Speakers - IGDC 2021

Ms. Afra Bin Katta

United Arab of Emirates

Ms. Afra Bin Katta is a Specialist Clinical Dietitian and Head of Clinical Nutrition Department, she was 18 years’ service in the biggest DHA Hospitals Rashid and Dubai; and President of Emirate Clinical Nutrition Society’s, as well as board member in Emirates Medical Association till date. Her extensive experience in intensive nutrition care of adult with critical care. She graduated from the UAE University and holds a master from Alexandria University-Egypt in Nutrition and public Health. She had contributed DHA program accreditation and reaccreditation, students’ training, supervision and organization of nutrition related health promotion activities for hospitalized patients and community. Ms. Afra participated with different excellence projects in DHA under Clinical Nutrition Department as the biggest honor was winning with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award.

Prof. Ahmad Alkhatib


Prof. Alkhatib is a world leading expert in health nutrition and exercise science. He is a full professor at the University of Taipei in Taiwan and Teesside University in the UK. His achievements included successful leadership and development of major research and academic programs at several UK and international institutions, including the universities of Greenwich, Sheffield Hallam, Lincoln and internationally headed the Epidemiology and Public Health at the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait and part of NCDs global consortium on cohort studies. His research focusses on preventative and treatment role of nutraceuticals and exercise on diabetes and associated chronic diseases and has developed a number of novel lifestyle prevention approaches. He also developed age-related treatments using functional foods and physical activity models relevant for global regions including cohorts from the GCC, England and Scotland and East Asia. Among many prestigious accolades, Prof. Alkhatib is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Executive of the Asian Nutrition Society for Sport and Health and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Professor Alkhatib was awarded his Doctorate and Masters in Physiology and Metabolism (Sport Science) from the University of Essex, UK and he is also a registered Nutritionist and a clinical physiologist. Prof. Alkhatib has over 100 research publications, including three books, and a best seller (Sedentary Lifestyle, Heath Risks and Physiological Implications). Email: drahmadalkhatib@gmail.com

Ms. Aisha Al Mulla

United Arab of Emirates

Aisha Almulla has completed her bachelor and master degree from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in the clinical nutrition and dietetic field in 2014. She is a registered dietitian in the Community Nutrition Department at Tawam hospital- in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, dealing with patients and conducting researches in the nutrition field. She is a member of the American Society of Nutrition, the Swedish Society of Clinical Dietitians, the Emirates Nutrition Group, the National Committee for Food Standards of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology and the SEHA Research Oversight Committee. She has participated in about 30 local, regional and international conferences and workshops in the fields of clinical nutrition, in addition to providing CME accredited presentations as a speaker in different SEHA hospitals and conferences.

Prof. Kees de Graaf


Kees (C) de Graaf is professor in Sensory Science and Eating Behavior at the Division of Human Nutrition & Health of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The mission of the group is “to make healthy choice the happy choice”. De Graaf has published about 280 scientific papers on the psychobiology of eating behaviour, with a h-index of 57 with > 10.000 citations. He focuses on the meaning of sensory signals for eating behaviour. De Graaf is associate editor of the scientific journal Food Quality and Preference, and section editor of Physiology and Behavior

Dr. Amita Attlee

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Amita Attlee has a vast University teaching experience of more than 20 years in India and United Arab Emirates. Briefly, she worked as Regional Technical Head in an International Wellness Organization based in Dubai. Her research interests span from community nutrition focusing on nutrition assessment and education population studies to clinical nutrition topics related to bariatric surgery, autism and metabolic syndrome. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals and invited as a speaker/moderator in different scientific forums. She has been a member in several national task forces and committees on nutrition with Ministry of Health and Prevention- UAE and collaborated with the WHO, UNICEF and other local organizations

Mr. Amjad 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.

