International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee is the body through which AUEIRC serves its worldwide readership according to fields of specialized interest.

Professor Abhilasha Singh

Provost, American University in the Emirates, UAE

Professor/Dr. Nabeel Jurdi

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Prof. Walter Leal Filho

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Robert Gyorodi

University of Oradea, Romania

Prof. Fatima Kukeeva

Resource Center for American and Democratic Studies, Kazakhstan

Prof. Nik Bessis

Edge Hill University, UK

Prof. Ksenija Dumicic

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Mohamed Youssef

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Prof. David Weir

York St John University, UK

Prof. Dusko Tomic

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Prof. Tarek Mohamed

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Prof. João Paulo Vieito

Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Dr. Adel Khelifi

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi

Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Dr. Thabit Sultan Mohammed

Dhofar University, Oman

Dr. Sarah Khalil Elmasry

University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Rula Azawi

Gulf College, Oman

Dr. Rasha Hattab

University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Nazih Khaddaj Mallat

Al Ain University of Sciece and Technology, UAE

Dr. Munir Majdalawieh

Zayed University, UAE

Dr. Moutaz Haddara

Westerdals - Oslo University, Norway

Dr. Mohammed Abaidullah Anwar

Al Ghurair University, UAE

Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim Banihabi

Universit of Tehran, Iran

Dr. Mario Majcen

California University of Pennslyvania, USA

Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou

London South Bank University, UK

Dr. Maria Casoria

Royal University of Women, Bahrain

Dr. Khalifa Al Fadhel

University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Dr. Kamen Spassov

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Dr. Jennifer Nightingale

Slippery Rock University, USA

Dr. Jeananne Nicholls

Slippery Rock University, USA

Dr. Grimot Nane

Green Economics Institute, UK

Dr. Fehmida Hussain

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Dr. Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Basem Shomar

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar

Dr. Ama Eyo

Bangor University, UK

Dr. Ahmad Bin Touq

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Dr. Adil Hassan Khalid

Sohar University, Oman

Dr. Abdelhadi Halawa

Millersville University, USA

Dr. Peter Oyelere

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Dr. Michal Glowacki

University of Warsaw, Poland

Dr. Tawfik Ben Amor

University of Manouba, Tunisia

Dr. Ninouh Tarek

University of Tebessa, Algeria

Dr. Eyad Yacoub Yaqob

Arab American University, Palestine

Dr. Arafat Al Naim

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Mr. Seth Thompson

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Francesca Ruisi

University of Jordan, Jordan

Dr. Dhouha Kbaier Ben Ismail

University of Bedfordshire, UK

Dr. Maaruf Ali

University of Suffolk, UK

Dr. Adel Ahmed

Al Ain University of Science and Technology

Dr.Daniel Onah

University of Warwick, UK

Prof. Mirjana Pejic-Bach

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. John D. Ranney Gannon

University in Erie, Pennsylvania United States.

Irena Palić

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Berislav Žmuk,

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Carl M. Rebman

University of San Diego, USA

Dr. Nahed Baba

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Prof. Dalila Boughaci

University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria

Dr. Shaima Elbardawil

University of Sharjah, UAE

Professor Abhilasha Singh

Provost, American University in the Emirates, UAE

A staunch supporter of quality education with strong commitment to academic excellence and unwavering dedication to the success of students, Prof. Abhilasha Singh is a Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs at the American University in the Emirates. With a teaching and administrative experience spanning more than three decades, Prof. Singh holds a Doctorate in Applied Psychology apart from being a Human Resource Management, Certified Licensed Practitioner and Trainer. Throughout her distinguished career, she was engaged in a series of academic administrative positions at various institutions and have been engaged in providing strategic directives at a senior leadership role. A keen researcher and a prolific writer, Prof. Singh has published more than 30 papers, articles and many case studies pertaining to the GCC region in national and international journals in the area of talent management, leadership, EVP, stress management, knowledge management etc., and is recipient of many national and international awards.

Professor/Dr. Nabeel Jurdi

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Professor Nabeel Arif Jurdi is the professor, at the American University in the Emirates, where he has been since 2007. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University. In 2014, he was an Evaluator for Dubai government excellence program. He received a B.Sc. in Social Science and Economics from California State Polytechnic University in 1970, and an M.A. from University of Southern California in 1972. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University in 1977. From 1988 to 1993, he worked at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, Washington as a Professor. From 2003 to 2004 he worked at Abu Dhabi University, as a Consultant. From 1999 to 2003 he worked at University of Qatar, as Professor and Chairman, Department of Mass Communication. From 1993 to 1999 he worked at Kuwait University as a Professor in the Department of Mass Communication. From 1980 to 1987 he worked at University of the United Arab Emirates as an Associate Professor and Chairman of Department of Mass Communication. From 1977 to 1980 he worked at King Saud University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication. From 1973 to 1975 he worked at Durham University as a Lecturer in the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Prof. Walter Leal Filho

