Director General of the International Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Interior, United Arab Emirates
A career law enforcement professional, Dana is responsible for driving the Ministry’s international collaboration agenda. She manages international relations and partnerships for the Ministry, working closely with law enforcement agencies and international organizations across the world. She leads multiple international police task forces. She also heads the Secretariat of the International Security Alliance, which consists of Ministries of Interior from 10 countries across the world collaborating on a range of security issues.
Dana is a passionate advocate for ensuring the safety and security of vulnerable sections of our communities. She plays an active role in ensuring the safety of children in the UAE by overseeing the Ministry’s Child Protection Centre. She has led the strategic plan for combatting online child sexual abuse in the UAE and participated in the development and enhancements of national child protection related legislations and policies.
Dana is actively involved in enhancing international efforts to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. She serves as a Board Member on the WEPROTECT Global Alliance and the Virtual Global Taskforce. She is also the co-chair of AI for Safer Children (AI4SC), a joint initiative between UNICRI and the UAE Ministry of Interior to leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Dana is one of the founding members and the President of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, an NGO that aims to mobilize faith and spiritual leaders to ensure the safety of their communities. She also heads the Secretariat of the Secure Communities Forum, a collaborative platform that bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines together to network and collaborate on community safety.
Dana’s previous positions with the Ministry include the Director of the Child Protection Center and the Director of Project Management and Shared Services. Prior to joining the Ministry, she was the Head of Advisory Affairs in the Strategy Department of Abu Dhabi Police. She has also worked with the General Secretariat of the UAE Cabinet.