Maryam M. Matar
Dr. Maryam Matar is Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA), a newly launched Dubai government authority that takes responsibility for setting up and developing frameworks for social development in accordance with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 as declared by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum February 3 On, 2007. Before Joining CDA, Dr. Matar became the first Emirati woman to assume the responsibilities of Under Secretary of the Ministry of Health where she led and supervised a number of initiatives designed to make Primary Health Care (PHC) programs available to the biggest share of population in the Northern Emirates, taking Overall Number Of The PHC Facilities In The UAE From 52 To 97. In 2005, She Was The Leader Of The Executive Team Dedicated To Research Social Development Key Issues As Described In The Dubai Strategic Plan (2008-2015). A Humanitarian By nature, Dr. Matar realized early on in her life through her ??friendships with her ??patients that she could make changes in society to help change the lives of people for the better. As such, she is the Founder and Executive Director of two non-government and non-profit organizations - the UAE Downs Syndrome Association and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association involving families from 17 different nationalities.