Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition 2014, London

Gulf Education Conference 2014 speakers will include:

 

HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Born in Riyadh to the Saudi Royal family, Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Basmah is the daughter of King Saud, and the granddaughter of King Abdel Aziz, the founder of the modern state of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

HRH Princess Basmah is a keen and gifted writer, columnist, and humanitarian advocate with excellent insight into the Arab world and its interaction with the international community in its social, political, and religious dimensions. She devotes a lot of her time and energies to raising awareness and creating understanding about pressing social issues in Saudi Arabia, the wider Middle East, and the world.

HRH, a conservative reformist, is still considered a bold and articulate writer with an insightful pen, who is not afraid to ruffle feathers with her well observed but balanced criticism in pursuit of justice, human rights, and individual freedom for people in the Arab world and beyond. These characteristics stand out all the more given her position not only as a woman from a conservative society, but also as a member of the Saudi royal family. She is an advocate for women's rights and is sensitive to the cultural constraints in which women's lives are limited.

This has made her a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars, such as New York, Doha, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, and both the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and UCLA. She appears frequently on channels including the BBC television and radio, al Jazeera, al Arabiya, and France 24, both as commentator and as a feature subject. HRH's brave and often outspoken journalism in newspapers across the Middle East, such as Al-Medina Weekly, Al-Hayat, Al-Ahram, and Sayidaty, and British magazine and media outlets within the United States.

Princess Basmah is CEO of Inseed Holdings, the company through which she manages her various work interests, including Princess Basmah Bint Al Saud Government / Corporate political and Risk Consultancy, which supports and motivates people using a wide range of communications techniques; Global United Lanterns (UGL), her humanitarian organization which works to solve humanity's gravest problems; and Global United Research Centre (GURA), a research arm of UGL.

HRH is a patron of Saudi art and artists. She also owns a successful chain of restaurants in Saudi Arabia, showcasing her unique entrepreneurship skills that combine the creativity and distinction of top-quality restaurants.

Princess Basmah is the chairman of the board of Invireo Company for environmental solutions and international Saudi Life Echo Centre. She is the CEO and founder of Basmah Comprehensive Centre for Women's Security Training. Her Royal Highness is also a member for WAGE Global Advisory Committee, which promotes women's leadership in designing and advancing the green economy. The WAGE campaign was born out of out of one overarching reality: the scarcity of women players in bodies that govern and shape our economy, specifically in approaching global solutions to climate change.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Rashed Al Maktoum-First Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs

 His Highness Shaikh Mohammed

His Highness began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. In 2010 he joined the UAE diplomatic corps and immediately after was posted to London. He is currently First Secretary and Head of the Economic Affairs at the UAE Embassy in London. As well as his contributions to the Embassy’s broader political reporting he also oversees the promotion of economic interests of the UAE in the UK. He led various initiatives in partnership with the British government and the business community. His Highness advises the UAE government’ stakeholders in the UK in all matters of trade and investment that contribute to the prosperity and the strengthening of relations between the two nations. His Highness represents the UAE Embassy in many high level meetings including the UAE-UK Business Council, and continues to support its work.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed attended the University of Exeter where he graduated with an MA in International Relations.

Mr. David Lock, Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation

David Lock

Mr. David Lock was appointed as Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in October 2007.

Until October 2007 he was the founding Registrar and Acting Chief Executive of the new British University in Dubai, a post he held for 4 years. BUiD now has over 400 students and David led a strategic review of the University which has helped to set its course for the next 5 years.

David was appointed to the International Advisory Panel for the Middle East Association’s Learning and Leadership Symposium Programme 2006-9, has spoken on UK Higher Education in several countries and been called on to advise on the establishment of new universities in other Middle East countries.

Prior to going to Dubai David had been Secretary to the University of Huddersfield and Registrar and Secretary to the University of Hull in the UK for a total of 14 years.  In both roles he was secretary to the governing body and its committees and responsible for leading significant parts of the administration and support services.  In particular he led student services, human resources and a range of professional services and performed a key role in governance and strategic reviews. He also played a leading part in major projects including the merger with another HE institution, the acquisition of new campuses and various other initiatives including a civic millennium project.  He was particularly focused on the student experience.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and an advisor to the Institute.  He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is a graduate of the UK HE Top Management Programme.

David has also undertaken a range of consultancy assignments including national HE governance projects, including the training of members of governing bodies at national level and FE governance assignments.

Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

Professor Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

Prof. Sultan T Abu - Orabi Aladwan serves as a Secretary General for the Association of Arab Universities in Amman, Jordan. His academic experience lies in the field of Chemistry, with research focus on 1.3-Dipolar Cycloddition Reaction of Azides and Nitrile Oxides towards the Synthesis of five-membered Ring Heterocyclic Compounds. Prof. Sultan T Abu - Orabi received his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in USA, and has been active in the academia since through multiple professional appointments. Currently he teaches in the Chemistry Department at Yarmouk University, having supervised a total of 18 Msc and PhD theses in the field.