Dr. Arwa Al Modwahi

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Arwa Al Modwahi is working for Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre under Department of Health (DOH), as a Senior Officer in the Chronic Conditions Section. Since she joined DOH in 2008, she managed several projects that have an impact on improving the Public Health of Abu Dhabi Community. Dr. Al Modwahi has an MD degree; she also earned a Master of Public Health in Nutrition with Honors from UC Berkeley. Dr. Al Modwahi previous working experience varied, as she was a Medical Doctor in Damascus, Syria & Sana’a, Yemen. Researcher for the Bixby program at School of Public Health in UC Berkeley, and the Patient & Family Education Chapter Leader at Al Noor Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Her work presented in several conferences, papers and TV medical shows.

Ms. Ayda Al Balooshi

United Arab Emirates

Ayda Abdulla Al Blooshi, graduate with Bachelor degree in food technology and nutrition from Faculty of food and agriculture in United Arab Emirates University. I am working as Senior Community Nutritionist in Community Nutrition Department, in Nutrition Education Unit in Tawam Hospital- SEHA Abu Dhabi, for almost 15 years, conducting lectures for the community with different age groups, implementing awareness programs, writing articles in scientific magazines and internet websites, writing and designing nutrition cards to educate the government’s staff in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi by emails. I got Staff reward and recognition award certificate – Tawam Hospital – Al Ain, Member in the National Committee for Nutrition to reduce saturated fats and salt and distance from Trans fats, and member in ESMA committee. Participation in the biggest loser program for the students in United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. I gave lecture in (IGDC 2018), (energy drinks symposium 2019), (nutrition and autism program 2019).

Dr. Carla Habib Mourad, PhD, LD


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 Master’s 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. Dr. Habib Mourad is a lecturer at the department of Nutrition at AUB and is the scientific coordinator for Healthier Kids Ajyal Salima initiative for the Middle East Region and the founder of the healthy food outlet Carla’s Good Food in Lebanon. She received in December 2007 the Award for Outstanding Achievements in Nutrition Awareness and Education from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Carine Platat

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Carine Platat is associate professor at the United Arab Emirates University, College of Food and Agriculture, Department of Food, Nutrition and Health. Her research area of expertise is related to physical activity, nutrition-related diseases and oxidative stress. She pursues also interest in using natural ingredients to develop functional food for human. Dr Carine Platat is a registered nutritionist (UK) and an active member of the Emirates Space and Innovation Group. Besides, she has been serving on innovation and educational assessment committees at the university for many years.



Clinical experience, head and general moderator of the child healthclinic at center of medical Excellency. Our team offers wide range ofservices for neonates, children and pregnant mothers; whichdesigned to promote multidisciplinary medical care and follow up. Creating a dynamic, collegial environment that fosters innovationand promotes excellence to help the development of sustainablepediatric and child health care programTeaching experience as, moderator of clinical teachingcourse ,(Practical Application on Clinical Pediatric Nutrition)held twice a year at Center of medical excellency, NRC .Involved as a principle Investigator(PI) in multiple scientificprojects since 2006 till now with research interest in a field ofpediatric nutrition for the seek of community developmentMembership of pediatric societies, Vice President of society ofrespiratory diseases and clinical nutrition ,Board member of Arab societyof clinical pediatric nutrition, and member of different pediatricsocieties. Sharing as speaker with oral presentation in a multi.

Dr. Eslam Tawfik El-Baroudy

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Eslam T. El-Baroudy is a Professor and Consultant of Pediatrics at faculty of Medicine, 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 behavioral 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.” degree in General Paediatrics, also he obtained his Paediatric 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). Also he is an international instructor of the Paediatric Fundamentals Critical Care Support (PFCCS) course accredited by the American Society of Critical Care Medicine (ASCCM). In addition to his long experience dealing with feeding and nutritional problems, he has an interest in diagnosis and management of allergic and asthmatic patients and a special interest in renal diseases especially of the metabolic nature and he has published in all these aspects in reputable journals. Finally, Dr. Eslam El Baroudy is the founder and the President of the Annual International Paediatric Summit Congress (IPS)

