Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani
Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani
Board Member

Mrs. Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani is Founder Chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum and is a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum is well known in international government and business circles as a high-impact change agent focusing on leadership in cultural and gender issues. A development economist and graduate of the American University of Beirut and Oxford University, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to her personal mission of encouraging greater cultural understanding between Arab and international communities, supporting a strong role for women in that process.

Mrs. Al Kaylani holds senior roles in several cultural, commercial and educational UK and international organizations. These include: Board Member, The Women's Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School; Advisory Board Member, The Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Advisory Board Member, The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University, Beirut; Board Director, EastWest Institute, and Board Member of The Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London. Mrs. Al Kaylani also serves on The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. She became the first Honorary Member, the Euro Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development (2012) and serves as a Freeman of the City of London.

Haifa Al Kaylani received recognition as one of the Women eNews 21 Leaders for the 21 Century (2006); was included in the Muslim Power 100 Leaders in the UK listing (2007) receiving the Education Excellence Award; she is a recipient of the International Alliance for Women 2008 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award; and was named one of the 20 leading Muslim women in the UK in The Equality & Human Rights Commission Muslim Women Lists 2009-2012 and received the United Kingdom Muslim Woman of the Year Award in 2013.

Haifa Al Kaylani was presented with an Award for an Outstanding Contribution as a Women Leader of Palestinian Origin and was honored by the Qatari Businesswomen Association and presented with an Award for her contributions to the growth and development in the Arab region. She was the recipient of the Global Inspirational Leadership Award 2013 and was honored for individual achievements as a role model and having made contributions worthy of acknowledgement towards the role of women in Emerging Economies by the Georgia General Assembly.

Mrs. Al Kaylani was included in the Power 100 List, compiled by Arabian Business Monitor and recognized on the Arabian Business Power 500 List published by Arabian Business Magazine and placed in the highest ever recording of 118 women in a list of Arab men and women leaders. Mrs. Al Kaylani was inducted in 2013 by the Centre of Economic Leadership & Development into The Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame as a distinguished achiever and symbol of female achievement globally. Mrs. Al Kaylani received The Excellence in Life Award presented by The Global Thinkers Forum in Dubai December 2014.

In 2015, Mrs. Kaylani, received The Pearl Initiative Recognition for a Career Focused on Arab Women in Leadership, presented by the Pearl Initiative Honorary Chairman HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development in the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of The Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact Forum held in Dubai.

In October 2015, Mrs. Kaylani was presented with The Honorary Global Exemplary Award for Leadership Development 2015 at the European Women Inventors & Innovators Network (EU-WIIN) International Conference & Awards Ceremony held at The British Library in London. This award was given in acknowledgment of her international achievements in promoting cultural and gender equality around the world and her extraordinary contribution to economic growth and to society. In May 2016, Mrs. Al Kaylani received an award presented by the Jordanian Embassy in London on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Jordan in recognition of her lifetime work and service to Jordan and the Arab World.

In January 2017, Haifa Al Kaylani became a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University as one of 46 global leaders selected for an intensive, multi-disciplinary program and yearlong Fellowship to research and address significant social problems, undertaking the Fellowship through 2017 to carry forward on a global level the mission to which she has devoted over three decades of her life—the empowerment and advancement of Arab women and youth through job creation, entrepreneurship, education and economic empowerment, in the MENA region and internationally.

She was featured in Forbes Middle East’s LeaderBoard: Standing Out list of High Achievers in July 2017, recognized for her leadership of AIWF and her commitment as Founder Chairman to encouraging cultural exchange and understanding between communities and promoting gender equality around the world. In August 2017, Haifa was invited to join the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, as the only Commissioner from the Arab world to contribute to this timely and valuable Centenary Initiative to realize the vision of a future working world that empowers young people to progress and prosper, which is—in her view—vital to global security.