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The following experts have already been confirmed as speakers for 2016 WASD conference. Additional speakers will be revealed in the near future, and details will be added to this page.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the first three keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Xiaolan FuProfessor Xiaolan Fu, the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College. 
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    Xiaolan Fu is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She has published over 80 books and papers. Her recent books include China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, The Rise of Technological Power in the South. She is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Oxford Development Studies, Industrial and Corporate ChangeInternational Journal of Technology Management, and four other international journals. She has published extensively in leading international journals and has received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 ‘European Best Paper’ Award. Prof Fu has received research grants from prestigious funding bodies including the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, and British Academy. She has been consultant for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the World Bank, OECD, European Commission, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. Prof Fu served on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University
  • Dr Jason BlackstockDr Jason J Blackstock, Head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy STEaPP, University College London
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    With a unique background spanning research physics, Silicon Valley technology development, public policy, and global governance, Jason is an internationally respected scholar, educator and policy adviser on the interface between science and public decision-making. Jason joined University College London in 2013 to help establish the globally unique Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP). As Head of this innovative new department, Jason is leading the strategic development of STEaPP’s rapidly expanding research, education and policy engagement programmes, all aimed at delivering on STEaPP’s socially-oriented mission to explore, experiment with, and improve the mobilisation of scientific and engineering knowledge in support of better public decision-making around the World. Prior to joining UCL, Jason taught and directed policy-engaged research at leading universities and think tanks, including Harvard, Oxford, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). In addition to his UCL position, Jason is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. In 2010 Jason was elected an Associate Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
  • Professor Steffen Boehm, Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Exeter and Former Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI), University of Essex
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    Steffen Boehm is Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Exeter and Former Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Essex, Colchester. Prof Boehm leads the The Agroecology Network, bringing together experts working in agroecology and sustainable rural livelihoods, exploring the potential for sustainable and resilient business practices for small and medium-sized UK producers. Steffen also runs a research project on the connections between local food and well-being in the East of England, co-funded by the East of England Co-operative Society and the British Academy. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick.His research focuses on political economies and ecologies of organization, management and the environment. He was a co-founder of the open-access journal ephemera: theory & politics in organization, and is co-founder and co-editor of the new open-access publishing press MayFlyBooks as well as Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements. He has published four books: Repositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave), Against Automobility (Blackwell), Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets (Mayfly), and The Atmosphere Business (Mayfly).


Alain Ndedi, Saint Monica University, Cameron
Author of more than 20 books, Alain A. Ndedi who holds a PhD in entrepreneurship, is a Professor and chair of Entrepreneurship, Organisation, Strategy at Saint Monica University, School of Business and Public Policy. Dr Ndedi is Founding Director and Editor in Chief of Comerci, Past President for 8 years of Young Entrepreneurs for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (YENEPAD), and taught in many tertiary institutions in Africa.
Amer Al-Roubaie, Ahlia University, Bahrain
Amer-Al-RoubaieProfessor Amer Al-Roubaie teaches Economics and currently the Dean of the Colege of Business and Finance at Ahlia University, Bahrain. He holds Ph.D. degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal Canada. His main area of research is in the field of economic development and international economics. Recently, Professor Al-Roubaie along with Professor Shafiq Alvi edited 4 volume set titled Islamic Banking and Finance published by Routledge. Al-Roubaie latest book titled Globalization of Knowledge published in 2011.
Barbara Ngwenya, University of Botswana, Botswana
Dr. Barbara Ngwenya is Professor of Applied Anthropology at the Okavango Research Institute at the University of Botswana based in Maun. She received her PhD in Social Work and Social Science from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA in 2000.
Feride Doğaner Gönel, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Feride Doğaner GönelDr. Gonel is professor of Economics in Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul. She received his master degree from Bogazici University and PhD degree from Istanbul University. She visited Seul National University and worked on Korean economic development for six months. Her research interests include sustainable development, international trade and technological development. She has published articles in the field of sustainable development and she has attended many conferences on sustainable development and international trade.
Michael Busler, Stockton University, USA
buslermichael041211_optDr. Michael Busler is a Professor of Finance, Finance Track Coordinator and a Fellow at the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University. Previous he held positions at Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University and The University of Delaware. He teaches undergraduate courses in Finance and Game Theory and MBA courses in Managerial Economics, Applied Financial Analysis and New Ventures. In addition, he has worked as a Financial Analyst for FMC Corp. and Ford Motor Company and has been a successful entrepreneur having owned several businesses mostly in the Real Estate development field. He earned his doctorate at Drexel University.
