Dr. Mohamed Al Junaibi is the Executive Director of Space Sector at the UAE Space Agency, where he is responsible for both the Mission Management department and the Policy and Regulations department. This includes oversight of operations related to the Emirates Mars Mission, which will see the Hope Probe arrive at Mars in 2021, in addition to the network of deep space observation ground stations and other important space projects.
His capacity towards the Policy and Regulations department sees him supervise the development and maintenance of policy, strategy and regulations for the national space sector, as well as coordinating with international bodies and agencies.
Dr Al Junaibi obtained his PhD in engineering management from Cranfield University in the UK in 2004. Previously, he received an MSc and BSc from George Washington University in engineering management and electronics engineering respectively.
With an illustrious career in the UAE Armed Forces, Dr. Al Junaibi brings more than 20 years of experience in managing ICT systems and implementing strategies throughout the UAE and the Gulf region. This has included advising and supporting on projects undertaken by the UAE Space Agency, YahSat and other major players in the national space sector. Most recently, he served as Managing Director of the UAE Armed Forces Centre of Excellence and Development, where key responsibilities included ensuring that national bodies are capable of applying current and future technologies.
Previous experience while serving his country include significant work for the UAE Armed Forces Signal Corps. Between 1998 and 2000, he developed and implemented the plan to establish a fibre optic network throughout the GCC. In this period, he also provided the first military next-generation network (NGN) in the UAE and the region. Following that, Dr Aljunaibi was privileged to work with many Governmental entities and has shown distinguished performance and valuable contributions to ICT in the UAE.