Education is the foundation for development and empowerment for children and young people around the world. It was launched in September 2007 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Finally, I would like to say that we are grateful to all our donors, partners and supporters within the UAE community and abroad for their tremendous generosity and support. Mr. Al Qamzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics and Accounting, from the Emirates University in 1985. These initiatives include the annual Walk for Education, Volunteer Emirates and Volunteer Globally. It was launched in September 2007 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. With each intervention, Dubai Cares evaluates the need for assistance across two key areas: Access to Education which allows Dubai Cares to improve children’s health and learning environment, increase education enrollment and attainment, increase access to education, reduce absenteeism, increase gender parity and increase promotion rates. He also received the 2016 Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) Award in recognition of his strong and visible commitment, outstanding achievement and active advocacy for quality education in Mediterranean countries. Dubai Cares is a philanthropic organization working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries. It was under His Highness’s wise leadership that the vision of Dubai Cares became a reality. He is also behind Dubai Cares’ selection to become a member of the High-Level Steering Group for the global ‘Education Cannot Wait’ fund and the board of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited. Al Gurg has been a primary driver behind the organization’s success. This ongoing process enables the organization to gather evidence collected during regular field visits, as well as through reports by academic institutions that Dubai Cares appoints to independently evaluate its programs. Further, we are providing funding for interventions in areas where governments have limited resources or are unable to provide services in situations of conflict, natural disasters and epidemics. Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), is responsible for a wide spectrum of education in Dubai’s private sector, spanning early learning, school, and higher education and training Institutes. In 2017, Al Gurg was recognized by Irina Bokova, former director of UNESCO for his role in transitioning Dubai Cares from a young philanthropic organization into a global leader in the international education arena. Her Excellency is Chairperson of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, which merged the former Emirates Competitiveness Council and the National Bureau of Statistics in 2015, to drive the UAE’s global competitiveness. Mr. Al Qamzi started his professional career with the Central Military Command of the UAE in 1986 in a financial administrative role. Gender equality is also a priority across the organization’s education programs, whereby it ensures the provision of safe learning environments with appropriate and adequate facilities, materials and gender-sensitized academic support for boys and girls – without any discrimination. Additionally, she holds responsibility within the Ministry, for the UAE’s bilateral relations with Sub Saharan African countries, India, Pakistan and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In February 2016, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy was sworn in as Minister of State for International Cooperation, in the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Mr. Al Qamzi is extensively involved in business and industry through his board affiliations. In addition, Dubai Cares funds research-oriented programs and establishes pilot initiatives that provide impactful and valuable evidence for governments, policymakers and civil society, to support them in defining an educational framework for the future. Dubai Cares is playing a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises. He is a Founding Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAE GDA). It ensures the organization’s ability to adapt to changes, mobilize more resources, and better utilize funds. Current Board memberships and Affiliations: His Excellency Sultan Alshamsi is the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, with over 25 years of experience in governmental organizations and private sector. Degree from Mangalayatan University in Aligarh, India for his contribution to global education and his outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of philanthropy.