Career Development

The Career Development Center (CDC) empowers students to take the first steps and next steps along meaningful career paths. The CDC seek to understand each student's goals and needs in order to help them achieve their own success. From self-discovery of skills and interests, all the way to acclimation to the world of work, guidance is provided each step of the way.

Leader Profile

Dana Downey

Assistant Dean of Students

Director, Career Development Center

Dana Downey serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Development Center at NYUAD. She has worked in higher education on three continents, seeking to foster cultures of curiosity and career development. She aims to connect people with each other and with opportunities, build capacity on teams, and lower barriers to access when it comes to options.

Dana is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative International Development and Education at the University of Minnesota, and holds an MA in Counseling from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a BS from the University of Florida. She has presented at local, regional, and international conferences about contextualized career advising, data-driven decision making, regionally relevant recruitment, and the advantage of global mobility.

Key People

Garvin Reid

Assistant Director, Career Development Center

Futaim Al Hammadi

Assistant Director, Career Development Center

Lindsay Doung

Assistant Director, Career Advising

Lisa Mayorga

Professional and Graduate School Advisor

Hema Nair

Professional and Graduate School Advisor

Gashel Clarito

Manager, Career Development Center Administration

Nikki Yu

Research and Special Projects Coordinator

Sherin Faisal Alansari

Career Advising Fellow

Contact Us

NYU Abu Dhabi Career Development Center

Phone: +971-2-628-4141