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Walter Leal is a Professor of Environment and Technology at MMU and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He is Head of the Research and Transfer Centre "Sustainability and Climate Change Management" at Hamburg University. He has been working in the field of environmental and sustainable development since 1987. He initiated the International Climate Change Information Program (ICCIP). He has over 300 publications among authored/edited books, book chapters, papers published in refereed journals and/or presented at international conferences, to his credit. Prof. Leal has extensive experience with European funding programs and the management of large interdisciplinary research projects.

Prof. Robert Gyorodi

University of Oradea, Romania

Professor Robert Gyorodi has PhD in Computer Science in the area of Pattern Recognition, from Politehnica University of Timisoara. His main research interests are in: combination of image processing, artificial intelligence, neural networks, and database management systems in providing a safer operating experience within existing and future operating systems. His professional experience includes participation abroad in different mobility projects, three years as visiting lecturer at the University of Limerick, Ireland, between 2001 and 2004. Member of Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance EMEA Advisory Council.

Prof. Fatima Kukeeva

Resource Center for American and Democratic Studies, Kazakhstan

Dr. Fatima Kukeyeva is a professor in International Relations and Foreign Policy Department at al-Farabi Kazakh National University, specializing in foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, American studies, and issues of globalization and democracy. She is the author of three monographs and numerous articles on security issues in Central Asia, the U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, democracy issues in IR, and international engagement more broadly. She is a Director of the Resource Center for American and Democratic Studies.

Prof. Nik Bessis

Edge Hill University, UK

Professor Nik Bessis is a full Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department of Computer Science at Edgehill University, UK. He holds a PhD and a MA from De Montfort University, UK and a BA from TEI of Athens, Greece. He is a Fellow of HEA, BCS and a Senior Member of IEEE. His research is on social graphs for network and big data analytics, as well as on developing data push and resource provisioning services in IoT, FI and inter-clouds. He is involved in and led a number of funded research and commercial projects worth £7m. He has also been involved in a £3m capital project and co-led the development of a £13m state-of-the-art Tech Hub building. Prof. Nik Bessis has published over 250 works and won 4 best paper awards.

Prof. David Weir

York St John University, UK

At Oxford University he obtained a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public and Social Administration. He was the first elected Chair of the Association of Business Schools and is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management, and Burgess of the City of Glasgow. He has been Director of Gulliver Foods, Chairman of Forever-Broadcasting (Yorkshire), Arbitrator for the Dairy Industry (Scotland), member of the Committee of Inquiry into the Engineering Profession (Finniston Committee), the Sociology and Social Administration Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council, Chair of the Teaching Company Management Committee of the Science and Engineering Research Council and a member of the Research Assessment Panel for Business and Management and of the Council for National Academic Awards.

Prof. Ksenija Dumicic

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Dumičić is a tenured professor at the Department of Statistics of the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Economics and Business. Professor Dumičić has thought courses at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan (USA), as well as at the TES, University of Southampton (UK). Dr. Dumičić has overseen a dozen of professional and scientific research projects in the fields of applied statistical research, sponsored by UN (WHO, UNICEF) and EU organizations and grants, as well as by Croatian Science Foundation, Ministry of Sciences, and University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS), International Association on Statistical Education (IASE), and Women in Statistics Committee (WSC) of the ISI, and a member of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).

Prof. Mohamed Youssef

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Dr. Mohamed Youssef is a Professor at the College of Business Administration of the American University in the Emirates. He got his Ph.D. from the City University of New York, USA. He has published more than 140 research papers in refereed journals as well as the proceedings of prestigious academic societies such as Decision Sciences, POM, and the Academy of Management, in the areas of Quality Management, Benchmarking, Advanced Manufacturing technology, Time-Based Technology, Business Process Re-Engineering, and other POM related areas. In addition, he translated 13 books from English to Arabic, all in Business and Quality Management areas.

Prof. Dalila Boughaci

University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria

Dr. Dalila Boughaci is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Science and Technology USTHB (Algeria). She got her PhD from the University of Provence - Aix-Marseille I (Marseille-France) in 2008, and her “Habilitation” Post-doctoral diploma from USTHB University in 2009.  She earned her second PhD in programming systems from the University of Sciences and Technology, Beb-Ezzouar, Algiers in 1997, 2001 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Boughaci’s current research interests are in the areas of data mining, evolutionary computation, artificial intelligence, meta-heuristics, multi-agent systems, network security and e-commerce.

