PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
TO THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
Ayesha Sulaiman Al Khadouri is in charge of International Cooperation at the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). She began working at FANR in 2009 as an External Affairs Researcher in the Government Communications Department. Ayesha supports the UAE’s nuclear regulatory body in the area of public and stakeholders engagement, to ensure a safe and sustainable nuclear energy programme. Before joining FANR, Ayesha gained experience as a researcher in the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, as well as in Abu Dhabi Police Research Center. She has a degree in Political Sciences from the UAE University.
Ayesha Al Khadouri: ‘We are building a bridge between the nation’s regulatory authority and global partners to ensure FANR's consistency with international best practices.’
“In implementing the FANR’s International Cooperation programme, my job demands both managerial and professional skills,” says Ayesha Al Khadouri, Manager of the International Cooperation Unit.
“My work focuses on developing FANR’s strategy for international cooperation and engagement, setting a framework to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international organizations.”
“We ensure that FANR successfully participates at international fora and conferences, present the authority at international exhibitions and regulators’ gatherings and organize high-level visits.”
Ayesha affirms the FANR’s cooperation programme is growing rapidly. To date, more than nine agreements with nuclear regulators in other countries and international organizations has been completed, and others are currently being developed.
“We are constantly receiving various requests for formal cooperation, introductory visits, and hosting international meetings and seminars.”
When Ayesha joined FANR in 2009, as an External Affairs Researcher in the Government Communications Department, the authority was newly established as a nuclear regulator with significant mandates from the UAE’s Nuclear Law, which included informing the public and engaging national stakeholders.
It was the priority of the Communications Department to introduce FANR as an independent, competent authority to the national and international audiences, and to establish effective channels of communication for engaging all national stakeholders in the development of the UAE nuclear power programme.
“Being part of FANR’s dynamic environment is very exciting to me. I love to do the job that builds a bridge between the nation’s regulatory authority and international stakeholders, partners that help to ensure that we are consistent with international best practices.”
Ayesha enthusiastically partook in FANR’s founding efforts, which led to the development of a comprehensive strategy for communication and stakeholder engagement, involving the public and international nuclear community.
In her current position as a Manager, Ayesha acts as a liaison between FANR and international partners to enhance cooperation through a wide-range of international events and initiatives that ensures continued development of the authority.
Interview by Jennet Orayeva: email@example.com
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