His Excellency Dr Obaid Al Ketbi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Australia, based in Canberra, took up his post in August 2015. He is also a non-residence Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu, the Independent State of Samoa and Solomon Islands.
Dr Alketbi is a highly qualified, skilled and experienced professional with over 39 years of military, homeland security and business management experience.
Prior to his Diplomatic post, His Excellency was a member of the decision making Council of the Government of Abu Dhabi UAE - the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police in charge of Homeland Security (2008 – 2014).
Dr Al Ketbi held distinguished and distinctive positions in the UAE Federal and Abu Dhabi governments including; Chairmanship and Membership of various Organizations such as Chair of the Exchange of Information and Integration of National Security, Abu Dhabi. Chair of the National Security Committee on Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives; Chair of the Executive Board of the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX). Chair of the International Exbition for National Security & Resilience (ISNR), and a Member of the Standing Committee for Crises & Disaster Management; and a Member of the International Anti-Terrorism Committee, World Economic Forum, Abu Dhabi. In addition.
Dr Alketbi has a strong interest in academic research and has serval publications in various fields.
Ambassador Dr Al Ketbi holds the degrees of BSc, MSc (Engr); BBA, MBA (Bus Mgt); MSc (Nat Res Mgt) and PhD (Int Bus) – his Doctorate of Philosophy topic was "The International Transfer and Anchorage of Foreign Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Case Study of the Private Sector".
HE is married with a daughter and a son.