Great Arab Minds Committee

The Great Arab Minds initiative is overseen by a committee of leaders tasked with establishing an integrated ecosystem to support brilliant Arab minds and actualize the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who believes in the role that creative Arab minds play in shaping the future of the Arab people and driving development across their communities to achieve greater prosperity, stability, and sustainable growth.

The committee leading the Great Arab Minds initiative is chaired by His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Great Arab Minds Higher Committee Chairman, and secretary-general of the  Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), and His Excellency Saeed Al Nazari as a Secretary General of the Great Arab Minds initiative.

His Excellency Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi

Higher Committee Chairman
Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Great Arab Minds Higher Committee Chairman, and Secretary-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).

His Excellency Saeed Al Nazari

Secretary General of Great Arab Minds
Heading Transformational Projects and Creative Affairs at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Leadership Development Center.

Natural Science Specialist Committee Members

Professor Sehamuddin Galadari
Senior Vice Provost of Research and Managing Director of the Research Institute at New York University in Abu Dhabi.
Professor Noureddine Melikechi
Dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Doctor Latifa Elouadrhiri
Researcher at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
Professor Jehane Ragai
Emeritus Professor at American Cairo University.
Professor Nader Masmoudi
Professor of mathematics in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in Abu Dhabi.

Economics Specialist Committee Members

His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq
Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates.
His Excellency Essa Kazim
Governor of Dubai International Financial Center.
Ferid Belhaj
World Bank Vice President for Middle East and North Africa.
Doctor Rabah Arzeki
Senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Doctor Mohamed Madi
Dean, College of Business and Economics, UAE University.

Medicine Specialist Committee Members

Doctor Amer Ahmad Sharif
Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Health and President at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Professor Elias Zerhouni
Emeritus Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Doctor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer, Dubai Health. Provost, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Professor Amin Arnaout
Physician-scientist in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Professor Huda Akil
Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Molecular Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Literature and Arts Specialist Committee Members

His Excellency Mohammed Al Murr
Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation.
Doctor Ahmed Zayed
Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Rima Mismar
Executive Director of Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.

Engineering and Technology Specialist Committee Members

Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri
Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates.
Doctor Arif Al-Hammadi
Executive Vice President of Khalifa University.
Doctor Mohamed Qasem
Dean of the Dubai Future Academy.
Professor Ismael Al Hinti
President of Al Hussain Technical University.
Adel Darwish
Director, Regional Office of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the Arab States.

Architecture and Design Specialist Committee Members

Professor Hashim Sarkis
Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.
Doctor Adrian Lahoud
Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.
Professor Ali Malkawi
Professor of Architectural Technology, Director of the Doctor of Design Studies Program, and Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities.
Professor Salma Damluji
Professor of Architecture in the Islamic World at the American University of Beirut.

Nomination Committee Members

Her Excellency Huda Al Hashemi
Assistant Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs.
Abdulsalam Haykal
President and Founder of Majarra Company.
Chucrallah Haddad
Partner and Head of Consulting at KPMG.
Ali Matar
Head of LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa and Emerging Markets in Africa and Europe.
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