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 Effat University celebrates 20 years of Educational Achievement

Inspiring Leadership: Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al Lail

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For more than 20 years Dr. Haifa has been more than an inspiring leader. She has also been a devoted mother figure to our hundreds of students, making Effat a real home from home.

“My daughters, my Effat Ambassadors…”

Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al Lail,
President of Effat University
Effat University Annual Breakfast  

Annual Welcoming Breakfast

Every year, staff, faculty and new students enjoy a breakfast filled with fun activities, delicious food and a welcome speech from Dr. Haifa to celebrate a new beginning – the start of the academic year.

Our inspirational President

Dr Haifa Reda Jamal Al Lail has been with Effat University since the very beginning, starting out as a consultant to HRH Princess Lolowah Al Faisal (and later to Dr Marcia Grant), while she simultaneously attended to her ‘day job’ as the first Dean of the Women’s Campus at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah.

Dr Haifa took the reins in 2000 and served as Dean of Effat College until 2009, when she earned the title of President of Effat University.

Known for her unmatched work ethic, her compassionate commitment to students, and her entrepreneurial spirit, Dr Haifa has provided the leadership needed to transform Effat College into the dynamic University it is today, and continues to lead it into the future.

Dr. Haifa Jamalallail  

Dr. Haifa is a distinguished leader, respected academic, renowned advocate of youth engagement, public speaker, author, and international authority on women’s education in the Middle East, entrepreneurship and business.

Over 20 years of accomplishment

To name just a few of the accolades our beloved president has earned:

  • The Sayidaty Education Innovation Award
  • Queen Effat’s Distinction Award
  • Kingdom Women in Leadership Award (Leading Woman CEO)
  • Distinguished Arab Woman Award
  • World Family Summit Award
  • 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Our President in print

Dr Haifa recently published a chapter entitled ‘IQRA “READ”: Making the Case for Effat Liberal Arts Education’ as part of a book published by The American University in Cairo Press.But this is but one example of the many books, conference presentations and research papers that have featured Dr Haifa’s writing. Just some examples include:

  • Creative Learning and MOOCs: Harnessing Technology for the 21st Century (Book)
  • The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Research paper)
  • Innovation Through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East (Book)
  • The Scientific Journal of Economics and Commerce (Conference).​