Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council Appoints Global Tech Executive as First CEO to Lead ASPIRE

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  • Dr Arthur Morrish brings 30+ years of professional experience in senior roles across industries to his new post as chief executive officer of ASPIRE, which drives the creation of future transformative technologies as the programme management pillar of ATRC
Dr. Arthur Morrish

Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Dr Arthur Morrish, a leading international high-tech sector expert and experienced senior executive, was today named the first chief executive officer of ASPIRE, the dedicated technology programme management pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC).

Prior to joining ASPIRE, Dr Morrish was the Vice President for Advanced Concepts and Technology with the Raytheon Intelligence and Space Systems (RIS), a leading US-based provider of integrated sensor, communication and electronic systems and space systems. His management portfolio at the McKinney, Texas-based RIS business included development and implementation of emerging system concepts, products, and strategic technologies. His unit included scientists, engineers, and support staff in seven key locations.

Dr Morrish, an American, brings more than 30 years of professional experience in developing and managing innovative, technical solutions to a wide array of commercial challenges, in addition to overseeing multi-million-dollar, cross-business programmes from inception to advanced prototype then transition to internal and external customers.

Commenting on the announcement, H.E. Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC, said: “Dr Morrish is a proven leader with deep knowledge of the advanced tech sector. His work on funding research that led to pioneering advancements and overseeing programmes from the drawing board to prototype to customer dovetails with ASPIRE’s mandate; to make globally impactful decisions and allocate funds to cutting-edge research.”

ASPIRE works in consultation with cross-sector industry stakeholders, universities, and research institutes to frame problem statements. It also launches grand challenges and international competitions to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.  

On his appointment, Dr Morrish said: “ASPIRE is driving the creation of future transformative technologies in Abu Dhabi. It brings together exceptional people, ideas, resources, and technologies to solve complex challenges through a rigorous discovery and inquiry-based approach. For me, it is a big challenge, a big opportunity, and to top it off, a really great team to work with.”

Before joining Raytheon, Dr Morrish worked for L-3 Communications in Arlington, Virginia, as vice president and chief technology officer for the Electronic Systems Group business segment, and prior to that, he was director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington.

Dr Morrish holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from Michigan State University and a doctorate in analytic chemistry from the University of Maryland. His employment takes immediate effect.

About Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC):

Advanced Technology Research Council shapes research and development for transformative technology outcomes. It is responsible for defining Abu Dhabi’s R&D strategy across academia and industry, consolidating funds for efficient investment, and driving policy and regulation for agile decision-making. By guiding breakthrough technologies, it is establishing Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE as a desired home for advanced technology talent and a global hub for innovation.

About ASPIRE:

ASPIRE drives the creation of future transformative technologies by working in consultation with cross-sector industry stakeholders, universities and research institutes to frame problem statements. It also launches grand challenges and international competitions to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. ASPIRE brings together exceptional people, ideas, resources, and technologies to solve complex challenges. ASPIRE is the programme management pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). ATRC is responsible for defining Abu Dhabi’s research and development strategy, consolidating funds for efficient investment, and driving policy and regulation