Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem
Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem is President of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE, Vice-President of the FIA, and Chairman of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC).
He is one of the Arab world’s most famous sportsmen, having won a record 14 FIA Middle East Rally Championship titles, making him the most successful FIA title holder in the world. This successful career includes 61 international outings in the European, African, Middle East and World Rally Championships.
As a keen advocate of education and knowledge-creation, in 2011 he established the Motorsport Knowledge Institute (MKI), a dedicated training, education and research arm of ATCUAE, which is one of only four FIA gold level training providers in the world. He was also a leading promoter in the establishment of the Chair in Road Safety Management at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon, which offers a postgraduate degree in this important subject.
Dr. Sean O’Connor
Sean has 30 years’ experience in marketing, communications and public affairs. He worked in the early part of his career with Philip Morris/Marlboro on a broad portfolio of sponsorships around the globe. A former Senator in his native Ireland, he holds two Masters degrees: in Marketing and Political Communications. He was also awarded a PhD for his published works. His work has led to the expansion of ATCUAE in the areas of stakeholder management, public policy, and CSR. He is currently Chairman of the successful education, research and training division (MKI), which provides valuable knowledge services to clients across all continents.
Ronan, is Special Advisor to the President of ATCUAE.
He has enjoyed considerable global success in the world of Motorsport. A former professional championship rally co-driver for 27 years, he started his career in the 70s and went on to win 54 FIA international rallies and 10 Middle East championships. Upon retirement, Ronan entered the world of motorsport management and has built an impressive CV of event management to his name including project director of Wales Rally GB. Ronan was also co-promoter for Rally Ireland and won the bid to stage Ireland’s hugely successful World Rally championship in 2007.
In 2009 he was appointed Motorsport Director of Automobile Tour Club within the ATCUAE. With this responsibility came the role of clerk of the course (sporting manager) of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, Australian V8 Supercars, FIA GT1 races, along with Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Dubai International Rallies.
Ronan is a member of the Volunteer and FIA Officials Commission and Cross Country Rally Commission i and has been a strong advocate for improved training and testing for motorsport officials.He holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Ulster (UK) for his research in the field of motorsport officials management
Adel K Sarris
As one of the longest serving members of staff at the ATCUAE, Adel has been with the organisation since 1990. In this time, he has worked in both aspects of the business: mobility and sport. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and was recently promoted to the role of Mobility Director, overseeing all the issues relating to automobile touring in the UAE. He is a member of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs and AIT/FIA Customs Council. He is also responsible for all financial affairs of the ATCUAE, a role he has been in since 2008.
Regarding motorsport, Adel has been involved in the organisation of Dubai International Rally since 1997, the UAE Desert Challenge since 2005, and the former UAE International Rally between 1996 and 2006.
Matthew’s motorsport experience spans 20 years. He is currently employed by ATCUAE as a Motorsport Manager. Matthew is an ASN Steward and also holds FIM Cross Country Clerk of the Course/Steward licence and the licence of the FIM Environmental Steward. Has experience in stewarding extends to the level of GP2/GT1/V8 and numerous other international events.
Matthew is responsible for all technical and sporting regulations at the ASN, issuing event permits, drafting supplementary regulations and creating the UAE National Sporting Calendar. He is experienced in FIA/CIK Circuit Homologations and is a part of the ASN Judicial Panel. In 2003, Matthew created the UAE National Kart Championship and organized open track days for cars and bikes in 2003 – 2004. In 2005, he created the UAE National Superstock 600 cc Bike Championship. In the following year, he instigated the one-make Golf GTi Cup Championship. Matthew is a member of UAE Motorsport Officials Commission (UAEMOC) and one of the founders and managers of the UAE Motorsport Marshals Club.
Dr. Sean Petherbridge MD
Sean is the Chief Medical Officer of the ATCUAE. He has 14 years’ experience in the medical profession and has worked in motorsport for the last six years. With a background in general medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry and surgery, Sean trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London and qualified in 1997.Sean is Chief Medical Officer for the Dubai International Rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Abu Dhabi rounds of GT1, GP2, V8 Supercars and Formula One, Abu Dhabi and manages a team of over 90 people for such events. Sean also works as Joint Command with Gus Duthie on the Desert Challenge, running the Search and Rescue Team.
He holds both FIM and FIA CMO licenses and has attended seminars with both the FIM and FIA to ensure his knowledge is up to date. Sean also has experience with BMW X-Raid, Mitsubishi Ralliart and BBC Top Gear as CMO for testing and events. He works as Post Medical Advisor for the US Consulate in Dubai and has six years’ experience as an Aviation Medical Examiner.
A highly accomplished medical professional, Sean has an MBBS degree in medicine and MRCGP post graduate qualifications as well as certification is Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). He also has experience as a roadside assistance doctor for the Ambulance Service in the UK.
