Anwar is a clinical dietitian with over 9 years experience and has been working at Amana Healthcare for over 6 years. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics and holds a Masters of Public Health Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian holding licenses in the United States, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Amer Wedyan is Speech and Language Therapist at ACPN. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2010. Mr. Wedyan has been in the UAE healthcare rehabilitation sector since 2011 across different cities.
Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree in 2010, Mr. Wedyan started out initially working at a government center in Jordan. He moved to the UAE in 2011, where he worked as Speech and Language Pathologist at Cedra Center for two years. He was then appointed at Ministry of Social Affairs in Dubai in 2013 where he worked as Speech and Language Pathologist for three years. He then moved to Abu Dhabi in 2016 to Berlin Medical and Neurological Rehabilitation as Head of Department for Speech and Language Therapy. He was tasked with evaluation and diagnosis of new cases and with therapeutic intervention planning. He supervised therapy sessions and worked with families on the progress of their child to determine short and long-term goals and outcomes.
Mr. Wedyan is skilled at management of cases related to dysarthria, aphasia and apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome and other developmental disorders, ADHD, stuttering, articulation disorders, as well as hearing impairments. He also has completed programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Hanen – Learning Language and Loving It. He has taken up workshops in the treatment of swallowing disorders and oral placement therapy - TalkTools.
Entity: Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC)-Community Development Authority
A senior bilingual speech-language therapist at DECDC- Community Development Authority. He is a licensed SLT in Dubai Health Authority and he is a member of the German speech-language therapist (DBS). He has practicing in the public and private centers for more 10 years. Educated and trained in Germany and South Africa. He has extensive experience in various areas including hearing loss and cochlear implant rehabilitation, developmental language disorders, phonological disorders, Articulation problems, Language Processing, , Learning Disabilities, Social Communication,
Entity: Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC)-Community Development Authority
A senior bilingual speech-language therapist at DECDC- Community Development Authority. She is a licensed SLT in Dubai Health Authority. She has practicing in the public and private centers for more 10 years. Educated and trained in Lebanon. She has extensive experience in various areas including developmental language delay, fluency problems, childhood autism, Articulation problems, Language Processing, Social Communication and phonological disorders
Mira El Ghaziri is a nutrition scientist and health policy expert with 15+ years of experience in nutrition, global health policy, external engagement and multi-stakeholder collaboration around nutrition and food sustainability.
Mira is currently the Managing Director at HealthyPath, a health policy and nutrition consultancy firm, which supports organizations to effectively address health and food sustainability challenges and be on a right path. She believes in the power of multi-stakeholder and inter-sectoral collaboration to address key health issues, related to obesity and associated non-communicable diseases and food system sustainability. Her recent focus is around enhancing food systems sustainability with thesis around policies needed in the UAE to make a transition to a healthier more sustainable diet.
Prior to that, she held different roles in multinational food companies to drive the
nutrition strategy for better food choices, led on partnerships with governmental entities and healthcare professionals and assessed key nutrition-focused regulations that address public health. Previously, Mira also
worked as an academic researcher to address key national health topics.
Supervisor and senior speech language pathologist
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Sona Ayanikalath, a clinician and a researcher, is currently working as the supervisor of the speech language pathology in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. She has a Ph.D. in Speech Language Therapy from the University Of KwaZulu Natal South Africa.
She has a wide range of experience in the field of speech language pathology for over 15 years, with her main area of interest being in dysphagia intervention. She is the chair of the SEHA Allied Health Education Committee and the chair of the SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Co.) Speech Language Pathology Advisory Committee. She was a member of the speech language pathology examination panel at the Department of Health (Abu Dhabi). She is a frequent speaker at various international conferences and supervises/mentors junior speech language pathologists.
Human Resources Professional with 10+ years of Human Resources experience and demonstrated history of working in Education, IT, Communication, Outsourcing, and Banking Sectors. Skilled in Recruitment, HR Policies, Employee Relation, Training and Development, Payroll and Performance Management. Gratified to work at MRC-NECC in role of a Human Resource Coordinator since 2020.
Studied Bachelor of Science in Dietitics, UAEU 2018
DOH (HAAD) Licensed Dietitian, Currently working in Reem hospital in Abu Dhabi for acute care and rehabilitation, previously worked with NMC- Provita International Medical Center ( long term care and rehabilitation). Greatly passionate about what nutritionists/dietitians do as allied health support services, It’s incredibly fulfilling work to help people achieve their goals and inspire someone to take control of their health once and for all.
Elsa is a supervisor dietitian at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City in Abu Dhabi, which she joined in May 2021.
She qualified as registered dietitian in South Africa and worked as clinical dietitian in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE.
Since 2002, Elsa worked in tertiary hospitals in UAE. She has experience in all clinical fields including adults and paediatrics.
For years she is focusing on nutrition support and participate with the multidisciplinary teams in intensive care units as certified nutrition support clinician developing nutrition care plans for patients as well as design and implement nutrition related protocols and policies.
Elsa participate regularly in education programs and loves sharing clinical nutrition knowledge.
