Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi)
United Arab Emirates
Adnan Mohammed AlAwadhi is the People and Performance Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
Prior to joining DCT Abu Dhabi, AlAwadhi held roles in leading organisations including DP World and ADNOC, where he was selected to be part of the Project Management Office. His role for the ADNOC Group involved being responsible for transforming human capital, which encompassed about 55,000 employees working on the mainland, in offshore oilfields and in satellite offices.
In 2018, AlAwadhi took over the role of heading HR Strategy and Planning for Borouge in Singapore, where he was accountable for developing short and long-term strategic HR solutions across eight countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions, and translating them into effective programmes. AlAwadhi also chaired the Happiness and Wellness Committee at Borouge and launched engagement initiatives for employees across the regions.
In 2020, AlAwadhi was appointed People and Performance Director at DCT Abu Dhabi, where he is responsible for overseeing and steering the strategic direction of the Department’s Human Resources and Internal Communications, which encompasses the Tourism and Culture sectors as well as museums and the Arabic Language Centre.
He is an HR and Talent Development expert with more than 15 years of local and international professional experience. He holds a dual Master’s Degree (MBA and Engineering) from the University of Technology Sydney.
Outside of his corporate career, AlAwadhi is a certified International Transformative Coach, trainer and inspirational speaker. He has worked with thousands of individuals across the globe, ranging from executives of large corporations and international universities to professional athletes, entertainers, students and parents in countries such as the UAE, UK, Australia, United States, New Zealand, China, Canada and Sweden.
AlAwadhi is also the published author of a self-development book titled Living by Choice, Not by Chance.