Abu Dhabi: Fifteen (15) UAE-based specialists are taking intensive mentoring sessions aimed to develop a new crop of leaders in key strategic clusters under the National Experts Program (NEP).
Under the program, UAE-based specialists undergo a rigorous eight-month mentoring that combines academics, immersive work experience, and one-on-ones by sector leaders to foster knowledge exchange and innovative thinking.
Now in its third edition, NEP focuses on three strategic clusters: Economic Growth, Social Development, and Sustainability and Infrastructure.
With the UAE hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) this year, this edition places added emphasis on sustainability.
The learning and development program supports the UAE’s strategic vision and fosters the development of sector leaders by cultivating specialised expertise and leadership skills in outstanding UAE-based professionals and equipping them to make a transformative impact on key social and economic sectors.
Through work sharing, shadowing, networking and other experiential activities, a selection of high-level, industry-leading mentors accelerate the personal and professional development of NEP participants, further cementing the value of lifelong learning, innovation and education as key pillars in the nation’s ongoing progress.
“The National Experts Program, created to contribute to the UAE’s long-term strategic economic development, will be an essential platform to recognize promising young leaders and nurture the next generation of Emirati talent. The third edition’s participants were selected from nearly 900 applicantsthrough a competitive selection process,” Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, Director of the Program said.
The list of mentors and participants includes:
Mentor: Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy
Participant: Mohamed Tarmoom, Senior Associate, UAE Investments at Mubadala Investment Company
Media and Creative Economy:
Mentor: Mona Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office
Participant: Waheeda Alhadhrami, Director of National Cultural and Creative Industries Promotion Department at the Ministry of Culture and Youth
Mentor: Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
Participant: Abdulla Alshehhi, Head of Strategic Research at the UAE Space Agency
Technology and Innovation:
Mentor: Peng Xiao, Group CEO at G42
Participant: Dr. Abdulla Al Shimmari, CEO, HCMS.ai
Advanced Sciences and Research:
Mentor: Professor Eric Xing, President at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Participant: Dr. Ameena Al-Sumaiti, Associate Professor at Khalifa University
Tourism and Hospitality:
Mentor: Haitham Mattar, Managing Director of India, Middle East and Africa at IHG Hotels and Resorts
Participant: Aisha Al Matrooshi, Tourism Sector Industry Development Section Head, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Mentor: Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education
Participant: Hareth Alhashmi, Director of Strategy Success at the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority
Mentor: His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador to the Holy See and Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Participant: Eman Al Mughairy, Head of Communication at Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy
Community Development and Social Services:
Mentor: Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of State
Participant: Talal Faris, Division Manager, Family and Community Division at Abu Dhabi Department of Community Development
Policy and Government Services:
Mentor: Maryam Al Hammadi, Minister of State and Secretary General at the UAE Cabinet
Participant: Salama Alfalasi, Senior Programmer and Chairwoman of Dubai Police Young Leaders Council at Dubai Police Headquarters
Health and Well-Being:
Mentor: Dr. Jorge A. Guzman, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Participant: Fatima Al-Ali, Project Manager at Mubadala Health
Sustainability and Infrastructure:
Energy and Renewables:
Mentor: Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology
Participant: Saood Alnoori, Head of Diplomatic Engagement at the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change
Food and Water Security:
Mentor: Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment
Participant: Hamad Alshehhi, Investment Manager at ADQ
Mobility and Logistics:
Mentor: His Excellency Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi
Participant: Abdulla Alhaidan, Project Manager, Project Management and Group Planning at DP World
Environment and Climate Change:
Mentor: Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Participant: Maitha Al Hameli, Section Manager - Marine Assessment & Conservation at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.