Dr. Fatme Al Anouti

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates She is an Associate Professor at Zayed University Department of Natural Science and Public Health, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She is the Assistant Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. She holds a PhD degree in Clinical Biochemistry and M.Sc in Clinical Chemistry and another in medical Microbiology and Immunology. Her current research looks into the biochemical and genetic basis of Vitamin D Deficiency among UAE nationals. Her most recent work with other researchers had resulted in the publication of clinical guidelines for vitamin D within the UAE. She has been awarded the Abu Dhabi Medical Distinction Award for research contributions in public health field pertaining to vitamin D studies within the UAE. She has numerous publications and presentations at international and national conferences and is a member of many professional organizations like the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, Vitamin D council and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association. Linkedin Account:https://www.linkedin.com/in/fatme-al-anouti-29b63a26

Dr. Habiba I. Ali (PhD, RD, CDE)

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Dr. Habiba Ali is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Nutrition and Health Department, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University. She is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Canada and Certified Diabetes Educator by the 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. She is an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health

Dr. Hadia Radwan

United Arab Emirates

Shehas earned her BSc. and MSc. from the American University of Beirut in Nutrition and Dietetics and her Ph.D. from Teesside University –UK. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at the College of Health Sciences, the University of Sharjah since September 2013. She had worked previously in several hospitals as dietitian and nutrition training specialist and organized many nutrition and dietetic training programs and workshops for the dietitians. Shehad many publications in the area of nutrition and dietetics. Her areas of research include Maternal and child nutrition. She is the PI for several research projects grants:-Al Jalila Foundation Grant : "Mother and Infant Cohort Research (MISC)", as well as another grant from Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences: "Examining Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy, Infant Feeding Method, and Postnatal Mental Health among Women in the United Arab Emirates: A Cohort Study".

Ms. Hala Tajrine

United Arab Emirates

Ms. Hala Tajrine completed all her schooling and higher education in Canada and graduated from McGill University with a Major in Dietetics and Human Nutrition with a Distinction. She have always been passionate about community nutrition and this is reflected in having done part of her internship at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, worked at schools, medical centers and participated in various activations tailored to the public in the GCC area. She has moved to the UAE 20 months ago, she has embarked on a challenging role at a food outlet that offers plant based meats and healthy catering

Dr. Haleamah Al Sabbah

United Arab Emirates

Associate Professor and Chair of Health Sciences Department at Zayed University in Dubai. Completed my Ph.D in Public Health Nutrition (Ph.D in Medical Sciences) in 2008 from the Faculty of Medicine, Gent University, Belgium. Awarded a doctoral scholarship from Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC). 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 2011 to 2012. Published numerous numbers of articles in scientific journals and served as an editorial board member and reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Hiroki Wakamatsu


Dr. Hiroki Wakamatsu received his Ph.D. in Agriculture from United Graduate School of Agricultural Science Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 2018. After completion of his degree he was appointed as a Faculty Assistant Professor in the Institute of Agriculture at Tokyo University Agriculture and Technology and CEO of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd. His research focuses on organic chemistry and food chemistry. He has experience of globally collaborated research and business developing with universities and companies. Globally collaborating, he is trying to launch innovative businesses.

Dr. Jagmeet Madan


Dr. Jagmeet Madan is an eminent Nutritionist, National President, Indian Dietetic Association (2019-2021), Principal and Professor- Department of Food Nutrition and Dietetics at Sir Vithaldas Thackersey College of Home Science (Autonomous), SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She is a gold medalist and recipient of ‘Young Scientist Award’ and ‘Dr. Ramanathan Award’ by the Nutrition Society of India, National Institute of Nutrition, and Hyderabad. She is a recipient of the prestigious International Research Grant award - PNPG Grant (Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group – 2017) from American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA. She is an Expert on the FSSAI Scientific panels on Labelling and Claims/Advertisement and Scientific Panel of Nutrition and Fortification from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2022. She has more than 50 publications in International and National Peer reviewed Journals and Books.

