Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali is a Consultant Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist and is the Founding Dean of the College of Medicine and a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a member of the Emirates Scientists Council, which is an advisory body to the UAE Cabinet, and is a member of the Dubai Future Councils. He is a Past President of the Emirates Cardiac Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Heart Association and a Founding Board Member of the Gulf Heart Rhythm Society. Professor Alsheikh-Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA), and a Master of Science in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University (Boston, MA, USA). He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University (Boston, MA, USA) where he also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowships in Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and is American-board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. His research focuses on clinical electrophysiology and device therapies, preventive cardiology, and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. He is a key member of steering committees of several regional multinational prospective disease-based registries of acute coronary syndrome, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure, and is the co-Principal Investigator of the Gulf ICD Registry and the Dubai Shopping for Risk Factor Study (DISCOVERY). His research has led to more than 150 peer-reviewed publications to date in indexed journals including the Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology.