Speaker Chapter 3
4-5 May 2023, A Coruña, Spain
Sumaya Al HajeriHead of AI Governance and Policy, Prime Minister Office, UAE

Sumaya Al Hajeri is a professional in the field of Technology, Telecommunication and Outer Space regulations with 14 years of experience. She is currently heading the Governance and Data section at the AI office in the Prime Minister Office. She was assigned the responsibilities of implementing the AI National Strategy through rolling out a number of policies, strategies and initiatives. Moreover, she was the Head of Space Policies and Regulations at the UAE Space Agency and contributed towards achieving several projects such as: the UAE participation at the UN Committee of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs, the Federal law No (12) of 2019 regarding the regulation of the UAE Space Sector and other related strategies and policies.

Sumaya worked at the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority since 2007 as a Radio Planning Engineer where she developed the National Spectrum Plan as per the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conferences by the International Telecommunication Union. She also served as a consultant in Spectrum Management for UAE armed forces. In 2012, she was involved in the Telecommunication Competition Regulations and Licensing and contributed towards: licensing major space telecom operators in the UAE and development of the Universal Service Obligation Policy. She graduated from the Future Foresight Program in 2018, and developed a future foresight scenario of Space Accessibility based on international legislations and R&D uncertainties. Also, arranging several Future Foresight workshops with international organizations, in which the most recent one is the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg – France.

Sumaya is a holder of a bachelor in Communication and Electronics Engineering 2007 from UAE University, and two Masters: International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations 2011 from Paris Sorbonne University and a Master in Public Policy (Science, Technology and Innovation) from Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government.

Sumaya has a number of professional and academic contributions in the field of: Competition regulations, competitiveness, Industry and Technology Cluster Policies, Smart Specialization Policies, Microeconomic Cluster Mapping tool, women in ICT as part of the ITU agenda, Women in Space as part of the UNOOSA agenda, increasing Emirati women participation in the workforce, Space Policies and Strategies.

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