The following experts have already been confirmed as speakers for 2017 WASD International Diaspora Conference. Additional speakers will be revealed in the near future, and details will be added to this page.


Health and wellbeing

Dr. Mayada Abu Affan (Moderator)
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands
Honorary Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Birmingham – United Kingdom

Prof. Moiz Bakhiet
Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular Medicine, CMMS, Arabian Gulf University
Consultant Neurologist,  King Abdulla Medical City
Director, Princess Al-Jawhara Center for  Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Inherited Disorders
Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr. Nahlaa Khalifa
Assistant Professor
Clinical Nutrition Department, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah – Kingdom Saudi Arabia

Dr. Muna Abdel Aziz
Public Health
Warrington – United Kingdom 

Business, investment and industry

Dr. Adil Dafa’Alla (Moderator)
Aero Data for Loads Operations
Airbus Group UK Ltd.
Bristol – United Kingdom

Prof. Alain Ndedi
Professor and Chair
Entrepreneurship, Organisation, Strategy, School of Business and Public Policy
Saint Monica University,
Douala – Cameron

Prof. AbdelGadir Warsama Ghalib
Legal Counsel & Professor of Law
Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr. Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo
Department of Business Administration
Faculty of Business Administration
University of Lagos
Lagos – Nigeria

STI, ICT, capacity building and creative and knowledge-based economy

Prof. Abdelkader Djeflat (Moderator)
Founder of
University of Lille
Lille – France

Prof. Abdelmoniem Sahal Elmardi 
Professor of Anatomy and Medical Education
Head, E-learning & Educational Technology Unit
Faculty of Medicine
Alimam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University
Riyadh – Kingdom Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Mohamed ElNair
Associate Professor of Accounting
Almughtaribeen University and Sudan University of Science & Technology
Khartoum – Sudan

Dr. Gassoum K. B. Khairi
Economic Consultant
Department of International Cooperation& Trade Agreements
Ministry of Economy & Trade
Doha – Qatar

Peace, security, youth, gender, migration and good governance 

David Otto (Moderator)
Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Expert
TGS Intelligence Consultants Ltd.
London – United Kingdom

Dr. Jamal Noureldin Idris Hassan
Associate Professor
College of Arts
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
Dammam – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Temitope Olodo 
Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum (NDSF)
Political Analyst and Author
London – United Kingdom

Dr. Olajumoke Okoya
MBA Director
Royal Docks School of Business and Law
University of East London
London – United Kingdom

Samir Daoud
Police Officer
Organised and Economic Crime, Financial Investigations
Metropolitan Police
London – United Kingdom

Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda
Executive Director and Associate Professor
North American Integration and Development Center
Division of Social Science
University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
California – United States

Arif Elsawi
Journalist and Knight Fellowship
Stanford University
Stanford – United States

Agriculture, animal production, natural resources and the environment

Prof. Hassan M. Ali-Dinar (Moderator)
Advisor and Coordinator for Research Affairs
Date Palm Research Center (DPRC)
Deanship for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research
King Faisal University
Hofuf- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Prof. Njidda M Gadzama
Zoology and Environmental Science
University of Maiduguri
Borno – Nigeria

Dr. Nahid Fawi
Associate Professor and Manager
Animal Production Training Center
Faculty of Animal Production
University of Khartoum
Khartoum – Sudan

Dr. Mohamed Kabbar Mohamed
Gent – Belgium