Abu Dhabi: Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili will now serve as the acting director-general of the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s education sector regulator, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) announced on Sunday.

A decree of his appointment by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and head of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, was issued on Sunday.

Dr Al Khaili will take on the responsibilities of Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, who was appointed Adec’s director-general in March 2014. Her election as the first woman Speaker of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) last week will see Dr Amal focus on her FNC role. She will retain her title as Adec director-general.

Dr Al Khaili, who had headed Adec between 2007 and 2014, praised Dr Amal’s efforts at the helm of Adec, especially her role in cultivating a culture of innovation at the emirate’s schools.

In addition, Dr Amal launched a number of initiatives, including the introduction of a curriculum that emphasises science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as a programme intended to develop world-class athletes. She also opened many public schools to the community.

Dr Amal was also the first woman to be elected to the FNC in 2006, and the first woman member of the Executive Council. Before her current appointment as Speaker, she was also the first woman deputy speaker of the FNC.

Dr Al Khaili will also continue with his other responsibilities as a member of the Executive Council and chairman of the emirate’s health-care sector regulator, the Health Authority Abu Dhabi.