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TAS ICONS: You only excel when you do what you love, says Dr. Lamya Al Haj

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Friday, November 20, 2020

If you really want to have an all-new version of yourself — an update that is readily loved by you and appreciated by the world around you and beyond — what you need to have is a good mirror. And just keep looking in the mirror just about every day.

If that’s what you have been doing all along without any obvious, glorious result, try doing it the way this motivational speaker recommends to discover the new you — a version that is sure to make a more positive, effective impact than ever.

“Don’t be like anyone else. Don’t compete with anyone…Having a clear goal at a very young age helped me. I had parents who encouraged me to think of our future when we were young. It has never been a smooth ride. You only excel when you do what you love.”

Dr. Lamya Al Haj

Look at yourself in the mirror and ask ‘How can I be the better version of me?’ every day. Before you knew you will be a much better version of yourself,” Dr. Lamya says.

Dr. Lamya Al Haj is an embodiment of inspiration to Omani women who seek wings for their dreams. She is a familiar figure in the scholarly circle in Oman as professor at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), executive coach, researcher on biodiesel alternatives to oil, TEDx motivational speaker, founder of a speakers’ platform in the GCC region to inspire younger generations and what not.

An associate professor of molecular biology at SQU, Dr. Lamya is known as one of the leading women in the STEM ecosystem. Her recent laurels include ‘Young Global Leader 2020’ from the World Economic Forum and the Royal Commendation Medal 2020 bestowed by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik on the occasion of Omani Women’s Day.

Winner of the L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science in 2018, among her achievements include the National Research Award, Omani Woman Award 2019, and SQU Honorary Award. Also, she was selected as a judge for MIT-based competition ‘Innovators Under 35’ organised by the MIT Technology Review.

“You should have a strong inner driving force and a strong passion. Focus and discipline are key. And clarity, support, time management and involvement are really important,” Lamya recollects her journey to her dream.

A Ph.D holder in structural and molecular biology, she completed her MSc in environmental science and technology from the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she received the prestigious BobanMarcovic Prize in environmental science in 2006.

Another feather in her cap is a fellowship at The World Academy of Science (TWAS), deemed to be the apex of scientific achievement.

An excellent motivational speaker, she has delivered numerous speeches, including those at Harvard and IMD Middle East Alumni conferences, on leadership. Also, she has presented her research findings at many international conferences.

In addition to her passion for science, Lamya is the founder of Coach-For-Change, a Muscat-based consultancy helping organisations through workshops based on a foundation of best practices.

As a tireless fighter for innovative work, she is at present engaged in initiatives to unleash the potential of Arab youth with inspirational talk shows on her platform ‘Jalasat Mulhimoon’ that drew an unprecedented number of 4,000 youth in its latest edition.