H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is a member of the UAE Federal Cabinet, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, COP28 President-designate, and the United Arab Emirates’ Special Envoy for Climate Change. Combining extensive experience in both the public and private sector, he has been responsible for overseeing, developing and enhancing strategic geopolitical, social and economic partnerships with several nations. He is also the focal point for comprehensive strategic partnerships with a number of countries.
In addition, Dr. Al Jaber is Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), where he is spearheading a rapid and comprehensive transformation of the company at the direction of the UAE leadership. Since being appointed in 2016, Dr. Al Jaber has overseen a program of increased efficiencies, strengthened ADNOC’s overall performance and fostered a more commercial mindset. He has guided ADNOC through a number of strategic firsts, including entering the global capital markets for the first time, completing the first ever IPO of an ADNOC business (ADNOC Distribution) and attracting significant FDI from strategic and private equity investors. In recognition of ADNOC’s strong financial performance, Fitch gave ADNOC a AA+ assessment in 2019, the highest rating currently assigned to any oil and gas company globally. In driving ADNOC’s 2030 strategy toward a more profitable upstream, more valuable downstream and more sustainable and economic gas supply, Dr. Al Jaber has also led a digital transformation at the company. He has prioritized the adoption of breakthrough technologies including AI, Big Data and Blockchain to ensure ADNOC stays ahead of global energy demand and remains a key contributor to the UAE’s economy.
Prior to taking on the leadership position at ADNOC, Dr. Al Jaber was the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy platform at Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government's strategic investment arm.
In 2006, while at Mubadala, he established Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative, and served as its CEO until 2014, guiding its global contribution to clean technology and sustainable development. In 2009, he led Masdar’s efforts in the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Dr. Al Jaber continues to serve as Chairman of Masdar, guiding its strategic direction. Today, Masdar is one of the fastest-growing clean energy companies in the world, active in over 40 countries, and invested in a clean energy portfolio with a combined capacity of over 20 gigawatts.
Dr. Al Jaber also holds several leadership roles and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to Energy, Economics, Strategic Communications & Sustainable Development. Dr. Al Jaber serves as Chairman of the UAE National Media Council, and is an active member of the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy Board of Trustees. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber was appointed as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Company, one of the fastest growing, multi-platform media and entertainment organizations in the Middle East, operating and managing over 20 market-leading brands across multiple platforms, including broadcast, publishing and digital. Dr. Al Jaber is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, the World’s first graduate-level, research based AI University.
Dr. Sultan served as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company from 2009-2019. Over this decade, AD Ports has become a thriving business, turning a profit two years ahead of the approved business plan. During his tenure, Dr. Sultan helped establish Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi’s flagship, fastest growing deep water port as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi’s first integrated trade, industrial and logistics free zone. Through strategic investments, AD Ports has grown to become a full service transportation hub, leveraging Abu Dhabi’s location at the nexus of three continents, and making significant contributions to the UAE’s economy and diversification efforts.
Dr. Al Jaber has previously served on the United Nations Secretary General's High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. He has received various awards including the United Nations flagship award "Champion of the Earth" in 2012, given to outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship. In 2013 Dr. Al Jaber was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber received a lifetime achievement award from his Excellency the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, for his contributions to energy security, building bridges to emerging Asian economies and reshaping of the traditional energy business model.