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WASD conferences brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice.

Here is a list of distinguished keynote speakers who have presented at WASD conferences:

Prof. Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate – University of Maryland, USA
Tom-SchellingProfessor Schelling received his AB from the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD from Harvard University. He spent the years 1948-53 in Europe (the Marshall Plan), in the White House, and in the Executive Office of the President; Yale University (1953-58); the RAND Corporation (1958-59); Harvard University (Department of Economics, Center for International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government) (1959-90); and 1990-2003 as Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and was president of that association in 1991. He received the Frank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War, and honorary doctorates from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Analysis and from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published on military strategy and arms control, energy and environmental policy, climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, organized crime, foreign aid and international trade, conflict and bargaining theory, racial segregation and integration, health policy, tobacco and drugs policy, and ethical issues in public policy and in business. His ninth book is scheduled for publication in 2005 (Harvard University Press).
H. E. Stephenson King, Prime Minister – Government of St. Lucia
Stephenson-KingKing is Saint Lucia’s sixth Prime Minister (2006). He represents the constituency of Castries North for the United Workers Party (UWP) in the House of Assembly of Saint Lucia. King entered active politics in 1987 after leading the youth arm of the United Workers Party (Marxist) and then as President of the Caribbean Federation of Youth. King served in government, under Prime Ministers John Compton and then Vaughan Lewis, between 1987 and 1997 first as Minister of Community Development and Sport and then as Minister of Health and Local Government. In addition to being Prime Minister, King is Minister of Finance, International Financial Services, External Affairs, Home Affairs and National Security. King now holds the slightly changed portfolio of Minister of Finance (including International Financial Services), Economic Affairs, Economic Planning and National Development.
H. E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE
Nahyan-BinMubarakAlNahyanMinister of Culture, Youth and Community Development – H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan received his education from the British Midfield School until the high secondary level. Afterwards, he joined Majdolin faculty at Oxford University-UK. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan has been appointed as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research since February of 2006. He already served the position of Minister of Education during the period from 2004 to February of 2006. He has also served the position of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 1990 until 2004. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is the United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He is also Chancellor of two of the UAE’s three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning: United Arab Emirates University, established in 1976, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, established in 1988; he is also president of Zayed University, established in 1998. Meanwhile, His Excellency was also a Chairman of several ministerial committees including the Ministerial Committee for Education and the National Committee for Workforce Planning. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
H. E. John Chrysostom A. Nsambu, Minister for ICT – Uganda
John Nsambu 2009 John Nsambu 2009[/caption]John Chrysostom Alintuma Nsambu is a member of the Ugandan Parliament. He joined Parliament in 2001 just two months after graduating with his MA in Political Science at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. After five years of Parliamentary work, Nsambu ran again for Parliament and was re-elected in 2006. In June of the same year, Nsambu was nominated by His Excellency the President of Uganda to serve in his cabinet as the State Minister of ICT, which is his current position. Born in 1973, Nsambu is the youngest cabinet member in Uganda’s history. Throughout his political carrier, Nsambu has been a strong advocate for the integration of ICT in Education. Through Microsoft employees, individuals and US schools he has enabled over 460 schools with computer labs that include educational software. He believes that school children must have access to computer technology in order for Africa to advance and have a strong hold in the technology-driven global market. The first step will be to teach Ugandan school children how to use the keyboard and hold the mouse, and from there Uganda’s ICT aspirations can grow. For this reason, Nsambu has been working hard to introduce appropriate technologies which can adapt to the electrical power problems in Uganda. Through his efforts, solar and battery powered PCs have already reached Ugandan communities and can be used in any part of the country. Currently, Nsambu is spearheading a project code-named “A laptop for every one initiative”. The project, expected to cost one US billion dollars, started in March and 300,000 members of the Public Service in Uganda are the initial recipients. Laptops, which normally cost $ 1,200, only cost Ugandan citizens $500 payable in four years. Nsambu’s passion is to provide access to affordable hardware for every citizen in his country.
H. E. Fahmi Bin Ali H. E. Al Jowder, Minister of Works, Electricity & Water Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain
arabwaajam1.538946Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering 1986 from University of Bahrain, and obtained his Master of Engineering Management in Construction & Facilities from George Washington University, Washington D. C., USA in 1994. Over 20 years experience in all aspects of the engineering profession, particularly in management, planning, design and supervision of wide range of building related projects. Specialization: Construction Management, Project Management, Architectural, Structural, Plumbing, Sanitary & Drainage Design and Supervision Activities. Awarded by HM The King The Bahrain Order First Degree on the successful completion of the Bahrain International Circuit; Awarded the Military Service Medal; Awarded the medal for the participation in the Liberation Of Kuwait
H. E. Majid Al Mansouri, Chairman – Department of Municipal Affairs, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
majed-mansouriH. E. Mr. Al Mansouri is a reformer and a Champion. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. He began his carrier in 1994 at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Since 1999, he played an effective leading role in the promotion, development and sustainable transformation of major government departments, councils, committees and NGOs towards sustainability, including the Environment Agency and the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA). He is a leading figure in the promotion of sustainable development process across the Emirate. He holds a B.Sc. in Urban Planning, Alabama A&M University, USA.
Councillor Lynda Hyde, Mayor – City of Brighton and Hove, UK
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Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, Mayor – City of Brighton & Hove, UK
Dr. Kamal Abdelgadir Ahmed, Undersecretary – Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan
KamalAhmedDr. Ahmed is a medical graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan, an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist by training and a fellow of the Royal College of OBS/GYN of the UK. He worked as a specialist consultant in the field of infertility treatment in Bournemouth in UK, before finally returning to settle in Sudan. The area of his special interest, in addition to his main speciality in infertility treatment, is Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development for the working physicians. His interest in promoting medical education is made especially important following his new administrative rules in Sudan. He is currently the undersecretary for the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, and actively involved in the strategic planning of health services and the development of quality and sustainable medical profession in Sudan.
H. E. Dr. Yasir Alnaqbi, Director – Abu Dhabi Excellence Office, Government of Abu Dhabi
yasir alnaqbiDr. 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. Yasir was the Manager for Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Gov. Performance, General Secretariat of Executive Council (2008-2011); Project Manager, Special Project Department, General Secretariat of Executive Council (2007-2008); Project Leader, Project Office Division, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (2005-2007) and he also worked as Mechanical Supervisor Engineer (Maritime field), National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), Abu Dhabi (2002-2005). Yasir is a business oriented professional with 10 years of experience in Organization Development through the use of Total Quality Management (TQM), Project Management, Strategy Formation and Performance Systems. He led various change management programmes at different levels (Government, Organization and Departmental) with a strong belief in continuous improvement, customer service, people development, innovation, creativity, knowledge management and modernization.
Prof. Mohamed Hassan, Director – Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy
Prof. HassanProf. Hassan is the President of the African Academy of Sciences, Secretary General of the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO) and serves on a number of committees in other organizations worldwide. He was born in the Sudan in 1947, and holds a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Oxford, UK (1974). A former professor and dean of the School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Khartoum, he received the order of scientific merit of Brazil and the order of merit of Italy. He is a fellow of TWAS, AAS, and the Islamic Academy of Science; honorary member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences and the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology; corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Overseas Academy of Sciences; and foreign fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. His research areas include theoretical plasma physics, physics of wind erosion and sand transport.
Prof. Ashraf Shaalan, President – National Research Council, Egypt
Prof. ShalanProf. 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.
Clive Hildebrand, President – Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australia
clive-hildebrandClive is a Director representing MCEETYA on the AUQA Board. He was born in Gladstone Queensland in 1937, then educated at Yeronga State and Brisbane Grammar Schools, University of Queensland (BE (Mining)) and as Queensland 1960 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (MA (PPE)). He then started his mineral industry career as a miner at Mount Isa, later living in Melbourne (twice), Sydney, Johannesburg and now Brisbane. Clive was a non-executive director of Oil Search Ltd, until mid 2007, previously having also been director or chairman of a number of other public companies and GOC’s since retiring as Managing Director of coal company QCT Resources Ltd in 1994. From 1995-2002 he was Chair of the Sugar R&D Corporation. In 2002 he published his Independent Assessment of the Sugar Industry commissioned by Minister Warren Truss MP. In addition to his business interests, as Chair of Chairs of the Rural R&D Corporations he was member of Canberra’s Coordinating Committee on Science and Technology (CCST) 200I-02. Clive has been President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Qld) since 2000. He is a member of the State Ministerial advisory body on public health, Health Promotion Queensland. He has had an ongoing involvement in higher education, latterly with Griffith University as Council Member for 8 years from 1989, Honorary Professor in business-related schools since 1995, member of the Griffith University Quality Committee during the CQAHE rounds of quality audits of Australian universities in the early 1990’s and a current member of the Advisory Board of the Key Centre of Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance. In 1999 he was awarded DUniv (Doctor of the University) by Griffith.
