Hanan Saleh Alhemairy
Results-oriented Leader with 16 years’ experience managing PMO consist of mega Enterprise projects successfully with cost effective in the fields of Technology, Smart Services, Quality, Project Management in Aviation and Public Transportation. I have the ability to link strategic Objectives with key initiatives and projects across the organization, establish strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders, vendors and service providers, retain high performance team by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals, capable to present outstanding presentations, cross-Cultural mindset with high managerial skills.

Award winning as best technical\engineering Employee for year 2015 in H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Dubai Government Excellence Program DGEP. Accomplished MBA and Currently Perusing PHD.
  Dr. Mohammed Alomairy
Founder and principal consultant at Innowex, 20 year's experience in Information Technology, performance excellence, Innovation Management and Project Management. He is passionate about leading and helping organizations to reach their highest level of performance to achieve excellence and become a world class organization.

Dr. Alomairy Works with ASQ for many years as a lead Judge for the ASQ PAR Innovation Award and currently member of the Innovation award committee, he also served as a Judge for the ASQ International Team Excellence Award (ITEA).

Dr. Alomairy worked with Florida Sterling council as a Baldrige senior examiner for many years, he assessed the performance excellence and Innovation programs at many organizations. He also served with Florida Sterling as an innovation consultant and Judge for the continuous improvement project award showcase in Florida.

Dr. Alomairy is certified LSSBB, PMP and certified Business Model Innovation Facilitator, he is also experienced lean startup mentor and coach. He led many projects in KSA and USA in the field of IT and Healthcare. Dr. Alomairy has a PhD. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from University of Central Florida.
  Dana Al Blooshi,
UAE
Dana Al Blooshi is the youngest Emirati to be training at NASA in the fields of aeronautics and space administration. Only nine years of age, Dana currently holds a number of certificates from NASA , nine of which were accquired for completeing ground- based, air-based and naval training courses in space and rocket science. In recent years, Dana has undergone advanced pratical trainings in the following…
  • Space Science ( Live and Simulation Training)
  • Rocket design, programming and launch
Dana also impressed officials in Huntsville with her rocket design and officals at a space camp in the state of Alabama with her space robot in the fields of deisgn, programming and control of robotic mechanisms.

Being a citizen that is proud of her country, Dana looks forward to raising the UAE flag in all her participations and work, proving that the children of the UAE are the generation of future builders and are capable of innovation and excellence.
  Sunil Thawani,
UAE
Mr. Sunil Thawani is a result oriented passionate professional with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in varied functions and diverse industries. He has assisted many organizations to enhance their business performance, achieve & sustain outstanding results and win prestigious awards such as DQA, SKEA, United Nations Public Services Award.

Sunil is Member, ASQ Board of Directors – 1st from MEA region. Among other firsts from the region, in 2015 he was awarded prestigious ASQ Lancaster Medal for his dedication and outstanding contributions to the International Fraternity of Quality Professionals. Sunil has published & presented more than 50 technical articles, papers, case studies including book “Business Excellence Awards – Strategies for Winning”. Sunil has Travelled around the World on Motorcycle. He can be contacted at contact@qualityindeed.com.
  Eng. Sherif Nasser,
KSA
Sherif is a Chartered Quality Professional by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) in UK. He is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational excellence by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in US. He is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in US. He is a civil engineer with post graduate studies which include a professional quality management diploma. He is a certified lead auditor, and registered as an accredited internal auditor for quality management programs by the International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) in UK. Sherif is a quality training expert. He is passionate to train and mentor quality professionals. He conducted numerous quality trainings in MENA region in the last 7 years. His quality trainings are based on practical implementation of quality management in Mega projects such as; Dubai Mall, International Tripoli & Doha Airports.

He has worked with many international companies such as; Bovis Lend Lease & Aéroports de Paris-Ingénierie to help to establish a basis for implementing TQM, ISO, and Lean. Many of his construction industry experiences are utilized in the classroom to provide specific examples of the practical application of Quality concepts.

