His Excellency Engineer Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar
Chairman of the Department of Energy – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
As the first ever Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, His Excellency Awaidha Murshed Ali Al Marar provides leadership, guidance and strategic direction to the government body that has been given the mandate to drive the UAE capital’s energy sector towards a sustainable future.
Appointed to head the Department of Energy at its inception in September 2017, H.E has been tasked with ensuring that the department becomes a world-leading role model of energy security provision and a benchmark of excellent practice for other global energy sector regulators to emulate. Included within his extensive remit are strategic planning for the department’s array of activities, overseeing effective implementation of its policies and creating awareness in the local community of the department’s instrumental role in shaping Abu Dhabi’s future.
A significant aspect of Al Marar’s role sees him integrating key energy sector stakeholders in Abu Dhabi, including producers and providers, to formulate a collegiate and unified approach to meeting the capital’s future energy requirements. By overseeing a shared responsibility strategy from all industry players towards energy sustainability, His Excellency defines and refines a viable energy roadmap for the capital that is aimed at leading it to a greener tomorrow.
Al Marar brings a wealth of leadership experience and expertise to his role. Prior to his appointment at the Department of Energy, he was Chairman of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport, Abu Dhabi, with previous positions also including Vice President at Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) and Projects Manager at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Outside of his Chairmanship at the Department of Energy, His Excellency is a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. He serves as a Board Member with Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council, Abu Dhabi Holding Company, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Nawah Energy Company and Barakah One. He is on the Executive Committees of ENEC and Nawah and the Supreme Committee of the Water and Electricity Sector. He is also a member of the emirate’s Industrial Project Evaluation Team.
Al Marar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, USA and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the UAE University’s College of Business and Economics.