Senior Management

Captain Maktoum Al Houqani

Managing Director – Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy

As Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani is leading the development of the Academy with the aim of providing word-class maritime education and training in the UAE, in addition to his role as the Chief Corporate Authority Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports.

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 Abu Dhabi Ports 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 Abu Dhabi Ports as the Executive Vice President for the Corporate Authority. His responsibilities included all regulatory issues related to the maritime and the free-zoneauthority, as well as compliance of the corporate HSEQ. Prior to Joining Abu Dhabi Ports 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

Director – Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy

Serving as Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy at Abu Dhabi Ports, 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 his joining Abu Dhabi Ports, 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.