Prof. Dusko Tomic

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Dr. Dusko Tomic is a Professor in the College of Media and Mass Communication of the American University in the Emirates. His research interests include security and risk management, where he has more than 20 years of experience in specific areas of disaster and risk prevention and sanitation, and risk management of emergency situations. He  completed his  Doctoral degree  in Political Sciences and graduated from Belgrade  University in 2009. Professor Tomic is the author of nine monography and published books,  and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to security, terrorism, intelligence  system and  emergency management.

Prof. Tarek Mohamed

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Dr. Tarek is a Professor of Law and specialized in Public Finance and Economic Legislation. He holds a PhD in Law in the field of "Arab Funds”. Dr. Tarek currently is a Dean of the College of Law at the American University in the Emirates. He also served as Director of the Institute of Finance and Tax Sciences at the Faculty of Law, Helwan University. He published papers in many scientific conferences. He also published many books in the Arab finance funds, Economic Analysis of Corruption Banking, and obeyed the legal and economic aspects of the banking sector.

Prof. João Paulo Vieito

Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Dr. João Paulo Vieito is a Professor of Finance at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal. He received his PhD in Business Science, Finance Specialization, from the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Porto.  He also as a MSc in Finance from Portuguese Catholic University, a MBA in Operations Management from Portuguese Catholic University, and a degree in Management from ISCTE. His research interests are in the areas of neurofinance, corporate governance and market efficiency. He has served on the editorial board of journals like Annals of Financial Economics, Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, Montenegro Economic Journal, and Mudra Journal of Finance and Accounting.  He published papers in Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Applied Economic Letters, International Review of Economic and Finance, Journal of Economic and Business, among several others.

Dr. Adel Khelifi

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Professor Adel Khelifi holds a PhD in Software Engineering from the École de Technologie Supérieure of the Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada (2005). He is a Dean and Associate Professor at the College of Computer and Information Technology of the American University in the Emirates. He was working for the United Nations MSF in Canada, for Canadian Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and for the Ministry of Finance in Tunisia. Currently, he is involved in developing a software engineering curriculum. As a Canadian ISO member in software engineering, Professor Khelifi is contributing to the development of software measurement standards.

Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi

Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Dr Damiloa Olawuyi is an Associate Professor in Petroleum, Energy and Environmental Law at the HBKU Law School, Qatar, and Chancellor’s fellow at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Nigeria. Dr. Damiloa has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, books, and reports on climate finance, energy infrastructure, and extractive resource governance.  His most recent publication is “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance” in Cambridge University Press, 2016.  Dr. Damiloa was formerly an international energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary, where he served on the firm’s global committee on extractive resource investments in Africa.

Dr. Thabit Sultan Mohammed

Dhofar University, Oman

Dr Thabit Sultan Mohammed is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Dhofar University, Oman. He received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Cranfield University, England, in 1992. His research interests are in the areas of information theory and coding, speech and image recognition, reliable software, microcontrollers and embedded systems. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE computer society, IAENG, IRED, ASR, and a senior member of IACSIT.

Dr. Sarah Khalil Elmasry

University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr Sarah Elmasry holds a doctoral degree in Architecture Design and Research from the College of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, U.S.A. (2007). In 2008, she moved to the UAE and started her academic track in the country as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering, U.A.E. University. In 2015, she joined the Interior Architecture Program at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah, teaching third year design studios course.

Dr. Rula Azawi

Gulf College, Oman

Dr Rula Azawi is an Associated Professor and Program Leader of Computer Science Department at Gulf Collage affiliated with Staffordshire University, UK since 2005. She received her Ph.D. in Intelligent Software Engineering from De-Montfort University, UK at 2015. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, 10 years of which as senior lecturer with proficiency in teaching several computer science topics. Her current research interests are in the areas of serious games, educational games, game development methodology and Agent Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE), and their applications on the game domain.

Dr. Rasha Hattab

University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Rasha Hattab is a PhD. holder in Commercial Law from Strasbourg University, France (2004). She is a Member of the Jordan Bar Association since 2007. She has 13 years of academic and practical experience, included Yarmouk University in Jordan for 8 years. She moved to the University of Sharjah in September 2012. Her research interest are in the areas of commercial law (laws of companies and securities), and she has published number of books and articles in national and International journals in Arabic and French languages, and participated as a speaker in many regional and international workshops and conferences.

