Academic Deans

Arts and Humanities

Taneli Kukkonen

Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities

Taneli Kukkonen is a professor of Philosophy and the Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities. He specializes in classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions from antiquity to the Renaissance. He also has interests in philosophy and pop culture, religious studies, Islamic culture in the classical period, and the early history of science. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oxford, 2014) and over 30 research articles on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition.

Before joining NYUAD, Taneli held standing faculty positions in Philosophy at the University of Victoria (Canada); History at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland); and Religious Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand).


Samer Madanat

Dean of Engineering

Samer Madanat is the Xenel Distinguished Professor of Engineering, former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.​ ​

Samer received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan in 1986, and an MS and PhD in Transportation Systems from MIT in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

His research and teaching interests are in the area of transportation infrastructure management, with an emphasis on modeling facility performance, the development of optimal management policies under uncertainty, and developing solutions for improving the sustainability of transportation systems.


Marta Losada

Dean of Science

Marta Losada is a Professor of Physics and the Dean of Science at NYU Abu Dhabi. Specializing in high energy particle physics, with a focus on the interplay of elementary particle phenomenology and cosmology and experimental HEP, Marta has been a member of multiple international collaboration projects, including the ATLAS, DUNE and NEXT Experiments. She received her undergraduate degree and an MSc in Physics from The National University of Colombia, and a PhD in Physics from Rutgers University in the United States. From 1997-1999, she was a postdoctoral fellow at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland.

Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Marta served as President of Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN) in Colombia from 2010-2018, and was previously National Director for Research, and Director of The Basic and Applied Science Research Center, also at UAN. In addition to her research, Marta is passionate about higher education and research policy and has held numerous positions in the field. She is currently International Councilor for the American Physical Society and a Board Member of the International Association of Universities. She has been a scientific consultant for the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

Social Science

Hervé Crès

Dean of Social Science

Hervé Crès is a Professor of Economics at New York University in Abu Dhabi, where he officiates as Dean for Social Science.

He has been previously a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, at HEC, Paris, and at Sciences Po, Paris; he has also taught at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Geneva, Koç University in Istanbul, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. His main research interests are in general equilibrium theory, social choice theory, and formal political theory, with a particular emphasis on the study of the role of collective decision mechanisms to fix market failures.

Hervé has held various leadership positions, among which Deputy Director of HEC Grande Ecole, and Vice President and Interim Director at Sciences Po.