In 2004 Sherif has commenced his excellence journey in quality management as a Quality Engineer. Then, he developed his qualifications and experience till he becomes a Corporate Quality Manager in 2012.

He is a candidate to lead the training and education committee for ASQ chapter in Qatar; in addition to be the Vice Chairman for ASQ LMC Qatar in 2016-2018.

Sherif is a professional presenter for international conferences. His last presentation, “Eye on Quality”, was in the first Regional Quality Conference for ASQ in Dubai – Nov. 2015. He teaches quality in a unique simple approach. His theories and philosophies are innovative. He performs effective trainings, and adding value to the trainees is his main goal.
  Samer Ellahham,
UAE
Dr. Ellahham has served as Chief Quality Officer for SKMC since 2009. In his role, Dr. Ellahham has led the development of a quality and safety program that has been highly successful and visible and has been recognized internationally by a number of awards.

As Chief Quality Officer and Global Healthcare Leader, Dr. Ellahham has a focus on ensuring that that implementation of this best practices leads to breakthrough improvements in clinical quality and patient safety.

Dr. Ellahham is a recognized leader in quality, safety, and the use of robust performance improvement in improving healthcare delivery. He serves on a number of US and international committees and advisory bodies.

Dr. Ellahham is Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) by The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). He is certified in Medical Quality (CMQ) by The American Board of Medical Quality (ABMQ). He is the recipient of the Quality Leadership Award from the World Quality Congress and Awards and the Business Leadership Excellence Award from World Leadership Congress in 2015. He is one the nominees for Safe Care magazine Person of the Year in the United States. He is the recipient of SKMC Infection Prevention Award in 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Ellahham is Middle East Representative of the JCI Standards Subcommittee and Member on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. He is reviewer of HCAC Cardiac Quality and Safety Standards.

Dr. Ellahham has been a champion of the use of Lean, Six Sigma and Change Management to improve healthcare quality. He is Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belted. He was the Leader of the First Pilot International Robust Process Improvement (RPI) project by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and several other similar successful performance improvement projects at SKMC. He is TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.

Dr. Ellahham is certified as EFQM 2013 Model assessor and is leading EFQM Excellence Model at SKMC with great success including winning the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2014, Dubai Quality Award in 2015 and Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Golden Award in 2015.

Dr. Ellahham is the Executive SKMC sponsor of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) the leading US validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care. SKMC is the first multispecialty ACS NSQIP center outside the US.

Dr. Ellahham led the publication of, first in the region, annual SKMC outcome books since 2011. He is a strong believer in transparency in health care and external reporting.

Dr. Ellahham is a Board-certified internist, cardiologist and vascular medicine senior consultant and continues to care for patients. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and his M.D. from the American University of Beirut.

He did his fellowship in Cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in USA. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Ellahham worked in Washington DC in several clinical and leadership positions before moving to UAE in 1988. He led the First AHA GWTG Heart Failure Initiative outside US and was the recipient of the AHA GWTG Award in Wash. DC. His clinical passion and expertise is in the field of heart failure management. He demonstrated great skill and experience in the management of patients with heart failure and led a multi-disciplinary team in the care and delivery of advanced therapies to these patients. He has unique abilities to partner and engage local and regional referring providers. He is able to work in a highly matrixed environment, possess strong leadership and organizational skills and have experience to working effectively in a large health system.

He is currently Cleveland Clinic Staff and on the Executive Team of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dr. Ellahham is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, and American Heart Association.

He serves is on the editorial board of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials, Hypertension Today Journal, and Focus on Hypertension Journal.

Dr. Ellahham is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Westminster College in British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Ellahham is an avid researcher; his research includes Lean six sigma and change management, safety, clinical data, outcomes research, computational statistic data visualization, and agent-based simulation and heart failure.

He received several research awards including the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Research Award, ACCP 58th Annual Scientific Assembly, Young Investigator Award; the Alfred Soffer Research Award, ACCP 58th Annual Scientific Assembly, Finalist; the First Young Investigator Award 12th, Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Association of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, and the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Award.

