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Dr. Laila Ghannam

First Female Governor, Inspirational Leader

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Date of Birth:

1975

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Ramallah, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Dr. Laila Ghannam is recognized for her pioneering role as the first female governor in Palestine and her substantial contributions to the Palestinian community through her leadership, educational achievements, and advocacy for social development and mental health.

Brief bio

Dr. Laila Ghannam is a distinguished Palestinian leader and academic. She holds a doctorate in Psychology and has served as the governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh since 2010. Her leadership is characterized by her commitment to social development, mental health, and promoting the role of women in Palestinian society.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Educational Achievements: Earned a doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Minya, Egypt, a master's degree in Psychological and Educational Counseling from Al-Quds University, and a BA in Social Development from Al-Quds Open University.

  • Early Career: Began her career as a nursery school teacher and worked in various capacities, including at the Abu Raya program for special needs and the international relations department of the intelligence services.

  • Political Career: Her political career started with work on the local elections committee, leading to her role in the Ministry of Social Affairs and eventually becoming vice governor before her appointment as governor in 2010.

  • Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh (2010): Became the first female governor of Palestine, serving as governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh.

  • Leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Demonstrated exceptional leadership in managing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing her approach that combines strategy and personality.

  • Promoting Mental Health: Her background in psychology has been instrumental in addressing mental health issues within the community.

  • Advocacy for Women's Rights: As the first female governor, she has been a trailblazer for women in leadership, lowering the glass ceiling and paving the way for future female leaders.

  • Community Engagement: Actively involved in community events, from opening ceremonies to funerals, demonstrating a strong connection with the people of Ramallah and Al-Bireh.

  • Education and Social Development: Contributed to the development of social services and education through her academic and professional roles...See More

  • Leadership and Inspiration: Recognized for her charismatic and respectful leadership style, she has become a source of inspiration and hope, especially during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 30, 2023

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