Jennifer Bradley is DOH certified and has a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. Jennifer has experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations in a variety of settings and diagnoses. She joined MRC-NECC in 2015 and is currently the Program Specialist of the Occupational Therapy and Adaptive Physical Education Department.
I'm MOH licensed dietitian working in healthcare center in Ras Al Khaimah. With an aim to contribute positively towards objectives of the hospital, using my nutritional science education and skills as my key tools.
Linda Bailey is the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies and Professional Development at MRC-NECC. She has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2007 and practicing in the UAE since 2009. During her career, she has worked as a direct care provider for a home-based program, an early intervention preschool, the NECC (Boston) Residential program, and the MRC-NECC preschool. After receiving her BCBA, Linda became a clinical supervisor, working with both preschool and secondary students before moving into her current role in staff professional development and training in 2015.
Lizé Rooi is a Speech-Language pathologist working at Mohammad Bin Rashid Center for Special Education-Operated by New England Center for Children (MRC-NECC), in Abu Dhabi. She has earned her Master’s degree in AAC at the Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has experience in working at tertiary hospital and rehabilitation center settings, where she mostly worked with children ages 0-6 years old. Lizé has special interest in AAC, pediatric feeding and early language development.
Louis Fourie is a Registered Counsellor and Clinical Psychologist (Intern), Masters in Clinical Psychology at UAEU (In progress)
Awarded with a Bpsych (Counselling), Social work & English from Nelson Mandela Bay University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Health Professions Council of South Africa -
Registered Counsellor, School Counsellor at GEMS Wesgreen International School
Completed training as a Registered Counsellor in 2016.
Private practice: Trauma counselling, social/emotional support, career counselling & scholastic assessments. Moved to the UAE in January 2017 . GEMS Wesgreen International School - Secondary Boys . Currently completing Masters in Clinical Psychology at UAEU
Section head healthy nutrition at Abu Dhabi Public Health Center , Master degree in health care management from the royal college of surgeon , certified Weight management consultant from American fitness association , winner of DOH excellence award on innovation category , Manage supervision of all community nutrition programming in all locations in Abu Dhabi such as displaying calories on the ,ensure, healthy groceries, breast feeding and obesity.
Corporate Nutrition Manager, Abela & Co.
27 years of mixed experiences in the field of clinical nutrition, teaching, food service management and currently working with Abela Co. Foodservices and Consultancy Company, overseeing all nutrition related activities involved with feeding and educating different age groups in hospitals, educational institutions, corporate, labour and supervising nutrient profiling, ingredient listing and compliance with local and regional food labelling regulations.
Associate Director – Nutrition Science
Middle East & India
Ankita Marwaha has been with PepsiCo for over ten years.
In her current role, Ankita is responsible for leading PepsiCo’s agenda on Nutrition, Health and Wellness, driving research, advocacy and awareness programs in Middle East & India. Ankita’s role helps PepsiCo in moving into the area of work that has public health relevance particularly through transforming its core portfolio through sugar, sodium, saturated reduction & having Nutrition extensions and innovations
Ankita has over 20 years of experience in the FMCG segment. During this period, she has been associated with eminent companies like Unilever and Marico Ltd having worked in the area of product development, nutrition and clinical research. She has been involved in clinical research in the area of Diabetes & Cholesterol Management & has both national & international published papers to her credit.
Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC)
Mr. Husain Al Haddad working in Abu Dhabi Public Health Center as A section Head in Support and Coordination. Having spent around 12 years at several government entities in HR field . Also he is the Official speaker in Abu Dhabi Public Health center.
Education: Bachelor in HR Management from Higher College of technology.
Diploma in Artificial intelligent from Oxford University.
Awards: Awarded the Community Service Officer in the DOH Abu Dhabi Excellence Award in 2018.
Nawal Al Jneibi is a Head Unit Food Services in Residential Life Section at United Arab Emirates University.
Nawal has a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science - Industrial Food and Nutrition from UAEU.
Nawal participated in many conferences and events related to food and nutrition outside and inside the country and she has a membership in several of associations.
In 2006 she participated in the 1st Emirates Conference for Nutrition and was awarded as the best research in nutrition. Moreover, she had published scientific papers and posters.
Nuala Genyk, BScKin, MScPT, has been working at MRC-NECC as a physiotherapist and adapted physical education teacher since 2019. After obtaining her Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alberta, Canada, Nuala started working in a variety of public and private practice physiotherapy settings. With 13 years of experience in pediatric physiotherapy, Nuala enjoys helping MRC-NECC students develop and maintain their mobility, muscle strength and motor skills.
South African-qualified and trained Registered Dietitian holding 24 years experience in clinical nutrition, 22 of which was in acute care facilities. Shenesha's interest has mainly focused on the pediatric population in various care settings i.e., general care, specialized and intensive care. Since November 2019, Shenesha commenced with her role as a Clinical Dietitian at Zayed Higher Organization, a position she has held for the last 2 years.
