David Lock has had a varied career in international higher education and university leadership. He is currently Education Director of Gulf Conferences, Chair of Gulf Education Conferences and is Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory.
As Vice President for the Middle East and Africa at Ellucian, Hanny Alshazly works to improve the quality of education globally & meet the dynamic needs of the universal learner by empowering executives to build unified digital campuses.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Al Maktoum College of Higher Education
Alaa Garad is regarded by many as a leading authority in Quality Management and Organizational Learning. Alaa led higher education institutions in the Middle East and developed PG-level qualifications such as MBA, PhD and DBA. Some of his previous assignments included the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Middlesex University Dubai and Abu Dhabi University.
Founder ABS Educational Services Education Lead for the Space Prize Foundation
Dr. Maryam Sani, a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Chartered Chemist, has a remarkable three-decade career in education, leadership, and research in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Her academic journey includes a PGCE from Leicester University, an MSc in Analytical Chemistry, and a PhD in STEM Education and Careers from Staffordshire University.
Educator, MIT Certified professional in AI and digital technologies, policies expert
Dr. Ghazal is passionate about advancing the fields of AI, and emerging digital technology, in a balanced manner and helping states/countries formulate high-level policies and strategies to leverage their implementation benefits in all aspects.
The adoption and use of technology within education have expanded significantly over the last three years. With a move towards evidence-informed use of technology as well as new technologies becoming present, Al will talk through best practise, and rubrics for evaluating and selecting the right technology and looking at ways to evidence to impact so that we can build confidence in the role of technology within education.
Mike is a seasoned expert in the field of educational technology, bringing over 28 years of diverse experience to the Middle East Thought Leadership Forum. He is deeply committed to bridging the $8.5 trillion global skills gap through innovative educational solutions
Salah Al-Majeed is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Dean of Science and Engineering at AUI. He is the Lead Academic Organisation Cooperation Consultant for the UK and Europe at Huawei. Also, Salah has led the IEEE UK and Ireland section for STEM and Education for the last couple of years.
Dr. Raed Mohammed BenShams is a distinguished leader and expert in public administration and management. He has devoted his 39-year career to advancing Bahrain's development goals through various fields, such as capacity building, youth empowerment, policy making, and public innovation. He has led many successful projects at local, regional, and international levels.
Senior Executive (Artificial Intelligence & Digital Transformation)
I am an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and achieving personal goals. My present career aim is to work within eGovernment strategic planning and business development for transforming the services to eServices and mServices because I enjoy working with technologies, I enjoy the environment and I find the work interesting and satisfying. The opportunity to learn new skills and work with new technologies is particularly attractive to me. I am excellent in working with others to achieve a certain objective on time and with excellence. I am qualified in term of post and higher studies, i did MSc in Technology Management and PhD in (ICT) which focused on (Leadership + Change management + Technology Adoption) While i was on study leave i had opportunity by the help and support of Omani cultural attache to establish the Omani Students Association and to be the chairperson for 2 periods.
Mandy is an international human rights activist & motivational TEDX speaker from the UK, Mandy has travelled all over the world empowering & motivating others. She is an award-winning philanthropist and global voice tackling unconscious bias in tech and AI. She has spoken at some world's biggest tech summits including GITEX, CogX, Women of Silicon Valley Roundabout and Teens In AI Data+AI summit, We Make Future and MEETICTBahrain. Mandy has been involved in empowering the next generation to get involved in AI. She has had representatives from over 140 countries at her Hackathons regarding AI for social good.