Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

Conference 2 December 8, 2021

Learning for Skills



Learning for Skills

December 8, 2021

Conference 2

This conference addresses the rising need for skills in graduates and in the workforce. It provides a platform to illustrate how skill-based learning has become a necessity in higher education, how to ensure graduates of higher education are skilled in their own disciplines, and how to provide opportunities for the workforce to develop their skills over time.


  • Learning for skills in higher education
  • Upskilling and reskilling the workforce
  • Partnerships in developing skill-based learning
  • Skill-based academic programs
  • Assessing skills in schools and higher education
Saad E.

Mr. Saad E. Abbas

Smart Training Manager | United Arab Emirates

Saad personally conducts several training programs such as Human Capital Development, Leadership, Strategic Planning and Entrepreneurship Saad Has had a long and diverse career that led him to work in several organisations and different positions during his Thirty Seven years Including the post of Smart Training Manager Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Director Human Capital Development Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation Coordinator General Dubai Human Development Award, Head of Trade Industria [...]

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Mr. Khalid Al Bedwawi

Entrepreneur | United Arab Emirates

Khalid is an entrepreneur, he earned his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University. California, USA and his master’s degree in Business & Engineering Management from Universally of Wollongong in Dubai. Khalid is a Former Corporate Government Relations Manager in ADNOC. He was a Speaker, Official Presenter & Master of Ceremony for multi of events in Borouge & ADNOC and was a leader of Borouge Brand & Values Campaign. He was the director of Sports, Juventus Fo [...]

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Dr. Mohamed Al Hebsi

Student Exchange Program | United Arab Emirates

My name is Mohamed Abdulla Alhebsi, a Postgraduate researcher (PhD student) at the University of Leeds specialised in Material Science and Engineering, sponsored by ADNOC, expecting to graduate in December 2021. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds with Class I and Honours. Started my PhD at the age of 22. I was the head and a member of the Global Youth Council in the UK. Founder and former president of the UAE Society in Leeds. I worked on dif [...]

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Dr. Amna

HE Dr. Amna Aldahak Al Shamsi

Assistant Undersecretary, Care & Capacity Building Sector | United Arab Emirates

Her Excellency Dr. Amna AlDahak AlShamsi is the Assistant Undersecretary for Care & Capacity Building Sector at the Ministry of Education in UAE since July 2016 where she has led several strategic programs and initiatives that target two key focus areas, namely Identification and Enrichment of Gifted and Innovative Students and Student Empowerments through capacity building programs. She was also named the UAE Government Spokesperson in April 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic where she participa [...]

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Mr. Omar Alhumairi

. | United Arab Emirates

Graduate from Master of Science in Innovation and Change Management, head of strategy and Quality section, and president of the Youth Council of the Supreme Legislation Committee, and the president of HBMSU Alumni Council. As the President of Youth Council at his workplace, he worked on exploring the hidden talents of the Youth, lead youth initiatives and empower them to take responsibilities and build a safe environment to experiment and trail and error as a means to enhance youth experience i [...]

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Dr. Sara Almarzooqi

Writer and Educator | United Arab Emirates

With more than 15 years of experience in the educational field, Sara Al Marzooqi started as a teacher in the Ministry of Education for three years before moving to Sharjah Ladies Club to be in charge of the Art and Educational Center. She was able to create a new identity for the center which was renovated later and called Collage Talent Center for children, teenagers, and women. She moved later to work for Sharjah Book Authority as the director of Sharjah Public Libraries. Sara was also an elec [...]

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Dr. Natalia Amelina

Chief of Unit of Teacher Professional Development and Networking | United Arab Emirates

Senior National Project Officer in Education, Chief of Unit “Teacher Professional Development and Networking” UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education Professional activity of Ms. Natalia Amelina, Ph.D., is connected with studying, analyses and development of training materials and recommendations on various trends of ICT use in educational process, including the use of ICT for people with disabilities, ICT in preschool and primary school education, ICT for skills develop [...]

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Mr. Mohammad Hussain

Executive Education Officer | United Arab Emirates

Mohammad Hussain Gulfam graduated from the program of Bachelor of Business and Quality Management from HBMSU. He works as an Executive Education Officer in Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government. Furthermore, he is a member and secretary of the HBMSU Alumni Council. Also, he is passionate about volunteering with governments in Local occasions and global conferences.

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Mr. Mohamed Khalifa

CEO | United Arab Emirates

Professor Mohamed Khalifa CEO, EDUQUAL TU Professor Khalifa received the degrees of M.A. in Decision Sciences, and PhD in Management Information Systems from the prestigious Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania). He has gained extensive professional and academic experience in several countries including the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates. He started his academic career in 1989 in the Department of Decision Sciences at Concordia [...]

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Prof. Stephen Murgatroyd


As we adjust to the post-pandemic world, employers and organizations around the world are looking differently at their employees and focusing more on what they can do than on what they are qualified to do. The distinction is important – the distinction between certification and capabilities, between skills and potential. Key Take Away’s from this presentation: • Skills, competencies, and capabilities are the new currency in the labour market. • The question employers are asking is [...]

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Ms. Dolly Otaky

Institutional Intelligence Director | United Arab Emirates

Dolly Otaky is an education professional with a broad experience in teaching and educational management. After a brief career as a primary school teacher, she started her career in higher education as a teacher educator, and has moved on to educational management roles including continuing education and training, academic quality assurance and accreditation, and institutional research. Dolly is currently the Director of Institutional Intelligence at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

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Prof. Ed Robeck

Director of Education and Outreach | United Arab Emirates


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Dr. Marwa Shalwani

entist‏ and member in CSR committee, presenter of Seha wa Saada media program | United Arab Emirates

Dr. Marwa Shalwani is a dental general practitioner in Dubai Health Authority as well as a member in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee. She is a presenter of “Seha W Saada”: TV/social media show that promote health awareness on various trending issues among UAE community on Dubai TV and Sama Dubai TV. Since the beginning of Covid 19 pandemic, she has joined the Covid Command and Control Centre of Emirate of Dubai as a data analysis team-leader to facilitate residents and touris [...]

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Mr. George Ubachs

Managing Director | United Arab Emirates

George Ubachs is Managing Director of EADTU. As managing director he is responsible for the development and support of the EADTU network, policies and execution of its goals in online, open and flexible higher education. As expert he is coordinator of international academic cooperation networks on networked curricula, virtual mobility, diversity and inclusion, e-assessment, AI in education and on business models for lifelong learning. He is further coordinator of the European MOOC Consortium (EM [...]

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