The Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition now in its sixth year, addresses the challenges and opportunities facing the education sector in the region and the future education needs of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The conference will be chaired by David Lock, Gulf Education Chairman and opened by an impressive line-up of Ministers and VIPs, under the esteemed patronage of the Federation of Gulf Chambers of Commerce and in partnership with University of Business and Technology.
In 2015, following four successful years in London and in response to huge demand, the organisers moved the event from London to Gulf Region. The 5th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, held in Abu Dhabi was kindly hosted at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates and Ministerial Delegatio.
The agenda was strongly focused on the further development of the education system and curricula throughout the Gulf to meet the needs of employers and centred on key areas of education, employment and vocational training. It saw key innovators in education advising and sharing their experiences and attended by more than 400 people including delegates, participants, speakers and media. It received extensive press coverage across the Gulf media including television and radio and was considered a resounding success.
The 6th Gulf Education Conference will focus on instigating innovation in education, enabling educators and governments to identify clear policies that benefit the countries' national workforce. It provides an enormous opportunity for foreign education organisations both in the Public and Private Sectors who seek greater engagement with the Gulf region to network and create business relationship with Further and Higher Education Officials, Ministries and Commercial organizations involved in the Education profession.
Running alongside the conference, the Gulf Education Exhibition will showcase a vast range of outstanding educational institutes from across the world, enabling them to engage with an estimated 50, 000 students and their families invited by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce Committee for Education and UBT. This event is a great occasion for all to dialog, connect and be directly involved in shaping the education system within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and one not to be missed.
The event will have an extraordinary line up of policy makers,
pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight.
The format of this event will be dynamic and interactive. We will have an extraordinary line up of policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight.
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With expanding commitment and growing endorsements from key government and education leaders, Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition 2017 will provide a unique platform to showcase products and services to international academic and business audiences. The two-day conference, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions will focus on the important themes of Women education, Innovation, Special Needs Education, Critical Thinking, and Education Management. We will be hosting speakers, exhibitors and delegates who will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders including from ministries of higher education, vocational training, general education service providers, universities, and ambitious students.
Our range of sponsorship packages offer a variety of benefits that will allow our partners to harness the marketing power of Gulf Education prior to, during and after the event. From high exposure as a Lead or Platinum Sponsor to a more direct and targeted sponsorship packages, our team will work with you to develop a package tailored to meet your specific goals.
Our mission is to continue to create a venue for participants to build innovative partnerships and lasting alliances within global education. Gulf Education's focus is on facilitating the growth of the Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC) partnerships between the Middle East and the rest of the world. This has evolved such that now an enormous amount of International Institutions and Corporations are a key facilitator to development for the broader MENA region within the global education community.
Our main sponsorship gives your company the opportunity to be strategically associated with Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition, ensuring high impact visibility for your company throughout an array of branding, PR, logo exposure opportunities before, during and after the event.
Giving extensive coverage within the conference and throughout the media campaign, this package will highlight your company as a premium education leader at the event. Includes eight complimentary delegate conferences passes with invitations to both the prestigious Gala Award Dinner and an exhibition stand.Contact Us
A full package that offers excellent media coverage, full promotional opportunities, and an on-site presence five complimentary delegate passes, invitations to the Gala Award Dinner and up to five discounted day passes.
A full exhibition package with extended media coverage, sponsorship includes branding integration across all direct and digital marketing, four complimentary delegate passes, three invitations to the Gala Award Dinner and up to four additional discounted passes.
Our event sponsorship packages offer targeted branding opportunities as well as networking opportunities, building your brand equity and promoting your strengths.
A unique opportunity to highlight your company through endorsement of the Gulf Education Awards which are presented at the Gala Dinner. This package offers full media coverage, branding and signage throughout the evening, four complimentary delegate passes and a VIP table at the Gala Award Dinner, plus an opportunity to present the awards to the worthy winners.
Sponsor will be allocated time to present a workshop, sponsor's name will be mentioned in all media materials of the conference and training sessions. Also, includes a 9-meter Shell Scheme Stand (3x3), Media coverage would include a full page of advert on our website and with a 250-word write-up about your organisation in the brochure, 20 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings, 3 x complimentary delegate passes for members of your team for this 2-day event and 3 x Visa Letters.Contact Us
Sponsorship of the official event delegate bag, co-branded with your company and the conference's logo and title (bag to be supplied by sponsor). Also includes a 150- word profile in our conference brochure and three complimentary delegate passes, and 25 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings.
This is an ideal opportunity to promote your company to delegates via a small branded gift (provided by the sponsor). Gifts will be included in all delegate bags or can be distributed at key locations throughout the event. This sponsorship package will also include two complimentary delegate passes and 20 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings.
Sponsorship of the conference's lanyards; these will be co- branded with your company logo, and worn by all delegates and participants of the event. Package also includes a 100- word profile in our conference brochure and three complimentary delegate passes, along with 20 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings.
Our bespoke sponsorship and branding opportunities are designed to raise your profile, expand your presence or market new services and products. Through an array of comprehensive marketing campaigns, on-site branding opportunities these opportunities offer the most powerful way of making an impact on your target market.
