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  • Ms Sumaya Al Hajeri
    Technology and space expert


Sumaya Al Hajeri is a professional in the field of Technology, Telecommunication and Outer Space regulations with 14 years of experience. She is currently the Lead of Executive Affairs at the UAE Government. Since 2021, she is lecturer at the University of Oxford and, since 2022, at the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Before, she was heading the Governance and Data section at the AI office in the Prime Minister Office. She was the Head of Space Policies and Regulations at the UAE Space Agency and contributed towards achieving several projects.

Sumaya worked at the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority since 2007 as a Radio Planning Engineer where she developed the National Spectrum Plan as per the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conferences by the International Telecommunication Union. She also served as a consultant in Spectrum Management for UAE armed forces. In 2012, she was involved in the Telecommunication Competition Regulations and Licensing and contributed towards: licensing major space telecom operators in the UAE and development of the Universal Service Obligation Policy. 

Sumaya is a holder of a bachelor in Communication and Electronics Engineering 2007 from UAE University, and two Masters: International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations 2011 from Paris Sorbonne University and a Master in Public Policy (Science, Technology and Innovation) from Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government. She graduated from the Future Foresight Program in 2018, and developed a future foresight scenario of Space Accessibility based on international legislations and R&D uncertainties. Also, arranging several Future Foresight workshops with international organizations, in which the most recent one is the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg – France.

Sumaya has a number of professional and academic contributions in the field of: Competition regulations, competitiveness, Industry and Technology Cluster Policies, Smart Specialization Policies, Microeconomic Cluster Mapping tool, women in ICT as part of the ITU agenda, Women in Space as part of the UNOOSA agenda, increasing Emirati women participation in the workforce, Space Policies and Strategies.