Board of Trustees
AFU Organization Structure Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustee is the governing body of the university and its policies. The Board consists of several members that represent distinguished professionals in various related fields, such as politics, industry and academics.

The Board of Trustees Responsibilities are:

  • Appoints the president.
  • Establishes broad institutional policies.
  • Approves and reviews the institution’s mission and strategic plans.
  • Approves educational programs of a quality consistent with the institution’s mission.
  • Confers, or authorizes the conferring of academic degrees.
  • Secures financial resources to support the institutional goals adequately.
  • Approves the annual budget.
  • Approves major facilities, contracts, and campus plans.
  • Ensures that the institution is subject to an annual external Audit.
  • Approves the selection of an external Auditor and receives the Auditor’s report.
  • Approves the inter-institutional collaborations and agreements.
  • Evaluates the performance of the President and approves his/her contract and continuance in office.
  • Evaluates its own performance and the performance of individual members and uses that evaluation for improvement.

Jurisdictional Limitations: The Governing Body (Board) authority

  • Does not interfere in management decisions or with internal academic bodies.
  • Is not involved in the day-to-day operation of the institution. 

Members:

H. E. Mr. Abdullah Bakhit Al Murar is the Chairman of Board of Directors for Takaful Emarat Insurance PSC. Takaful Emarat is the first of its kind in the region, an insurance provider with products that complies with Islamic Shari’a. With offices in the United Arab Emirates, the company aims to gradually monopolize the Middle East market, North Africa and other Islamic countries.

Aside from being the Chariman of the Board of Trustees of Al Falah University, Mr. Al Murar is also the Chairman of the Board for Al Ain University of Science and Technology since 2011.

In addition, H. E. Mr. Abdullah Bakhit Al Murar is the Executive Director, Office of H. H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ministry of Presidential Affairs. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is an alumna of Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Message from Chairman of the Board of Trustees

H. E. Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani is the Chairman of INDEX Holding, one of the leading national corporations in the region.

Under the leadership of H. E. Dr. Al Madani, INDEX Holding diversified and branched out to different sectors. His innovative ideas paved the way for INDEX Holding to be well known and respected in the textile and tailoring industry, trading and investment, events management and healthcare industry.

Presently, it has eight subsidiaries. The Abdul Salam Al Madani Textile Trading & Tailoring, INDEX Trading and Investment (ITI), INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Organizations Est. (ICE), Bigdot, INDEX Healthcare and Management (IHCM), INDEX Medical Center (IMC), INDEX Shared Services (ISS) and INDEX Holding Korea.

Dr. Al Madani holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Healthcare Management from the United States of America. Given his involvement and vast experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Al Madani is part of the Honorary Members Circle of the International Hospital Federation.

H. E. Mr. Mohammed AlHabbai received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Salem International University located in Salem, West Virginia, USA.

Mr. AlHabbai, with his notable educational background and business acumen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Dubailand since 2007. Before becoming CEO, he served as the Chief Officer Urban Planning and Infrastructure. Currently, his responsibilities include Investor Management, Destination Management and Infrastructure Development for the leisure and entertainment destination by Dubai Properties Group, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding.

He has also been a part of the travel and tourism industry, having been an Area Manager for the largest airline in the Middle East, Emirates Airline in Dubai, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Egypt and Switzerland for 15 years.

Lawyer Ali Abdullah Majed Al Shamsi holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. In the early years of his career, he worked as an Attorney for the Dubai Public Prosecution. Soon after he established his own law firm. He is the founder of Al Shamsi & Partners. A firm of advocates and legal consultants for nearly twenty years.

Mr. Al Shamsi with his more than 27 years of experience working as a lawyer has plead before the courts of the Federal State and the Dubai Courts. He achieved success in most of his cases – criminal cases (misdemeanors) and civil cases. He is considered one of the top lawyers due to his extensive experience.

He has been keen to bring together a selection of finest lawyers and consultants to his firm. He aims to have a team of professionals capable of providing exemplary services to their clients. This principle is what guides Al Shamsi & Partners during the past twenty years.

H. E. Mr. Mohammed AlHabbai received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Salem International University located in Salem, West Virginia, USA.

Mr. AlHabbai, with his notable educational background and business acumen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Dubailand since 2007. Before becoming CEO, he served as the Chief Officer Urban Planning and Infrastructure. Currently, his responsibilities include Investor Management, Destination Management and Infrastructure Development for the leisure and entertainment destination by Dubai Properties Group, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding.

He has also been a part of the travel and tourism industry, having been an Area Manager for the largest airline in the Middle East, Emirates Airline in Dubai, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Egypt and Switzerland for 15 years.

Mr. Ahmad Said Brook Al Humairi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UAE University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. At present, he is the Head of the Human Resources Department where his main duties lie in the finding the manpower with the essential skills, educational background and extensive experience as needed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Apart from this, he is also responsible for the training and development of each staff. Hence, he organized trainings, seminars and workshops beneficial for every employee.

Mr. Al Humairi is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Al Ain University of Science and Technology and serves on the Board of Directors at Takaful Emarat.

Mr. Mohammed Atatreh received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UAE University located in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates in 2004. He also holds an MBA degree from Al Ain University of Science and Technology.

Mr. Atatreh is one of the founding members of Bonyan International Investments Group Holding LLC which is recognized because of the development of the world’s second tallest hotel, the Rose Rayhaan Hotel Tower in Dubai.

His proficiency in the Real Estate and Development sector is brought about by his experiences leading a property development company based in Qatar which is responsible for notable big- scale projects namely the Palm Towers and Lagoon Plaza.

Mr. Mohammed Atatreh is also a member of the Board of Tabarak Investment LLC, a private equity vehicle with majority of investments concentrated in the U.A.E.

Dr. Noor Aldeen Atatreh earned his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Manchester, UK in 2007 and his Master of Science (MSc) in Drug Chemistry from Newcastle University in 2004.

Dr. Atatreh’s research interests concentrates on drug development and discovery of new drugs, computer aided drug design and cancer research. Being an experienced researcher, his papers were published in several peer reviewed journals. He has also attended and participated in several conferences here and abroad.

Dr. Atatreh became the Chancellor of Al Ain University of Science and Technology in 2011 simultaneously being the Chancellor of Al Falah University since its inception in 2015. He is a member in both universities’ Board of Trustees and acts as the Board’s Secretary.

He holds memberships from distinguished organizations such as the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and the British Association of Cancer Research. He is also a member of the American Association of Cancer Research in the USA.

Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Atatreh was the Vice President of Bonyan International Investment Group Holding where he was in charge of managing investment opportunities for the company in the Real Estate sector.

He was also a vital member in the founding of Prime International Investment Group where he served as Executive Director from 2009 till 2013.