Our stands offer you the opportunity to showcase your organization and increase awareness, the area includes 2 chairs, a table and free Wi-Fi. Brand logo will appear on our website and a 150-word organization profile will be included in our event brochure, we would also include a 1/2 page of advert and 15 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings over the course of the 2-day event. Also includes two complimentary delegate passes for members of your team.Book Now
A great opportunity to increase awareness and brand a larger area, the stands include: 2 chairs, a table and free Wi-Fi. Your logo will be featured on our website with a 150-word organization profile will be included in our event brochure, we also include a 1/2 page advert and 10 pre-booked 1-2-1 meetings within your package over the course of the 2-day event and two complimentary delegates passes for members of your team.Book Now
H. E. Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi is the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Renewable Energy Agency “IRENA”. He acts as focal point for the UAE on issues relating to IRENA. Dr. Thani is also the Head of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change “DECC” within the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), where he leads the team tasked with representing UAE interests internationally in energy and climate change issues as well as working as a catalyst to domestic partners to develop UAE policies in sustainability.
Prior to joining DECC, Dr. Al-Zeyoudi worked at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s initiative advancing renewable energy technologies and solutions, where he was part of the Clean Development Mechanism and ZAKUM Field for Abu Dhabi Marine Oil Company.
Dr. Al- Zeyoudi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Tulsa University, an MBA from New York Institute of Technology, MSc in Project Management from British University in Dubai, and a PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management from SKEMA Business School in France.
John is currently Regional Director for Rolls-Royce International with primary responsibility for UAE and Qatar, and is based in Abu Dhabi. Prior to his appointment, John was SVP Customer Business for Rolls-Royce in India since 2008, and responsible for the strategic positioning and Relationship Management with new and existing Defence customers and partners.
John has an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA from the University of the West of England, and has worked for Rolls-Royce since 1982. During his career, John has held a number of positions in Rolls-Royce with a strong focus on Customer Management, and has been based overseas in roles in South America, Spain and India before relocating to the UAE.
John is a member of the governing Council of the British University in Dubai, represents Rolls- Royce at the UK-UAE Business Council, and is a member of the UK-UAE Defence & Aerospace Working Group.
Martin Prince, BUiD's Registrar, joined The British University in Dubai in the year 2008 and plays a key role in ensuring that faculty and students' activities are fully supported by the University's Administration. Martin Prince's pre-2008 achievements reflect the progress of the University of the Arts London and in addition supporting the development of The Fashion Retail Academy in the UK, one of the first of the flagship "Skills Academies," supported by public-private partnership. He worked at the University of Arts London for over a decade where he introduced a series of governance initiatives, to ensure administrative support for the creative educational work of its colleges including (London College of Communication, Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design and Chelsea College of Art). Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Martin Prince's achievements at BUiD are reflected in the growth and development of Postgraduate numbers, particularly at Doctoral level where BUiD has now graduated 9 doctors (including 3 Emiratis) and is the University's reputation for academic integrity, rigour and external engagement.
Before joining ASU,he held the position of VP Academic at D U , also he held the position of Head of the Faculty of Business Administration and he is a member of the Administrative Board of the College of Economics and Administration Sciences at Zaitooneh University in Jordan.
He also held the University Vice President position in Iraq and the Dean prior to his assumption as University Vice President for sixteen years.
He was elected as a referee for internatinal conferences and as a number of editorial boards in internatinal journals.
He completed his PhD of Business Administration in Risk Management from Polytechnic of Central London in Collaboration with Surrey University in United Kingdom and finished his Master of Insurance Management Degree from University of Baghdad. He did achieve his B.Sc. of Business Administration at Al Hikmah American University in Baghdad.
Professor Saad Darwish has Published more tha thirty Research Papers both in English and Arabic . Wrote two books "Managing the Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions", a book published and printed by Dar Al Shorouq, and a book in "Risk management"(7) The editor of two books "Leadership & quality management in higher education." and "Knowledge Management".
Professor Saad Darwish received and have been awarded of different prizes and honors. He was awarded forty letters of honors from different academic institutions in Iraq and Bahrain . He received prizes and scientific research contributions in the Ministry of Higher Education - Iraq. Sharjha Prize for the best thesis in the Arab Region in Mangement Sciences for supervising the Thesis entitled "Knowledge Management" was awarded to one of his PhD students . He also received Higher Order of Merit by the government of Iraq for continuous research activities in 1996.
Estelle CHAMBOST has been with Accor in the Middle East for over 7 years and in the Gulf region for almost 20 years, where she held different Human Resources Management roles mostly in hospitality but also in the industrial sector. Estelle who graduated with an MBA in Hospitality Management with a major in HR has always worked to establish the HR function in the various companies where she worked, along with a strong people's development vision.Today she works closely with the Academie Accor Middle East to promote learning and talent development in the hotels in her region.
Mario Boglione is a leader with vision and character capable of inspiring transformation through collaboration and team work. Mario possesses the ability to quickly build trust, engage others, expedite analysis of operations and offer viable solutions.
Mario has been involved in the Enterprise Content Management world for 10+ years having deployed Solutions across a variety of Higher Education Institutions all over the world as well as other Verticals.