Dr. Ellahham is on the editorial board of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. He is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals, including Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, the Journal of American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, Chest, Circulation, Clinical Cardiology, Chest, Lancet ,Diabetes Care, Archives of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, European Journal of Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure Journal, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, the Journal of Transplant Coordination, the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and the Southern Medical Journal.
  Rohit Bassi
UAE
Rohit Bassi is the founder of In Learning. He was born and brought up in London, UK and has been in Dubai for over 9 years. He is a pro-active and highly engaging speaker who inspires you through the power of awareness, consciousness and energy.

His work is about growing from the inside out and being practical in this hectic world we live in. For him this means to connect with your own inner self to bring balance and integration to outperform yourself. He is the only Licensed Trainer for Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway® in the UAE.

Rohit has a passion for developing others particularly in the areas of influencing, service excellence, sales, presenting and leadership. With over 20+ years of experience he is committed to adding value to you using his extensive years of international experience from Afghanistan, Philippines, UK, Congo, Ireland, France, Australia, America, India, Kenya and the Middle East.

He has delivered workshops to the likes KPMG, PwC, Cadbury Schweppes, BAA, Eurostar, Emirates NBD, Abu Dhabi Terminals, Gulf Air, Aramex, Americana, The Address Hotels+Resorts, Vida Hotels, Armani Hotel, Jumeirah, Marriott, Harrods, Al-Futtaim, Al Tayer, DP World, Oracle, HSBC, Harley-Davidson, USEO, BodySmart, Bespoke and many more.
  Mahmoud Awad, Ph.D.
UAE
Mahmoud Awad is an Assistant Professor in the department of Industrial Engineering at the American University of Sharjah. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, USA, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Jordan for Science and Technology, Jordan. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society of Quality (ASQ) and Ford Motor Company since 2002. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the industry in USA, Saudi Arabia & Jordan with Schlumberger Technology Incorporation (Houston, USA), Case New Holland (Chicago, USA), and Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, USA), Al-Jazirah Vehicles (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), and Commercial and Industrial Company (Amman, Jordan). At Case New Holland, Dr. Awad was one of the Six Sigma deployment strategy architects and worked as a quality manager/Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB). His areas of research and teaching interest are Six Sigma, Quality and Reliability Engineering, and Reliability Centered Maintenance. He published many research papers in international reputed journals and conferences. Dr. Awad held several training courses in USA, Europe, and UAE in the areas of Six Sigma (black and green belts), process improvement, reliability engineering, DFMEA, and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) for private and governmental organizations.
  Dr. R. L. Bhatia
India
Dr. R. L. Bhatia is a Change Management and an Organization Turnaround Specialist. He hats many roles in his life – An Author, a Trainer, a Coach, a Learner and a Family person.

Dr. Bhatia has worked with several corporations across the world viz. Tata Exports Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank and Ernst & Young. He was Head of Human Resources and in-charge of Change Management practice at Ernst & Young. He has global experience of working in Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Dubai. He has a wide perspective on management related issues.

