Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Higher Education
HE Dr. Ahmad Belhoul was appointed to the ministry in February 2016. Previously, he was the CEO of Masdar, overseeing the strategic direction and development of the renewable energy and clean technology sector. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Prior to that, Belhoul was the CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing where he helped develop Dubai’s Tourism 2020 strategy.
He was formerly Vice-President, Industry Unit of Mubadala Development Company, where he managed multi-billion dollar investments and stakeholders in the metals and mining sector. Belhoul’s business development and corporate strategy experience dates back to his work with McKinsey & Company, where he worked on a human capital strategy for the science and technology sector. He also served as a faculty member at Khalifa University for Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and on the board of Emirates Development Bank. He has a Ph.D. from Sir John Monash University in Australia 2008, an MSc from the University of Melbourne and a BSc 2002 from KUSTAR in the UAE 2000.