Keynote speakers from past conferences

WASD conferences brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice.

Here is a list of distinguished keynote speakers who have presented at WASD conferences:

Prof. Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate – University of Maryland, USA
H. E. Stephenson King, Prime Minister – Government of St. Lucia
H. E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE
H. E. John Chrysostom A. Nsambu, Minister for ICT – Uganda
H. E. Fahmi Bin Ali H. E. Al Jowder, Minister of Works, Electricity & Water Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain
H. E. Majid Al Mansouri, Chairman – Department of Municipal Affairs, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Councillor Lynda Hyde, Mayor – City of Brighton and Hove, UK
Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, Mayor – City of Brighton & Hove, UK
Dr. Kamal Abdelgadir Ahmed, Undersecretary – Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan
H. E. Dr. Yasir Alnaqbi, Director – Abu Dhabi Excellence Office, Government of Abu Dhabi
Prof. Mohamed Hassan, Director – Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy
Prof. Ashraf Shaalan, President – National Research Council, Egypt
Clive Hildebrand, President – Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia
Prof. Geoffrey Oldham, Chairman – Science & Development Network, UK
Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, Director – UNESCO, France
Dr. Sherine Ghoneim, Director – Global Development Network (GDN), Egypt
Ann Pettifor, Director – New Economic Foundation, UK
H. E. Abdul Razak A. H. Al Qassim, CEO – National Bank of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain
Prof. Vaughan Allen Lewis, Former PM – Government of St Lucia
Prof. Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor – University of East London, UK
Prof. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President – Stockton University, USA
Prof. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj, President – Ahlia University, Bahrain
Prof. Robert Allison, PVC – University of Sussex, UK
Prof. Michael Powell, PVC – Griffith University, Australia
Prof. Clement K. Sankat, PVC – University of West Indies, St. Augustine
Prof. Janet Druker, PVC – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Prof. Douglas A. Hensler, Provost – Naval Postgraduate School, United States
Prof. W Paul Davies, Vice Principal – Royal Agricultural University, UK
Prof. Aidan Berry, Dean – University of Brighton, UK
Prof. Daniel Petree, Dean – Embry-Riddle University, USA
Prof. Liisa Laakso, Dean – University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Amer Al-Roubaie, Dean – Ahlia University, Bahrain
Prof. Mike Hobday, Director – University of Sussex & Brighton, UK
Prof. Ronald W McQuaid, Director – Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Prof. Gordon Mackerron, Director – University of Sussex, UK
Prof. Sonny Nwankwo, Director – University of East London, UK
Prof. Ahmed H. Fahal, Director – Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Prof. John Adams, Director – Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Prof. Gioia Pescetto, Dean – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Prof. M. R. Riazi, HoD – Kuwait University, Kuwait
Prof. Istemi Demirag, HoD – Keele University, UK
Prof. Lynette Louw, HoD – Rhodes University, South Africa
Prof. Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Prof. Beverlee Anderson, California State University San Marcos, USA
Prof. Shunsuke Managi, Yokohama National University, Japan
Prof. Jerry Kolo, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Prof. Michael Busler, Richard Stockton College, USA
Prof. Wafaa Saleh, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Prof. David A. Lewis, University at Albany, USA
Dr. Ayad Altaai, Avisor – Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Dr. Aled Jones, Director – Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Dr. Alma Swan, Director – KeyPerspectives Ltd, UK
Dr. Michael Greger, Director – Humane Society, USA
Dr. Keith Nurse, Director – University of West Indies, Barbados
Dr. Vikram Murthy, Director – Academy for Collaborative Futures, Australia & New Zealand
Dr. Adrian Dore, Managing Director- Cabis Solutions Ltd, UK
Mark Pesce, Founder – Media & Technology Consultancy, Australia
Dr. Dababrata Chowdhury, Director – University Campus Suffolk, United Kingdom
Dr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi, Chairman – Bahrain SMEs Society, Kingdom of Bahrain
Dr. Elsheikh Elsiddig Badr, Secretary General – Sudan Medical Specialization Board, Sudan
Dr. Ihab Tewfik, University of Westminster, UK
Dr. Robin Ireland, Consultant Haematologist – King’s College Hospital London, UK
Dr. Alex Bowen, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
Steve Reeve, University of Brighton, UK