Held 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)


Pre-Event Roundtables

HBMSU Policy and Strategy Round Table

Feb 17th 2021 | 04:00 – 06:00 PM UAE Time
Disruptive Learning Spaces Leading the Future of knowledge


The world today is facing an increasing number of “wicked and unforeseen” problems – climate changes, food security, water scarcity, gender inequality, unsustainable economic development, global pandemic, and others, to name a few. The Covid-19 global pandemic health crisis has had and will have a long-term bearing on societies, schools, and higher education systems. The Covid-19 pandemic and its related consequences directly affected about 1.6 billion students globally, from primary to tertiary education. This pandemic has created a point of no return to the conventional higher education system. The lockdown experienced across countries and regions have already led to a sudden and rapid shift to online modes of teaching and learning. However, most of the educational systems worldwide has adopted the shift from traditional face-to-face to a blended learning paradigm; the challenge we have is that trying to solve or overcome our problems with the same mindset that created the problems will just not work.

Inclusive, quality, education for skills, and accessible education became a key goal for all nations. Thus, the Higher Education Institutions, public and private enterprises, and organizations need to generate innovative and disruptive learning solutions and policies to support and sustain the digital transformation shift and keep social, economic, and scientific development on track.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) plaid an ultimate role as a pioneer institution of this digital transformation by helping more than 100 countries to provide inclusive online education through its innovative initiative “The UAE Teaches the World.”

According to its pioneering role, HBMSU deems that the importance of having productive social and academic dialogue to initiate, effective policies and balancing benchmark-based evidence is an urgent need and priority. To support the digital transformation across the higher education institutions in developing disruptive strategic actions and policies, HBMSU is organizing a virtual RoundTable. This strategic policy RoundTable will gather policymakers, edTech companies, and higher education experts to re-think the future of higher education from all perspectives that empower total quality management in disruptive learning spaces, smart learning content design and delivery, learning assessment, online learning programs, and human capital. This policy dialogue roundtable will also help gather strategic views on what future higher education systems should look like and how learning space needs to be re-thought.

  1. Shed the light on how the global pandemic brings challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of online learning design, delivery, and assessment in higher education institutions.
  2. Discuss the readiness of the higher education institutions to leverage benchmarks in empowering disruptive learning spaces while simultaneously monitoring and considering the effectiveness of delivered academic and professional services.
  3. Generate a shared vision to develop collective and adaptive online learning and education policy to rethinking the digital transformation of higher education institutions.
  1. What are the challenges and opportunities that the global pandemic brought up to improve the quality of online learning design, delivery, and assessment in the higher education institutions in the world?
  2. What are the disruptive initiatives, actions, and benchmarks that the higher education institutions deployed to empowering disruptive digital learning transformation?
  3. What are the main pillars of a collective and disruptive policy to lead the future of the digital transformation in higher education institutions?
  4. Are we going towards customizing higher education to the customer needs? If yes, what form of learning spaces do you envisage for the paradigm of education industry?
  1. A report assessing the performance of the Roundtable against the backdrop of the stated objectives.
  2. Emergence of a coordinated strategic response to sustainable higher education for the post Covid-19 pandemic.
  3. Emergence of key messages, innovative ideas, and strategies and policy related to the theme of the Roundtable.
  4. Emergence key policy that outlines and guides the usage of the innovative learning spaces in the higher education institutions as knowledge societies.
  5. Specific recommendations on steps that should be taken for reshaping a resilient higher education system.


  • Welcoming the participants at the Roundtable and making introductory remarks.
  • The remarks may be based on rich expertise and experience of the chair and the documents prepared by HBMSU for the Roundtable.
  • The chair may highlight the relevance of the Roundtable mechanism for influencing policy agenda, strategic pay-off from the discussions and consensus-building.
  • The chair will elicit robust consensus on various issues from the participants through external moderators towards the end of the Roundtable deliberations.
  • In concluding remarks, the chair will present his evaluation of the Roundtable deliberations and their possible impact on policy agenda

*Time allocated 10 minutes for the introductory remarks and 10 minutes for the final remarks

  • When the chair of the Roundtable completes his introductory remarks, the Moderator will present a summary of the document prepared for the Roundtable.
  • The summary should highlight the policy questions and issues identified in the document.
  • The time allocated for this presentation is 10 minutes.
  • The Moderator will make himself available for facilitating the discussions among the participants. If need be, he will ensure that the discussions among the participants remain within the scope of the Roundtable agenda.
  • The Moderator will co-ordinate with the rapporteur to collect the documents containing recommendations from the participants.
  • Following discussions among the participants, the moderator will present a summary of discussion and the recommendations made by the participants

*The time allocated for summarizing the discussions and recommendations is 20 minutes.

