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HE Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi Director General of the Emirates News Agency

HE Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi is currently the Director General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM). He has held the position of Executive Director of the Agency, and assumed responsibility for developing its work mechanisms, ensuring they are aligned with the strategy of the UAE government.

Al Raisi supervised the implementation of the agency's development strategy, in line with its vital role in disseminating the country’s messages and highlighting national achievements and gains, and works to enhance its international presence by establishing strategic partnerships with international agencies and media institutions.

Al Raisi is a member of the national media team and represented the agency in a number of prominent regional and international media forums and conferences, and worked on the finalisation of dozens of cooperation and news exchange agreements.

Prior to joining the agency, Al Raisi held the position of head of the media office for the development projects of the UAE in Egypt, as well as a media advisor for the government media delegation for Egyptian affairs. He has also worked as the director of communication and the official spokesperson for the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.

Al Raisi holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Public Relations from the University of Maryland, US. He also holds a higher degree from the same university in the field of strategic planning for media. Al Raisi has won many awards during his career.

HE Ali Jaber Director of MBC Group and Dean of Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Communications (MBRSC), American University in Dubai

HE Ali Jaber is Group TV Director of MBC’s 13 channels. He oversees content planning, acquisition, and programming for the group’s entertainment channels. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Arab Leaders (YAL); and the Advisory Board of American University of Beirut, School of Architecture and Design, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Jaber was mandated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to set up the MBRSC at the American University in Dubai and was appointed its Dean. He was also charged with managing the Dubai Media Incorporation (DMI) and revamping its four pan-Arab channels. Ali is also the Editor-in-Chief of DMI.

HE Sami Al Reyami Editor-in-Chief, Emarat Al Youm

Eminent journalist and columnist Sami Al Reyami has been the Editor-in-Chief of Emarat Al Youm newspaper since 2005. He previously worked at Al Bayan newspaper. His published books include ‘Oyoun Al Kalam’ (Speech’s Eyes) and ‘Kainaat fi Hikayaat’ (Creatures in Stories).

HE Shihab Alhammadi Director of the Sharjah Media City Free Zone Authority (Shams)

Shihab Alhammadi is an Innovation Executive with enthusiasm for change through technology. He has led key positions across the UAE media sector and has greatly influenced the founding and growth of the Sharjah Media City.

Alhammadi served as Director of Support Services for 5 years at the Sharjah Media Corporation before handling many other roles and departments in Finance, HR, Marketing, commercial ads, graphic design and video editing at Sharjah Television, now known as Sharjah Broadcasting Authority.

His expertise in workings of the media and creative sector and his passion for knowledge, technology and design have led to the rollout of essential strategic advancements in his workplaces as well has his career. Alhammadi holds an MBA from the University of Sharjah and an Innovation Diploma from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovastion.

HE Hassan Yaqoub Al Mansouri Secretary General of Sharjah Media Council

HE Hassan Yaqoub Al Mansouri has a bachelor's degree in Media and Public Relations with honours. He has been associated with the media since 2000. He worked at the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority as a television anchor and Deputy Head of Broadcasting Department, before moving to Sharjah Radio as the Director of Quran Radio as well as Sharjah Radio. He has moderated numerous sessions and panel discussions at local and international forums and been the master of ceremony at many official events. His programmes have won many Arab radio and television awards including the Gulf Festival in Bahrain, the Jordan Festival, the Egyptian Radio and Television Union Festival, the Arab Festival in Tunisia, apart from winning the Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award.

Dr Ali Qassim Jawad Senior Advisor, Diwan of Royal Court, Sultanate of Oman

With over thirty years of multi-disciplinary experience, Dr Ali Qassim Jawad is a recognised expert in public sector transformation, having led national policies and strategic programmes at the institutional and national levels in the Middle East. In his current capacity, as a Senior Advisor and the Head of the Think Tank Unit ( at the Diwan of Royal Court in Oman, Dr Jawad spearheads a number of strategic initiatives which underpin Oman’s socio economic development. Dr. Jawad has held key positions leading and advising on strategic initiatives and programmes in the public sector across the Middle East. Key highlights include overseeing a government economic reform agenda, developing a national innovation policy agenda, and establishing a national competitiveness office. His private sector experience includes working with leading consulting firms, including Booz Allen Hamilton and PA Consulting on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects, ranging from strategy development to design implementation. In addition to authoring numerous articles on leadership, competitiveness and scenario planning, Dr Jawad has co-authored three books - Leading Smart Transformation: A Roadmap for a World Class Government (March 2011) Redefining Well Being in Nations and Organizations: A Process of Improvement (February 2016) both published by Palgrave Macmillan, and recently Leadership Intelligence The 5 Qs (March 2019) published by Bloomsbury. Dr Jawad serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Cranfield School of Management, the American University in Cairo (School of Business), and International Culture Communication Center in China. Additionally, throughout his career he has been affiliated with a number of leading academic institutions, including Sultan Qaboos University, Yale University, INSEAD, Henely Business School, and the Cranfield University as a Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar. Dr Jawad holds a B Sc in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (USA) and a Ph D from Cranfield University (UK) in Technology Management.

Dr Yasar Jarrar Author of the “Sheikh CEO” Book

Dr Yasar Jarrar is a senior strategy advisor focused on emerging markets, with experience in Public Sector Modernisation, Technology for Development, and Education. He is a co-founder of specialised advisory firms, IAG Gov-Insights. He is also a Senior Advisor at Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Innovations in Government (UAE).

Dr Jarrar is a former partner at Bain & Company (head of Public Sector Practice in Middle East) and prior to that, a partner at PwC, leading the Middle East Strategy Group and Global Education Practice. Before PwC, he served as Strategy Director at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He was also the founding Executive Dean of the Dubai School of Government. He also co-chaired Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government (World Economic Forum).

Dr. Jarrar obtained a Ph.D. in Manufacturing and Engineering from Birmingham University (USA) and is a Fellow at Cranfield School of Management (UK), and a Global Economy Fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (USA).

Fadheela Almaeeni Editor Director at Al Bayan newspaper

Fadheela Almaeeni studied the media and communication before joining Al Bayan newspaper as a news editor to cover Municipalities Department. She has worked in many sections and contributed to many sections and worked as chief editor for Periodicals, Press Supplements, Specialised Magazines and various books. She has written a number of articles and columns including the daily column "Every Morning" which was a quantum leap in her journalistic career. She worked with her colleagues and fellow journalists to create the Emirates Journalists Association. She was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Emirates Journalists Association. She has participated in a number of training courses and local and regional certificates in the field. She is also a graduate of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Program for Media Leaders Development.

Mona El-Shazly Egyptian TV host

Mona El-Shazly is a prominent Egyptian journalist, who has left her mark through her various programmes and interviews with a large number of public figures and celebrities locally and internationally, including heads of state, prime ministers, Nobel laureates and Hollywood stars.

She has received numerous awards and honours from major Arab and international media organisations.

Mona El-Shazly studied journalism and media at the American University in Cairo. She joined the Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) and MBC. She joined the Dream TV network to present her most famous programme, "Ten in the Evening", hosting many important and political figures.

Mona El-Shazly currently hosts the "Mona El-Shazly With You" programme on the Egyptian satellite channel CBC, featuring celebrities and distinguished people in various fields, including artists, singers, athletes, writers, intellectuals and inspiring human stories.

The "Mona El-Shazly With You" programme is one of the most successful in the Middle East, recording millions of daily views. She strives for uniqueness in her programmes, creating distinguished content that is both significant and refreshing, appealing to its large audience.

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