Hadyah Mohammed Fathalla is a strategy and security specialist with 20 years of experience in a range of fields including: national and global security, policymaking, entrepreneurship, innovation and digital transformation. Prior to her appointment as Director of Strategic Projects at the Office of His Majesty’s Representative for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs, she served as Chief Operating Officer for C5 Accelerate, a global technology investment firm. In addition to having established and managed the company’s MENA’s business, she built Bahrain’s first technology accelerator in 2016 and established a number of initiatives to contribute to the government’s Start-Up Bahrain efforts. She is also a regular contributor to cybersecurity, innovation, and technology conferences. Hadyah has also played an advisory role to a number of government agencies and senior government officials on topics including counterterrorism, armed groups, security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, and other national security threats and challenges. She is an Independent Director of the General Sports Authority, the Benefit Company (Bahrain), as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Youth Hostel Society. Additionally, she is a member of the Harvard W3D: Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development. Hadyah holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on International Global Affairs and an MA in War Studies from King’s College in London.