IPSEF Speakers

Dr. Naji AlMahdi

Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Dr. AlMahdi is the Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai (QAD), at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of the Emirate of Dubai. In this role, he oversees the quality of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Dubai, and ensures that TVET Providers comply with the standards set out by the National Qualifications Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In support of this role, Dr. Almahdi serves on the UAE Vocational Education and Training Awards Commission (VETAC) as well as the advisory committee of the UAE National Qualifications Authority.

As a keen advocate for technical and vocational education and training, Dr. Almahdi has served on numerous national and international committees for the development and implementation of technical and vocational education and training. He has the breadth and depth of experience in education and training, particularly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and is well informed about technical and vocational education and training systems in developed countries. He has been able to contextualize his international experience to the needs of the people and economies of the UAE and other GCC countries. Dr. AlMahdi’s wealth of knowledge about government, business and industry, as well as his ability to develop partnerships, has enabled him to forge vital links between education and the labour market.