Prof. Geoffrey Oldham, Chairman – Science & Development Network, UK
jeoffrey_oldhamProf. Oldham is an Honorary Professor with SPRU at the University of Sussex, UK. Prof. Oldham trained as a geophysicist and spent several years in the exploration research laboratories of Standard Oil Company of California. He left the oil company to accept a Fellowship which enabled him to study the Chinese language and to initiate a review of science and technology policy in several Asian countries. After a year with the Scientific Directorate of OECD he helped start the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex and was its Director from 1980 to 1992. He was also a member of the team which designed and drafted the Act of the Canadian Parliament which established the International Development Research Centre. He directed the Centre’s Science and Technology Policy Programme for ten years and served as Science Adviser to the President of IDRC from 1992 to 1996. Prof. Oldham has served on numerous science and technology policy advisory bodies. He was a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Scientific Co-ordination and represented Hong Kong at the 1963 UN conference on Science and Technology for Development. He was chairman of the UN Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development and the UK delegate to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development. He chaired the Commission’s working groups on Gender and Science and Technology, and on Information Technologies and Development. He has continued to be a member of the Commission’s Gender Advisory Board. He also served on the WHO’s Advisory Committee on Health Research. He participated in the IDRC science and technology reviews of South Africa, China, and Vietnam. He was also a member of the international panel appointed to review ICSU in 1996. Although Prof. Oldham has worked in many developing countries his main interest has been with science and technology development in China. He was an adviser to that country’s Minister of Science and Technology from 1997 to 2000.
Dr. El Tayeb Mustafa, Director – UNESCO, France
dr-el-tayeb-mustafaDr. Mustafa is a Founding Member of the Arab Academy of Sciences, a Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Science (Belgium), the Secretary of the UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee in Charge of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems and Editor-in-Chief of the UNESCO Science Report. Dr. El Tayeb holds an Engineering Diploma from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Mining Institute, a Master and a PhD in Geophysics from Bordeaux I University in France. He started his career in 1974 as a mining engineer/ geophysicist at the Geological Survey Department of the Sudan. His work covered the utilization of geophysics to civil engineering works, engineering geology and the exploration of mineral resources in the various regions of the country. Between 1976 and 1980 he worked as a researcher in the Red Sea. His research covered areas such as marine seismic reflection, airborne gravity and magnetic surveys of the central Red Sea, development and adaptation of the shallow water seismic techniques to deep-sea research. Dr. El Tayeb joined UNESCO in 1981 as a programme specialist in charge of the development scientific research and higher education in the Arab region. 1986, Dr. El Tayeb assumed the post of the Chief of Section responsible for Arab States and then became responsible for both Arab States and Africa Sections. During this period he supervised the development of a number of national S&T plans and projects. Between 1989 and 1996 he worked as the Chief of Development Analysis and Operations. His functions included assistance to UNESCO Member States in formulating science policies, strategies as well as the development of partnerships between universities and industries and the evaluation of higher education institutions and universities. In 1996 Dr. El Tayeb was appointed Director of the Division of Policy Analysis & Operations of UNESCO and given the task of building UNESCO’s capacity in this area. Since then UNESCO reinstated the programme of science technology and innovation policies. The Division of Science Analysis & Policies launched an ambitious programme of assistance to member States in the evaluation of their national systems of innovation. Several International/regional conferences, workshops and symposia were organized to disseminate best practices in this area.
Dr. Sherine Ghoneim, Director – Global Development Network (GDN), Egypt
sherine_ghoneimDr. Sherine Ghoneim is Director, GDN Cairo Office and Director of GDNet, a knowledge hub that brings together and communicates policy-relevant research from the Global South, she is leading to position the program as an internationally recognized focal point/ knowledge broker for development research to inform policy debate. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of knowledge networks and research communications capacity building. Sherine is the lead person on strategic development and management of the GDNet program since 2001 having previously worked as Information and Communications Manager at the Economic Research Forum for five years. Sherine holds a PhD in Information Management (The Management School, Imperial College, UK), an MSc in Management (Boston University, London Campus), completed a number of studies towards an MA in Economics from the American University in Cairo and has a BA in Economics, minor Computer Science from the American University in Cairo. Sherine’s academic experience at the Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University is in teaching strategic planning, information systems project management and national strategies for developing information systems and e-business solutions. During that tenure Sherine also had teaching assignments with the Management School, American University in Cairo.
Ann Pettifor, Director – New Economic Foundation, UK
ann pettiforAnn Pettifor was born in South Africa and took her degree in politics and economics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She spent a formative period of her life in Tanzania in the early 1970s before coming to Britain, and working at the Headquarters of the British Labour Party. During the 1980s, she was a leading figure in the campaign to increase the representation of women in Parliament. In the early 1990s she undertook strategic roles in the government of London, working as parliamentary adviser to the leader of the GLC and as Head of Office of the Leader of the Inner London Education Authority. Later, she moved into the private sector and worked as an adviser to chief executives in the energy, retail, and property sectors. In 1994 Ann was appointed director of the Debt Crisis Network, a national alliance of British NGOs working on sovereign debts. In 1996, she co-founded the campaign, which was to grow into the international Jubilee 2000 movement for the cancellation of the debts of the poorest countries. In May 1998, Ann led a protest of more than 70,000 people in Birmingham, to form a human chain around the annual G8 Summit, demanding debt cancellation. A year later, the G8 agreed at their Cologne Summit to cancel, over time, $110bn of debt owed by 41 of the poorest countries. Jubilee 2000, “one of the most effective global campaigns” mobilized the first-ever global petition of 24 million signatures; the support of world leaders like Tony Blair, Bill Clinton; Gerhard Schroeder; the Pope; the Dalai Lama; Muslim leaders and the Archbishop of Canterbury; celebrities like Bono, Bob Geldof, Youssou n’Dour and Thom York; and many thousands of international policy makers. Awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Newcastle in 2000 and an honorary Masters by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2001, Ann has been granted the freedom of the city of Callao in Peru, the 2000 Pax Christi International Peace Prize, and honoured by Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. Continuing in her capacity as an advisor to the United Nation’s Human Development Report 2003 on the Millennium Development Goals, Ann was first enlisted to advise on HDR 2002: Deepening Decomocracy in a Fragmented World. She is a prolific writer and is in great demand as a speaker, particularly in the US. Ann is a Director at the New Economic Foundation, leading NEF’s work on international finance, and is the editor of Real World Economic Outlook 2003 – The Legacy of Globalization: Debt and Deflation. Ann enjoys music (particularly 50’s Blues), long countryside walks and digging her garden.
H. E. Abdul Razak A. H. Al Qassim, CEO – National Bank of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain
abdulrazaq al-qassimMr. Abdul Razak is a well-established and experienced banker with a wealth of experience and understanding of the banking industry in the gulf region. He has held quite a number of senior positions in the Kingdom of Bahrain including more than 10 years leading position as the General Manager of National Bank of Bahrain. Mr. Abdul Razak holds a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences and a Sloan Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Prior to the NBB Mr. Abdul Razak worked for nine years with Standard Chartered Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Abdul Razak is the Chairman of “Benefit” Network Company; Chairman, Corporate Governance Committee, Ministry of Commerce; Deputy Chairman and Executive Committee, Oasis Capital Bank B.S.C.; Board Member & Investment Committee Member, Esterad Investment Company; Board Member, Housing Bank; Board Member and Executive Committee Member, Bahrain Telecommunication Company; Board Member and Executive Committee Member, Bahrain Duty Free Company; Board Member, Executive Committee Chairman and Chairman of Board of Trustee, The Arab Academic for Education & Research Company; Member of Deposit Protection Scheme, Central Bank of Bahrain; etc.
