LOOTAH Abdulla Nasser
Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Competitiveness and Experience Exchange, UAE & Chairman of the UAE Competitiveness Council
His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Lootah is the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs. His Excellency was the Director General of Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), a UAE federal government entity created by Presidential Decree No.6 of the year 2015, mandated to strengthen and enhance UAE’s national data and competitiveness capacities.
In 2017, Mr. Lootah and his team were directed by UAE Cabinet to lead & manage the Sustainable Development Goals efforts for the UAE in collaboration with 17 ministries, authorities and councils.
Lootah led FCSA to receive the “Continuous Innovation Award” from Ideas UK and the UAE Government award for the best entity in Gender Balance both in 2017 as well as the Happiness@work awards from www.sustainablemindz.com & www.happinessaward.com for the “Best Employee Engagement award”, “best work-life balance award” & “The happiest workplace award”all in 2018. Prior to leading the FCSA, HE was the Secretary General of the Emirates Competitiveness Council (ECC), the entity that merged with the National Bureau of Statistics, to form the FCSA. During his time in ECC, Mr. Lootah oversaw all aspects of the organization’s work relating to UAE’s globally competitive position and global rankings. This included extensive liaisons with federal and Emirate-level government entities and on competitiveness strategies in areas including health, education, business and ICT. Advocating for policies to enhance the nation’s productivity and well-being, Lootah also shaped ECC’s research and policy agenda as well as creating a central meeting point connecting public and private sectors, and international organizations. Prior to joining the ECC, HE Lootah was the Country Manager at Microsoft Oman, where he in charge of the world’s largest software developer operations in that country, after leading for a number of years, the UAE’s public sector business for Microsoft. Mr. Lootah was recognized on various occasions, and was awarded the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award in 2005 for his outstanding contribution and performance.
In his previous work at Emaar, the developer of the world tallest structure, Burj Khalifa, HE was part of the team that delivered the region’s first freehold development, The Dubai Marina, in 2000.
Lootah holds a degree from Richmond, the American International University in London, as well as credentials from Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School as well as Harvard Kennedy School for Government.