IGD Conference Speakers
United Arab Emirates
Dr Ali Almehaidib is a consultant within the section of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition ,Department of Pediatrics, King Faisal Specialist Hospital AND Research Center (KFSH&RC) ,Riyadh,Saudi Arabia. He is the founder of the Saudi Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship program . He is currently the Secretary General of the Saudi Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology,Hepatology and Nutrition. He is a regular speaker at various conferences and delivers lectures on issues related to nutrition and diseases in pediatrics. He has over40 publications. DrAlmehaidib obtained his MBBS from King Saud University ,Riyadh ,Saudi Arabia and his residency at Kinf Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center ,Riyadh. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Montreal Children Hospital, McGill Univesity, Canada.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Amita Attlee is currently appointed as Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at the College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah. She has University teaching experience of nearly 20 years in India and UAE. She served as the CN&D department Chair from 2009-2014. She has contributed substantially to the curriculum development, program accreditation, students’ academic advising, supervision and organization of nutrition related health promotion activities in the community. She has published scientific articles in per-reviewed international journals and has been an invited speaker in several conferences. Her areas of research interest include epidemiological and nutritional aspects of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly obesity; nutritional assessment and intervention in different physiological groups and clinical conditions. Before joining the University of Sharjah, she worked as a Regional Technical Head in a Dubai based leading International Wellness Organization wherein she represented the Middle East Region for technical support to the company.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Zakariya Al-Salam, Consultant Neonatologist, Head, Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology, Oasis Hospital, Al Ain, UAE since June 2015. He interested in hemodynamics, research, evidence based practice, training, education and quality. Dr. Zakariya conducts clinical research and database review and epidemiological study. He is a peer reviewer and member of advisory boards of scientific journals. Before moving to UAE, he was the Head of Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee at Prince Sultan Military Medical City. He also holds paediatric board (Arab, Saudi, Jordanian, MRCPCH) and Fellowship of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Master of Paediatrics (Basic Sciences) - University of Alberta-Canada and FRCPCH (UK). His main mission now is to establish new level three NICU.
Dr.Fawaz finished medical school at Faculty of Medicine ,Kuwait University (MBBS) then went to Canada to obtain residency in Pediatrics at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia,Canada,then Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition fellowship at University of Alberta,Canada.Furthermore,Dr.AlRefaee he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).He is having special interest in celiac disease,nutrition,functional GI diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).Dr.AlRefaee is a member of many national and international societies like north American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition( NASPGHAN),Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) and others.
Associated professor Nutrition & Metabolism, Nutrition and food science department, King saud university Saudi Arabia. Member of Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah Chair for Biomarkers Research on Osteoporosis.2011 to date, King Saud University. Have more than 34 publications in ISI international journal with high impact factors Advisor and external examiner for Master and Doctoral Degrees students. Member of Saudi Charitable Association of Diabetes 2012 to date. Member of editorial board of diabetes world magazine Member for diabetes education in wegayah programme, Diabetes Charity Association
Dr. Beasley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at New York University. She trained in nutrition at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has also been faculty for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Certificate in Weight Management program for the past three years. Her research focuses on understanding the role of nutrition in chronic disease prevention, particularly in refining recommendations regarding the protein needs of older adults and furthering the understanding of the role of nutrition in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in diverse populations.
Layla Agha is a Kuwaiti professional Senior Dietitian.Specialized in Diabetes, Eating Behavior Modification, sport, Down Syndrome, and internal Tube Feeding nutrition.Honored By His Highness the Amir (Jaber Al-Subah) for Excellency Student’s achievement in 2000, also in Sep. 2016 as one of most influential Kuwaiti personalities at “أThe Mountain Top” event.Established the 1st specialized diabetics therapy and education program and out-patient clinic in Kuwait. Hold MSc. (Scotland -2009), BSc.'s (USA- 2005), and Higher Diploma (Kuwait – 2000) in Dietetics and Health. Started as Trainer of dietitians and assistances in Kuwait-2006, and in Sultanate of Oman since 2015. Has been a member of several voluntary teams. Author of "Nutrition balance of diabetes" in April 2014, and “Eating Behaviour Modification Situations and Solutions” August 2017. Elected as a member of Safety and dangerous Committee (Nov. 2015). Prepared and presented four nutrition health programs at Kuwait broadcasting since 2013.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Lori Maria Walton currently works as an Associate Professor at University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates. She graduated from the Andrews University physical therapy program in 1995, completed a clinical doctorate from Creighton University in 2005, and a PhD from NSU in fall 2012. She is currently pursuing a MPH with emphasis in Maternal and Fetal Health from Johns Hopkins University in USA. Dr. Walton’s research is focused on international maternal and fetal health programs, specifically in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has published over twenty-five peer reviewed journal articles and has presented at state, national, and international conferences on the subject of maternal and fetal health and development in physical therapy and public health.
