Committee Members

Dr. Salah Al-Sharhan is an Associate Professor of in Computer Science Department (2002-now) and the Vice President for Planning and Development of Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), Kuwait. He is also the Director and founder of eLearning center of excellence at GUST. He earned his Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering with an emphasis on Computational Intelligence from Waterloo University in 2002. Dr. Al-Sharhan's professional areas of focus are ''eManagement'', ''eLearning and e-training'' and PMO, in addition to genuine research in the areas of intelligence systems and the application of computational intelligence techniques to a verity of real life problems. Furthermore, Dr. Al-Sharhan participated in developing strategic plans for different sectors in Kuwait such as the e-learning strategy of the Ministry of education where he was the Program Manager of the e-learning project (consists of 9 different projects) which is a splendid national project, introduces eLearning to all the schools of The State of Kuwait. In addition, Dr. Al-Sharhan’s has an intensive teaching experience in the field of the computer science/Engineering, MIS, and intelligence system areas. He taught in several institutions such as GUST, Kuwait University and University of Waterloo on undergraduate and graduate levels. On the other hand, at the professional training level, Dr. Al-Sharhan's experience spans a wide range of areas by his distinguished courses in IT/Engineering training Programs, E-Learning: Strategy development, implementation and teacher readiness, Project Management, Soft Skills training, Electronic Management, PMO - Program Management Office, Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance and Quality Assurance: Software Engineering /SQA. Least but not last, Dr. Al-Sharhan served as a member, program chair, track chair and organizer in many regional and international scientific conferences and associations related to education, E-learning, E-Services, E-Systems, Innovations in Information technology, in Middle East and internationally.

Alsharhans@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Ali Ansari is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) and is currently the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. After receiving his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Limerick in 1991, Professor Ansari got a Research Award to do a Master’s degree, which he completed at his alma mater in Physical Oceanography. In 1998 he got an Enterprise Ireland Research Fellowship and did his PhD at the University of Limerick, in the area of numerical analysis; focusing on applications in computational fluid dynamics which he completed in 2001, he also holds a Graduate Diploma in Management. After spending seven years at the University of Limerick he joined GUST in 2004. While at GUST he has served as Head of Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences since September 2010. Professor Ansari has been active in research and teaching for the best part of 25 years. He has over 100 publications in various areas of applied mathematics and engineering. He has supervised a PhD student in Numerical Analysis and co-supervised a PhD in automotive engine design at the University of Limerick. He is a reviewer and editor for several journals in Applied Mathematics. In the past he has worked on grants totaling over 1.3million Euros.

Ansari.A@gust.edu.kw

Professor Antonis C. Simintiras, BSc (Econ), MBA, PhD Professor Simintiras is Dean of the College of Business Administration and Acting Director of the MBA at Gulf University for Science and Technology. He is also adjunct Research Professor in Marketing at Swansea University, U.K. He has had many years of work experience in industry and has held managerial positions in both Hellenic and American companies. He held visiting professorial appointments in France, Spain, Austria, Greece, Finland, USA and China. He has acted as consultant for various companies and government organizations. His research interests are in the areas of personal selling and sales management, consumer behavior, and cross cultural research methodology. He has published over fifty refereed articles and part of his work has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Management, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Managerial Psychology, European Journal of Marketing, International Marketing Review, International Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Small Business Management, Quality Management Journal, Government Information Quarterly, edited books, and several national and international conference proceedings. He has co-authored a book on Global Sales Management and a monograph on Success and Failure of IS/IT Projects.

Simintiras.A@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Cathy Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Education at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST). After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Daniel pursued a career in business. Her interest in teaching motivated her change careers. Upon completing her teacher certification, she began teaching elementary students as a second career. From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Daniel served as a Reading Recovery teacher in an inner city urban elementary school. In 1994, Dr. Daniel received her Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University; USA in the area of Curriculum & Instruction. Upon moving to Kuwait in 2000, Dr. Daniel worked as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Consultant at the American School of Kuwait. In 2004, she established an educational consultancy that served students with reading difficulties. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Daniel joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as a faculty member teaching in GUST's Secondary English Education Program.

Daniel.C@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Florentina Halimi received her PhD in Applied Linguistics form Vienna University in Austria. She is the former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at South East European University in partnership with Indiana University, USA.  Dr. Halimi is a recipient of the Fulbright award, a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship, sponsored by the USA Government.  In addition, she has been as a visiting professor at Fordham University, the Graduate School of Education, New York, NY where she worked within several New York City Universities and schools.  This experience allowed her to study teacher-leader training models offered by programs like the Long Island/Westchester Bilingual & ESL Teacher Leadership Academy (LI/W BETLA).  Dr. Florentina has many years of teaching experience, and has been a holder of several teachers education research, and teaching grants from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, George Washington University, Washington D.C. and Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, GB.

She joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as an assistant professor in the Department of English/Education Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Halimi.F@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Iqbal AlShammari is the Assistant Dean of College of Arts & Sciences at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST). She is also an Assistant Professor of Education at GUST since 2011. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English Education from Kuwait University in 1998, Dr. Alshammari taught English Language in public schools for 3 years. In 2001, she has served as a head of English Department in Kuwait's public schools till 2011. In 2007, Dr. AlShammari received her Master's degree in Educational Planning and Administration. After receiving her Master's Degree, Dr. Iqbal AlShammari received partial scholarship to continue her Ph. D. in U.S.A. In 2010, she received her  Ph.D. from Indiana State University; USA in the area of K-12 Educational Leadership, Administration & Foundations, specifically looking at the Electronic leadership in Kuwait's public schools. In 2011, Dr. AlShammari joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as a faculty member teaching in GUST's English Education Program. Dr. AlShammari has been active in research, teaching and community service. Her diverse areas of research make her very comfortable in working with international researchers working on improving teachers' qualities and students' outcomes and educational leadership.

Shammari.I@gust.edu.kw

Dr. Fatimah Alhashem received Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instructions in Science Education in 2012 from Arizona State University. She currently works as general manager for teacher development department at the National Center for Education Development (NCED).  A strong advocate for supporting teachers in general and supporting women in science education in specific. She involves in different projects that serve education system mainly clustered around teachers’ development. Her professional interests focus on professional development for teachers, teachers’ practices, teachers’ polices, STEM education, and TPACK model for teachers. Her current projects are: Teacher effectiveness, Teacher License, and STEM for women. Her researches talk about TPACK model and TIMSS studies. In addition, she worked as director for Ibitikar Initiative to support women and young girls in science and research. She is a member of National Science Teacher Association (NSTA).

falhashem80@gmail.com