  • Taking leads from the chairperson’s remarks and the documents prepared by HBMSU, the participants will start with an analysis of the emerging scenarios resulting from the Pandemic.
  • The participants will review the questions and issues identified in this concept note.
  • The participants may add new issues, if they are perceived to be important, for discussion.
  • The participants will prioritize the issues to facilitate discussion.
  • The participants will make specific recommendations relating to the matching issues for influencing the policy agenda.
  • The recommendations will be made in a template to be given to the participants before the end of Roundtable discussions.
  • The participants will try to arrive at a consensus related to specific recommendations.

*The time allocated for the participants is 1hour 10 minutes


A rapporteur from HBMSU will work with the moderator, and the chair in collecting the information and drafting the report for the Roundtable.

Re-imagining the Future of Economics: Towards a Cashless Economy


Dr. Riham Rizk

Associate Professor, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Dr. Riham Rizk joined HBMSU as an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Accounting in 2017 following 14 years at Durham University Business School in the UK. She has taught a variety of courses in both Islamic and conventional accounting and finance at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has served as Program Director and External Examiner for several Accounting and Finance degree programs internationally. She has also supervised 12 doctoral students to successful completion of their degrees. Riham has presented and published her research at academic and practice based conferences throughout Europe, Asia and North America. She is an active member of the Work, Organizations, Ethics and Society (WOES) research group and the Islamic Finance and Economics Research Centre at Durham University, the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) and the Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet) in the UK as well as the Association for Integrity in Accounting (AIA) in the USA. Her research interests include Corporate Social Responsibility and Disclosure, Corporate Governance, Accounting Education and The Influence of Culture and Religion on Accounting and Finance.

Dr. Mohammed El Baradie

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Dr. Mohamed El Baradie is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, and the acting Head of the Accounting & Finance Department.

He received his B.Sc. from Alexandria University (Egypt), his Masters from Wayne State University (USA), and his Ph.D. from Durham University (UK)
In 1998, he worked as the Financial Controller at American Airlines (New York, USA), then as the Accounting Controller at P.Tech Corporation (Boston, USA)
In 1999, he joined the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport as an assistant lecturer. He taught Accounting in three of the academy’s colleges, namely the College of Management, College of Maritime Transport & Logistics, and College of Hospitality and Tourism.

Since then, Dr. El Baradie has successfully taught Accounting in Egypt, England, and the United Arab Emirates.

His research interests are in Managerial Accounting, and Costing Techniques.

Asma Abdul Muhsin

Intern, Emirates NBD

Asma is a proactive junior tax professional who graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from HBMSU, with specialisms in tax audits and regulatory compliance. Asma has also contributed to and presented a number of research projects during and after her time at HBMSU. An energetic and positive presence, Asma has excellent administrative, communication and interpersonal skills. Detail-oriented and motivated to stay on task, meet aggressive timeliness and accomplish goals, Asma is currently further developing these skills during her internship at Emirates NBD.

Prof Spraggon

Dean of the School of Business and Quality Management, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Prof Spraggon is the Dean of the School of Business and Quality Management at HBMSU and a progressive Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management with more than 25 years of international industry and consultation experience across the GCC, Europe, and the Americas.
His field of competence is mainly in smart learning, corporate governance, strategy formulation, strategic positioning, benchmarking and portfolio management as well as in emotionally intelligent leadership, public speaking and design thinking. He has been involved in the conception, development, delivery and administration of executive education and leadership development programs for the last 15 years in the private and public sectors in North America and UAE.
Prof. Spraggon is a regular conference speaker on corporate strategy, leadership, happiness and executive education related issues. He co-authored two books with Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge and published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles and case studies on corporate governance, health-care management, innovation and knowledge management, organizational play, family businesses, authentic leadership, executive compensation and M&As.


