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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
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 Emad Abuelrub
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

Dr William H. Williams
Commissioner Wil was Director of Academic Affairs at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi and before that appointment he was Dean of the Faculty of Business at Sohar University in Oman. Before moving to the Middle East, he spent over 15 years in UK higher education, primarily at the University of South Wales, where, amongst a range of roles, he was Director of the MBA programme and Divisional Head. He has wide and in-depth experience of management in higher education and the design and delivery of complex international programmes. Wil has a range of research, consultancy and lecturing experience in both public and private sector international organisations. His research interests include: strategy, strategic management; strategists; executive and enterprise education; financial development of organisations; organisational culture and structures; and, research methods. Since entering higher education he has been involved in a number of significant consultancy projects ranging from strategy development in police services to innovation in agri-food. Before joining academia Wil had successful careers as an army officer and a merchant banker with a leading global investment bank.

E-mail address: william.williams@mohesr.gov.ae

Prof. Javaid Laghari
Dr. Javaid R. Laghari has served as Tenured Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA; President SZABIST University; Senator in the Pakistan Parliament; Coordinator General COMSTECH: the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technology Cooperation; and as Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. Professor Laghari holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and has attended the NATO Advanced Study Institutes in Italy in 1983; and in UK in 1991. He has published over 120 research papers and presented over 70 papers at International Conferences, and delivered over 37 keynote lectures, 117 Chief Guest addresses, 61 invited lectures, 47 interviews published and over 88 TV interviews. He has also published three books on Leadership. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award, 1987, the IEEE Award for Leadership and Dedicated Services, 1994, and the coveted national award 'Tamgha-e-Imtiaz' for Distinguished Services in Education conferred by the President of Pakistan in 1998.

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

Commission Staff
Ms. Reena RajivInternal Quality Assurance Specialist
Ms. Asmaa ZriguiAdministrative Officer
Dr.Mohammed DjeddiChief Statistician
Ms. Mervat MahmoudAdministrative Officer