Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan
Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan’s life and career have been characterized by creativity, innovation, and dedicated public service. His dynamic leadership as a cabinet Minister and Academic Administrator has guided and shaped higher education in the United Arab Emirates and has established a successful model for higher education throughout the Gulf region. In private business, he is a highly successful entrepreneur, banker, venture capitalist, and investor. A noted patron of the arts, Sheikh Nahayan strongly supports a wide range of activities, from natural history to music and culture, from national heritage to sports. He is a strong proponent of advanced technology and global best practices in education and business. An active philanthropist with a high sense of social responsibility, he champions many humanitarian causes and provides strong support for individuals with disabilities. Sheikh Nahayan’s public responsibilities and greatest contributions are in the field of higher education. He is a leader who thoroughly understands the importance of education to the development of society. Sheikh Nahayan further believes that education is one of the most effective ways to address the root causes that fuel hatred and mistrust around the world. The colleges and universities of the UAE, under his leadership, are very active in promoting cultural flow and exchange between the Arab region and the rest of the world. Moreover, he has played a major role in policy formulation related to the economic and social development of the United Arab Emirates. One particular issue that has been of great importance to Sheikh Nahayan over the years is that of women’s education and the promotion of women’s rights.