H.E. Mohammed Al Ahbabi
UAE Space Agency
Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi is the Director General of the UAE Space Agency and a board member of UAE ICT fund. He played a key role in lobbying for the need to set up a federal Space Agency for the UAE. He was responsible for leading the task force to define, design and setup this Agency.
Dr Al Ahbabi obtained his BSc Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the USA. This was then followed by an MSc and PhD in the domains of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which he obtained in the United Kingdom. He is an expert in these fields and has published more than 20 scientific papers.
Dr. Al Ahbabi has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT and Space domains for the benefit of the UAE government. He has also led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the UAE Centre of Excellence. His role embedded advising Military and Government at Strategic level on emerging concepts and technologies in the area of Smart Defense, Cyber Warfare and Space applications. These responsibilities included heading the YAHSAT MilSatCom project.
Dr. Ahbabi is also a key speaker and valued contributor to a number of international conferences in the area of smart governments, smart defense, cyber security, and mil-Space as well as Space strategy and policy. He has an active role in ITU-R, UN Space working groups and ICT professional associations.