Prof. Vaughan Allen Lewis, Former PM – Government of St Lucia
Vaughan_Lewis_02Professor Lewis, a native of St Lucia, West Indies, is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), having recently retired from the position of Professor the International Relations of the Caribbean at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago. Over an academic career commencing in 1963, he served as Deputy Director of the Institute of Social & Economic Research , UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, and then as University Director of the Institute (now Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies) at its Mona, Jamaica Campus. Dr Lewis also taught political theory and international relations in the Department of Government, UWI, Mona and also at the Universities of Wales (Swansea), Liverpool, Florida International University and the University of Florida (Gainesville). Between these activities he served from 1982 to 1995 as the founding Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Dr Lewis has written widely on the areas of Third World International Relations, Caribbean international relations and regional integration and Caribbean-Hemispheric relations, and on United States-Caribbean Relations. A significant focus of his work has been on issues relating to the functioning of small states in these environments and in international relations generally. He was a member of the West Indian Commission chaired by Sir Shridath Ramphal, which produced the report Time for Action (1992), and Chairman of the Technical Working Group on the Governance of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) established by the Caricom Heads of Government which produced the report Managing Mature Regionalism (2006). Recently (2008-09) he was Chairman of a Task Force appointed by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago on Economic and Political Union between Trinidad and the States of the Eastern Caribbean. Its report has recently been reviewed by the Heads of Government of those countries. Dr Lewis was, in St Lucia the founding Chairman of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College between 1985 and 1995, and a founding member of the Board of the St Lucia School of Music. Between April 1996 and May 1997, Dr Lewis served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Castries Central, and Prime Minister of St Lucia.
Prof. Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor – University of East London, UK
Mike ThorneProfessor Thorne has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics from the University of London and a PhD in computational group theory from the University of Birmingham. He held posts in University College London, Cardiff University, the University of Sunderland and Napier University Edinburgh before becoming Vice Chancellor of the University of East London in 2001. He is the author of a large number of books and academic papers and writes for newspapers and magazines and has written and presented numerous TV and radio programmes. Currently Professor Thorne is a Board member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the Learning and Skills network, the Broadway Theatre and Newham College of Further Education. He is also very active as a musician and between 2001 and 2004 conducted Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Edinburgh, followed by Tristan and Isolde in 2005.
Prof. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., President – Stockton University, USA
dr. saatkampDr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., became the fourth President of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in June of 2003. He has more than 40 years of experience in higher education, research and scholarship, fundraising, and community involvement to the College. He came to the College having previously served as Dean of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics in the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Prior to that time, he was at Texas A&M University where he served as a department head in both the College of Liberal Arts and in the College of Medicine. He began his career at the University of Tampa where he was a dean and held an endowed chair. In Texas and Indiana he helped lead fundraising campaigns that totaled more than $1 billion each. President Saatkamp earned his B.A. from Carson-Newman College, M.Div. from Southern Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His work has been presented throughout the United States, and internationally in Poland, China, Spain and Mexico. Considered one of the foremost experts on the writings of philosopher, George Santayana, Dr. Saatkamp is Senior and Founding Editor of The Works of George Santayana and on the Editorial Board of Basic Bioethics. For more than two decades he was the General Editor of The Works of George Santayana (MIT Press) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His edited and written works have been published in major academic journals and presses. They have been discussed in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice and The London Review of Books. He is a scholar who has received more than $1 million to support his research and his publications and edited works include forty eight books and 45 articles. His scholarly articles, in peer review journals, explore American thought, higher education, bioethics, and genetic explanations of complex animal behavior. Dr. Saatkamp is also Professor of Philosophy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, and a former Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental & Community Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). He has served as a consultant in electronic publishing, technology use in the humanities, physician counseling, genetic testing, and informed consent. He has also served as a panelist and reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a reviewer for Guggenheim Fellowship proposals. Throughout his extensive travels, he has established research and exchange programs in twelve countries and currently serves as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Dewey Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Under Dr. Saatkamp’s leadership, the College has ascended in the ranks of the nation’s top public colleges and universities in the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges” and is now consistently ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities, moving from fourth tier to first within the first three years of Dr. Saatkamp’s presidency. An active member of the community and many national boards and committees, Dr. Saatkamp plays a leadership role in comprehensive university and higher education campaigns. He has served as the Chair on the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Council, as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, Chair of the statewide Public Employees Charitable Campaign, and as the Public Service Division Chair of the New Jersey Employees’ Charitable Campaign, and as a member of the Legal Committee of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners. He is a member of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the New Jersey Tourism Policy Council, the New Jersey United Way Community Advisors Council of Atlantic County, the Policies and Purposes Committee of the American Association of States Colleges and Universities, and is the past Chair of the Board of the Aviation Research and Technology Park. Dedicated to the community, he serves on the President’s Advisory Group, National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and is a member of the Atlantic City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Prof. Abdulla Y. Al-Hawaj, President – Ahlia University, Bahrain
Prof. Al HawajProf. Al Hawaj ranks in the top echelon of educational leaders in the Arabian Gulf. His incumbency in numerous managerial posts in prestigious organizations associated with educational development at a national level, his academic accolades from esteemed institutions, attests to Professor Al-Hawaj’s being in the vanguard of higher educational reform in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Since 2001, among his portfolio of managerial responsibilities, Prof. Al-Hawaj has served as the President of the Bahrain Association for Academics. More recently, Dr. Al-Hawaj’s trail blazing contributions in the sphere of educational advancement in the Kingdom of Bahrain were recognized by his being appointed – by royal decree as a member of the Supreme Committee for the Kingdom’s National Charter, in which he serves as the coordinator of its Educational Committee. He holds a PhD and MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Manchester (UK) and a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Mathematics from the University of Kuwait. Prof. Al-Hawaj launched his distinguished academic career at the University of Bahrain (Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of the Department of Computer Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics) and he attained the rank of Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bahrain and continued to serve the University of Bahrain in that capacity until 2005. Prof. Al-Hawaj’s profound contributions to the fields of Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Education through numerous research papers, books, media debates, and public discussions are vast. His unstinting dynamism, paradigm-shattering innovation and superlative achievement in the academic and social arena have accorded him a number of prestigious awards and honorariums. Prof. Al-Hawaj has extensive experience in leading large multi-dimensional institutions. His signature use of pragmatic and innovative thinking in solving complex educational and business issues stems from his strong managerial and educational background. He is widely acclaimed as an erudite pioneer of the private university in the Arabian Gulf and a leading proponent of excellence in Higher Education in the whole of the Middle East.
Prof. Robert Allison, PVC – University of Sussex, UK
Prof. Robert AllisonProfessor Allison’s research interests examine interactions between earth processes, landforms and material properties. Past projects have been funded by a range of organisations including the Natural Environment Research Council, The Royal Society, and The Nuffield Foundation. Professor Allison has been the recipient of honours and awards: Jan De Ploey Prize (Katholieke Universitat Leuven 1993); Charles Lyell Award (British Association for the Advancement of Science 1995); Cuthbert Peek Award (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers 1997), all principally for research in hillslope processes and arid land geomorphology. Bob contributes to the work of a range of organisations; he both sits on and chairs a range of grant committees at the NERC, shortly becomes Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology and contributes in a variety of ways to the activities of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Insitute of British Geographers).
Prof. Michael Powell, PVC – Griffith University, Australia
Professor Michael Powell Pro Vice Chancellor (Business)Michael Powell is a Professor of Management at Griffith University. Previously he was Deputy Dean at the University of Auckland Business School. Michael has a PhD from The University of Chicago and has been an active researcher in the areas of professional service firms, professionalisation, leadership of change and public sector reform. He has a strong personal commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability in business education and practice. Michael was the founding Chair of Habitat for Humanity, New Zealand, is Treasurer of the Australian Business Deans’ Council and serves on the Board of the international Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. Griffith Business School was an early signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education, is an active member of the EFMD Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and a founding member of the Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society.
Prof. Clement K. Sankat, PVC – University of West Indies, St. Augustine
Prof. Clement SankatProfessor Clement Sankat is a member of the Executive Management Team of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of St. Augustine Campus. He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor Graduate Studies, Dean and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Campus Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research. He is a Senior member of the Academic staff of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, St. Augustine Campus and is a registered professional Mechanical/Agricultural Engineer with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from The UWI and a Doctorate from the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering (Canada). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (FIAgrE) of the UK and a Fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (FAPETT). He is currently Chairman of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB), member of the Board of Directors of Metal Industries Company (MIC), Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and the Trinidad Guardian.
Prof. Janet Druker, PVC – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
block4Janet Druker is a Professor at the University of Westminster, London, supporting research development within the Business School. Her most recent full-time post was as Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University where she was based from 2005 until December 2010, leading research across the University. Previously employed at the Universities of Greenwich and East London (where she was Head of the Business School), she is a specialist in human resource management with interests in work, employment and reward management and has published widely within these areas. Recent research has been concerned with management of people on major construction projects, looking at the London 2012 Olympics.
