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)

  Keynote Speakers


Ali Jaber

Dean, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication at American University of Dubai (AUD)
Group TV Director, Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, MBC

Congress Main Keynote Speaker

Born in Lebanon in 1961, Mr. Jaber completed his Bachelors in Business Administration at the American University of Beirut in 1984 before going on to earn his Master's degree in Communications at Syracuse University in the US in 1986. Upon returning to Beirut, Ali joined the Fine Arts faculty of Beirut University College. There he helped set up their Broadcasting Department and for eight years taught a range of courses in television production. Concurrently, Ali worked as a Journalist covering the war in Lebanon and Iraq between the years 1987 to 1999, he was the correspondent of New York Times and The Times of London between 1989 and 1994, and Chief Correspondent for Lebanon and Syria for the German Press Agency (DPA) from 1987 to 1999. In 1992 he was approached by then Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and was asked to set up, from the ground up, a privately owned pan-Arab television station. Ali founded and managed what later became Future TV till 2003. While with Future, Ali oversaw the building of Future’s satellite broadcast and also started and managed a youth-oriented sister channel, Zen TV, which he ran for five years.

In 2004, he was approached by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and brought in as a consultant to head Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), to revamp and re-launch its seven national and pan-Arab satellite channels. In 2006, after 2 years in which Ali successfully managed to restructure the channels’ on-air branding and their content as well as re-organize the company’s out of date management structure, Ali was appointed DMI’s managing Editor.  Working closely with now UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, DMI’s Board Members and the Chairman of Dubai’s governmental organizations, his responsibilities are wide-ranging and have grown to include the development of the media sector in the UAE.

In 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum instructed Ali to set up a Communication School at  the American University of Dubai.  In July 2008 Ali was named Dean of Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication (MBRSC) and this year MBRSC graduates fifty students with degrees in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. One of the unique characteristics of the School is that it teaches all media writing courses in the Arabic language and its curricula focuses on Digital Media and Multi-platform Storytelling. In 2011 Ali was approached by Middle East media leader, MBC Group for a different type of challenge - this time in front of the camera, as a judge for the internationally mega-successful format, “Arabs Got Talent”. The show was a ratings hit, and raised the profile of MBC 4 to the #2 channel in the region.

 During that same year, and in parallel, Ali closed a deal with MBC to become Group TV Director of MBC’s 20 channels. In that capacity, and as of October 2011, Ali oversees content planning, acquisition, and programming for all the Group’s general entertainment and niche channels. Ali Jaber serves on the Dubai government Council for Design and Fashion, he also helped set up thenon-governmental organization: Young Arab Leaders (YAL) and was on the Advisory Board of American University of Beirut, School of Architecture and Design, in Beirut, Lebanon. Ali currently spearheads the Dubai government initiative the set up the Dubai School of Design in association with Massachussets  Institute of Technology (MIT) and the New York based Parsons school of design and Fashion.  Ali is also the goodwill ambassador for Sanad, the home hospice organization in Lebanon which offers free physical, psychological and spiritual support for terminally ill patients.


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Dr. Timothy Mescon

Senior Vice President and Chief Officer of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Headquarters for AACSB International

Quality and Business Management Conference Keynote Speaker

Timothy S. Mescon is senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for AACSB International. In this capacity, Mescon and his team currently support over 389 members and 112 accredited schools throughout EMEA. Mescon and his team opened the EMEA Office in January 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Mescon is President Emeritus of Columbus State University in Georgia, where he served for 6 ½ years.  Prior he was the dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Coles College of Business, with more than 6,000 students and 160 full-time faculty holds both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International. In 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 Columbus State was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 Public Comprehensive Universities in the South. In 2013& 2014, online graduate programs in business and education were named among the top 35 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.  He served as a Trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Georgia Trend Magazine named Mescon one of the 100 most influential Georgians.

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Dr. Ahmad Al-Nuseirat

Coordinator-General for Dubai Government Excellence Program

Quality and Business Management Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ahmad Al-Nuseirat is a world class expert and one of the few prominent references in building and improving excellence in the government sector in Dubai, UAE and the Middle East.  Dr. Al-Nuseirat holds A PhD in Training and organizational performance management from Cardiff University in UK. Dr. Al-Nuseirat has effectively participated in the establishment, leading and managing the operations and activities of Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP), the first integrated program for government excellence in the world launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1997. He started his career at DGEP as the program's Senior Advisor and he is currently holding the position of the General Coordinator of the program at the Executive Council of Dubai Government. Dr. Al-Nuseirat supervises conducting the customer satisfaction and mystery shopper studies for Dubai Government and has established the first central customer e-complaint system in Dubai Government. On the Arab regional level, he held the position of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Arab Management since its establishment in 2001 and until 2007. He was also a Board Member in Dubai Institute for Human Resources Development. Dr. Al-Nuseirat is a competent speaker and mentor in the area of government excellence, human resources, organizational development, quality and knowledge management. He always addresses his audience in an active, interesting and motivational approach, his presentations are always realistic, practical and full of life examples reflecting his vast experience in the organizational development area.He is the Chief Editor of Resalat Al-Tamayuz (Excellence Message), a periodical published by the Executive Council of Dubai specialized in the area of quality management and organizational excellence. Dr. Al-Nuseirat is also very active on Twitter and a well known followed figure in this cyber space. Dr. Al-Nuseirat was recognized by several UAE and Regional Institutions and Entities such as Ajman Government Excellence Program. In 2013, Dr. Al-Nuseirat has been awarded the Kano Medal for Excellence Catalysts in recognition to his effective efforts in spreading quality culture in UAE and the Middle East.

