Category: Delegate

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nathapong Chitniratna

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nathapong Chitniratna is the President of Thaksin University Thailand. He has been in this position for almost two years. Prior to this he was the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nathapong Chitniratna received Ph.D. in Social Development from Naresuan University, M.Sc. in Environmental Management from Prince of Songkla University, and B.A. in Political Science from Ramkamhaeng University, Thailand.

Prof. Jens Wolling

Wolling, Jens, Prof. Dr., born in 1962,
1987-1993 Studies of Communication Science at the University of Berlin (FU Berlin).
Master Thesis: „Television in our daily life. Factors influencing television use and program interest“.
1993-1998 Research Assistant at the University of Dresden (TU Dresden).
Doctoral Thesis: Media effects on political alienation.
1999-2003 Assistant Professor at the University of Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau).
2003-2006 Professor for Communicator Research und Online Research at the University of Munich (LMU München).
Since 2006 Professor for Communication Research and Political Communication at the University of Ilmenau (TU Ilmenau)
Research on communication of “big challenges” media effects and media use related to sustainability and environmental issues, political communication, media quality.

Prof Dr.-Ing. Florian Puch

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Florian Puch heads the plastics technology group at the Ilmenau University of Technology since March 1st, 2021, and is scientific head of the Thuringian Institute for Textile and Plastics Research e.V. (TITK) in Rudolstadt and, since July 1st, 2023, managing director of the Ostthüringische Materialprüfgesellschaft für Textil- und Kunststoffe mbH (OMPG). At the Thuringian Innovation Center for Mobility (ThIMo), Florian Puch is responsible for the core competence of plastics technology and lightweight construction and at the same time acts as deputy director of the ThIMo. Before that, he held various positions in research and development, technology, and marketing at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen and the MBCC Group in Mannheim, a provider of construction chemical products and solutions spun off from BASF. In addition to his professional work, Florian Puch successfully completed his MBA studies at the Mannheim Business School in 2018. He began his scientific career at the Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, where he received his doctorate in 2015. Florian Puch previously studied mechanical engineering and economics at RWTH Aachen University. On a voluntary basis, he is chairman of the board of the Research Association for Materials from Sustainable Raw Materials e.V., a member of the board of PolymerMat e.V. and the support association for plastics technology at the Technical University of Ilmenau e.V. as well as a member of the strategy advisory board “Industrial Production and Systems” of the Free State of Thuringia and the strategy advisory board of the Lightweight Construction Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK).

Dr Keren Bielby-Clarke

Dr Keren Bielby-Clarke has been a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford since 2012, after receiving a PhD in Neuropathology from the University of Sheffield, then beginning her teaching career at the University of Leeds in 2005.
Dr Bielby-Clarke is an enthusiastic early-adopter of effective technology-enhanced learning practices, always preferring to utilise interactivity and student engagement over more didactic teaching methods. In recognising opportunities and utilising her experience and energy to overcome challenges, she develops engagement in class and autonomy beyond the lecture theatre, improving inclusivity and accessibility for students and staff, and recognising individual digital literacy and access. She provides support for colleagues and students, previously as an institutional Digital Learning Champion and more recently as an international Academic Champion and the lead for the institutional “Show & TEL” (technology-enhanced learning in teaching) group.
She is also the academic in charge of the University’s Integrated Life Sciences Learning Centre, leading in its development, and responsible for the successful integration of sustainable and inclusive approaches to anatomy and pathology teaching. Dr Bielby-Clarke continues to integrate traditional and sector-leading platforms in life sciences simulation and virtual anatomy across a wide range of programmes and disciplines, enhancing and broadening the student experience.

Dr Amani Al Aali

Dr Amani Alaali is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Department at Ahlia University in Bahrain. Alaali’s research interests are in localization and cross-cultural research and exploring the impact of cultural traditions on interior design practices. She focuses on the importance of incorporating local culture values and traditions into contemporary interior design practices that are often influenced by global design trends.

Professor Vadim Grinevich

Vadim Grinevich is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Innovation. Vadim’s key expertise is in the field of academic entrepreneurship, innovation and university-industry links. His research develops an inclusive approach which helps shed light on the nature and extent of entrepreneurial activities by academics with different intersectional profiles, from both STEM and non-STEM disciplines and across different types of universities. Vadim is also interested in digitally enabled sustainable entrepreneurship.

Before joining Bradford, Vadim has held key leadership roles. He was Head of Research at the Wolverhampton Business School. He led the Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Southampton Business School. He was also Faculty Director of Graduate School at Business, Law and Art & Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Vadim is keen to use all his knowledge, experience and skills to help further enhance the profile of the entrepreneurship & innovation education and research at the School of Management, with particular emphasis on the co-creation of value for communities, individuals and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Vadim holds a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge where he was a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar. He was a Regional Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington, D.C., and held research positions at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge-MIT Institute and Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies. He was lecturing at the University of Suffolk, and remains a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton.

Professor Dr Shamsul Sahibuddin

Prof Dr Shamsul is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs) for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Shamsul obtained his PhD in Software Engineering from Aston University, U.K. Prior to that; he graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science from Central Michigan University. His undergraduate qualification is a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Western Michigan University. He joined Mesiniaga Sdn. Bhd., sole agent dealer for IBM in Malaysia, in 1988 as Programmer Analyst. His responsibility was to design and develop software for the personal computer platform.

His 38 years of involvement in Information Technology started in 1982 when the PC industry was in its infancy. His interest now is in the area of Software Engineering, focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and their application in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Dr Christina Toigo

Christina Toigo received her Masters degree in polymer chemistry from the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and a PhD in electrochemistry from Alma Mater Studiorum – Universitá di Bologna, Italy. She has been in the field of electrochemistry and battery technology for more than 9 years in both industry and research, working on lithium- and sodium-ion batteries and combined systems for energy storage and hydrogen generation. She currently holds a professorship in “Hydrogen Technology and Energy Storage Systems” at University of Applied Sciences Wels, Austria, where she is focusing on sustainable materials, integration of complex energy systems and innovative approaches within this field. In her lectures, she shares real-world applications and practical insights, making complex concepts easily comprehensible.

Dr Maha Kobeil

Dr. Maha Kobeil, who is from Sudan, is the Dean and CEO of Majan University College, the first private higher education institution to be established in Oman and the first institution in Oman to be fully nationally accredited. Dr Kobeil was the first Arab female head of a private higher education institution in Oman.

Dr Kobeil received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Manchester; an MA in Applied Linguistics (Discourse Studies in Language Teaching and Learning) from the University of Liverpool; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Manchester. She has extensive experience in the areas of Applied linguistics, ELT, educational quality assurance, change management and innovation, and organisational leadership and development. Her expertise and interests extend to women in leadership and higher education.

For more than two decades, Dr. Kobeil has been actively involved in quality assurance and enhancement, academic standards, and accreditation activities as well as continuous professional development. She continues to play a leading role in championing and supporting the growth and development of higher education.

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