H.E. Ahmad Abdul Kareem Julfar

Director General
Community Development Authority (CDA)

About me

H.E. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar is currently serving as the Director General of Community Development Authority (CDA). With vast experience in diverse sectors including telecommunications, banking and community development, he holds several prominent leadership positions in the UAE.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company; Chairman of the Knowledge Fund- Government of Dubai; Vice Chairman of Commercial Bank of Dubai; and a Board member of Smart Stream Technologies.

Prior to taking on the leadership role at CDA, H.E Julfar had a very successful career with Etisalat, where he held various positions including that of CEO of Etisalat Group from 2011-2016. During this period, he was elected as the Vice Chairman of GSM Association.

H.E Julfar holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Gonzaga University in Washington, USA, and has participated in the "Creating leaders for tomorrow" Program at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development.