Supreme Advisory Board

H.E. Mr. Salem Almemary

Executive Director of Municipal Services Sector - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Sami Alhashmi

Director of Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Sami Alhashmi has more than 15 years track record of succesful experience in roads, transportation, traffic safety, parks, recreational facilities, infrastructure sustainability, & regulatory and policy instruments in Government of Abu Dhabi. Driving & empowering excellence in the work environment with 40+ awards & certifications. His efforts included developing a range of internationally recognized leading strategies in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to provide world class infrastructure such as: AD Lighting Strategy, AD Traffic Safety Strategy, Automation & Digital transformation, Stormwater & Irrigation Masterplans, Landscape Strategy, Tiling Strategy, Traffic Calming Strategy, Safety School Zone Strategy, Pedestrian Safety Strategy and AD sustainable road rating system.

Eng. Sami has also Introduced the concept of IoT in the context of infrastructure in ground. Creating a smart city framework that illuminate the management method of infrastructure components with IT & IoT in interconnected scenarios & solutions that requires the integration & collaboration of several bodies to insure the synchronizing between the different levels of smart city structure (physical level, communication, systems & AI engines, and the end user).

Currently, Eng. Sami Alhashmi is the Director of Inrastructure Technical Support Division in AbuDhabi Municipality leading the initiatives & projects that support the transformation of Abu Dhabi into smart city.

Eng. Ahmad Abdoulsamad Alhamadi

Director of Information Technology Department - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Ahmad is an information technology expert with solid experience in digital transformation and emerging technologies. He has over 13 years of continuous work experience in the IT industry across the Government sector. Ahmad is currently holding more than one leadership roles across the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is the head of IT departments at Abu Dhabi Municipality and Dhafrah Region Municipality.

Since his appointment as the Director of IT at Abu Dhabi municipality, Ahmed was able to effectively lead the IT team to the successful execution and delivery of multiple transformational projects. He has made tangible contribution to the advancement of the organization through the successful projects delivered under his supervision. His strategic goals gear towards providing digital-Services, minimize service delivery time, enhance staff efficiency, and improve accuracy and authenticity. Driven by these strategic goals, the projects he focused on have delivered enormous impact and benefits for Abu Dhabi Municipality as well as for other municipalities.

Moreover, Ahmad has built new innovative incubating models, programs, communication channels, and high-end strategies including the smart city strategy, artificial intelligence and Blockchain. Ahmed is a holder of Master degree in crisis management.

Noura Al Muhairi

Infrastructure & Service Operations Associate Director - Abu Dhabi Global Market

Noura Al Muhairi is a professional and passionate leader with over 18 years of solid experience in Information Technology. Noura is proudly working at an iconic and the first global financial market in the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an Associate Director for IT Service Operation and Infrastructure, where she is responsible for the delivery of the IT Infrastructure projects and the overall IT Services to the customers including Al Maryah tenants. She is also forming part of ADGM working groups working on a unique mandate as part of Corporate Innovation and smart Island initiatives. Noura have previous experience in both semi-private and government sectors.

Omar Mohammed Al Hashimi

Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation Team - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Omar Al Hashimi has a long standing career at Abu Dhabi Municipality. Having worked at ADM for the past 20 years Omar has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the municipality and the services it offers. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s s degree in Public Administration Omar started his career in the Design Engineering department. Due to his passion to sharing his knowledge and always looking for innovative solution together with his valuable experience in the municipality has led to him being appointed Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation.

Eng. Mohammed Al Shatri

Head of Studies and Standards - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Eng. Mohammed Al Shatri holds the position of Head of Studies and Standards at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.

The responsibility of supporting the sector's departments through conducting various specialized studies in order to support the design, implementation and development of the projects in general, as well as the development and updating of the technical and design specifications and standards and the maintenance and operation standards for all infrastructure assets on the principles of sustainability and smart cities. The Department has won numerous awards as a result of his efforts & initiatives.

