Dena H. Elkhatib is an Arab American Muslim enrolled in the MidCareer MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She most recently was working in the UAE, where she advised on a diverse array of matters, such as commercial and Islamic financings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, corporate and aircraft structuring, large cross border transactions, crisis management and policy/legislation development. Prior to becoming an attorney, Dena gained vast exposure to the business world through her own ownership and consultation of businesses. She has written several articles and a book, which were published internationally. Most recently, Dena negotiated and drafted purchase agreements and amendments with aircraft, engine, and part suppliers for the purchase of aircraft, engines and parts, the most significant valued contract at 2.6bn USD and the issuance of a 500m USD sukuk. She also managed key aspects of an international aircraft accident, which included having advised senior management, on civil, criminal and liability matters, developed internal policies, procedures and strategies, liaised with the investigation team, and drafted government correspondence in relation to the matter. She has a bucket list for life which includes a list of travel destinations, food and activities.