Dr. Shihab Ghanem
Emirati poet, writer, poetry translator, engineer, economist, and administrator. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Aberdeen in 1964, a Master in Water Resource Development from Roorkee University in 1975, a PhD in Economics from Cardiff University in 1989, and an honorary doctorate in arts from Soka University, Tokyo in 2015. He served as the head of the Engineering Department of the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Dubai Ports and Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Technology City prior to his retirement. He has 92 published books, most of which are in Arabic and about 20 of them are in English. He has accumulated about 30 awards and honors in the field of poetry, translation, and scientific research, including the Tagore Peace Award in 2012, and the Cultural Personality of the Year Award as part of the Al Owais Award for Creativity 2013.