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H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri was appointed Minister of Economy of the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) under the new
government structure approved in July 2020.
Prior to his appointment, H.E. Al Marri held important positions in the government as a
senior, top-ranking official. He
was the Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet since 2017, during which he was
instrumental in strengthening the
interdependence between the federal and local governments. In this role, he also
spearheaded many initiatives to get the
pulse of the people and know their sentiments, as well as build the UAE’s long-lasting
relations with international
organizations such as the World Economic Forum.
H.E. is also the former Director General of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was
part of the high-profile team that was behind the launch of ‘Area 2071,’ the nucleus of
the future envisioned in the UAE
Centennial Plan 2071. Furthermore, the UAE Minister of Economy, in his previous post,
took part in the unveiling of the
Hatta Economic Zone development project and the relaunching of the Mohammed Bin Rashid
Center for Leadership
addition, he was the CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, enabling him to play a vital
role in the successful launch
of Dubai 10X and other initiatives of national importance. The Dubai 10X initiative, in
particular, aims to strengthen
the emirate’s bid to become the city of the future.
H.E. Al Marri is a member of the Boards of Directors of different federal entities. His
memberships allow him to
actively support the development of priority sectors in the country such as the Golden
Visa initiative, which seeks to
attract talented individuals from across the world.
The UAE Minister of Economy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the
University of Sheffield in the UK.
Also, he is a graduate of the UAE Government Leaders Program and Mohammed Bin Rashid
Center for Leadership Development.
His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh is the UnderSecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy.
Among his responsibilities is to
drive closer cooperation, increase trade and investment flows, and deepen economic ties
between UAE and the world. He
spearheads UAE Free Trade negotiations within the GCC framework with regional blocks and
other countries. He is also
Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the World Trade Organization. He oversees
trade policies and UAE’s fulfilment
of commitments. Amongst several divisions, he leads a trade and promotional team and
oversees the network of economic
missions at UAE Embassies.
Also, Al Saleh is Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for Exports; Honorary President
of the Arab-Chinese Centre for
International Exchange; Vice President of the Annual Investment Forum; Board member of
the UAE International Investors
Council, which enables UAE investors to invest in key markets; Board member at the
Emirates Gender Balancing Council,
which aims to increase women’s participation in national development across all sectors
and develop their skills and
provide them with the necessary tools to support the UAE’s future progress. He is member
of the Advisory Boards at New
York University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University Business and Management School, Sharjah
University Business School and
University of Wollongong in Dubai (Business School).
Earlier in his career, Al Saleh was a diplomat in UAE Embassies in the United States and
France. He holds an MSc in
International Politics from the American University in DC and a bachelor’s degree of
Political Sciences from the UAE
Mubarak Al Nakhi is responsible for implementing the strategies of the Ministry of
Culture and Youth (MCY), in accordance with the UAE Vision 2021. His Excellency
supervises the cultural and creative industries segment and the arts and heritage
sector. Al Nakhi also serves as the Vice-Chair of the UAE National Commission for
Education, Culture and Science.
Al Nakhi’s responsibilities also include identifying, building and strengthening the
cultural and creative sectors that directly contribute to the UAE’s non-oil GDP, to
ensure sustained cultural studies and research by establishing local and
international partnerships, as well as developing and implementing programmes
that promote national talent development.
Backed by more than 15 years of experience, Al Nakhi has worked in the fields of
government development, strategic planning, performance management,
government excellence, government services, and operations management in
both the public and private sectors. Before joining the MCY, Al Nakhi served as
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM),
where he managed strategic planning for the development plans for Al Maryah
Island and Abu Dhabi. He also served as Director of Policy and Regulation at the
Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.
Her Excellency Moza Al Akraf Al Suwaidi occupies the position of the Undersecretary of
the Ministry of Community
Development since 5 April 2020. Her responsibilities include overseeing the social
development sector which includes
providing care and development to different groups of the community.
The Undersecretary works to achieve this by formulating and implementing strategic
policies and development programs and
supervising the services provided within a series of strategic partnerships with the
private sector and non-government
H.E. Moza AlAkraf AlSuwaidi has dedicated more than 22 years in the Smart Services and
ICT field, starting at the
Department of Economic Development and then joined Smart Dubai Government (Dubai
e-government), until she held the
position of Acting Director of e-Services.
Furthermore, and ever since she joined DEWA in 2009, she has managed to stand out among
other ICT specialists and
experts, which led to appointing her as CIO from 2014 till 2017, and in 2018 she was
appointed as COO at the Innovation
and Future division at DEWA.
H.E. Moza holds Bachelor Degree of Science in Computer Sciences from UAE University and
and Executive Diploma in Public
Administration from Lee Kuan Yew university of Singapore. She graduated from Mohammed
Bin Rashid Center for Leadership
Development among Young Leadership program.
