تحت الرعاية الكريمة لمعالي الشيخ نهيان مبارك آل نهيان– وزير التسامح
Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan - Minister of Tolerance

IGD Conference Speakers

Dr. Abdulla Mohammed Abdulla Shehab

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abdulla Shehab is the President of the Emirates Society of Cardiology, chairman of the Arab board cardiology fellowship training and examination committee in Arab countries 2010 until present. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, and a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Al Ain and AlNoor Hospitals. Dr. Abdulla Shehab is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology, Royal college of physicians UK, American college of physician, Society of cardiac of angiography and intervention, society of cardiac CT and Gulf Heart Association Dr. Shehab has published numerous articles within the area of acute coronary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Ali Ibrahim M Al Mehaidib

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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.

DR. AMITA ATTLEE

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.

Mr. Amjad Hasan Amin Jarrar

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Jarrar has a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition and Food from Applied Science University/Jordan and Jordan University. His professional experience includes 15 years as an instructor in two universities, more than 10 years as sport nutrition consultants in Abu Dhabi sport clubs, more than 4 years as a supervisor in nutrition and food science labs and two years as hospital nutritionist. He has published 9 articles in Peer Reviewed Journals. His research interests include sport nutrition, metabolic syndrome, and glycemic index.

PROF. Andrew Peter Hills

Australia

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. Antonios Zampelas

Greece

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

Dr. Arwa Ahmed Al Modwahi Bustami

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Arwa Al Modwahi is working for the Department of Health at the Public Health Department. Since she joined DOH in 2008, she managed projects that have an impact on improving the Public Health of Abu Dhabi Community. She has an MD degree and a Master of Public Health in Nutrition with Honors from UC Berkeley. Dr. Al Modwahi working experience varied, as she was a Medical Doctor in Syria & Yemen. Researcher for the Bixby program at UC Berkeley, and the Patient & Family Education Leader at Al Noor Hospital. Her work presented in conferences and TV medical shows.

Ms. Ayda Abdulla Saif Ahmed Al Blooshi

United Arab Emirates

Ayda Abdulla Al Bloushi, Senior Community Nutritionist with Bachelor degree in food technology and nutrition from United Arab Emirates University. I am working Community Nutrition Department- Nutrition Education Unit, for almost 13 years, conducting lectures for the community with different age groups, implementing awareness programs, writing articles in scientific magazines and internet websites, design nutrition cards and writing scientific material to educate the government staff in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi by emails. I have got Staff reward and recognition award certificate – Tawam Hospital – Al Ain, Member in the National Committee for Nutrition to reduce saturated fats and salt and distance from Trans fats, Participation in the biggest loser program, for the students, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain.

DR. Ayesha Salem Obaid Salem Al Dhaheri

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 United Arab Emirates University and other international universities.

Prof. Basma Ellahi

Austria

Basma Ellahi is Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester. Having spent nine years in senior management roles, developing and leading initiatives in nutrition and health subjects Basma’s focus is international research and she directs and employs a number of researchers in her Public Health Nutrition Group. Her research areas include diabetes management, older adults and portion size control in south Asians. Basma works actively in the development of early career researchers in Nutrition and the training of nutritionists. She is a member of both the African Nutrition and Pakistani Nutrition and Dietetics Societies and is presently Deputy Chair for the Association for Nutrition Accreditation Committee.