Prof. Douglas A. Hensler, Provost – Naval Postgraduate School, United States
henSince 2008 Dr. Hensler was the Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University (WSU). The Barton School of Business is the leading business school in Kansas placing most of its graduates in international businesses, innovative organizations, and state-of-art industries. Dr. Hensler led organizational changes that streamlined the Barton School’s ability to respond to students, companies, and collaboration initiatives with other colleges and schools at WSU. Enhanced faculty participation, innovative thinking, and open decision making led to a revised Executive MBA curriculum, deep review of the MBA program with integration of student, business and faculty input, an ongoing undergraduate international projects enterprise, and an examination of the learning facilities, along with other initiatives. Prior to WSU, Dr. Hensler served as Dean and Sid Craig Endowed Dean’s Chair in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno for three years. For eight years prior to that, Dr. Hensler served at the University of Colorado at Boulder as the W. Edwards Deming Distinguished Professor of Management, a joint appointment to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business. He also served as Co-Executive Director of the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Hensler has travelled extensively and built a network of international contacts and partnerships. He has served as Special Advisor to the Australian Organisation for Quality (NSW) and as an adviser to the Special Adviser team of the Scottish First Minister. From 2002 to 2005 he served on the Academic Advisory Board of e-TQM College in Dubai, UAE. He is a member of The Berne Initiative. Before returning to the academic community, Dr. Hensler achieved a highly successful management career that includes 13 years in project, staff and line management positions at two technology driven companies. These positions include nuclear industry quality assurance management and aerospace industry quality engineering management, plant quality management, production management leading an organization of 250 personnel, and R&D management leading an organization developing state-of-the-art process improvements involving applied research. Dr. Hensler has provided training and consulting to American Airlines, CH2M-Hill, Texas Utilities, Sulzer, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Micro Motion, FEMA, Sporian Microsystems, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, and the Fulfillment Corporation of America. Doug’s most recent appointment includes working with CEO’s and other executives of the Wichita aviation community including Spirit AeroSystems, Cessna, Bombardier/Learjet, Boeing and Hawker Beechcraft, along with Koch Industries and Coleman (The Outdoor Company). A frequent invited keynote speaker and presenter at international conferences, Dr. Hensler has authored and co-authored several articles and manuscripts on a diverse and cross-disciplinary set of topics including value creation, innovation and learning organizations, technology development, strategy and change, initial public offerings, manufacturing, emerging economies, risk and performance measurement, intellectual capital and the knowledge economy, sustainability, competition and cooperation, and leadership. Dr. Hensler’s academic preparation includes a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Portland, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Washington. He is a licensed professional engineer in Quality Engineering in the State of California.
Prof. W Paul Davies, Vice Principal – Royal Agricultural University, UK
Paul DaviesPaul Davies is Professor of Agricultural Systems and previously graduated from the universities of Wales; Exeter and East Anglia in the UK with degrees in agriculture; agricultural botany; crop protection and post-harvest biology. His broad teaching and research interests include crop technology; sustainable agricultural systems development and food chain management. He has published extensively in textbooks; scientific journals and professional magazines. He is a Visiting Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina; in Crop Production Systems at the University of Agriculture in Prague, in the Czech Republic, and at Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Harbin in China. Paul previously worked in the food and agrochemical industries, as well as in agriculture and education. He is an elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Biologists; the Royal Agricultural Society; the National Institute of Agricultural Botany and Churchill Association in the UK. Professor Davies is a past-Director of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA); a member of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) Safety Committee and Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association of Agricultural Science Societies. Paul is an Advisory Board Member of the Bio-ERA Company; past Board Member of the GFA-RACE consultancy company and a current member of the UK ‘Agri-food and Technologies Export Group’. Paul has worked extensively overseas on agriculture and agribusiness development projects, particularly since 1980 in South East Asia.
Prof. Aidan Berry, Dean – University of Brighton, UK
AIDANAidan Berry is the Dean Brighton Business School and the Chief Examiner for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He is a qualified accountant and has been a professor since 1994. Aidan is the author of six books covering areas including accounting, corporate governance and bank lending. His areas of research interest and expertise are concerned with the financing and availability of finance to small and medium size enterprises and he has written extensively on that topic. He is frequently called upon to engage in reviews of provision at other UK Universities and has carried out external examining roles in many Universities in the UK and abroad.
Prof. Daniel Petree, Dean – Embry-Riddle University, USA
Daniel PetreeDaniel Petree is twice a graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, receiving the BSBA in accounting and the MBA. He worked in a variety of financial management positions with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and as an adjunct faculty member until entering the PhD program at the University of Kansas. He earned this PhD from the KU School of Business, majoring in labor and human resources. While at KU, Dan worked as a research associate for the Institute of Public Policy and Business Research and as a research assistant for the National Bureau of Economic Research and established a consulting practice. Dan returned to Rockhurst to serve as a member of the faculty and first Executive Director of the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City. The Labor- Management Council was a not-for-profit corporation owned by the major employers and labor unions in the metropolitan Kansas City area charged with improving the labor-management relationship for purposes of fostering regional economic development. Dan left the Labor-Management Council in 1989 to become Interim Dean of the School of Management at Rockhurst until 1991. He left Rockhurst to focus on his consulting practice, which has served large and small client organizations in a wide range of industries, including the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association who were working in the early 90’s to develop a cooperative organizational culture. Dan’s consulting areas have included labor-management relations, human resources, total quality and continuous improvement, organizational change and strategy and planning. In 1995 Dan joined the faculty of Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota as the Chair of the Department of Business, Accounting and Economics. While there he lead the development of the college’s graduate programs, as well as the department’s first strategic plan and a comprehensive self-study. He also taught, advised students and continued his community service and consulting practice. Throughout his career, Dan has served on numerous academic, public and community committees, boards and advisory groups. He joined the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as Chairperson of the Department of Aviation Business Administration on January 3, 2001. In August 2002 Dan was selected as Dean for the College of Business at Embry-Riddle, which was formally the Aviation Business Administration Department.
Prof. Liisa Laakso, Dean – University of Helsinki, Finland
Liisa LaaksoProfessor Liisa Laakso is political scientist and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her areas of expertise include conflicts, democratisation, African studies and development cooperation. Previously she held the UNESCO Chair in Development and International Cooperation at the University of Jyväskylä. She has directed the research project DIASPEACE (funded under the 7th EU Framework Programme). Her articles have been published in the Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of International Development, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, the Round Table, International Journal of Development Issues, African Studies Quarterly, Nordic Journal of African Studies and Current Research on Peace and Violence. Her most recent publication is an edited volume ”Diasporas, Conflict and Peace in the Horn of Africa” (Zed books, 2014) with P. Hautaniemi. She is member of Finland’s Economic Policy Council, the Development Policy Committee of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society and member of the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ Advisory Group.
Prof. Amer Al-Roubaie, Dean – Ahlia University, Bahrain
amer al roubaieProfessor Amer Al-Roubaie teaches Economics and currently the Dean of the Colege of Business and Finance at Ahlia University, Bahrain. He holds Ph.D. degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal Canada. His main area of research is in the field of economic development and international economics. Recently, Professor Al-Roubaie along with Professor Shafiq Alvi edited 4 volume set titled Islamic Banking and Finance published by Routledge. Al-Roubaie latest book titled Globalization of Knowledge published in 2011.
Prof. Mike Hobday, Director – University of Sussex & Brighton, UK
Prof. Mike HobdayMike currently researches two fields: (a) innovation in East and South East Asia; and (b) innovation management in complex products and systems (CoPS). He has industrial experience in the semiconductor industry (Texas Instruments 1969-1978), a D.Phil. (in telecommunications in Brazil), MA Economics, and BA (Ist Hons) in Economics. Mike has published widely on how innovation in high technology, high value capital goods (called CoPS) contributes to competitiveness in the advanced countries. His book Innovation in East Asia, Edward Elgar, 1995, was the first detailed analysis of how East Asian firms, in countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, learned to compete on the international stage. Since then he has published many articles on innovation in Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and other countries of the region. Mike has undertaken numerous consultancy projects for governments, private companies and international agencies. He has produced more than 150 publications, including five books and numerous articles and policy reports on industrial innovation and competitiveness.
