Maha Barakat has held the post of Director General of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi since 2013. Previously, she was Co-Founder, Medical & Research Director and Consultant Endocrinologist at the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi.
She is a member of the Social Development Committee of the Executive Council of the Government of Abu Dhabi, and Board member of several Government of Abu Dhabi-related entities including the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University, the Family Development Foundation, the Quality Conformity Council, and the Statistics Centre. Internationally, she was appointed a member of the “Roll Back Malaria” Partnership Board.
For her work to the community in the UAE, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010, was awarded the Abu Dhabi Prize in 2011, and given the Imperial College Medal in 2013.