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Staff Profiles

  • President:Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem
  • Chairman MKI:Dr. Sean O’Connor
  • Sporting Director:Ronan Morgan
  • Mobility Director:Adel K Sarris
  • Technical Director:Robert Bryan
  • TIR Manager:Rawan Shukri
  • Mobility Manager:George Zakhem
  • Communication Manager:Sura Manhal
  • Motorsport Manager:Matthew Norman
  • Operations Manager:Dr. Jacques Skayem
  • Information & Technology Officer:Jacob Varghese
  • Chief Medical Officer:Dr. Sean Petherbridge MD
  • Assistant Project Manager:Stuart Murray
  • Motorsport Coordinator:Marc Roissetter
  • Sporting Department Administrator:Cesar Abou Chacra
  • Customer Service Supervisor:Mamdouh Mousa



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.

 He is a keen advocate of education and the creation of knowledge . In 2011 in 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 post graduate degree in this important subject.

Dr. Sean O’Connor

Sean has thirty 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 one in Marketing and the second in Political Communications. He also was awarded a PhD for his published works.

His has led the expansion of ATCUAE in recent years in the areas of stakeholder management, public policy, and CSR .He is currently Chairman of the successful education, research and training division, MKI, which has provided valuable knowledge services to clients on all continents .

Ronan Morgan

Ronan has enjoyed considerable Global success in the world of Motorsport. A former professional championship rally co-driver for 27 years who started his career in the 70's went on to win 54 FIA international rallies and 10 Middle East championships.

Upon his retirement as a co-driver 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 (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.

Morgan is a director of Motorsport Knowledge Institute, an FIA Institute Regional Training Provider and heads up a training team teaching other motorsport federations around the world specialising in officials safety training.

Ronan is also a member of the Volunteer and Officials Commission and Cross Country Rally Commission in FIA and is currently working on his thesis as he pursues MPhil in motorsport management at the University of Ulster (UK).

Adel K Sarris

Adel K Sarris is one of the longest serving members of staff at the ATCUAE, having been with the organisation since 1990. In this time, he has worked in both aspects of the business, mobility and sport.

Adel 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 fulfilled since 2008.

In motorsport, he 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.

Robert Bryan

Having spent much of his life on the competitors side of Motorsport and working with a number of Internationally recognised teams and drivers, Robert changed direction in 2006 and joined the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE as Technical Director and post incident Technical Advisor for the ASN Judicial Panel.

Working in conjunction with National Road & Traffic Authorities, Robert also works to ensure an agreeable medium is reached between road registration requirements and Motorsport governing bodies.

As a qualified Engineer, his background in race car fabrication and preparation are key elements in ensuring the technical and safety standards imposed by regulatory authorities are maintained.

Robert has been involved with, or overseen the technical attributes of every International and major National Motorsport event within the United Arab Emirates for the last 6 years, including 2009 & 2010 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’s, Desert Challenge events, Dubai International Rally events, FiA GT1’s, GP2’s, Australian V8’s, etc.

To assist with these events, Robert also trains and manages an efficient and effective team of over 80 volunteer Scrutineers whose reputation for knowledge and professionalism is Internationally recognized.

Rawan Shukri

With over 8 years of experience in Project Management and business development in different sectors and various business area including; investments, education and sustainability management, and innovation Ms. Shukri has extended her dedication and tactful management skills to serve the TIR department of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE as a TIR Manager since 2013.

She has a B.A in International Business from the University of Hull, U.K and is pursuing her Project Management Certificate from the Project Management Institute.

George Zakhem

George has over 6 years of experience in the Driver Education industry; with over 12 years of experience in Road Safety and Road Safety Campaigns, He is well connected to the different Road Safety Associations and Stakeholders at both regional and international level. George has works with specialist subject in traffic management and road safety to deliver RS events and campaigns.

George has a BA in Business and Hospitality Management in addition to many accredited certifications in Road Safety programs.

During his notable career timeline he has worked for two of the region’s flagship enterprises in the fields of traffic and safety namely, YASA (Youth Association for Social Awareness) and Emirates Driving Company. He was mainly advising on on-going strategic marketing, event management, corporate social responsibilities and partnership management. 

Sura Manhal

Sura Manhal, is the Communication Manager of Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates.

She worked previously, in the Corporate Communication Department of Dubai Customs, a leading government organization in Dubai, UAE.  

Sura holds a Master’s Degree in International Business, from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of Languages - Baghdad University. She also holds a “Deplome d’etude de la Langue Fransaise” from “Le Centre Culturel Francais” in Baghdad.

She is a communication professional with lots of knowledge and experience in Media Relations and PR field, she is Fluent in Arabic, English and French. 

Matthew Norman

Currently employed by ATCUAE in the capacity as Motorsport Manager and has held the position for the last 5 years and his motorsport experience is over 20 years in the sport. 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 to a level of GP2 / GT1 / V8 and numerous other Internationals.

