His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is the United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He is also Chancellor of two of the UAE's three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning: United Arab Emirates University, established in 1976, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, established in 1988; and president of the third, Zayed University, established in 1998.
Sheikh Nahyan is also Chairman of CERT (Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training), the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology, which was established in 1996.
Sheikh Nahyan is Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank, and United Bank Limited. Abu Dhabi Group is a large investor in Pakistan. It owns Bank Alfalah, Warid Telecom, Wateen Telecom, Taavun and many more in Pakistan. His Highness is also Founder Chairman of Bank Alfalah Limited.
Sheikh Nahyan is Chairman of WARID Telecom International (a regional telecoms group based out of Abu Dhabi with operations in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville, and Ivory Coast).
Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan is also recipient of Pakistan's highest civilian award, the 'Hilal-e-Pakistan', which was conferred upon him by the President of Pakistan in 2005. For several years, Sheikh Nahyan has been the sponsor of the Emirates Natural History Group with chapters in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. One of the two awards presented annually by the Abu Dhabi chapter is the Sh. Mubarak Award, named for Sheikh Nahyan's father. He is the son of Mubarak bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works is his brother.