Speakers

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Rod Miller (MBA, CHRP, HCS)

Rob Miller joined SAIT in 2013 and is responsible for the division that provides learning, training and development solutions to organizations in Canada and internationally. He also oversees SAIT’s multi-year, large-scale workforce-development partnerships that support institutional capacity building in emerging economies.

Experience:

• Over 25 years in various leadership positions in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology, professional services and management consulting industries

• University sessional instructor, teaching human resources, sales, and small-business management courses.

Qualifications:

• B.Sc. in zoology/psychology

• Bachelor’s degree in economics

• MBA from the University of Calgary

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Rick Tofani (P.Eng, MBA)

Rick Tofani joined SAIT following success in both the public and private sector, most recently as Director of Operations with the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

Experience:

• Managed a $35-million portfolio at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF)

• Initiated Regional Innovation Network model of intra-provincial organizational research collaboration.

• Established the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at Red Deer College and the Innovation Centre at Olds College (1999-2006).

Qualifications:

• MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Queens University.

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Dr. Mohammad Al Jarrah (Ph.D.)

Dr Mohammad Al Jarrah’s current research interests include Unmanned Systems, Aerial Vehicles and Control Systems. He has more than 80 published research papers in various journals and refereed conferences.

Experience:

• Joined HCT in January 2016

• 16 years as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah

• Founded the AUS’s graduate mechatronics M Sc. Program

• AUS Mechatronics department head 2007-2012

• AUS M Sc. Mechatronics Program Director 2002-2007

• Jordan University of Science and Technology

• King AbdulAziz University’s aerospace department

Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering (1989)

• M Sc. in Applied Mechanics, Yarmouk University

• M Sc. (Aeronautical Engineering) Stanford University, USA

• Bachelor of Engineering and M Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), Belorussian Polytechnic Institute, Minsk

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Dr. Jihad Mohaidat (Ph.D.)

In his role as HCT CTO Dr Jihad Mohaidat is leading the establishment of innovations spaces and the mobile learning platforms. He has extensive experience in the fields of strategic investments, international partnerships, renewable technologies and technology integration.

Experience:

• Managing strategic investments at Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)

• Managing ADEC Global Partnerships Division

• Chief Technologist at MASDAR

• Manager of MASDAR’s International Research Funding Network & Scholarships Program

• Associate Professor at UAEU

Qualifications:

• PhD in Microelectronics Engineering, City University of New York (1994)

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Rami Hamdan

Rami Hamdan joined HCT on January 2016 as the Manger of the Project Management Office, before being appointed as the Dean of Foundations. He has an extensive history in academic administration and academic project management. He believes in enhancing student academic development through student-centered learning environments.

Experience:

• 23 years at the UAEU working in various academic administration & teaching positions

Qualifications:

• M Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Colorado State University, USA

• Certificate in Strategic Planning by QSB from Queens University

• Certified Infusion Thinking Teacher, National Centre of Teaching Thinking (NCTT), USA

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Dr. Nadeem Khan

Dr. Nadeem Khan has worked extensively in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training in the UK, EU and Asia. He has also worked on several EU projects. His research interests include educational leadership, quality assurance in higher education and vocational education and training.

Experience:

• Quality Assurance Resource Manager, HCT

• Manager of Planning and Strategy and Head of Accreditation, HCT

• Program Chair, Curriculum Leader & Senior Lecturer in different universities in the UK and Pakistan

Qualifications:

• Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management

• Qualifications from Oxford University and the University of Nottingham

• International Academic Advisory Committee member, QS Middle East & Africa

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Mohamed S Maladwala (BA MSc FCA)

Mohamed Maladwala is responsible for building mutually beneficial relationships with Industry, Educational Institutions and Professional Bodies. He is an advocate for positive psychology and helping young people to find their true calling in life.

Experience:

• Director for Planning and Development at ACTVET (Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training)

• Senior management positions with Higher Education and Training institutions in the UAE, UK and USA

Qualifications:

• Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

• Bachelor of Accounting, University of West England

• MSc in Estate & Project Management, South Bank University

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Dr. Ayesha Abdullah (Ph.D.)

Dr Ayesha Abdulla has extensive experience in strategic management in a range of fields including knowledge-based industries and health care. She has bee the Business Division Executive Dean at HCT since October 2014. From November 2014 to December 2015 shewas the Acting CEO of the CERT Group of Companies.

Experience:

• CEO of the Science Cluster (Dubai Healthcare City Cluster, Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park (Dubiotech) & Enpark

• CEO of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)

• CEO of the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ)

• L’Officiel Arab Women of the Year, 2010

• Recipient of ‘Leading Woman CEO’ Award 2009

Qualifications:

• PhD in Strategy Management & Planning Studies, Sheffield University (UK)

• MBA (Finance), Wisconsin, USA

• B Sc. (Biomedical/ Electrical Engineering) Wisconsin, USA

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Amanda Forte

Amanda Forte has extensive experience in accreditation and vocational education, successfully leading the accreditation of Bachelor to Doctorate qualifications by the CAA at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi.

Experience:

• 12 years with Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

• Worked with steering groups in Skills for Business Network

• Developed occupational standards and vocational qualifications in the UK

• Lead advisor for the implementation of industry licensure systems

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Geetu Ahuja

Geetu Ahuja has over 15 years of experience in blue-chip organisations operating in various industries, covering financial institutions, loyalty programs, marketing and branding solutions. Geetu also works towards encouraging youth, especially young women to pursue a career in finance and business

Experience:

• Leads strategic planning, direction and development of Management Accounting Professional Unit of AICPA for the region

• Development of business economies with government bodies, regulators, global and regional corporate bodies, academics, professional development bodies

• Serves on advisory panel of institutions in various aspects of finance

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Khadija Al Hirey

Khadija Al Hirey is an HR & capabilities building expert with 17 years of experience in program development & execution. Khadija has gained extensive experience working for Government and Multinational organizations in programs and projects development; corporate strategy & setting up new start-ups ventures.

Experience:

• Previously established Office of Emiratisation and Cultural Inclusion at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD)

Qualifications:

• MBA, City University London (UK)

• B Sc. Environmental Science & Chemistry, University of Houston, USA

• Undertaking CIPD Level 7 Diploma