- Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri is Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE. In this capacity, she leads the Ministry’s mission of spearheading the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, protect the country’s ecosystems, and enhance its food and water security through developing and implementing effective measures, policies, and initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Her Excellency was Minister of State for Food and Water Security. Her responsibilities included monitoring national food stocks and water supply, channeling investments in food and water technology innovation, and building international partnerships in this area.
Previously, Her Excellency held the post of Minister of State for Food Security, where she oversaw the development of the necessary infrastructure to achieve the country’s food security objectives in line with the UAE Centennial 2071.
Earlier, she served as Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), where she headed the Biodiversity, Fisheries, Coastal & Marine Sustainability, and Marine Research Departments.
Her Excellency currently represents the UAE in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). She is a member of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), the Boards of Trustees of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation and Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Food Systems Innovation, and the Emirates Research and Development Council.
Her Excellency is also a member of the National Higher Committee that oversees the preparations for the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.
Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.