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The UAE and the World in an Age of Turmoil

SAIS Middle East Studies and the Foreign Policy Institute presented a discussion with Ambassador Omar Saif Ghobash UAE Ambassador to Russia

H.E Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, will discuss a wide range of issues from the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS (Da’esh) to the geo-economic rise of the UAE and the economic turmoil in emerging markets. Ambassador Ghobash brings a unique set of experiences to his diplomatic career, from business leader, art gallery founder, philanthropic foundation director, and advanced degree holder in mathematics.

His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, took up his post in 2009. Prior to his Ambassadorial post, Ambassador Ghobash was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Foundation, a philanthropic initiative launched by the government of Abu Dhabi. He has also worked as a diplomat in the UAE Mission to the United Nations, specializing in legal affairs. Ambassador Ghobash has been active for several years in private business, having established companies in the UAE and overseas in the financial and legal arenas, as well as continuing his work in the technology and education fields. Amongst other interests he is a Board Member of Motif, a UK-based genetic research company and of Third Line Art Gallery in Dubai which nurtures Emirati and other Arab artists. He holds a degree in Law from Balliol College, Oxford, and has completed an advanced degree in Mathematics from the University of London, UK. Ambassador Ghobash speaks Arabic, English, Russian, French, Italian and Spanish.

Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, moderated the discussion.

This event was open exclusively to the SAIS community and remarks are off-the-record.

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