His Excellency Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading the UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children 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 the driving force behind Dubai Cares’ involvement in global development efforts such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has allowed the organization to play a more effective role as an advocate of universal quality education, strategic convener and information disseminator globally.
Al Gurg 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 rigorous monitoring and evaluation.
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’s also behind Dubai Cares’ strategic support and contribution to the field of Education in Emergencies, particularly with the organization’s selection to become a member of the High-Level Steering Group for the global ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund.
By establishing a broader strategic partner base, the organization has increased its breadth and depth of programming as well as successfully mobilizing and engaging the multicultural UAE community to support the organization’s global mission.
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). 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.