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Commissioners


Professor M. Badr Aboul-Ela
BSc, MSc, PhD.
Director of the Commission for Academic Accreditation.
Dr. Aboul-Ela graduated with a BSc and MSc in Agriculture from Cairo University, and earned his PhD in Animal Physiology from the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 1980. His university career started at the Faculty of Agriculture, Mansoura University, Egypt, and was promoted as full Professor in 1987. He held several academic administrative positions as Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development Centre, and Dean of Agriculture, at Mansoura University and UAE University. He worked as a Visiting Professor at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK in 1987/1988.

As a researcher, Dr. Aboul-Ela published a total of 93 articles in refereed journals, and five chapters in reference books. He won several research prizes and awards including National Prize for Research in Agricultural Sciences, Egypt, 1978; Abdel-Hamid Showmans Prize for best researchers in the Arab world in the area of Animal Production, in 1988; and Presidential Distinction Medal, for Excellence in Research, Egypt, 1994.

Dr. Aboul-Ela was one of the founding members of the Commission for Academic Accreditation, in the UAE when established in 2000 and was appointed as its Director in February 2007, and had a leading role in developing its Standards for Licensure and Accreditation, its e-Learning Standards for Licensure and Accreditation,and its Standards for Licensure and Accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Dr. Aboul-Ela is currently the Vice-President of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education(ANQAAHE).

Dr. Aboul-Ela participated, as a Commissioner, in many licensure and accreditation review teams in the UAE. He also Chaired and participated in Institutional reviewing teams in Oman and Saudi Arabia.

E-mail address: badr.aboulela@mohesr.gov.ae



Professor Rolin Sidwell
PhD
Commissioner Sidwell studied English and Education at Earlham College and subsequently received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. In addition, he holds a CPM in Public Management. He was a Policy Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership and is the recipient of several awards for teaching and management. Prior to his appointment as Associate Provost for community college/workforce development programs for the University of the District of Columbia, Dr. Sidwell served as the Executive Director of the Education Licensure Commission. The Commission licensed and regulated 75 colleges, universities, and other institutions offering postsecondary education and training in the District of Columbia. Following 13 years as an Assistant Professor of English, he served in several positions as a policy, program, legislative analyst, and education advisor to 3 DC Mayors. He also was the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of DC’s Office of Postsecondary Education, Research, and Assistance.

E-mail address: rolin.sidwell@mohesr.gov.ae



Professor David Woodhouse
MA, DPhil (Oxon), MSc (EAf), DipEd (Monash)
Commissioner Woodhouse has led quality agencies in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia for the last 20 years before he joined the CAA as Commissioner for Development.David has undertaken many quality assurance activities world-wide, including leading and chairing quality review panels, and has provided advice and training on educational quality assurance to governments, agencies and institutions in many countries. He has published widely on quality assurance.In 2003, David helped to found the Asia-Pacific Quality Network, and served as its Secretary and led its administration until 2008. He served as President of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) from 1997 to 2001, and again from 2007 to 2011.Earlier, David was a faculty member in mathematics, computer science and education in universities in several countries, and was at various times head of a department and dean of a faculty. He has been active in extension work in schools and in teacher education. His leisure interests include multisport and other endurance events, and flying light planes.

E-mail address: david.woodhouse@mohesr.gov.ae



Dr. Antony Stella
Dr Antony Stella comes to CAA with many years of experience in quality assurance in Asia-Pacific. In 1996, she was one of the first team of senior staff recruited for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in India and had a significant role in enhancing the Councils national acceptance and international visibility. In Australia, Dr Stella was an Audit Director at the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) from 2005 to 2011, and contributed extensively to AUQA’s international work and publications. She has led quality audits in Bahrain, Fiji and Mauritius (as well as in Australia and India), and facilitated the QA developments in emerging economies such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Timor Leste. Dr Stella has a special interest in analysing the regional developments and international trends in quality assurance. She has written reports on QA for international and inter-government bodies, including UNESCO. She has served as the President of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and an elected Director of the Board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). Beyond quality assurance she enjoys farming, in particular growing walnuts.

E-mail address: antony.stella@mohesr.gov.ae




Professor Rhys Rowland-Jones
MSc. PhD, FCQI. AMIEE.
Commissioner Rhys Rowland-Jones has over 16 years’ experience of validation, licensure and accreditation in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He studied for his Master’s Award in Quality and Environmental Management at the University of Glamorgan, following which, as a senior lecturer at the University of Wales Newport, he gained his PhD in Sustainable Operations Management. He is the former Chief Examiner of the Chartered Quality Institute, and Head of the School of Operations at Bristol Business School. As Head of Glyndwr Business School in North Wales, Rhys was a member of the senior management team who successfully achieved the TDAPS approval which resulted in the formation of Glyndwr University, where he was Deputy Chair of Quality and Standards, and Research Director for the Centre for Sustainable Enterprise. Rhys moved to the UAE in 2010, working at Heriot Watt University in Dubai as Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer.

E-mail address: rhys.rj@mohesr.gov.ae



Professor Emad Abuelrub
BS, MS, PhD
Commissioner Abuelrub holds BSc degrees in Computer Engineering and Computing & Information Systems from Oklahoma State University, a Master in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Louisiana State University, USA. Before joining the Commission, Dr. Abuelrub served in different academic administrative positions in various universities. He is a board member of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council / Association of Arab Universities, a former board member of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education, and a former board member of the Jordanian Accreditation Council. He is a founding member of the Colleges of Computing and Information Society (CCIS) and the former Secretary General. Dr. Abuelrub is a certified reviewer by QAA and EFQM, and served as a consultant and reviewer to many Arab organizations and universities in information technology and quality assurance in higher education. He has been involved in the establishing of many international journals and conferences in information technology and quality assurance. He has published in several areas including quality assurance, e-technology, and parallel computing with over 85 publications.

E-mail address: Abuelrub@mohesr.gov.ae


Commission Staff
Ms. Reena RajivInternal Quality Assurance Specialist
Ms. Asmaa ZriguiAdministrative Officer
Ms. Dalida CheikhAdministrative Coordinator
Mr. Khaled Ali Awadh. Ali ShuaibiAdministrative Officer
CHEDS Staff
Dr.Mohammed DjeddiChief Statistician
Ms. Mervat MahmoudAdministrative Officer

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