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  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Yousif Baniyas 

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

    Dr B​​aniya​​s 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....
  • Prof. Abdulsalam Ghaith 

    Prof. Abdulsalam Ghaith
    PhD, BSc

    Commissioner Ghaith received his BSc degree in Physics from Al-Mustansiriyah University, Ir​aq 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 a​nd Accreditation Council...
  • Prof. Aly S. Nazmy 

    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 Str​uctures and Mechanics from Princeton University, US​​​​A. He was the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) for 12 years...
  • Prof. Amjad Mohammad Qandil 

    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 Profes​sor of Medicinal...
  • Prof. Dr. Berthold Peter 

    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...
  • Dr. Basil Soufi 

    Dr. Basil Soufi
    PhD, MSc, BEng

    Commissioner Basil Soufi holds a BEng. Degree in Electronic Engineering fr​om Southampton University, UK and an MSc and PhD Degrees in Human-Computer Interaction from Loughborough University, UK. Prior to joining the CAA, Commissioner Soufi held senior leadership positions in both government and higher education. Most recently he was head of institutional effectiveness at IAT where he directed strategic planning processes and maintained multiple national and international accreditation and quality assurance...
  • Dr. Basem Barqawi 

    Dr. Basem Barqawi
    Ph.D., MSc., BSc.

    Commissioner Basem Barqawi obtained a BSc in Business Administration from Philadelphia university in Jordan, a MSc in Manageme​​nt Information Systems from Amman Arab University in Jordan, and a PhD in Quality Management from Salford University in UK. During 20 years in academia, Dr. Barqawi taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and ...
  • Dr. Dawit Teklu 

    Dr. Dawit Teklu
    PhD, MS, BA

    Commissioner Teklu is a seasoned higher education professional with over twenty ye​ars of experience. Most recently Dr. Teklu served as the Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment and Evaluation at Str​ayer University in Washington, DC. In that capacity he was responsible for coordinating the College’s institutional effectiveness and academic assessment activities...
  • Dr. Dhayaneethie Perumal 

    Dr. Dhayaneethie Perumal
    PhD, MA, BPharm, BSc

    Commissioner Perumal obtained her BSc, BPharm and a Research Masters in Pharmaceutics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a MA (LTHE) (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) from London Metropolitan University and a PhD in vaccine development from Imperial College, London. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK since 2015.
  • Prof. Emad Abuelrub 

    Prof. Emad Abuelrub
    PhD, MSc, BSc

    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...
  • Prof Huw Griffiths 

    Prof Huw Griffiths
    Ph.D., MSc., BSc.

    Commissioner Griffiths obtained a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales and a PhD from the University of Wales. In 1978, he joined the South Wales Electricity Board as an engineering apprentice. In 1984, he was appointed to an engineering post at the London headquarters of the Central Electricity Generating Board, working in ...
  • Prof. Jehad Ahmed Al-Sadi 

    Prof. Jehad Ahmed Al-Sadi
    PhD, MSc, Bsc

    Commissioner Al-Sadi holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from Tennessee ​State University, a MSc. in Computer Science from Jackson State University; USA, and a PhD in Computer Science from Glasgow University; UK. Prof. Al-Sadi served in different academic administrative positions in various universities. He served as a member of many Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committees at the...
  • Prof John Derek Woollins 

    Prof John Derek Woollins
    Ph.D., MSc., BSc.

    Commissioner Woollins is an eminent British synthetic inorganic and structural chemist who has a reagent named after him. He has published over 600 research papers and three books (including Inorganic Experiments which has sold over 20000 copies). He obtained his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1979. After spells as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Vancouver ...
  • Prof. Matthew A. Beedham 

    Prof. Matthew A. Beedham
    Ph.D., M.A., B.A. FHEA

    Commissioner Beedham has worked in Higher Education for over twenty-five years at universities around the world. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (UK) for prize-winning interdisciplinary research which blended literary linguistics, history, and critical theory. He received his M.A. from the University of Toronto (Canada), during which time...
  • Prof. Mohammed Al Jarrah 

    Prof. Mohammed Al Jarrah
    PhD, MSc, Bsc

    Commissioner AlJarrah holds a Dipl.Eng from Byelorussian Polytechnic Institute-USSR, an MSc. in Applied Mechanics from Yarmouk University-Jordan, and an MSc and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University; USA. Dr. AlJarrah served in all academic ranks being a faculty member. He is the founding director of the graduate Mechatronics program at AUS back in 2002. He served...
  • Prof. Mousa S. Mohsen 

    Prof. Mousa S. Mohsen
    PhD, MEng, MSc, Bsc

    Commissioner Mohsen holds BS & MS degrees in civil engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo, MS degree in mechanical engineering from University of Detroit, and PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. He has extensive academic experience through positions held with the American International University in Kuwait, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE, the ...
  • Prof. Dr. Judith Buchanan 

    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...
  • Prof. Dr. Kamal Alalaween 

    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. Rhys Rowland Jones 

    Prof. Rhys Rowland Jones
    PhD, MSc

    Commissioner Rowland-Jones returned to the Commission in January 2024. Previously he had chaired the 2019 revision of the UAE Higher Education National Standards for Licensure and Accreditation. The new Standards were approved and successfully implemented by the UAE Ministry for Education and introduced a risk-based approach to licensure and accreditation, and the publication of publicly available...
  • Prof. Rihab Khalifa 

    Prof. Rihab Khalifa
    PhD, MSc, BSc

    Commissioner Khalifa has nearly 20 years of academic and professional experience spanning international top ranked universities​ and business schools. Previously she was Acting Dean, as well as Vice Dean and Professor of Accounting at the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). She was also the founding Director of the Emirates Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (EILOA), setting in process major changes in learning outcomes practices for the country...
  • Prof. Rodney J. Simmons 

    Prof. Rodney J. Simmons
    Ph.D., S.M., M.S., B.S., CSP

    Commissioner Rodney “Rod” Simmons brings an interdisciplinary academic background with past faculty assignments in the USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the UAE. He completed his B.S. in Environmental Health Science and a M.S. in Chemistry (Environmental) at California State University, Northridge. Seeking better weather than is offered in Southern California, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he completed a S.M. in Industrial Hygiene at Harvard School of Public Health. He then moved to College Station, Texas where he completed his doctoral studies in...
  • Prof. Rhys Rowland Jones 

    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...
  • Dr. Tracy Ann Scholl 

    Dr. Tracy Ann Scholl
    PhD, MA, BA

    Commissioner Scholl received her BA with a double major in History and Philosophy, and MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Scholl most recently worked in UAEU where she has served as Associate Professor of Philosophy...
  • Prof. Thomas Hochstettler 

    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...
  • Prof. Youssef Abdel Magid 

    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...
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