Futurist, Author

Eelco has 33 years of business management, corporate & investment finance, financial analysis and business consulting expertise. This arose from specific experience in merchant banking, various production companies and own businesses, including a steel processing business and a Rare and Gold coin business. Eelco has also written a book on Futurism entitled “Technology Tsunami Alert”, published worldwide in December 2020. It is a layman’s guide to the breadth and depth disruption that can be expected in this era of exponential technological change. Eelco presents Futurism talks to young and adult audiences, that highlight the breadth, depth and massively disruptive impact, that accelerating technological change will have on the lives of their children, families, businesses, society and government in the next 5-10 years. Mr Lodewijks also works as a business rescue / turnaround / strategy consultant in diverse industries and delivers 1-week courses internationally on Financial Modelling in Excel.


Founder & CEO, Xanara Advisors

Jyoti Keshavan is the founder and CEO of Xanara – a regulated, UAE-based multi-family office. With 20+ years of experience in wealth management, she has served multicultural clientele, both private and institutional, across Europe and the Middle East. She founded Xanara to deliver holistic advice to clients on issues that surmount both the personal and professional well-being. In fact, Xanara today is a healthy disruptor if not an influencer which is changing the way wealth management is being perceived in this region. Prior to this, Jyoti has held myriad leadership roles in investment advisory and business development at firms like Standard Chartered Bank, RAKBANK, Bank Safra Sarasin, and Liechtensteinische Landesbank.
Today, she’s leading Xanara to new heights. Her resilient and relentless leadership has made Xanara a pioneer in the multi-family office space, expanding rapidly across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mauritius and the Cayman Islands.

She also sits on the boards of couple of esteemed companies in India and advises pension houses in Mauritius and Africa on avenues for yield generation

In a candid session with the CEO Middle East magazine, Jyoti revealed that she seeks positive energy from her family which includes her husband, their two kids, a labrador, a persian cat, and a mare. She also loves to travel and attempt new cuisines with family and close associates.

Kaiser Shahzad

Senior Commercial Project Manager, Emirates Digital Wallet, LLC

Kaiser Shahzad is a senior professional with 20+ years of experience combining business and technology together with project management skills in developing and implementing companywide, short and long-term strategic projects, products and initiatives to support the evolving digital technology strategy execution and business transformation of an organization. Kaiser has experienced in building up business cases, product development, project management, business development, from idea to implementation and execution of projects in a sustainable and scalable manners.

Kaiser has acquired industry experiences from Telecommunication, Mobile operators, Transit, ticketing and transportation and payments (financial) industry.

Samer Jeremy Srouji

Associate Professor, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Prof Srouji’s research is focused on the characteristics of international money and how and why international money emerges, analyzing the US dollar, euro and yuan, from a macroeconomics perspective, but also from the perspective of networks, complexity and monetary flows. His PhD is a joint-programme with the University of Cote d’Azur in Nice, France, where he is based at the GREDEG research lab in Sophia Antipolis. Samer is also a director at Tanmia Capital and has published in both academic and popular press.


Chief Information Officer, HSBC MENAT

Ghinwa Baradhi is an accomplished senior executive with 25 years of experience in Banking Technology and Operations. Ghinwa is the Regional Chief Information Officer for HSBC in Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Turkey, responsible for the Bank’s technology function across the region. In this capacity, Ghinwa focuses on creating better Customer Experience and Business Value through technology and innovation bridging IT strategies with business simplification and efficiency. In recognition of this work Ghinwa received the International Data Corporation (IDC) CIO Excellence Awards 2019 across MENA. Prior to HSBC, Ghinwa has held senior roles, globally and regionally, with Emirates NBD bank, in areas of Business Intelligence, CRM, Data Warehouse and Wholesale Trade. Ghinwa has been appointed as HSBC’s nominated member to the UAE Banks Federation (UBF) IT Committee. She is also HSBC’s nominated Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion for Technology globally and for the DIFC FINTECH Hive in Dubai.

Aly Ramadan

Finance Practitioner

Aly has more than 20 years of experience in Auditing, Accounting and Financial Management. He has worked in Africa, the USA and the Middle East. Aly joined various organizations through his career from Anderson, Ernst & Young, Abu Dhabi Media and currently in IMI Group.

He has 9 years of specialised experience in the Media industry where he has led various Finance departments’ digital transformation and created seamless environments. He has worked on multiple mergers & acquisitions and improved financial reporting and internal controls through the implementation of various accounting and financial software. His target to decrease cost and maximize return on investment.

