H. E. Mirza Hussain Al Sayegh

H. E. Mirza Hussain Al Sayegh

Member, Board of Trustees
Al Maktoum Foundation

 

Mirza Al Sayegh was born in Dubai, UAE, attended private tuition at his father’s school in the early days and in 1957 he attended the first UAE Government School in Dubai for his primary education years.

After completing his secondary education at Dubai Secondary School, in 1967 Mirza was enrolled in the University of Jordan, and graduated with a BA in Business Administration in 1971.

In 1971, Mirza joined a diplomatic course in preparation for the Federal announcement, as candidate for the UAE overseas diplomatic corps. He was then appointed as Third Secretary and Head of Information and Translation Section, Political Dept. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi in February 1972.

In January 1973, Mirza was elected as Third Secretary, and subsequently First Secretary, at the UAE Embassy in New Delhi, India. In 1974 he became Head of UAE Consular Mission in Bombay, India, as a Counsellor.

During his stay in India, Mirza was enrolled at the University of Delhi to study a Masters Degree in Political Science.

In 1976, Mirza was appointed as Counsellor and Minister Plenipotentiary (Charge d’affairs) UAE Embassy, London. In 1979 he represented the UAE on the Political Committee of the United National General Assembly session.

In 1980, he spent two years studying for a Masters Degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California (UK Programme) London.

In December 1983, Mirza took charge of investment affairs of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Government of Dubai. He has been appointed to the Board, as Chairman or Deputy Chairman, of numerous companies both in UAE and overseas. These companies under his charge cover a wide spectrum of banks, commercial, charitable, educational and civil society organisations.

Mirza Al Sayegh travelled extensively around the world in pursuance of the vision of the Late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in promoting education by building secondary schools in Africa, cultural centres in Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, China, Australia and the United States.

Mirza holds membership on the following boards of notable Universities in UAE such as British University in Dubai, American University in U.A.E, Abu Dhabi University, Fujairah University, Gulf Medical University and abroad at Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Scotland and member of cultural centre at Australia National University, Canberra.

Mirza’s hobbies include horse racing, swimming, reading and hunting. He is married and is the father of five children and grandfather of three boys and one girl!