Institute Public Programming

A center of advanced research, scholarly, and creative activity, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute was established in 2008 for Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and the world. The Institute brings together academics, professionals, and leaders from around the world to its academic conferences and public programs to discuss research areas and topics of local and global significance.

Its academic conferences serve as a scholarly platform for NYU Abu Dhabi faculty, and faculty across the global network, to discuss and showcase their innovative research and creative activity. Its diverse public program of talks, panel discussions, film screenings, and exhibitions feature scholars, researchers, policy makers, and thought leaders who present topics of local and global significance.

Key People

Antoine El Khayat

Director, Events

Institute, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, and Executive Education


Gila Waels

Associate Director, Academic Programs, NYUAD Institute


Nahed Ahmed

Assistant Director, Institute Public Programming

Tarek Chehab

Marketing Coordinator


Omar Hindawi

Assistant Manager, Academic Programs
NYUAD Institute

Noora Bamatraf

Administrative Assistant, NYUAD Institute