Her excellency received several rewards such as Excellent Employee Award for New
Employees Category for the year 1999 in
Dubai, Middle East Women Leaders Excellence Awards - Women Leader in ICT Excellence
Award for the year 2018, Winner of
CIO 100 Awards for the year 2018 and .Gov Award – Government IT Leader of the Year (CIO)
for the year 2016.
Her Excellency is a member of the Smart Dubai Executive Committee since 2014, a member
of Smart Dubai Platform Strategic
Partners Selection Committee for the years 2016/2015, Member of City Makers «Red Team»,
Leader of the Smart ICT
Committee initiated by Smart Dubai and Member in various steering committees.
Since joining the Ministry of Community Development in April 2020 as the Undersecretary,
Her Excellency has become a
member of several boards and committees: A member in the Board of Trustees of the
National Fund for SCR UAE and heads
the Audit and Risk Committee, she is a member of Zayed University Board of Directors, a
member of UAE Well-being
Council, a member of Digital Well-being Council, in addition to leading the social
sector as a member of the National
COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Management and Governance Committee.
Mr. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar has 30 years of experience with Etisalat Group in the UAE,
during which time he held various
positions, the most recent being Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ahmad has held other
senior positions, such as Chairman of
the Board of Directors for the Thuraya Group and Etisalat Services Holding and Deputy
Chair of the GSM Association. Mr.
Ahmad has a number of achievements to his name, having been awarded Telecom Leader of
the Year in 2014 by the Mobile
World Congress and CEO of the Year – Telecom 2013. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering
and Computer Science from Gonzaga
University and is a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership
Development. Currently, Mr. Ahmad is
the Director General of the Community Development Authority in Dubai.
Currently, the Deputy CEO for Financial Markets Operations Sector- Securities &
Commodities Authority (SCA), H.E. Dr.
Maryam Al Suwaidi has held several leadership positions over the last 15 years. She has
been the Leader of the SCA
International Competiveness Team achieving top ranks at both the Board of Director's
effectiveness indicator at the
World Competitiveness Yearbook of the International Institute for Management
Development, and the Investor Protection
Indicator in the World Bank Ease of Business Report for MENA Region; Chairperson of the
top policy making Technical
Committee in the SCA and Team Leader of the UAE Oversight and Supervision on Financial
Markets Committee of the GCC
A holder of a Doctorate in Law from the University of Leeds (U.K), a Master’s Degree in
Commercial Law from the
University of Wales (U.K), a License (Shariah and Law) “Honor”, a registered Lawyer
(Non-Practicing List) at the UAE
Ministry of Justice, and a graduate of the UAE Government Leaders Program/Executive
Leaders organized by the Prime
Minister Office (2010-2011).
Listed in Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen for the years 2016, 2017 &
2018 and among Top 10 Women Heading
Government Departments in 2018 and appeared on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Market building on
13/10/2016 as part of the
two-week "Women in Technology" campaign.
HE Dr. Al Suwaidi is regarded as one of the few multi-faceted professionals of repute
from the region, with expertise
across a broad spectrum of specialized disciplines ranging from AML/CFT compliance and
corporate governance to
securities regulation and markets management to Islamic and conventional jurisprudence.
HE Dr. Alsuwaidi has also featured as a keynote speaker, panelist, and a moderator on a
broad range of events, some of
which are: Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime – Cambridge University,
2016, 2017, 2018; First
Conference of Social Responsibility, Institute of Training and Judicial Studies and
"Handy Human Rights," Abu Dhabi,
2015; the Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit (2ND Edition), Dubai, 2015;
Second Conference of the Futures
Industry Association (FIA),2015; the Market Maker Conference, Abu Dhabi Securities
Exchange, 2014; Arabian Business
Women Forum 2013, the Emirates Government Excellence Conference, 2013; the 5th Annual
WIL (Women in Leadership) Forum
Middle East & Africa, Dubai, 2013; the 1st UAE Government Summit, organized by the Prime
Minister Office, Dubai, 2013;
the 3rd Arab Women Leadership Forum, Dubai, 2012; the SMARTS 7th Surveillance
conference, NASDAQ, USA, 2011; Trainings
and Conferences for Lawyers.
HE Dr. Al Suwaidi has been the FATF Mutual Evaluation Project Manager for the UAE from
March 2018 till August 2020, and
lead the UAE delegation to FATF Plenary meeting in 2020. She is also a Member of the
National Committee for Anti Money
Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing and Chaired the Sub- Committee of the
National Risk Assessment on AML/CFT
in the UAE )2016- January 2021).