Dr. Nazih Khaddaj Mallat

Al Ain University of Sciece and Technology, UAE

Dr. Nazih Mallat is an IEEE Member since 2007 and Senior Member since 2012, Member of "Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec". He received his Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication from University of Quebec, "Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)", Canada in 2010. His main research interests are passive microwave/millimeter-wave circuit design, and telecommunication systems. He has served also in the steering committee of many IEEE international conferences. He is currently the Dean of College of Engineering) at Al Ain University of Science and Technology. He is the founder of the IEEE AAU Student Branch and the IEEE UAE MTT-S Chapter.

Dr. Munir Majdalawieh

Zayed University, UAE

Dr. Munir Majdalawieh is an academic researcher and a practicing in Enterprise Information Systems. He is currently working as an Associate Professor in Enterprise Systems and MIS at Zayed University (ZU), and served as the Program Coordinator and the Assistant Dean for Students. Prior to joining ZU in 2012, he worked for the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in UAE for six years.  He has published several peer-reviewed journals papers covering topics like Enterprise Business Processes Management, Internal Auditing & Control, IT DR, Security and Privacy, MIS, Risk Management, Green Logistics & SCM, Corporate.

Dr. Moutaz Haddara

Westerdals - Oslo University, Norway

Dr. Moutaz Haddara is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Westerdals-Oslo, School of Arts, Communication & Technology, Oslo, Norway, Adjunct Professor at SP Jain School of Global Management, and Professor at TIAS School for Business & Society, Utrecht, Netherlands. Dr. Moutaz holds a PhD in Information Systems and a Master degree in Computer Science. He has more than 40 publications in the areas of big data, enterprise systems, smart factories, benefits management, and query optimization techniques. Dr. Moutaz serves as an editorial and review board member for several international information systems journals and conferences.

Dr. Mohammed Abaidullah Anwar

Al Ghurair University, UAE

Dr. Muhammad Anwar completed his PhD in Computer Engineering with specialization in Object-oriented Databases at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. He started his postgraduate teaching and research career in 2001 at the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan Presently, Dr. Anwar is associated with Al Ghurair University (AGU), UAE where he works as Coordinator of BSCSE program, Deputy Dean of CEC, and Director IEP. His research interests include: data mining, object-oriented databases, developing tool for measurement of coupling of Object-oriented systems, mobile application and educational data mining, ad hoc query optimization.

Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim Banihabi

Universit of Tehran, Iran

Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim is currently working in the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering) from Kyushu University, Japan in 1996. He is an active member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineering (1992-1996), Iranian Hydraulic Association, and the Watershed Management Society of Iran since 1997. He has more than 150 publications in the areas related to Multi criteria decision making in water resources management, Strategic planning for water resources management, Optimization of flood control projects and water resources systems, Adaptation for climate change, and Forecasting of river flow.

Dr. Mario Majcen

California University of Pennslyvania, USA

Dr. Mario Majcen is an Associate Professor in Meteorology at California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mario received his PhD in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, MS in meteorology from the University of Utah, and BS in Geosciences (Meteorology ad Seismology) from University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is an active researcher in severe weather, tornado genesis, numerical weather prediction, and climate dynamics research. Dr. Mario is interested  in collaboration in multidisciplinary research on topics of severe weather forecasting, aviation meteorology, weather and climate risk management, scientific outreach and communication, climate dynamics, and global climate change mitigation.

Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou

London South Bank University, UK

Dr Maria Chatzichistodoulou is a Reader in Performance and New Media, and Head of External Development and Enterprise, at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University. Dr Maria is a curator, producer, and community practitioner who has worked in Europe and internationally. She has published extensively. She is co-editor of the volumes Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (2013) and Interfaces of Performance (2009), and of special issues of the journals. She is currently working on the monograph titled Live Arts in Network Cultures (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan), and she is an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (Routledge).

Dr. Maria Casoria

Royal University of Women, Bahrain

Dr. Maria Casoria is an Assistant Professor at the Royal University for Women, College of Law, Bahrain, and Associate at the law firm Legália, Rome, Italy. She holds a PhD. in Markets Law and her academic background is rooted in Comparative law. She specialized in Commercial law, Competition law and Dispute Settlement. For several years, Dr. Maria has served as Research Fellow and Lecturer of Comparative Private and Commercial law at the University of Siena. She is an Italian qualified lawyer, and Mediator in Civil and Commercial Disputes. She is author of several articles published on leading law journals, on topics related to both Civil and Commercial law.

Dr. Khalifa Al Fadhel

University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Dr. Khalifa Fadhel is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bahrain. He is Board of Trustees Member of the Bahrain Institute for Political Development since 2015, and the Bahrain Centre for International, Strategic and Energy Studies since 2017. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Law and an LLM in International Law from the University of Leeds, UK, in addition to an LLB from the University of Bahrain. Dr. Khalifa has published numerous articles about Bahraini and GCC current affairs in international media outlets and his current academic interests are in the fields of contemporary political philosophy and international human rights, asn well as International Law.

