Anwar Gargash

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash is recognized as one of the main public voices of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government. Although he first attracted international attention in 2006 when as chairman of the National Elections Committee he oversaw the UAE’s first elections, he has long enjoyed a multifaceted prominence in his own nation.

He served as professor of political science at UAE National University, achieving a public reputation as a respected intellectual and proponent of greater political participation for the UAE.  In 2006, he was appointed minister of state for federal national council affairs (FNC). Two years later, he was named minister of state for foreign affairs.

As chair of the National Elections Committee, Dr. Gargash created an information technology team that established the first e-voting system in the Middle East, to carry out the initial election for seats in the FNC. The election signaled that the UAE had joined other Gulf Arab countries in introducing the electoral process to its political system, and garnered global respect for Dr. Gargash.

Dr. Gargash continues to help shape the UAE’s political and economic future by serving as chair of several government entities including the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, and the Boards of Trustees of the Dubai School of Government and the Al Owais Cultural Foundation.