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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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  • 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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  • 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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Alain Ndedi, Saint Monica University, Cameron
Amer Al-Roubaie, Ahlia University, Bahrain
Barbara Ngwenya, University of Botswana, Botswana
Feride Doğaner Gönel, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Michael Busler, Stockton University, USA
Njidda M. Gadzama, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Shafiq Alvi, Concordia University, Canada
Elsadig M. Ahmed, Multimedia University, Malaysia
Ranajit Chakrabarty, Calcutta University, India
Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh Institute of Social Research Trust, Bangladesh
Sushil Varma, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd., New Zealand
Christopher Changwe Nshimbi, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dababrata Chowdhury, University Campus Suffolk, UK
Elham Aljaaly, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Elnayer H. Suliman, Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan
Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Hanadi Mubarak AL-Mubaraki, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Hanan Ibrahim Mudawi, Environmental, Natural Resources & Desertification Research Institute, Sudan
Eltighani Elamin, Agricultural Economics and Policy Research Center, Sudan
Ibrahim Mamadu, Centre for Alternative Sustainable Livelihoods, Nigeria
Khaled Salah Shaaban, Qatar University, Qatar
Inocent Moyo, University of South Africa, South Africa
Kobena T. Hanson, Causal Links, USA and Strategic Outlooks, Ghana
Lesego S. Stone, Okavango Research Institute, Botswana
Marwan Al Qur'an, Princess Sumaya University, Jordan
Moazzem Hossain, Griffith University, Australia
Mohammed Nurul Alam, Canadian University of Dubai, UAE
Siham El-Kafafi, ICL Education Group, Auckland, New Zealand
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
Raimund Schwendner, istob Management Academy, Germany
Jodie Keane, Economic Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat
Raphaelle Faure, Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute, London
Ronald Bardy, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
Roudaina Al Khani, Platforms for sustainable cities and regions, UK
Salwa M. Beheiry, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Subhadra Ganguli, Ahlia University, Bahrain
Zara W. Wudiri, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Nagat Eltoum, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia
Ayan Chattopadhyay, Zonal Marketing (East), Future Retail Ltd., India
Nedal T. Ratrout, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Siraj Osman Omer, Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan
Naglaa Mostafa Elsayed Abdallah, King Abdulaziz University, KSA - Cairo University, Egypt
Aroyeun Shamsideen Olusegun, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Nigeria
Deepti Muley, Qatar University, Qatar

Mostafa Mohamad, University of Salford, UK
Art Jones, Dream Factory, USA
Mohammad Samsul Hoque, Bangladesh civil service, Bangladesh
Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Sustainable Soil Management Programme, Nepal
Khaled J. Assi, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Imafidon Tayo, National Food & Drug Administration and Control, Nigeria
Aly El Gayar, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mustafa Al-Tekreeti, American University of Sharja, UAE
Aisha Ansari, Capella University, USA
Alexander Soderholm, London School of Economics and Political science, UK
Mariam Jaroor, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Hasan Agan Karaduman, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Jurgita Staniulyte, University of Leeds, UK
Mahuya Chakrabarti, Bethune College, India
Bishnu Kumar Bishowkarma, Sustainable Soil Management Programme, Nepal
Afra AlSuwaidi, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Md Maruf Mortula, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
Kazi Parvez Fattah, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
Tarig Ali, The American University of Sharjah, UAE
John Anuge, University of Salford, UK
Ali El Masri, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Victor O. A. Adebayo, University of Westminister, UK
Keynote speakers from past conferences