HE Najla Al-Awadhi is a former Member of Parliament (the Federal National Council) of the United Arab Emirates and a distinguished media pioneer in the Middle East. She is one of the first women in the history of the UAE to become an MP, and also holds the distinction as the youngest parliamentar- ian in the UAE. During her four-year term in parliament, she served on the Education, Youth, Media and Culture Committee. Al-Awadhi is also the first Arab woman to hold a chief executive post in a state-run media organisation. With a particular focus on television, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Television Channels at Dubai Media Incorporated.