Professor Sultan has participated in over 90 conferences at the national, regional and international level: he has organized over 10 national and international conferences in Jordan, served on many international Advisory Boards, and acts as Chair of the Scientific and Organization Committees of several scientific meetings.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association of Arab Universities, Vice Editor-in-Chief for the Arab Journal of Chemistry, and an editorial Board Member on multiple journals pertaining to his field. Professor Sultan has published over 55 Journal research papers, as well as 5 book reviews and over 70 abstracts presented at scientific meetings.

His contribution to the field has been recognized with honors and awards, among them a "Jewels of the Muslim World" Award for "Top Movers of the Islamic Economics" (2011) and a "Badge of Honor Medal" presented by the International Scientific Partnership Foundation, Russia, for the Development of Science in Jordan and Arab countries and International Collaboration (2007).

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Dr Tayeb Kamali

Dr Tayeb A Kamali is the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) – the United Arab Emirates’ largest higher education institution with 17 campuses throughout the UAE catering for 20,000 male and female students.
For over two decades Dr Kamali has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programmes in the UAE and Middle East regions. This has been achieved by establishing and leveraging relationships with global leaders in academia, business and government. He has helped create a ground-breaking, world class eLearning institution at HCT through the strategic implementation of technology in education with initiatives such as integrated wireless campus infrastructures, online and paperless learning and knowledge management programmes.
As a result HCT is a cutting-edge learning institution that provides UAE students with technological skills and the ability to innovate in an increasingly competitive global market. Dr Kamali has played a significant role in the introduction of numerous international conferences, focused on leadership, education, innovation and entrepreneurship, such as Education without Borders, Festival of Thinkers and the HCT Global Entrepreneurship 2010.
Dr Kamali was appointed Chair of the UAE Federal Mobile Learning Initiative involving HCT, Zayed University and UAE University, which saw 14,000 mobile learning devices distributed to Foundations Programme students at those institutions as the first phase of a framework to enhance students’ learning capabilities. The second phase involved all first-year HCT Bachelor of Applied Science students receiving these devices. HCT continues its leadership in the field of technology integration with the creation of over 150,000 e-Textbooks for its students.
Dr Kamali is the founding Group Chief Executive of the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), the commercial, research and training arm of HCT, which was formed in 1996 and which is an institutional member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies. He is also Chairman of the CERT Thales Institute; the Emirates Driving Company; CERT Info Track Telematics and the Vice Chairman of the Institute of Applied Technology’s Governing Council.
He is a founding Board Member of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP); a member of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Agenda Council on the Middle East & North Africa; a 2012 Rolex Awards for Young Laureates Jury member, and a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Advisory Board. He was a moderator at the Arab Business Leaders’ Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2012. In February 2013 he was a guest speaker at the UNESCO International Symposium on Mobile Learning in Paris. He also spoke at the Going Global 2013 Education Conference and participated in the New York University’s Global Colloquium of University Presidents. In September 2013 he was a panelist at the Annual Summit of The Stern Stewart Institute in Germany.
Dr Kamali is a board member of a number of corporate entities and institutions including Tanmia (The National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority); ICT Fund (Telecom Regulatory Authority); the Future Centre for Special Needs, Abu Dhabi and the Higher Education Sports Federation.
Dr Kamali holds a Doctorate in Engineering from George Washington University, USA and an honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He also holds a number of qualifications from the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, USA, being an MBA (Concentration in Aviation), a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Engineering.
He has received many education and leadership awards throughout his career including France’s highest award for education, the Ordres des Palmes Académiques in 2006 and the Human Resource Leadership Award from the World Human Resource Development Congress in 2006 and 2009.

Mr. Essa Al Mulla, Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

Mr Essa Al Mulla

Mr. Essa Al Mulla is a sales and marekting specialist. He graduated with a BA from University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, after which he gained professional experience working as a manager at Eppco/Enoc and Microsoft. Before his current appointment as the Executive Director, Essa Al Mulla served the role of Deputy Director at ENDP. His current duties include corporate relationship building, wokr placement of ENDP candidates, monitoring current trends, influencing attitudinal change in key stakegholders, and serving as liaison with senior  management members of the sectoral committees. The mandate of this programe is to develope and train UAE nationals to join the private sector.

Dr Inam Bioud, Minister, Arab League, Algeria

Ms. Inam Bioud

Dr Inam BIOUD is an Algerian professor, translator, poet and artist. She is the founding director of the Higher Arab Institute of Translation, an affiliate of the league of Arab States, in Algiers. She has taught translation studies at the universities of Algiers and Oran. Ms. Bioud has a set of poems published in the Algerian press, than collected and edited in a bilingual edition under the title of “unsent letters”. Her first novel “Assamek la yubali” (2004, tr, the Fish Don’t Care) was awarded the Prix Malek Haddad. The Algerian newspaper “l’Express” named the creative author one of the 100 most dynamic national personalities in 2002 . Her translations of children’s literature, art books, poetry, novels and scripts, as well as her professional prominence, have enabled her to act as a cultural bridge in multilingual Algeria.

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi, Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

DR Aisha Al-azmi

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi is a senior education specialist at the Supreme Council of Education in Kuwait and was the consultant for the Minister of Education.

She studied at the Faculty of Education at The University of Kuwait where she obtained her Bachelors degree, which was followed by a Masters degree in Psychology of Education at Zagazig University (Egypt). She has subsequently been recommended for a PhD in Educational Psychology as a result of publications and exchanges between universities.

