Asma Al Mannaei

Experienced public servant leading quality improvement and stewarding research and innovation across a health system

Asma Al Mannaei is a skilled public servant guiding efforts to reshape and improve the healthcare sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi as the executive director of research and innovation in the government’s department of health. Asma currently chairs several committees in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), such as the Abu Dhabi Health Research and Technology Committee, and serves as a board member of the National Rehabilitation Center. Previously, Asma worked as the department’s director of strategy and healthcare quality, leading its transformation in patient care quality and safety. Asma introduced the award-winning ‘Muashir’ framework – an innovative, comprehensive quality monitoring and improvement program (the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa) that provides ratings for healthcare providers’ performance based on the best international quality practices. Asma also led and managed the region’s first innovation health-tech hub, a system that facilitates introducing and incubating novel medications, technologies and revolutionary treatments in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Asma holds a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University; a clinical research diploma from the Vienna School of Clinical Research; and a bachelor’s degree in medicine from UAE University. She also received executive education in advanced leadership and management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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