Captain Maktoum Al Houqani

Chief Executive Officer – Maritime Cluster

Within his role as  Head of the Maritime Cluster at AD Ports Group, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani oversees the development of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy with the aim of providing word-class maritime education and training in the UAE, in addition to his role as Chief Corporate Authority Officer at AD Ports Group.

Capt. Al Houqani has several years of maritime experience and has held a number of positions aboard vessels, including oil tankers and LNG carriers. He has worked in petroleum ports, first as tug master then later as a pilot and amassed significant experience in the offshore industry as supervisor on a major reclamation project for the construction of artificial islands.

In 2015 Capt. Al Houqani joined AD Ports Group as Chief Marine Services Officer, where he was in charge of the newly formed subsidiary Abu Dhabi Marine Services Company (SAFEEN).

He temporarily took charge of Abu Dhabi Maritime Sector at the Department of Transport in 2018, before returning to AD Ports Group as the Executive Vice President for the Corporate Authority. His responsibilities included all regulatory issues related to the maritime and the free zone authority, as well as compliance of the corporate HSEQ. Prior to joining AD Ports Group, he held the position of Senior Vice President for the Operations at IRSHAD.

In 2009, Capt. Al Houqani obtained his master’s degree in maritime studies from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong.

Dr Yasser Al Wahedi

Managing Director

Serving as Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy at AD Ports Group, Dr Yasser Wahedi manages day-to-day operations at the Academy by developing and monitoring procedures and policies ensuring regulatory compliance. He is also charged with devising and implementing the Academy’s overall long-term strategic plans.

Prior to joining AD Ports Group, Dr Al Wahedi garnered more than 14 years’ experience in the field of industrial research and academia.

A seasoned educator, Dr Al Wahedi has taught university programmes to more than 600 students spanning Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Economics and Process Control, and has supervised and co-supervised more than 10 graduate projects (M.Sc. and PhD) as well as seven senior design projects.

His research includes authoring and co-authoring 26 journal publications including one featured in the prestigious Science.

In 2006, Dr Al Wahedi joined GASCO as a process engineer where he worked in operations and managed shutdown activities, before spending two years on ADNOC Sour Gas Shah project, where he conducted simulation studies and authored a design training manual. In subsequent years, he offered consultancy services and industrial expertise across ADNOC’s network of subsidiaries.

He has served in several research committees, as well as the Chief Technology Officer at the Gas Research Center, a role where he became well versed in establishing research administrative procedures and policies, managing project portfolios worth USD 32 million, and directly managing research projects worth USD 3.2 million.

A committed and noteworthy inventor, Dr Al Wahedi is a patent holder of one granted patent and four filed patents.

Dr Al Wahedi received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the United States ranked third over USA in 2015.