Besides working in automating back-office processes, Mario has been responsible for generating significant business improvements and demonstrating quick ROIs
Wayne MacInnis began his career in international education in rural Zimbabwe in 1981 as a volunteer. A native of Toronto, Canada, he earned his Masters' degree in Educational Administration at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario.
Wayne has been a school leader for over 25 years and was the founding Principal of the Canadian International School in Singapore where he spent a decade developing one of the finest institutions in that city state. Wayne also takes great pride in the growing reputation of Raha International School as a school of choice for students, parents and teachers. Wayne joined Raha in 2007."
Tony's experience spans more than twenty years as a member of the Ellucian team where he is now a Strategic Account Executive. He helps higher education students, faculty, and staff achieve their goals using technology.
Tony's customers rely on his expertise to emphasise their unique teaching and learning mission. He enhances their ability to reach, recruit, and engage the best students and faculty. He offers keen insight on how to optimise the educational experience and help students succeed. Tony understands that the best admissions, registration, advising, and management transactions are intuitive, accessible (i.e., mobile enabled), and efficient. He can advise on current tactics and tools to protect and secure your marks, grades, and private data from external and internal hacking or unauthorised access.
Tony offers an extensive practice in strategic institutional planning. This practice features the ability to model institution-wide and departmental plans. It links these initiatives to real-time key performance indicators. Tony excels at enabling assessors to capture their analysis in actionable intelligence that shows proven progress toward targeted goals.
Tony is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a management consultant alumnus with Deloitte & Touche in the Seattle, Washington office.
Sue is the Principal of the TQ Colleges of Excellence, Saudi Arabia. These are three new international vocational colleges for Saudi students aged 18+, funded by the Saudi Government, located in Madinah (female), Mecca (male) and Buraidah (male).
TQ Education & Training is a leading education and training provider that designs, develops and delivers training solutions for public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. TQ Education & Training forms part of the international arm of Pearson, the world's largest learning company. Pearson has a presence in over 70 countries, with over 40,000 employees.
Before joining Pearson, and as part of her business development role as Global Skills Director, GEMS Education, Sue led the start-up of three female colleges in the north of the Kingdom. Her GEMS role took her to The Philippines, India, Turkey, Bahrain, Malaysia and Indonesia on international assignments, as well as undertaking business development in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Kenya and Angola. She also provided advice through the GEMS group on "vocationalising" the curriculum. Previous to her GEMS role, Sue was Senior Expert for Qualifications Policy and Qualifications Framework for the newly formed UAE National Qualifications Authority.
Before moving abroad, Sue ran her own consultancy and interim management organisation working with governments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. She undertook 12 interim management roles, largely turnarounds, in government agencies, universities, vocational colleges, the private sector, as well as for the EU.
Sue started her career as an academic, working for Exeter University researching china clay and then as a lecturer in physical geography at Durham University. Deciding pure academia was not for her, she moved into polytechnic validation, polytechnic management and subsequently worked as a management consultant for KPMG, setting up KPMG's first vocational consultancy. She then became Principal of two FE Colleges (now part of the Pearson group), as well as general manager for Qualifications Development.
Sue's passion is transforming education and learning into practical, life changing opportunities, including employment. Both a strategist and a pragmatist, she loves providing support to identify small steps as well as major transformational change that can really make a difference in learners' lives.
Steve Kennett joined the Royal Air Force in 1978 as a telecommunications engineer. He served at various bases and in the UK and in operations worldwide and is a decorated veteran, he specialised in Data communications & Data protection (cyber security). After serving for twenty-three years he left in January 2001.
He joined Kingston Communications as the Data & IP operations and planning manager responsible for the operation implementation and design of the national Data & IP networks. Appointed to lead implementation of enhancements & new technology into the business during this time he implemented a New National IP MPLS network, MAN DWDM fibre optic networks in Milton Keynes and Northampton and a national VOIP network.
He left Kingston Communications in 2004 and Joined Centrica as the Data communications manager with responsibilities for the Data & IP networks as well as the One Tel ISP. Centrica plc is a British company, listed in the FTSE 100 and operating predominantly in the UK, Republic of Ireland and North America. Responsible for all aspects of strategic IP and ISP operational & strategy management including Rescuing and delivering the new Centrica OneTel E mail platform project and enhanced IP network to cope with ever growing customer demand.
On leaving Centrica in June 2005 and joined Ofcom as the Head of Spectrum Services
Responsible for all aspects of Enforcement & Interference policy, business governance and due diligence. Formulate and review Ofcom policy on illegal broadcasting stations and other illegal and/or unlicensed radio users. Provide advice and guidance to Ofcom Nations and Regions and others on the interpretation of legislation and policy. He introduced major Legislation & Policy changes into Ofcom the new WT Act 2006, R&TTE Act 2005 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
He Successfully Represented the UK at EU Working Group Regulatory Affairs (Telecoms) Including carrying out an audit on all EU partners Enforcement & Regulatory Bodies, Departments and Agencies on behalf of the EU During this time he was Chair of the Satellite Monitoring MOU committee within CEPT of the European communications office. He was also part of the successful Ofcom Olympics Spectrum Delivery team responsible for keeping the Spectrum for the London 2012 Games free from Interference.
