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A Saudi Woman wins a Leading Position in the IAF

A Saudi Woman wins a Leading Position in the IAF

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) announced that the representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Engineer Mishael Al-Shammari, won the position of Vice President of the IAF.


Al-Shammari won after her candidacy for the position and won the vote against fourteen candidates from all over the world.


With this victory, she will be the first Saudi woman to win a leadership position in the largest international space organization.


Al-Shammari won the votes because of its enhanced vision for the development of the space sector globally, and its contribution to the development and strengthening of the directions of the International Astronautical Federation.


This victory became the consolidation of the Kingdom’s role in the sector, the development of international cooperation, and the visibility of the Kingdom as a world leader in the space economy.


It is noteworthy that the office of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) includes 12 Vice-Presidents, and is also made up of elected and appointed staff.


Multiple missions


The IAF undertakes many tasks, the most prominent of which are recommending and supervising the arrangements for meetings of the Federation, and preparing the agenda for the plenary sessions of the General Assembly.


In addition to appointing temporary committees and recommending to the General Assembly to consider the termination of membership, and the development of the Federation’s cooperation with organizations, associations, and bodies.


It is noteworthy that the International Astronautical Federation has more than 400 members from different countries of the world, and members come from a variety of institutions and organizations.


Expert platform


The IAF also has close relations with the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law.


The IAF serves as a platform for experts from space agencies and research to share knowledge and recognize achievements

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