Prof. Ronald W McQuaid, Director – Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Prof. Ronald McQuaid, Director, Employment Research Institute. Professor McQuaid has a PhD from Harvard University, an MSc (Econ) from LSE and a BA (Hons) from Lancaster University. He headed economic development at two Councils before joining Napier University in the 1990s. Ronald’s extensive research experience includes economic development, employability, training issues and related transport issues. He has worked with many colleagues across the globe, including many European countries, China, South Africa, USA etc. Research and consultancy projects have been funded by regional and local development agencies, local authorities, companies, Third Sector organisations, the Scottish Government, government departments and the European Commission and an advisor to the Scottish Parliament. He has published over 80 academic papers and is on the editorial boards of several journals, including World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development. Ronald has carried out numerous research and consultancy reports. Recent examples include: Simulating Land Use Processes – An Interactive E-Tool for Sustainable Impact Assessment (e-LUP), commissioned by EU 6th Framework with various partner institutions; How Can Parents Escape From Recurrent Poverty? Joseph Rowntree Fund; Employers’ Views of Employability, Scottish Business in the Community; The impact of educational migration and non-return on community composition and skills in Northern Ireland, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland; Evaluation of Working for Families, Scottish Executive; SMEs and recruitment, European Social Fund; Exploring Employers Skills Upgrading Needs, Sector Skills Development Agency; Approaches to Evaluation in Community Regeneration, Communities Scotland; Rural demographic change and employment, European Commission; Delivering Employability through Partnership? Best practices in inter-agency co-operation on improving employability in Europe, Department for Employment and Learning, N. Ireland; Review of Transport and Rural Economies, Countryside Agency; Demographic Change and the Role of Over 50-year Olds in the Scottish Labour Market, Scottish Economic Policy Network; The Importance of Transport in Business’ Location Decisions – Scoping Study, Department for Transport.
Prof. Gordon Mackerron, Director – University of Sussex, UK
Gordon-MackerronGordon MacKerron was Director of SPRU from 2008 until the end of 2013 and is now Professor of Science and Technology Policy . He was previously Director of the Sussex Energy Group at SPRU from April 2005 to November 2008. Prior to this, he spent four years as Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting, London and had an earlier career for over 20 years at SPRU. He is an economist specialising in energy and environmental economics, with degrees in economics from the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. His academic career has specialized in the economics and policy issues of electricity and especially nuclear power, in which he has published and broadcast widely. He has frequently been Specialist Adviser or invited witness before House of Commons Select Committee inquiries on energy subjects. From June to December 2001 he was on secondment to the PIU, Cabinet Office, as Deputy leader of the UK Government’s Energy Review team. He has subsequently assisted the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its consultation process leading up to a major Energy White Paper released in February 2003 and subsequently advised DTI on security of supply and low carbon technology strategies. Professor MacKerron has also been the expert witness on economic issues for the Irish Government in its two international court cases on the subject of Sellafield before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in 2002 and 2003. Professor MacKerron chaired the Energy Panel, DTI/OST Technology Foresight Programme (1995-98). Between 2003 and 2007 he was Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, an independent body charged with recommending the best approach to long-term radioactive waste management to the UK Government. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2009 until its demise in 2011. He will be a Visting Exchange Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University from March till July 2014, working on proliferation issus surounding the growth in civilain nuclear power around the world.
Prof. Sonny Nwankwo, Director – University of East London, UK
sonnySonny Nwankwo is a Professor of Marketing and Director for Research and Enterprise within East LondonBusiness School, University of East London, UK. Chartered Marketer and developed his research specialism in consumer studies, more specifically, consumerism and strategic customer management under conditions of market failure. His current research, however, is driven by a desire to extend the normative boundaries of Marketing while simultaneously seeking new ways of bringing theory and practice into practicable conjunction. In this regard, he reaches out beyond the intellectual confines of Marketing to the broader management realism of our contemporary world. Of special interests are strategic challenges relating to multiculturalism, entrepreneurship (with emphasis on ethnic minority contexts), nations and organizations in transitions (African contexts in particular). He is widely published and a recipient of the ANBAR Citation of Excellence for Highest Quality Rating for published work. Professor Nwankwo serves on the Editorial Review Board of 8 journals in Marketing and International Business. His professional affiliations include: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, External Assessor and Visiting Professor at universities in Africa, Australia, UK and USA and President of the International Academy of African Business and Development. Prior to entering academia, he was a manager in the telecommunications industry.
Prof. Ahmed H. Fahal, Director – Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Sudan
AHMED FAHALProf. Fahal trained in medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He then pursued his post-graduate surgical training in Khartoum and London leading to a consultant surgeon position at Soba University Hospital, Sudan. He is general surgeon with special interest and track record in endocrine, breast and tropical surgery. He is a high volume researcher in mycetoma, he has published and presented extensively in this area. Has is involved in collaborative research work in mycetoma with many national and international institutes. He is the founding Director of the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum and Mycetoma Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Sudan. He has served as the Director of Educational Development Centre for Medical & Health Professionals, University of Khartoum. He was the Founding Director of the Self Evaluation and Quality Enhancement Administration, University of Khartoum and the University of Khartoum Academic Secretary. He sits on various curricula, research ethics, accreditations and administrative committees at national and regional levels. In medical education, he in actively involved in teaching and organizing workshops, training courses and conferences for medical and health professionals in the Sudan and the region. He has special interest in E-Learning, medical informatics and teaching and learning innovation. He is a WHO consultant in Medical Education. He published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and edited a book on mycetoma and many textbooks’ chapters, booklets and clinical guidelines in a number of themes in surgery, mycetoma and medical education. He is a board member and reviewer for many national and regional scientific journals. He is a member of many national, regional and international academic and scientific associations and societies. Prof. Fahal has strong commitment to research, training and education. He is actively involved in the teaching and research supervision of undergraduates and postgraduates. He is an external examiner in surgery for many national and regional medical schools. Prof. Fahal received several awards and medals, to mention but few, the State of the Sudan Golden Medal for Excellence and the Promotion of Scientific Innovation in Medicine in 2000. He was also awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London for his distinctive achievements in medical education, teaching and scientific research.
Prof. John Adams, Director – Edinburgh Napier University, UK
_FRE0990Professor Adams is the Director of the China-EU Research and Development Centre based in the School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics as well as the Programme Leader at Edinburgh Napier University for the MSc in Investment Promotion and Economic Development. He has worked in East Africa at the University of Dar es Salaam Research Bureau, and in Mauritius, South Africa and Hong Kong. He has published widely in the field of economics in both national and international academic journals, is the co-author of several textbooks and an external examiner at the Universities of Dundee, Hong Kong and Sussex. He has successfully supervised 16 research degrees and also undertaken consultancy assignments for a wide range of public and private sector organisations in the UK. Professor Adams studied at the Universities of Paisley and Glasgow and graduated with a degree in Public Policy and a PhD in manpower planning.
Prof. Gioia Pescetto, Dean – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Professor-Gioia-Pescetto-300Dr Gioia Pescetto has a first degree in Economics from the University of Turin (Italy), an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland (USA) and a PhD from Durham University (UK). She worked in the financial sector in the City of London before starting her academic career in the UK.She held academic positions in finance at the University of Surrey, Brunel University and Durham University. Between 2005 and 2008 she was Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies at Durham Business School. She has published widely in international refereed journals, and co-authored and contributed to several monographs. Her current research interests are in corporate finance – particularly M&A, capital structure and payout policy – and in financial markets integration and interdependence. Previous research also focussed on European financial markets and institutions, regulatory finance, and emerging equity markets. She has taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in several areas of economics and finance, including microeconomics, financial economics, corporate finance, treasury management and research methods. She also has a very successful record in doctoral supervision.
Prof. M. R. Riazi, HoD – Kuwait University, Kuwait
m.r.riaziM. R. Riazi is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Kuwait University. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University (USA), where he also received his MS and PhD. He was also a Visiting Professor at the following universities: Trondheim (Norway), Illinois (Chicago, USA), Wright State (Dayton, USA), Texas (Austin, USA), Sharif (Tehran), Waterloo (Canada) and McGill (Montreal). He has been consultant to several oil companies and research institutes worldwide and has more than 100 publications and is the sole author of two books. He is the chief editor of IJOGC and member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. He was awarded a Diploma of Honor from the American (National) Petroleum Engineering Society as well as teaching and research awards from various universities including Kuwait University. He is a Member of AIChE and Research Society of North America.