He left Ofcom In February 2013 and joined Janet as the Head of Operational Services is to ensure that appropriate supplier relationships (contractual and otherwise) are in place to support the network and its services and that the services provided over the network are delivered according to the company's stated service levels and policies and meet customer expectations. His Division is responsible for the delivery of Data Centre services, Trust and Identity (Shibboleth & SAML), Cyber Security, Trans National Education, Cloud services, Business intelligence and analysis contract management responsible for some 186 contracts and 5 frameworks worth £100m.
Mayssa Dawi has over 11 years experience working as a Regional Schools Manager for the British Council in MENA Middle East and North Africa. This involves planning, designing and supporting the delivery of impactful program activity within the MENA countries such as Connecting Classrooms - a British Council global program which has grown to be the largest in the MENA region. Alongside this experience, Mayssa is a candidate for a Masters degree in Educational management and Leadership which has led to her becoming a member of the Global Continuing Professional Development team and thus contributing to the development of learning modules and their adaptation to suit regional/national needs. She is also a School Leadership trainer - validated by a UK expert.
As Head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) operations in the UAE Lindsay has responsibility for over 1,400 members and over 4,000 students who work in all sectors and all levels of business across the Emirates.
Lindsay is at the helm of promoting ACCA's work here in the UAE. Working with regulators, business leaders and important partners about issues which have an impact on the ongoing economic development of the region.
At 33 Lindsay is the youngest ACCA UAE market head, however she has spent more than eight years with ACCA. In her most recent role as Head of Strategy Implementation in London, Lindsay was responsible for devising the future global strategy for the whole organisation, ensuring that ACCA remains the leading global professional accountancy body.
Lindsay has also worked at the UK regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance, the Financial Reporting Council, and studied at the London School of Economics.
Professor Nora Ann Colton, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), has over two decades of worldwide experience in higher education at private and public institutions. The span of her expertise includes business strategy, organizational development, international collaborations and learning and teaching in institutions of higher education. At UEL, Nora is responsible for the Schools, Research and Innovation, Enterprise and Student Recruitment. Since taking the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research) she has led on a number of initiatives to enhance the development of applied research and enterprise at UEL. She has also worked on staff development at all levels.
Her work is driven by an unwavering passion for building innovation and ensuring excellence in delivery of projects and programmes on behalf of UEL. Prior to becoming DVC (Academic and Research, she was the Dean at Royal Docks Business School where she led on the internationalization of the School by building collaborations and joint degree programmes with other institutions for the Business School. She actively developed partnerships with outstanding institutions throughout Asia.
Carrying further her efforts of communicating with an international audience, she has been publishing internationally, speaking on issues in higher education as well as Middle East Economics. She has spoken in the past year at higher education institutions in Brazil, China and India. Before coming to University of East London and RDBS, she was a Professor and Chair of the Economics and Business Department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA. She received her Ph.D. from St. Antony's College, Oxford University, U.K. She is a specialist on Middle Eastern economies and speaks Arabic. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. She was a Carnegie Scholar and a visiting Professor on two occasions at AUB. She is the author of numerous journal articles concerned with Middle Eastern economics. She is also the co–author of a book with Elsevier Press entitled Middle East Finance: Missed-opportunities or Future Prospects and has a book forthcoming with Palgrave-Macmillan on the political economy of Yemen. She is the editor of a book series on Middle East Economics through Palgrave-Macmillan.
Mr. Westring is based out of Stockholm and heads EF's global business development and partnerships work. Previously, he was EF's Country Manager for Russia, where he was co-lead for EF's Sochi 2014 project. He is overall responsible for EF's commitment to the Olympic Movement and the United Nations. He is also a member of EF's global team offering advice and solutions to governments around the world and is responsible for the Gulf Region.
Prior to joining EF, Mr. Westring worked at McKinsey & Co, e.g., in public sector projects, including setting up a USD 3 billion charity fund with focus on education in Russia. He is a frequent speaker at global education events and business schools.
Mr. Westring speaks Swedish, English and Russian fluently, has conversational abilities in French, understands German and has basic knowledge of 5 other languages.
Mr. Westring is a member of Mensa International, member of the Advisory Board to the Stockholm School of Economics, and a Board member of the Sverker Åström Foundation which furthers relations between Sweden and Russia.
Robert Chater joined Hult International Business School in November 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. His strong financial and project management background has enabled him to open campuses in London, San Francisco, and Dubai and make a major contribution in establishing Hult as the world's first truly global business school.
Having worked for large multinational organizations, Robert believes that education has positive effect on people's lives as it impacts on both their personal and professional development. His vision is to provide the resources and infrastructure that help students of all ages, nationalities and diversity to gain a state of art practical education on a global level that was not accessible to his generation.
Prior to joining the business school, Robert held a number of senior finance and project management roles within the UK National Health Service (NHS) working with clinicians to understand both financial and commercial decisions that have direct impact on the quality of healthcare services offered in both tertiary and primary care settings. Immediately before joining the NHS, Robert held the position of Finance Director for a Leisure and Retail division of the Rank Organization. With 9,000 guests per week and 3,500 staff members, the level of customer service and attention to detail was exceptionally high. In Robert's role, the success was based on high levels of customer care and commercial knowledge of guest accommodation, retail outlets, bars and restaurants.