Dr. Walton has over 9 years of experience in teaching and research and 19 years of experience as a clinical physical therapist. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta, honor society for international scholars, since 2010 and has developed research collaborations in several international locations. She is a member of the International Spinal Cord Injury Association and American Physical Therapy Association, a Board Member for Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, and a Consult for the Center of Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed in Dhaka, Savar, Bangladesh (www.crp-bangladesh.org). She currently participates in pro bono physical therapy work in the local region on a weekly basis and international volunteer work for vulnerable populations across the world. Dr. Walton’s current research agenda involves work with maternal and child refugee populations and resultant neurobiological adaptations under toxic stress conditions
'My research focuses on understanding ‘normal’ child development in a variety of contexts, particularly in the development novel, scalable tools to measure neurodevelopment in young children. Towards this, I have developed the OX-NDA, the INTER-NDA and the INTERGROWTH-21st Neurodevelopment Package through my collaborations with the University Federal de Pelotas in Brazil, the INTERGROWTH-21st Project and the INTERBIO-21st Study. I am a practicing pediatrician in the UK and hold dual academic appointments at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford. I also hold honorary advisory positions in early child development with the WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Najah Zaaeed is an instructor in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition, at Falk College Syracuse University, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Promotion & Wellness, and the department of Counseling and Psychological Services and School of Education, at SUNY Oswego. Najah earned adoctoratefrom Loma Linda University and a masters of social work and executive masters of public administration from Syracuse University. Najah’s interest includeexamining the intersections of social determinants of health and quality of life, among refugees, immigrants, elderly, persons with special needs and women and children populations.
Ms Najat Mokhtar is from Morocco. She has a PhD in
Nutrition and Public Health from Laval University in
Canada and has a doctorate in food sciences from the
University of Dijon in France. She has done her postdoctoral
training at Johns Hopkins University, USA. She
worked as University Professor and Research Director
at the University Ibn Tofail in Morocco for more than
20 years. She was a Technical Officer at IAEA (2001-
2007) in Vienna, Austria. From 2008-2012, she was the
Director of Science and Technology at the Hassan II
Academy of Science and Technology in Morocco where
she coordinated the national strategy on Education
and Research. She is currently the Director of Technical
Cooperation for Asia and the Pacific region at the IAEA.
Throughout her professional career, she has contributed to the publication of several books and peer reviewed publications and she worked as a consultant for various organizations and national and international institutions (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, WFP, USAID, WHO, UNICEF, FAO). She was mandated by the Moroccan government as national coordinator to develop "National Nutrition Strategy in Morocco 2011-2019", including training, education and research. In March 2011, she was elected President of the Moroccan Society of Nutrition.
PattaneeWinichagoon: PhD (Nutrition, major International Nutrition), Cornell University, USA. She was a Deputy Director (2003-2007) and teaching in graduate program in nutrition and dietetics (national and international) at Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University.She has led several field studies onefficacy of micronutrientinterventions among reproductive-aged&pregnant women, infants&children. She is activelyinvolved in capacity building and research in the use of stable isotopes for assessing body composition and human milk intake, with technical support from IAEA. Most research is in collaborations with internationally renowned scientists in Europe, New Zealand, USA, Asia. She served as a short term consultant for UN and international agencies in the neighboring countries.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Zakariya Al-Salam, Consultant Neonatologist, Head, Department of Paediatrics and Neonatology and Medical Director of Ain Al Khaleej Hospital, Al Ain-UAE He has special interest in hemodynamics, research, evidence based practice, training, education and quality. Dr. Zakariya conducts clinical research and database review and epidemiological study. He is a peer reviewer and member of advisory boards of scientific journals. Before moving to UAE, he was the Head of Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship program and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee at Prince Sultan Military Medical City. He also holds paediatric board (Arab, Saudi, Jordanian, MRCPCH) and Fellowship of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Master of Paediatrics (Basic Sciences) - University of Alberta-Canada and FRCPCH (UK).
Researcher to the Iuliu Hatieganu, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca, Romania Studies: master degree in Biology, Al.I Cuza University of Iasi, Romania master degree in personalized nutrition, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy course of specialization in Nutrigenomics, University of Florence, Italy course of specialization in antiaging medicine, AMIA, Italy main research interest: personalized nutrition based on DNA profile and ketogenic diet 2014-2015, Maria Vranceanu was a lector to the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health, Astana, Republica KHAZAKSTAN and she taught the course: Nutrition in epilepsy and other neurodegenerative diseases
Lagrange joined USDEC in 1996 as director working on Latin America, Asia, global applications and then worked as director international ingredient programs. In 2004 was named Vice President of Strategic Research and Business Development. In 2012, she was named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Insights. She plans and supervises strategic research, nutrition and technical support projects conducted in over 15 countries by the U.S. Dairy Export Council. She works on a daily basis with U.S. ingredient suppliers, international manufacturers, multinationals and research institutions. Lagrange leads USDEC’s business development program for food aid and emerging countries, with a focus on the prevention of stunting. Prior to joining the Council, Lagrange worked for 8 years for an international consulting firm specializing in the business-to-business marketing of ingredients. Earlier in her career she consulted for dairy companies and associations in Europe. Véronique has a BS and MS in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, a nutrition degree from Ecole de Medecine Paris V, France, and completed the course requirements for the doctorate in Engineering Management at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Poh Bee Koon is Professor of Nutrition at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her research areas focus on childhood and adolescent nutrition, in the areas of body composition, physical activity and energy metabolism. She is Principal Investigator for South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS) in Malaysia and ToyBox Study Malaysia. Prof Poh is a panel member of the Malaysian Health Professions Act 2016 (Nutrition Profession), and was involved in formulation of Malaysian Recommended Nutrient Intakes (2017) and Malaysian Dietary Guidelines (2010). Prof Poh is Associate Editor for the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, and has published more than 100 journal articles.