Ms.Jamilla Ahmed

United Arab Emirates

She is a senior officer in health promotion Abu Dhabi Public Health center she Conducts training and workshop and leading projects to improving the physical, mental, social and spiritual health and wellbeing of the people in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, she is the project leader for the Public Health Ambassador program it is an initiative to emphasize the role and shared responsibility of all segments of society and individuals in order to promote health of individuals and encourage them to adopt healthier practices ,160 ambassadors were trained . She was a Regional master trainer for Cancer control program in Al Ain , Jamila was the new nurse graduate facilitator for al Ain for 5 years ,and the coordinator of IBCLC program ,and WHO Baby friendly hospital workshops ,she was member different committees related to her and strategic planes .She presented in regional international ,Jamila took the second place In Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance .

Prof. Joseph Haddad


He is Professor of Pediatrics Saint George University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Balamand University Beirut Lebanon, He is an Advisor to the Minister of social affairs and labor of the Lebanese Government 1998-2000Advisor to the Minister of environment of the Lebanese Government 2000-2002, Advisor to the Minister of parliamentary affairs 2002-2004 and General Coordinator of the Global Movement for Children Lebanon Yes Campaign UNNational Representative of the Lebanese Republic to the World Summit of Children UN New York ,May 2002. He is a Consultant UNICEF Lebanon Crisis for nutritional issues Consultant WHO Lebanon and a Director of Research and Development Sesobel (NGO for handicapped Children). Member of the Higher Council for Disabled Persons Ministry of Social Affairs LebanonMember of the Lebanese Order of Physicians Board 2013-2016, Head of the Lebanese Order of Physicians Scientific Committee 2015.

Dr. Khalid A. Al-Madani

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

He holds a Doctor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Tulane University (USA), 1984. He pursued his Master’s degree in Public Health. From Tulane University (USA), 1979, while he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (Very Good) from University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1972. Dr. Al-Madani was supervising a team of Nutritionists and others in Jeddah, Makkah and Taif Area (Makkah Region) up to 2006. WHO Temporary advisor in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2004. Represented the Ministry of Health in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1999 for WHO meeting and Committee of Nutrition for Executive Board of Council Ministers of Health for the Gulf Co-operation States in 1997 and 1999. Published 36 scientific papers in the international peer review Journals. Short term Consultant to the World Bank from February 4, 2013 to April 30, 2013 on Public Health. Author and Co-Author more than 50 Arabic Books on Food and Nutrition for Health Professionals and Public. Currently a Consultant in Clinical Nutrition, Member of the Board of ILSI Middle East, and Member of the Board of Saudi Society for Food and Nutrition.

Professor Lily Stojanovska MSc. PhD.

United Arab of Emirates

Lily Stojanovska is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences at Victoria University, Visiting Professor in the College of Food and Agriculture UAEU and honorary Professor several Universities in Asia, Europe and the USA. For over 27 years she has been involved in medical research, teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in the area of women's health, well-being and nutrition. She has over 150 publications in international journals and has presented her research findings at national and international conferences and seminars. Professor Lily is often an invited speaker on women’s health issues at research and educational seminars as well as a guest speaker at community meetings. Dr. Lily is a co-author of 4 books: “The Other Fact of Life: Taking Control of Menopause”; “Menopause for Dummies”; “Food and Nutrition for Dummies” and “The Chocolate Diet”. Professor Stojanovska is a founder and Chair of the Women’s Wellness at Victoria University and her achievements has been listed annually the Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2006 and in who is Who Internationally since 2010. She is a recipient of many awards including the Australian Honour Roll of Women as an international educator in women’s health and Vice Chancellor’s Peak Award for community engagements in the Women’s Health and Wellness.

Dr. Luai Ahmed

United Arab Emirates

Dr Ahmed is an Associate Professor of epidemiology at the Institute of Public health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University. He has special interest in the epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases, and the fields of study designs, research methodology, and data analysis. He has contributed to various successful research projects, received many research grants, and published several scientific articles. His current research focuses on the epidemiology of diabetes, cancer, and the mother and child health. Dr Ahmed is the PI for the “Mutaba’ah” Mother and Child Health Study. He is also a co-investigator in many other research projects.