Robert is a British citizen and currently lives in Dubai. He holds Fellowships with the Chartered Institute of Management, Institute of Directors, Royal Society of Arts: Institute of Leadership & Management.
Dr. Nadera AlBorno is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the American University in Dubai (AUD). Her current research interest is the development of inclusive education in the UAE, empowerment of people with disabilities through education and employment from a human agency perspective, and the provisions of assistive technology for students' with disabilities. She is the winner of the Presidents' award for teaching excellence in AUD 2006-2007. Complementing her research interest, Dr Alborno works with local communities and has participated in conferences both locally and internationally to spread awareness regarding the rights of people with disabilities. She has also published a number of case studies addressing the challenges in the UAE context.
Dr. Khalid M. Abalhassan holds a Ph.D. in Computer Assisted Language Learning (IUP, 2002), an MSc. in Computer Multimedia Technologies (Duquesne University, 2000), an MA in Applied Linguistics (MSU, 1996), and a BA in Translation (Imam University, 1993). As the chief HE developer in the deputy ministry of higher education in Saudi Arabia (2003-2014), he was a cornerstone in the expansion of the Saudi higher education system from 12 universities in 2003 to 28 universities in 2015. He masterminded the replacement of 103 Saudi girls colleges with 99 market-linked colleges (2009). He also managed a nation-wide expedited construction project that was worth $ 1.2 Billion for the new girls' colleges. He is currently an advisor to the vice-minister of higher education in Saudi Arabia.
Abdeslam SEDDIKI was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Affairs on October 10, 2013.
Economist and politician, Mr. Abdeslam SEDDIKI holds a PhD in Economics from the University Hassan II Casablanca (1988) and a Master's degree from the University of Grenoble (1979).
Professor of Economics at the Mohammed Vth University of Rabat. Morocco
He is the author of numerous articles and publications, related to economic development and social issues.
Abdeslam SEDDIKI is also a member and leader of several scientific and humanitarian associations of development and human rights.
Lord David Triesman has been involved with education, employment, regulation, treasury, security, banking, business and innovation, trade and industry, transport and football over the span of his career. He was chairman of a Zurich based merchant bank later merged into UBS, and of a student accommodation business. He is an economist.
He served on various public committees during the 80s including the Home Office Committee on Prison Education, the Greater London Manpower Board and the Bett Inquiry into Higher Education.
Over the last two decades, Lord Triesman was a member of the Better Regulations Task Force, leading the National Inquiry into Housing Benefit, and the HM Treasury Public Services Productivity Panel. In addition, he led the Prime Minister The Rt Hon Tony Blair, political organisation, he served as a Government Minister for Higher Education, Europe, Trade and Industry including Energy, Transport and International Development. Between 2005 and 2008, he held the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Foreign Commonwealth Office) and Under-Secretary of State (Higher Education, Intellectual Property and Quality). In 2008, he became the first independent Chairman of the Football Association, and served on the Board of Wembley National Stadium.
He was the Executive Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Templewood Merchant Bank and was Chairman of Hibernia College International Board. He is also an advisory board member of Joule Africa, the hydro electricity generating company in West Africa and is a Non - Exec Director of Havin Bank.
Until recently, he served as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is, with Sir Stuart Lipton, leading the Mayor of London's regeneration efforts in Enfield and Tottenham.
David is married with 1 child.
Mohamed Loutfi is a Professor of Internationalisation and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) with responsibility for the development and implementation of the University's Internationalisation Strategy at home and abroad.
Nationally, Professor Loutfi is a member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's International Governance Group and the British Council - Going Global Steering Committee. Internationally, he is a council member at the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna and a member of the board of the European Quality Assurance Agency?.
He holds a BSc in Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Systems Thinking. Before joining Cardiff Metropolitan University, he held the posts of Senior Lecturer, then Principal Lecturer, then Head of Transnational Education at the University of Sunderland, UK.
Professor Loutfi has worked on many EU projects for Education Reforms, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Ukraine, Russia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. He is currently working with the ministries of Higher Education in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco to develop a framework for building capacity for leadership in Higher Education through European experiences in this field. In addition to this, Professor Loutfi is currently coordinating six Erasmus Mundus projects; these projects aim to enhance institutional cooperation among partners by facilitating student and staff mobility exchanges.
Dr.Abhilasha Singh is currently the Dean of College of Education and Director of International Office at American University in the Emirates, Dubai.
With a teaching experience spanning more than 21 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 and apart from teaching Psychology, Organizational Behavior/ Human Resource Management she enjoys training and consultancy in Personality Typology, Stress Management, leadership, Team Building, Communication and other Behavioral Aspects.
Dr. Abhilasha is a keen researcher and a prolific writer, and has published more than 25 papers and many case studies pertaining 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. Recently, Dr. Abhilasha won the National Research Foundation awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education in Scientific Research on "From Education to Employment: Identification of Key Priorities for Employability of Emirati Nationals in Public and Private Sector, with the research funding amounting to AED175,000.00.
