IGD Conference Speakers
United Arab Emirates
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.
Andrew Hills was appointed Professor of Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania in 2016 having previously held the role of Professor of Allied Health Research at Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland. Andrew’s research examines the role of nutrition and physical activity in weight management. He is a Past-President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) and also a past Co-Director of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN). Andrew has published widely in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and health and with a range of age groups across the lifespan.
Prof. Antonis Zampelas is Professor in Human Nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece and Visiting Professor at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
He did his BSc in Food Science and Technology from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, his MSc degree in Food Science from the University of Reading, UK and his PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Surrey, UK.
He has been involved in numerous trials and projects related to the effects of diet on parameters influencing the development of cardiovascular diseases. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Hellenic Nutrition and Health Examination Survey and of the GRECO Study.
Professor Zampelas is editor-in chief of 2 Nutrition text books (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis), co-editor of other 2, co-author of 20 text-book chapters and contributed to 125 peer reviewed publications in international scientific journals
Chair of the Conference
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Ayesha Al Dhaheri is currently the Chairperson of the Nutrition and Health Department at the United Arab Emirates University. Dr. Al Dhaheri is also the Coordinator for MEFOODS and GULFOODS for FAO-Rome. Dr. Al Dhaheri also served as the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Nutrition from 2012-2015, where she worked to promote greater awareness in the prevention and treatment of nutrition related diseases. Dr. Al Dhaheri has conducted significant research in nutrition and has experience as a consultant in major research/projects in her field with national and international agencies such as MOH, HAAD, WHO, FAO, ICCIDD. As well as, she has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a Regional Facilitator for the introduction and dissemination of the WHO growth curves since February 2007. Dr. Ayesha is currently involved in supervising PhD students in the Nutritional Sciences PhD Program and Master Degree students from UAE University and other international universities.
United Arab Emirates
Dr Carine Platat has been working at the United Arab Emirates University, College of Food and Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Department since 2008. She has been conducting research in the fields of physical activity, energy metabolism, interaction of physical activity with diet, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory state. She is now particularly working on oxidative stress, related health conditions and functional ingredients. Her work was presented in several international events and published in international journals with good impact factor.
Dr. Habib Mourad is a Nutritionist and Dietitian with long years of experience in clinical and
community nutrition, with a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree in Nutrition from the
American University of Beirut, and a PhD degree from Durham University- UK.
In 1997 Dr. Habib Mourad became a pioneer in the Arab world as she started the first television program dedicated to nutrition on Future Television.
Dr. Habib Mourad is the scientific coordinator of Nestlé Healthy Kids Ajyal Salima for the Middle East Region and the behavior change expert advisor for the United for Healthier Kids movement.
She is a lecturer at the department of Nutrition at AUB and has launched her healthy food outlet Carla’s Good Food in 2009 in Lebanon.
She received in December, 2007 the Award for Outstanding Achievements in Nutrition Awareness and Education from the American University of Beirut.
United Arab Emirates
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.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Habiba Ali is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition and Health Department, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University. She is a Registered Dietitian (College of Dietitians of Ontario) and Certified Diabetes Educator (Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board). Dr. Habiba has special expertise in the area of nutrition education and diabetes education and has conducted numerous workshops on nutrition counseling for health professionals. She is a recipient of number of awards including Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for Medical Sciences and the United Arab Emirates University Faculty Research Publication Excellence Award and WHO’s WHO Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
United Arab Emirates
Haleama Al Sabbah is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in Public Health Nutrition. She completed her Ph.D in Public Health Nutrition (Medical Sciences) in 2008 from the Faculty of Medicine,/ Gent University, Belgium. She was awarded a doctoralscholarship from Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC). Her Ph.D study was part of the National Study of Palestinian Health Behaviors in School-aged Children (HBSC-2004). From 2011-2012, Haleama was a Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar and did Post-Doctoral studies in Public Health and Nutrition at Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Center,/ Tufts University, Boston, USA. From 2009 to 2013, she served as director of Public Health Department,/ Faculty of Medicine,/ An-Najah University, Palestine. Dr. Al Sabbah has published numerous articles in scientific journals and served as an editorial board member and reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. She has participated in many conferences, courses and research studies all over the world, including Europe, USA, Canada, West Africa and some Arab countries.
Haleama earned her first degree in Public Health Nutrition from the Faculty of Medicine/ Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 1990. She worked as a nutritionist in a number of hospitals in Amman, Jordan and then at Amman University. In 1995, she worked at the Red Crescent Society Maternity Hospital in Ramallah. In 1997, she was awarded a scholarship for postgraduate masters-level study in Public Health at the Community Health Institute, Birzeit University, Palestine. During her study at Birzeit University, she focused on Primary Health care. From 1998-2000, Haleama received another scholarship to study for a Master of Philosophy degree in International Community Health and Nutrition in the Faculty of Medicine at Oslo University, Norway. Her Master’s thesis title was “Diabetes Self-Management in Rural Palestinian Community”.
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
United States of America
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.
