Kevin Massengill began his long association with the UAE well over a decade ago, when as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army he was posted to Abu Dhabi as an advisor to the US embassy. During his time there, he formed a close relationship with the UAE armed forces, helping them set up a hospital in Baghdad in 2003 before Coalition forces had even cleared the city. That bond is serving him well in his current job, where he looks after Middle East and North African operations for the world’s biggest missile manufacturer, Raytheon. Massengill is a renowned Arabist, and studied under Islamist historian Bernard Lewis. His relationship with the UAE does not end with his job; he is also chairman of the board of trustees at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi, and sits on the board of the American Business Group – Abu Dhabi.