تحت الرعاية الكريمة لمعالي الشيخ نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان – وزير التسامح
Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan – Minister of State for Tolerance

IGD 2017 Conference Speakers

Dr. Abderrahim Oulhaj

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abderrahim Oulhaj is an Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the UCL University (Belgium). Before joining the UAE, he worked as a Senior Medical Statistician at the University of Oxford for 10 years. He was the Principal Statistician for the OPTIMA project and for the EXCEL study at DTU (University of Oxford). In October 2016, he received an award from the UAE University for excellence in research. He also received in February 2016, from the UAE University, a “Certificate of Achievement” for publishing in top 1% journals.

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 P. 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. Antonis 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. Ashraf Mahmoud El Houfy

United Arab Emirates

Dr.Ashraf Elhoufi is Currently Consultant ICU Dubai Hospital. Examiner for the Royal College of Physician, Senior Lecturer in Dubai Medical College, Chairman of the infection Control Committee Dubai Hospital and the Vice president of the Emirates Intensive Care Society (EICS ) as well as the ACLS Course director.
He is Graduate of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine (Nov. 1984), with honor, Master Degree in Chest Diseases with a Critical care sub-specialty 1989 MRCP (UK) November 1997 and awarded FRCP (London) 2008. EDIC (European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicin) 2012.

Dr. Asma Jassim Binjab

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Asma is a consultant pediatric Endocrinologist, she obtained her MBBS degree from Kuwait university, state of Kuwait.in the year 2005 started Pediatric residency program training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and obtained the American and the Canadian board of pediatrics. She continued her fellowship training in pediatric Endocrinology at the Montreal children Hospital, McGill University, obtained Canadian board of Endocrinology and metabolisms in 2012. Dr. Asma is a board member of Emirates Diabetes society;she is currently working as consultant pediatric Endocrinologist and Diabetologist at Dubai Hospital, Dubai health Authority. She have interest in different endocrine disorder especially in adrenals, disorders of sexual differentiation and in the use of advanced technology in diabetes management.

DR. Ayesha 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 UAE University and other international universities.

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. Concetta Finocchiaro

Italy

Dr. Concetta Finocchiaro is Medical Doctor in Department of Nutrition “University Hospital the City Health and Science of Turin ” in Turin (one of most important hospital in Italy) since 1987. She’ s referring to S.C. Pharmacy for the race on the devices and products of Enteral Nutrition. She has participated in the drafting of guidelines for the management of patients with head and neck cancer, esophagus and gastric cancer, breast and colon cancer Creator of the Style of life in patients with Breast and colon cancer. She is lead author of the guide "Dietary recommendations of colostomy patients”: She is participant for The Science Youth and participatory science topics EXPO 2015 Food and styles life. She is participant FUCSAM group of Oncology Network of Piedmont for the identification of the metabolic syndrome in patients with breast and colon cancer. Scientific director of the University School Summer School "Take care of children: the Mediterranean diet in the first 1000 days of life" 2016.

Dr Dimitrios Papandreou

United Arab Emirates

Dr Dimitrios Papandreou is the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate studies and an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the College of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University. He holds a Ph.D. from Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and 2 Master Degree from Columbia University, NY. USA. He is also a Registered Dietitian licensed from USA. Dr Dimitrios has published 60 research articles in peer reviewed international journals. Finally, he is also the Editor in Chief of a recently new journal launched in 2016 named ‘Arab Journal of Nutrition and Exercise”

Dr Dimitrios Spanos

United Arab Emirates

Dr Dimitrios Spanos has been working as the manager of Clinical Dietetics Department, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, since 2013. He is a registered dietitian, graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics in 2006. In 2007 he completed his MSc degree in Human Nutrition and Public Health and he obtained his PhD in Human Nutrition in 2013 from the University of Glasgow. As well as completing and publishing research in the area of Weight Management and Intellectual Disabilities, Dr Spanos has worked for the NHS, UCL and Diabetes UK and he has been awarded twice by the British Dietetic Association (2008, 2011).

Prof. Enrico Bertino

Italy

Prof. Enrico Bertino is full Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Turin where he is at present Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He is member of the Italian Society of Paediatrics, of the Italian Society of Neonatology and of the Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine. He is, lecturer at the Midwifery University Degree Course, Paediatric Nursing University Degree Course Postgraduate University Degree Course in Paediatrics, Postgraduate University Degree Course in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Medical Degree Course in Medicine at the University of Turin. Professor Bertino is author of more than 200 scientific publications in national and international journals. His research is focused on on human milk composition and on the evaluation of the long-term growth, health and nutrition of preterm newborns and newborns with impaired foetal growth.