Dr R L Bhatia loves to train and coach. Some of the subjects he is currently training are
  • HR Design and Structure
  • Leadership and Building Pride
  • Change Management Process
  • Performance Management Systems
  • Job Evaluation
  • Assessment Centers
  • Competency Modelling
  • Time Management
  • Service Excellence
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Personal Effectiveness
He is an author of many books in management. Some of the leading books he has written are:
  1. Power of Vision
  2. Corporate Renaissance in the New Millennium
  3. The Global Managers
  4. Developing Presentation Skills
  5. Career Planning for Success
  6. The Executive Track
  7. 100 Management Ideas
  8. Managing Time.
  9. Sleeping with Success
  10. Attitude – Make it or Break it
  11. Great Quotes from Great Women
  12. A Handbook of Exercises for Trainers, Facilitators and HR Professionals
  13. Success Journal
  14. Super Achiever Series
  15. Enterprise Scions
  16. India’s Most Powerful Brand Builders (3 Editions)
  17. India’s Greatest HR Professionals (3 Editions)
  18. Enterprise Scions
  19. Building Pride
  20. Professionalism at work
  21. Imagine the Potential, Imagine the Possibilities
  22. Innovation Tools
  23. Fun at Work
  24. Giving
  25. Ambition & Aspiration
  26. Caring
Dr. Bhatia loves to use his time effectively. He is a fitness freak and in his spare time, loves gardening. He also directs management films. Some films he has produced are:
  • Hope
  • Passion
  • Winning
  • Leadership Secrets from the Eagle
  • Goals – Guidelines for designing an extraordinary life
  • Companies don’t succeed People do
  • Right Now
  • Even Now
  • Making a Difference Series
  David Verduyn
USA
Dave Verduyn’s passion is the front end of product development, specializing in Inventive Thinking and Innovation Strategies to create new Customer Value. In 2001, after 17 years industry experience in Design and Systems Engineering, Technical Instruction, and Product Development Consulting, he created C2C Solutions, an organization that has a mission to help unlock the innovation potential in any organization. Dave is an engineering graduate of Lawrence Institute of Technology and to date he has coached over 70 fortune 1000 companies in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America across a diverse range of industries. He regularly lectures at the University of Michigan, ASQ (Keynotes & Workshops), and other professional organizations to develop new innovators by giving “how-to” lectures on Systematic Innovation. He is a recognized innovation thought leader and has trained thousands of engineers & product developers in methods including Systematic Innovation, Quality, Voice of Customer, TRIZ, QFD, Cost Reduction, Value Analysis, and other DFLSS activities.

He has been studying Innovation since 1983 when he was a product development consultant and first learned of a company that claimed to have a structured process for innovation and problem solving. Since then, he was hooked and devoted over 20 years of his career researching innovation and creating practical tools and an appropriately structured framework to support Quality and Innovation. His talks and presentations clearly demonstrate this framework and set of tools and strategies to enhance the inventive thinking and creative abilities of anyone from the board room to the shop floor. These principles and strategies apply to products, manufacturing, services, software and business processes.
  Andrew Baines
USA
Andrew Baines joined ASQ in January 2015 and has more than 30 years of work experience spanning the food industry, auditing and conformity assessment, and international business development.

Living in New Zealand for the past 23 years, Baines is originally from the United Kingdom, where he graduated from Dundee University in Scotland with an honors degree in microbiology. After graduating, Baines worked in the food industry in quality control, quality assurance, and product research and development before emigrating to New Zealand where he began a career auditing quality, environmental, and safety management systems. This led to business unit management and senior executive roles in a conformity assessment body, including establishing a New Zealand government-owned agency, turning it into one of the largest conformity assessment bodies in the Southern Hemisphere. With experience working in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East as well as North America and Europe, in his last position, Baines was responsible for international business development. He concurrently served on the board of directors of RABQSA (now Exemplar Global) for seven years, resigning to join ASQ in his current position.

At ASQ, Baines leads ASQ Global, which is composed of Regional Centers in North Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. He also leads a team at ASQ headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, serving the rest of the world.
  Sunil Thawani
UAE
Mr. Sunil Thawani is a leading management professional with over 30 years of experience in Quality, Excellence, Governance, Strategy, Business Transformation in diverse industries such as government, banking, real estate, oil, petroleum, management consulting, steel, logistics etc. Some of his contributions at national and international level are:
  • Member, ASQ Board of Directors - 2016-2018.
  • Author of book "Business Excellence Awards – Strategies for Winning"
  • Jury member, Dubai Quality award & Sheikh Khalifa Excellence award. (2003 - 2012)
Mr. Sunil is recipient of prestigious ASQ Lancaster Medal, 2015.
Mazen Arafeh

