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Commissioners


Prof. Dr. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas
Director, Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA)
Ministry of Education, UAE

Dr Baniyas obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1993. His clinical qualifications includes Board Certification by American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Forensic Examiners, American Academy of Pain Management & American Psychotherapy Association. He is Fellow of American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American College of Forensic Examiners, Royal Society for Public Health; American Psychotherapy Association & Honorary Fellow of Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Dr Baniyas is currently Director of Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) at the Ministry of Education, UAE as well as holding Professorial Rank at the College of Medicine, UAE University (UAEU) and Consultant Clinical Toxicologist at Emergency Medicine Department, Tawam Hospital, SEHA. Dr. Baniyas has occupied several senior leadership positions in higher education and health including Dean College of Medicine and Provost (Chief Academic Officer) at UAEU.

He also worked as Vice Chancellor at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE), Academic Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research and Executive Director for Higher Education at the Department of Education & Knowledge (ADEK), Abu Dhabi. Dr Baniyas served on Board of Trustees of Mohamed-5-University, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Marriage Fund, Federal Health Authority and UAEU Council. Notably. He is founding Chair for Emirates Board of Health Specialties.

His major committee membership include Drug Registration, Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety, Medical Certificates Evaluation & Certificates Equalization. He was involved in accrediting Medicine and Pharmacy Colleges and acted as External Examiner and Evaluator for various Higher Education Institutions. Dr Baniyas lectured on poisoning, chemical, biological and radiological warfare agents, medication safety, and pharmacotherapy of various diseases such as epilepsy, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. He received various awards and grants, supervised numerous PhD students and published over 100 papers and over 100 conference abstracts in the neuroscience, toxicology, community health and education fields. He served as editor and reviewer for medical and pharmaceutical journals.


Prof. M. Badr Aboul-Ela
Advisor to H.E. The Minister on Higher Education Affairs & President.
The Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

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 Showman’s 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@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Abdulsalam Ghaith
PhD

Commissioner Ghaith received his BSc degree in Physics from Al-Mustansiriyah University, Iraq and his PhD degree in Experimental Solid State Physics from Dundee University, UK. Before joining the Commission, Dr. Ghaith was a Consultant for the Quality and Accreditation Council at the Association of Arab Universities. Prior to that, he held several academic positions as Professor of Physics at Yarmouk University in Jordan, Vice-President of Zarqa University in Jordan, and President of Tripoli University in Lebanon. He also worked as a Visiting Scientist at Johanz-Kepler University in Austria, Research Associate at Indiana University in USA, and Visiting Scientist at The University of Chicago in USA. He is the Former President of the Jordanian Astronomical Society.

E-mail address: ghaith@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Aly S. Nazmy
PhD, MSc, MA, BSc

Commissioner Nazmy received his BSc and MSc in Structural Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and received his MA and PhD in Structures and Mechanics from Princeton University, USA. He was the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) for 12 years, and served as the Interim Provost at the same University for more than two years besides his position as Dean of Engineering. Prior to joining ADU, Dr. Nazmy served on the Faculty of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) for 9 years where he was the Chair of Civil Engineering Department for 6 years and Director of the General Education Program for one year. He also served on the Faculty of Polytechnic Institute of New York University, USA for 6 years, and the University of Maine, USA, for 5 years. Dr. Nazmy played a leading role in the UAEU and ADU in seeking national and international accreditation of academic programs and institutions from the CAA, ABET, RIBA, WASC, and SACS.

Dr. Nazmy's primary area of research is the seismic behavior and seismic retrofit of bridge structures, especially long-span suspension, cable-stayed, and arch bridges. He has over 70 published technical papers on bridge dynamics and earthquake engineering, in addition to two edited books. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the US Scientific Research Society, the US Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE. He is also a founding member of the Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE and past chair of the ASCE committee on performance of bridges.

E-mail address: aly.nazmy@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Amjad Mohammad Qandil
PhD, BSc Pharm

Commissioner Qandil received his BSc Degree in Pharmacy from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan and his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design form Purdue University, USA. Before joining the Commission, Prof. Qandil was an Associate Professor of Medicinal and Organic Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Jordan University of Science and Technology, and a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Riyadh, KSA. He has published work in several areas including Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Design, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Education. During the past 14 years he chaired the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy was the Assistant Dean of Pharmacy (JUST) and the founding chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KSAU-HS).

Additionally, Prof. Qandil chaired the Quality Unit and the Curriculum, Student Assessment and Accreditation Committees in both Colleges and also served as an Accreditation Academic Advisor to the Vice President, Development and Quality Management at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, KSA.

E-mail address: Amjad.Qandil@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Dr. Berthold Peter
PhD, DDS, DMD

Commissioner Berthold received his initial education in Sweden graduating from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm with the degrees DDS (1967) and PhD (1978). Dr. Berthold moved to University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1979. In 1983, he earned a DMD degree, and his Swedish specialty qualification in Oral Prosthetics. As tenured Professor at University of Pennsylvania, he chaired the Department of Community Oral Health and later the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences. He was Associate Dean of International Relations between 1990 and 2005, and Director of the Program for Advanced Standing Students from 1986 until 2005. He directed a WHO Collaborating Center for 6 years. He was active in research throughout his career with major interests in oral microbiology, cariology, HIV disease, and the disease Noma. He also participated in educational research and in the use of advanced simulation technology in dental education. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2005. He was dental officer for a year at WHO HQ partially based in Geneva.