Dr. Mahmoud Saleh Elhalik

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mahmoud Saleh Elhalik; MD, DCH, ABP (PhD Pediatrics), IBCLC, iFAAP, FRCPCH (UK) He is a Consultant Neonatologist, Head of Neonatology Unit / Latifa Women and Children Hospital. Director of Neonatology Fellowship Program – DHA, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor / Mentor.Over 25 years of experience in Perinatal-Neonatal medicine. A Special interest in Neonatal Nutrition, Neonatal Sepsis, Quality Improvement Projects in NICU and Neonatal Resuscitation. 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.Many Publications; journals and book chapter & Member of editorial boards of many Pediatrics & Neonatal Journals. Project Initiator and Director of Dubai Neonatal Network “DNN”.

Dr. Mario J Soares


Mario J Soares is a physician-scientist with a formal grounding in human nutrition and physiology. He is a tenured Teaching & Research Academic at Curtin University, Perth Australia with a cross appointment as Adjunct Professor, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore India. Mario teaches into the undergraduate Nutrition and postgraduate Dietetic degrees at Curtin University, and has previously worked at other institutes around the world. As a nutritional physiologist, Mario has a long standing interest in human energy metabolism in the regulation of body weight, from chronic energy deficiency to obesity. In particular is the measurement of resting and postprandial metabolic events as they pertain to energy balance, insulin sensitivity and endothelial function. Mario is currently Co-Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Mr. Mark Hollingsworth

United Kingdom

Mark Hollingsworth is the CEO of the Nutrition Society, a scientific learned society, based in London, United Kingdom, a position he has held since July 2014. Hollingsworth began his career by serving for 16 years in a variety of roles as a military officer in the Royal Air Force. Hollingsworth then developed extensive experience in the non-profit sector, serving as a Director, Vice-President, Executive Director and Board Chair. This was followed by a two-year period as a visiting lecturer on Leadership at the University of Winnipeg in Canada. He returned to the United Kingdom in 2014 to take up his role as CEO of the Nutrition Society. Hollingsworth, in his capacity of CEO, also serves on the UK Parliamentary Scientific Advisory Committee, The Royal Society of Biology Strategic Partners Group and the UK Medical CEOs Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He was awarded CEO of the Year (Life Sciences) 2018 by CEO Today magazine, and named one of the Global 100 CEOs of the Year in 2019.

Ms. Masooma Hussain Safar Aljasmi

United Arab Emirates

UAE University, College of Food Systems (Al-Ain, UAE):Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, Food Technology & Nutrition Science from the United Arab Emirates University. From 2002 to 2006 as dietitian at LH offering nutrition counseling for pediatric such as failure to thrive type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes, hypertension, weight management, Constipation. From 2007 as clinical dietitian counseling metabolic disorders, adult and child obesity and critical cases in the intensive care unit, burn, tube feeding, cerebral palsy, allergies- and epilepsy. Assistant head of the clinical nutrition Section from 2002 to 2015. Senior clinical Dietitian until 2010. In 2015, she joined Al Jalila Children’s as a Head of Clinical Nutrition Section.

Dr. Mo'ath Bataineh


Dr. Bataineh is an associate professor of human Nutrition and head of the Sport Rehabilitation Department at Hashemite University. He has been studying the aspects of Nutrition related to health and athletic performance since 1998. He worked with elite athletes as a Sports Nutrition expert. He teaches basic and advanced courses in Nutrition, Physiology, and Statistics. Dr. Bataineh's research focuses on the health, Immunological, and Physiological responses to Nutritional interventions, and the validity of current nutritional concepts. Dr. Bataineh earned his Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in exercise physiology from Wayne State University. His previous teaching experience was at Wayne State University and United Arab Emirates University.)