Prof. Istemi Demirag, HoD – Keele University, UK
ISTEMIIstemi S. Demirag is Professor of Accounting and Head of Accounting group at Keele University Management School. Previously he was a Professor of Accounting at Hull University Business School and at Queen’s University Management School, Belfast. His research interests include Public Private Partnerships and particularly Governance, and Accountability issues, Short-termism, and Value- for- Money. He is an Associate Editor of Accounting Forum and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including the Journal of Management and Governance. He serves or has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils, and acted as the Chairman for the Panel of the Government of Ireland Senior Scholarship of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) 2002-2003. He is the founder director and chair person of the Early Career Accountants’ Research Development Programme, funded by the European Accounting Association.
Prof. Lynette Louw, HoD – Rhodes University, South Africa
LOUW2Lynette Louw is the Head of Department and Raymond Ackerman Chair of Management, Department of Management, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She was the Chairperson of the Research, Technology and Innovation Committee in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She is the Vice President: Public Relations, and Finance as well as the Chairperson: Commission on Socio-economic Development and Trade of NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development). She was the Chairperson for an International Conference on Trade and Investment in South Africa, 2005; the Finance Chair for the ICTe Africa 2006 conference in Nairobi, Kenya, 17-21 May 2006 and committee member of the Europe-Africa summit to be held in Hamburg, Germany in April 2008. Lynette was also a member of the MBA Higher Education Quality Committee for Council on Higher Education in South Africa (2003-2004). She is a member of the Southern Africa Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS) and an honorary member of the Golden Keys Awards Society in recognition for national and international community/business contribution. She also has experience of being a Board member to various institutions, such as the Amatola Water Board. Lynettee work experience comprises of 23 years lecturing at academic institutions and three years’ experience in business. International experience includes lecturing at the Fachbereich Wirtschaft, the University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and guest lecturer at University of Utrecht (Netherlands), University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrueck and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) in Shanghai (China). Currently an external moderator for Makarere University, Kampala in Uganda (2005-2007). She obtained her Baccalaureus Commercii Honoures Cum Laude and Magister Commercii Cum Laude in Business Management and her Doctor Commercii (Business Management) at the University of Port Elizabeth. Her areas of speciality include Strategic management, International management, Management/Organisational Behaviour, and Cross-cultural management. She has received merit awards for outstanding performance, research merit awards (2001-2003), and one of the University of Port Elizabeth’s top twenty researchers in 2003. In 2004 she received the research merit award for Business Management at the Port Elizabeth Technikon. She is also on the editorial board of rated national and international journals and is a co-author of a text book on Management: A South African perspective 1st and 2nd editions and co-author of a chapter in the book on Management and change in Africa: A cross-cultural perspective. A new book in Strategic Management: Winning in the Southern African workplace of which is a co-author and main editor has recently been published.
Prof. Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, UK
robertchamberRobert Chambers is a Research Associate in the Participation, Power and Social Change Team at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. His main operational and research experience has been in East Africa and South Asia. His work has included aspects of rural development, public administration training, seasonality, irrigation system management, agricultural research and extension, perceptions of poverty, professionalism and participation. His books include Rural Development: Putting the last first (1983), Challenging the Professions (1993), Whose Reality Counts? Putting the first last (1997), Participatory Workshops (2002) and Ideas for Development (2005). He is currently working mainly on participatory methodologies, how we know, do not know, and get it wrong in development, community-led total sanitation, and personal and institutional learning and change.
Prof. Beverlee Anderson, California State University San Marcos, USA
baBeverlee Anderson first bachelor’s degree focused on logistics and transportation, followed by a degree in comprehensive business education. After positions in the television industry and airline industry, Dr. Anderson received her MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as Professor of Business and Marketing at California State University San Marcos. Previously she held academic administrative positions as Department Chair, Associate Dean, Dean of the College of Business at two Universities and Associate Vice President. She held faculty positions at University of Wisconsin, Wright State University, University of Cincinnati and the University of Kansas. Active in many professional organizations including academic accrediting organizations, Dr. Anderson served on the Boards of the Academy of Marketing Science, Association for Consumer Research, Financial Executives International and is past president of the Marketing Educators Association. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and manuscripts focused on cross-cultural and cross disciplinary business topics. While at Wright State, Dr. Anderson moderated a Public Broadcasting TV show, “It’s Your Money.”
Prof. Shunsuke Managi, Yokohama National University, Japan
managiPrior to his current post at Yokohama National University Pof. Managi taught at South Carolina State University, USA and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. He is a Research Fellow for START and Consultant for CSR Institute. He is a special issue editor of International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. He holds a M.S. in civil engineering from Kyushu University, Japan, and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Rhode Island, USA. Professor Managi’ research has focused on diverse areas of environmental economics and policy, including examinations of: policy instrument choice; competitiveness effects of regulation; diffusion of energy and environmental technologies; and depletion of natural resources.
Prof. Jerry Kolo, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Jerry KoloJerry Kolo is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), Sharjah, UAE. Prior to joining AUS in 2008/2009, he was a Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, where he also founded and directed an applied research center, Center for Urban Redevelopment and Empowerment (CURE). His areas of teaching and research specialization are urban economic development, environmental planning and sustainable community planning. Jerry has an extensive consulting track record in the areas of municipal economic development, university-community partnerships, and community empowerment. He earned a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1986. For his community and public service, Jerry has earned several awards, including the State of Florida Governor’s Public Service Award in 1994, and the Florida African-American Achiever’s Award in 1999.
Prof. Michael Busler, Richard Stockton College, USA
buslermichael041211_optDr. Michael Busler is an Associate Professor of Finance, Finance Track Coordinator and a Fellow at the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Richard Stockton College. Previous he held positions at Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University and The University of Delaware. He teaches undergraduate courses in Finance and Game Theory and MBA courses in Managerial Economics, Applied Financial Analysis and New Ventures. In addition, he has worked as a Financial Analyst for FMC Corp. and Ford Motor Company and has been a successful entrepreneur having owned several businesses mostly in the Real Estate development field. He earned his doctorate at Drexel University.
Prof. Wafaa Saleh, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
mena_wafaa_salehWafaa Saleh is a Professor of Transport Engineering at the Transport Research Institute/School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. Wafaa’s research and teaching areas include transport modelling, travel demand forecasting, modelling travel behaviour, transport and the environment, transport safety, transport management in developing countries and traffic engineering. Wafaa’s first degree is in Civil Engineering and her Master and PhD degrees are in Transportation Engineering and Modelling. Wafaa Chairs the Travel Demand Management (TDM) Symposium and teaches on Napier’s MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering and on a number of undergraduate programmes.
Prof. David A. Lewis, University at Albany, USA
lewisDavid Lewis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY and Affiliated Faculty with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the Lewis Mumford Center. He has extensive experience in regional economic development planning and implementation. An asset based, community driven participatory process has been at the center of his research, service, and teaching in this area. His most recent work, a national study of business incubation for the U.S. Department of Commence, Economic Development Administration, has been recently release. Other recent work includes an economic impact assessment on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, through the collaboration of regional partnership that included over 30 organizations that participated in the training of corridor residents to collect visitor survey data. One of the most important goals of the project was to increase the community’s capacities to plan in the future by training residents and providing appropriate tools for communities to use. Another example of building the capacity of local communities is the web-based GIS application developed to support NYS communities conduct corridor management plans for proposed scenic byways is just one example (www.buildingyourscenicbyway.org). Lewis’s research has often been the basis innovative public policies at the local (Bridgeton, NJ), state level technology incubation policy in NJ, and national scale testifying the House of Representatives Small Business Committee in March 2010 and advising the Japanese Ministry of Trade, Economics, and Industry in 2003). Within the Albany Capital Regional Dr. Lewis has worked collaboratively with many of the Consortium’s partners to develop many of the plans referred throughout this document.
Dr. Ayad Altaai, Avisor – Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Ayad-AlttaiAyad Altaai is a resourceful thinker and professional experienced in various fields, including sustainable development, sustainable urban and municipal development, sustainable transport, and capacity building and development. He has initiated and managed several schemes, programmes, and projects at local, national, regional and international levels, including, but not limited to, Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) (2002-2004), 1st International Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Developing Countries (2005), and the Global Initiative Towards a Sustainable Iraq (GITSI) (2006-2012), Both AGEDI and GITSI are global partnerships registered with the UN Commission on Sustainable Development).
