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The mission of the MEKEI research institute is to use research and education to help transform the countries of the Middle East and North Africa to advanced, knowledge-based societies led by sustainable innovation and social advance.


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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. Leila Cheikh

Lecturer University of OxfordSport and Health Science


Location: Oxford, UK


Dr. Leila Cheikh is a Lecturer at the University of Oxford. She is a Director of  Field Studies (OMPHI) and Project Leader of (INTERGROWTH-21ST). Dr. Leila Cheikh is A key role that involved contributing to decision making, implementation and overall management of major research projects. I built and maintained positive relationships with key industrial and technical supporting partners. Working closely with the co-Principal Investigators and senior members of the team to ensure the delivery of key project objectives. Playing a pivotal role with direct responsibility for establishing and maintaining successful clinical research networks in 13 geographically diverse regions (covering North and South America, Europe, Africa and Eastern, Southern and Western Asia); ensuring each is well run, properly resourced and well integrated and aligned with the aims and objectives of the project.

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