Abdulla Ahmed Saleh

Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh is Under Secretary of the Foreign Trade and Industry at the UAE Ministry of Economy. Among his responsibilities is to drive closer cooperation, increase trade and investment flows, and deepen economic ties between UAE and the world. He is the head of UAE Free Trade negotiations team (within the GCC framework) with regional blocks and other countries. He is also Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the World Trade Organization. He oversees trade policies and UAE’s fulfilment of commitments at WTO. He is responsible of UAE trade offices around the world to assist UAE export and to promote UAE economy, attract FDI and opening new opportunities to UAE investors overseas. Also, Al Saleh is Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for Exports; Honorary President of the Arab-Chinese Centre for International Exchange; Vice President of the Annual Investment Forum; Board member of the UAE International Investors Council, which enables UAE investors to invest in key markets; Board member at the Emirates Gender Balancing Council, which aims to increase women’s participation in national development across all sectors and develop their skills and provide them with the necessary tools to support the UAE’s future progress. He is a member of UAE Council for Artificial Intelligence, which aims to propose policies to create an AI-friendly ecosystem; advanced research in the sector; and promote collaboration between the public and private sectors, including international institutions to accelerate the adoption of AI. He is member of the Advisory Boards at New York University Abu Dhabi, Zayed University Business and Management School, Sharjah University Business School and University of Wollongong in Dubai (Business School). Earlier in his career, Al Saleh was a diplomat in UAE Embassies in the United States and France. He holds an MSc in International Politics from the American University in DC and a Bachelors degree of Political Sciences from the UAE University. He received Honorary Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Amity University, UAE.