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Specialist Topics Middle East Politics & Policy
International Affairs
Climate Change
Social Inclusion
Gender Equality
Diversity & Inclusion
Women in Peace and Security
Women on Boards and Senior Management Roles
Social Impact
Public Private Partnerships
Social Entrepreneurship
Startup Ecosystem
Startup Enabling Environment
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LEENA AL OLAIMY Global Sustainable Development
Government & Politics
Cities & Environment
Social Development
Gender Equality
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Leena Al Olaimy is cofounder and executive chairperson of 3BL Associates (3BL), a people+planet strategy consultancy working on interconnected sustainable development issues. She has advised Nobel Peace Prize nominees, impact investment funds, governments, corporates, and multilaterals on innovative, inclusive, multi-stakeholder models to advance development. Leena also cofounded award-winning social ventures like Public-Planet Partnerships, Nonviolent Resilience, and Diversity On Board.

Leena is a Dalai Lama Fellow, a Fulbright scholarship recipient, a Dubai Expo 2020 Global Impact Innovator, a Wall Street Journal “Woman of Note,” and is the author of Compassionate Counterterrorism: The Power of Inclusion in Fighting Fundamentalism.

She holds a BS in Culture and Interpersonal Communications from New York University, an MA in Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College, and is an alumna of the THNK School for Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, and Singularity University’s Executive Program at NASA Ames Research Center. Leena was also the first Arab consulting affiliate of the Porter-Kramer ‘Shared Value Initiative’.

Leena began her career 20 years ago advising Fortune 500s on corporate communications, and later worked at the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs on key regional security forums. She has served on several boards, including the Chatham House steering committee for the ‘Future Dynamics in the Gulf’ project, and HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan’s West Asia-North Africa Forum. She is frequently asked to judge and mentor entrepreneurship competitions, like MIT’s Innovate for Refugees and UN SDG hackathons. She is a lover (and singer) of jazz and soul, and is learning interspecies communication.

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Awards & References

Dalai Lama Fellow, Wall Street Journal "Woman of Note", Most Influential Bahraini Women, Fulbright Scholarship, Expo 2020 Dubai "Global Impact Innovator", Young Global Leader- Leaders ME, Salzburg Global Fellow, Ashoka MENA "Women Powering Work" Thought Leader, Soliya Conflict Resolution Fellow, Business for Diplomatic Action Fellow

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