Dr. Aisha has participated in several conferences including Educational Bridges 34, The Kuwaiti Teachers Association Conference, the second Gulf Forum Conference in Istanbul 2013 and the 2014 Peace and Morals Culture Conference in Paris.  She has delivered workshops on subjects such as educational planning skills, ‘What is Marriage’ and the psychological and social needs of orphans.

Dr. Aisha has made several academic contributions including a scientific study about the behavioural problems in primary school pupils - not published yet; a research in the skills of reading in primary schools learners - published in the Magazine of Educational Sciences at The University of Cairo in 2011, and her book ‘The Psychology of Growing’ - Alfalaah, Kuwait 2011.

Prof. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex

MartinHenson

Prof. Martin Henson was Dean for International Affairs between 2008 and 2013, leading on International Strategy at the University of Essex - a top-ten research university in the UK in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and included in the Times Higher “Top 20 under 50 in the world” universities. Before this he led the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering between 2001 and 2006. 

Since 2003 he has acted as a consultant in the area of Higher Education and has specialized in strongly developing higher education sectors – particularly in the GCC. He has worked extensively for ministries of higher education in the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman, working particularly with their accreditation agencies. During the last 10 years he has been involved with over 30 universities and colleges and undertaken more than 100 program and institutional reviews.

During 2007 and 2008 he worked closely with the Commission for Academic Accreditation in Abu Dhabi, leading and facilitating their strategic planning project, and was a member of the team that developed and revised the UAE’s National Standards for Licensure and Accreditation in 2007 and again in 2010.

He is in demand as a keynote speaker, for many organizations an in several countries. Most recently he has worked with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK, contributing to their Summit in London and to the Governors’ Development Programme in Birmingham. He spoke at the World Summit on Accreditation in Delhi, India in 2012, and is delivering a keynote at the second summit in March 2014. His other recent presentations have been in Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Malaysia, the UK, Romania, the Russian Federation and Hong Kong.  

He now operates as an independent consultant in Higher Education, working directly with universities and colleges on matters of governance, management, policy, quality assurance and enhancement, curriculum development, strategic planning, and research development. Specific recent workshops and projects have included institutional planning in Dubai, research strategy in Riyadh, curriculum development and capacity building in Jeddah, and – working with KPMG – strategic planning, in Saudi Arabia. Martin is an Associate of CLICKS – the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions in Dubai.

He is a Professor of Computer Science, with over 100 publications, and has attracted over US$1 million in research funding during the last three years, specifically in the area of intelligent environments and formal methods for software engineering.

Martin is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Prof. Eman Gaad, Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

Professor Eman Gaad

Prof. Eman Gaad is the Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Professor of Special and Inclusive Education at British University in Dubai. Professor Gaad led the university’s special and inclusive Masters programme for many years and currently leads the Doctorate Programme. She co-founded one of the largest NGOs in the UAE, UAEDSA (United Arab Emirates Down Syndrome Association) where she also acts as Senior Educational Consultant. 

Professor Gaad is one of the governors of the regionally outstanding Dubai College, and on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations in the UAE. She has advised policy and decision makers as a senior consultant for both governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi on disability related issues. She is also a winner of HH Princess Haya Award for Special Education as best distinguished individual research in 2012, and in the same year was awarded the Global Leadership in Education Award from the Asian Leadership Award Board.

Professor Gaad is also on the international advisory board for international peer-reviewed journals and is the associate editor for others. She was seconded for two years as the first Director of Disability Services in Dubai Government’s Community Development Authority. She was appointed in 2011 as one of DEGP (Dubai Government Excellence Programme) as an assessor and she is certified as an international quality management assessor by EFQM. A committed advocate for the educational and social rights for people with disability, she is a UNESCO Consultant on inclusion of learners with disabilities in regular schools.  

Professor Gaad has published the findings of her research work in international journals and her single authored book ‘Inclusive Education in the Middle East’ by Routledge in 2010 is very popular among scholars and researchers internationally.  She works with local communities to help parents of children with special needs to facilitate their placement in regular schools.

Professor Gaad is currently, and has been for 6 years, a National Representative of the World Forum on Early Care and Education. She has extensive experience in supporting and  training families and workers in the field of social development and in 2013 designed and currently manages and deleivers a long term parental training programme for Al Jalila Foundation. She has established her herself as a world class researcher, advocate, international social development consultant and expert, certified assessor, and a professional social trainer.  Over the last 15 years she has become a frequent media figure on hundreds of live on-air radio and TV programmes, as well as hundreds of articles published in local and regional newspapers.

Professor Gaad is a sound academic, an External PhD Examiner for reputed UK universities, and is a recognized international scholar in the field of special and Inclusive Education as well as social development. 

Dr Nabil Sultan, Head of Division Management, Business and Enterprise, School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise, University Suffolk Campus

Dr Nabil Sultan

Dr Nabil Sultan is internationally recognised for his publications in the fields of information management, cloud computing, leadership, renewable energy and Arab Gulf’s socio–economic affairs. He is UK-educated and has international and 14 years of UK work experience in higher education and vocational and professional training and assessment in Business and IT. He has developed strong skills in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development, accreditation, research and developing people’s skills and careers and widening community participation. He has extensive  knowledge of the Middle East (especially the Arabian peninsula and Gulf region) gained through experience and research and demonstrated through journal and book writings.

