Mr. Ahmad Muhammad Ismail Al-Astad Al-Hammadi is the Scientific Advisor of TRENDS Research & Advisory, and also the Founder, and Director-General of Al-Istishari Al-Strategy Center for Economic and Future Studies since June 2016. He is an Economist with extensive experience of more than 25 years in economic research and studies. As Scientific Advisor, he is responsible for the development and supervision of the Center’s scientific research programs and following up on their implementation in coordination with the Center’s Director-General. His tasks include setting the agenda for the Center’s events; namely conferences, symposiums, lectures and research partnerships with international research institutions and think-tanks.
Mr. Al-Astad has held several management positions at many prestigious centers for strategic studies and economic research. He worked as Deputy Director-General for Community Service Affairs at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) from January 2014 to January 2015. At the ECSSR, he also held other managerial positions including Director of Economic Studies Department, Director of Conferences Department, Director of Institutional Excellence Department, besides holding other research positions.
He has also participated in numerous conferences and symposiums in and outside the United Arab Emirates and has presented many research papers. He presented a paper – Energy Security in the UAE – during a panel discussion with Japan’s Center for Strategic and International Studies held on November 2-3, 2010, and delivered a lecture – Prospects and Future of Security Markets in the GCC: Applications on the UAE Market – at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in June 2012. Mr. Al-Astad has also participated in a closed discussion session on the “Future of Gulf-China Relations” in Beijing in March 2013, which was held in collaboration with the China Peace Fund. He also participated in the 10th Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum in Seoul in November 2013.
Mr. Al-Astad has served as a lecturer in many training courses in and outside the UAE speaking on issues related to decision-making, political economy, and geopolitics. He has also headed several committees and research teams, including the project for Evaluation of the Child Protection System in the UAE from November 2012-June 2013. He was a member of the Abu Dhabi Committee for the Development of Innovation Index in Natural Resource-Rich Countries in 2009-2010, Preparation Committee for the third report of the Millennium Development Goals for 2007 and 2012, and was Chairman of the Media Committee and a member of the Technical Committee for the Regional Conference on the Impact of Labor Movement on Development, held on May 14-15, 2013.