Sharihan Al Mashary, Emirati, Hotelier & Policy influencer with 12 years of expertise in her professional field of Hospitality and Hotels – stood out as the strongest contender to be appointed as the first female Emirati General Manger in the history of the region and for Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG)— currently serving as Steering Committee Member for EHG-Dubai Expo2020 for Hospitality & Sustainability; incubated, developed and structured the Emaar Group’s Sustainability concept on achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through targeted and measured goals; created National Programme for Emirati Youth Graduates; project co-led Women-in-Leadership Programme. Sharihan became the first female Emirati to entirely support her nations team of EmiratesSkills as field Expert in WorldSkills International and training the national youth for global forum and competitions; and became the first female Emirati to judge at Hotelympia London 2018.
A former Aero & Astro-science student who then became accepted as the first female to join Abu Dhabi Men’s College in Aeronautical Mechanics & Airline Management left the mechanics world to join the hospitality and service industry. Her service was beyond just the industry but also in strengthening the employment of youth and women; transforming cultural mindsets and policies of recruitment for student internships, gender parity, meritocracy, homogeneity, and Education. Her deep commitment to ethics, service to humanity and her nation, bridged Sharihan to doing more than just ‘her bit’ – her involvement with Community Development Authorities, Vocational & Technical Education, University curriculum development, and her continuous support to UAE’s governmental entities’ local, regional and global initiates are evident in her work, achievements and her dedication towards United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular, Goal 8 (Economic Growth, Decent Work for All, Eradicating Modern Day Slavery).
After becoming one of the founding members and executive committee member of the Global Sustainability Network (GSN), an organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery, economic growth and youth & women employment by 2030 as set forth by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 8)—Sharihan is determined to see changes in the Tourism & Hospitality industry and within its supply-chains. Praised for strategic and value-based leadership by her peers and government.