Tariq Al Gurg

Tariq Al Gurg

Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and as a member of its Board of Directors in 2018. Since joining the organization, he has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading the UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young adults in developing countries with access to quality education.

Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and under the leadership of Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairperson of Dubai Cares; Al Gurg has been a primary driver of success for the UAE-based global philanthropic organization. He has enabled Dubai Cares to contribute to the evidence-base in education, leverage funding and invest in strategic relationships and programs that support the global education agenda. His focus has been to develop Dubai Cares as a recognized best-case practitioner and a global leader in education program design and innovation that is grounded in a philosophy of continuous monitoring and evaluation and rigorous research. More recently, Al Gurg has been a key champion of Education in Emergencies globally, highlighting the critical need to provide education to children living in fragile and conflict-affected states and situations. He is also behind Dubai Cares’ selection to become a member of the High-Level Steering Group for the global ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund.

Al Gurg’s past experience includes twelve years at various senior management positions within the consumer and corporate banking at Emirates NBD (formerly known as National Bank of Dubai). His banking experience, which stretched from 1996 to 2008, granted him the leadership and mentorship skills that helped him lead a team of around 40 professionals at Dubai Cares, the finance and investment experience to manage funds, the sales expertise which he utilized to expand on the organization’s fundraising efforts, as well as the management skills that enabled him to run the organization and closely oversee the design and implementation of its programmatic interventions through regular field visits in developing countries.

In 2017, Al Gurg was recognized by Irina Bokova, former director of UNESCO for his role in transitioning Dubai Cares from a young philanthropic organization into a global leader in the international education arena.

Al Gurg also received the 2016 Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) Award in recognition of his strong and visible commitment, outstanding achievement, and active advocacy for quality education in Mediterranean countries.

He is a Founding Board Member and Deputy Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAE GDA), which is under the presidency of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development). He was also a member of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee of the UAE (NAMLC), which was chaired by the Governor of the UAE Central Bank.