Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Speakers & Panelists 2016

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H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan

Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan joined the Federal Government in 1990 as the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In March 2013, he was appointed the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

In addition to his ministerial positions, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan has started as the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University (1983 – 2013), the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (1988 – 2013) and the President of Zayed University (1998 – 2013). He is currently the President of the General Authority for Youth and Sports (2013 – present) and the President of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities (2013 – present). Sheikh Nahayan is also the President of the Future Centre for students with special needs in Abu Dhabi.

Educated in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Graduated from Millfield School and attended Magdalen College at Oxford University.

Sheikh Nahayan actively chairs and supports many groups, clubs and associations. He is the chair and patron of more than 100 annual conferences and symposia dealing with all aspects of life in the UAE, the region and the world.

Sheikh Nahayan is the recipient of many national and international honors and awards including the Oman Civil Order, from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Hilal-e-Pakistan, from the Government of Pakistan, Global Advocacy Recognition Award, from the TESOL Organization, Hamdan bin Rashid Prize for the Year’s Distinguished Person of Education, as well as many honorary degrees from several universities around the world.