Rula Sadik

Dr. Sadik is Middle East Regional Director with MWH Global, a US based global Engineering and Consulting firm, now part of Stantec with over 22,000 professionals and 400 offices on six continents. Prior to joining MWH, Dr Sadik served as the Chief Strategy Advisor to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. She advised on capital investment delivery, financial management, and technical issues related to critical infrastructure and asset management, investment and development projects as well as leading an urban design studio focused on urban planning and mixed use developments. Her efforts along with those of the key executive team contributed to the City of Abu Dhabi being awarded the Gold Award for Most Livable City in 2014. Prior to working with MADC, Dr Sadik served as the Chief Development Officer and Director of Design and Planning with Nakheel and Dubai World. She was recognized for her substantial contributions to design and development especially in spearheading sustainable design approaches and community-based place making. She established and led urban planning, urban design, architecture, landscape design, interior design, GIS, and R&D departments. She played a key role in establishing corporate and market leadership and achieved awards and industry recognition in innovative and sustainable property development. Dr. Sadik also led Special Projects working closely with the CEO on providing strategic intervention to sensitive and high profile projects.

Before coming to the UAE, Dr. Sadik worked with leading public and private companies around the world, including North America, Europe and North Africa. Her experience encompasses high technology clusters and technology parks, innovation and business incubation, property development, urban planning and design, economic and community development, and competitiveness strategy. Dr. Sadik taught architecture, urban planning and design, as well as economic and community development courses at leading universities in California and the UAE including University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, and American University of Sharjah. Dr. Sadik holds a BA, MCP and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley where she also earned several commendations and awards.