Matthew is responsible for all technical and sporting regulations at the ASN, issuing event permits, drafting supplementary regulations and putting together 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 with 1 make tyre and engines and organized open track days for cars and bikes in 2003 – 2004. In 2005 he created the UAE National Superstock 600 cc Bike Championship and in 2006 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 UAE Motorsport Marshals Club.

Dr. Jacques Skayem

Jacques Skayem is the Operations Manager of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE. He worked previously for the Dubai Government and Nakheel as a Senior Advisor on all waterfront projects. He helped to develop the new sustainable and environmental regulations for all waterfront property. Jacques also contributed to the development of new regulations concerning the conservation of energy in buildings, and how to design buildings in relation to natural resources.

He has lectured at the American University of Science & Technology in Beirut, and at the Politecnico Di Milano in Italy where he was awarded his PhD in Technology & Design for Environmental Quality at Building and Urban Scale. He also holds a Master Degree in Architecture, and has published articles in both Lebanon and Italy about energy and construction.

He has been involved in motorsport since 1999, and was a member of Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s Middle East Rally Championship winning team. He has also been PR manager for the famous Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, and has contributed to the development of the UAE Marshals Club website and the marshals management team for large events.

Jacques is now contributing in the research and development side of mobility and touring for the ATCUAE.

Jacob Varghese

Jacob Varghese joined the ATCUAE as Information & Technology Officer. He is a graduate of Computer Engineering   form State Board of Technical Education, Kerala, India.

Microsoft and Cisco  certified IT professional with 10 years of experience. He previously worked as an IT Administrator and IT Systems & Network Engineer in UAE and India.

In his current role with the ATCUAE he is responsible for the streamlined operation of the IT Department in alignment with the business objectives of the organization.

Plan, coordinate, direct, and design IT-related activities of the organization, as well as provide administrative direction and support for daily operational activities of the IT department.

Define and implement IT policies, procedures, and best practices and responsible for maintaining the company's IT network, servers and security systems, to ensure maximum availability of computer systems throughout the Company.

Dr. Sean Petherbridge MD

Sean Petherbridge is the Chief Medical Officer of ATCUAE. He has 14 years experience as a doctor, the last 6 years in motor sport. His background is in general medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry and surgery. He trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London and qualified in 1997.

Sean is CMO for the Dubai International Rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Abu Dhabi rounds of GT1, GP2, V8 Supercars and of course Formula 1 Abu Dhabi. He manages a team of over 90 people for F1. Sean 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 keep 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 6 years experience as an Aviation Medical Examiner.

Sean has an MBBS degree in medicine and MRCGP post graduate qualifications as well as certification is Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). He has experience as a roadside assistance doctor for the Ambulance Service in the UK.

Stuart Murray

Stuart has been the project coordinator for the successful UAE Motorsport Star programme, and has been heavily involved in the ATCUAE’s quest to achieve gold level accreditation with the FIA Institute. He is leading on officials training assessment and monitoring at the UAE Motorsport Marshals Club and coordinates the implementation of changes to training curriculum and format based on the training feedback analysis.

He is an ATCUAE liaison for ASNs that are planning to launch or formalize national officials’ safety training programs with the assistance of ATCUAE.

He is the holder of an FIM Motocross Clerk of the Course / Steward’s licence, and the appointed National Safety Officer to the FIA. He is the Deputy Secretary of the meeting for 2011 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and a Deputy Clerk of the Course for 2011 Dubai International Rally.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Stirling, and a Masters degree in Sports Management from the University of Ulster.

Marc Roissetter

Marc joined the ATCUAE team after moving from his home country of Australia in 2014. With over 10 years motorsport experience on and off the track, Marc has worked at improving motorsport training and events within disciplines such as Drifting, Motorcycle Road Racing & Supermoto.

His passion as a coach and mentor for riders and drivers alike has allowed him to work within various institutions.  In 2004 Marc recognized the need for new drift drivers to be taught the practical skills and in conjunction with the WASCC initiated Western Australia’s first and only drift school.

After moving to motorcycle racing Marc started coaching for the Motorcycle Racing Club of WA & initiated a training program for SupermotoWA, running coaching for riders from first time track riders to riders going for their race licence.

Marc’s professional disposition, passion for teaching and development along with his comprehensive knowledge of motorsport, makes him perfectly placed to help develop motorsport sustainability.

Cesar Abou Chacra

Cesar joined the ATCUAE in early 2013 as the Sporting Department Administrator, and is responsible for the ATCUAEs 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.

At the age of 24, Cesar has more than 6 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 on day-to-day, medium and long term corporate objectives.

Mamdouh Mousa

Mamdouh Mousa Joined ATCUAEin 2008 as a Customer Service Supervisor , He  is responsible for implementing the procedures to issue Carnet De Passage, international driving license, and the issuance of the certificate of tourism in all branches of ATCUAE and responsible for coordinating with RTA in issuance of tourism certificates.