Omar Al-Nuaimi

Director-General of TRENDS Company - Head of the Advisory Council

Omar Al-Nuaimi is the Director General of TRENDS Research & Advisory Company. His responsibilities include preparing, developing and following-up strategies, policies, studies, regulations, legislations and strategic plans.

His role also includes governing the activities of the center, developing its organizational structure and monitoring performances using a standard measurement system besides disseminating quality management and institutional excellence among employees.

Omar Al-Nuaimi has a university degree in Accounting from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). He has worked as Financial Auditor at the Dubai Land Department and as Revenue Manager at Dubai Investment subsidiary (Emicool). He also developed the TRENDS financial, human resource and procurement policy development for 2019

Dr. Fatouh Haikal

Political Advisor/ Director of Research

Dr. Fatouh Haikal is a Political Advisor of TRENDS Research & Advisory and Strategic Researcher with over 20 years of experience across many research centers in the Middle East. His areas of interest include Gulf security, extremism, terrorism, and Arab and regional affairs.

Dr. Fatouh has published several books and studies, including one dealing with international efforts to fight terrorism and its implications on national sovereignty. The book was published by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in 2014.

In October 2005, he co-authored a book on civil society in GCC countries, which was published by the Gulf Center for Strategic Studies and Research. Many of Dr. Fatouh’s studies and articles have been published in various periodicals and websites.

Dr. Ashraf Al Eisawy

Senior Fellow, Media Advisor

Dr. Ashraf Al Eisawy, an expert in the Gulf region affairs, has worked in several Gulf and Arab research centers. He specializes in security and strategic studies. Dr. Al Eisawy has published many books, most notably The American Policy in the Gulf Region After September 11 Attacks, A Comparative Study of the Gulf Wars; Impact on the GCC Security and The Implications of September 11 Attacks on the GCC Security. He also writes regularly in many scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Kristian Alexander

Senior Fellow/ Director of International Security & Terrorism Program

Dr. Kristian Alexander is a Researcher at TRENDS Research & Advisory and an adviser at Gulf State Analytics, a Washington-based geopolitical risk consultancy. He has worked as an Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dr. Alexander’s papers have been published by numerous outlets, such as the Middle East Institute, The Arab Gulf States Institute (AGSIW), International Policy Digest, International Institute for the Middle East, and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Inside Arabia, and Fair Observer. His research examines social movements in the Middle East and security-related issues, with a particular interest in migration in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Prof. Mohammed Ahmed Fyadh

Training Management Consultant

Dr. Mohammed Farid Azzi

Senior Fellow/ Planning and Information Analysis Advisor

 Dr. Mohammed Farid Azzi has most recently served as an international scholar at the Arab Barometer. Based in the UAE, Dr. Farid earlier headed the Department of Surveys and Public Policy at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) and was Director at the Center of Cultural and Anthropological Research in Algeria from 1995 to 2002. He chaired the Department of Sociology at Oran University in Algeria and worked alongside research teams from France and the United States. He has also done lecture tours in the US and France.

Dr. Farid has published articles on MENA youth attitudes and values, social activism, the generation gap, and Islamic movements in the Maghreb countries. He has contributed to surveys conducted in 1995 and 1997 on values, attitudes, and social change in North African countries at the American Institute of Maghrebi Studies (AIMS). He has supervised over 150 surveys, opinions polls and public policy reports on diverse issues in the UAE from 2003 and 2018.

Dr. Huda Shaker Al-Nuaimi

Senior Fellow / Political Islam Advisor

Dr. Huda has a PhD in political science from Al-Nahrain University in 1999, and she was appointed – before this – a research assistant at the Center for Palestinian Studies in 1991, then a chief researcher. In 2000, she held the position of Director of the Palestinian Studies Center, then worked as a lecturer at Al-Mustansiriya University/College of Political Science in 2004. After this, she moved to work at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi as a researcher from 2006 to 2014.

Dr. Huda published many researches in local and international scientific periodicals, participated in Arab and international academic symposia and conferences, supervised many masters’ degree students and discussed a number of scientific theses. She also published a book on “Internal Variables in Making Israeli Foreign Policy“, and participated in a collective book on the Iranian project and its extension in the Arab region.

Her research interests focuses on international relations and foreign policies of the countries of the Middle East and Iraq, and on issues of terrorism and extremism, and focuses in her recent work on Iranian policies and its project vis-à-vis the countries of the region.

Ahmad M. Najeeb

Technology Advisor

Ahmad Najeeb is the Technology Advisor and Advanced Technology Researcher at TRENDS Research & Advisory. After completing a BS in Computer Sciences from the University of Kansas, USA, in 1990, he worked as a System Analyst and Instructor in a major computer center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In 1994, Najeeb was appointed the Head of the IT Department at the Emirates News Agency, where he accomplished full digitalization of core business processes by 2000 and implemented continual improvement plans to ensure WAM is up-to-date with new technology.  In 2018, he managed a project deploying text mining technology in WAM, making the organization one of the most advanced news agencies in the region.

After WAM became part of a federal UAE entity, the National Media Council (NMC), Najeeb was appointed the IT Director. In this role, he ensured NMC services’ complete transformation into online and smart devices. In 2013, Najeeb received the Over Achiever Employee Award presented by the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and the Ruler of Dubai.

Mohamed Elian

Legal Advisor

Kareema Ali Al Mahri

Head of Strategic Communication Department

Mohammed Hamdaoui

Head of Economic Research Department/ Director of Energy & Natural Resources Program

Mohammed Hamdaoui is a member of the Economic Studies Department at the TRENDS Research & Advisory. He is an energy, metals, and mining industry expert with over 15 years of experience analyzing different aspects of the industry, including supply and demand, price forecasting, cost analysis, resources monetization, market studies, and natural resources strategies. He conducts economic analysis of different industries and participates in various studies spanning multiple sectors.

Before joining TRENDS, Mohammed was an Energy Researcher at the ECSSR, a Research Director, Commodities Analytics, at Wood Mackenzie, a Planning and Financial Analysis Manager at AAEC, and Business Development Analyst at Syntroleum. He started his career at Unilever as an IT Project Manager. Mohammed has worked and managed teams in four different continents. He earned a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in software engineering from Ecole Mohammedia des Ingénieurs in Morocco, and an MBA and an MS-MIS from the University of Oklahoma. Mohammed is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.