Ph.D., ASQ−CSSBB, BSCM, EFQM Excellence Assessor 2013
Director of Center of Consultation & Training
The University of Jordan
  Ying Ying Liao
UAE
(PhD - University of Kent, UK) is an assistant professor of management at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in the UAE. Prior to joining HBMSU, she worked at international business school of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (IBSS) as assistant professor of marketing and head of BA in Marketing Programme. Her research interests relate to service quality, quality management and CSR. She has so far published several peer-reviewed international journals (IJOPM, SIJ, TQM&BE), some book chapters and presented papers in international conferences (e.g. AoM, BAM, POMS, EUROMA).
  Dr. Flevy Lasrado
UAE
Dr Lasrado is an Assistant Professor of Quality Management in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She carries extensive experience in quality assurance and institutional effectiveness. Alongside her teaching career, she also has a plethora of industry experience, holding positions which have included Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Head of Quality Assurance in a number of UAE institutions. Dr Lasrado has worked at managerial levels in the higher education sectors and has expertise as an educator and trainer. She is also a qualified Lead auditor for ISO 9001:2008 and EFQM Assessor. In her previous roles she has implemented quality systems and currently serves as a chairperson of the impartiality committee of ISO certifications at Bureau Veritas. She has extensive international experience, having worked with the partner universities and institutions in the UK, USA, Oman and the UAE. Dr Lasrado is also a winner of prestigious research grant from British Council, UK in 2016.
  Tyrone Butler
USA
By measure of experience as a Lean Six Sigma practitioner, across a wide range of global industries, Tyrone Butler (Founder, Butler Active Business Solutions) is likely to be one of the most accomplished professionals in Continuous Process/Performance Improvement you will ever encounter. His vast and diverse experience as business consultant has been developed across 15+ years in a wide base of industries that extend to the four corners of the world (e.g. Manufacturing, Production, Logistics, Software/IT and other Technical Fields, Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Food Service, Travel, and other Service Industries across private and public sectors).

Everyone is taught by someone and Tyrone’s list of mentors are inclusive of the absolute top Thought Leaders. To date, November 2015, Tyrone’s unique qualification as a Lean Six Sigma Certified Executive Master Black Belt (CEMBB) is a level of certification held be fewer than 30 people throughout the entire world. The Executive Master Black Belt certification protocol was designed and taught by Mikel Harry, Ph.D. Dr. Harry® has been widely recognized, in many of today's notable publications as the Co-Creator and Principal Architect of Six Sigma, as well as the world's leading authority within this field. He has been a consultant to many of the world’s top CEOs and business executives, such as Jack Welch, former CEO and Chairman of General Electric Corporation and Robert “Bob” Galvin, former CEO and Chairman of Motorola.

Tyrone has a developed an expansive legacy through his capacity to enable and inspire students and protégé’s ranging from CEOs and Senior Corporate Executives to process workers on shop floors. Ranging from small businesses to large enterprises, his bottom line financial impact is consistently noteworthy. Moreover, his protégés consistently tout Tyrone’s capacity to simplify complex problems and coach his protégés to a level of independent capacity to function a business transformation expert. It is fitting to provide a review of what his students, protégés, colleagues, executive leaders and clients have to say about their personal experience(s) with Tyrone.
  Marc Karschies
UAE
Marc Karschies, Managing Partner at KCA Consultants, is considered one of the leading experts on Service Strategy, Customer Experience and Service Quality Management in the MENA region. Marc’s cross-industry advisory includes Customer Service and Experience Strategy, Innovation Management, integrated KPI & Measurement Systems, and Customer Contact Channel Experience.

Before starting KCA’s boutique consultancy and training business, Marc built his strong practitioner background in Financial Services with over 20 years working for organizations like Citibank (various positions incl. Operations Director/Vice President for 9 European Diners Club businesses) and Emirates NBD Banking Group (Head of Group Service Quality).

On top of his international consultancy work, he is a frequent expert speaker, conference chairman, award judge, and panelist at conferences and company events on Customer Experience and Service Quality Management & Strategy, and Innovation Management, and serves as Senior Assessor and Team Lead in the Dubai Quality Award (DQA) and Dubai Human Development Award (DHDA) programs and has been award judge in a variety of Service Excellence Awards.

