Category: 2021 Delegate

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 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).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pantke

For many years, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pantke has been working at the interface between materials, design and production.

Born in Wickede an der Ruhr, Klaus Pantke first studied “Logistics” with a focus on production logistics and parallel to this “Industrial Engineering” at the Technical University of Dortmund (TU Dortmund). In his undergraduate studies, he focused on materials engineering, design and production. After completing both study programs, he remained at the TU Dortmund and worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Machining Technology (ISF). There, he dealt with the development of tools and processes as well as the influence of the manufacturing process on materials. In the course of numerous projects and research work with industry, he was able to combine his research activities with a wide range of practical experience. In addition, he supervised numerous student research projects and diploma theses and was at the same time coordinator of the study program “Industrial Engineering”.

After completing his doctoral thesis, in which Klaus Pantke developed a new type of sensor coating for temperature measurement in tools (German title: Entwicklung und Einsatz eines temperatursensorischen Beschichtungssystems für Zerpsanwerkzeuge), he was able to gain further experience in research and teaching as a senior engineer in the field of Materials Testing Technology, also at the TU Dortmund. In particular, he was responsible for acquiring research and industrial projects, while also serving as deputy head of the department. Here, too, the influence of manufacturing processes and operational stress on the properties of components and materials formed a major focus of his research work Prof. Pantke also gained extensive teaching experience by participating in the establishment of an international master’s program.

Before taking over the professorship ” Design and Production Engineering ” at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences on 1 April 2018, Prof. Pantke was a group leader at thyssenkrupp Rothe Erde GmbH in the area of research and development. The development, manufacture and testing of large rolling bearings with diameters of several meters as well as their components were the focus of his industrial activities there. The main focus was on the service life of corresponding products while optimizing manufacturing and design conditions. Since 1 March 2022, he has been Vice President for Research and Transfer at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Professor Pantke is the author of numerous scientific publications and lectures at international conferences.

Mrs Paula Serafini

Master’s student in Production Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Administrator, Specialist in Linguistic Fundamentals and Project Manager also at UFRN. More than 15 years of professional experience with the private sector, acting as a Manager in the areas of Marketing of Renewable Energy, Tourism and Environment companies in multinational companies in Paraná and Rio Grande do Norte. International experience with Kaplan English School and Neuro-Linguistic Programming at The NLP Center of New York. Speaks and understands English and Spanish well. One of the Founders of the @PráticasODS Project, which seeks to share knowledge and methods for implementing and disseminating the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Sh. Fay Al Khalifa

Dr. Fay Bint Abdulla Al Khalifa is the Director of the eLearning Center at the University of Bahrain. She leads two teams of specialists and multimedia experts and is playing an active role in managing the digital transformation process at the University throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. She has an extended experience in executive leadership, higher education, and scientific research. She is also an Assistant Professor with a Master’s degree in Building Conservation and Urban Regeneration and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Urbanism. Her research aspires to contribute to the understanding of Smart Sustainable Urbanism. Dr. Al Khalifa was part of a team that won the Golden Lion award in the Venice Biennially in 2010, and she was awarded RIBA’s president’s award for research in 2012. Dr. Al-Khalifa was also awarded the Emerging Scholar Award in 2018 and the Smart Urbanism Award in 2019. Under her leadership, the University of Bahrain won the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change in 2020. Dr. Fay Bint Abdulla obtained a number of professional certificates in Sales and Marketing Management, Commercial Real Estate Development, FinTech, the Application of AI, InsurTech, and Real Estate Technology. All in addition to being a certified expert in blockchain technologies by the Blockchain Council, a fellow of the British Academy of Higher Education and an Associate of the American Green Building Council. Dr. Fay Bint Abdullah represents the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Secretariat of the Committee of E-Learning Officials in Universities and Higher Education Institutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and represents the University of Bahrain in several committees nationally. Dr. Al Khalifa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Smart Cities Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the UK Alumni Network of the British Council in Bahrain. She is also a member of a number of other specialized societies such as the Bahrain Technology and Business Society and the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

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