Dr. Kamen Spassov

Sofia University, Bulgaria

Dr. Spassov is an ICT professional with extensive international experience. He has a unique blend of business and technical background with key strengths as an analytical and strategic thinker who is a creative, result-oriented leader. Dr. Spassov is a Head of Master Degree Program “e-Business, and the e-Governance Laboratory at Bulgarian Academy of Science. He is interested in e-governance, e-business, information security, and Internet of Things. He has experience in Bulgaria and USA working for different international and multinational companies. He also gained experience in IT and Web consulting and research projects at local and international level. He has also entrepreneurial experience.

Dr. Jennifer Nightingale

Slippery Rock University, USA

Dr. Jennifer Nightingale is an Associate Professor at Slippery Rock University, USA. She has been teaching Information Systems since 2000. Before entering higher education, she spent 15 years in industry with a focus on management and training. Her research expertise is areas such as instructional technology, using technology as a teaching tool, and the impact of instructional technologies on student learning. She has earned numerous teaching and research honors and awards, holds an Ed.D. (instructional technology) and two M.S. degrees (information systems management and education) from Duquesne University, USA, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr. Jeananne Nicholls

Slippery Rock University, USA

Since 2011, Dr. Jeananne “Nan” Nicholls, DBA, MBA, has been a faculty member at Slippery Rock University’s (SRU’s) School of Business after spending 20+ years in senior positions in technology-based economic development in OH, WV, and PA, managing $40+ million worth of research grants and projects. She holds degrees from Kennesaw State University (DBA), Duquesne University (MBA), and Carlow University (BS). Her research interests include student clubs/organizations membership, BRT, marketing/education, service-learning, ethics, CSR, sustainability, and healthcare. She received SRU’s 2015 President’s Award for Academic Advising and was named the 2016 Pittsburgh AMA Distinguished Educator of the year.

Dr. Grimot Nane

Green Economics Institute, UK

Dr. Grimot Nane is a UK multi-disciplinary economist who specializes in corruption, institutions, energy and ecocide mainly within the paradigm of institutional political economy and future studies. Originally trained as an energy engineer, he is currently a research principal with the Ethiope Foundation, London, UK and is a Visiting Lecturer with the Green Economics Institute, Reading, UK. He has two decades of experience as an energy management professional and energy policy analyst in both the UK and Nigeria prior to moving into economics. He was formerly a research fellow and lecturer at London South Bank University. Dr. Grimot is also an author, journalist and blogger. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from London South Bank University.

Dr. Fehmida Hussain

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Dr. Fehmida Hussain is the Head of Computer Engineering and Informatics programs at the School of Science and Technology of Middlesex University Dubai campus. She has a DPhil in Informatics from the University of Sussex, UK, and a BS in computer Science from the University of Houston, U.S.A. Her professional experience of over 20 years comprises teaching, research and industry practice. Her research interests are in the areas of cognitive modeling, health informatics, e-Learning, Cloud Computing and digital forensics, in which she has published several papers and presented at international conferences. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK and holds professional memberships with BCS, ACM and the Cognitive science society.

Dr. Beatriz Itzel Cruz Megchun

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Beatriz Megchun is an Assistant Professor in Design Management at the Department of Design of the American University of Sharjah. She earned her PhD in Design Management from Staffordshire University, UK. Afterwards, she gained a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Center for Applied Business Research in the Business School. Her research areas are divided in three main empirical areas: 1) Explore the use, implementation, impact and effects of design [specializations] in the generation and development of innovations.,2) Design frameworks that assist entrepreneurs, professionals and students to assess ecological and sustainable practices in the design, development, production and dispose of products and services, and 3) Explore the collective memory of inhabitants to have an understanding of the cultural identity that pertains in a territory.

Dr. Basem Shomar

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar

Dr. Basem Shomar received his PhD and Habilitation degrees from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and is currently working as a Principal Investigator at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and was leading the group of Environmental and Chemical Sciences from 2012 to 2015. His scientific research focus is on strategies that blend field and laboratory methods with new theory, modeling, computation, data systems, and evaluative techniques to create solutions to complex environmental challenges associated with desalination programs in Qatar.

