participate in international competitions and helped UAE reach the Rio Olympics in 2016. She is a mental health advocate and writer, who also inspired the development of the Nike Pro Hijab. Her advocacy for the cause resulted in her being the first Emirati woman journalist to be awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2016 through Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai. Amna occasionally publishes op-ed articles on the subject and is invited as a keynote speaker to deliver powerful messages about turning pain into power.