H.E. Ahmad was appointed as Director General of Dubai Community Development Authority by a decree issued by H.H. the Ruler of Dubai on November 7th 2016. H.E. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar has 30 years of experience with Etisalat Group in the UAE, during which he held various positions, the most recent of which was Chief Executive Officer. H.E. held various senior positions like the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Thuraya Group and Etisalat Services Holding and Deputy Chair of the GSM Association. H.E. has great achievements and was named Telecom Leader of the Year in 2014 by the Mobile World Congress and CEO of the Year – Telecom 2013 by CEO Middle East. H.E. holds a BS in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Gonzaga University and is a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development.