H.E. Sarah Al Amiri

UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency

H.E. Sarah Al Amiri is the United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for public education and advanced technology and chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency. In her role as minister of state for public education and advanced technology, Al Amiri spearheads the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology’s efforts to empower the adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and promote research and development in the advanced science and technology sector to create new industries that drive the shift toward a knowledge economy. This, in turn, contributes to the overall mandate of the ministry to strengthen the UAE’s industrial base, ensure in-country value, and raise the competitiveness of local industries. As chairwoman of the Space Agency, Al Amiri is responsible for overseeing the agency’s mandate of guiding the space sector, ensuring its contribution to the national economy and the UAE’s sustainable development. She is also the chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists Council, Fourth Industrial Revolution Council, and Dubai Future Academy Board of Trustees.

She previously served as the deputy project manager and science lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre before going on to be appointed chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency. Previously, Al Amiri was the head of research and development at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, where she established the center’s knowledge management, strategic research, and product assurance functionalities. She was also involved in DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 and in the establishment of the KhalifaSat program. In 2014, Al Amiri was tasked with and led the establishment of the Advanced Aerial Systems Program, where she championed development efforts on a prototype High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite. The project resulted in a successful 24-hour flight of the unmanned vehicle, which recorded the highest altitude of any aircraft over UAE airspace. In 2015, the World Economic Forum honored Al Amiri as one of its 50 Young Scientists for her contributions to science, technology, and engineering. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer engineering from the American University of Sharjah.