Njidda M. Gadzama, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Prof Njidda M. Gadzama is Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Environmental Science at University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. He is an academic leader having been pioneer Pro-Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria; Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri; and the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt. He graduated BA (Biology), McPherson College, Kansas (1964); MSc (Zoology), Long IslandUniversity (1967), PhD (Entomology), New YorkUniversity (1971). He has in excess of 80 scholarly publications in referred journals, conference proceedings, edited books and monographs; also the founding Director of Centre for Arid Zone Studies and Biotechnology Centre at University of Maiduguri. He has published in leading journals such as Journal of Experimental Zoology; Tissue and Cell; Journal of Morphology; Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development and many others. He is a Fellow of the NigerianAcademy of Science, Entomological Society of Nigeria and the Environmental Society of Nigeria. He was a Visiting Professor to University of Frankfurt and to Office of Arid Land Studies, University of Arizona. He has travelled widely to 30 countries.
Shafiq Alvi, Concordia University, Canada
Dr. Shafiq Alvi is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Concordia University, Montreal. He has extensive experience in teaching, research and consulting. Dr. Alvi has published several books and a number of research articles in international journals.
Elsadig M. Ahmed, Multimedia University, Malaysia
Dr. Elsadig Musa Ahmed is a professor and Coordinator for Post Graduate programmes at the Faculty of Business and Law, Multimedia University, Melaka, Malaysia. He is a Reviewer and an expert on the second Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report “Biodiversity and Human Well-being: A Synthesis Report for the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2005”, Economic Modelling, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, International Journal of Economic Policy Studies, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Global Studies Journal.
Ranajit Chakrabarty, Calcutta University, India
Ranajit ChakrabartyRanajit Chakrabarty has recently retired from University of Calcutta (Kolkata) after serving the University as Professor of Management for more than 40 years. He had more than 100 research publications in National and International Journals and he had produced about 15 Phd students.
Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research Trust, Bangladesh
Khurshed AlamDr. Khurshed Alam is a former university teacher of Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology and currently Chairman of Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust. He was involved in preparation of a few National Policies and National Development Strategies including national plan called PRSP-II for Bangladesh. He attempted to develop some theories and concepts and also developed several new ideas and models such as Canal Maintenance Group (CMG) involving landless people; IGA mapping for poverty reduction; and institution for landless poor. He has 27 peer-reviewed articles, 7 books and 2 book chapters as publication to his credit
Sushil Varma, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd., New Zealand
Sushil_VarmaDr Sushil Varma has completed his PhD and MBA from Southern Cross University in Australia. His thesis was in TQM of Biomedical Technology Management in Public Hospitals. He also holds several engineering qualifications and has presented several academic papers in various conferences and universities. Sushil has worked several years in healthcare as biomedical engineer and administrator. Currently Sushil is a National Service Manager with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited in New Zealand. A well-known company that design, manufacture and distribute medical products in 120 countries. He also trains biomedical engineers who work on Fisher & Paykel Products.
Christopher Changwe Nshimbi, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Chris_Changwe_NshimbiDr Nshimbi is in the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (DST-NRF) Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria. He researches regional and sub-regional integration (especially in East and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia), borders and borderlands, informal cross-border trade, grassroots non-state actors, social cohesion and water resources management. He teaches Regional Integration, and Political Dynamics in the Department of Political Sciences. Dr Nshimbi has participated in and sits on regional and international technical working groups on labour and migration and the integrated water sector.
Dababrata Chowdhury, University Campus Suffolk, UK
Daba-ChowdhuryDr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and Director of Middle East Research Centre (MERC) at UCS. He graduated from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Hacettepe University in Turkey and completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD at Plymouth Business School. His PhD work involves examining the importance of Knowledge Transfer and Networking to the development of SMEs in Turkey. His teaching interest is International Business, Management Information System, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management and Digital Marketing. His research interest is small and medium-sized business development/growth in new product develops with collaborations (Networks-Knowledge Transfer) and adoption of new technologies. He can speak and communicate with Bengali, English, Turkish, Urdu, Azerbaijani and Hindi languages. He is a member of five professional organisations, including the British Academy of Management (BAM) and The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).In addition; he is a visiting professor for Canakkale OnsekizMart University in Turkey and International IT university and Kazakh-British Technical University in Kazakhstan. Dr Chowdhury is a Chief Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Development and Management Studies, editorial board member of the Journal of Global Strategic Management (JGSM) and an Editorial Journal Board member for the newly established Review of Enterprise and Management Studies (REAMS) at UCS.
