Karina Soraya Lance is an Executive Board Member at the Dubai Association Centre, where since 2009, she has played a crucial role in bringing associations to Dubai. Known for her passion for geopolitics, history, and culture, Karina believes in the transformative power of people gathering to change the world. Her multicultural adaptability sparks curiosity about her origins, whether European, Asian, or Arab. Karina is recognized for her appreciation of the finer things in life, her insatiable travel enthusiasm, and her passion for dancing.

Karina Soraya Lance
Executive Board Member, Dubai Association Centre

Karina‘s Story: Discovering My Passion for Associations

Working with and in associations is the best way to elevate your knowledge, develop a network of peers, and create career opportunities. It also brings a deep sense of purpose in your life journey by contributing a tiny bit to the development of society.

Karina’s Approach: How to #InspireInclusion through Our Work and Actions

With a mixed background, being open to diversity has always been part of my DNA. In Dubai for the past 20 years, I have learned to work with multiple cultures and have somewhat developed a ‘Cultural IQ’ that enables me to best approach teamwork and relationships through that spectrum.

Karina’s Perspective: On the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Associations

‘When great minds meet, great things happen’: to that, we should add, when great minds meet from various corners of the world, from different social backgrounds, colours, genders, or ages, even greater things happen!

Karina’s Initiatives: Actions and Inspirations for Fellow Association Leaders

We are ensuring that every project is balanced with a sound mix of nationalities, younger and older generations, women and men. In an environment believed to be male-dominated, it is surprising how often association leaders and ‘movers’ are female. I also have a duty and privilege to ensure this legacy is passed on to Emiratis for whom the world of association is a new ‘oyster’.