Jeddah: The Director General of United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Irina Bokova appointed October 01 Saudi female researcher, Hayat
Sindi, as Goodwill Ambassador to support science education,
especially among girls, a media report said.
Sindi’s nomination comes “in recognition of her work to create an
ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation for
scientists, technologists and engineers in the Middle East and
beyond, her efforts to bring the youth closer to innovators and
her dedication to the ideals and aims of the organization,” the
Paris-based UNESCO said in a news release, according to Saudi
Arabia's leading English daily Arab News.
Born in 1967 in Makkah, Sindi has made major contributions to
point-of-care diagnostics, medical testing at or near the site of
patient care, specifically designed for the vast number of people
who do not have access to hospitals and medical facilities.
She made this contribution through the invention of a biochemical
sensor with thermo-elastic probes and her development of the
Magnetic Acoustic Resonance Sensor (MARS), UNESCO said.
As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Sindi will join the ranks of
outstanding celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO
through their name and fame. They extend and amplify UNESCO’s work
and mission and generously use their talent and status to help
focus the world’s attention on UNESCO’s work.
Some of these
ambassadors include Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela of
South Africa, United States jazz musician Herbie Hancock, Cuban
ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso, and Dubai-based
philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur Sunny Varkey.