The Haitham Zamzam Al Hammadi Medal of International Friendship


Launched in 2018, the Haitham Zamzam Al Hammadi Medal of International Friendship is an annual award given to one 11th Grade ACS student for their contribution related to productive and positive global citizenry, reinforcing the American Community School’s core values of Curiosity, Courage, Compassion and Integrity. 

Submission Requirements

About Haitham

Zamzam Al Hammadi '02

Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Haitham graduated from ACS in June 2002 and remained an involved and active ACS friend until his untimely passing in April 2017.

His ongoing collaboration with ACS stemmed from his belief that his education not only positively influenced his character, and later his perspectives in adult life, but formed the backdrop for some of the most cherished memories of his youth.

After ACS, Haitham earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Richmond University in London (May 2007), and a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Bradford in the UK (December 2009).

Upon returning to the United Arab Emirates, Haitham went on to serve the Abu Dhabi Government and his country with great skill, modesty and commitment. His strengths lay in his interest and ability to form productive and long-term friendships – locally, regionally and internationally – with people, entities and other governments.

Although still young, his diplomatic expertise was born out of a natural empathy and clarity of thought that earned him the respect of partners globally.

As a son, brother, husband and father, Haitham always embraced family, including his wife Dana and their three children – Aliyah, Abdulla and Taliyah.

To all of us, Haitham was a trusted collaborator and genuine friend. 

Highlights from the 2019 Ceremony