Besides providing consultancy services and a wide range of in-house Corporate Training and Leadership Development programs (Innovation Management, Project Management, Customer Service and Experience Management) and being an ASQ Accredited Trainer for several of its certification exam preparation programs (CSSBB, CMQ/OE, CQPA, CQIA, CQA), he is teaching various Master Level programs on Project Management, Leadership, Service Quality, and Innovation (currently in the MBA, MSc Engineering Management and MSc Project Management programs at Middlesex University Dubai, and previously as Adjunct Professor of Operations & IT Management at HULT International Business School in Dubai).

Raised in Germany, Marc holds an Executive MBA from London Business School, a BBA in Finance and Banking (HfB Frankfurt), and a wide range of professional certifications incl. ASQ CMQ/OE, CSSBB, CQPA, and CQIA, CXPA Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), Kaplan Norton Balance Scorecard Certified Graduate, McKinsey LEAN, Certified Talent Manager, PMI and Prince2 Certified, and worked in the UK, USA, Germany and the UAE.
  Mazen Arafeh, Ph.D.
Jordan
Mazen Arafeh is currently an Associate Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department at The University of Jordan. He received his PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2001. He is a certified six sigma black belt (CSSBB) from American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is also a certified EFQM Excellence assessor. His current research includes Applied Statistics, Quality in general, and specifically in Lean Six Sigma. He conducted several training workshops in Lean Six Sigma and other quality related topics. He is currently a member in ASQ, EFQM, and JEA.
  Dr. Ahmad Abdullah Al Nuseirat, PhD
Dr. Ahmad Al-Nuseirat is a world class expert and one of the few prominent references in building and improving excellence in the government sector in Dubai, UAE and the Middle East. Dr. Al-Nuseirat holds A PhD in Training and organizational performance management from Cardiff University in UK.

Dr. Al-Nuseirat has effectively participated in the establishment, leading and managing the operations and activities of Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP), the first integrated program for government excellence in the world launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1997. He started his career at DGEP as the program's Senior Advisor and he is currently holding the position of the General Coordinator of the program at the Executive Council of Dubai Government. Dr. Al-Nuseirat supervises conducting the customer satisfaction and mystery shopper studies for Dubai Government and has established the first central customer e-complaint system in Dubai Government.

Through the planned activities and events of DGEP which were seamlessly integrated with other government efforts, Dr. Al-Nuseirat lead the development of excellence in the government sector in Dubai reaching world class levels in the areas of customer satisfaction, government efficiency, global competitiveness indices and other areas of excellence and human resources investment. Dr. Al-Nuseirat managed several initiatives at the establishment stage to become mature and fruitful government development programs nowadays. Dr. Al-Nuseirat managed the Dubai Government Central e-Suggestions and Complaints system; he initiated the mystery shopper and Dubai Government customers and employees happiness index studies. In 1997, Dr. Al-Nuseirat contributed in the introduction of innovation concept in the criteria, categories and activities of DGEP at the time when this concept was absolutely new to the public sector administration. He has also launched Dubai Smart Training initiative which is targeting Dubai Government employees utilizing the smart technology in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of training and continuous learning.

In addition to his contribution in the development and sustaining of excellence in the government sector, Dr. Al-Nuseirat has a significant contribution in spreading and enhancing quality and excellence culture in the private sector and the NGOs through his several voluntary and advisory roles. He acted as a Board Member of Dubai Quality Group, he participated as an Assessment Teams Leader in several distinguished quality and excellence awards such as the Dubai Quality Award where he lead the teams for several cycles, Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence Award in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai Holding Excellence Award and Abu Dhabi Government Excellence Award. On the Arab regional level, he held the position of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Arab Management since its establishment in 2001 and until 2007. He was also a Board Member in Dubai Institute for Human Resources Development.