Dr. Ama Eyo

Bangor University, UK

Dr. Ama Eyo’s main research interests are in Public Procurement law and policy, with focus on international and national governance and regulation of contemporary procurement techniques and processes. She is a lecturer on these topics in the Law School’s LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy program. She is also Director of the Law School’s Postgraduate (Taught) programs and collaborates on procurement research projects with the UK-China Centre for Public Procurement Law Research Centre and the African Public Procurement Regulation Unit, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Dr. Ahmad Bin Touq

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Dr. Ahmad Bin Touq is an Assistant Professor in the Unit of Government, Policies and Urban Studies of the UAE University. He received his Ph.D. in Economic Geography with emphasis on Geographic Information Systems and Urban Planning in 2008 from Indiana State University- Indiana, USA. GIS and Smart Cities are the main area of expertise of Dr. Ahmad Bin Touq. He is interested in higher-education leadership as well. During his career at UAE University, he was a member of the University Council and in charge of National Faculty Development Program, Provost Office. He has been participating in several reputable national and international conferences with focus on Geography and Urban Planning. He has published and presented numerous scholarly works in national, regional, and international conferences.

Dr. Adil Hassan Khalid

Sohar University, Oman

Dr. Adil Hassan has started his career in research in The National Research Centre in Sudan. He has contributed in teaching and academic management in different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Sudan and Oman. He has been engaged in academic management as assistant and acting dean since 2009. He runs many research grants and consultancies in both Sudan and Oman. He works as an external reviewer for the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman for academic programs approval of private HEIs. He has published many papers, book chapters and e-books on his credits. He was an adjunct fellow to UQ Business School, and University of Queensland, Australia. He is a member of different academic and professional committees and associations in the region and globally.

Dr. Abdelhadi Halawa

Millersville University, USA

Dr. Abdelhadi Halawa received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from American Universities.  Since 1997, he has been working as an Associate Professor at Millersville University, Millersville, USA. He has been serving as the Wellness Program Coordinator in his department. Since 2006 and 2008, Dr. Abdelhadi has been contributing his expertise in research to peer-review numerous research grant proposals for the Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) of Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA), Egypt, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), and the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) of the State of Qatar’s National Research Fund (QNRF). He has published and presented numerous scholarly works at regional, national, and international levels.

Dr. Peter Oyelere

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Dr. Peter Oyelere holds a PhD degree from Queen’s University, Belfast (UK), and a Master of Accounting degree from Glasgow University (UK). Since August 2007, he has been working as an Associate Professor in Accounting at United Arab Emirates University, UAE. He was Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies College from September 2009 to August 2015, and Director of the MBA program from September 2010 to June 2013. Dr. Peter has published more than 30 articles in several internationally refereed journals including Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (USA), Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (USA), Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation (USA), Managerial Auditing Journal (UK), and Accounting Education: An International Journal (UK). He has supervised and examined several postgraduate research studies.

Dr. Michal Glowacki

University of Warsaw, Poland

Michal Glowacki is a doctor of social sciences in media policy, public media, media accountability systems and culture of innovation. At the Department of Information Society and Media of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, he coordinated the work of a group of experts in management of public media (Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Public Service Media Governance, the MC-S-PG). Currently Dr. Michal is managing a research project titled "Organizational culture of public media: people, processes, values" (2015-2018). He is a member of different international organizations and associations such as International Communication Association (ICA), Polish Communication Association (PTKS), European Communication Research and Education Association (ECRE) and the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Since 2008. He is deputy editor of the magazine "Central European Journal of Communication."

Dr. Tawfik Ben Amor

University of Manouba, Tunisia

Dr. Tawfik Ben Amor received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tunisia.  Since 1998he is working as Senior Research Scientist at the School of Digital Economy of the University of Manouba, Tunisia. He has been participating in a few reputable international conferences such as 2016 International Water Conference in Oman, 2014 International Conference on Information systems and Intelligence in Morocco and many others. Dr. Tawfik has been contributing his expertise in research to numerous peer-reviewed research grant proposals. He has published and presented numerous scholarly works at national, regional, and international levels.

Dr. Ninouh Tarek

University of Tebessa, Algeria

Dr. Ninouh Tarek received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tebessa, Algeria.  Currently he is working as Associate Professor and Research Officer at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Tebessa. He has been the participating in several reputable national and international conferences in the area of Urban Roads, Pavement and Building Technology. Dr. Ninouh has been contributing his expertise in research to numerous peer-reviewed research grant proposals. He has published and presented numerous scholarly works at national, regional, and international levels.

