Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi is the Founder and President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), one of the most influential think tanks in the Arab world. She is a Professor of Political Science at the UAE University. In recognition of her position as the leader of one of the Arab world’s most influential think tanks, in 2015, she was appointed Consultative Commission Member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
In July 2018, the Arabian Business magazine featured her among the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab world. In 2019, Dr. Al-Ketbi received the Women Super Achiever Award during the World Women Leadership Congress. In 2021, she was named Advisor to the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy. In January 2023, Dr. Al-Ketbi was named an Advisory Board Member of T20 International.
She is currently a Member of the BOD of the AGSIW, the Global Advisory Board of the ORF in India, the Advisory Council of the MEI in Washington, the International Advisory Board of the Italian Med-Or Foundation, and the Indo-Pacific Civil Society Forum (IPCSF). She has also been accepted as a Global Member in the non-governmental “Trilateral Commission (Europe).”
Dr. Al-Ketbi has recently published four books: The UAE’s Role in Empowering Religious Diplomacy (2023), The UAE Power Building Model: Mohamed bin Zayed’s Vision (2022), The UAE Power-Building Model and Foreign Policy Shifts (2021), and Iran and the Biden Administration: A Potential Return to Negotiations (2021).