Elham Aljaaly, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Elham Aljaaly is Assistant Professor at the Clinical Nutrition Department, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Aljaaly is the Head of the Clinical Nutrition Programme at Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, KAU. Elham is the Chairperson of the Commission for Academic Accreditation for the Clinical Nutrition Programme. Elham is also a Consultant Editor in the International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFNPH), which is published in the United Kingdom – (2 issues per year). Dr. Aljaaly is the first graduate Saudi Dietitian from the King Saud Clinical Nutrition Programme in Riyadh, SA. Holding a M.Sc. in Human Nutrition from University of Sheffield, UK and PhD in Community Nutrition, Media Nutrition and International Health & Development from University College London (UCL), UK. Elham also done two Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programmes (UCL) in Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition & Public Health (University of Westminster, UOW) from the UK. Therefore, Dr. Aljaaly research interests focus on research that relate to nutrition & dietetics field, Public Health, Media and International Health & Development and has carried out, reviewed, supervised and published various research projects, proposal and manuscripts in these fields. Elham is registered as “Clinical Dietitian” at the Saudi Council for Health Specialist (SCFHS) and as a member in different Committees related to the SCFHS. She is been an invited speaker at many national, regional and international conferences since 1986 to present.
Elnayer H. Suliman, Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan
NairSulimanDr. Elnayer H. S. Elhag (B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph.D) is Associate Research Professor, Head of Entomology Division, Gedarif Research Station, Agricultural Research Corporation. He got degrees in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Protection, B.Sc. Hon. 1996) from Sudan University of Sciences and Technology and M. Sc. In Entomology (M.Sc., 2000) and Pesticides & Toxicology (Ph.D, 2015) from University of Gezira. Dr. Suliman conducts research on the IPM, Screening and breeding sorghum for resistance to insect pests, Insect ecology, insect behavior, {chemical control for sorghum, sunflower and Sesame insect pests} and climate change. Also Dr. Suliman works as team leader for different project concerning sustainable development in eastern Sudan. Also he works as team member in different national and international projects, viz., and Sustainable intensification of sorghum-legume system to improve livelihood and adaptation to climate change in Semi-Arid areas of Eastern and Central Africa (ECA, Breeding of sorghum for resistance to bio-agents.
Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Ghassan Abu-LebdehDr. Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering/Transportation at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, with current research on interactions between urban traffic operations and public health. Dr. Abu-Lebdehʼs areas of research interest/teaching are traffic control with focus on congested systems, and sustainability in transport systems. He completed his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D.), USA. His academic and industry experience spans 25 years in transportation systems operations and planning with periods at Michigan State University, University of Kentucky, and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Worcester, Massachusetts, and in Urban-Champaign, Illinois.
Hanadi Mubarak AL-Mubaraki, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Dr. Hanadi Mubarak AL-Mubaraki is an Assistant Professor at Kuwait University. She teaches management courses for undergraduates and graduates. She has published scientific articles in many academic journals, and two books, and has presented her research papers in many countries. She is the recipient of several international awards. She has substantial experience in research entrepreneurship.
Hanan Ibrahim Mudawi, Environmental, Natural Resources & Desertification Research Institute, Sudan
I am a Master holder by Khartoum University in Plant Protection and Ph.D by the Sudan Academy of Sciences in Biopesticides. I have supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students and held and organized many training courses in the field of Bio-pesticides. My research interest is in biological control of plant pathogens (Fungi, bacteria and nematodes) by the use of native microorganisms.
Eltighani Elamin, Agricultural Economics and Policy Research Center, Sudan
EltiganiElaminA policy professor in AEPRC (SUDAN) _Agricultural Economics and Policy Research Center , co/authored over 30 publications in food/nutritional security, poverty/livelihood and trade. Mr. Elamin have worked for the Government of Sudan, WFP, EU, AU, USAID, GIZ and WB projects in managing and monitoring food and agricultural markets in conflict crisis countries in Africa and Asia.
Ibrahim Mamadu, Centre for Alternative Sustainable Livelihoods, Nigeria
IbrahimMamaduDr. Ibrahim Mamadu MBBS, MPH is a doctor and public health/epidemiology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri College of Medical Sciences. He graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with an Msc in Public Health (developing countries) and worked with the same institution. He is a member of the Royal Society for Public Health, John Snow society. He has extensive experience working with NGOs and government especially in the HIV/AIDS program and Malaria research projects. He has publications in the Journal of Neurovirology, Current Opinions In Oncology, among others.
Khaled Salah Shaaban, Qatar University, Qatar
Dr. Khaled Shaaban is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Qatar University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer in the United States. He has over twenty years of experience in the transportation engineering industry and over ten years of graduate and undergraduate teaching experience in the United States and the Middle East. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for many research projects. The outcomes of these projects include numerous published papers and presentations on a variety of transportation engineering topics.
