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Shamma Al Mazrui      

Emirati Politician; Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates; Youngest Government Minister in the World

Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui is an Emirati politician who currently serves as Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. In February 2016, she became the youngest government minister in the world.

Previously, Al Mazrui worked in private equity in an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund and as a public policy analyst at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. She also worked as an intern at the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C.

At the young age of 22, she was appointed by Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Minister of State for Youth Affairs, making her the youngest member of the UAE cabinet and the youngest government minister in the world. She was appointed after Al Maktoum tweeted asking the UAE's universities to nominate a young person for the role. She is one of eight women in the twenty-nine member Cabinet.

Al Mazrui presides over the National Youth Council, which brings together young professionals from a variety of backgrounds to represent the affairs of youth to the government. She has also established "youth circles" which allow young people to register to participate in consultative meetings to explore significant issues such as climate change and education.

In August 2016, Al Mazrui used Twitter to ask young UAE citizens to participate in a "National Programme for the Values of Emirati Youth". In September 2016, she spoke about the role of youth in the Middle East at a think tank in Washington DC organized by the Atlantic Council.

The nod earned her a spot on the 2018 Forbes Middle East Arab 30 under 30 list, but she describes her role as a much larger effort to empower young people in the UAE to be active in their society and government.

In addition to her role as Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Al Mazrui was appointed as Chair of the Special Olympics UAE Board in 2017 and Vice Chair of the Community and Legacy Committee of the UAE Special Olympics World Games in 2019. She is a board member of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development and a member of the Education and Human Resources Council.

Al Mazrui serves as a member on the Higher National Committee of the Year of Zayed (2018) and the Higher National Council of the Year of Giving (2017). She was named as one of the Committee members that will oversee the UAE's Year Of Tolerance (2019).

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi. She obtained her Masters of Public Policy with distinction from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in 2015. She was the UAE's first Rhodes scholar and is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Chinese.

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