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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).

Prof. Zhenhai Han


Zhenhai Han is currently working as a professor at College of Agronomy and Biotechnology in China Agricultural University. He obtained his PhD from China Agricultural University, China. He taught lessons for PhD students in the university.…

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Miryem Salah


Miryem Salah has extensive academic and professional public health experience; she currently works in community development in the biggest food bank in Canada, Moisson Montreal. Previously, she worked as a nutritionist at Age Concern UK and was involved in educating the elderly on various aspects of healthy eating.…

Zohair Magzoub Mohamed Elhag

Wildlife Consultant

Zohair Magzoub Mohamed Elhag received his Bacalore from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Khartoum University, Sudan (1989). He worked as a Veterinary Officer in Butana Dairy Farm, Khartoum Dairy Production CO.…

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Prof. Abdul Salam Babji


Prof. Abdul Salam Babji is currently working as a professor at the National University of Malaysia; he is a senior expert with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Meat Science and Meat Technology.…

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Elhussein Badri


I worked in Central Bank of Sudan since (Sep 2005-2009) as statistician in Banking and Financial institution Division on Statistics Directory, and as Economist on Research & policies Directories– (2009-up to now).…

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Elmutaz Bellah Elshiekh


MSc in Food Engineering and Technology- University of Gezira, (Sudan), B.Sc. in Food Engineering and Technology- University of Gazira, (Sudan), 1994
2015 Leadership program, Tias School For Business and Society- (Netherlands)
2013 Certified Sales Manager, CSM -Certification from the American International Institute (USA)  Certified Marketing Manager, MM -Certification from the American International Institute (USA)
2012 Certified Manager, CM- Certification from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (USA) * 2006 International Diploma -Sales Management &Marketing, Cambridge International College (U.K).

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Dr. Ignatius Srianta


Ignatius Srianta is Lecturer in Department of Food Technology at Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University. He focuses on food safety and bioprocess researches. He published/presented his research papers in national journals/seminars and international seminars.…

Dr. Mona Hassan Hashish

Assistant Professor

Dr Mona Hassan Hashish is an Assistant Professor at the Microbiology Department, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University. She teaches and supervises diploma, Masters and doctorate students, especially in the fields of virology and immunology.…

Dr. Gerhard Th. Gerhard Th. Kroyer

Senior Scientist

Dr. Gerhard Th. Kroyer is a  Senior Scientist at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Mycotoxin-Metabolismus at the Centre for Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Kroyer fields of interest are Fruit processing, food technology, food additives, biochemistry, environmental chemistry and cosmetics.

Dr. Maha Bushra Hamed

Head of the Dietetic Department

Maha Bushra Hamed was born in Sudan 1972 and has been residing in Saudi Arabia since 1995. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from Ahfad University for Women in Sudan 2009, joining the Saudi-German Hospital Group as a head of the Dietetic Department in 2001.…

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Dr. Fawaz A. Saad

Associate professor

Dr. Fawaz Saad is an associate professor at Umm Al-Qura University. He is a co-founder of a number of start-up companies. He is a co-founder of Wadi Makkah Techno Valley. He worked as a dean of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was a General Supervisor of the Office of Intellectual Property Management and Bin Laden Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.…

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Dr. Yagoub Elryah

Assistant Professor, Researcher

Yagoub Elryah has received his PhD in Economics (World Economy) in 2015. As a student, he studied economics at Peking University, Xiamen University, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Arab Planning Institute, Sudan Academy of Sciences and Al-Neelain University.…

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Dr. Yagoub Gangi

Associate Professor

Dr. Yagoub Ali Gangi is an associate professor of Economics at university of Khartoum. Now he is secondment to Ahmed Bin Mohamed Military College as associate professor of economics. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with PhD in Economics.…

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Dr. Sally Sally Ezzat

Associate Professor

Dr Sally Ezzat is Associate Professor of Nutrition at Alexandria University Students’ Hospital. Her duties include the operation of the nutrition clinic, formulating therapeutic diets, and the nutritional education of patients.…

Dr. Samira Mataj

Medical Specialist

Dr. Samira Mataj is a Medical Doctor, a specialist in the Biochemical-Clinical Laboratory. She is a co-author of several published articles and has participated in several national and international conferences.

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Dr. Hemavathy Nithyanandhan

Assistant Professor

Ms. Hemavathy Nithyanandhan is an Indian born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and lives in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Earned her B.A, M.A (Economics) from University of Madras and M.Phil.…

Dr. Neha Kapoor


Dr. Neha Kapoor is a medical specialist works for The All India Institute of Medical Sciences at AIIMS Hospital in India.

Prof. Zahir Irani

Head of the Business School

Professor Zahir Irani is the Head of the Business School at Brunel University (UK). He consults for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) in the UK as well as international organizations such as HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum, BMW and Adidas.…

S. Susanti

Food Technologist

S. Susanti, obtained her BSc. from the Department of Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University. She is now working in private sector as the food technologist.

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Prof. Abdulwahab Al-Ameen


Professor Abdulwahab Al-Ameen is currently working as a Professor at the University of Bahrain. He obtained
his PhD from the University of Southern California Los Angeles, USA. He taught in several universities in the
USA, Canada and the Arab world.…