Before this, Abdulla served as the Managing Director, Cargo & Logistics Services at Etihad Aviation Group. At Etihad, Abdulla played an active role in evolving Etihad Cargo’s business strategy and rolling out its ambitious transformation program, growing the top line to US$1.2Bn in 2020 from US$830M in 2018, and doubling the bottom line.
Prior to Etihad, Abdulla spent 13 years at Mubadala in various roles. He was a member of the team that developed Mubadala’s first comprehensive Aerospace strategy for Abu Dhabi in 2006 and was subsequently engaged in its implementation and execution. He worked on the creation of foundational partnerships with leading global aerospace players, including GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, International Aero-Engines and Hamilton Sundstrand (now UTC Aerospace). Most recently he served as Head of Aerospace, managing Mubadala’s portfolio of aerospace investments in the UAE and internationally.
Abdulla currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sociedad Minera de Santander S.A.S. (Minesa), Strata Manufacturing PJSC and Abu Dhabi Ports Logistics (MICCO) LLC, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports Company PJSC (an ADQ Company). He previously served as Chairman of Sanad Aero Solutions LLC, Aerospace Turbine Services and Solutions LLC and Armaguard Valuables Management LLC; and was also a member of the Boards of Directors of Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC, Safwa Marine LLC and SR Technics AG.
Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.