Dr. Al-Nuseirat has further contributions in several development areas such as his effective contribution in the development of the framework and bylaws of Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance, the development of the guideline principals of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award and the Dubai Shopping Festival Innovation Award, in addition to his membership in the Advisory Board of the American University in the Emirates and his position as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for MENA College in the Dubai Academic City.

Dr. Al-Nuseirat is a competent speaker and mentor in the area of government excellence, human resources, organizational development, quality and knowledge management. He always addresses his audience in an active, interesting and motivational approach, his presentations are always realistic, practical and full of life examples reflecting his vast experience in the organizational development area. He was selected as a key note speaker in several local, regional and international conferences. He presented many key note speeches, lectures, seminars and work papers and published many specialized articles in the field of organizational development. He is the Chief Editor of Resalat Al-Tamayuz (Excellence Message), a periodical published by the Executive Council of Dubai specialized in the area of quality management and organizational excellence. Dr. Al-Nuseirat is also very active on Twitter and a well known followed figure in this cyber space

Dr. Al-Nuseirat was recognized by several UAE and Regional Institutions and Entities such as Ajman Government Excellence Program. In 2013, Dr. Al-Nuseirat has been awarded the Kano Medal for Excellence Catalysts in recognition to his effective efforts in spreading quality culture in UAE and the Middle East.
  Professor Thomas L Holmes Jr - Keynote Speaker
Mr. Thomas L Holmes Jr’s thirty-six years of experience, knowledge, and education encompasses a wide range of aviation roles both military and civilian sectors. He has attended several aviation maintenance technology and safety courses during his 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and other Aviation Companies. He has been a certified FAA AMT for 29 years, proven experience in aviation corporate management, maintenance technology, aircraft maintenance, engineering and design, aircraft accident investigation, and aviation safety in the military, general aviation under Part 135, and commercial aviation under 14 CFR Part 145/EASA 145, Part M, Part 21 Sub Part J organizations.

Mr. Holmes has been living and working in the Middle East since 2003 originally for GE Aviation as the Regional Manager for the FMS 404/414 Aircraft Engine programs based out of Kuwait. He came to the UAE in 2005 on his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt tour with GE Aviation working with the UAE Air Force. He transitioned from GE to Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies in 2008 where he was appointed the Vice President of Business Performance and Continuous Improvement (Lean Master/Six Sigma Master Black Belt) deploying Lean & Six Sigma. During a business merger of ADAT and Etihad Airways, Mr. Holmes transitioned to Etihad Airways Engineering as the Vice President of Business Development. In June of 2015, Mr. Holmes joined Advance Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center (AMMROC) as the Vice President of Aviation Quality & Safety Standards.

Mr. Holmes also teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the aviation and safety sciences for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s world-wide learning program since 2001. He has taught at the extended campuses in Beaufort, SC/Charleston, SC/Tampa, FL and he actively teaches online courses for Embry-Riddle.
  Ebrahim Soltani
UAE
(PhD – University of Strathclyde) is a Professor of Quality Management at the HBMSU, Dubai, UAE. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Professor of Operations Management at the Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. He has written widely on managing operations improvement initiatives and management in developing countries in a wide range of publications (BJM, IJOPM, IJPR, IJHRM, TQM&BE) and presented papers in international conferences (e.g. AoM, BAM, POMS, EUROMA).
  Adeeb Alblooshi
UAE
Adeeb Alblooshi youngest inventor as well as the Founder and CEO of Adeeb Alblooshi Future Simulation Centre. What was initially an interest in making the lives of his parents easier, Adeeb now has around seven inventions to his name attended his first NASA training in 2014 which made him the first Emirati to attend the NASA Astronaut training in the USA. The following year, Adeeb was sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum to visit seven countries to gain more experience in the field of STEM.

