Teach Middle East Magazine May-June 2016 Issue 5 Volume 3 - Page 38

A Moment With A Moment With Faisal Yousif Al Suwaidi By Carolyn Lee Faisal reads to his sons from one of their favourite books. M r Faisal Yousif Al Suwaidi holds the distinguished position of Acting Treasury Manager at the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). His journey to accomplishing this goal started in 1994, when he assumed the role of Fax and Telex Operator. He described this job as one that detached him from his colleagues and one that he believed he would be doing for the rest of his life. All this this changed when he decided to further his studies. Since then, he has steadily progressed, working in different roles within the ADFD. In 2009, he was appointed to the position of Treasurer where he managed the Money Market Portfolio. By 2012, he was promoted to the position of Board Director of a subsidiary in Bangladesh (United Arab EmiratesBangladesh Investment Company) funding Small-Medium Enterprise sectors of Bangladesh. Two years later, he was appointed as Chairman of the same company. Faisal received yet 36 | May - Jun 2016 | | another promotion in February 2015, a few months prior to concluding his MBA. He was appointed as Acting Treasury Manager managing with the team, the access cash of the FUND. Later that year, he was appointed as a Board Member of ARTES a Tunisian automobile company. Faisal credits his continuous studies for the successes that he has enjoyed in his career. He has new goals, which include becoming a government minister or governor of The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates. Below Faisal shares his thoughts with us on the Year of Reading, his culture and dreams for his country. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has declared 2016 as 'The Year of Reading'. What are two crucial benefits of this agenda for UAE’s citizens? After The Bell “Reading opens minds, magnifies hunger for knowledge and instils the values of openness and moderation that define great civilisations”. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai IQRAA “READ” was the first word of the Qur’an revealed to the Prophet Mohammed before any other command or tasks were given to him. Thus, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative is based on several studies. It is a part of the top leadership’s 2021 vision. As citizens, we have to contribute to this vision by encouraging each member of the society to start reading at home. Reading leads to change in many areas of life. It is a tool for wisdom. The benefits of this initiative are many. It allows us to focus on finding creative ways to promote reading among children and adults. It has led to an increase in reading campaigns throughout the UAE.