international womens day

International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, here at Sidra we wanted to highlight the successes of some of the women in our culturally diverse workforce. We are proud of the caliber of our female employees and the integral role they will play in helping to establish Sidra as one of the best academic health centers in the world.

The theme for this International Women’s Day in 2015 is ‘Make it Happen’. The five women featured have definitely made things happen in their career and like the rest of our employees at Sidra continue to strive in making things happen both in their professional and personal lives.

Professor Mary Boyd

Professor Mary Boyd is from Ireland and took up the role of Chief Nursing Officer at Sidra almost two years ago. Her responsibilities are to lead all aspects of the planning, development and delivery of Sidra’s nursing services to deliver the highest standards of care to patients. She is also a lecturer at the University of Calgary in Qatar and teaches students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing program.

Professionally, Prof. Boyd is most proud of being recently awarded the status of Fellow by the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). To be considered for this Fellowship Prof. Boyd included a review of her contributions to nursing in terms of three key areas: teaching, research and practice. These areas mirror the three pillars of excellence in patient care, biomedical research and medical education on which Sidra was founded.

Amna Malallah Al-Jaber

Amna Malallah Al-Jaber is from Qatar and she is Section Head of Accounts Payable. She is responsible for supervising and participating in the preparation and maintenance of all disbursement records, reports and files and in the processing and issuance of payments in Sidra’s Accounts Payable section. Amna is most proud of reaching the final stage of her Masters’ degree Public Policy in Islam despite working full-time and dealing with life’s obstacles during the past three years.


Amelia Olson      

Amelia Olson is Sidra’s Director of Occupational Health. Hailing from the USA, Amelia is responsible for all employees’ health and wellbeing. A recent event that filled Amelia with great pride is a six week health challenge that she put together called ‘New Year New You’ for Sidra employees. Participation greatly exceeded expectations and along the way there were some amazing health testimonials. The most significant being that one of the challenge participants has been tobacco free for over a month. Amelia is proud to have helped someone find the motivation to tackle a very tough health behavior.

Jennifer Ahen

Jennifer Ahen is Head of Internal Communications. Originally from the USA, Jennifer moved to Qatar 25 years ago. She is responsible for corporate and employee communications at Sidra, ensuring that staff are kept informed and engaged as our organization grows and develops. Jennifer is most proud of being able to lead internal campaigns that are geared towards strengthening employee and employer relationships. On a personal front, she is proud of her six amazing children and her baby grandson who keeps her motivated and makes her smile.

Ena Wang

Dr. Ena Wang is Sidra’s Division Chief of Translational Medicine and she is responsible for developing a translational research infrastructure that fosters scientific collaboration, innovation and catalyzing translation research from bench to bedside and back. She leads programs focused on the study of genetic disorder, prenatal care, immunologic disorders and cancer by applying cutting-edge technologies to help advance cellular therapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine. She is very proud of being a female medical scientist who enjoys challenges and problem solving.