Dr. Mo’ez Ezzat

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mo’ez –Al-Islam Faris got his three higher university degrees from the University of Jordan in the field of human nutrition. Recently, Dr. Faris has been completed Harvard Medical School/ Global Clinical Scholar Research Training (GCSRT) Program. Dr. Faris works now as an associate professor the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics/University of Sharjah, with seventeen years’ experience in the academic field in four Arabian universities. Dr. Faris published more than 50 original research and review articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and abstracts, with dozens of public articles in popular magazines in different Arab countries. Dr. Faris is a an author and co-author in a list of scientific and academic refereed books and participated in editing and reviewing a number of important Arabic books in nutrition. Dr. Faris is a member and a founder of a number of associations and professional societies and specialized committees and editorial member of a number of journals.

Ms. Muna Al Haway

United Arab Emirates

She is the Assistant Director for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Nutrition Consultant & Head of Nutrition Department in AlQassimi Women’s & Children’s Hospital for Women, Childbirth and Children in Sharjah, Under the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, Holds a Master of Science in Hospital Management from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition from UAE University. She Graduate of the UAE Government Leadership Program of the Council of Ministers - Future Leaders Category. Graduate of the Rubu’ Qarn Century Foundation's Sharjah Leadership Training Program, under the supervision of Sharjah's 'Development'. Founder and active member of the Friends of Kidney Patients Association of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, winner of Sharjah Medical Region Award for Career Excellence, Al Qasimi Hospital Award for Career Excellence - Supervisory Category. Trained a large number of female students in nutrition departments in different universities in the country. Organized several nutritional meetings and chaired scientific sessions, she Participated in the presentation of various working papers in many scientific conferences and seminars. She is an associate member of many nutritional research in cooperation with various universities in the country.

Dr. Naser Ibrahim

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Naser Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food, Nutrition and Health at the UAEU. He completed his PhD degree in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba (UM), Canada (2015) and received a certificate in higher education teaching from the same university. He completed his Master’s degree in Nutrition and dietetics at the University of Toronto, Canada (2008), and his undergraduate degree in Public Health and Nutrition at the University of Garyounis, Libya (2002). He brings to this position extensive experience in teaching, animal studies, biomedical and Public Health Nutrition research. His research focuses on investigating the effects of kidney disease, dietary proteins and lipids on renal oxylipins metabolism and disease progression in animal models of kidney diseases. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and has spoken at academic conferences around the world. Before joining the UAEU, Dr. Ibrahim worked as a Research Associate and a Lecturer at the University of Manitoba for Five years and for the University of Ottawa for one year. His work at the Manitoba Centre for health policy (UM) provided him with excellent experience in community-based primary health care and patients’ engagement research. He received 18 National and International awards in recognition of his valuable contributions to nutrition and health services research. In 2017, He received the Patients and Public Engagement Award from the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and a teaching award from the UM, Canada. He was also nominated for the Distinguished Trainee Research Award in primary health care at the North American Primary Care Research group conference in Colorado Springs, US (2017). Dr. Ibrahim is a father of two beautiful kids, Sajed (11 years) and Camillia (9 years). Dr. Ibrahim likes to be around people, read, play soccer ball and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

Dr. Osama Kamal Alalla

United Arab Emirates

Dr. Osama Kamal Alalla is currently a Specialist in Health and Physical Activities at the Abu Dhabi Sport Council. 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.

Prof. Philip Calder

United Kingdom

Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an internationally recognized researcher on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids. His research addresses both life course and translational considerations. He has received many awards and prizes for his work including the prestigious Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016). Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012), Chair of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (2012-2016) and President of the Nutrition Society (2016-2019). He is currently President- of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition.

