Ibtisam Abdalla Alnaqbi received her BSc in Chemistry from the UAE University in 2001. Following her graduation she worked as a chemistry teacher and lab technician for 10 years in various places in the UAE. In 2012 she joined Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries as a chemical analyst. In 2013 Ibtisam became a lab technician at The Petroleum Institute, which became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2017. She has chaperoned students to Japan four times and has worked as the Freshmen Year Experience Social Coordinator since 2017.