Aly graduated from Alexandria University with a degree in Accounting and holds an MBA in Finance from NYIT. Aly is also a Chartered Accountant (CA) licensed by the Egyptian Board of Chartered Accountant.



With over 11 years of experience, Waleed is a seasoned civil officer within the Ministry of Economy. His main roles include planning and directing workflows of a number of groups and project teams; the analysis of economic issues relevant to planning, public relations, ceremonies, protocols, and administrative work; as well as arranging and coordinating the internal and external tasks of H.E. the Minister of Economy. Waleed is also the inaugural President of the Youth Council of the Ministry of Economy established in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. A firm believer in life-long education, personal and professional development, and social responsibility, Waleed holds numerous certifications in various aspects of political science, financial and economic analysis, psychology, and volunteerism, in addition to his formal education, with aspirations to pursue graduate and doctoral degrees in the future.


Executive Office of the Minister of Economy

Abdelaziz is an established civil officer within the Ministry of Economy. Over the past 6 years, he has lead a number of major projects, coordinating with intenal and external stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation and achievement of goals. Abdelaziz is credited with managing strategic projects and building and strengthening a culture of performance and achievement within the Ministry. Abdelaziz has formally represented the Ministry on numerous Joint Economic Committees throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, preparing foreign economic agreements and drafting future investment strategies. Abdelaziz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wilkes University in the USA with certifications and expertise in Innovation Strategies, Digital Marketing and Communications. Abdelaziz is currently based in the Executive Office and is also an active member of the inaugural Youth Council of the Minister of Economy.



UAE and The Arab Region
Prof. Hossam Badrawi

Chairman, Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education & Development, Egypt

Prof. Hossam Badrawi, a prominent physician and a well-known politician in Egypt, Member of the board of trustees of the Bibliotheca Alexandria, a professor in Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. He chaired the Education Committee in the Egyptian Parliament from the year 2000 to 2005 where he put the basics of Education reform in the country. He chaired the OB/GYN department in Cairo University and served as a board member of the first National Council of Human Rights in Egypt. He earned a BS with honors from Kasr el-Aini School of Medicine in 1974 and received his doctorate degree from the same University and from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He had his doctorate degree in Scanning Electron Microscope, on human endometrium, then graduate studies in Northwest University in Chicago, and later from Boston University, Boston, USA in Education Reform. He published 120 scientific papers and 7 books in his specialty and in education. Prof. Badrawi’s last publication is a book called “At the Café of Dreamers of tomorrow”2020. Dr Badrawi received in 2007 an honorary PhD. in science from Sunderland University in the UK and an honorary fellowship from Cardiff Metropolitan University Wales, UK in 2014.

Dr. Hamad AL Yahyaei

Assistant Undersecretary for the Curriculum and Evaluation Sector, MOE, UAE

Dr. Hamad Al Yahyaei, the Assistant Undersecretary of Curriculum and Assessment sector in the Ministry of Education, has ably worked with a competent team of educators in the process of leading a comprehensive educational reform in the UAE resulting in the formation of the Emirati School System. In 2020, withstanding and successfully overcoming the challenges and disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and sustaining the continuity of learning to all of the age groups is a clear indicator of the robustness of the system.
With foresight and pragmatic wisdom, Dr. Hamad has envisioned and established an educational system to prepare learners to sustain the continuity of their learning and upskilling their competencies to meet any future challenge which always remained one of the core mission statements of the Emirati school system.

Ms. Mahra Hilal

Director of UNESCO Regional Center for Educational Planning

H.E Mahra AlMutaiwei is the Director of the Regional Center for Educational Planning (RCEP), a UNESCO Category II Centers, which is hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in accordance with the agreement signed between the UAE government and UNESCO in 2003. AlMutaiwei is a leading expert in education planning matters, management, and policy development in the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and Arab states by virtue of the tasks assigned to the center and its local, regional, and international partnerships. She is a receiver of numerous training programs that support these technical skills, as well as a graduate of the UAE Government Leaders Program (GLP). AlMutaiwei held the position of Director of the Educational Leadership Development Project at the Ministry of Education, and she played a key role in the national team that prepared the UAE’s report on the UNESCO Education For All 2015 Initiative. She has also participated as a member in a number of scientific jury committees in educational institutions, including: Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for Excellence in Education and the Sharjah Award for Educational Excellence. In addition to her activities as a quality evaluator, Al-Mutaiwie is the UAE representative in the Higher International Steering Committee concerned with the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) and Education 2030, as well as the Education Advisory Committee at the ALECSO.

