Hamdan restructures ABU board

WAM Abu Dhabi, May 20th, 2008 (WAM) -- An elite of senior ministers and prominent community personalities will join the restructured board of trustees of Abu Dhabi University (ADU) under the chairmanship of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister.

As chairman of the board of trustees, Sheikh Hamdan has approved the new set-up of the board.

President of ADU Ali Saeed Al Dhahiri said the new board will attract a galaxy of opinion leaders and executives in various development sectors in the community.

He added H.E Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education, was named deputy chairman of the board of trustees.

Members of the new board of trustees include : Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nayhan, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, H.E Mohammad Abdallah Al Gargawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, H.E Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.E Ahmad Mohammed Al Humeiri, Secretary General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Juma Al Majed, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman of Al Dar Properties, Sanaa Darwish Al Ketbi, Advisor to the President of the Red Crescent Authority, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, Mohammad Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat, Major General Naser al Noumi, Director General of the Interior Minister's Office, Zafer Sahmi Al Ahbabi, Special Adviser to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Quasy Mohammad Al Ghuseen, Manager General of Bin Harmal Group, Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the ADU Executive Board and Nabil Ibrahim, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University.

He said the high profile board of trustees would strengthen the partnership between the ADU and community relevant organisations and enhance its mission as a leading national academic, expertise institution in the UAE and the region.

The presence of those prominent figures at the ADU board, he explained, will guide the university's academic and applied programmes to new broader horizons, making it more interactive and responsive to the growing needs of its development agencies in various economic domains.

''Sheikh Hamdan's selection of the elite members of the board translates the message and objectives of the ADU and its commitment to become a hub for intellectual creativity and a community-service oriented minaret of science employing its academic and applied experience to find solutions to community needs and address and tackle challenges ahead,''he stressed.