Dr. Essa Mohammed Bastaki

President, University of Dubai

Members of the University of Dubai (UD) community are elated to have Dr. Bastaki in this leadership role for the University, which was founded in 1997 by the Dubai Chamber.

Dr. Bastaki is the recipient of the highest award in the UAE, the “Emirates Excellence Award in Sciences, Literature and Arts”, in the field of Sciences.

Dr. Bastaki’s extensive experience in education, leadership, technology and communications will prove a major asset in leading the university into its next progressive phase, which includes the building of a new campus and the addition of several programs, such as a Master of Laws degree and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration.

Most recently, Dr. Bastaki worked as a professor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) specializing in Communications Engineering.

He also recently held positions as: CEO of ICT Fund; Director of Education, Training and Research and Development for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO); Consultant and IT Project Manager for Al-Ain Municipality; and Chairman and Partner of Barajeel Engineering Consultants.

He is one of the founders of DSO and RIT-Dubai.

He is a member of 7 academic boards, Honorary Chair of IEEE, Chairman of Emirates Science Club, Board member of the Cultural and Scientific Association, Board member of KHDA’s UQAIB, Board member of Ankabut (UAE’s NREN) and many more.

Dr. Bastaki received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego and his Doctorate from University of California, Irvine, before returning to help improve the education and technology sectors in his homeland, the UAE. University of Dubai faculty, staff and students are gratified that a man of his accomplishments leads the university on its continuing path to provide the highest quality education in the region.

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