Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem was appointed to the Board as Chairman on 30 May 2007 and as Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on 8 February 2016. With a career spanning three decades across a wide range of industries, he brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Boardroom. In his previous role as Chairman of Dubai World he established and led diverse businesses, including Nakheel, a real estate and tourism property development firm; and Istithmar World, a major global private equity investment house.
An expert in e-commerce solutions, Al Bastaki served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Dubai World Corporate Departments before taking up his current position as the CEO of Dubai Trade.
Al Bastaki was appointed as an Advisor for the Dubai Expo 2020 bid team.
He is a Member of The UAE National Committee of World Trade Organization.
He is the president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - UAE Board of Trustees.
Advisory Board Member in the “National Association of Freight and Logistics - NAFL”
A Winner of the 2013 “Accomplished Leaders” category of Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed E-University and voted as the “Popular CEO of the Year” at the 6th International Maritime Awards in 2013.
He was selected as one of the Government Technology Leaders by “The Who’s Who of Government Technology – Middle East” in 2006.
Al Bastaki is also the former Acting Director of E-Services of Dubai E-Government where he formulated the 2005 E-Government Strategy. He managed critical projects such as the governmental Electronic Payment Gateway “ePay”, Unified Contact Center “AskDubai”, and Web Hosting and Management Platform “eHost”.
A graduate of Mohammed Bin Rashid Leadership Development Program and Dubai World Leaders Program in association with Wharton School of Government in Pennsylvania, USA.
Al Bastaki began his career in the public sector as a Speech Recognition Expert in the Forensic Laboratory of Dubai Police where he successfully set up a Voice Analysis Division.
Al Bastaki had also worked as a Senior Engineer in Products & Services Development at the multi-national Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company between 1999 and 2002. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, USA in 1993, and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute, USA, in the year 1998.