Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi is a UAE intellectual and strategic expert, is the Chairman of Board of Directors and Director General of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). He was born in 1959, and earned his BS in political science from Kuwait University in 1981 and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and 1990, respectively. In 1992, he became a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin where he taught a course on the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. He was also a Professor in the Political Science Department at the UAE University in Al Ain where he taught different courses and seminars.
Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi is the author of numerous articles which have been published in several international journals. He is frequently interviewed by newspapers and TV channels, and he participated in a number of national and international conferences and seminars. He also writes a monthly article in the UAE’s Al-Ittihad Newspaper.
He has since made significant contributions to the enrichment of cultural and academic life at both local and regional levels. Additionally, through his articles and writings he has sought to address many of the issues challenging the local and Arab world.
With his contribution to the establishment of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in 1994, H.E. Dr. Al Suwaidi supported Abu Dhabi’s presence at regional and global levels, developing the UAE’s international relationships.
Under his guidance and management, the ECSSR has contributed to the development of Abu Dhabi as a centre for political and economic research. As well, H.E. Dr. Al Suwaidi has contributed to the promotion of a culture of research and academic study in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Throughout his life, H.E. Dr. Al Suwaidi has made an invaluable contribution to building partnerships. He holds a number of notable board-level positions with institutions including the Emirates Institute of Diplomacy and Zayed University. He is a member of the advisory board of the Faculty of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine, USA, as well as a member of the UAE Platform of Friendship, and the Swiss-Arab House, amongst others. In particular, he has played an instrumental role in the strengthening of bilateral relations between the UAE and France, receiving the French Order of Merit of The First Degree in recognition of his efforts and excellence.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi has provided consultations to several entities in addition to the numerous military and political consultations that are related to his job as the political advisor to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.