At UCS Nabil is Head of Division of Management, Business and Enterprise where he is responsible for the leadership and management of this division including staff, budget, development of curriculum, enterprise, the delivery of recruitment and retention targets and quality standards and the development of relevant networks within and beyond the university. He is also Director of Research and PhD Provision within his division where he is responsible for promoting the School of Business’s multi-disciplinary research in the areas of management, business and enterprise and the vetting of prospective PhD students.

Nabil is also a Visiting Professor at the Servant-Leadership Centre for Research and Education at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prior to joining UCS, Nabil worked for Liverpool Hope University and was Award Director of its International MBA. During that tenure, he was awarded the Rector’s High Commendation for Teaching Excellence Award (2009) and Hope Business School’s Research Excellence Award (2010 – 2011).

Dr William Lawton, Director, The Observatory of Higher Education

William Lowton

Dr William (Bill) Lawton is Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, which is part of the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) based near London. The Observatory is a research and monitoring unit which disseminates information and analysis on trends, policy, and the full range of international higher education activities at both institutional and governmental levels around the world.

Bill is from Newfoundland and has lived and worked in the UK since 1987. He was a founding member of the UK HE International Unit, from 2007 until 2010. Before that, Bill worked at the Canadian High Commission in London, as a political analyst and latterly as Head of Academic Relations. In the 1990s he taught politics at the University of Hull in England. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh.

His team’s recent consultancies include research for the UK government (on MOOCs) and the Leadership Foundation and UK HE International Unit (a ‘horizon scan’ of HE in 2020). They are currently working on agents in international student recruitment and on international network connectivity requirements for Janet(UK). In 2012 the Observatory published its fourth survey report on international branch campuses worldwide.

Mr. Tim Gore, Director Networks and Communities, University of London

Tim Gore

Mr. Tim Gore is Director, Global Networks and Communities for the University of London International Programmes. His main role is to maintain and expand the network of teaching institutions and communities of students and alumni worldwide. Currently this represents over 52,000 students in nearly 190 countries and a network of over 120 independent teaching centres.

He was previously the Director of the Centre for Indian Business, the University of Greenwich and led their award winning international strategy for India. In addition, Tim has worked closely with educationalists, institutions, companies and governments to improve bilateral and multilateral educational links in Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and India in his earlier role at the British Council. Tim is pursuing a doctorate in business administration (DBAHEM) at the University of Bath focussing on higher education management. He also holds two masters as an applied linguist and in business administration. He speaks Arabic and French. He was awarded an OBE for services to the British Council in June 2008.

Dr Abhilasha Singh, Director of International Office, American University in Emirates

Abdullasha Singh

With a teaching experience spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Abhilasha Singh, holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University which ranks among the first few in India in the field of academic and research output. She also added to her academic credentials an executive program in Human Resource Management from one of the top most business school in India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM-C).

She is a Certified Trainer from HRD Academy, UK, Certified Professional Assessor from IPM, Canada and a Certified MBTI practitioner by CPP-Asia Pacific. Apart from her passion in teaching subjects related to Behavioral Sciences like, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management, she takes immense pleasure in training and consultancy in Personality Typology, Stress Management, and leadership, Team Building, Communication and other Behavioral Aspects.

Dr. Abhilasha is a keen researcher and a prolific writer, and has published more than 30 papers including many case studies relevant to the GCC region in national and international journals in the area of managing people like talent management, leadership, employee value proposition, stress management, Knowledge management etc. With her wide experience pertaining to the GCC region, she is frequently invited to national and international forums to talk on critical issues related to people management.   

Prior to joining AUE, she was Associate Professor & Head of International Relations at Institute of Management Technology-Dubai and also has served Effat University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

She has also received numerous awards from various national/international organizations and to name a few, such as; “Distinguished Service Awards” from AIMS- International, “Award for Teaching Excellence” from Indus Foundation USA in November 2013, and the first to receive the Fellow title from International Forums of Management Scholars (INFOMS), USA award to foster excellence in management education to be awarded to her in March 2014.

Presently, she is Director, International Office, and Director, Quality Assurance, at American University in the Emirates, Dubai.

Mr. Raman Kapil, President, MarkR Management Inc

Raman Kapil

Mr. Raman Kapil is a business leader with over twenty-two years of management experience. As President of MarkR Management Inc., Raman has researched testing from an administrative and operational perspective resulting in testing solutions for business and education through the development of TestR®.

Raman has extensive business education that includes: an MBA in strategy from Athabasca University, Chartered Director designation through McMaster University (C.Dir), and a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation from University of Victoria.

 

Mr. Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools

Simon Noakes

Simon is at the cutting edge of marketing and communications – within the education and commercial sectors. He is an expert in strategic marketing, thought leadership, social media, brand value, and innovative thinking.

Simon does not believe in following benchmarks. Success can only be delivered through creating new benchmarks and #inspiringschools. Simon challenges the traditional methods of communications, and embraces new ways of thinking that align to changes in user behaviour and technological advances.

