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Affiliation: Director National Research Foundation, UAE


Dr Husam Al-Ulama was born in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in 1963. He graduated from UAE University with a BA in Geography. In his early career, he worked as a teacher at Al Maktoum School in Dubai for three years. In 1989, he was appointed as a teaching Assistant at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In 1990, Dr Al-Ulama registered at Durham University in the UK to start his postgraduate studies. In 1994 he obtained a PhD in Political Geography and started teaching at UAE University. In 1996, he was appointed as Assistant to the Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, with a focus on Student Affairs. He continued to do so until 2000, when he became Dean of Libraries of UAE University. A position he maintained until mid-2010.

By mid-2010, Dr Al-Ulama was appointed as the Cultural Attach of the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. He stayed in this position for one year. In October 2011, Dr Al-Ulama was appointed as Director of the UAE s National Research Foundation (NRF) - Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE. NRF is a research capacity building and funding agency within the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE. He is a member of many local, regional and international committees and organizations and is an active attendee of many conferences, forums and workshops. He is also very active as a guest speaker for lectures.