Keynote speakers from past conferences

Our 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:

Councillor Lynda Hyde, Mayor – City of Brighton and Hove, UK
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Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, Mayor – City of Brighton & Hove, UK
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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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.