Director General

HE Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi is considered one of the most qualified national leaders within the space industry, known for his leadership, management and strategic planning skills. He is an expert within communications, information systems and modern defence concepts.

Dr. Al Ahbabi has extensive experience in the development of human resources and is a strong believer in the UAE’s capability in developing world-class industries.

He obtained a PhD in communications from the University of Southampton from the United Kingdom in 2005, and a master's degree for the same university in communications in 2001. He completed a degree in electronic engineering from the University of California in 1998, in addition to many specialized military and govenrment courses.  Dr. Al Ahbabi has also won a series of honors and awards over the years.

Dr Ahbabi has tremendous experience in civil and military work and academia. He became a telecommunications officer for the UAE Armed Forces until he reached the rank of Major. During that period he also worked as a coordinator for Dubai Internet City until 2000 then as a telecommunications officer for Sharyan Al Doea Network and a project manager for Yahsat military division from 2005 to 2012. He also helped establish strategic projects including the innovation and development centre for the Armed Forces which allowed him to work closely with partners and stakeholders. 

Dr Ahbabi has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT domain towards the benefit of the UAE government. He has also led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence. His role included advising the military and government at a strategic level on emerging concepts and technologies in the area of smart defense, cyber warfare and space developments.

He has led YAHSAT MilSatCom and other space projects. He has an active role in ITU-R, United Nations space working groups and various ICT professional associations.

Dr Ahbabi is also a key speaker in a number of international conferences in the area of Smart Defense, mil-Space, Cybersecurity, and Smart governments. He is also a board member of YahSat Company and of the UAE ICT fund.

 

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