Dr. Hanadi Al Suwaidi

Director of Sharjah center for Learning Disabilities. HBMSU PhD Alumni

Dr. Hanadi Obaid Al Suwaidi, is the Director of Sharjah Learning Difficulties Center, as she was in charge of establishing the center in 2016. Also, she is handling another project as Acting Director of Masarat Center for Development and Empowerment for developing a new vocational program for people of disability over the age of 16 with Sharjah city of Humanities Services, under main supervision of H.E. Shaikha Jamila bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi. She is also working as an associate faculty at HBMSU teaching the course “UAE Studies”.
Hanadi holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from HBMSU and a master degree in Communication from the University of Sharjah and worked in Vocational Education for more than twelve years, and have established the Sharjah Institute programs since it started in 2005. She has a total of 20 years of experiences. She participated in different workshops and conferences locally and internationally.

Ms. Sara Al Marzooqi

Special Projects and Programs Manager – Sharjah Book Authority. PhD Candidate – HBMSU

Sara Almarzooqi is PhD candidate, HBMSU. She has More than 14 years of experience in the educational field. Started as a teacher in the Ministry of Education FOR 3 years before moving to Sharjah Ladies Club to be in charge of “Collage” Talent Center for children, teenagers and women. Worked for Sharjah Book Authority as Director of Sharjah Public Libraries and currently a PhD. Scholar in Educational Leadership at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.

Mohammad Tawalbeh

Professor of Educational Technology and currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education and General Studies at the Arab Open University (AOU)

Mohammad Tawalbeh is a professor of Educational Technology and currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education and General Studies at the Arab Open University (AOU). He published more than 25 articles in peer reviewed journals, supervised more than 35 M.Ed. Dissertations and 10 Ph.D. Theses at some Jordanian and Arab universities during the last 25 years, and he is an editorial member and reviewer of some journals. His major research areas are: Open, distance and blended learning. He served in three validation committees at some Jordanian and Arab universities, including an Academic reviewer of the E-learning Department, Arabian Gulf University. Professor Tawalbeh is currently coordinating a regional training and research project on School Based Development (TAMAM) at some schools at Jordan with the American University of Beirut, and he is the mentor of an international research project about Global Citizenship funded by the Education Quality and Learning for All (EQUAl) programme, NY University, USA. Prof Tawalbeh served as a chairman and member of several conferences. Recently, he was a member of the scientific and management committee of the forum on Distance Learning during Emergencies and Crises: Dealing with the Coronavirus (as a Model), which was organized by the AOU and ALECSO on 9-10 August, 2020.

East Asia
Prof. Dato Ansary Ahmed

President/CEO, Asia e University, Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr. Ansary Ahmed, born 22 November 1954, is a very successful Malaysian academic entrepreneur. He is the Founder President and CEO of the Asia e University (AeU), a collaborative multinational university initiated by the Asian Cooperative Dialogue.

Professor Dato’ Dr. Ansary has served in numerous national and international level committees. Internationally, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ansary was a member of UNESCO Kornberg 21st Century Visionaries for Higher Education and served as UNESCO Technical Consultant. He has represented Malaysia as a member of Board of Trustees ASEAN University Network for several years and has from time to time acted as International e learning consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. He was the Project Director for Total e learning Solution, Ministry of Higher Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has served as Honorary Advisor for Asia under the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada for several years. Currently, he has been elected into the Executive Committee of the International Council for Distance Education based in Norway. He is also an Executive member of the Asian Cooperative Dialogue(ACD) University Network.

Prof. Melinda Bandalaria

Chancellor, University of Philippines Open University (UPOU)

Prof. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria is a professor at the University of the Philippines Open University and is currently serving as its Chancellor since 2016. She also served as President of the Asian Association of Open Universities for the term 2017-2019 and continues to chair the Asian MOOCs Steering Committee. She has been actively involved in developing course modules for open online courses and teaching in this mode of instruction for more than 20 years. Her current research interests include open online learning, Universal Design for Learning as integrated in open online learning, and learning analytics. An advocate of open education, she can be considered to have spearheaded the development and offering of MOOCs in the Philippines and its use by Higher Education Institutions in the country under the model MOOCs as OERs as one strategy to improve the quality of education.