Sana Bagersh

Government Innovation and Strategy Advisor - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Sana Bagersh is government innovation and strategy advisor. She currently provides consulting to the Abu Dhabi Municipality, and has provided advisory services in the past to the Higher Colleges of Technology and Emirates Foundation. Bagersh is also CEO of BrandMoxie, a integrated marketing services firm; founder of Tamakkan, an entrepreneurship and innovation initiative that offers guidance to SMEs; founder of The Smovies film competition platform which leverages the power of organic content creation and storytelling; and managing editor of Tempo, a community magazine that promotes design, the arts and social engagement.
In the past Bagersh has variously worked as adjunct professor at Zayed University, and served on the advisory boards of Higher Colleges of Technology Women’s College and that of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Institute. She has served as board member at AmCham and chaired its Women in Business Committee where she launched the Women Achieve empowerment charter, and then its Arts and Culture Committee.

From 1999 to 2008 Bagersh was director of marketing at Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, where she set up the marketing communications infrastructure for Thuraya in multiple languages across all media channels, for campaigns that ran across a footprint of 110 countries.
From the late 80s and 90s, Bagersh worked as a journalist, and then later as bureau chief of Gulf News in the UAE. She  covered economic, social and cultural news stories, and met luminaries such as Sheikh Zayed, Kofi Annan, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Wilfred Thesiger, Yasser Arafat, Kurt Waldheim, Muamar al Gaddafi, Richard Branson, George Bush Sr, Benazir Bhutto, and others.

Hamad Muhsen Abdulla

Senior Supervisor Engineering - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

UAE national with vast work experience. working in Abu Dhabi City Municipality as part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Standards & Specifications . Unifying the infrastructure design standards and specifications. Initiated and executed many ADM initiatives that services environment and sustainability of ADM infrastructure.

Holder of Master's degree in Project Management Engineering (2017). Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering(2015). diploma degree in Electronic and Communication Engineering (2001).

Eng. Amani Alsammani

Senior Projects Director, Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Bc.Architecture & MSc.Sustainable Design of the Built Environment from Cardiff University in UK. 11 years of experience in government of Dubai & Abudhabi.

First become involved with excellence in Dubai Excellence Program 2012 & 2014, followed by Abu Dhabi Best Practices Award 2015 & 2019, Best Technical Award 2016, and Green Flag Award 2017 & 2018. Also, she was involved in top 5 ranking in Best Service Award in Abu Dhabi Excellence Program 2017, Fastest Growing Smart City in the World & Best Smart City & IOT implementation in 2018, Top 5 in Emerging Technology Award in the Global Governments Summit 2019.

Currently, Amani Alsammani is a Senior Projects Director in AbuDhabi Municipality leading the initiatives & projects that support the transformation of Abu Dhabi into smart city.

Monica Menendez

Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering - New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Monica Menendez is an Associate Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi; and a Global Network Associate Professor at New York University.

Prior to that, Monica was the Director of the research group Traffic Engineering at ETH Zurich, and a Management Consultant at Bain & Company in the San Francisco office. She holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from UC Berkeley, and has received more than 20 scholarships and awards.

Her research interests include monitoring, modeling, and control of multimodal transportation systems, with new technologies and data sources. Monica is the author of over 50 journal publications and over 150 conference proceedings and reports.

Wilson Samaha

Associate Director of Innovation Development - Abu Dhabi Global Markets

Wilson Samaha has been working with ADGM since its establishment in 2014. He has held multiple roles in the organization, including  senior manager in Strategy & Business Affair and more recently as associate director of innovation development.

Prior to Joining ADGM, Wilson worked in the Abu Dhabi executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Wilson holds a Master in Science Management from HEC, Paris and a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Ammar Jarrar

Irrigation Water Expert – Infrastructure Technical Support Division - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Dr Ammar Jarrar is an irrigation and water resources Expert. His recent work focused on challenges facing sustainable irrigation management and on treated wastewater reuse. He has published several articles and reports in WRR Journal, IAHS, ASCE, and IAHR. He is the contributor and author to several reports and studies in the field of sustainability, irrigation and water resources management and planning.

Rayan Mohammad Almohaisen

Senior Information Technology Specialist - Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Experienced Integration Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Negotiation, GIS Application, IOT, ArcGIS, Analytical Skills, and Spatial Analysis. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of computer science and information technology focused in computer science and information systems.