Prof. Bassima Hussein Schbley

United States of America

Dr. Bassima Schbley holds the MSW Degree from Newman University located in Wichita, Kansas and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Utah (2004). Dr. Schbley is a tenured Associate Professor in the Social Work Department, MSW Program Director (since August 2015) and Department Chair at Washburn University. Dr. Schbley has been a full-time faculty member at Washburn University since August 2003. During the last 13 years at Washburn University, Dr. Schbley has taught courses across the BSW and MSW Curriculum including Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Micro and Macro Human Behavior, Clinical Social Work Practice with Geriatric Populations, International Social Work Practice, Clinical Social Work and Spirituality, Clinical Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations, and Practicum Seminar. Dr. Schbley developed and implemented social work courses in Gerontology, Multicultural Social Work, and International Social Work. Dr. Schbley has extensive experience working with the Wichita, Kansas School System as an administrator for VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) and AmeriCorps. She also provided clinical services to children and their families at TFI (Family Guidance Center). Dr. Schbley served as an officer for five years in the United States Reserves. She provided clinical services to soldiers and their families. She also provided training on Islam and Middle Eastern cultures. Dr. Schbley has conducted quantitative and qualitative research in several countries including Lebanon. Some of her research focuses on the practice of polygyny in Islamic and Middle Eastern countries, social work practice with Arab Muslim women living in Western societies, attitudes toward Muslim Lebanese women in religious resurgence, and socioeconomic factors in menopaUnited States of Americal women’s use of hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Schbley co -authored and continues to co-research with scholars from other universities in the area of maternal healthcare in Bangladesh and gender equity, Muslim women’s culture and implications for education, health, and empowerment, socio-economic barriers to maternal health in Bangladeshi women, Gender Equity Theory, and maternal mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh.

Dr Carine Platat

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. Carla Habib Mourad, PhD, LD

Lebanon

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.

Dr. Entesar E F S Al Shami

Kuwait

Pediatrician specialized in nutrition, worked in Food & Nutrition Administration, Ministry of Health since 2002, as the head of nutrition education department. Graduated from faculty of medicine, Kuwait, she was granted two diploma with distinction in ""Child Health"" from University College Dublin in 1987, and in ""Community Nutrition"", from the Nutrition Institute in Cairo with collaboration of Netherlands government. In 2003 she was granted the Master Degree in Nutritional Science (by Thesis), Massey University, PN, New-Zealand, With Honors. Participated in several researches and published several scientific papers on nutrition and child health. Since 2016 delegated to work as Director of Food Security Administration, in Kuwait Public Authority for Food and Nutrition PAFN.

Dr. Eslam Mohamed Saleh Korashy Tawfik

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Eslam T. El-Baroudy is A.Professor and Consultant of Pediatrics at faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, currently, works at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE where he runs the Feeding Clinic and attends to children and babies with feeding difficulties, failure to thrive & nutritional behavioural disorders. Dr. El-Baroudy is a graduate of Cairo University where he obtained his Master degree (M.Sc.) and Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) “Clinical Ph.D.” degree in General Paediatrics, also he obtained his Paediatric Fellowship from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH), London (UK). Dr. El-Baroudy is an International Member of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and he is an International board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Also he is an international instructor of the Paediatric Fundamentals Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course accredited by the American Society of Critical Care Medicine (ASCCM). In addition to his long experience dealing with feeding and nutritional problems, he has an interest in diagnosis and management of allergic and asthmatic patients and a special interest in renal diseases especially of the metabolic nature and he has published in all these aspects in reputable journals. Finally, Dr. Eslam ElBaroudy is the founder and the President of the Annual International Paediatric Summit Congress (IPS)

Ms. Farah Fouad Hillou

United Arab Emirates

Farah Hillou is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Canada, as well as with the Commission of Dietetic Registration, USA. She earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Nottingham, UK and her postgraduate degrees in dietetics and community nutrition from McGill University, Canada. Farah has been involved in academia for the past seven years, instructing nutrition and dietetics students in a variety of clinical and public health nutrition courses, in addition to supervising internship students and participating in several research projects and. Farah has also worked in corporate health and wellness, where she continues to provide nutrition consultancy to several entities including companies and media. Farah’s strong interest in integrating environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors in addressing physiological imbalances and root causes of chronic disease and has led her to seek Certification as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner (USA).

Dr. Fawaz A M A A Al Refaee

Kuwait

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.

Dr. Habiba Isse Ali

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.

Dr. Haleemah Hassan Saleh Al Sabah

United Arab Emirates

Haleama Al Sabbah is an Associate Professor and Chair of Health Sciences Department at Zayed University in Dubai. 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 doctoral scholarship 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.

Dr. Hanan Abdullah A Alfawaz

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hanan Al Fawaz 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 Primary investigator in research project entitled “A Study on the Prevention of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 through Lifestyle Modification in Saudis with Impaired Fasting glucose”. 12-MED 2881-02. National Science, Technology and innovation (NPST) Plan Project.

