HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum began his aviation career in 1985, when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation. In the same year, he became Chairman of the newly founded Emirates, and helmed the launch of the airline with two leased aircraft to two destinations from Dubai. Today, he leads the Emirates Group, which includes dnata.
Emirates is now an award-winning global airline with a network of more than 150 destinations spanning six continents. With more than 270 aircraft, the airline has the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s. Under his leadership, Emirates has been profitable for the last 30 years, a rarity in the airline industry.
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers and operates in 127 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 85 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 300 airline customers worldwide.
Sheikh Ahmed has contributed immensely to Dubai’s global stature as a leading business, tourism, trade and transport hub, with aviation now accounting for 28% of its GDP. With several leadership roles in government, his role in the formulation of policies and strategies has helped strengthen Dubai’s vision, economy, communities, and culture. He is a patron of many charitable organizations, and has won prestigious national and international accolades.
Sheikh Ahmed has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. The Royal Aeronautical Society honored his achievements in aviation with a fellowship at the 1994 Farnborough Air Show, UK. In May 2013, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from City University London – Cass Business School.
Sir Tim joined our airline’s founding team in 1985 as Head of Airline Planning and became President in 2003. He’s been instrumental in Emirates' transformation into the global giant it is today.
Prior to joining Emirates, Sir Tim built his reputation as a talented route planner at Gulf Air, which had recruited him from Caledonian Airways. He also held the position of Managing Director of Sri Lankan Airlines until 2008.
Sir Tim holds a degree in Economics from London University, UK, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Middlesex and an honorary degree from the Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, both in the UK.
Gary Chapman manages the businesses under dnata and associated companies, as well as the Emirates Group’s finance, human resources, legal, and IT functions.
Prior to joining us in 1989, Mr. Chapman spent 12 years with a prominent Arab trading concern involved in construction and the provision of support services to the oil industry.
He is Chairman of Maritime and Mercantile International LLC, Sirocco LLC, and dnata Singapore Pte Ltd. In addition, he’s a member of the board of directors for Emirates Flight Catering Co., Emirates CAE Flight Training, Premier Inn Hotels LLC, and dnata’s overseas ground-handling operations.
Since joining Emirates in 1985, Adel Ahmad Al Redha has been a pivotal player on the operations team in various capacities. He has taken on broader responsibilities with the growth of the company. His experience over the years has covered all aspects of operations and logistics, including engineering, flight operations, service delivery, airport services, network operations, and aircraft procurement.
He was appointed to his current role in 2013. In his various roles with the company, he was instrumental in introducing ab initio cadet programs, engineering apprenticeships, and training in air transport management for UAE nationals pursuing careers in aviation. He also played a vital role in expanding Emirates' engineering and maintenance department, including the development of the state-of-the-art engine maintenance shop and the establishment of the Emirates Flight Training Academy.
He is a key participant in the definition of aircraft specifications and in scoping Emirates products in relation to cabin interiors and inflight entertainment. In addition, he has been instrumental in digitizing all aspects of operations, most recently by introducing paperless cockpits and biometric machines and automated passenger movement systems within the airport.
Mr. Al Redha holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology/Aircraft Maintenance from Northrop University (California, USA), and a Master’s degree in Air Transport from Cranfield University, UK.
Adnan Kazim leads Emirates’ Commercial Operations across the airline’s vast network of nearly 160 destinations in 86 countries including major departments in Dubai such as e-Commerce, Retail & Contact Centers, the Emirates Skywards loyalty program and Emirates SkyCargo.
He also heads the airline’s Strategic Planning and Revenue Optimization teams, which are critical functions and his teams play an integral role that support the airline’s commercial success.
Adnan joined Emirates in 1992. His career graph rose quickly, and he went on to successfully lead the airline’s commercial regions being appointed in senior management roles that included Senior Vice President Gulf, M.E. & Iran and Senior Vice President Africa.
His vast experience helped him transition into a leadership role to shape the airline’s strategy of growth in the areas of fleet planning, market expansion and governmental relations. He most recently held the role of Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization & Aeropolitical Affairs.
Adnan graduated at the Al Ain University, UAE.
Adnan is on the board of Emirates Airline Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life and the dignity of children caught in extreme poverty worldwide.
Ali Mubarak Al Soori joined us in 1986. He is responsible for directing the Emirates Group’s varied procurement activities and has been a leading figure in the construction of various assets and building facilities around the globe.
He’s overseen multiple projects in our multibillion-dollar property portfolio, including the Emirates Headquarters building, the dnata Travel Centre, and the Emirates Engineering Centre. Within the hospitality sector, Mr. Al Soori oversaw the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel; Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites; Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa; Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort and Spa; and the 7he Sevens sports complex in Dubai, as well as major overseas ventures including the Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia’s Blue Mountains.
He is responsible for managing returns on our hotel, commercial, and accommodation assets.
Abdulaziz Al Ali joined Emirates in 1986 and has been an integral member of the Emirates Group for 31 years. In July 2003, he became Emirates' Executive Vice President of Human Resources.
In this capacity, Mr. Al Ali is responsible for the Group’s HR strategy; he manages the overall provision of the human resources function, including policies, training and development, hiring, and retention. He is also responsible for the Group’s medical services department and Emirates Aviation University.
Prior to taking over this position, he was the Director Human Resources and, from 2000 to 2002, Head of Human Resources.
Mr. Al Ali graduated with a BA Honors degree in Mathematics from Colchester University, England, and earned an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
Nigel Hopkins began his career with us in 1994 and was appointed Executive Vice President, Service Departments, in June 2005. He manages finance, treasury, IT, legal, and insurance services within the company. He previously headed the Group Finance team as Senior Vice President and prior to that, held a number of other roles on the Finance team. Mr. Hopkins, who is a Fellow of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, spent 10 years at British Airways before joining us.