Simon has developed successful #contentstrategies, and has been credited with increasing online traffic and conversion with some of the UK's best known brands – but more recently advising leading Independent Schools - Harrow, Wellington College, Benenden, Lancing College, Kellet School (Hong Kong), Alice Smith (Malaysia), and many more.

Simon is a regular speaker (most recently in Abu Dhabi to 200 school leaders), and contributor on the subject of digital marketing, social media and mobile apps - and is a key driver in the future of the #ConnectedSchool.

Follow Simon on Twitter @simonnoakes or Interactive Schools @intSchools or connect on LinkedIn /simonnoakes

Dr Franco Vigliotti, EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, Ecole Polytechnice Federale de Lausanne

Dr. Franco Vigliotti

Dr Franco Vigliotti obtained his MSc and PhD in condensed matter and laser physics in Lausanne in 2000. Simultaneously, he was an independent consultant for the Swiss cement industry, in the field of quality control, data analysis and management. In 2001, he was a chemical-physics research associate and postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Research Foundation for three years at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (USA), under the direction of Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail. Since 2004, he joined the presidency of EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), where his activities have included strategic developments of EPFL, several large-scale academic reorganizations and partnerships, and new initiatives at the regional, national and international level. Since 2009, he is the Dean and Director of EPFL Middle East, in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE). Dr Vigliotti is also an alumnus of the postgraduate IMD program Managing Technology Enterprise.

Prof. William Scott Jackson, Chairman, Oxford Strategic Consulting

Professor William Scott-Jackson

Prof. William Scott-Jackson is Chairman of Oxford Strategic Consulting and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.  He, and his teams, carry out advanced research and consultancy in strategic human resources and the acquisition and development of talent. William is the author of the CMI Guide to managing human capital and the CIPD guide to HR Outsourcing, is a member of the CMI Academic Advisory Board and the CIPD Professional Standards Faculty. He is a regular advisor to public and private institutions in the UK and across the Middle East.

Dr Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi, President, Dar Al Hekma University

Dr. Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi

Dr Suhair Al Qurashi is the President of Dar Al-Hekma University, one of the first and leading private academic institutions for women in KSA. She received a Ph.D. in Education and an M.P.E. in Educational Research from Cambridge University, U.K.; an M.Sc. in Management Organizational Development, from United States International University, California, USA. Dr. Al Qurashi participated in several executive leadership trainings in Oxford University, Harvard University and Pennsylvania University. As a specialist in the evaluation of higher education and quality management, Dr. Al Qurashi has initiated and successfully pursued the institutional accreditation of Dar Al-Hekma University with the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which the University received after 3 year long process. To enhance opportunities for growth and expansion, Dr. Al Qurashi has actively cultivated partnerships with academic, cultural and scientific institutions and organizations around the world. She has forged academic partnerships with world class universities such as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; School of Architecture and Planning at University of Colorado; College of Engineering and Haas Business School at University of California, Berkeley; Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Al Qurashi received several awards and honorary appointments amongst them the award of distinction from Mr. Tammam Salam, the Lebanese Culture Minister and Ms. Bahia Hariri, the Lebanese Minister of Education, for her outstanding contributions to higher education. Dr. Al Qurashi has participated and presented papers in numerous national and international conferences.

 

Mr. Frank Edwards, Director Workforce Development, Pearson

Mr Frank Edwards

Mr. Frank Edwards is currently a Director of Workforce Development with Pearson Education and involved with several international reform projects. Before taking the role of Director of Workforce Development, with Pearson Education, he was a consultant for both Pearson Learning Solutions and Edexcel International. He has experience in advising and working with governments regarding vocational education and training reform and implementation.

Frank has a vast amount of experience relating to the implementation of vocational education and training projects, having successfully designed and managed projects for British Telecom, RACAL Training Services LTD, UK National Agencies, UK Ministry of Defense and several overseas government institutions.

Dr Heba Al Douseri, Lecturer, College of Business – Arab Open University

Heba Al-Douseri

Dr Heba is born in Kuwait and she’s Kuwaiti national; she completed her Master degree - master in business administration (MBA) from Kuwait university. Currently; she is working on the preparation to join a PHD program in Strategic management in UK. Since graduation she has been working in the private sector and her career progressed to be an Executive Manager in one the Kuwaiti Listed Closed Companies.

In 2012, she joined Arab Open University as a faculty member of college of business- Kuwait Branch

During her studies for the bachelor degree; Heba joined Bazaar Magazine team to participate in writing management articles concerning self development in addition to writing tech articles. This made her realize the importance of developing her skills which led her to participate in many training courses. After graduation she worked as a teacher in Centre of Community development and Continuous Education at Kuwait University beside her full time job and her MBA studies.

She continued her journey of self development though reading lots of books on training and development that became her biggest passion; this was rewarded by getting lots of appreciation letters and winning the employee of the year award for several years. Then, the nomination for the best human resources consultant of the Middle East came from IIR ME company in Dubai. She has presented several research papers in the area of management development in many conferences and seminars in Kuwait and GCC countries.

She represented Kuwait in the student exchange program for the middle east where she was granted an internship in 2004 from Siemens Company in Germany – Munich to be the first Kuwaiti Khaleeji girl to take such scholarship and she was the only arab trainee girl for that year. Member if Kuwait Economic society , Kuwait graduates society, American society for human resources, member of the professional training committee at KES and a member at the global exchange and development center for Kuwait University.