Dr. Ihab Hamdy Mohamed Tewfik Youssef

United Kingdom

Dr Ihab Tewfik is a registered Public Health Nutritionist (London, UK) with expertise in sustainable public health intervention programmes. He is one of the pioneers in optimising tailored functional recipes (TFR) that employ locally available food ingredients to produce model recipes. These evidenced based nutrient-dense recipes are affordable, sustainable and currently utilised in intervention programmes in developing countries to modulate some health complications (School children optimum growth, Cancer patients and HIV/AIDS). The focuses of these nutrition interventions stretch-out to circumvent the knowledge gaps and enhance capacity building in order to sustain an accessible food based solutions to most vulnerable population.

Dr. Jeannette M. Beasley

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.

Dr. Khalid Ali S Al Madani

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Laura Fernández Celemín

Belgium

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.

Dr. Layla Hussain Agha Abbas

Kuwait

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.

Dr. Laila Obaid Qambar Obaid

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Laila Obaid, Consultant neonatologist, division Chief, chair of neonatal service committee. Ex program director of ACGMEI pediatric residency rogram. Completed the Pediatrics residency and fellowship training in Canada, Alberta and received the fellowship of the Royal College of physician in Canada for general Pediatrics and neonatology and the fellowship certification of the American academy of Pediatrics. Completed a Medical science Master degree, in neonatal hypoxia reaoxygentaion injury. Canada. Special interest in evidence based neonatal care and pediatric medical education and published multiple research articles.

DR. LEILA CHEIKH ISMAIL

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Lori Maria Walton

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

Ms. Marie Vranceanu

Italy

Ms. Maria Vranceanu is a Nutritionist, expert nutrigenomics and antiaging medicine. Ceo and founder MAVDIET. Researcher to the Iuliu Hatieganu, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca, Romania. 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

Dr. Mahmoud Saleh El Halik

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mahmoud graduated from, Egypt/Alexandria in 1983, and then got Diploma of Child Health (DCH) from Ireland followed by Arab Board of Medical Specializations in Pediatrics. He is also International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Regional Neonatal Resuscitation program (NRP) Instructor / Mentor, International Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Member of the European Society for Neonatology (ESN) and Emirates Medical Association (EMA). Dr. Elhalik is currently Head of Pediatric Department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Latifa Hospital in addition to his post as the Head of the Healthcare Informatics Unit. Dr. Elhalik is also a Tutor of Pediatrics and Neonatology in Dubai Residency Program. Moreover, he is chairing and co-chairing different hospital committees such as the “NICU Infection Control Task Force”, Antibiotics Stewardship committee, Disaster Steering committee and Baby Friendly Hospital Working Group.

Prof. Michal Grivna

United Arab Emirates

Prof. Michal Grivna is a leading expert in injury control and safety promotion. He played a leading role in activities of the European Child Safety Alliance and implementation of WHO Safe Community Program. Prof. Grivna´s research included topics related to school traffic safety, bicycle related injuries, baby walker injuries, child vehicle occupant protection, playground injuries, trauma registration and other public health issues. He is collaborating as a consultant with various public health and preventive medicine institutions in the United Arab Emirates and abroad, including Department of Health Abu Dhabi and Dubai Health Authority. He was a team leader for preparing a profile of child injuries in the United Arab Emirates for the SafeKids Worldwide, an international non-governmental organization focusing on injury prevention in children. He is currently a mentor of young scientists in WHO Violence and Injury Prevention Mentorship Program. In October 2017 he received an International Safe Community Distinguished Career Award. He is a member of several Scientific Committees and Associations (eg. International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (ISCAIP), International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSPP), Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), European Public Health Association (EUPHA), International Epidemiological Association (IEA) etc.

Dr. Michelle Caroline Fernandez


Dr. Michelle Fernandez has a 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.

Dr. Mirey Karavetian

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.

Dr. Mohamed El Sadig

United Arab Emirates

Prof. Nahla Houalla

Lebanon

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.

