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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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Dr. Hanan Taleb

Assistant Professor British University in DubaiArchitectural Engineering

PhD M.Arch MA MSc BA

Location: Dubai, UAE


Dr. HananTaleb works at the British University in Dubai as an Atkins Assistant Professor in the MSc Sustainable Design of the Built Environment Programme. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield for her research on sustainable residential buildings in Saudi Arabia. Besides undertaking extensive postgraduate studies in the field of sustainable architecture in the UK, she holds postgraduate certificates in educational leadership and curriculum development from the University of Leicester. Over the past few years, Dr Taleb has both presented papers at international conferences and published a number of peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of sustainability-orientated subjects. Her current research interests include sustainability assessment tools, passive solar design, smart infrastructure and energy-efficient buildings.

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