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Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa was Bahrain’s Ambassador to France and its non-resident Ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain from 2000 to 2004, becoming the first Bahraini woman Ambassador. She is also Bahrain’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She was the President of the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly which closed in September 2007. She is the third woman to hold the position. She is the recipient of several notable awards, the most recent of which include the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Special Award, 2007, in recognition of her work in promoting the set of global anti-poverty targets, the Path to Peace Award 2007, from the Path to Peace Foundation, in recognition of acts of individual leadership in the international community, and the Social Creativity Award, representing appreciation for Arab women, at the Sixth Conference of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Sheikha Haya is currently the chairperson of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution (BCDR). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association since 2000, and a member of Board of Trustee of Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) between 2018 and 2020. She is also a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Committee and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Court of Arbitration. On the national level, she is a member of the Bahrain Supreme Council of Culture, Arts & Literature and the former Vice-President of the Bahrain Bar Association. She was appointed in 2008 to chair the Consumer Advisory Group of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Bahrain. Sheikha Haya is fluent in Arabic, French and English.