Dr. Eslam Mohamed Saleh Tawfik ElBaroudy

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Eslam Mohamed Saleh Tawfik ElBaroudy is A.Professor and Consultant of Pediatrics at faculty of Medicine hospitals, 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.”) degreein General Paediatrics, alsohe obtained hisPaediatric 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). In addition to his long experience dealing with feeding and nutritional problems, he has an interestin diagnosis and management of allergic and asthmatic patients and a special interest in renal diseases especiallyof the metabolic nature. Dr. El-Baroudy has publishedin all these aspects in reputable journals. Finally, he is an international instructor of the Paediatric Fundamentals Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course accredited by the American Society of Critical Care Medicine (ASCCM).

Prof. Franco Veglio

Italy

Franco Veglio, MD, is Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Turin, Italy, Head of Medical Sciences Department; Director of Internal Medicine and Hypertension Division; Diploma of Specialist in Clinical Hypertension, member of the European Society of Hypertension. Main research topics:clinical studies on essential and endocrine hypertension in adults and childhood; physiopathological and molecular studies on the mechanisms of resistant arterial hypertension.

Dr. Gianfranco Trapani

Italy

Gianfranco Trapani, is a Peadiatrician with interest in Pediatric Nutrition. He had been a Teaching Consultant at the Public University of Milan. He is President of SMB Italy (Superior School of Biotherapy). Member of Scientific Board of Complementary Medicine Study Group of the Italian Society of Pediatrics (SIP) and of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians (FIMP). Author of several best-seller on medical topics for the general publics, some of which have been published abroad in Lebanon, Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Poland and India.

Dr. Ghada Al Tajir

United Arab Emirates

Founder of Timeline Research Solutions which specializes in research consultancy and training. Over 20 years at the Ministry of Health, UAE, she was instrumental in developing key research initiatives, such as establishing the first Research Ethics Committee and launching the first Clinical Research Centre of Excellence which trained hundreds of health professionals from health institutions and academic institutions across the UAE. She was a member of the Higher Committee for Health Research, adjunct clinical assistant professor and member of the Advisory Committee for the College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah. She has contributed to the medical field as a researcher, trainer, author, reviewer and guest editor.

Dr. Habiba 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. Haleama Al Sabbah

United Arab Emirates

Haleama Al Sabbah is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in Public Health Nutrition. 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 doctoralscholarship 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.

Haleama earned her first degree in Public Health Nutrition from the Faculty of Medicine/ Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 1990. She worked as a nutritionist in a number of hospitals in Amman, Jordan and then at Amman University. In 1995, she worked at the Red Crescent Society Maternity Hospital in Ramallah. In 1997, she was awarded a scholarship for postgraduate masters-level study in Public Health at the Community Health Institute, Birzeit University, Palestine. During her study at Birzeit University, she focused on Primary Health care. From 1998-2000, Haleama received another scholarship to study for a Master of Philosophy degree in International Community Health and Nutrition in the Faculty of Medicine at Oslo University, Norway. Her Master’s thesis title was “Diabetes Self-Management in Rural Palestinian Community”.

Dr Iain Blair

United Arab Emirates

Dr Iain Blair is an Associate Professor and chairman of the Institute of Public Health in the College of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). He was the founder of the UAEU Master of Public Health programme. Having trained as a general practitioner, he worked in Canada and the Middle East before commencing training in public health in the UK in 1986. In 2003 with the establishment of the Health Protection Agency he became Director of the Black Country Health Protection Unit (HPU). In 2008 he moved to the UAE. He has published articles on surveillance and health protection and is a co-author of Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook a major international textbook on health protection. His current research interests focus on the UAE health system, demography, life-course epidemiology and the burden of disease.

Dr. Jean-Michel Borys

France

Dr. Jean-Michel Borys, MD, EPODE European Network Director, EPODE International Network General Secretary. Jean-Michel Borys is a medicaldoctor (Lille 1984), specialised in Endocrinology, MetabolicDiseases and Nutrition (1987) and holds an Executive Master in Political Sciences (Sciences Po, Paris, 2006). He founded EPODEin 2003, the EPODE EuropeanNetwork in 2008, and became General Secretary of the EPODE International Network in 2011. He wrote numerousscientificpapers in the area of nutrition, diabetes, lipidology and cardiovasculardiseasesHe has publishedseveral books and publications in the field of obesityprevention, including “Preventingchildhoodobesity: EPODE European Network recommendations” (2011), EPODE for the Promotion of HealthEquity (2015).