His appointment at University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as tenured Professor of Health Ecology began in 2006. In 2008, he was named Professor and Director of the Community Oral Health Division. He directed the International Programs and the Program for Advanced Standing Students between 2006 and 2013. He was Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health. Dr. Berthold has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in his areas of scholarly interests. He has lectured frequently both locally and globally.

Dr. Berthold retired in 2015 from University of Minnesota as Professor Emeritus. He has expertise and experiences in academic accreditation of higher education in the health sciences from UAE, KSA, Kuwait, and several European countries since 1995.

E-mail address: Peter.Berthold@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Dr. Dawit Teklu

Dr. Dawit Teklu is a seasoned higher education professional with over twenty years of experience. Most recently Dr. Teklu served as the Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment and Evaluation at Strayer University in Washington, DC. In that capacity he was responsible for coordinating the College’s institutional effectiveness and academic assessment activities, including strategic planning and institutional research. Prior to joining Strayer University Dr. Teklu served as the Executive Director of Planning, Research, and Institutional Assessment at Anne Arundel Community College where he oversaw the college’s institutional effectiveness operation. Other positions held by Dr. Teklu include Director of Research, William Rainey Harper College, and Director of Institutional Research, Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Teklu has served as a board member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and is a seasoned Middle States accreditation evaluator, specializing in the areas institutional effectiveness, planning, and resource allocation. Dr. Teklu has served on ten evaluation teams. A true believer in the mission of community colleges, Dr. Teklu also served as a data coach with achieving the Dream working with six community colleges around the country.

Dawit’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in economics from George Williams College; a Master’s in planning from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration/Public Affairs, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

E-mail address: Dawit.teklu@moe.gov.ae

Prof. 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 served as a board member of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council / Association of Arab Universities, the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education, and the Jordanian Accreditation Council. He is a founding member of the Colleges of Computing and Information Society / Association of Arab universities and the former Secretary General. Dr. Abuelrub is a certified reviewer by the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), and served as a consultant and reviewer to many international and Arab organizations and universities in information technology and quality assurance in higher education. He has published in several areas including quality assurance in higher education, e-technology, and parallel & distributed computing with over 100 publications.

E-mail address: abuelrub@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Jehad Ahmed Al-Sadi
PhD, Bsc

Commissioner Al-Sadi holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from Tennessee State University, a Master in Computer Science from Jackson State University; USA, and a PhD in Computer Science from Glasgow University; UK. Before joining the Commission, Dr. Al-Sadi joined the Computer Science Department at Zarka University, Jordan from 2002 until 2004. Then he joined the Arab Open University as a chairman of computing department then as an assistant director for academic affairs of the university until June 2019.

Dr. Al-Sadi has published in several areas including e-learning, educational quality assurance, e-technology, parallel & distributed computing, and interconnection networks.

E-mail address: Jehad.AlSadi@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Dr. Judith Buchanan
PhD, DMD, Ms, Bsc

Commissioner Buchanan holds a BSc degree in Mathematics from Georgia Southern University, a MS degree and PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas, and a DMD degree in Dentistry from the University of Florida. She has held positions at the University of Mississippi, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and University of Minnesota. At these Universities, she has held a variety of administrative positions such as Director of Research, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean.

Professor Buchanan was a curriculum consultant with the ADA Commission on Accreditation for multiple years and worked as a private consultant on matters of accreditation, curriculum design and advanced simulation. She consulted with over 20 dental schools within the United States on these topics.

Her research interests in her earlier career related to gene regulation and gingival hyperplasia. Later her research was aimed at evaluating differences in learning styles and advanced technology in simulation for dental schools.

Professor Buchanan has been a consultant on over 20 ERT’s for the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) during the last 14 years and was appointed as commissioner for the CAA for the Ministry of Higher Education in 2019.

E-mail address: Judith.Buchanan@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Dr. Kamal Alalaween
PhD, Bsc

Commissioner Alalaween received his BSc degree in Law from University of Jordan, Jordan and his PhD degree in Law from University of Aberdeen, U.K. Before joining the Commission, Dr. Alalaween served in different academic and administrative positions in the University of Jordan. Prof. Alalaween chaired the Quality and the Accreditation Committee at the University of Jordan school of Law. He also participated as an Accreditation Academic reviewer and consultant to many international and Arab universities.

