Creative Director, Lucky Nooni
MA Diversity Management 2009
United Arab Emirates
Leeds University Business School graduate Manar Al Hinai, is a fashion designer and writer based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was named Arab Woman of the Year 2011 and listed as one of the UAE’s 100 inspirational individuals in 2012.
“From a young age I have known that I was born to make a difference in this world, and my experiences at Leeds have given me the skills, drive and determination to pursue this goal. I was inspired by what the MA in Diversity course at the Business School could offer me, because I live in a country with a very diverse community of expatriate workers.”
Since graduation Manar has started her own casual wear fashion line “Lucky Nooni”. It’s a perfect blend of East and West and has gained a huge response. She is a writer and contributes a weekly column to the United Arab Emirates leading newspaper ‘The National’, along with columns in various publications. She is also the head of corporate communications at Invest AD - Abu Dhabi Investment Company, handling all marketing and communications activities.
Manar is also a philanthropist, and supports autistic children in her hometown by holding different functions that benefit the children and helps to raise awareness about the disorder.
“Leeds University Business School has taught me to always achieve and not let anything stop me. If you have passion for what you are studying, or where you want to work, then nothing in this world can stop you. Always be positive, and accept any chance to learn something. There will be some ups and downs, but at the end it is all worth it.