IbrahimAl Qasim is credited with developing a study for Nayif-1, the UAE’s first CubeSat project. He started his career at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), joining the Space Programme Department as the first non-engineer. He worked as a representative of international affairs and was in charge of managing EIAST’s international agreements and collaborations. Ibrahim then moved to the Project Management Office where he was named the project manager of the high school satellite initiative, CanSat. In 2014, Ibrahim became the Head of Strategic Research at the Centre. Later, he was appointed as project manager of Nayif-1, which will be launched by 2016.
Sarah Al Amiri is one of those enterprising women who has helped raise the profile of the UAE in the field of space. Starting her career as a software engineer on Dubai Sat 1 and Dubai Sat 2 projects, she went on to develop strategic research and new programmes in the sector. Sarah has established the Advanced Aerial Systems Programme in Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, and has worked on the development of a novel air vehicle, which achieved the highest altitude in the UAE. She has also been commissioned to build scientific capacities of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.
Mouna El Haimoud has been bringing a smile on the faces of thousands of children in refugee camps in the Arab world through her "Toys with Wings" initiative, which has distributed more than 20,000 toys to children in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya and Djibouti. The initiative, launched in Dubai in 2015, collects new as well as used toys to cheer up these children with the help of volunteers from 20 countries. "Toys with Wings" also reaches out to orphanages, children's villages and children’s hospitals not only in Arab countries but also in Africa.
Abdulaziz Al Jouf is one of the leading entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia and the region, having achieved remarkable success with his abilities to achieve change. Learning lessons from his failures, and after eight years of hard work, Al Jouf was successful in establishing five companies. He also found a fully integrated solution capable of changing the course of e-commerce in the Gulf. He has been involved with the e-commerce sector since 2008 when he founded Saletab, the first online shopping portal in Saudi Arabia. Al Jouf was named as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014 in Saudi Arabia by Forbes magazine.
Muath Al Khalaf stands out as an inspiration for Arab youth by achieving the highest Doctoral Dissertation Award in software engineering in 2015 despite severe health issues that affected his work and research. His diligence and hard work created an opportunity for him to participate in his first conference in 2010 in Cyprus. In 2011, he along with Taiwanese Fang Yu published a research at ICSE, one of the largest and most important conferences in the field of software engineering. Al Khalaf is currently an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department of the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.