Human Resources

In line with the vision of the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources ensures that NYU Abu Dhabi’s human capital strategies, programs, practices, and services foster and maintain an organizational culture, and enable NYU Abu Dhabi talent to maximize contribution and potential to allow NYUAD to meet its overall vision and mission. Through those strategies, programs, and services, Human Resources contributes to the creation of a unique employment value proposition for potential and current talent, that builds a strong global brand as an Employer of Choice.

In fulfilling the Vice Chancellor’s strategic intent, Human Resources ensures that the needs of the NYU Abu Dhabi leadership and community are fulfilled by means of planning, providing strategic counsel, and business partnerships with organizational leaders on people and organizational matters. As such, Human Resources is responsible for supporting the Vice Chancellor in shaping the institutional culture wherein the faculty, researchers, administrators, and staff are aligned, engaged, and conduct themselves in an optimal manner to support the vision and mission of NYU Abu Dhabi.

Katherine Drummond
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer


Katherine has held leadership positions in human resources and administrative services in academic institutions including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University School of Social Work, Georgetown University National Center for Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia. Katherine also held positions in community-based health and social services agencies. More recently Katherine served as Senior Advisor for HR and Organizational Development, NYUAD, to support the development of core HR competencies by working closely with unit leaders to identify and communicate gaps. 

Katherine holds a Master of Public Administration from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University as well as additional training in healthcare administration, dispute resolution, and mediation.

Key People

Mohhammed Alshamsi

Director, Immigration and Relocation


Tamara Johnson

Director, Employee Relations


Amani Mreish

Director, Compensation, Benefits, and HRIS

Audrey Longo

Director, Human Resources and Business Operations

Suhair Arikat

Director, Human Resources Business Partner

Natasha Putnins

Director, Learning and Organizational Development