In view of his tremendous achievements, Adeeb has been chosen as the Ambassador for prestigious national and international organizations:
  • H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Award for Arab Youth
  • Emirates ID
  • Interpol (International Police)
  • Emirates Transport
  • EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Awards for Peace, Italy)
  Arun Hariharan
India
Arun Hariharan is a Business Excellence practitioner with 3 decades of international professional experience and the author of 3 books: Continuous Permanent Improvement (ASQ 2014), The Strategic Knowledge Management Handbook (ASQ 2015) and Humor in Quality (Amazon KDP 2015). He is also a Certified Corporate Director. He has helped several large companies in diverse industries achieve substantial and sustained business results and competitive-edge through Business Excellence strategy and implementation.

His forte is to help companies make Excellence a key strategic differentiator. Companies where he has led Business Excellence have also achieved organizational transformation to usher a culture of Quality and customer-focus across the organization.

Arun is the Founder & CEO of The CPI Coach, a company that provides partnership, consulting and training in Business Excellence and related areas.

Previous positions that he has held include:
  • President-Quality & Knowledge Management, Reliance Capital Ltd. (one of India’s largest financial service groups)
  • Senior Vice President-Quality & Knowledge Management at Bharti Airtel Ltd. (India’s largest telecom company)
  • General Manager - Strategic Planning; & Head of Knowledge Management, RPG Group (a large diverse conglomerate group)
  • Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young Global Management Consulting.
In all the companies where Arun led Business Excellence, initiatives such as Lean Six Sigma and Knowledge Management are significant direct contributors to revenue, profits, shareholder-value creation and customer satisfaction. Companies where he led Business Excellence have won numerous international awards and recognitions for their results from Business Excellence.

Arun is a sought-after speaker or chairperson at Business Excellence and Knowledge Management events across the world. Some of the Six Sigma and Knowledge Management initiatives led by Arun have been documented as case studies by some leading business schools.

Arun is the author of more than 65 published papers and articles in leading international journals on Quality Leadership and Knowledge Management.

His education includes MBA and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois, USA. He is also a Certified Corporate Director.
Nancy Nouaimeh
ASQ Country Counselor , UAE (2016)
Chair of Dubai Local Members Community (2011)
Business Excellence and TQM professional
AVP - Quality, Safety & Performance Excellence- Abela & Co
Senior Assessor, ASQ UAE Quality Professional Award
Ex. Team Leader, Dubai Quality Award

Nancy Nouaimeh is ASQ Country Counselor in UAE, since January 2016. She is also the Chair of Dubai Local Members Community, since 2011.

Nancy is an accomplished Business Excellence and Total Quality Management professional. She has over 15 years of experience; 10 in the food sector and 5 in scientific researches in an academic environment, with a proven record of significant contributions.

In her current job as AVP- Quality, Safety & Performance Excellence at a Leading Food Services Management Company in UAE, Nancy leads improvement projects through innovative and integrated approaches to achieve service and business excellence and sustain the competitiveness of the organization. She has expertise in strategy deployment, business excellence models, continuous improvement methodologies (Lean, Kaizen, VSM etc.), CSR and ISO standards and auditing (ISO 22000, 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001). A talented coach and trainer, well versed in leading teams and transferring knowledge across the organization.

As a team leader and sr. assessor for Dubai Quality Award (6 cycles) and assessor for Mohammed Bin Rashid Business Excellence Award, she conducted assessments for various companies in the Construction, Healthcare, Educational, Services, Transport and Retail Sectors.

Nancy has been awarded with the Testimonial Leadership Award from ASQ in 2014 for “her valuable contribution in raising ASQ’s profile and the Voice of Quality in UAE, and providing leadership to members and organizing ASQ activities in UAE including World Quality Day Celebrations”. In addition, she was awarded the Testimonial Leadership Award for “participating on the Strategic Plan Deployment Committee in 2015”.

Speakers

Andrew Baines
Managing Director, ASQ Global
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
USA
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Samer Ellahham,
Chief Quality Officer,
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC)
Senior Cardiovascular Consultant, SKMC
UAE
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David Verduyn
President,
C2C Solutions Inc.
Michigan, USA
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