She has many awards and accolades to her credit from various national/ international organizations including the 'Education Leadership Award', on August 1st, 2014 by Asia's Education Excellence Award, Singapore, 'Award for Teaching Excellence' in the year 2013 by INDUS Foundation USA, and 'Distinguished Service Award' in the year 2009 by the Association of Indian Management Scholars-International. Also, Dr. Abhilasha is the first to receive the fellow title from International forums of Management Scholars (INFOMS), USA award to foster excellence in management education awarded in March 2014.
She was also invited to numerous speaking engagements such as 7th Edition Mena HR Summit on "People Strategy Driving Business Technology", in Abu Dhabi on September 17th, 2014; 9th Annual Human Assets Expansion Summit MENA 2014, on "driving organizational and cultural change- maximizing the potential of people and business"; Gulf Education conference 2014 on the topic, "Internationalization: opportunities and the challenge of achieving excellence" to speak on, 'Higher Education 2020' in UK; International Conference on Management and Information Systems, in Bangkok, Thailand and has Chaired many International Conferences on Business Management.
She also serves as a General Secretary of the Board of Trustees of American University in the Emirates. Prior to joining AUE, she was an Associate Professor & Head of International Relations at Institute of Management Technology-Dubai and also has served Effat University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In his capacity as D2L's (Desire2Learn) Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, Hanny Alshazly cultivates opportunities that drive uptake of D2L's online teaching and learning tools in the Higher Education, K-12, and corporate markets across the region.
Hanny brings over two decades of experience in business development, marketing, P&L management, revenue building, and organizational enhancements to his role at D2L, and has successfully collaborated with partners and provided services to customers in many regions, spanning Canada and the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and India.
Having been a part of the online education field since its early days, Hanny possesses pragmatic insights into the online teaching and learning industry, which encompass both corporate and academic perspectives. His extensive experience allows him to serve on several educational boards, including the Gulf Education Advisory Board. Having spoken at multiple conferences worldwide, Hanny is also well known for his interactive keynote presentations on education and educational technologies.
Over the course of his career, Hanny's contributions and his dedication to his field have garnered him several awards and recognitions, the most recent being the Distinguished Alumni Award from Athabasca University in Canada, where he received his Masters of Education. Hanny also holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science, with a focus on Business Administration, from Dalhousie University in Canada.
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Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi was appointed Vice Chancellor of The British University in Dubai (BUiD) in February 2007. Under his leadership, BUiD has expanded its offering of postgraduate programmes, recruited additional specialized faculty staff and experienced increased enrollements.
In 1980 Alshamsi graduated from Eckerd College, St Petersburg, USA with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), followed by a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honors in 1982 and a Masters in Civil Engineering in 1983 from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Alshamsi went on to complete his PhD at Leeds University (UK) in the area of Concrete Properties in Hot Climates in 1988.
Alshamsi has published numerous journals world wide in the areas of effectively using concrete materials and developing sustainable structures, and has presented at international educational and specialized industry forums around the world.
A Member and Chair of numerous committees and task teams at UAE university level, Dr. Al Shamsi is also serving on various committees nationally and internationally including The Rashid Bin Humaid Award. He is also an Associate Member of ACI 305 Hot Weather Concreting Committee and the head of the UAE Building Materials Specification.
With over 20 years experience in academia as well as practice in the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures, Alshamsi brings to BUiD a wealth of expertise and direction to a highly regarded institution that holds unlimited scope for growth.
In 1989 prior to his appointment at BUiD, Alshamsi joined the UAE University College of Engineering where he was promoted to the role of Professor of Civil Engineering in 2002.
Lolowa AlMarzooqi - Bio Lolowa AlMarzooqi leads Schools and Universities engagement department at the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee. A former instructor and Director of Field Experiences at the College of Education, Zayed University, AlMarzooqi and holds a Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in Educational Leadership, and is an expert on educational program development; leadership in parental involvement in schools and communities; educational technology; and educational leadership for school/university partnerships. She is currently studying for her Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Management and Leadership at British University. AlMarzooqi has been an invited speaker at multiple conferences. Her keynote talks have included: "Learning from the Wisdom of Families: Leadership Development through Stories" (Women as Global Leaders Conference, Dubai); "Perspectives of Emirati Women Educators on Schools as Communities for Leadership and Development" (Second Women as Global Leaders Conference, Abu Dhabi); "Parental Involvement" (Early Childhood Development Center, Abu Dhabi); "Essentials of School Education in the United Arab Emirates", the Second Annual Education Conference (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi); "Bilingual Teaching Strategies in English classroom" (Prince Sultan University, KSA); "Emirati Preservice Teacher Perceptions about the Use of Translanguaging in Classrooms" (Literacy Research Association, Dallas, USA); and "Language and Literacy Research in Global Contexts" (Literacy Research Association, Florida, USA).
In addition to speaking engagements, AlMarzooqi is a published researcher with articles that include: "Cúcara Mácara! Arabic Influence in the Spanish language", Teachers, Learners, and Curriculum, (G. Engelbrecht and L. Al-Marzouqi 2006); and "Key Elements in Enhancing UAE Students' Potential," Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (L. AlMarzouqi, 2011).
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.
Wissam Hachem is Vice President of Learning & Development at Etihad Airways.
He is responsible for the design and implementation of the people development strategy across Etihad Airways and Etihad Airport Services.
Wissam is a HR professional with over 21 years' experience in the airline industry. He joined Etihad Airways in its infancy in 2005 and has since held several key positions in Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development.