E-mail address: Kamal.Alalaween@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Rhys Rowland Jones

Commissioner Rowland-Jones received his MSc in Quality and Environmental Management from the University of Glamorgan, and his PhD in Strategic Operations Management and Sustainability from the University of Wales. He is the former Head of School of Operations and Information Management at the University of the West of England, and the Head of Wrexham Business School at Glyndwr University in North Wales, where he also established the Centre for Sustainable Education Research (CESER). Professor Rowland-Jones is an international reviewer for the UK QAA, a certified EFQM assessor. He is a specialist reviewer for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), and the Oman Academic Accreditation Agency (OAAA). He is the former Chief Examiner for the Chartered Quality Institute in the UK where developed national and international education qualification frameworks for the Institute. He is a visiting Professor of strategic operations and sustainability at the Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, and he has published his research in international journals and received several best paper awards at academic conferences

E-mail address: Rhys.Jones@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Robin Bunton
PhD, B.A.

Commissioner Bunton is a British social scientist known internationally for his research within sociology generally and public health in particular. He has held senior leadership positions in British universities, served on significant funding and academic editorial boards, and has extensive experience of program development, quality assurance and external examining at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. Professor Bunton graduated from York University with a B.A. hons in Sociology before gaining a Ph.D. from Cardiff University, studying post-graduate medical education. He has published widely and was the founding editor of the international journal Critical Public Health (Routledge). He has taught broadly and conducted research in a number of national and international universities, working latterly at Teesside University and York University in the UK and the Australian National University

E-mail address: Robin.Bunton@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Stephen Arkle

Commissioner Arkle obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate awards from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has extensive experience in academia through positions held with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Open University and the University of Portsmouth in the UK. These included teaching and research appointments, senior positions in quality assurance and, most recently prior to joining the CAA, as Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Dr. Arkle has held several External Examiner appointments, been on the register of QAA reviewers and came to the CAA with substantial and broad experience of quality assurance of academic programs and institutions across a wide range of subject areas both in the UK and in UAE, KSA, Oman, Malaysia and Singapore. Dr Arkle’s research interests have led to 60 publications in learned journals, predominantly in the areas of pharmacology, cell biology and molecular biology but also including education.

E-mail address: Stephen.Arkle@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Thomas Hochstettler
PhD, MSc, BSc

Commissioner Dr. Thomas Hochstettler was educated in history, economics, and business in the United States and Germany, earning his baccalaureate at Earlham College in Indiana, and his masters and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He also pursued post-graduate study in business at the University of California-Berkeley. He commenced his teaching career at Stanford University and ultimately moved into administrative positions at Stanford in the fields of health care and finance, serving as Senior Staff Associate and Economist to the Vice President for Business and Finance. He subsequently taught history at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he also served as Dean for Planning and General Administrative and as Acting Treasurer. He later served as Associate Provost at Rice University and was seconded by Rice to the city-state of Bremen in Germany, where he was the founding Vice President for Academic Affairs at International University Bremen, now Jacobs University.

He returned to the United States and served for five years as President of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Since 2009, he has been active in the UAE, serving first as Provost and Professor of History and as Acting Chancellor at the American University of Sharjah, and later as the President of the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. He has published and spoken extensively on matters of quality enhancement in global education, and he served for many years as chair of the Board of Directors of the International Student Exchange Program of Washington, D.C.

E-mail address: Thomas.hochstettler@moe.gov.ae

Prof. Youssef Abdel Magid
PhD, MSc, BSc

Commissioner Abdel-Magid received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and a B.Sc. (Honors) from Cairo University, Egypt, all in Electrical Engineering.

Prof Abdel-Magid has held professorial positions at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, The Petroleum Institute, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology. He has held various administrative positions such as the founding Dean of Engineering at the Petroleum Institute, the Dean of Graduate School at the Petroleum Institute, and prior to joining the CAA, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. While at the Petroleum Institute, Dr. Abdel-Magid was responsible for coordinating the CAA and ABET accreditation process for all BSc programs, and the CAA accreditation for nine MSc and MEng programs along with the Initial Accreditation of five PhD programs.

He has published extensively in Adaptive and Robust Control, Power System Control and Optimization, Applications of AI Techniques in Power Systems, and Power System Control with FACTS devices. He has participated in numerous funded research projects including a "Feasibility Study for Interconnection of Arabian Gulf States Electrical Power Systems" and a "Feasibility Study for Interconnection of Mashreq Arab Countries Electrical Power systems".

E-mail address: youssef.abdelmagid@moe.gov.ae


Commission Staff
Ms. Fatima Al Jefri Academic Expert faljafri@moe.gov.ae
Dr. Masir Al Ameri Senior Administrator masrs.alameri@moe.gov.ae
Ms. Moza Jassem Al Hamadi Executive Assistant moza.alhamadi@moe.gov.ae
Ms. Nawal Al Kindi Senior Administrator nawala.alkindi@moe.gov.ae
Ms. Nahed Al Abri Administrator Officer nahed.alebri@moe.gov.ae
Ms. Ayesha Al Mazroiei Administrator Officer ayesha.almazrouei@moe.gov.ae
Ms. Mouna Al Kousi Senior Specialist, Quality & Operation mouna.alkousi@moe.gov.ae
CAA Office caa.office@moe.gov.ae

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