Director General, Smart Dubai Office
Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity entrusted with Dubai’s city-wide smart transformation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dr.Aisha also leads the creation of ‘The Smart City Index’ – the first-ever benchmark for smart city implementation across the globe in cooperation with International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations. As an acclaimed digital transformation and smart cities thought leader globally, she represents Smart Dubai in the City Protocol Society, Smart City Expo World Congress and GSMA Mobile World Congress.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Smart Dubai Office, Dr. Aisha serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils; The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s Smart Cities Readiness Index Team; and the World Happiness Council where she heads The Council of Happy Cities. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Emaar Developments’ Board.
Prior to her current role, Dr.Aisha served as Assistant Director General of The Executive Office, and has worked as the Assistant Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Labour during her illustrious career. Throughout her -20year experience in ICT development, Dr.Aisha has committed herself to humanizing digital transformation, from developing technologies to transforming human experiences. With the distinction of being the first female executive to lead the transformation of a smart city globally, she has laid a robust foundation for upcoming talent and inspires youth towards nation building.
Dr.Aisha holds a PhD in Management, Science, Technology and Innovation and an MPhil in Policy and Research on Engineering, Science and Technology from The Manchester Business School. She is also a graduate of the ‘Young Leaders’ program organized by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development.
The incredible work of Dr.Aisha is recognized globally. She has received numerous accolades which include, ‘Excellence in Strategic Leadership Award 2017’ by Entrepreneur Middle East’s Enterprise Agility Awards; Leadership in Digital Transformation by .GOV, ‘Outstanding Alumni Award 2017’ from The University of Manchester ME Centre; ‘Woman In Government’ Award at the Arab Women Awards 2016, ‘Woman in Public Sector Award’ from Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum 2015; ‘Community Service Medal 2013’ by Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior ; and the ‘Middle East Woman Leader in Corporate Management Excellence 2012’ by Middle East Women Leaders Excellence Awards. In addition, she has been felicitated by the Swedish Embassy, Trade Council, and Ericsson, in recognition of her role in implementing the Smart City Vision of Dubai’s leadership.