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Asma Al-Farraj AlKetbi

Asma Al-Farraj AlKetbi

Emirates Geographical Society


Graduated from Geography, UAE University 1988, and earned her PhD from University of Liverpool in 1996. Throughout her career, she has been distinguished for her professional work. AlKetbi’s professional work has been supplemented by her commitment to community service, and a dedication to the development of UAE culture and literature. Asma Al-Farraj AlKetbi is currently the CEO of the Emirates Geographical Society and as well as the CEO of SPHER International Ltd., a non-governmental organization for human and environment rights. Previously, she was an associate professor in Geomorphology in UAE University. Between June 2008, and January 2009 AlKetbi was the Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC. She has been the recipient of several awards; such as the Middle East Women Leaders Awards, Women in Knowledge Management Excellence Award (2012), Abdul Hameed Shaman Award for Young Arab Scientists (2005), the Al-Sharja Award for Arabic Creativity (2004), as well as the Rashid Award (1997). She was also chosen as a mother role model by Emarat Alyoum Newspaper (2012). Before, AlKetbi gained recognition in the UAE and abroad for her scholarly interests and achievements, literary accomplishments, and dedication to community service. Since the acquisition of her Ph.D. in 1996, Dr. AlKetbi has made a mark on the field of Geomorphology through the publication of numerous articles and conference presentations. She has written on diverse topics related to geomorphology and geography that have been published in a variety of international journals. Additionally, AlKetbi has presented her work in conferences around the world. Not only has AlKetbi been a contributor to academic journals, but she has also been a referee for several peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of several international scientific organizations, and an Executive Committee member of International Association of Geomorphologists IAG) 2013-2017). In addition, she founded SPHER International, Ltd.-previously Decency Ltd. in 2013, and founder of UAE Geographical Association in 2009, between 1999 and 2003 she was member and the Chief of Environment Friends Society-AlAin Branch. While being a prolific author of scholarly articles, Dr. AlKetbi has also achieved recognition for her other literary accomplishments. She is a popular weekly contributor to Al Khaleej Newspaper, for which she writes the columns, Sardiat “Literature,” and Rahalat “Journeys”. Lately, her weekly articles in Arab newspaper -London, made her advisor in political physics. From 2015 she has her weekly Colom in Aroya newspaper in UAE.

Research Interest

geomorphology, geography, Paleoclimatology