Senior Vice President, Technology - Abu Dhabi Airports
Saif Al Ketbi has been appointed as the Senior Vice President Technology of Abu Dhabi Airports Company PJSC (ADAC) in March 2014, with the responsibility for the IT strategy, design, implementation and operation of Abu Dhabi Airport and the new Midfield Airport in the city of Abu Dhabi. He is fully in charge of the new design and implementation of Smarter Digital Airport and the IT infrastructure and systems for the new Airport megaproject. This includes the total automation of the airport terminal, whose superior efficiency relies on information technology as a key enabling component.
Prior to that, he was the Vice President of the IT Unit at Abu Dhabi Ports Company, where he was responsible for IT strategy, design, implementation and operation across all ADPC entities. He oversaw the design and implementation of the IT infrastructure and systems for the Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) megaproject. This included the IT infrastructure for Khalifa Port’s semi-automated container terminal. Saif was also in charge of the IT Operations for ADPC as well as a part of the Strategy Team overseeing and enforcing the ADPC Corporate Strategy, Vision and Mission. He was also a Member in the ADPC HR and Executive Committees, as well as the Chairman of the ADPC ICT and IT Steering Committees, and lastly an ADPC Executive Board Member.
Concurrently, Saif Al Ketbi holds a vast portfolio including being the Chairman of Kizad PJSC and Shareholders Representative in KIZAD PJSC General Assembly, General Assembly in Abu Dhabi Freezones LLC (ADFZ) and Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services Company LLC (ADPMSC), Board Chairman of Khalifa Industrial City Company PJSC, General Manager in Al Howaitha General Contracting & Logistic Services LLC, a Member of the UAE Federal e-Government, and the IT Restructuring and Security Consultant for Masdar. He is also the ICT Committee Chairman in ADAC as well as a Member of the Advisory Board in IDC.
Saif Al Ketbi has over 20 years of experience in the field of Technology, IT strategy creation and execution, and large ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems implementations in complex business environments. Prior to joining ADPC, Al Ketbi held several managerial positions, including the IT Director at both Dubai Metro Mitsubishi Company and Al Ain Municipality. In parallel to his day-to-day job, Saif Al Ketbi is still perusing his academic career as a professor conducting several classes in Emirates University in Al Ain since 2004. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of College of Information Technology at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.
Saif Al Ketbi, who was named one of the top 50 CIOs of the year for the year’s 2012, 2014, 2015 and recently awarded as one of the top 100 CIOs of the year for the year 2016 by Computer News Middle East. He was currently awarded as the Government IT Leader of the Year 2016 from .Gov Awards 2016 by ITP Publishing Group.
Saif Al Ketbi holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and a PhD in Information Systems e-Government from the University of Michigan, USA.