Over the past 25 years HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of aviation, which now supports 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, and more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s overarching vision.
Sheikh Ahmed embarked on his career in the aviation industry in 1985 when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) – the governing body that oversaw the activities of Dubai International and Dubai Duty Free, among others. In the same year Emirates airline – Dubai’s international carrier was launched with Sheikh Ahmed as its Chairman. He is now the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, which includes dnata – the region’s leading travel services and ground handling company, and other aviation related entities. Under Sheikh Ahmed’s leadership, the DCA underwent an organizational restructuring in April 2007 resulting in the creation of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) as the local regulatory body, and Dubai Airports as the owner and operator of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International and Dubai World Central. Following the restructuring, Sheikh Ahmed became the President of DCAA and Chairman of Dubai Airports.
Mohammed A Ahli is the Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS). As the top ofﬁcial in the DCAA, dealing with air service agreements, he has brought in more airlines to Dubai. Mohammed is a popular ﬁgure in international circles and an expert negotiator who possesses the decision making power to ensure growth of aviation in Dubai.
His contribution towards liberalisation of aviation policy and its successful implementation in Dubai is a landmark in his career. He was among the pioneers who were instrumental in the establishment of the Emirates Airline. With an extensive background in the aviation industry, Mohammed has steered the Dubai Aviation in the right direction, which is his lifetime achievement.
The services he has rendered to Asia and Asia Paciﬁc Region of ACI, is well recognized by the aviation community and it summarizes his commitment to its cause. He is also the First Vice President of Airports Council International (ACI) Asia/Paciﬁc region, which has given a boost to the Asian and Middle East Region.
Ahmed Al Nemah currently holds the position of the Acting Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs at the Ministry of Transportation & Telecommunications and is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of aviation services and regulations in the Kingdom of Bahrain. His responsibilities also include developing and implementing open skies policies for the Kingdom, signing air transport and bilateral agreements with nations worldwide as well as heading Bahrain’s delegation at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly and other international congresses. Ahmed Al Nemah manages the Air Transport, Air Navigation, Aeronautical Licensing, Aviation Safety and Security, and Meteorology Directorates.
Prior to his current post as the Acting Undersecretary for Civil Aviation Affairs, Ahmed Al Nemah was appointed as the Director of Air Transport and Head of International Relations in 2001. He began his career in the aviation industry in 1978 when he joined the Civil Aviation Affairs as an Air Traffic Controller.
Ahmed Al Nemah graduated from the Aviation College in Doha, Qatar and obtained a degree in Business Management from the University of Bahrain. He is married with five children.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori was appointed Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) in June 2012 to manage the signiﬁcant expansion in infrastructure taking place in the Emirate’s airports and to lead ADAC in becoming “the world’s leading airport group”.
H.E. Ali Al Mansoori brings to ADAC more than 20 years of experience in ﬁnancial management and strategic planning on both an international and local level. He also brings signiﬁcant knowledge associated with working for Abu Dhabi government organizations, as he led major projects during his tenure with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Prior to joining ADAC, he was the Director of External Funds, Europe, the second largest portfolio within ADIA’s equity investments business unit. During his eight years in this role,he restructured the entire portfolio and moved it from a single country mandate to a Pan-European mandate benchmarked against the MSCI-Europe.
Prior to that, he served as a Portfolio Manager at ADIA where he oversaw the airline sector and the auto sector (GMC, Ford and Chrysler) and was later a Senior Portfolio Manager for the oil services sector. Currently, he is a Board Member at Al Hilal Bank, Esdaar Capital, Atlas Center and the Capital Investment Company.
H.E. Al Mansoori holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from an American University, has attended a series of Harvard Business School Executive Seminars and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is also a member of the US Society of Financial Analysts - CFA institute.