Dr. 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.
Al Gurg has been a primary driver behind the organization’s success. 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.
Al Gurg has been a vocal advocate for an increased focus on youth empowerment and sits on the board and on the Executive Committee of UNICEF’s flagship youth initiative Generation Unlimited, as well as being a high-level Champion of the World Economic Forum’s Reskilling Revolution which focuses on closing the global skills gap. Al Gurg is also a member of the advisory board of UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative, as well as a founding member of the high-level steering group of Education Cannot Wait, a global fund for Education-in-Emergencies.
Al Gurg was recognized by UNESCO in 2017 and by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) in 2016.
Al Gurg’s past experience includes 12 years at various senior management positions within the consumer and corporate banking at Emirates NBD. He is a Founding Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, and a member of the UAE’s National Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
In 2019, Al Gurg was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) Degree from Mangalayatan University in Aligarh, India for his contribution to global education and his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of philanthropy.