My name is Dania Akeel, and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in “Modern History and Politics” from the Royal Holloway University of London in the UK, then moved to complete a Master’s degree in “International Business” at Hult International Business School before moving into the field of consulting.

I am a passionate motorsports athlete. I received the first Saudi female license for Motorcycle Circuit Racing and participated in my first motorcycle racing season for the Ducati Cup in the UAE National Sportsbike Superseries 2019/2020 season. I performed well and got awarded the trophy for ‘Rookie of the Year.’

I also raced in the BMR600 Championship in Bahrain. Before the end of the year, I had an accident on the track, which gave me time to reflect on my life. I decided to write down my findings and share them with others. They have been published into a book under the title “Freefall” at a publishing house in Saudi (Kaaph). The book includes perspectives of some experiences I’ve had and is written in the form of short stories, all of which are true.

After my recovery, I moved into the rally racing world, where I became the first Saudi female to participate in an International Rally Competition. I completed two rounds of the FIA Cross-Country Bajas World Cup, finishing 1st in the T3 Category and 8th overall in both races.