Dr. Eyad Yacoub Yaqob

Arab American University, Palestine

Dr. Eyad Yaqob is an Assistant Professor at the School of Graduate Studies, Arab American University, Ramallah with over 15 years of professional experience in the environmental field, with emphasis on project management, evaluation and EIA studies. Dr. Eyad has long standing expertise in projects appraisal, master planning, feasibility studies, institutional development, project management, supervision and environment, technical advice and community service. He serves as technical advisor for national authorities and different international agencies on topics such as socio-economic studies, strategic planning and management, infrastructure management

Dr. Arafat Al Naim

American University in the Emirates, UAE

Dr. Arafat Al-Naim is a graphic artist, designer, educator, and the moving spirit behind international art and design projects. He holds a BFA, MFA and PhD in Graphic Arts, and MST in Art Teaching from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Arafat is a former Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Design at ASU, Amman (Jordan), Head of Graphic Design Department at ASU and Zarqa University.  He is a member of ICOGRADA (Education Network), Curator of the International SYMPOSIODESIGN, Amman and Editorial Board Member of the International Design Journal “Design Behaviors”. He is a member and officer of many other prestigious organizations, scientific committees of different conferences and international design exhibitions since 2006. He has exhibited in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, North Ireland, FYROM, Germany, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Cyprus, South Africa, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, Jordan and elsewhere.

Mr. Seth Thompson

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Mr. Seth Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah, involved in documenting and interpreting art, design and culture through print and online presentations. Mr. Seth holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His research interests and practice primarily focus on the interpretation and representation of visual culture and heritage using panoramic imaging and hypermedia systems. Media art history with special emphasis on the panorama plays an integral role in this theoretical and practice-based investigation. He is a member of the International Art Critics Association and has lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates since 2006.

Dr. Francesca Ruisi

University of Jordan, Jordan

Dr. Francesca Ruisi is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan since 2015. She is European PhD holder in Sociology and skilled in social research methodologies, especially social network analysis, big data and social media analysis. She was Assistant Coordinator for the Euro‐Mediterranean Political Research and Dialogue for Inclusive Policymaking Processes and Dissemination through Network Participation action supported by the EuroMesco, IEMed, European Union, and coordinated by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. She also co-authored the Joint Policy Study Migrants and Refugees: Impact and Future Policies (IEMed 2016). In 2014 she was invited by the Department of Sociology at the University of Jordan for lecturing and conducting research under the Hermes Erasmus Mundus grant.

Dr. Maaruf Ali

University of Suffolk, UK

Dr. Maaruf Ali is Senior Lecturer in Networking at the Department of Science and Technology of the University of University of Suffolk, UK. Dr. Maaruf received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering (from Kings College London of the University of London. He is a holder of P.E. (Professional Engineer) and C.Eng. (Chartered Engineer). Dr. Maaruf is a member of many international scientific organizations such as the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery, Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, and fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and the Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculty.

Dr. Adel Ahmed

Al Ain University of Science and Technology

Dr Adel Ahmed is currently Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance & Banking, College of Business and Director of the Professional Development Unit at Al Ain university of Science and Technology. Dr Adel Ahmed was Head of the Accounting and Finance Cluster as part of Liverpool Hope Business School (LHBS), UK from 2009 until 2015. He received his PhD from Liverpool Business School. He has taught Accounting and Finance courses at various higher education institutions, UK and abroad. His teaching/research specialisms and interests are Accounting Education and Curriculum Development, He has published in academic journals in the Accounting education and Finance area. He is an expert in the supervision of postgraduate researchers in Accounting and Finance. He is a Member of the British Accounting Association (BAA) and UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF). He is a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA).

Dr.Daniel Onah

University of Warwick, UK

Dr Onah, a native born of Nigeria is an academic of strong international standing in Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering (Software Systems). Dr Onah received BSc (Honors) degree in Computer Science from Nigeria and received the MSc (Eng.) degree in Computer Systems Engineering with specialization in Software Systems from the University of East London, United Kingdom in 2011 and the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom in 2017. He is currently a Teaching Assistant and a member of the Intelligent & Adaptive Systems Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick. Dr Onah’s research focuses on educational technology and the application of Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM) in designing e-learning systems as well as adaptive software systems. He is the founder of a stand-alone MOOC platform called eLDa. Dr Onah has produced over 18 publications to date and currently working on some publications. His research has been recognized nationally and internationally by researchers, academics, professionals and have been cited in several international journals and conference publications. Dr Onah has reviewed several academic papers, chaired conference sessions and has been program committee member for international conferences.

Dr. Dhouha Kbaier Ben Ismail

University of Bedfordshire, UK

Dr Dhouha Kbaier Ben Ismail joined the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) as a Lecturer in Telecommunications and Network Engineering in 2016. She received from Telecom Bretagne both her PhD in 2011 and her MEng degree in 2008. She was specialized in Space Communications Systems in Toulouse, heart of the European Aerospace Industry. Prior to working at the UoB, she worked for several years as a post-doctoral research follow first at Telecom Bretagne, then with Thales Airborne Systems and finally at IFREMER. Thanks to her multidisciplinary research background, Dr Dhouha was awarded in 2016 by two French assistant professor qualifications in different fields. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Engineering Professors Council (EPC) member. Her research was particularly awarded by several productivity bonuses and an IEEE best paper award. Her research interests include signal processing for telecommunications and oceanography, channel coding, error correction in VANET environments, etc.

