Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 1969-2010

Sheikh Ahmed


Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 1969-2010


A nation mourns the loss of a member of its ruling family who as managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority played such a key role in the UAE’s rise to prominence.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was born in 1969 in Al Ain, and was the younger brother of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After been graduated from the United Arab Emirates University he joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 1994, which was established in 1976 and is currently considered the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund. In ADIA he worked as the managing director, and during his presence in the company he carried out an excellent labour focused on human resources and people professional development. Therefore, among the first decisions he took as the managing director was increasing the budget for training and cooperation programs with internationally-renowned academic institutions such as Harvard University. Education as we know is one of the prior objectives of the GCC in order to obtain a well-prepared society ready to compete worldwide.

Since the first time Sheikh Ahmed joined ADIA he decided to work in different divisions in order to be familiarised with a big range of investments and portfolios.

Sheikh Ahmed’s engagements and work in economics did not kept him away from engaging in humanitarian and social work. This issue is demonstrated since he was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works in 1996, and he directly followed up on the Foundation’s work.

Currently Sheikh Ahmed was ranked 27th on the 2009 Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people who have a significant role in the economy of the Middle East.