In 2007, Wissam was appointed Head of Corporate Development and Emiratision. He played an instrumental role in setting-up local talent initiatives for the airline, which placed an emphasis on attracting talented UAE nationals into Etihad Airways. These initiatives laid the foundations for a successful company-wide Emiratision strategy which remains a top HR priority today.
In his current capacity as Vice President of Learning & Development, Wissam focuses on building airline-specific capabilities among the company's talent pool. He and his team provide business-aligned leadership development solutions, best-in-class performance management, talent succession strategies and company-wide career development to over 17,000 employees at Etihad Airways.
With Etihad Airways set to treble in size in the coming years, Wissam's focus is on building individual capability to drive an outstanding organisational performance.
Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman is a Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Education. He is at present the Vice-Rector for Planning, Development & Quality at Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU). The founding Dean of the College of Medicine at Al-Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The former Chairman of the Saudi Deans National Committee and the former Vice-President of the Saudi Society for Medical Education (SSME). Prof Abdulrahman is the current President of the Saudi Society for medical Jurisprudence and the editor in chief of Imam Journal of Applied Sciences (IJAS). The Editor of Medical Teacher Saudi Supplement. An Active member of many prestigious strategic committees including the National Health Council in Saudi Arabia. In 2006 he was appointed to lead the national strategic planning project for health professions education in Saudi Arabia. Professor Khalid is a founding member of the international board of ASPIRE initiative; a program has been initiated to recognize international excellence in medical schools (www.aspire-to-excellence.org).
His areas of interests include Planning and Development of Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education Programs, Strategic Planning & Leadership Development and Management of Chronic Illness in family practice setting. Prof Khalid has published more than 70 papers in family medicine and medical education, both in local and international peer reviewed journals. He presented more than 300 presentations in local and international meetings. Prof. Bin Abdulrahman is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the certificate of editorial excellence from the Association of Medical Education in Europe has been awarded during AMEE 2014 conference in Milan, Italy.
Khalid Alafari is a general manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center (CCGR) at Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia. The center is considered as a new initiative at TVTC. In this position, he develops strategic plans that will work through a clear vision & mission to establish and lead other centers for career guidance & recruitment at all of the TVTC units around K.S.A. In addition, Alafari is a member in many committees which is related to developing the workforce in Saudi. One of the major committees that he is involved is the National Plan for Information Technology that develops the first Saudi national IT plan. Khalid graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, and obtained a bachelor degree in Computer engineering. After that, Khalid gained master degree from the same university.
Alafari has a long experience in developing & managing adult education and training since 1994. He contributed to develop English book for property year in King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, and he was a director assistant of guidance and consulting center for three years. He joined TVTC in 2000 and worked in different roles instructor, adviser, chairman, manager of infrastructure, deputy of GM for eLearning, deputy of GM for student services. Nowadays, he works as a manager for CCGR. Furthermore, he represents TVTC as program manager for one of the initiatives with Mackenzie & PWC.
In a career spanning over 23 years, Dr. Addel Al Ameri has made major contributions to the fields of education, human capital development, and strategic planning and change management for the Abu Dhabi government in the UAE.
As Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, he now applies experience of leadership-development programs, together with first-hand knowledge of the worlds of industry and commerce, to promote the development of young Emiratis as future leaders and certified trainers in diverse occupational sectors across the nation.
Through his effective leadership and objective oriented management styles, Dr. Addel has achieved significant outcomes as the MD of his organization in both Academic and administrative areas.
Reposition his organization with emphasis on end results as well as policies and processes while maintaining quality standards as per regulating bodies.
Member of the Following Professional Organizations and Committees:
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In addition to several awards from various professional and academic bodies.
Authored several books and published more than 70 research papers, and numerous articles that deal with various academic and public issues.
H.E is the Director General, Executive Board, Health Ministers' Council for the Cooperation Council States, Family and Community Medicine Consultant, in addition to other job responsibilities including overall development and implementation of PHC programmes, conduction and coordination of field studies and research in PHC. He is the fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) since 1989 and the fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) since 2003. He has been awarded in June, 2003 the Professorial ship in health systems and quality (Adjunct Professor) from Oklahoma University, USA. Lately, he got the fellowship in medicine in 2007 (FRCP). He was the author and co-author of many books and manuals which were over (40), he published more than 70 research and scientific articles in various international scientific journals which contributed in depicting health policies and work protocols in family medicine, PHC and health services quality.
Dr. Ayoub Kazim is the Managing Director of the Education Cluster of TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding. Dr. Kazim is in charge of both Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). He is responsible for strategically steering all DIAC and DKV academic entities and further consolidating their statuses as leading centres of learning excellence in the region.
Heading a proficient team of top-tier professionals across both campuses, Dr Kazim has successfully ensured consistent growth in the number of business partners at both DKV and DIAC.
Under his guidance, Dubai Knowledge Village has channelled its focus on Human Resource Management, Consultation, Training and Personal Development programmes and now has over 500 business partners.
Dr. Kazim's vision has also carried over into the launch of Dubai International Academic City in 2007. DIAC is the world's only free zone dedicated to international higher education, hosting 21 of the UAE's 37 International Branch Campuses (IBC's) from 10 different countries including the USA, UK, Australia, India, France, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and the UAE, with over 20,000 students.