HE Dr. Al Suwaidi is Vice Chairman at Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, board
member at Al Etihad Credit
Bureau, Ex-Board Member at Abu Dhabi Corporate Governance Centre and the Boards of
Insurance Authority, and Rapporteur
of Board at SCA until 2020.
• HE Dr. Al Suwaidi Received many accolades and awards for her distinguished work from
HH Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed
Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - President of Dubai Women Establishment, the Prime Minister's
Office, HE Minister of Cabinet
Affairs, HE Minister of Finance, HE Governor of the UAE Central Bank, HE Minister of
Economy and SCA Chairman, HE the
Director General of the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and Statistics, HE the SCA
CEO, and the Training and
Judicial Studies Institute.
Hanan Ahli is currently the Acting Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics
Centre (FCSC), a government
entity affiliated with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs in the United Arab Emirates
(UAE). The CentreThe Centre works on
developing and enhancing the UAE’s performance in the sectors of global competitiveness,
statistics and data through
coordination with partners to implement initiatives and define policies of importance to
vital sectors across the UAE.
The Centre is considered as one of the most important government sources for national
data, and for monitoring the
competitive performance of the UAE in global reports, and hold the responsibility for
the SDGs in the UAE.
In her capacity as the Acting Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics
Centre, Hanan looks after a range
of policies outlined in the UAE’s National Agenda, with a particular focus on supporting
gender balance, promoting
favorable business regulations, and strengthening the performance on UAE’s public
Prior to this designation, Hanan held the position of the Executive Director of the
Competitiveness Sector at the
Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) (name amended to the Federal
Competitiveness and Statistics
Centre in 2020), a UAE federal entity created by a Presidential decree in 2015. During
her tenure as Executive Director,
Hanan focused on supporting the competitiveness of the United Arab Emirates, by
enhancing the performance of major
economic, commercial and social sectors in the country, through launching initiatives
and strategies that aimed at
improving the performance of country’s institutions in global competitiveness indexes
Hanan Ahli has extensive experience in business administration, policy-making and
financing programs. Prior to joining
the government sector, Hanan worked for Mawarid Finance, PJSC, and leading finance
operations with the focus on Islamic
Hanan holds an MBA from the American University of Sharjah (UAE) and a Bachelor degree
in Business Sciences from Zayed
University (UAE). She is a graduate of the UAE Government Leadership Program, in the
Future Leadership category and
Policies Diploma, and has credentials from the London Business School, Institute of
Management Development (IMD), and
Harvard Kennedy School.
Abdulaziz Khalid Al Jaziri was appointed the Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of
the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF)
on December 8th 2017. As Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer, Aljaziri leads a
number of projects at DFF in
partnership with Government, Private Sector and Academia. Aljaziri also Serves as the
CEO of palmwood, a partnership
between the United Arab Emirates and the global design Firm IDEO.
In DFF, Abdulaziz leads the Research, Content Dissemination, Capacity Building and
Design and Acceleration streams.
AlJaziri’s focus is to support Dubai leaders better navigate the future, develop
high-quality scientific content, equip
generations to come with skills of the future and foster an innovation ecosystem.
Additionally, AlJaziri has led, managed and successfully launched DFF’s AREA 2071 in
2016, an innovative ecosystem where
the best minds and talents meet to co-design the future.
Before his role at DFF, Abdelaziz AlJaziri worked at The Executive Oice in Dubai (TEO)
as well as the oice of His
Excellency Mohammed Abdulla AlGergawi, Minister of Cabinet Aairs and the Future. In his
role at TEO, AlJaziri worked on
developing innovative programs and key initiatives, such as Dubai Capital of Islamic
Economy, Dubai Smart City and Hatta
Currently, AlJaziri sits on the board of several organizations including, DFF’s Museum
of the Future and the Dubai
Future Academy, as well as the Higher College of Technology.
Abdulaziz holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology, and is a
graduate of the UAE Government
Dr. Alyazia Ali Al Kuwaiti is the Executive Director of the Upstream and integrated
sector of the petroleum &
petrochemicals business at Mubadala investment Company(MIC).
In her role, Alyazia is responsible foe ensuring the effective management of the
operating upstream and integrated
companies within the portfolio this includes overseeing the company's business plans,
growth strategy and overall
With over 15 years of industry experience, Al-Yaziya Kuwaiti was previously the Director
Midstream and Upstream
investments Department at the international petroleum investment company (IPIC) where
she established effective
approaches to the overall operations of the portfolio companies. Prior to that, she
worked at Abu Dhabi Gas industries
Ltd.(GASCO) since2003. in 2016, she was appointed as a member of the steering committee
that was assembled to ,manage
and execute the merger between two Abu Dhabi owned sovereign wealth funds Mubadala and
IPIC to combine assets worth more
than 100$ Billion.
