Prior to joining DIDI, Mohammad Abdullah served as Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City, Dubai’s principal vehicles for advancing academic learning and corporate training. He is responsible for aligning over 500 businesses and 27 universities with Dubai’s long-term strategy for creating a sustainable, knowledge-based economy.
Mohammad was formerly Managing Director of TECOM’s Media Sector comprising of Dubai Media City, Dubai Production City and Dubai Studio City. Drawing on two decades of journalistic experience, Mohammad built a thriving media community of 1,800 companies. Prior to joining TECOM Group, he was Executive Vice-President of CNBC Arabiya, where he was responsible for guiding company strategies and implementation of the corporate vision.
He also held key media roles with Emirates Media Inc. as Director of Strategy and Planning, Director of press and Head of News Centre at Abu Dhabi TV.
Mohammad holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mass Communication and French literature from UAE University and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, USA.
Leigh Ann Jones-Khosla is the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI). Having led the initial project development team to establish DIDI, Jones-Khosla is responsible for all non-academic functions of the Institute including HR, Finance, IT, Marketing and Communications and Student Services.
Prior to joining DIDI, Jones-Khosla worked for TECOM Group as the Director of Business Development for the Education Cluster. Previous to this role, she was the Education Practice lead consultant in TECOM’s strategy department. Her role in both strategy and business development involved evaluating education related investment opportunities and leading research studies related to TECOM’s education business.
Before joining TECOM Group, Jones-Khosla held a number of marketing and business development positions in Switzerland, spending four years with strategic software company Think Tools AG. Prior to joining Think Tools, she worked in the marketing department of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Jones-Khosla is a graduate of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in International Business, and Michigan State University with a Master’s in Law.