Prof. Mirjana Pejic-Bach

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Mirjana Pejic-Bach is a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Economics & Business. She graduated at the Faculty of Economics & Business – Zagreb, where she also received her Ph.D. degree in Business, submitting a thesis on “System Dynamics Applications in Business Modelling “in 2003. She is the recipient of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 for the paper Influence of strategic approach to BPM on financial and non-financial performance published in Baltic Journal of Management. Mirjana was also educated at MIT Sloan School of Management in the field of System Dynamics Modeling, and at OliviaGroup in the field of data mining. She participates in number of EU FP7 projects, and is an Expert for Horizon 2020.

Dr. John D. Ranney

Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania United States.

Dr. John D. Ranney PhD. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania United States. His research focuses on the role of digital media in the peer relationships of adolescents and college students. Dr. Ranney takes a process oriented approach to examining the role of digital media in students’ lives focusing on how personal motivations, relationship dynamics, and characteristics of digital media environments relate to changes in relationships and psychological adjustment. Recent studies have examined associations between digital media use and first-semester college students’ adjustment to college, how digital technologies change the process of co-rumination, and associations between adolescent popularity and their digital social behaviors. Dr. Ranney has presented his research at the Society for Research on Child Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence and has publications in Developmental Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Irena Palić

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Irena Palić graduated in 2008 at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, majoring in Finance. During the study, she has been awarded the Dean’s Award four times for great results. She post-graduated in Statistical Methods for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, and gained PhD degree in Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, where she is currently employed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics. From 2008 she teaches Statistics, Sampling methods, Business Statistics, Statistical methods in professional and scientific work and Statistical methods of research in tourism. Her main research fields are application of statistics and econometrics in business, information and communication technology analysis, finance and economics. She has published 31 scientific papers and participated in 17 scientific conferences. As part of the Erasmus program for professional training in March 2014 she stayed at Wirtschafts University in Vienna.

Dr. Berislav Žmuk,

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Berislav Žmuk, PhD, graduated at the major Accounting, post-graduated Statistical Methods for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, and gained his PhD degree in Business Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb where he teaches following subjects: Statistics, Business Statistics and Business Forecasting. In 2013, he successfully completed Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians (SPSS) at Survey Research Center (SRC), Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. In 2015, he completed several survey methodology courses at Gesis, Leibniz Institute for Social Research in Cologne, Germany. In 2016, he completed another two survey methodology courses at Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis in Colchester, United Kingdom. His main research fields include applications of statistics in business and economy, survey methodology and statistical quality control.

Carl M. Rebman, Jr.

University of San Diego, USA

Dr. Rebman is a Professor of Information Systems and teaches courses in information management, systems analysis/design and programming, data communication and network security, project management, database management, marketing and business intelligence/data analytics. He has published more than 77 research papers in the areas of speech recognition, human-computer interaction, electronic meeting support systems, decision support systems, neural networks, information/computing technologies (ICT) and distance learning/online education. He is a reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems, and the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management.

For over 20 years, Dr. Rebman is a member of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI),), Association of Information Systems (AIS), and the International Association of Computer Information Systems (IACIS). He serves the practitioner community as an Academic Council Member of the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (MSDYNAA) and the San Diego IT Director’s Group (SDITG).

 

Dr. Nahed Baba

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Dr. Nahed Baba is an associate professor in textile design, researcher an active contributor to design education in MENA. She holds a PhD and MA in design from The Nottingham Trent University, and BA in textile printing from Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt.  Dr. Baba have served as textile design educator in the college of Fine Arts & Design at Sharjah University for more than 9 years (2009-2017) and many other university in the region. Her creative work and research focus on identity issues, visual culture and transformation of design education and. Her book “Nubian Symbols” published by LAMBERT Academic Publisher represent an integration of technology in contemporary textile.

Dr. Shaima Elbardawil

University of Sharjah, UAE

Shaima Elbardawil is a graphic designer and an assistant professor of Graphic Design at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah. Shaima Elbardawil is a Jordanian visual communication practitioner, researcher, and educator. Since 2012, she has been working as an assistant professor of Graphic Design at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah. Currently, she is the coordinator of Graphic Design and Multimedia Program. Shaima received her Doctorate (2013) degrees from Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham – United Kingdom.

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