Director General – European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
Dr Laura Fernández Celemín holds a Diploma degree in dietetics & human nutrition and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Laura’s role as Director General of EUFIC includes deciding on the Nutrition and Food Safety strategy for EUFIC and the supervision of EUFIC activities in EU-funded research projects Laura has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, trade magazines and other specialised press. In addition, she has given numerous presentations about EUFIC, EUFIC’s consumer research as well as on results from EU-project research to various audiences. EUFIC communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet. More information on EUFIC’s communication materials can be found at www.eufic.org.
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
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
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
'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.
United Arab Emirates
Mirey Karavetian earned her degree in dietetics from American University of Beirut and her PhD in “Health Promotion in Medical Sciences” from Maastricht University, Netherlands. Her specialty is renal nutrition. Her clinical work and research focus directly on the management of renal failure.She is currently an Assistant Professor in Zayed University, UAE. Her research aims to advocate the role of a specialized dietitian in the Hemodialysis unit with cost effectiveness analysis: tackling both health care budget and patient outcomes, in Lebanon. She has shared her experience in national and international conferences.
Prof. Nahla Houalla is Professor of Human Nutrition and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. A pioneer of dietetics education nationally and regionally, her research responds to global nutritional challenges with focus on obesity, whereby she has published valuable highly-cited research. She spearheaded the Food Security Program at AUB, building capacity nationally and internationally. Her leadership extends beyond academia to putting nutrition at the forefront of the national agenda in Lebanon. Hwalla is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award by the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research and the 2014 Susan Bulkely Butler Leadership Excellence Award by the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition group at Purdue University, USA. She was recently honored as a woman leader at AUB and a research pioneer by the Lebanese parliament.
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.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Prof. Nasser Al-Daghri is Dean of the College of Science in King Saud University and Director of the Prince Mutaib Chair for Biomarkers of Osteoporosis. His research interests include vitamin D and chronic metabolic diseases. He is a recipient of several local and international scientific awards based from his more than 200 published works.
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Osama Kamal Alalla is currently a Specialist in Health and Physical Activities at the Ministry of Education. His work focuses on kinesiology and physiotherapy, while he is a certified International consultant and Lecturer in the areas of physical activity, obesity and health. His presentation will elaborate on the great importance of sports in securing good health and a healthy metabolism from a young age, while he will also address the role of sports in preventing and mitigating eating disorders.
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.
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.
Dr Samar ElFeky; Medical Officer in World Health Organization responsible for monitoring health system programmes planned the activities improve infection control and promote patient safety and health workforce protection in different levels and kinds of health care facilities. Dr ElFeky is a medical doctor worked in WHO, EMRO, and currently working in WHO Somalia to monitor health system programmes. Dr ElFeky received many national and international training in quality assurance and infection control and has a good experience in working in such field with many countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The training methodology will encompass lectures, group discussion, brain storming, and demonstration.
Prof. Sanaa Youssef Shaaban is a professor of Pediatrics in Ain Shams University Cairo Egypt.
Dr Seema Puri, PhD is Associate Professor in Nutrition at Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi with over 30 years of teaching and research experience. She has been conferred the Distinguished Services Award by the Geriatric Society of India in 2010 and for her significant contribution to Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014.
She has developed and implemented an Innovative Postgraduate Diploma programme in Health and Social Gerontology in Delhi University, one of the first in the country.
Her research interests include infant and young child nutrition, childhood obesity and NCDs, bone health and geriatric nutrition. She has guided the research of over 40 postgraduate and doctoral students and undertaken numerous research projects. She has several publications in reputed journals and books to her credit.
Dr Seema Puri has been a consultant for UNICEF, WHO (SEARO) and UN WFP. She was invited as Temporary Adviser to the World Health Organization (EMRO) for development of food based dietary guidelines.
She is the Vice President of the Indian Dietetic Association and also a member of several academic bodies e.g. South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN), International Federation of Home Economics, Nutrition Society of India.
Prof. Sidiga Abdelrahim Washi is a Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences/Community Nutrition and former Dean of the School of Family/Health Sciences at Ahfad University for Women-Sudan. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. She is currently the Director of the Quality Assurance and Institutional Assessment Office at Ahfad University for Women, Sudan. She is involved in scholarly teaching, curriculum development research and publications. She served in many leadership positions and was currently elected as the President of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE). Out side the country she worked at King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia and at the United Emirates Arab University in UAE. Prof.
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.
United Arab Emirates
Ms. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh is the one who planned for the activity. She Is the Director of Clinical Nutrition Department for Dubai Health Authority-Dubai. She has completed her B.Sc in Public Health/Nutrition from medical Allied Sciences Yarmouk University, Jordan in 1985 and thereafter done her Masters in Food Science and Nutrition from Clayton University, USA in 2003. She has also the European ESPEN Diploma from European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism - France on 8th September 2010.
Ms. Wafaa has set the Accredited Curriculum in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sharjah (Clinical Nutrition Department). Also is Adjunct and Advisory Board Member for Clinical Nutrition Department in University of Sharjah and Part-time lecturer from 2006 till date.
She is one of the Founders of SweetKidz Group 2003 in UAE. She is also one of the members in the DHA Committees for JCI Accreditation.
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.