Inocent Moyo, University of South Africa, South Africa
Inocent_MoyoDr Moyo is affiliated to the Geography Department, University of South Africa, Florida Campus. He is a seasoned researcher on issues of migration and development, migration and immigration politics, cross border traders, regional integration in the SADC, transnationalism, borders and borderlands and urban informality and governance. He has published and done international presentations on these topics.
Kobena T. Hanson, Causal Links, USA and Strategic Outlooks, Ghana
Kobena HansonKobena T. Hanson is currently founder/CEO of Strategic Outlooks, a research consultancy and advisory firm in Ghana; and Principal at Causal Links, Washington, DC, USA. He is an international development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in initiating and managing large-scale development research and capacity-building initiatives, most recently (2010-2014) as Head of Knowledge and Learning at the African Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe. He has conducted research in several African countries on development policy, capacity building, knowledge management and livelihood issues. Prior to joining ACBF, Dr. Hanson was a Knowledge Management Coordinator at Futures Group. And earlier, Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning at West Virginia University, USA. He has authored a number of books, journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on urban livelihood strategies, natural resource management, social networking, and public policy in Africa. His most recent publication, Managing Africa’s Natural Resources: Capacities for Development (co-edited with C. D’Alessandro and F. Owusu), is by Palgrave.
Lesego S. Stone, Okavango Research Institute, Botswana
Marwan Al Qur'an, Princess Sumaya University, Jordan
Marwan Al Qur'anDr. Marwan Al Qur’an is currently a senior Assistant Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan. Previously, he taught at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University, Australia. In addition, he has wide teaching experience in Saudi Arabia as he taught at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. He received a PhD in Business with Distinction from Curtin University of Technology, 2006. His works have appeared in International Review of Business Research Papers, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development and other journals. These journals are indexed in ERA, ABDC, Scopus, EconLit.
Moazzem Hossain, Griffith University, Australia
moazzem_hossainDr. Moazzem Hossain teaches environmental economics, development and trade in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies of the Griffith Business School at Griffith University, Brisbane since 1990. He is also a full member of the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (GCSE) and the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) of Griffith University. He has master degree from the Australian National University (1978) and PhD from the University of Western Australia (1986). Dr Hossain’s current research includes Climate Change issues in the Asia-Pacific including the Bay of Bengal delta and Sundarbans region (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India). He was visiting fellow in various European and US academic institutions including the University of London; University of Sussex; University of Hull; Institute of Social Studies, The Hague; University of Heidelberg and Boston University since 1991. Dr Hossain produced 8 authored and edited volumes on the subjects of South Asian economic development, economic reforms, climate change and growth in Asia, and on the realisation of Asia century published by the prestigious Routledge and Edward Elgar Publishing over the last 15 years. Additionally, Dr Hossain published two major volumes on the Political Economy of Bangladesh: Bangladesh’s Development Agenda and Vision 2020 and Democracy’s Roller Coaster Ride in Bangladesh. Both these volumes were published by the Dhaka based the University Publishing Limited in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Dr Hossain published in the South Asia Research, Disaster Management Journal, Singapore Economic Review, South Asian Journal of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia, International Journal of Environment, Australian Economic Papers and WASD journals. Dr Hossain is the advisor of “International Centre for Development Strategies” (ICDS), a German-based International organization of Bangladeshi expatriates across the globe. He also advises The Hague based BSUG – Development and Diaspora since 2013. He is the executive editor of the Journal of Sustainable Development Management (JSDM) publishes by IIDS Australia-ICDS Germany.
Mohammed Nurul Alam, Canadian University of Dubai, UAE
Dr. Mohammed Nurul Alam, Associate Professor of Accounting and Islamic Banking (MBA) in the School of Graduate Studies, hold a Ph.D. (in Islamic Finance from Lund University, Sweden and Masters in Accounting from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.). His research dissertation was on “Small Business Finance by Islamic Banks,” which was carried out through the framework of Lund Institute of Economic Research, a division of the School of Economics and Management.  He is the author of two books, Empowering Small Entrepreneurs by Islamic Banks; A study of lender-borrower network relationships between small entrepreneurs and different financing institutions and Financing Small and Cottage Industries by Islamic Bank His interests are mainly concerned with the study of the activities of the Islamic Banking finance towards micro entrepreneurs and SMEs, by the newly developed financial institution that gives credit without interest to its customers Dr. Alam has done extensive research on micro entrepreneurs and SMEs finance by Islamic Banks in Indonesia, UK, USA, Sudan, Turkey, Cyprus, Kenya, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He has been working as a visiting professor in the department of Islamic Economics and Finance (IEF) at Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia, since 2005 and give a course to PhD students on ‘Islamic banks, Network and Micro entrepreneurs’. He has more than 35 years of teaching experience in the field of Accounting and other commerce related subjects and taught graduate and postgraduate students in many countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America and Middle East.