Ms. Jessica Szymura

United Arab Emirates

Jessica Szymura graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has 7 years of clinical experience working in the acute care hospital setting with main work areas including gastroenterology, upper and lower GI surgery and intensive care. Jessica moved to the UAE in 2014 to join the team at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi where she helped to develop the dietetics service prior to the hospital opening. She currently works in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit and is also actively involved in a number of projects and committees to promote and enhance the quality of patient care.

PROF. JEYAKUMAR HENRY

Singapore

Professor Jeyakumar Henry is currently Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, A*STAR in Singapore and Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, National University of Singapore. Prior to his arrival to Singapore in 2011, he was the founding director of the Functional Food Centre in Oxford. He initially trained as a Food scientist and subsequently obtained his MSc and PhD in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In recent years, his interest has been in understanding glycemic control, the role of glycaemia in body weight regulation, food-nutrient interactions and functional foods. His work on energy expenditure culminated in the development of the “Henry equations” to predict Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). His equations on BMR are widely used in several countries including the European Union. He was a Board member of UK Food Standards Agency and member of the general Advisory Committee on Science of the Food standard agency (UK). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Editorial Board Member of the Nutrition Today, and Scientific Director, ILSI-SEA, International Life Science Institute South East Asia.

DR. KALLIOPI-ANNA POULIA

Greece

Dr Kalliopi Anna Poulia is a Clinical Dietitian-Nutritionist in the General Hospital of Athens “Laiko” since 2003, with a special interest in nutrition in renal disease, malnutrition and geriatrics. In 2016 she worked as a visiting professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health of UAEU for the Fall semester.
Since 2000 she is working as the Nutrition Consultant of the European Dialysis and Transplantation Association for Nurses (EDTNA/ERCA) and she is the editor or the booklet “Nutritional Care in Renal Disease” and since 2014 she is the dietitian member of the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee of ESPEN and a member of the board of GrESPEN.

Ms. Lamia Yahya

United Arab Emirates

Lamia Omer Yahya is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Corniche Hospital, a 300-bed specialized maternity and neonatal hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Lamia has several years of experience in clinical pharmacy and clinical nutrition, particularly parenteral nutrition, a field she is extremely passionate about.
Lamia’s first place of practice was Mafraq Hospital where she practiced hospital pharmacy and clinical pharmacy for almost 10 years.
She holds the American Board of Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP) and the Canadian pharmacy board qualification.
Lamia is the recipient of 2 awards at SEHA’s level and numerous hospital level awards in recognition of her efforts in the clinical pharmacy field.
In her current role, Lamia oversees the nutritional and pharmacotherapeutic requirements of the Corniche Hospital’s very busy neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr. Laura Fernández Celemín

Belgium

Director General – European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
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. LEILA CHEIKH ISMAIL

United Kingdom

Leila holds a PhD in Nutrition and is a registered nutritionist with the UK Association for Nutrition. She has more than 15 years of experience in international nutrition and she is leading the INTERGROWTH-21st Project at Oxford University since 2008. She has worked as a Nutrition Scientist at the IAEA in Vienna. She also previously worked as a Nutrition Technical Officer at WHO and assisted the adoption of the WHO MGRS new growth standards. Her interests also include the global strategy on infant and young child feeding.
Leila has conducted many training workshops focusing on the new WHO MGRS growth standards, nutrition and infant feeding. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health. Her current research interests are human growth across populations, maternal and child health, nutrition throughout life, anthropometry, and obesity and dietary assessment.

Dr. Mahmoud Saleh Elhalik

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.

Dr. Mahmoud has over 20 years of experience in Perinatal-Neonatal medicine, with special interest in Neonatal Nutrition, Neonatal Sepsis, Quality Improvement Projects in NICU and Neonatal Resuscitation.

Having many Publications and Member of editorial boards of many Journals (Pediatrics & Neonatal). Member of editorial boards of many Pediatrics & Neonatal Journals with many publications.

He is the Project Initiator and Director of “DNER” -Dubai Neonatal Electronic Registry- (1st of its kind in the Arab world countries) launched from Latifa Hospital in 2014 as the first phase toward the National Neonatal Electronic Registry of UAE. Recently name changed to Dubai Neonatal Network “DNN”.