She worked for the UNIFEM program of the United Nations as part of the task-force which supports equal opportunity and diversity, including the elimination of discrimination based on gender. Heba is interested in supporting the role of the women workers in diversified sectors in the country which leads to the advancement of women to take on leading and executive roles. This shall help the women to have its strong print in the society and give her the confidence to deal with different changes within the society such as social, economic and political changes. She’s also a representative of BPWI international for south East Asia region for the UN.

Ms Ruth Turner, Head of Policy, The Tony Blair Foundation

Ruth Turner

Dr Naser Zaeri, Director of Research & Development, Arab Open University – Kuwait

Dr Naser Zaeri

Dr. Naser Zaeri is the Director of Research and Development at the Arab Open University – Headquarters in Kuwait. He has obtained his PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Surrey, United Kingdom – 2008.  He has obtained his MPhil and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Surrey and Kuwait University (Honour List), respectively. Further, he has obtained his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Kuwait University, (Honour List). He was the Head of Information Technology and Computer Science Department at the Arab Open University during (2011 – 2013). Also, he was with College of Engineering and Petroleum - Kuwait University, and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, as an Academic Staff member. He served as a consultant for many authorities, ministries and companies. He was in charge for more than 12 different projects in different fields of engineering and technology. He has more than 40 different publications in international journals and conferences. His areas of interest are: machine vision, biometrics, digital image processing, pattern classification, artificial intelligence, surveillance and security systems, fibre optics, communications systems and networks.

Dr Mark Weichold, Dean &CEO, Texas A&M University, Qatar

Dr. Mark H. Weichold

Dr Mark H. Weichold is an electrical engineer and has worked for General Dynamics Ft. Worth Division, Motorola in Austin, TX and the U. Army Electronic Technology and Devices Laboratory in Ft. Monmouth, NJ. He joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University in 1982 and now holds the title of Professor. His research interests include electron device fabrication process development, device design and characterization. He has authored more than 80 journal articles, conference papers and scientific reports and holds three US patents. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society. At the University’s main campus, he served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services, Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Provost for Academic Services.  In 2009, he was recognized as a Regents Professor for his outstanding work and exemplary contribution to Texas A&M University and in 2013, he was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Advancement of Education.

In January 2007, Weichold became Dean and CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar. Since its inception, Texas A&M at Qatar has grown to more than 500 currently enrolled students, including 40 graduate students and nearly 80 faculty members. Of the 411 graduates, nearly half are Qatari nationals. Texas A&M at Qatar is also home to a dynamic research program with more than $160M in funding that supports responsive research projects closely aligned with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Mr. Westring is a Vice President at EF Education First (EF) and heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership

Carl-Johan Westring

Mr. Westring is a Vice President at EF Education First (EF) and heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership work out of the Zürich office. In this capacity, Mr Westring provides advice to governments around the world on education in general and language training in particular. He has designed several large-scale language training solutions, e.g. for the Republic of Tatarstan but also for large-scale international events such as the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and Rio 2016 Summer Olympic/Paralympic Games. Furthermore, he is overall responsible for EF’s partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Prior to joining EF, Mr. Westring worked at McKinsey , e.g., in public sector projects, including setting up a USD 3 billion charity fund with focus on education in Russia. Mr. Westring speaks Swedish, English and Russian fluently, has conversational abilities in French, understands German and has basic knowledge of 5 other languages.
He is a member of Mensa International and a Board member of the Sverker Åström Foundation which furthers relations between Sweden and Russia.

Dr Rachel Baker, Director of Applied Linguistics Research and Development, EF

Dr Rachel Baker

Dr Rachel Baker is Director of Applied Linguistics Research and Development at EF, where she leads academics for the Classroom Technology Experience team. This team develops innovative digital materials and tools for high schools, universities, and EF’s school network. She also supports major research initiatives in the EF Research Network, such as developing the EF-Cambridge Open Language Database, the world’s largest publically available learner language corpus. Rachel joined EF after completing her PhD in Linguistics at Northwestern University and MSc in Speech and Language Processing at Edinburgh University. During her studies, she researched second language learning, with a particular focus on pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, and speech technology. Her passion for language education grew out of her own experiences teaching English in the U.S., U.K., and France.

Mr. John Kerr, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd

John Kerr

Mr. John Kerr formerly CEO of the Edexcel Foundation the UK largest awarding body is CEO of Kerr Consultants.
Kerr Consultants specialises in providing educational consultancy across a wide range of Higher Education, Technical Training and Schools. Current projects include implementing Canadian software for mathematic teaching  in UK, advising Saudi government on TVET transformation project, adviser for 8 UK Universities on partnerships  in South Asia, qualification and curriculum support for Singaporean education group and adviser for Mauritius company setting up an education city.
John trained as a lawyer and has held legal positions with the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Services Authority.
After leaving Edexcel John was a director of the Edge Foundation and commissioned 3 city academies and the Edge Hotel School.
John is currently an advisor and strategy consultant in education theory and practice for a number of government and private education bodies both within UK and internationally and holds a number of directorships in private education companies specialising in utilising technology in education

Mr. James Pitman, Managing Director, Study Group

Mr. James Pitman

Mr. James Pitman is Managing Director for Study Group's Higher Education Division (Bellerbys College and International Study Centres), throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and is responsible for exclusive partnerships with over 15 universities across UK and continental Europe, recruiting and preparing international students for progression to degree study at those partners.  James was also responsible for foundation programmes delivered in the Middle East and manages a range of TNE operations, including distance learning partnerships.

