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MEKEI, in conjunction with WASD, has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the network.

Interested in joining the expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at siham@wasd.org.uk. You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisation: World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Dr. Kamal A. Abdalla Sami

Advisor

Professional Experience as a Consultant and Supervisor for many Spatial data projects in the fields of Geomatics engineering, Geodesy, hydrographic and GIS. Lecturer of many subjects in the field of satellite, physical and geometrical geodesy, surveying engineering.…

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Dr. Yasser Bentahar

Deputy Head

Dr. Yasser Bentahar obtained his Bachelor and Master’s in Marketing and PhD in Intelligent Management from University of Salento, Italy. In addition to these qualifications, Dr. Yasser  obtained an International Masters in e-Business Management.…

Waleed Alrawi

Lecturer

Mr Waleed Alrawi is a lecturer at Syscoms College in the United Arab Emirates. He received his BA degree in Business Administration and his MBA degree in Business Administration from Al-Ain University of Science and Technology, the United Arab Emirates.…

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Dr. Munir Hourani

General Manager

PhD in Strategic Planning and Certified Professional Consultant (CPC) both from USA, entrepreneur and innovative thinker by nature, business management specialist by education, and business developer by practice and learning.…

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Dr. Yasser Al-Saleh

Senior Research Fellow

Following his novel examination of the emergence of clean-tech industries, Yasser was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research – which offers the world’s no.…

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Noor Ghazal Aswad

Programme Officer

Noor Ghazal Aswad is a Junior Programme Officer at the Policy Advice and Capacity Building Directorate at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). She has an MSc in Engineering Systems Management from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Science and Technology) and a BSc in Architectural Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University.…

Ahmed Al Zaidi

Police Officer

Ahmed Al Zaidi worked as police officer in Abu Dhabi Police at Strategic Department and Police Traffic Department for almost nine years. Currently, he is completing his PhD in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University, UK.…

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Dr. Ahmed Eltigani Elmansouri

CEO

Founded and lead Alrawabi Dairy company to become a market leader in just 6 years! I have succeeded in growing a $10 million dairy farm into a $ 200 million dairy enterprise producing and processing omega 3 milk super milk, vitamin D milk, nutriboost drinking yogurt and sell them directly to consumers.…

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Budoor Bukhari

Urban Designer

Budoor Bukhari is an urban designer and development planning researcher, currently working as Urban Designer with CH2M. Her research interests are focused on the strategic role that innovative grassroots initiatives can assume towards transformative African urbanism.…

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Abdel Djalil Laouisset

Director

Canadian Agri-Business Entrepreneur

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Omar Almansoori

Head

Employed at various levels as Electrical Engineer, Senior Technician, Electrical Technician, Electrician in electrical commissioning/completions/inspection/construction roles in oil and gas. Worked in projects full PreCommissioning and Commissioning Engineer. Experience gained in the planning, supervision and commissioning of H.V./ L.V.…

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Dr. Ibrahim M. Abdalla Alfaki

Associate Professor

Ibrahim M. Abdalla Alfaki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics in the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University an where he has been a faculty member since 1998.…

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Dr. Shilpi Banerjee

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Shilpi Banerjee, Ph. D, is an adjunct faculty member teaching business management courses at the American University in Dubai (AUD), Dubai, UAE. Shilpi’s research focusses on social issues in management, and her research interests relate to a wide range of management studies issues, in particular, corporate social responsibility (CSR), CSR communication, CSR reporting,  and critical social responsibility.…

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Dr. Mohammed Nurul Alam

Associate Professor

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.).…

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Dr. Yasir Alnaqbi

Director

Dr. Yasir is the Director Abu Dhabi Excellence Program – Government of Abu Dhabi. He holds PhD from Salford University, Manchester, UK, MSc Engineering Management from Brunel University, UK and MSc Project Management from George Washington University, USA.…

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Arunava Sarkar

Urban Designer

Arunava is an architect with 10+ years of experience in master planning and large scale architecture projects. He has worked on prestigious Greenfield townships, urban regeneration projects, TOD hubs, retail destinations and institutional campuses in India, UK and the GCC region.…

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Saif Al Mannan

CEO

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Ahmed Aljaberi

Director

Mr. Ahmed is a business academic oriented professional with 15 years of experience in information and business field. He is a member of Strategic Management Society (SMS). He holds MSc in Information Science from North Carolina Central University, USA; Certified Knowledge Manager, Change Manager and EFQM Assessor, and a Balanced Scorecard practitioner.…

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