Clinic business

Aysha AlMemari of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi talks about her passion for healthcare

Tell us about your professional background.
I got my Bachelor degree in Finance and Banking from United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). However, I realized that this area was not my passion and was trying to explore something that would excite me. I learned about the startup incubator at university and decided to join it. Soon I was working with the engineers who were developing a device for diabetics. This was my first introduction to the healthcare industry, which was more in line with my passion, as it involved working closely with doctors and patients.

I then completed an internship at Deloitte, which included social work consulting services, before joining the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) in 2019 as a graduate intern within the Strategic Alliances department. The supportive environment at CCAD inspired me to learn more about the health industry and I committed to pursue my Masters in Global Health Policy and Management in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar.

I am also part of the Abu Dhabi Youth Council, in a part-time role, organizing projects and initiatives, guiding and supporting young people in my community and encouraging any interest shown in pursuing a career in the field of health, because it is my passion. One of my most recent board engagements was hosting an awareness event for the National Inherited Disease Program.

Career advice for other Emirati women?
Don’t limit yourself, keep exploring, and be open to learning and experiencing new things, because you might be surprised what sparks interest and motivation to pursue something unexpected.

What do you think of the current theme of Emirati Women’s Day: Inspiring Reality, Sustainable Future?
The theme resonated deeply with me, I am privileged to be surrounded by women who inspire me every day to work towards creating a sustainable future for the UAE.

Tell us about an Emirati woman you admire.
Although I have not met her personally, I most admire Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the “Mother of the Nation”, President of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Foundation and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation for what she has done to help women better themselves and continue their education and professional achievements. She inspired many Emirati businesswomen to start their own businesses and continued to support them as they built their brands into one of the biggest in the country.

Something that has always stayed with me is what my mother, also a graduate from the United Arab Emirates, told me. She said Sheikha Fatima used to attend every graduation ceremony held for the girl group to support them. Even today, she organizes an event for UAE women to celebrate each achievement in public universities.