Dr. Maria Eleni Trivella

United Kingdom

Dr. Maria Eleni Trivella is a Senior Medical Statistician at the Centre for statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford. Her DPhil from Oxford University was on research on methodology of prognostic systematic reviews, her main work area. She is also working as an advisor to the Systematic Review Initiative at the NHS National Blood and Transplant (Oxford), she is a statistical editor for the Cochrane Library, and a member of the Cochrane prognostic editorial board. Previously she worked as a lecturer in systematic reviews and training co-ordinator for the Cochrane Collaboration.

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.

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. NASSER AL DAGHRI

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. 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.

Mr. Onil Joseph V. Esperida

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Onil Joseph V. Esperida, is a Registered Nurse and certified American Heart Association (AHA) BLS First Aid Instructor for MENA Region. He is currently working in Praxis Health Services, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Osama Kamel Ali Alalla

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. RAGHIB ALI

United Arab Emirates

Raghib Ali, MPH, MA, MSc, Mb BChir, FRCP
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.

Mrs. Ranim Kaddoura

United Arab Emirates

Ranim Kaddoura graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Adelaide, South Australia. She completed her Honours in the intensive care unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital studying the relationship between nutrition status of critically ill patients and clinical outcomes. She has 6 years of clinical experience with 3 years of experience in ICU in both clinical and research capacity. Her experience outside of ICU extends to nutrition support in neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal, spinal and home enteral nutrition. She moved to Abu Dhabi and joined Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi 2 years ago where she currently works in ICU. Clinical work aside, Ranim also has a strong interest in education.

Prof. Rebecca Hardy

United Kingdom

Rebecca Hardy is a Programme Leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. She leads an MRC funded research programme aiming to investigate the life course risk factors which influence cardiovascular ageing. She has published over 250 journal articles and co-edited 2 books on the life course approach in research. She was recently elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health by distinction. Rebecca’s research primarily uses the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, a birth cohort study of individuals born in 1946 in Britain and followed up ever since. She has also played a leading role in numerous cross-cohort research projects. She has particular interests in the life course influences on the development of overweight and obesity, and the long-term influences on health and ageing of childhood and adolescent growth and life course body size and blood pressure trajectories.

Dr Rebecca Hill

Australia

Dr Rebecca Hill is the Deputy Scientific Director and Theme Leader for ‘Gut Health’ at the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, The University of Queensland. She has been conducting research and publishing in the field of body composition assessment for almost two decades. Other major foci of her research are general growth and development in infancy/childhood; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; food allergy; the gut microbiome; and childhood feeding difficulties. In summary, Dr Hill has a particular interest in the gut as the major immune organ of the body and how insults to the gut environment affect later health and the development disease, for example, allergy, obesity and autoimmune conditions.

Prof. Sanaa Youssef Shaaban

Egypt

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

Dr Samar ElFeky

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.

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. Syed Mahboob Shah

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Syed Shah is a Physician specialized in Community Medicine and Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences in United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. He completed his medical training in his home country of Pakistan and MPH in International Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Texas, USA.He also completed a one year certification course on clinical trials from Harvard Medical School. Prior to his current work, he contributed in public health practice, research and teaching in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, during 1990-1998, in Health and Safety Program, in Olympia, Washington State Government, USA, in 2001-2004, and in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2004-2008. He is conducting community-based CVD and diabetes prevention research in United Arab Emirates and in developing countrysettings. He is one of the World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders for NCD Prevention and WHO nominated NCD Surveillance Specialist for countries in EMRO region.

Ms. Victoria Pena Acuna

United Arab Emirates

Victoria Pena Acuna is a Registered Dietician with the Union Professionnelle des Diplômés en Diététique de Langue Française (UPDLF) in Belgium. She graduated from Institut Paul Lambin in Brussels in 2009 with a Bachelor degree in Dietetics. Victoria then proceeded to work in East Africa: Burundi and Uganda before settling in Nairobi, Kenya where she was the clinical dietitian in an outpatient day Clinic, the Karen Surgery, for more than 5 years. She was exposed to an array of diseases, from pediatrics to geriatrics with different financial incomes and cultural backgrounds. She joined Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) in July 2016 as the Executive Health dietitian and is specializing in Bariatric surgery.

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. Zakariya 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.