Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi was appointed Director General of the UAE Space Agency after having the responsibility of designing and creating the agency. He leads a team of 50 who manage the UAE's space sector. Ahbabi is responsible for realizing the agency’s goals of growing the space sector. He has contributed and led numerous strategic projects in the ICT domain for the benefit of the UAE government. Ahbabi led a UAE Armed Forces Think Tank Project within the Centre of Excellence, where his role involved advising Military and Government at strategic levels on emerging concepts and technologies in the areas of Smart Defense, Cyber Warfare and Space developments. He was the head of YAHSAT MilSatCom and other Space Projects and has an active role in ITU-R, UN Space working groups and ICT professional associations. Ahbabi obtained his first bachelor's degree in the United States, then his master's of science degree and Ph.D. in the United Kingdom.