Prior to joining Study Group in February 2007, James was Managing Director of the EMEA businesses of Rosetta Stone, a market leading, global e-learning software provider.

During the 1990s, James held a variety of senior international roles, including those of Vice President of International Marketing and Vice President of Operations and Business Development with Warner Music International and EMI Music. This followed eight years in international education publishing.

James has a BA(Hons) and MA from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences and a MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

Dr Fiona S. Baker, Head of the Educational Psychology, Emirates College for Advanced Education

Fiona S. Baker

Dr Fiona S. Baker PhD, is Head of the Educational Psychology, Counselling and Early Childhood Education Division at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Abu Dhabi.  She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at the College and is actively researching in the area of Early Childhood Play in Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) kindergartens. She is interested in ADEC policy and its implementation. She is researching cross-cultural aspects of play and  has just been awarded a grant to study the use of digital technology in the Early Years. She serves on the editorial board of two Taylor & Francis journals and is an active international presenter and author on aspects of Education in the United Arab Emirates where she has been resident for 12 years.

Dr Lawrence Watson, ASIC

Dr Lawrence Watson

Mr. Dan Quintas, Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA

Mr. Dan Quintas, Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA

Mr. Dan Quintas is Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, at AirWatch by VMware, the leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider. In his role, Quintas is responsible for all technical pre-sales activity for AirWatch within the EMEA region. Quintas’ team of mobility experts engage with prospects and partners to drive thought leadership and push the boundaries of mobile technologies. Living on the leading edge of mobility and product development, he and his SEs inject technical expertise and consulting from early-stage demonstrations and requirements gathering, all the way through to successful proof of concept.

Prior to his transfer to AirWatch EMEA, Quintas was one of the original team of technical consultants at AirWatch’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia during its initial start-up phase. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr Fozyah Saleh Alshammri, Professor of Educational Planning and Administration Assistant, Dean of Admission for Technical Affairs, Princess Nora Bent Abdulrahman University (PNU)

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Assistant professor of Educational Planning and Management
Vice Dean of Admission and Registration at Princess Nora University (PNU)-Currently
Vice Dean of Development and Quality in the Faculty of Education at PNU for four years
Head of Education and Psychology Department for three years
Rapporteur of the Initial Self-Study Committee for PNU
Member of number of PNU committees such as:
Member of Strategic Plan committee for Deanship of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation
Member of Quality Management System Committee
Certified Trainer and Internal Audit for Quality Assurance.
My research interests include Educational Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Quality and Academic Accreditation.
Member of number of local scientific societies

Mrs. Fatemah AlAqrouqa - National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance Kuwait

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Mrs. Fatemah AlAqrouqa is a Lead Specialist in Planning, Coordination & Research Department in Ministry of Higher Education.

She Has BA from Kuwait University, which was followed by a Diploma from Leeds University in Special Education and after that a Master in Special Education from Fairfield, Connecticut in USA.

Her Career Experience through several jobs notably in Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Information, National Council for Literature, Arts and Culture, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Foreign Affair, and the UNESCO.

She is a member in several Associations of Public Benefit, Local, Regional and Global regarding Education and Social Development and also represented Kuwait in numerous Conferences.

Dr John Law, Higher Education Advisor, British Council

John D. Law

Dr John is a Higher Education Adviser with the British Council, based in Manchester, and   has over twenty five years experience in the Higher Education sector. He specialises in promoting collaboration through internationalising higher education.

After graduating with a BSc in Industrial Design, from Edinburgh’s Napier University, John worked as a designer in the creative industries, before joining the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham, where in 1996 he gained his PhD in Design Management.

In 2000 he was appointed as Head of the Department of Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design at UCE, before moving to Hong Kong as the Head of Design at the Hong Kong Design Institute, where he led the delivery of UK undergraduate programmes with UK partner Universities.

With the British council, John works with both the UK HE sector and Ministries of Higher Education overseas to promote dialogue and partnership between stakeholders. John has advised on issues of quality assurance, collaborative partnerships, research co-operation and international development, with a focus on MENA and East Asia. He is a regular contributor at international conferences.

 

Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Unit

Bahram Bekhradnia

Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia is President of the Higher Education Policy Institute, which he founded in 2002.  HEPI is one of the few independent think tanks concerned exclusively with higher education policy in the world, and has achieved an international reputation for rigorous and objective research and analysis, advising governments in more than 20 different countries.  In the Gulf region he has provided consultancy advice to the Governments of the UAE (and separately to the Governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and at present leads a team that has developed an action plan for Qatar University and is now assisting with its implementation.  Outside the Gulf he has consulted for the Governments of Jordan, Syria, Yemen and Palestine, as well as many outside the MENA region.  Prior to establishing HEPI Bahram was the Director of Policy of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Bahram holds a degree in Literae Humaniores from the University of Oxford, honorary degrees from the University of North London and BPP University and has been a visiting professor at the University of Bath and the London University Institute of Education.  Until recently he was on the governing council of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was Special Adviser to the UK Parliament Select Committee’s scrutiny of higher education.   He is currently a member of the UK Higher Education Commission and of the Pearson World Class Qualifications Advisory Group.  Since 2008 Bahram has been a member of the Editorial board of Times Higher Education, and in 2009 chaired the Ditchley Park Conference on Higher Education.  In March 2012 he was appointed by the Irish Government to be a member of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.

Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan, Lecturer, Kuwait University

Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan, Lecturer, Kuwait University

Dr. Zaha Alsuwailan, is a professor at Kuwait University in the Foundation of Education Department and a manager of Education Development Center. She earned Ph.D. at the University of TN, USA. Her main research interest is in the area of philosophy of education and educational issues.  Dr. Zaha Alsuwailan is a member at the Honor Society Of Phi Kappa Phi.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder & President of the Board of Governors, Gulf Medical University, UAE

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Mr. Thumbay Moideen has forayed into Medical Education and Healthcare services in Ajman-United Arab Emirates, when there was no existing set-up to cater to the needs of the students to pursue higher education in medicine and healthcare sciences in the private sector. Mr. Moideen is the first expatriate to be invited by the rulers of Ajman to start a medical college in U.A.E. Thus, Gulf Medical college took shape which soon became a destination for medical education not only for local students, but to students from over 70 countries. Today, the institution is a name to reckon with in the region and stands out on par with some of the best medical institutions in the world.
The result of Mr. Moideen’s initiatives and vision have taken medical education to a greater level and has resulted in over 400 students graduating and presently working or pursuing Post Graduate courses in over 20 countries. Graduates of Gulf Medical University (GMU) are placed in leading universities across the world.

  • HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
  • His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Rashed Al Maktoum-First Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs  His Highness Shaikh Mohammed
  • Mr. David Lock, Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation David Lock
  • Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan Professor Sultan T. Abu-Orabi
  • Dr Tayeb A. Kamali, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE Dr Tayeb Kamali
  • Mr. Essa Al Mulla, Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE Mr Essa Al Mulla
  • Dr Inam Bioud, Minister, Arab League, Algeria Ms. Inam Bioud
  • Dr Aisha Al-Azemi, Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait DR Aisha Al-azmi
  • Prof. Martin Henson, Dean for International Affairs, University of Essex MartinHenson
  • Prof. Eman Gaad, Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai Professor Eman Gaad
  • Dr Nabil Sultan, Head of Division Management, Business and Enterprise, School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise, University Suffolk Campus Dr Nabil Sultan
  • Dr William Lawton, Director, The Observatory of Higher Education William Lowton
  • Mr. Tim Gore, Director Networks and Communities, University of London Tim Gore
  • Dr Abhilasha Singh, Director of International Office, American University in Emirates Abdullasha Singh
  • Mr. Raman Kapil, President, MarkR Management Inc Raman Kapil
  • Mr. Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools Simon Noakes
  • Dr Franco Vigliotti, EPFL Presidency & Dean of EPFL Middle East, Ecole Polytechnice Federale de Lausanne Dr. Franco Vigliotti
  • Prof. William Scott Jackson, Chairman, Oxford Strategic Consulting Professor William Scott-Jackson
  • Dr Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi, President, Dar Al Hekma University Dr. Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi
  • Mr. Frank Edwards, Director Workforce Development, Pearson Mr Frank Edwards
  • Dr Heba Al Douseri, Lecturer, College of Business – Arab Open University Heba Al-Douseri
  • Ms Ruth Turner, Head of Policy, The Tony Blair Foundation Ruth Turner
  • Dr Naser Zaeri, Director of Research & Development, Arab Open University – Kuwait Dr Naser Zaeri
  • Dr Mark Weichold, Dean &CEO, Texas A&M University, Qatar Dr. Mark H. Weichold
  • Mr. Westring is a Vice President at EF Education First (EF) and heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership Carl-Johan Westring
  • Dr Rachel Baker, Director of Applied Linguistics Research and Development, EF Dr Rachel Baker
  • Mr. John Kerr, Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy Ltd John Kerr
  • Mr. James Pitman, Managing Director, Study Group Mr. James Pitman
  • Dr Fiona S. Baker, Head of the Educational Psychology, Emirates College for Advanced Education Fiona S. Baker
  • Dr Lawrence Watson, ASIC Dr Lawrence Watson
  • Mr. Dan Quintas, Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA Mr. Dan Quintas, Manager of Sales Engineering, EMEA, Air Watch USA
  • Dr Fozyah Saleh Alshammri, Professor of Educational Planning and Administration Assistant, Dean of Admission for Technical Affairs, Princess Nora Bent Abdulrahman University (PNU) AnonymusFemaleSquare
  • Mrs. Fatemah AlAqrouqa - National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance Kuwait FatmaSquare
  • Dr John Law, Higher Education Advisor, British Council John D. Law
  • Mr. Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Unit Bahram Bekhradnia
  • Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan, Lecturer, Kuwait University Prof. Zaha Alsuwailan, Lecturer, Kuwait University
  • Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder & President of the Board of Governors, Gulf Medical University, UAE ThumbayMoideen

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