Abeer Al Shuaibi is a qualified Career Counsellor with a BTEC level 4 professional diploma in Career Counselling from Edexcel, UK and a Master’s degree in Strategic Human Resources Management. Through her 13 years+ experience, she had the opportunity to conceptualize and develop a comprehensive plan to enhance career services customized to the university’s needs and aligned in scale and function with the offer at international universities that have excellent reputation for graduate employability. She is passionate about helping people to find their passions, discover their interests, realize their abilities, develop their skills and eventually create a successful career. Inspired by people’s potentials that can be recognized and released through both individual and group sessions.
Angela Kent is a Speaking Center tutor who deals with student consultations and workshops such as building fluency, public speaking, and interviews. She also has extensive experience as a classroom instructor in the Gulf region as well as North Africa and Italy.
Bassam Yousef Al Khatib Lecturer, Expert Educator, Faculty, Consultant, Int. Coach & Int. Trainer, Expert in Businesses I.T., A.I., UAEU Leadership Program Expert & Mentor, Entrepreneurship, Internship, Innovation & creativity, Creativity & Innovation .
CELTA Certified from Cambridge in UK. A proactive & dynamic Professional Faculty, educator, International Coach & Trainer, Consultant, Life Business & Innovation with full of positive energy and positive thinking. Bassam is an expert in UAE and UAEU Leadership Program Mentor, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Business, Marketing, I.T., Innovation & creativity, Internship, Accounting, Finance, Multiple Intelligences, positive energy, Awareness & Personal Development.
Dr. Mohammed Al Waqfi is associate professor of human resources management at the United Arab Emirates university. He holds a Master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in human resource management from McMaster University. Dr. Waqfi's areas of expertise include human resource management in developing economy contexts, career management, and employment policies and HR localization in the GCC region. Before joining the UAE University, he taught at McMaster University and Acadia University in Canada. Dr. Waqfi provided consulting services for governments and leading organizations in the GCC region. He has participated as guest speaker and presenter in numerous international conferences and symposiums. His research has appeared in leading international journals. He has worked with the career center at UAEU for may years and delivered numerous workshops for students on various career development issues.
Leen Ahmad Salloum is Social worker at Gulf international Academic private school, following up student’s behavior, creating behavioral modification plans, code of conduct and counseling session and Achievements – Student’s self-development program
She is an advanced student and intern, completing the Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at UAEU .
Hamdaa Alkarbi is a Speech language pathologist with successful experience in various disabilities and special education. As well one of the people determination and mother of one daughter. Hamdaa specializes in general linguistics and her minor is Aphasia, and regularly attends conferences for special education and speech therapy, such as assistive technology, hearing aids, speech, swallowing and psychology. A strong believer in the power of loving what you are doing, Hamdaa attaches to being professional, maintains sincerity and honesty, and builds a bridge of connection with the students' families. Also, am concern to complete MA and PHD in the field to be one of the leader to help and establish effective SLP community. I enjoy a good Netflix binge and reading books, long walking in nature and yoga class.
Clinical Dietitian AHS - SEHA
Noura completed her Bachelor degree in Nutritional Science from UAE University in 2013. Noura began her career as a medical education coordinator at Daman for one year, and now he has 8 years' experience as clinical dietitian in AHS - SEHA. She has experience in,, medical nutrition therapy (obesity, overweight, underweight, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes), nutrition education and counselling, enteral nutrition for homecare patients, community nutrition (many outreach activities conducted by her). At present, she work as Dietitian in Neima clinic in Al-Ain city
from the University of Pretoria. Zakkiya’s clinical experience, prior to moving to the UAE, includes working in private practice, schools, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. She is currently working in Tawam Hospital as Senior Speech Language Therapist. Zakkiya has experience in a variety of settings with both paediatric and adult clients with a special focus on neonates and paediatrics. She is an advocate for early intervention and is passionate about working with children and their families to promote social, emotional and behavioural health.
Dietitian, Mediclinic Al Ain hospital
Maryam Saleh Almarzooqi, permits and food control officer in food safety department at Dubai municipality. Maryam has graduated from Zayed University in 2016 with a nutrition and public health bachelor’s degree. Later worked as food inspection officer in Dubai municipality food safety department, inspection section for 4 years before joining permits applied nutrition section. Currently working in permits, training and auditing food training centers
Entity: Danone Specialized Nutrition Middle East, South East Asia & Africa
Work experience : Worked for 18 years as clinical dietician in both government sector & private sector, of which the last 12 years worked as Head of Department(HOD) – Dietetics, in one of the largest hospitals in KZN (South Africa) . For 10 years, was extensively involved as lecturer and trainer in both under & post graduate dietetic student training at the renowned university of KZN(SA). Have been instrumental in developing local and regional nutritional policies, dietary guidelines and protocols for government sector. Served 4 years on board of the Health Professional Council of South Africa board – HPCSA (which is the statuary body that governs all health care professionals in the country). My role extensively involved in reviewing, evaluating, revising university training programmes & curricula offering degrees in dietetics and/or nutrition. During my time of working in SA, I was an active member of ADSA (South African Dietetic Association).