Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi is the Senior Adviser to the President for Science, Technology and Innovation at the IsDB. She is one of the world’s leading biotechnologists and a global champion of science and technology. Sindi was the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a PhD in biotechnology from the University of Cambridge. In 2017, Sindi was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the IsDB. In this role, she has put science, technology and innovation at the heart of the bank’s work, where it is a powerful driver of economic growth and sustainable development. In 2018, she launched the IsDB’s $500m Transform Fund and Engage platform to support innovators find solutions to development challenges through the power of innovation, the first digital hub of its kind for the developing world. Sindi was voted one of the BBC’s top 100 Women 2018 and was one of the first 30 women to be appointed to the Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body, the Shura Council. Since 2020, Sindi has joined The G20 Health and Development Partnership as a Global Ambassador.