Dr. Aled Jones, Director – Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Aled JonesDr. Aled Jones FRSA is the inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University. The GSI’s research is focused around personal motivations and systems change set against the challenges of sustainability. Dr Jones’s research is particularly interested in the finance sector and the impacts of global resource changes. Dr Jones chairs a working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative on behalf of Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change in the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and is a Managing Director for the P80 Group Foundation which in 2012 signed the Little Rock Accord with Club de Madrid to help facilitate global investments into climate change solutions. Dr Jones was previously the Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and was Director of the Chevening Economics of Climate Change Programme (for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was a founding member of the ClimateWise insurance principles, was facilitator for the P8 Pensions Group, 12 of the world’s largest public pension funds working collaboratively to address the problem of climate change and investments and set up the Banking & Environment Initiative.
Dr. Alma Swan, Director – KeyPerspectives Ltd, UK
Alma-SwanAlma Swan has a PhD in cell biology from Southampton University and an MBA from Warwick Business School. After a lecturership at Leicester University, and senior managing editor position at Pergamon Press (later Elsevier Science), in 1996 she jointly founded the consultancy Key Perspectives Ltd, which undertakes business development and market research work in scholarly information, with a particular emphasis on Open Access and new forms of web-based communication. Clients include academic organisations, governmental organisations, NGOs and commercial publishers. Alma is business strategy tutor on Warwick Business School’s MBA programme, Visiting Researcher in the School of Electronics & Computer Science at Southampton University and Associate Fellow in the Marketing & Strategic Management Group at Warwick Business School. She is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology) and editor of its magazine, The Euroscientist.
Dr. Michael Greger, Director – Humane Society, USA
grgerMichael Greger, M.D. is the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture of the Humane Society of the United States. He is an internationally recognized lecturer, he has presented at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous U.S. “meat defamation” trial. Recent publications in Critical Reviews in Microbiology and Biosecurity and Bioterrorism explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture. His latest book is Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, now available full-text at no cost at www.BirdFluBook.org. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Keith Nurse, Director – University of West Indies, Barbados
Dr_ Keith NurseDr. Keith Nurse is the Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for Internaional Trade Law, Policy and Services, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Dr. Nurse has taught at the Institute for International Development and Co-operation, University of Ottawa, Canada and has worked as a consultant to governments, NGOs and international, regional and national agencies such as the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, the Film Company of Trinidad and Tobago, UNIDO, UNECLAC, Caribbean Tourism Organization, South Centre, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union PROINVEST, the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery, the National Institute for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, the Medical Research Council UK, the Carnegie Council for International Affairs and Ethics, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, CARICOM, CARIFORUM, UNESCO, Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Tourism Industry and Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Nurse is former President of the Association of Caribbean Economists and coordinator of ACE’s Professional Training Institute in Trade, Industrial and Innovation Policy. He is on the advisory board of the WTO Chairs programme, and the MA in Technology Governance at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. He is on the steering group for the OECD Knowledge Networks and Markets research project as well as the Annual Conference for Development and Change, Carnegie Council for International Affairs and Ethics. He is on the scientific committee for the Diploma for Advanced Studies in Trade Negotiations and Governance, University of Geneva and the Heritage 2010 International Conference. He has served as an advisory member of the Inter-American Cultural Policy Observatory, Organization of the American States and currently on the editorial board of the academic journal Tourism and Cultural Change and the Anthem Press Other Canon Series. He is a former director at two state-owned enterprises, National Petroleum Marketing Company and National Agro-Chemicals ltd. He is also a director at Media 21 ltd, Contemporary Caribbean Arts Limited (CCA 7) and a former director at the Entertainment Industry Development and Export Company. Dr. Nurse is one of six experts commissioned by UNESCO in 2008 to prepare papers addressing the challenge of making operational Article 16 of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, which undertakes States Parties to accord preferential treatment to artists and creators, and cultural goods and services coming from developing countries. Dr. Nurse is the Sir Arthur Lewis memorial lecturer 2003. In 2004 the Cuban Institute for Contemporary Music gave him an award for his contribution to research on Caribbean cultural industries. Keith has published numerous scholarly articles and papers on the political economy and trade policy dimension of the clothing, banana, tourism, copyright and creative industries. He has also published on the development impact of migration and diaspora, HIV/AIDS and security, and development assistance and capacity development. Current research areas include the impact of climate change policies on the tourism sector in small-sland developing states and innovation and industrial policy in small states. He is the author of Festival Tourism in the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank, 2003) and The Caribbean Music Industry (Caribbean Export Development Agency, 2003). He is also the co-editor of Caribbean Economies and Global Restructuring (Ian Randle Publishers, 2002) and Globalization, Diaspora and Caribbean Popular Culture (Ian Randle Publishers, 2005) and co-author of Windward Islands Bananas: Challenges and Options under the Single European Market (Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, 1995). An edited collection entitled Remittances and Beyond: Migration, Diaspora and the Global Caribbean Economy is under review by a publisher. A monograph entitled Unthinking Globalization is also being prepared. He has a BA in Economics (1986) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, and a PhD in International Relations (1992) from the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Vikram Murthy, Director – Academy for Collaborative Futures, Australia & New Zealand
vpm 2011Vikram Murthy is the founding Director of the Academy for Collaborative Futures (www.academy-collaborative-futures.org) Australia and New Zealand, and Associate Professor (adj) College of Business, Massey University, New Zealand. A pracademic with over thirty years of global experience in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Oman (where his companies were the first technology IPOs in the Muscat Stock Exchange), he has worked with organisations to underwrite their growth and profitability, and with people to catalyse their professional renewal and personal transformation. Vikram has been Director of Collaborative Networks and Associate Professor (adj) AUT University New Zealand, Senior Fellow (adj) Waikato University New Zealand, and visiting overseas faculty BITS University India. He has a Bachelor (Honours) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Management. He has written extensively about the Ensemble Leadership Repertoire (ELR) ™ including a book in 2009, “Please don’t stop the music: An ensemble leadership repertoire for productive sustainability, and strategic innovation in uncertain times” and a number of academic journal articles and book chapters thereafter. He speaks regularly at industry, practitioner and academic conferences and gatherings across the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr. Adrian Dore, Managing Director- Cabis Solutions Ltd, UK
adrian-doreAdrian Dore is the Founding Managing Director of Cabis Solutions Limited. Adrian is a dynamic individual of exceptional talent who specialises in providing effective real-world solutions to business challenges. His rich managerial and technical skill sets together with his unique mixture of industrial and academic experience enable him to readily analyse and balance the benefits and risks of information communication technologies with the needs and goals of business. With a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD (analysis and design of automated manufacturing systems), Adrian was the first ever lecturer in Information Engineering to be appointed by Salford University and then elected Chairman of the Information Engineering Panel. Adrian’s outstanding achievements include: study tour by the Science and Engineering Research Council to assess manufacturing automation around the world in particular Europe, North America and Australasia; the prize for outstanding project work titled ‘Venting of Dust Explosions’ by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Francis Shaw Prize by Salford University for most significant contribution towards furthering the relationship between the Department of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and Industry. Adrian acted as external examiner for postgraduate students at UMIST and Hull University published various refereed papers and book chapters.
Mark Pesce, Founder – Media & Technology Consultancy, Australia
pesce061106-webMark is an inventor, writer, educator and engineer. How can technology assist us in achieving a sustainable future? Ask Mark Pesce. When the Internet was in its infancy, Mark was busy developing the tools to help communities manage themselves sustainably. He learned how to program a computer in 1978 ­ before the invention of the spreadsheet. After attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began working as a software engineer. In 1990, enthralled with the idea of virtual reality, he founded his own company to make virtual reality toys; his patents and designs were licensed by Sega. In 1994 Mark blended his work in virtual reality with the brand-new technology of the Web to create VRML, a 3D Interface to the Internet. Mark has written six books, he is the Lecturer in Interactive Media at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences throughout Australia and the world. He holds an appointment as an Honorary Associate in the Digital Cultures programme at the University of Sydney, chaired the Emerging Media and Interactive Design Program at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, is the founder of the media and technology consultancy and is the author of five books and numerous articles. Mark is also a panelist on the hit ABC show The New Inventors.