Siham El-Kafafi, ICL Education Group, Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Siham El-Kafafi is the Director of Research at ICL Education Group, Auckland, New Zealand. Siham holds a PhD from The University of Waikato, a Masters in Adult Literacy and numeracy Education from Auckland University of Technology, a Masters of Public Administration from the American University in Cairo and Bachelors of Art in English Literature with Honours from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
Siham is a solid researcher with numerous publications in high-quality academic journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, international and national roles as journal editor/reviewer and referee on 8 academic journals besides being on board of examiners and award committees.
Siham’s focus is integrating business disciplines in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary context through entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. She is a highly effective communicator, experienced in research mentoring and coaching, knowledgeable in her field, passionate about people development and their lifelong learning experience. She has efficiency and accuracy in meeting deadlines and requirements with knowledge of quality assurance requirements. She translates theory into practical solutions that can result in a significant impact on growth.
Siham’s research interests includes: Innovation from both business and educational perspectives, service quality, customer service either in heath sector, manufacturing and/or service industry, sustainability from various perspectives, leadership, business excellence and corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, organizational culture and business ethics, and adult education pedagogy.
Moren T. Stone, University of Botswana, Botswana
Sarra Ahmed M. Saad, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan
Nahlaa Khalifa, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Assistant Professor at the clinical nutrition department, faculty of applied medical sciences, king Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She holds a PhD in food science and nutrition from Khartoum University in cooperation with Hannover University. She is the coordinator of evaluation and quality assurance program, Coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development, revision, Chairperson of academic advising committee, Consultant of the of academic accreditation committee. Member of strategic plans committee. Dr. Nahlaa is a Thinkbuzan licensed instructor (TLI) and trainer of trainee (TOT). She has been awarded certificates for participation and attendance for health, community and educational missions. Being as invited speaker at many conferences and having published articles on food science and nutrition. Her main interests are in nutritional genomic and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Her interests also lie in activation of modern information technology applications in teaching and research.
Raimund Schwendner, istob Management Academy, Germany
Raimund Schwendner holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master degree in Communication Sciences. He has been a coach and strategy advisor for Worldbank, UN and EU projects. He is chairman of the istob management academy and serves as senior advisor at GIZ for human capacity development. As visiting professor in Europe, Russia and USA, his focus has been on “sustainable innovation strategies”, “future mediation” and “ecological economy”.
Jodie Keane, Economic Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat
Jodie Keane is an Economic Adviser with the Trade Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, with responsibility for global advocacy, including on emerging trade issues and the supporting global trade architecture. Her areas of interest include Global Value Chain (GVC) analyses within a new trade/new growth context; she has recently submitted her PhD thesis to the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on this subject, where she also obtained her MSc. in Development Economics. She has approaching ten years of experience of working on trade and development issues, beginning in Vietnam and Cambodia as a Country Economist, private consultancy, before joining ODI. As a Research Fellow with the ODI she has been following EU-ACP trading relations closely, including providing analytical support to ACP members regarding their trade positions with the EU.
Raphaelle Faure, Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute, London
Raphaëlle Faure is a researcher in the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE). Her interests and expertise relate to EU development cooperation policy; EU external relations and institutional affairs; and, development agencies institutional setups. Prior to joining CAPE, she worked at ODI as project officer for the preparation of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the European Report on Development. Before joining ODI, she worked for the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) where she was the project coordinator for the blog Ideas for Development and part of a team running an international consultation on post-2015. Raphaëlle holds an MA in European and International Law from the University of Grenoble and an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Bruges.
Ronald Bardy, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
RonaldBardyDr. Roland Bardy is owner of BardyConsult in Mannheim, Germany. He mainly engages in management education, and he serves as Executive Professor of General Management and Leadership at Florida Gulf Coast University. Born in Vienna, Austria, he received his MBA degree there in 1969, and his Ph.D. degree (in econometrics) from Heidelberg University, Germany in 1974. He worked at BASF SE, the German multinational chemicals manufacturer, for about thirty years until 1999. Then he took up teaching and consulting, and he co-founded e-Europe GmbH, an internet service firm. His areas are management accounting, supply chain management, leadership and business ethics.
