Sheikha Bodour elected vice-president of IPA
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi has been named the vice-president of the International Publishers Association (IPA).
The announcement was made during the IPA General Assembly at the ongoing Frankfurt International Book Fair.
The election follows her enormous efforts in developing the publishing industry in the UAE and the greater Arab world.
Sheikha Bodour is the first Arab woman to hold one of IPA's top leadership positions, after Ana Maria Cabanellas served as the only female vice-president and president of the association (2004-2008).
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Bodour said: "The publishing industry is different from all other industries known to mankind because it is a product of human creativity, through which we seek to address the human mind and conscience regardless of their geographical location or ethnicities. This human product cannot thrive without transcending manmade boundaries, and its motive should be to increase understanding and harmony between humans."
Sheikha Bodour added: "For these reasons I am extremely proud to take this great responsibility and will do my utmost to add to the IPA's portfolio of achievements for whom my esteemed colleagues, who have assumed the IPA's leadership positions until today, are responsible."
Sheikha Bodour is known for her rich portfolio of milestones in serving the publishing sector. She founded Kalimat Group, the UAE's first publishing house dedicated solely to publishing Arabic children's books. She is also the Founder and President of EPA, which she led to gain IPA's full membership in 2012, and was elected as the first Arab woman to serve on IPA's Executive Committee.
Sheikha Bodour will succeed Mexico's Hugo Setzer, who held the post of IPA's vice-president from 2016 to 2018.
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