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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 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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prof. Ashraf Shaalan

President National Research Council


Location: Cairo, Egypt Anniversary: January 1, 1999


Prof. Shaalan graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1983 and then joined the National Research Centre (NRC) as a researcher in the field of biological anthropology, in addition to his original interest as a pediatrician. He completed his Master by 1989 and his Doctorate by 1993 and his research activities focus on growth, development and nutritional status in children. He has more than 30 publications in this field and was awarded much recognition. In 2004, he was promoted as a professor of biological anthropology, and shortly, he was selected as the head of Medical Research Division in his institute. Ashraf participated in the 1st African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP 2002) and he is a founding member of Middle East and North Africa Nutrition Association (MENANA). Recently, Ashraf was selected as the vice-president of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT). He organized and chaired the 3rd Africa Nutrition Epidemiology Conference, held in Cairo on October 2008.