USA and Canada
Prof Ed Robeck

Doctor Edward Robeck is the Director of Education and Outreach at the American Geosciences Institute. He has filled many roles in education, including as early childhood curriculum designer, middle school science teacher, formal curriculum/development editor, and teacher educator. For example, as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, he promoted the use of student-generated media in pre-college education, and he continues this focus with respect to Earth science and environmental education. His priority is to empower every learner to reach their highest potential and to enable teachers to undertake instruction that is relevant at global and local levels

Prof. Rory McGreal

Prof. Rory McGreal is the UNESCO//International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER); and Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. He is also co-Editor of IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning). He is the founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud, a repository of research articles on OER. Previous positions include Assoc. VP Research, Director of TeleEducation NB, a Canadian province-wide elearning network and Supervisor, Contact North/Contact Nord in Ontario. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards for open and distance learning

Dr. Borhene Chakroun

Borhene Chakroun is an engineer and has a PhD in Education Sciences from Bourgogne University in France. Borhene worked, during the 1990s, as trainer, chief trainer, project manager. He has also worked as short-term consultant for the EU, World Bank and other international organisations before coming to the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2001. At the ETF, Borhene worked as Senior Human Capital Development specialist. He is now Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems Division at UNESCO-HQ. Borhene conducted a range of policy reviews and skills systems diagnosis in different contexts. He has authored and co-authored various articles and books in the field of skills development and lifelong learning. Much of his most recent work focuses on global trends in reforming education and training systems and global agenda for skills development in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Mr. Rabih El-Haddad

Director, Division for Multilateral Diplomacy, UNITAR

Mr. El-Haddad leads the Multilateral Diplomacy Division of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. His work focuses on supporting governments, decision-makers, multilateral negotiators and the numerous negotiating groups that use diplomacy and negotiation as tools for defending the national interest in a complex context.
As the key interlocutor with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Ministries leading international negotiations of the 193 Member States, Mr. El-Haddad adheres, in his daily job, to the purposes and values of the United Nations that aim at developing friendly relations amongst nations by disseminating a culture that celebrates negotiation and enlightened decision-making for the peaceful settlement of disputes. Throughout his career Mr. El-Haddad has closely worked with the governing bodies and intergovernmental machinery of the United Nations and the presidencies and heads of negotiating groups of key global negotiations related to climate change, trade, human rights, sustainable development and peace and security. Mr. El-Haddad was also involved in numerous capacity-strengthening projects that shaped the Organisation’s transformative global agenda and enabled member states to foster an environment of collaboration for overcoming challenges on a global scale. Mr. El-Haddad holds Lebanese and Swiss citizenship. He is fluent in French, Arabic and English and holds a “Diplôme D’études Approfondies” (DEA) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic and European Law from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.”

Dr. Samir El-Hefnawy

Vice President Business Development | Middle East & North Africa, Emerald Group

Dr. Samir El-Hefnawy is currently the Vice President of Business Development in MENA region, leading Emerald Publishing Services and supporting Research and Universities to get their publications well managed and presented. Samir has more than 22 years of work experience, holds MBA and PhD , he’s a certified clinical pharmacist in Egypt and have been an active analyst and researcher across different disciplines, including Higher Education, Economics, Strategy, Foresights, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

Mr. Andrew Clubb

Vice President, Product, McGraw-Hill | International Group

Andrew Clubb joined McGraw-Hill Education as Vice President of Technical Product Management in May 2014. Since then he has worked with digital platforms for the International & Professional divisions in numerous regions around the globe. His passion for digital product development on an international scale has taken him to jobs based in various continents including the US and Asia, with roles ranging from technology, sales and product management. Andrew’s portfolio also includes freelancing as a Digital Publishing Consultant at Andrew Clubb Consulting Ltd and 15 years at Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

Prof. Hossam Badrawi,

Chairman, Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education & Development, Egypt

Prof Hamdy Abdelaziz,

Dean of the School of e-Education, HBMSU

Prof Ahmed Ankit,

Dean of Research and Doctoral Studies, HBMSU

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