Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi is the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in government entities and the private sector, he has been instrumental in issues related to foreign aid. He is currently responsible for two departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, namely the Department of Foreign Aid Affairs and the Department of Development Cooperation.

His Excellency Sultan Al Shamsi serves on a variety of boards, including as Deputy Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, and as member of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Strategic and Development Aid. He is also a board member of Dubai Cares, UAE Water Aid, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board, and is a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System at the World Economic Forum.

His Excellency Sultan Al Shamsi served from 2013 to 2016 as Assistant Undersecretary for International Development at the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, which later merged into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. His Excellency contributed to the creation of the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, and played a leading role in promoting UAE foreign aid policy and strategy. He also spearheaded coordination with the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, managing all aspects of the process, from documentation and data, to assessing and discussing development-related policies.

His Excellency Sultan Al Shamsi graduated from the UAE University with a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), and holds a Master of Business Administration and Information Management from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.