HE Dr. Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and as a member of its Board of Directors in 2018. Since joining the organization, he has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading the UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young people in developing countries with access to quality education.
Al Gurg has been a primary driver behind the organization’s success. He has enabled Dubai Cares to contribute to the evidence-base in education, leverage funding and invest in strategic relationships and programs that support the global education agenda. His focus has been to develop Dubai Cares as a recognized best-case practitioner and a global leader in education program design and innovation that is grounded in a philosophy of continuous monitoring and evaluation and rigorous research. More recently, Al Gurg has been a key champion of Education in Emergencies globally, highlighting the critical need to provide education to children and young people living in fragile and conflict-affected states and situations. He is also behind Dubai Cares’ selection to become a member of the High-Level Steering Group for the global ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund and the board of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited.
In 2017, Al Gurg was recognized by Irina Bokova, former director of UNESCO for his role in transitioning Dubai Cares from a young philanthropic organization into a global leader in the international education arena.
Al Gurg also received the 2016 Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) Award in recognition of his strong and visible commitment, outstanding achievement, and active advocacy for quality education in Mediterranean countries.
Al Gurg’s past experience includes twelve years at various senior management positions within the consumer and corporate banking at Emirates NBD (formerly known as National Bank of Dubai). He is a Founding Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAE GDA). He was also a member of the UAE’s National Anti-Money Laundering Committee, which was chaired by the Governor of the UAE Central Bank.