Roudaina Al Khani, Platforms for sustainable cities and regions, UK
RoudainaAlkhaniRoudaina Al Khani, Architect MAA, urban & development planner DEA PHD. Founder and Director of Platforms for sustainable cities and regions ltd., London. Roudaina has extensive experiences in sustainable urban and regional development, integrated and strategic planning from North Europe and the Middle East from local governments, consultancy, NGOs and research. Among her works in Denmark is leading a statement report to a new thinking Copenhagen City Development Strategy based on sustainability and her work on Agenda 21. She advised German International Cooperation on transferring sustainable development experiences to Syria and assessment of urban planning, legal and institutional capacity. She was a high-level advisor on planning and sustainability at all levels to Syrian Presidency in 2009-2011. Her waterfronts Ph.D. research made a vital contribution to city planning and urban revitalisation research and to integrated sustainable development approaches. It led to her appointment as member of Scientific Committee of International Association Cities and Ports. Roudaina is a lecturer and workshop leader. Among her publications is “Planning for More Inclusive Cities”, IFHP’s Congress, Sweden. Architect, Damascus University. DEA Urbanisme, Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris and Ph.D. Planning, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Salwa M. Beheiry, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Dr. Beheiry is associate professor of Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (UAE). Her research interests revolve around sustainable infrastructure and capital project. She is also a recipient of various prestigious honors and awards throughout her academic and industrial career. Before starting her doctoral program at UT Austin, Salwa worked with Independent Project Analysis Inc. in Ashburn, Virginia, as analyst/consultant. She obtained her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas @ Austin, a Master’s of Science from the George Washington University and a First Class Honors Bachelors of Science from Reading University.
Subhadra Ganguli, Ahlia University, Bahrain
SubhadraGanguliDr. Subhadra Ganguli currently works in Ahlia University as an Associate Professor of Economics. She holds a Ph.D in Economics from University of California in Riverside. Her areas of specialization were Applied Microeconomics and econometrics. Dr. Ganguli has experience in academic teaching, research, Quality Assurance and consulting for the last 20 years in India, USA and Bahrain. She has worked at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) during 2004-August 2014 in various capacities. Prior to that she was working as a lecturer and teaching assistant in the University of California at Riverside, USA.
Zara W. Wudiri, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
zaraWudiriDr. Zara Wudiri MBBS, FWACP. is a medical doctor and public health specialist, who works as a lecturer in the department of community medicine, University of Maiduguri, Borno state. A graduate of the University of Maiduguri and a fellow of the West African college of physicians-public health. Her area of interests include; reproductive health, epidemiology and conflict studies. So far she has worked on various research projects including MENAFRICA project, and has actively participated on the technical support group on the abduction of the Chibok girls created by the Ministry of Health Borno state.
Nagat Eltoum, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia
Nagat EltoumDr. Nagt Eltoum is a lecturer at King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She received her PhD in Nutrition from the School of Health Sciences, Ahafad University for Woman, Sudan. She served as Clinical Dietitian at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After receiving her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Ahfad University for Women, Sudan, she returned to Saudi Arabia and worked as a Clinical dietitian with emphasis on pediatrics at King Abdulaziz Medical city, National Guard Health Affairs. Her interest in diabetes led her to become a certified diabetes educator. Furthermore she explored the effect Ramadan Fasting on the Saudi Diabetic Adolescents in her PhD thesis. Dr. Eltoum presented in national and international nutrition and nutrition related conferences and activities.
Ayan Chattopadhyay, Zonal Marketing (East), Future Retail Ltd., India
Ayan ChattopadhyayAyan Chattopadhyay; Born in Oct 1974, New Delhi, he has received B. Sc., B. Tech., M. B. A., Ph. D (Management), MIMA, FISBM and FIAEME. A Marketing professional with 15 years of experience; worked with GKB (Essilor), Sony, Samsung, Videocon, LG and presently heading Zonal Marketing for Eastern Zone of India at Future Retail Ltd. as Senior Manager. He is a Life Member of All India Management Association & Calcutta Management Association; Fellow of Indian Society of Business Management and International Association for Engineering & Management Education. He is a regular visiting faculty of Post Graduate Programs in Management for the last 10 years at IISWBM (Calcutta University), Kalyani University, Amity University and many more Management Institutions of repute. He has 22 publications to his credit in reputed National & International journals and received Turner’s best performer award for channel management, National Scholarship award and Excellent Paper award at 9th China International Academic Seminar for Universities, Beijing, 2009
Nedal T. Ratrout, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Nedal T. Ratrout obtained his PhD in Transportation from Michigan State University, U.S.A. He specializes in traffic engineering and safety. Currently working as the Dean of Deanship of Academic Development at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Earned several awards. He is a member of the National Committee for Traffic Safety in Saudi Arabia. He worked as a project manager/principal investigator in several sponsored projects. He has several refereed publications. Worked as a part-time consultant for several consulting engineering offices.
