Omran Sharaf is Project Director of the Emirates Mars Mission at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. He and his team are responsible for developing, launching, and operating the Hope Probe, the spacecraft of the mission. An experienced electronics and systems engineer, Sharaf was responsible for developing and implementing the Command & Data Handling Subsystem (C&DH) for the DubaiSat-1 high resolution LEO imaging satellite. He also headed the development of the C&DH subsystem and payload electronics subsystem for DubaiSat-2, along with being a systems engineer of that project. Sharaf earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, in 2005, and his Master's in Science and Technology Policy from the Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, in 2013.