HCT Leadership

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli

His Excellency Nasser bin Thani Juma Al Hamli has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Colleges of Technolgy on 29 September 2018. His Excellency is a Cabinet Member and Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation. Al Hamli holds Master’s degree in Human Resources from University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Manpower Development and Training from the University of Pennsylvania, United States.

Dr. Abdullatif M. AlShamsi
President & CEO, Higher Colleges of Technology
Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi is the current Vice Chancellor for the Higher Colleges of Technology as per Federal Decree (29) for 2015. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University, USA in 1997 and received his master and Bachelor degree from Boston University. Previously, Dr. AlShamsi was the Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) for seven years, where he established Applied Technology High Schools, Fatima College for Health Sciences, and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. He started his career at UAE University as associate professor, then he was appointed an Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research. Later, he founded a University-wide Internship and Work Integrated Learning. Dr. AlShamsi has more than thirty-five research publications in world-class scientific journals and international conferences. His latest publications a series of books published in Arabic titled: The Make of Education.
Dr. Addel Omar Al Ameri
Vice President – Strategy and Future

Dr. Addel holds a PhD in Operations Research and an M.Scs. in Airport Development and Management from Florida Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Addel is also an Alumnae of the Higher Colleges of Technology. Dr. Addel’s expertise ranges from strategic planning and performance management, Human Capital and Talent Management, Managing Change and Project Management. Over the span of his professional life, Dr. Addel is proud to have established the Strategy and Future Division of the Higher Colleges of Technology which he currently leads. He has also launched the Secondary Technical Schools during his role as General Manager of ADVETI.
Jihad Mohaidat, Ph.D.
Vice President for Education Technologies

Dr. Mohaidat earned his PhD in microelectronics engineering from the City University of New York in 1994. Currently Dr. Mohaidat is Vice President- Education Technologies at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) where he is leading the digital transformation activities at HCT.Prior to HCT, he was managing the strategic investments for the Abu Dhabi education Council represented in key institutions of Higher Education like the Paris Sorbonne University, INSEAD and Mohammed V University.  He as well managed the Global Partnerships Division where the sought after partnerships are those that will lead Abu Dhabi to the highest international standards in education and research.Earlier, Dr. Mohaidat was the chief technologist for the renowned Abu Dhabi initiative “MASDAR” where he spent 4 years screening, selecting and approving renewable energy technologies for investments and manufacturing. In addition, Dr. Mohaidat managed MASDAR’s international research funding Network and scholarship programs.The MASDAR experience was preceded by an 8-year professorship carrier in academia both in the USA and United Arab Emirates University where he held an associate professor rank. Before that Dr. Mohaidat was with the New York state center for advanced technology.Dr. Mohaidat has over 50 publications in many world class peer reviewed journals and conferences.
Dr. Mohammad-Amin Al Jarrah
Vice President for Academic Affairs

He joined the Higher Colleges of Technology in January 2016 as the executive Dean of Engineering. Prior to joining the Higher Colleges of Technology he served as a professor of mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah between 2000 and 2016. He was the founding director of the Mechatronics Graduate program and the mechanical engineering department head. He served in King Abdul Aziz University and at Jordan University of Science and Technology where he led the UAV Jordan project between 1992 and 1997.  He founded MARSrobotics Unmanned Autonomous Systems Startup in 2014. He is the author of more than 80 journal articles and conference proceedings. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1989.His area of expertise is Aerial Robotics system design and driverless technologies.
Engineer Abdulla Al Mheiri
Vice President, Shared Services

Eng. Abdulla Al Mheiri holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UAE University and also received ISO approved professional certificates in Health, Safety and the Environment (ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001) from the UK in 2018, Safe Management from the UK in 2017, and project management from the American Institute of Project Management. He is a member of Ras Al Khaimah Court in his capacity as an engineering expert, and also a member of the committee for development of the national strategic plan for education and training in the area of protection from nuclear radiation (Abu Dhabi 2017).In addition to his original position, he is currently Director of General Services system-wide.Prior to joining the Higher Colleges of Technology, he worked for seven years in several positions in the Federal Electricity and Water Authority. He was also employed in the armed forces for seven years. Eng. Abdulla Obtained RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Golden Award for HCT, he Attended the 4th Industrial Revolution Programme & obtained the certificate, Nominated The Government Accelerator programme, and Registered in “the Government Services Experience Programme Diploma”.