Dr. Abdulla Al Karam
Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority
Dr Abdulla Al Karam is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), responsible for the quality and growth of Dubai s private education sector, including early learning centres, schools, universities and training institutes.
Dr Al Karam is a board member of the National Qualifications Authority of the UAE
Federal Government, as well as United Arab Emirates University.
He is a board member of the Social Sector, Government of Dubai and is a member of
the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities. He
is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation and the Mohammed
Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Previously, Dr. Abdulla held positions in various government sectors, including that of Vice Chairman and Secretary General for the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, Chairman of the Dubai Government s Human Resources Committee and board member of the Dubai Knowledge Fund.
Prior to the formation of KHDA, Dr. Abdulla held the post of CEO of Dubai Knowledge
Village and was also Head of Research at Dubai Internet City. He began his career
as a software engineer in the United States and France.
Dr. Abdulla holds a PhD in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina.