Vice President of the International Publishing Association (IPA), and a global authority in the international publishing scene, Bodour Al Qasimi is leading a number of diversity initiatives in her sector and promoting robust and more cohesive regional hubs of publishing worldwide. Bodour has been at the forefront of socio-economic and cultural development in her native Sharjah, and the wider UAE, receiving in the process a number of regional and global accolades. She is an avid advocate of the role of books and literacy in social development, and has led, through her own Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment, a number of campaigns to provide books for refugees and children affected by conflicts around the world. In 2019, she established PublisHer, a rapidly growing platform, with the vision of building a global, supportive community of women in publishing to create more gender diversity and equality of opportunity in the international publishing sector.
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