H.E Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf / Special Advisor to the President – Zayed University

Interim Vice President and Special Advisor to the Zayed University President and, 2019 Dr. AlYousuf recently appointed as a special advisor to the President of Zayed University and Interim Vice President (VP) of Zayed University. Prior to this, she was the Interim Provost and Professor of Practice in Engineering Systems at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. She participated in overseeing and implementing a merger between Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, The Petroleum Institute and Masdar Institute in 2017 to become Khalifa University of Science and Technology.  Dr. AlYousuf is also a member of the Board of Trustees for UAE Space Agency to develop the national strategy for space exploration and capacity building. Dr. AlYousuf’s career spans over 29 years of experience in higher education in the UAE.

Dr. AlYousuf involved with the Zayed Sustainability Energy Prize (previously called Zayed Future Energy Prize) since 2014, where she chairs the selection committee that works to recognize and reward sustainable energy innovators. She is also a jury member of The Abu Dhabi International Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) award.

In 2016 she received the Arab Woman Award in the Business of Education category. In 2015, Dr. AlYousuf became a member of the advisory council of the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER), an initiative founded by Masdar and the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) to empower and inspire women to be catalysts of innovation and the drivers of commercial solutions.

In April 2008, INSEAD and The National newspaper recognized her as one of 20 most influential women in UAE.  In 2006, she was voted as one of the 20 most powerful UAE women by Emirates Woman Magazine.  She received the UAE businesswomen award for Career Achievement, the prestigious United Arab Emirates Businesswomen Award for Career Achievements in 2006 and the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific achievement, in addition to Outstanding Community and Leadership awards.

Dr. AlYousuf earned her doctorate in Software Engineering from Reading University in the UK, an MSc in Computing Math from Cardiff University, UK, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from University of North Carolina in Charlotte, USA