Having a history of successful career in academia, Dr Rafia Ghubash has held many leadership positions. She is the Founder of Women Museum, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAE University from 1992-2000 and rapidly progressing to become the first Arab woman to be President of Arabian Gulf University from 2001-2009. She successfully completed eight years in this position with many achievements including innovations in medical education.
Dr Ghubash is the first qualified psychiatrist in the UAE. She had a successful career in psychiatry including the accomplishment of conducting pioneering epidemiological research on the sociocultural risk factors for psychiatric disorders in the UAE community and attained her PhD from University of London in 1992. She conducted other studies in applied mental health research and published 45 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Ghubash’s many and varied educational, social and intellectual contributions to national, regional and international organizations is reflected in her membership of professional associations and civic organization.
She has published books documenting UAE heritage and history, and Nabataean poetry in the UAE, including the Encyclopedia of Emirati Women, Medicine in the Emirates, Historical Pages from the Life of Poet Hussein Bin Nasser Lootah, Woman Ahead of her Time, and Ousha Bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi.
Dr Ghubash has received many honors and awards.