2012 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United Arab Emirates

Tayeb Kamali
United Arab Emirates, Born 1956

Tayeb Kamali encourages students to “build on their dreams”. He is a leader in organizational change, and has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programmes in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East for more than two decades.


In 1989, following doctoral studies in engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he returned to the UAE where he took up senior leadership positions with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) — the UAE’s largest institution of higher learning with 17 campuses. Five years later, he founded the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), HCT’s entrepreneurial and commercial arm. In 2005, he was appointed HCT Vice Chancellor.

Through his entrepreneurship and e-learning initiatives, such as integrated wireless campus infrastructures, online learning and knowledge-management programmes, Dr Kamali has successfully built a cutting-edge institution that provides UAE youth with technological skills and the ability to innovate, while driving job creation in the region.

The recipient of India’s Human Resource Leadership Award and the Palmes Académiques, France’s highest education honour, Kamali has had key roles in initiating numerous international conferences such as Education Without Borders, the Festival of Thinkers and the HCT Global Entrepreneurship 2010 forum.

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