With over 25 years of experience gained from working in TECOM, Dubai Municipality and UAE University in Al Ain, Dr. Kazim has an in-depth understanding of technical, administrative and academic work environments. This experience has led to his success in the education sector, in line with the vision of Dubai becoming a knowledge-based economy.
In addition to his work with both DKV and DIAC, he is actively involved in research studies and has published numerous articles and technical papers on renewable energy, hydrogen energy, fuel cells, energy policy and economics.
Dr. Kazim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama and a Master's Degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from University of Miami in 1998.
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, work 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.
Director General of the Arab Administrative Development Organization – League of Arab States, since 2007 to present. Throughout this period, he has led the organization's strategic mission in promoting administrative development in the Arab World through an effective partnership framework. To this end, Prof. Alfaouri works with several government officials, regional organizations, and international organizations in fostering innovative and advanced strategies within the Arab region that address different aspects of administrative development.
Prof. Refat Alfaouri possesses a diversified cultural experience acquiring over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Organizational Analysis and Strategic Planning, among other things. He carried out several consultations and projects in the field of human resource development and administrative reform for ministries, public and private agencies in the Arab regions, and published more than 20 articles and 2 books. In addition to his position above, Prof. Alfaouri held the position of Vice President for Administrative, Academic and Quality Assurance from August 2003 to September 2007, and Dean of School of Economics and Admin. Sciences/Professor of Public Administration from 1998 to 2003. Furthermore, Prof. Alfaouri holds several honorary positions, including member of the Higher Coordinating Committee of the Arab Cooperative Work, and member of the Advisory Board.
Prof.Dr. Alfaouri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative Sciences from Yarmouk University, Jordan 1983. He concluded his MPA in Public Administration from University of Southern California, USA in 1987 and later on obtained his PhD in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from Saint Louis University, USA in 1990.
Dr Kevin Dunseath is a founding partner of CorCordi, an international education consulting firm based in Dubai. Kevin has been directly involved with education for more than forty years, in both the secondary and higher education sectors. He has had significant teaching and senior management experience at educational institutions across the world. This experience includes leadership positions in Brunei, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and Zambia. The universities at which Kevin has worked for significant periods include: London Business School, the University of Sheffield, the University of Exeter, Michigan State University, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the University of Sharjah and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Kevin has also had management experience in the corporate world. From being Director of London Business School′s Dubai Centre, he became Director of Education for Cisco in EMEAR. Kevin′s extensive experience has enabled him to advise university, business and government leaders on major education-related projects. Kevin is currently working extensively with Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, on a major project to establish a new private university in Oman. Kevin has a first degree from the University of Oxford, a MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge and both a MBA degree and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Sheffield. Kevin has been an invited speaker at numerous international education conferences and events across the world. He is often asked to address issues to do with the exciting world of 21st century learning and the role of technology as a key enabler of education transformation.
Dr. Al Hassen Al Daoudi was born in 1947 in Beni Mellal.
Dr. Al Daoudi received a B.A in Economic Sciences from the University of Lyon in France in 1976 and continued on to receive a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Sciences in 1977 as well as a Masters Degree in 1979 from the same university. He received a Doctorate in Economic Sciences from the Faculty of Fez in Morocco in 1988.
Dr. Daoudi served as Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Law in Fez from 1979 to 1988, and received a degree in 1988 as lecturer in economics. He took over the presidency of the Department of Economics in Fez from 1992 to 1994 and became Chairman of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Law in the city of New Salé from 2000 to 2002.
He took on the task of adviser to the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1998 to evaluate the work of research and publication.
He served from 1997 to 1999 as Deputy Director in Charge of the National Social Work in cooperation, as well as Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Law, New Salé in 1999, and the end date of joining the national collaboration.
Dr. Daoudi, took over the task of the Justice and Development Party as Director from 1996 to 1998, was a member of the Secretariat of the party from1996 to 2011, as well as the Deputy Secretary General of the party from 2001 to 2011.
He was nominated as Member of Parliament for the city of Fez from 2002 to 2011. He served as Vice President of the House of Representatives (2004-2010) and Chair of the group Justice and Development Council of Representatives (2010-2011). And Dr. Daoudi has also conducted many research studies in multiple areas, especially in economics.
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 Associationâ€™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 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 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, â€˜What is Marriageâ€™ 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 â€˜The Psychology of Growingâ€™ - Alfalaah, Kuwait 2011.
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 Edinburghâ€™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.
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 EFâ€™s school network. She also supports major research initiatives in the EF Research Network, such as developing the EF-Cambridge Open Language Database, the worldâ€™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.
Dr Tayeb A Kamali is the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) â€“ the United Arab Emiratesâ€™ 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 studentsâ€™ 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 Forumâ€™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 Technologyâ€™s Governing Council.
He is a founding Board Member of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP); a member of the World Economic Forumâ€™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 Leadersâ€™ 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 Universityâ€™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, Dubai 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 Franceâ€™s highest award for education, the Ordres des Palmes AcadÃ©miques in 2006 and the Human Resource Leadership Award from the World Human Resource Development Congress in 2006 and 2009.