In 2015, The Honorary Doctorate was awarded to : Mr. Paul Griffiths , C.E.O of Dubai Airports
Paul joined Dubai Airports as its first CEO in October 2007, and is responsible for the operation and development of Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central (DWC) airport, soon to be the worlds largest.
Prior to moving to Dubai, Paul was Managing Director of London’s Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the UK.He also spent 14 years with the Virgin Group, working closely with Sir Richard Branson as a Board Director of the Virgin Travel Group. Prior to this, he spent four years in Hong Kong developing the marketing, commercial planning and technology functions for the then start-up airline Dragonair.
Since joining Dubai Airports as CEO, he orchestrated the launch of Terminal 3 at Dubai International, the worlds largest Airport Terminal, and the opening of Concourse A, the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility. With these developments Dubai international Airport now hosts the most international passenger traffic in the world. Next, Paul will lead efforts to completely re-design and set new standards for the airport passenger experience as part of the US$32 billion expansion of the next phase of Dubai World Central.
In addition to his high profile career, Paul has managed to become a prolific Musician, a passion he shares with his wife Joanna.
He started to learn to play the organ at the age of 10 and later studied both music and computer science. Having aspired to train as a Cathedral Organist, he was highly placed in several national competitions, and has since been a Fellow, Council member, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Vice President of the Royal College of Organists.
In commemoration of his services to British prosperity in the UAE and to music, it was announced this June, that Paul will become a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2015.