H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb serves as Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai. Since 2013, he has been CEO of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), and in 2016, he was appointed as Secretary General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award. H.E. bin Huwaireb also heads MBRF’s board of advisors.

In 2017, a law was issued to adopt the current name of the Foundation – it was previously known as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

Under his leadership, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation launched a host of ambitious knowledge-related projects in the UAE and the region. The most notable of these projects were the Knowledge Summit, the Knowledge Index, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, the Arab Reading Index, Knowledge4All, and the Nobel Museum. Led by H.E. Bin Huwaireb, the Foundation also founded MBRF Holding the mother company of Qindeel Printing, Publishing and Distribution, and Qindeel Educational. Other projects launched by MBRF under bin Huwaireb’s leadership includes the Digital Knowledge Hub, Esteraht Sayedat, the Dubai International Program for Writing, and other ground-breaking projects that aim to spread knowledge in the region and the world.

Locally, H.E. strengthened partnerships with the ministries, government and public and private institutions. He also worked to expand the Foundation’s activities globally through partnerships with leading knowledge institutions such as Oxford University, the Goethe Institute, Japanese Culture and Arts Foundation, Frankfurt Book Fair, the Nobel Foundation, and LinkedIn.

Bin Huwaireb is a board member at the Dubai Media Incorporated, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. He also serves as vice-chairman of the National Curriculum Development Committee. He is a member of the advisory board of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah, and also a member of the advisory board of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UAE University. He was appointed as a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a member of the UAE’s Advisory Council for the Arabic Language and also a member of the Advisory Council of Zewail City of Science and Technology in Egypt. He is a member of the board of trustees at Al Falah University, a member of the board at the Saudi Media Award, and a member of the Governing Board at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

In October 2018, H.E. bin Huwaireb ranked first on the list of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders from Multilateral Organisations, compiled by Richtopia, digital platform covering a mix of valuable content on success, future investments, new technologies, work/life balance, inspirational people, finance and economics.

A UAE national historian and a pioneering man of letters, His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb is acclaimed for chronicling the cultural and creative movement in the UAE, the GCC region as well as the wider Arab Region. A prolific writer and novelist documenting Arab and Islamic heritage, for the eighth year in a row, he presented the popular TV show ‘Al Rawi’ (The Narrator). The historical and literary show spotlights public figures that have positively impacted life in the region, giving the community an opportunity to gain inspiration from their experiences and definitive leadership roles.

Bin Huwaireb is the founder of Jamal bin Huwaireb Studies Center (JBHSC), specialized in heritage issues, historical events and the Arabic language. He is one of the UAE’s most prominent and eloquent exponents of Nabataean poetry. He has to his credit three published volumes of poems, titled ‘Lubna’, ‘Al-Fatena’ and ‘Al-Majd’.