Siraj Osman Omer, Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan
Siraj Osman Omer is Biometrician at Experimental Design and Analysis Unit ARC, Wad Medani. He has earned around nine years of experiences of rendering research and statistical analyses and consultancy to agro-biological and socio-economic researchers in the areas of design of experiments, statistical computing and application of biometric techniques in agriculture and related fields conducting in-country. He graduated BS.c (Applied statistics), Sudan University of Sciences and Technology (2002); MSc (Statistics), Sudan Academy of Sciences (2007); PhD (Statistics), Sudan Academy of Sciences (2015). Siraj’s research areas include Bayesian statistics, applied statistics and Biometry in agricultural research.
Naglaa Mostafa Elsayed Abdallah, King Abdulaziz University, KSA - Cairo University, Egypt
NaglaaElsayedNaglaa Elsayed is an Egyptian national. Holding Master and MD in diagnostic radiology, faculty of medicine , Cairo university. She is a consultant radiologist. She is currently an associate professor, diagnostic radiology, faculty of applied medical sciences, KAU. She is the course coordinator of many undergraduate courses. Member of the faculty curriculum committee, consultant in the department curriculum committee, has an experience in accreditation work, e-learning, scientific meetings, internship, and research ethics. She has published many articles in the field of radiology using different imaging modalities. She has attended many conferences as a speaker or as an attendant.
Aroyeun Shamsideen Olusegun, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Nigeria
Dr Aroyeun Shamsideen Olusegun . is an Assistant Director at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan and the head of department, End Use of the Institute. As a member of the Management Committee of the Institute he contributes to the Policy formulation of the Institute. He is presently the National President, Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria. He has written many paper publications in the area of ochratoxin A and Aflatoxin B occurrence in cocoa and cocoa products. As a member of the International Organization for Standardization, He contributes to the drafting of standards for Cocoa and Cocoa Products. He is also a member of Cocoa Traceability of the ISO in SC/18 and CEN/415/WG/38. He is presently the National Chairman Draft Industrial Standard for Cocoa and Cocoa Product.
Deepti Muley, Qatar University, Qatar
Dr. Deepti Muley is researcher at Qatar University. She hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with specialization in Transportation Engineering from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Mostafa Mohamad, University of Salford, UK
Mostafa MohamadSenior Lecturer, Salford Business School. Research Interests: Technology adoption in International Business, e-Business, Information System Development, Mobile Financial Services, Innovation Systems, Institutional Theory, Participatory Development, ICT4D, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He has been a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Manchester before joining the Salford Business School.
Art Jones, Dream Factory, USA
Art Jones came to the production field as a talented artist turned photojournalist who covered the streets of New York City for three years capturing a wide range of news events. During his time he freelanced for the Daily News, the New York Times, and the Amsterdam News. As director, writer and producer with Dream Factory, Art has spearheaded the production of several thought provoking documentary films. The groundbreaking film Models of Success, followed the career path of three dynamic Arab women from Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain led to an invitation to build Ahlia University’s HD Media Production Center, Bahrain, and the design of a degree granting curriculum in Visual Communications.
Mohammad Samsul Hoque, Bangladesh civil service, Bangladesh
Mohammad Samsul HoqueMr Mohammad Samsul Hoque is the executive officer of a sub-district in Bangladesh. He is a civil servant and presently in charge of Purba Dhala subdistrict. Mr Hoque presently jointly works with A/Professor Moazzem Hossain on a project called, ‘Socio-economic impact of remittance at migrant and non-migrant households: A micro analysis in Bangladesh’ for the volume on South-South Migration to be published by Routledge publishing, UK in 2016. Mr Hoque has been engaged with this project over the last two years and performs all the field works with the support of his co-author, Dr Hossain.
Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Sustainable Soil Management Programme, Nepal
Shiva_Photo Mr Shiva Kumar Shrestha holds a BSc degree in Agriculture Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepaland MA Degree in Social Inclusion, Gender and Rural Livelihoods from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His main areas of expertise are sustainable agriculture development and agriculture-based rural livelihoods. He has contributed to the above mentioned fields for more than 18 years as a front line extension worker and a senior policy adviser in different international organizations: GIZ, DFID, UN-FAO, USAID and HELVETAS, Nepal. Currently, he is supporting the Nepal Government in decentralizing the FtF extension approach to the local level and formulating enabling policies.