Cesar joined the ATCUAE in early 2013 as Sporting Department Administrator and is responsible for competition licensing procedure. He holds an FIM Cross Country Rally International Clerk of the Course / Steward’s license and was the FMNR jury member for the 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Cesar holds a Management Degree from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik, Lebanon, and is currently in the process of undertaking a Master's Degree in Marketing. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
Still in in his 20s, Cesar has more than six years’ of customer relation experience under his belt and has crafted versatile leadership skills through various management development programs and seminars. As a key staff member in major hospitality groups in Lebanon, he has been in charge of operational teams holding up to 30 members, driving day-to-day, medium and long-term corporate objectives.
Mamdouh joined the ATCUAE in 2008 as a Customer Service Supervisor. He is responsible for: implementing procedures to issue Carnet De Passage, international driving licenses and the issuance of the certificate of tourism in all branches of ATCUAE. Mamdouh is also in charge of coordinating with the RTA to issue tourism certificates.
Tanya is in charge of ATCUAE's sporting and mobility training, education and research programs and projects, which are being delivered through a dedicated division of the organisation – Motorsport Knowledge Institute (MKI).
Since the MKI’s establishment in 2012, she has organized the delivery of officials safety and event management training programs to over 2500 motorsport volunteers and officials in 22 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America. She has been leading on a number of research projects which were conducted in conjunction with the ATCUAE’s academic partners. Tanya led on the development of the world’s first motorsport online learning platform for motorsport officials and volunteers worldwide, which was launched by the ATCUAE in December 2015.
She has been involved in the organization and delivery of the major international motorsport events held in the UAE since 2005.
Tanya holds Masters Degree in Project Management and is currently studying Digital Marketing at the University of Illinois.
Bubindren Sampath Kumar
With over 14 years of experience in national & international customs regulations, import/export of goods, cross trade and multi-modal transportation across the globe, Bubindren is ATCUAE’s Head of TIR & Transit Systems. He also manages the IRU academy at ATCUAE, strategically partnering with EDI (Emirates Driving Institute) and is a certified instructor for the IRU Academy course “CPC – Manager”.
He has completed numerous programs in the fields of transport and freight forwarding. He is involved in various research programs in the fields of product management, education, procurement and operations concerning logistics and freight forwarding that bridge the importers, exporters, manufactures and suppliers with freight forwarders around the globe using next generation innovative technologies thereby facilitating the trade between the United Arab Emirates and rest of the world.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and is a certified internal auditor for quality control and assurance.
Priyan John Bosco
Priyan started his career in the logistics and freight forwarding industry and is equipped with skills and technical expertise in freight operations management & coordination.
He holds over 7 plus years of work experience handling a wide range of international logistics operations encompassing supply chain management, import/export documentation, coordination and warehousing with strong competencies in document control management, fleet management, client relationship and customer service.
He is a certified instructor for the IRU Academy course “CPC – Manager” and plays a significant role by assisting the IRU Academy. Priyan is a proactive and dedicated team player with a high degree of attention to detail and commitment to work.
He holds a master’s degree in logistics and operational management and competency certificate on Road Safety.
George has over 9 years of experience in the Road safety Education and Management industry; with over 16 years of experience in Customer relation management, brand and reputation management, smart mobility, future transportation, and Road Safety Campaigns. He is well connected to the different Road Safety Associations and Stakeholders at both regional and international level.
George is a former programme manager at the UAE office at Transport Research Laboratory – TRL; providing world leading Transportation Research and Consultancy to Public and Private sector organisations and building the Future of Transport globally. As an Arabic speaker with Middle East experience, he was responsible for developing and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relations and liaison for a diverse set of projects and research studies. His business development capabilities cover most of the transport research areas including latest mobility technologies and innovative projects in smart vehicles and infrastructures, ULEV, road safety education, transportation, ITS and many other areas
George has a BA in Business and Hospitality Management in addition to many accredited certifications in Road Safety, Children passenger safety ( Instructor by safekids worldwide – NHTSA ), Marketing and Quality Assurance.
During his notable career timeline, he has worked for two of the regional and global flagship enterprises in the fields of Transport Research and Road Safety Education namely, TRL (Transport research Laboratory – UK based agency) and Emirates Driving Company ( UAE based agency ). He was mainly advising on on-going local strategies, business development, marketing, event management, corporate social responsibilities and partnership management.
Tom is a Motorsport Coordinator for the ATCUAE. He graduated from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, with a 1st Class Honours degree in Motorsport Management. Tom is from a Motorsport background and has been involved in both on and off-track activities.
He previously worked for a leading global Motorsport engineering and manufacturing enterprise whose customers include Formula 1, WEC and WRC. During his time at University he interned for a World-renowned racing team and automotive engineering company which also gave him a significant insight into the corporate Motorsport world.
Before moving to the UAE, Tom had successfully competed on track in both Cars and Karts in his native United Kingdom which further enhanced his passion for Motorsport.