Mohammed Ben Sulayem
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 events 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 the ATCUAE. It stands as one of only four FIA gold-level training providers in the world. He was also a leading promoter in establishing 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 the General Manager 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.
Morgan is also director of the Motorsport Knowledge Institute (an FIA Institute Regional Training Provider) and heads up a training team who specialize in educating other motorsport federations around the world in officials safety training. In addition, Ronan is a member of the Volunteer and Officials Commission and Cross Country Rally Commission in FIA. He is currently working on his thesis as he pursues a Master of Philosophy in motorsport management at the University of Ulster (UK).
Adel K Sarris
As one of the longest serving members of staff at the ATCUAE, Adel Sarris has been with the organization since 1990. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and renders his leadership and expertise as Director of Mobility since 2008, overseeing complete business management and financial affairs of the organization. He is an active member of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC) and AIT/FIA customs council. With his vast experience in motorsport, Adel has been involved in the organization and administration of Dubai International Rally since 1997, the UAE Desert Challenge since 2005, and the former UAE International Rally between 1996 and 2006.
With over eight years’ 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 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 BA in International Business from the University of Hull, U.K and is pursuing her Project Management Certificate from the Project Management Institute.
Nila McCann is the Communications Director at ATCUAE with over 10 years of experience in communication and marketing roles across five continents.
American-born with an MBA from one of Europe’s leading business schools, IE Business School of Madrid, and a master’s degree from Sorbonne University in Paris, Nila manages the online presence of ATCUAE including all marketing, communications and social media for the club. Nila is also well-versed in operational efficiency, maximization of productivity and innovative and creative thought processes.
She is fluent in English and French, an accomplished writer and business woman, an extreme sports enthusiast with a taste for adventure.
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.
Stuart has been heavily involved in the ATCUAE’s quest to achieve gold level accreditation with the FIA Institute. He is the lead 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 training feedback analysis.
Stuart also acts as ATCUAE’s liaison for ASNs that are planning to launch or formalise national officials’ safety training programs with the assistance of ATCUAE.
A holder of an FIM Motocross Clerk of the Course/Steward’s licence, Stuart is the appointed National Safety Officer to the FIA. He is the Deputy Secretary of the meeting for 2011 Formula One™ 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, together with a Masters degree in Sports Management from the University of Ulster.
Marc joined the ATCUAE team after moving from his home country of Australia in 2014. With over 10 years’ experience on and off the motorsport track, Marc has worked at improving training and events within disciplines such as: Drifting, Motorcycle Road Racing and Supermoto.
His passion as a coach and mentor for riders and drivers alike has allowed him to work within various institutions. In 2004, Marcrecognised the need for new drift drivers to be taught the practical skills and initiated Western Australia’s first and only drift school.
After moving to motorcycle racing, Marc started coaching for the Motorcycle Racing Club of WA and kickstarted a training program for Supermoto, running coaching sessions for riders – from first time track riders to those 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 in the UAE.
Cesar Abou Chacra
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.
He is now the Volunteer Manager for the of the ATCUAE Motorsports Marshals club which currently has more than 2500 members. He is mainly responsible for training m recruiting , allocation and managing all the different aspect of thee volunteers to ensure successful motorsports event in the UAE.
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 sports management from the American University of the Emirates.. 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 carrier 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.