Staff Governance 

The NYU Abu Dhabi Staff Council is governed by the NYU Abu Staff Council Governance Guidelines. The guidelines were officially ratified in January 2019 by the council after in-depth consultation with the Administrative Management Council in New York and the NYU Abu Dhabi leadership.

Staff Council

The NYU Abu Dhabi Staff Council engages with staff to understand their needs and concerns and addresses them with NYUAD leadership. The Council serves as the main channel of communication between the staff and NYUAD leadership.


  • Lama Choufani
  • Shadia Haider
  • Sara Hassan
  • Joseph Maxwell
  • Judi Olson
  • Jesusita Santillan
  • Heather Smith



The Staff Council meets monthly as a whole. Additionally, sub-committees meet regularly as required. The Staff Council meets bi-weekly with the Chief of Staff, and with other members of leadership as required. Regular communication with the Vice Chancellor and the Provost, as well as with other university wide governance bodies, are facilitated through the Cross Council Committee.

NYU Administrative Management Council (AMC)

The Administrative Management Council is comprised of NYU administrators—management and professional personnel—elected from within each school or division. The AMC initiates, deliberates, and responds to the issues and concerns of its constituents and the University community. The AMC is committed to promoting the professional growth and development of NYU administrators and is deeply committed to community service. The AMC meet monthly.