Dr. Dababrata Chowdhury, Director – University Campus Suffolk, United Kingdom
Daba-ChowdhuryDr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and Director of Middle East Research Centre (MERC) at UCS. He graduated from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Hacettepe University in Turkey and completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD at Plymouth Business School. His PhD work involves examining the importance of Knowledge Transfer and Networking to the development of SMEs in Turkey. His teaching interest is International Business, Management Information System, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Management and Digital Marketing. His research interest is small and medium-sized business development/growth in new product develops with collaborations (Networks-Knowledge Transfer) and adoption of new technologies. He can speak and communicate with Bengali, English, Turkish, Urdu, Azerbaijani and Hindi languages. He is a member of five professional organisations, including the British Academy of Management (BAM) and The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE).In addition; he is a visiting professor for Canakkale OnsekizMart University in Turkey and International IT university and Kazakh-British Technical University in Kazakhstan. Dr Chowdhury is a Chief Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Development and Management Studies, editorial board member of the Journal of Global Strategic Management (JGSM) and an Editorial Journal Board member for the newly established Review of Enterprise and Management Studies (REAMS) at UCS.
Dr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi, Chairman – Bahrain SMEs Society, Kingdom of Bahrain
Abdulhasan Photo3Abdulhasan Al-Dairi is the Chairman of Bahrain SMEs Society since 2006, a founding member and shareholder of various companies. He is a researcher and practitioner in the field of entrepreneurship and SMEs development for more than twenty years. With PhD in Entrepreneurship and MBA in Marketing Management, in addition to his Family-Business background, Al-Dairi enjoys a wealth of experience in private and public sectors as well as an accumulated teaching and training best practises in banking, vocational and academic higher institutions. He is also well known for introducing the entrepreneurship education to tertiary level students in Bahrain since 1990s. He has extended his services to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Arab Union for Small Enterprises (AUSE), the GCC Union of Entrepreneurs (GCC-UE), the National Coordination Committee for SMEs Development at the Kingdom of Bahrain (Chaired by the Minister of Industry & Commerce, Kingdom of Bahrain) and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) SMEs and HRD Committees, few to mention. He is also the Founder of the ‘Annual SMEs Day Forum’ since 2010, Board Member of Bahrain Management Society (BMS) as well as the Founding Board Member and Treasurer of Ebtikar (Innovation) Bahrain Association. In 2014, Al-Dairi was appointed as Ambassador of the Arab Youth by the Arab Youth Council for Integrated Development (AYCID) of the Arab League, Egypt and then selected to be the Member of its Executive Council. Dr. Al-Dairi currently serves as the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the Bahrain Polytechnic, which he joined in 2010 after his previous post at the Government of Bahrain as the Director of Community Centres at the Ministry of Social Development.
Dr. Elsheikh Elsiddig Badr, Secretary General – Sudan Medical Specialization Board, Sudan
ELSHEIKH BADRDr Elsheikh Badr is a consultant public health physician with expertise in health system and human resource development. He gained his basic medical degree and postgraduate public health diploma and fellowship in community medicine from Sudan; his masters degree in health policy, planning and management from the University of Leeds in addition to the fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in the UK. Dr Badr currently serves as the Secretary General for the Sudan Medical Specialization Board, the prime postgraduate medical education body in Sudan. Prior to this, he served for over 15 years in the Federal Ministry of Health in senior positions including director of the Department of Human Resources for Health Development, founding director of the National Human Resources for Health Observatory, and President of the Academy of Health Sciences. Academic and professionals contributions of Dr Badr are varied including teaching and supervising at both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, serving as founding Editor of the Sudanese Journal of Public Health, and publishing and presenting at over 25 international conferences and meetings. Dr Badr served as WHO health workforce consultant several times and worked with WHO EMRO on the regional health workforce strategy and other aspects. He has been part of a number of global initiatives/taskforces with WHO, Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), and other entities. Notable contributions include serving as member of the Global Health Worker Migration Policy Council since 2007, member of the global taskforce on monitoring implementation of Kampala Declaration, and Co-chair of the global thematic working group on health workforce issues in fragile/conflict affected states. He was recently appointed to membership of the WHO global expert advisory group (EAG) on reviewing the relevance and effectiveness of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.
Dr. Ihab Tewfik, University of Westminster, UK
dr ihab tewfikDr. Ihab Tewfik is the Course Leader for BSc. (Honours) Human Nutrition, Human and Health Sciences Department, University of Westminster. In addition to his nutritional biochemistry degree, Ihab holds Master and Doctorate in Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Department, University of Alexandria, as well as PhD from London South Bank University. Ihab’s international research agenda explores the relationship between the obesogenic environment and health outcomes of individual and population. His work embraces the effects of nutritional exposure during childhood and epigenetic risk factors for later non-communicable diseases. This research includes population interventions to improve opportunity for health during early life, and methods for the scaling up of interventions to achieve community level impact. Ihab has been at the forefront of promoting international public health nutrition and in particular among vulnerable group. His current public health nutrition intervention is to delay the progression of HIV to AIDS among people living with HIV. This will also explore how diet quality and food security limit opportunities for individual and community development. Ihab is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy-UK, with 17 years experience teaching Public Health-Nutrition and related subjects in number of academic institutions. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH) and has carried out 11 research projects for UNICEF-UN in aspects of public health nutrition intervention as well as Two Food Standards Agency (FSA) projects on food safety and has published extensively in international peer reviewed journals. Ihab has worked as international consultant for BC and various Ministries of Health in the Middle East for more than 10 years. As Registered Public Health Nutritionist-UK, Ihab has organised several international conferences, workshops, CPD and short training courses and he is key team member to develop international public health education programmes to communicate relevant competencies. Ihab is collaborating with many universities in the GCC, EU, Middle East and Africa, on aspects related to knowledge transfer and public health nutrition intervention programmes that employ dietary diversification and behavioral modification approaches. Ihab is currently the Editor of the International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health as well as member of the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of some renowned international journals; Nutrition Bulletin – British Nutrition Foundation and the WRSTSD.
Dr. Robin Ireland, Consultant Haematologist – King’s College Hospital London, UK
GSTS-HR-161Dr. Ireland is a Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital. He has been the Lead Clinician for the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Centre (HMDC) since March 2007. The HMDC provides an integrated diagnostic and reporting service for haematological cancers, supported by a custom-built IT system. King’s HMDC has been a regional centre for diagnostic services for over 20 years, providing Immunophenotyping, Cytogenetic and Molecular Diagnostic services to haematologists from 16 hospitals in Southeast England, covering a population of approximately 4.5 million. There has been a steady rise in referrals (now over 12,000 referrals and 18,000 samples per year) to the King’s laboratories, from clinicians who require increasingly sophisticated and accurate haematological investigations for diagnosis, prognosis and disease monitoring. The Flow Cytometry laboratory now processes over 3500 samples/year for Immunophenotyping, the Cytogenetics/FISH laboratory is one of the largest in the UK with 10 cytogeneticists analysing over 3500 samples/year by conventional cytogenetics and FISH techniques and the Molecular Service tests over 4000 samples/year. The department has a strong research base with particular interests in the Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and Myeloma. Dr Ireland is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists and Co-Chair of the national Integrated Haematopathology Directors Forum as well as being a member if the haematology section of the National Cancer Intelligence Network. Previously he was a consultant Haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital between 1989 to 2007 and during this period he held various prominent positions including Director of Pathology 1993-1999, Medical Director between 1999 to 2004, Trust Lead Cancer Clinician 2005-2007, Honorary Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust 1990-2007. In these roles he has implemented major projects in aspects of clinical, laboratory and managerial services for the NHS.
Dr. Alex Bowen, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
alexbowenAlex Bowen recently joined the new Grantham Research Centre on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science as Principal Research Fellow. He is particularly interested in the design of policy regimes for tackling harmful climate change and in their macroeconomic consequences, including impacts on labour markets, firms and natural resource pricing. This interest was stimulated by his year on sabbatical contributing to the UK Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change as senior economic adviser. Alex Bowen previously worked at the Bank of England, most recently as Senior Policy Adviser (after periods responsible for the Bank’s regular Inflation Reports and Financial Stability Reviews).Prior to that, he had been Head of Policy Analysis and Statistics at the UK’s National Economic Development Office and an academic at the LSE and Brunel University. Alex Bowen received a BA in economics from Clare College, Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where he studied as a Kennedy Scholar.
Steve Reeve, University of Brighton, UK
steveRecipient of a University of Brighton award for teaching excellence, Stephen leads the Postgraduate Change Management programmes. He has written extensively on adult learning, technology and the role of higher education and public private partnerships. Stephen is a lead member of the Business School’s Management and Organisational Development Unit and, as well as conducting research, is actively involved in change intervention consultancy. He is interested in the managerial effects of macro-scale change, and is particularly focused on the implications for management behaviour of the new and changing contexts of public/private/voluntary partnership. An experienced Doctoral supervisor and examiner, he has designed and introduced many postgraduate management programmes as well as founding the Institute of Change Management.