About Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

The current Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba served as the Director of International Affairs to the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a Senior Counselor to HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 2001 until July 28, 2008, when he presented his credentials to President George W. Bush. With 10 years of experience in international politics, Yousef Al Otaiba earned the honor of Ambassador of the Year from the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce in May, 2010.

After studying at Cairo American College, Yousef Al Otaiba attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he studied international relations. Yousef Al Otaiba also attended the Industrial College of the US Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University as an International Fellow.

As the UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba serves as the United Arab Emirates' primary anti-terrorism, defense, and security liaison to the United States. Working with several UAE allies, Yousef Al Otaiba has coordinated counter-proliferation activities, worked to improve regional security, and guided the leaders of multinational discussions concerning sovereign wealth funds.

Yousef Al Otaiba supports a number of charities. He holds membership in the Board of Directors of the EastWest Institute, a global think tank and action nonprofit that works to devise solutions to problems facing global peace and security.

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