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Steven Duggan

Director, Worldwide Education Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Member of the Governing Board - UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

Smart Learning Conference Keynote Speaker

Steven Duggan is a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. An Irish national, he currently holds the position of Director, Worldwide Education Strategy for Microsoft Corporation, based in Seattle, USA. He serves on the executive board of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global partnership and as industry representative on a variety of educational bodies and partnerships, including the Matuto: Literacy For Life partnership and the Collaborative Assessment Alliance. A former Head of English, he is a passionate educator with a particular interest in the needs of underserved learners and communities. The writer and presenter of the documentary feature The First Mile (RGI Films, 2014) his views on education have featured in press and radio and in a variety of publications, most recently as a contributor to ‘Towards A New End: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’ (Michael Fullan, Maria Edgeworthy, 2014).


Gard Titlestad

Secretary General of International Council for Distance Education (ICDE)

Smart Learning Conference Keynote Speaker

Gard Titlestad joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers; the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, and before that also the ministers for labour affairs and ministers for IT. Gard’s focus was on Nordic cooperation in education, research and innovation and the so called knowledge triangle, and in particular the role of universities. Under his guidance, major initiatives were taken within research and design including a top level research initiative targeted towards climate change and the sustainable economy, and within education the new Nordplus programme Nordic eScience, and development of cooperation on high capacity networks and supercomputing in the Baltic Sea area. Gard was also active in facilitating policy initiatives for new welfare models and in cooperation within health. Before joining the Nordic Council of Ministers, Gard served as Research Counsellor for Norway in Brussels, Belgium, facilitating Norwegian participation in European cooperation, including on Information Society initiatives. He participated in the executive team of the Norwegian delegation to the European Union. His experience from international cooperation on research and development and IT spans many areas from concrete cooperation within cancer research, major developments on the oceans, to broad Information Society initiatives. In 1999‐2001, Gard served as a senior official in the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society in the Information Society Project Office and later in the Department for International Affairs, also working on horizontal issues with other Directorate Generals. Before leaving Norway for international positions, Gard worked for the Norwegian Government in several development and research agencies: the Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population‐based Cancer Research, the Norwegian Agency Directorate for Governmental Readjustment, and the Norwegian Centre for Informatics in Health and Social Care.


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Professor Hilary Godwin

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA School of Public Health

Health and Environment Conference Keynote Speaker

Professor Godwin joined the UCLA faculty in 2006 and is currently a Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  She currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1989 and a Ph.D. Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in 1994. She conducted postdoctoral research from 1994-1996 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, where she was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. Prior joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Godwin was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she was an Assistant Professor (1996-2000), Associate Professor (2000-2006), Associate Chair (2003-2004), and Chair (2004-2006) of Chemistry.  She has served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (2007-2008) and previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs (2008-2011) in the School of Public Health at UCLA as well as Faculty Director for the Global Bio Lab at UCLA (2009-2011 and 2013-2014).  Dr. Godwin has received several awards, including a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Toxicology New Investigator Award, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor from 2002-2006 and was elected as a fellow of the AAAS in 2009.  Dr. Godwin is a Luskin Scholar and is coPI and Director for Education and Outreach Activities for the University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology.  Dr. Godwin's research focuses on elucidating the molecular toxicology of engineered nanomaterials and development of assays for detection and analysis of infectious diseases. She collaborates with Professor Tim Malloy in the UCLA School of Law on the development and analysis of new approaches to nanoregulatory policy and assessment of alternatives for hazardous substances and with Professors Tom Smith, Brian Cole, and Kevin Njabo on assessing the impacts of deforestation and conservation on indigenous populations in Cameroon.  She also works actively with organizations and community groups both locally and internationally to prepare for and diminish the impact of climate change on public health.


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Eng. Aisha Al Abdooli

Chief Innovation Officer | Director of Environmental Education & Awareness, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Health and Environment Conference Keynote Speaker

Eng. Aisha Al Abdooli has over 15 years of experience in different fields such as green development, sustainable development and green economy, in addition to her skills in developing policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks in air quality, climate change adaptation, and waste and chemicals management. Aisha worked in managing BOOT and PPP projects in sewerage infrastructure, sewage treatment plants and waste management projects and managing EPCM firms to ensure the implementation of construction environmental and social management plan (CESMP) in aluminum industry as well as the execution of project construction in compliance with applicable environmental standards. She currently takes the role of both Director of Environmental Awareness and Education, and Director of Air Quality at the Ministry, in addition to her role as Chief Innovation Officer since March 2016 at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (formerly known as UAE Ministry of Environment and Water). Aisha is also responsible for developing national strategies and coordinating the implementation of programs for enhancing environmental awareness and air quality across the country. As a Director for Green Development at the Ministry, Aisha was responsible for developing national green development policies and strategies, and regulatory frameworks for transformation to green economy and also developed the necessary policies for the private sector contribution in green development. Aisha holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from the British University in Dubai and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. Her dissertation was about preparing an action plan for sustainable procurement of the public projects in general and infrastructure projects in particular.