Dr. Najah Mohammad Mohammad


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 a doctorate from Loma Linda University and a masters of social work and executive masters of public administration from Syracuse University. Najah’s interest include examining the intersections of social determinants of health and quality of life, among refugees, immigrants, elderly, persons with special needs and women and children populations.

Dr. Najat Mokthar

Austria

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, United States of America. 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.

Prof. Nasser Mohammed N Al Daghri

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.

Prof. Omayma Mohyel Din Sabir

United Arab Emirates

Prof Omayma Sabir, Sudanese Pediatrician, Graduated from Faculty of Medicine University of Khartoum 1986, Continued her post graduate study in UK, where she got her fellowship in Medicine and Pediatrics on 1997. She was a consultant in UK for 11 years before she returned home and she was the founder of the Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition as a recognized subspecialty in Sudan. She is interested in the Gum Arabic, which she has been studying and researching for the last 10 years, her work on GA and Diarrhea in children was awarded distinction at the ESPGHAN in London 2013.

Dr. Osama Kamel Ali Allala

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.

Dr. Pattanee Winichagoon

Thailand

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.

Prof. Poh Bee Koon

Malaysia

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. Raghib Ali

United Arab Emirates

Director of the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi Dr Raghib Ali is the Director of the Public Health Research Center at New York University Abu Dhabi and Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Global Public Health, New York University. He is also a Clinical Epidemiologist in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford; an Honorary Consultant in Acute Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital. His main research interests are the etiology, prevention & treatment of non-communicable diseases in Middle Eastern and South Asian populations. He is the Principal Investigator for the UAE healthy Future Study, the first prospective cohort study in the UAE investigating risk factors for obesity, diabetes and Cardiovascular disease in 20,000 adults. He is also the principal investigator for a number of clinical trials and epidemiological studies in the UK India ever study looking at risk factors for colorectal cancer. He graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1999 and also has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London.

Dr. Randha Muqbil M Al Qurashi

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ms. Razan Shwayhat

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Razan Shwayhat studied Nutrition and Food Processing at the University of Jordan. Equipped with the passion and knowledge in Food, Nutrition and Health Razan helped many people in United Arab Emirates and Jordan and reached larger number of people through the different kinds of media. Printed media such as Jordan Times Newspaper – Jordan, Lifestyle Magazine – Dubai, as for the TV Razan covered the nutrition segment in several program such as Finjan Qahwa and Asraroha at Dubai TV, Al Osra Al Asriya at Sama Dubai and at Ro’ya TV – Jordan producing and presenting cooking show, competition for weight loss. As for the radio, the program “Calories” at Mazaj Fm – Jordan provides daily applied tips about nutrition and health

Dr Samar Mahmoud Hassanin El Feky

Egypt

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 Youssef

Egypt

Prof. Sanaa Youssef Shaaban is a professor of Pediatrics in Ain Shams University Cairo Egypt.

Dr Seema Puri

India

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

Sudan

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.

Dr. Tippawan Pongcharoen

Thailand

Tippawan Pongcharoen is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand. She received a doctoral degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University, USA and participated in several trainings on dietary, anthropometric, and body composition assessment. She has experience in conducting research related to maternal and child nutrition. Her research emphasizes the influences of nutritional status, feeding practices and socio-demographic during early life on nutritional status, health, and functional outcomes later in life. She applies stable isotope techniques for assessing nutritional status and human milk intake in the research.

MS. WAFAA HELMI AYESH

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.

Dr. Yasmin Gamal Abdou El Gendy

Egypt

Dr. Yasmin Gamal is a Faculty of Medicine in Ain Shams University. Her Present Position is lecturer of Pediatrics and clinical nutrition. She has Membership of Professional Bodies from European society of enteral and parenteral nutrition, Egyptian Society of enteral and parenteral nutrition,, Board member and treasurer of Arab society of pediatric clinical nutrition, EPGN member, ENCA member, Ain Shams pediatric clinical society and Egyptian Society of Nutrition. Her Specific experience in the Nutrition work field is Member and moderator of the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit Children’s Hospital, Ain Shams University 2012- till present.

Dr. Zakariya Saleh A Al Salam

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.