Khaled J. Assi, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Khaled J. Assi is a PhD student and researcher in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He received his BSc in civil engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine and MSc in transportation engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mineral
Imafidon Tayo, National Food & Drug Administration and Control, Nigeria
Imafidon Tayo  is the Head of Mycotoxin Laboratory of the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Lagos, Nigeria. She supervises Mycotoxin Analysis of various foods and Feeds using High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Thin Layer Chromatography respectively. She is presently a doctoral students at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye in Ogun State, Nigeria. .She is a member of the Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MSN) and has held different positions of responsibility ranging from Treasurer to Vice President and General Secretary respectively.
Aly El Gayar, University of Ottawa, Canada
MSc Student, Civil Engineering Department, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Mustafa Al-Tekreeti, American University of Sharja, UAE
Mustafa Al-TekreetiMustafa Sahban Al-Tekreeti was born in 1986, in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Al-Tekreeti moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering from the University of Sharjah in 2011, and holds a Master’s of Science in Engineering Systems Management from the American University of Sharjah, since January 2015. Mr. Al-Tekreeti worked for two years at the American University of Sharjah as a graduate teaching fellow in the Civil and Industrial Engineering departments.
Aisha Ansari, Capella University, USA
Aisha Ansari is a PhD candidate, at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and a master’s degree in public health, MPH, was also completed at Capella. With a diverse administrative and professional background which includes business and finance, healthcare and education, spanning over 25 years. Experiences in multiculturalism include, Jordan, Pakistan and brief travels in the Sudan. Sustainable Healthy Behaviors: Ergot and Nutrition, was an invited paper for WASD conference in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2015.
Alexander Soderholm, London School of Economics and Political science, UK
Alexander Soderholm is Policy analyst at LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project, previously worked with UNODC Tehran, MSc. International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the LSE.
Mariam Jaroor, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Currently undergraduate senior in Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. Ms. Jaroor minors in engineering management. Her interests are operations of transport systems and their interactions with public health.
Hasan Agan Karaduman, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Hasan Agan KaradumanDr. Karaduman (BA in Management at Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of Bogazici University and Ph.D. in Economics at Yildiz Techinical University, İstanbul, Turkey) is currently assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Yildiz Technical University. His research interests are applied econometrics and macroeconomics.
Jurgita Staniulyte, University of Leeds, UK
Ms Jurgita Staniulyte, Second year PhD student of Economics at University of Leeds, Leeds UK. Has BS in Marketing from University of Illinois at Chicago and MA in Economics from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL USA. Research interests include development economics, innovation policy and sustainable growth.
Mahuya Chakrabarti, Bethune College, India
Mahuya ChakrabartiMahuya Chakrabarti is presently serving Bethune College, Kolkata (India) as an Assistant Professor of Economics. She did her graduation with Honours in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata and later completed her Master’s Degree in Economics from University of Calcutta with Statistics and Econometrics as her special paper. Ms Chakrabarti has recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis in Marketing Management from the Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta under the supervision of Prof Ranajit Chakrabarty. Her research papers have been published in reputed journals like International Journal of Development Management, The IUP Journal of Marketing management, Research Journal of Economics and Business Studies, Global Vistas etc.
Bishnu Kumar Bishowkarma, Sustainable Soil Management Programme, Nepal
Mr. Bishnu Kumar Bishowkarma holds Master Degree in Agriculture Science form Tribhuvan University Nepal. His main areas of expertise are sustainable agriculture development and field based research. He has contributed to above mentioned field for nine years in association with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal as programme officer.
Afra AlSuwaidi, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Currently undergraduate senior in Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. Ms. AlSuwaidi’s interests include operations of transport systems and their interactions with public health and sustainable development within urban cities.
Md Maruf Mortula, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, The American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.
Kazi Parvez Fattah, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, The American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.
Tarig Ali, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, The American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.
John Anuge, University of Salford, UK
John, an alumni of Salford Business School, is currently a postgraduate student in Project Management at the University of Salford (Salford Business School) and has previously studied as a post graduate student at the same in 2010 to 2011 with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. He is a trained Software Automation Tester with a research interest in international business, project management and human resource management and development.
Ali El Masri, American University of Sharjah, UAE
El masriCurrently a graduate student in Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. Mr. El Masri’s research interests are operations of sustainable transport systems and influence of weather and socio-economic characterises on mode choices.
Victor O. A. Adebayo, University of Westminister, UK
V.AdebayoVictor is currently conducting research on sustainable procurement in public sector organisations in developing countries. Victor has five years’ experience working as a procurement practitioner where he participated in both private and public sector procurement and sustainability projects. Victor has a Master’s degree in Business (Internationalisation) from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland and has also completed a Masters in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, University of Westminster, London. He has written academic papers on the embedding of sustainability in public sector procurement and has written and presented several conference papers.
Keynote speakers from past conferences