Friday, 1 January 2021, Geneva, Swiss Confederation: HH Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saqr bin Khalid Al Qasimi became the first woman in the Arab world serving as President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) since the founding of the organisation back in 1896.
With her appointment as IPA President, Sheikha Bodour becomes the second woman globally to occupy the position after the Argentinian Ana Maria Cabanellas who had served as Vice President and President of the Association from 2004–8.
For the past two years, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi has been serving as the Vice President of IPA following her election to the position at the 2018 IPA General Assembly.The appointment of Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi to one of the most significant and influential positions in the book industry, marks the culmination of her years-long efforts in developing the publishing industry and boosting the prospects of publishers in the UAE, across the GCC, and in the wider Arab region. Her relentless efforts in launching several regional and international initiatives has enabled the regional and global publishing sectors enhance the quality of their output and service delivery, and turned the spotlight on the need to offer emerging markets with the tools and resources they need to realise their full potential.
IPA is one of the world’s most prestigious federations of national and regional publishers’ associations. Through its members, IPA represents thousands of individual publishers worldwide. Founded in 1896 in Paris, IPA is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with members comprising of more than 83 organisations from 69 countries around the world.
Image by Royal Bridges – HH Sheikha Bodour Al Qassimi and Henri Estramant, Diplomat Magazine’s Diplomatic Adviser