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DC | Networking Luncheon and Conversation
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Category: Events

In partnership with the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C., WFPG invites members to an intimate networking luncheon featuring a conversation with Deputy Chief of Mission, Shaima Gargash, and WFPG Board of Director and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Carmiel Arbit and a facilitated table discussion.

Shaima Gargash,
Deputy Chief of Mission, United Arab Emirates Embassy

Carmiel Arbit,
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Board of Directors, Women's Foreign Policy Group

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Arrival and Testing*: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Conversation: 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Networking Luncheon: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.

3522 International Ct NW, Washington, D.C. 20008


Please note members attend for free and registration is non-transferrable.
All guests will need to take a rapid test prior to the luncheon. UAE's medical office will handle this on-site.


 Ms. Shaima Hussain Gargash was appointed the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2019. Previously, Ms. Gargash was Head of the Embassy's Communications and Public Diplomacy Department and a Political Analyst in the Congressional Affairs Division. 

Prior to taking up her diplomatic post in Washington, DC, Ms. Gargash led the Policy Division in the Policy Planning Department at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC). In this role, she evaluated and developed policy recommendations, prepared policy briefs and guidance for senior UAE officials and diplomats, led training programs and managed a team of policy analysts. 

Before joining MOFAIC, Ms. Gargash worked in the public and private sectors, including banking and real estate, and honed her skills handling complex economic and socio-political issues. 

In 2008, she was part of the core team involved in the development of the UAE's First Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report at the Human Rights' Council. During the same time, working for the Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs (MENCA), Ms. Gargash helped draft and publish a paper on the role of women in the UAE. In 2009, Ms. Gargash compiled an extensive research paper in collaboration with the Dubai School of Government (DSG) that examined "Women's Political Participation in the UAE." She was also directly involved with initial phases of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), a fiscal policy for the Government of Abu Dhabi led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance. 

Ms. Gargash holds a BA in Economics and a minor in International Relations from the American University of Sharjah, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Dubai School of Government in the UAE. Ms. Gargash is married to Mr. Fadel Al Mheiri, a Filmmaker/Scriptwriter, and has three children.



Carmiel Arbit has worked at the intersection of foreign policy and government relations for nearly two decades. She is a nonresident Senior Fellow for Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. As co-founder of Key Bridge Strategies, she has consulted for non-profit organizations around the world, advancing government relations, public diplomacy, and community engagement strategies on four continents. She has worked as a government relations professional for AIPAC, AJC, and Thomson Reuters, and as a researcher at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Carmiel earned her BA from George Washington University and her MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She has been recognized as a top Foreign Policy Influencer by Diplomatic Courier; she is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Truman National Security Fellow. 




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