In 2013, Alyazia’s achievements as a leading female figure in the nation’s energy
investments industry were recognized
by the Emirates Women’s Awards and she was awarded as the winner of the Career
Achievement Category. Alyazia is an
advocate for the advancement of women as valuable members of both the international oil
and gas and broader local
workforce. In October 2018, Alyazia engaged with a group of Emirati youth in an
inspirational mentorship session at the
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis Future Generations event.
Alyazia serves on the board of the global integrated oil and gas Company, CEPSA,
Mubadala petroleum and Austria’s
largest listed industrial company OMV. Moreover, Dr.Alyazia plays a key role advising a
number of other YAE and Abu
Dhabi government entities as a Board Member of Emirates Securities and Commodities
Authority (SCA) and as a Board Member
of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. As pervious board member of SENAAT General Holding
Corporation, NPCC and Emirates
Alyazia is a graduate of portobello College, Dublin with bachelor’s degree in Accounting
and Finance, and holds a
master’s international Business From the University of Wollongong, Dubai. She has also
successfully earned her PhD
degree in Business Administration from UAE University on the topic of Corporate
Governance in publicly Listed Companies.
Bedour Saeed Al Raqbani is an Emirati social entrepreneur and a social activist. A
recipient of the UAE Pioneers Award
for founding Kalimati Communication and Rehabilitation Center, she is a recognizable
voice for social inclusion and
systemic integration in the country.
An alumna of the American University of Sharjah, Bedour graduated Magna Cum Laude with a
Bachelor of Science in Visual
Communication, along with the AUS Chair’s Award and the Sheikh Rashid Award for
Bedour’s philanthropic accomplishments stem from her support of grassroots initiatives
working towards an equitable
society. She is a Board of Trustees Member at the American University of Sharjah,
co-chair of the School Advisory Board
at American Academy for Girls, member of the UAE Sign Language Dictionary, and an active
participant in local and
international colloquia and conferences addressing the empowerment of People of
Determination. Among her many projects,
she headed the organizing committee of Hear My Voice: Empowering the Deaf International
Conferences, was part of CDA’s
Brainstorming Lab on elevating sustainable community development, and co-organized the
UAE’s first Innovation Lab for
The Deaf. She is also the first Emirati to participate in the International Visitor
Leadership Program in NGO
Management, organized by the US Department of State Bureau. She was a member of the UAE
Advisory Council for People of
A strong advocate of the power of creativity merged with education, Bedour founded other
Emirati Social Enterprises and
several Social Design Campaigns in collaboration with UNHCR. She was a speaker at Majlis
Mohammed Bin Zayed in Youth &
Leadership, participated in the UAE’s First Government Retreat for People of
Determination, and joined Design for the
UAE National event.
Her accolades span academic excellence awards and national leadership honors. She is the
recipient of the Arab Women
Award in Education, the GCC Women Leadership Award, CDA Award for Mothers of Special
Children, Princess Haya Award in
Special Education and Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum Award for UAE Woman Excellence.
Mariam ALQassab is the Manager of the Chairman office at Sharjah Book Authority since
(2016), Assigned as a Member Board
of Trustees at CSR UAE Fund (2021), Member Board of Directors at National Media Council
Since 2013, She works passionately in the entrepreneurship and community engagement
She holds a Master of Science in Organizational excellence from HBMSU (2021) and a
bachelor’s degree in International
Business Management from HCT (2013).
Successfully graduated from the UAE Government Leaders Program - Future Leaders Batch
(2019) and Academic Training
Program from Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education in Scotland- UK (2015).
Ayman Farouk Heikal is the Legal Advisor at the Securities and Commodities Authority and
has been in this position since
2008. In 2017, he appointed as Legal Advisor to His Excellency the Minister of Economy
in addition to his position with
the Securities and Commodities Authority. Between 1996 and 2008 he was the Legal Adviser
at the Ministry of Economy and
prior to that, he was a legal adviser at the Arab Investment Bank.
Ayman Heikal participates as a member of legislative committees, involving Securities
and Commodities Authority and
Ministry of Economy created for preparing various draft legislations, including
Insurance Regulatory Authority Law,
Foreign Direct Investment Law, Arbitration Law, the Law Regulating Auditors’ Profession
and many other Laws, regulations
Legal Advisor Ayman Heikal took the leadership of the legal team for the preparation of
the commercial companies Law
issued for 2015 and its amendments.
Legal Advisor contributed in providing many programs and lectures to the shareholders of
public shareholding companies
and members of their boards of directors and the financial market.
Legal Advisor Ayman Heikal holds a Bachelor of Laws from Ain Shams University, Cairo and
a Master and a Postgraduate
Diploma in International Trade Law (International Trade Contracts, Commercial
Arbitration, and Banking Operations) from
the same University.
In addition, He has legal research in the field of banking, corporate default and