Ms. Razan Shwayhat

United Arab Emirates

She Studied Nutrition and Food Processing at Jordan University. A Board of Trustees at the Royal Health Awareness Society - Jordanian Organization created by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdallah. She is an influencer in the digital media and TV such as Roya TV, CNNArabic, MBC, Al Arabia, Dubai TV, Sama Dubai and Abu Dhabi TV. And radio at Mazaj radio station. Author of the book “Ghizaak Sihtak”. Ambassador for Nestle, and Inbody Body Composition. She works with restaurants twisting recipes to healthier option and analyzes the content. She Practices dietetics at Euro Arabian MC – Dubai. Certified Food Addiction Counsellor and a Member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Samar ElFeky


Medical Doctor qualified in Public Health from University of Liverpool, UK and Maternal and Child Health from Cairo University. Dr ElFeky got many training certificates in research, maternal and child health, reproductive health, quality of health care services, accreditation and health system management from national and international universities. Working experience in WHO/EMRO in Primary and Community Health Care and WHO country office of Somalia in Health System and Maternal and Child Health Care. Dr ElFeky participated in introducing Healthy City Programme in some countries of the Region including Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab of Emirates and Sudan. In addition, Dr ElFeky participated in implementing Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART) in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Tunisia. Dr ElFeky has many publications in the field of planning effective communication strategies, community health workers, home health care for elderly and community based disaster risk reduction.

Prof. Sanaa Shabaan


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

Mrs. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh

United Arab Emirates

Mrs. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh is a Consultant of Clinical Dietetics Nutrition Department for Dubai Health Authority-Dubai. She graduated from the medical Allied Sciences Yarmouk University, Jordan, before gaining an M.Sc in Food Science and Nutrition from Clayton University in the USA. Mrs. Ayesh’s other qualifications include a Diploma in Nutrition from the American Association of Continuing Medical Education (AACME), the European, ESPEN Diploma in Nutrition & Metabolism and Diploma in Therapeutic Nutrition and ESPEN Life-Long Learning Programme on Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism Teach the Teacher - TLLL COURSE IN CLINICAL NUTRITION – 10.09.2017. She has also set the Accredited Curriculum in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sharjah (Clinical Nutrition Department) and she is Adjunct and Advisory Board Member as well as part-time lecturer for College of Health Science, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics in University of Sharjah. Mrs. Ayesh’s greatest achievements is initiating the establishment of the Clinical Nutrition Department at the Clinical Support Services Sector of DHA, where she has led by putting in place the policies and procedures whilst also remaining an active member in the International Accreditation that Rashid Hospital was awarded to in 2007. Mrs. Ayesh is also an author of several publications and is a frequent speaker at International and national conferences and also holds membership of a large number of Nutrition related academic and clinical bodies including the International Congress of Nutrition, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the International Diabetic Dietetics Association. She is also a founder of Sweet Kidz Group in the UAE from 2003 until present and is currently a volunteer Member of Friend for Diabetes in the UAE since 2009.

Dr. Wael Bahbah, MD


Dr. Wael A. Bahbah, A.professor and Consultant of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition at faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Egypt. He runs the Feeding Clinic and attends to children and babies with feeding difficulties, failure to thrive & nutritional behavioral disorders. Dr. Bahbah is a graduate of Menoufia University where he obtained his Master degree (M.Sc.) and Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.). Dr. Bahbah is an International Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).In addition to his long experience dealing with feeding and nutritional problems, he has an interest in diagnosis and management of allergic and asthmatic patients and a special interest in GIT diseases and he has published in all these aspects in reputable journals. Finally, Dr. Wael Bahbah is the founder and the President of the Annual International Congress of Pediatrics (PEDIA EGYPT CONGRESS).

Dr. Zakaria Al Salam

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Zakariya Al Salam is a consultant neonatologist and head of pediatrics and neonatology, Saudi German Hospital, Dammam-Saudi Arabia. He holds pediatric board (Arab, Saudi, Jordanian, MRCPCH) and Fellowship of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Master of Pediatrics (Basic Sciences) - University of Alberta-Canada and FRCPCH (UK). In addition, he is a peer reviewer and member of advisory boards of scientific journals. Dr. Zakariya has special interest in research, evidence based practice, training, education, quality and recently in health economics.