In February 2016, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy was sworn in as Minister of State for International Cooperation in the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Additionally, she is responsible to the Cabinet for the UAE's bilateral relations with sub-Saharan countries in Africa.
Since her first ministerial appointment in February 2008, Al Hashimy has managed the Office for Political Affairs of the Vice President, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
In November 2013, as Managing Director of Dubai's World Expo 2020 bid, She oversaw the historic success at the Bureau International des Expositions. As a result, Dubai Expo 2020 will be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) for the first time. Her Excellency is Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee and Director General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.
Since the launch of Dubai Cares in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Hashimy has served as Chairperson of Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation to improve access to quality education in developing countries.
She was formerly Chairperson of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, which drives the UAE's global competitiveness across many sectors.
Al Hashimy completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University, a BA in International Relations and French, followed by an MA from Harvard University.
Prior to her current position as Minister of State, she served as Commercial Attaché, and subsequently Deputy Chief, of the UAE Embassy to the United States of America, in Washington DC.