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Thursday, September 22 • 6:00am - 10:30am
(REF 22106) Arab Science Cooperation Summit- Convened by ASREN

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The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) will officially convene the Arab Science Cooperation Summit Virtually on 22 September 2022. The main objective of conducting this high-level summit is to promote and inaugurate an Arab Science Dialogue with the rest of the world. It will discuss Science as a means for development in the Arab region and how cooperation in science at national, regional, and global levels will support the efforts toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).

It will also present the efforts in conducting science from policies to actions, including research, education and innovation and related cooperative projects and activities with a focus on Science, Open Science, Open Access and supporting science, research and education communities.

The summit will be attended by high-level representations from the Arab countries, including ministers of higher education and scientific research, ambassadors and permanent representatives to the United Nations, League of Arab States, the European Commission, the World Bank, Association of Arab Universities, Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils, UNESCO, UN-ESCWA and other regional and international organisations.

The summit will also be attended by policymakers, researchers and academics representing universities, research centres and supporting organisations in the Arab region and the rest of the world to present current science cooperation and to discuss future cooperation at both policy and technical levels.

10:00 – 11:45 UTC: Session I
Setting the Scene:
  • Yousef Torman, “ASREN and Science Cooperation”, Managing Director, ASREN, Jordan
  • Declan Kirrane, “United Nations Future Summit 2023”, Managing Director, Intelligence in Science, Belgium

High Level Messages:
  • H.E. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman, ASREN, Jordan
  • H.E. Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama, Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities, Jordan
  • H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu Mouis, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Palestine
  • H.E. Prof. Farah Sheikh Abdikadir, Minister of Education Culture and Higher Education, Somalia
  • H.E. Dr. Saif bin Abdullah Al Haddabi, Undersecretary for Research and Innovation, The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Oman
  • H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Sakr, President of Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt
  • H.E. Prof. Abdelmajid Benamara, Secretariat General, Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils (FASRC), Khartoum - SUDAN
  • H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Almuzaini, UNESCO CAIRO Office Director and UNESCO Representative to Egyp

  • Fadila Boughanemi, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium
12:00 – 14:00 UTC: Session II
  • Prof. Saoussen Krichen, Director General of Computing Center El Khawarizmi - CCK, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia
  • Prof. Shaher ZyoudDirector General for Development & Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Palestine
  • Prof. Fethi Zagrouba, General Director, Tunis Science City, Tunisia
  • Islam Abou El-Magd, Vice-President, the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt
  • Dr. Nazar M. Hassan, UNESCO Senior STI Regional Advisor for the Arab States, UNESCO, Egypt
  • Dr. Shaikha Al-Sanad, Program Manager, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait
  • Prof. Jauad El Kharraz, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt
  • Abdullahi Bihi Hussein, CEO, SomaliREN, Somalia
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Abri, Consultant, International Energy Agency (IEA), Oman
  • Nabil Ksibi, Engagement Lead, ORCID, South Africa
  • Raed Al-Zoubi, Director of the Centennial Library, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
  • Andrea Lausi, Scientific Director, Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), Jordan
  • Juan Miguel González ArandaChief Technology Officer, LifeWatch ERIC, Spain
  • Chris Atherton, Senior Research Engagement Officer, GÉANT, Netherlands
  • Erik Ruuth, Scientific Coordinator, IMiBio, Misiones, Argentina
14:00 – 14:30 UTC: Session III
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Planning for United Nations Future Summit
ASREN and the Arab National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) have an essential and increasingly important role in supporting Open Science in the region. Within the context of implementing the works and activities of the European Union co-funded AfricaConnect3 project, ASREN has adopted strategies of open science, open data and open access in cooperation with its member NRENs and national authorities of relevance in addition to regional organisations. The main objective is to facilitate comprehensive access to scientific resources and repositories to enhance productivity in science and innovation in research.

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Shaikha AlSanad

Program Manager / Research Scientist, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Dr Shaikha Al-Sanad is the program manager for the Sustainability & Reliability of Infrastructure Program at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). The team is involved in risk and reliability assessment of infrastructures, structural health monitoring of various infrastructures... Read More →
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Nabil Ksibi

Engagement Lead, ORCID
Nabil is responsible for fostering ORCID community adoption in the Middle East & Africa. As part of his responsibilities, Nabil supports ORCID members as they develop new and existing integrations and workflows. Previously he worked at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, covering the Middle... Read More →
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Raed Al-Zoubi

Director of the Centennial Library, ASREN
I have more than 26 years of management/technical experience 11 of them in library services. Through its vision and hardworking, the Library at JUST has been always playing a significant role in supporting research and education needs.My background spans excellent experience overseeing... Read More →
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Islam Abou El-Magd

Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Prof. Abou El-Magd has obtained his PhD from the School of Civil Engineering and The Environment, University of Southampton, UK where he also worked there for few years. His research area of interest is remote sensing and GIS modelling in environmental related issues. He is also leading... Read More →
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Andrea Lausi

Scientific Director, SESAME
After graduating in physics at the University of Trieste, Andrea Lausi joined the Surface Science Group of the University of Genova, focusing his activities on atom-surface scattering phenomena. In 1996 he joined Elettra, where he initially participated in the design and construction... Read More →
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Amr Salama

Secretary General, Association of Arab Universities AArU
Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama is a Professor of Structural Engineering in Helwan University, Egypt. He was the Counselor of The American University in Cairo. He was the focal point between the Egyptian Authorities and AUC Administration. Dr. Salama maintained excellent contacts with ministries... Read More →
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Nazar Hassan

Senior Science Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office for Science for the Arab States
Dr. Nazar M. Hassan (b. 1964; Sudan) has been the Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the Arab States at UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences since 2009, where he has initiated several networks to build up the region’s techno-preneurship culture. Dr. Hassan has substantively... Read More →
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Fadila Boughanemi

Deputy Head of Unit International Cooperation Asia, Africa, Middle East and external relations, International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Fadila works for the European Commission DG in charge with Research and Innovation, where she is Deputy Head of Unit for Cooperation with Asia, Africa, the Middle East and external relations. She is responsible for promoting research and innovation cooperation with international partners... Read More →
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Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

Chairman, Arab Science, Research and Education Network (ASREN)
HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh born on April 22nd, 1938 in Jaffa, is the Chairman and Founder of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh GLOBAL. Founded in 1972 (TAG.GLOBAL) is an international professional services group, TAG.GLOBAL is an international professional services group with 80 offices and 180 representative... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise Management European Master. LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer-Executive Board Member & Director to Spain. For Chair of ERIC FORUM (www.eric-forum.eu), currently Executive Board Member (ENVRI cluster... Read More →
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Chris Atherton

Senior Research Engagement Officer, GÉANT
Chris Atherton is a Senior Research Engagement Officer at GÉANT, an e-infrastructure organisation providing cutting-edge pan-European networking, and trust and identity services exclusively for the research and education community, providing cutting-edge pan-European networking... Read More →
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Abdullahi Bihi Hussein

CEO, SomaliREN
Abdullahi Bihi Hussein has served as the CEO of the Somali Research and Education Network, the National Research and Education Network for Somalia and a consortium united for the cause of improving education and research with the help of technology, since February 2016. Abdullahi... Read More →
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Shaher Zyoud

Director General, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
Dr. Shaher Zyoud is currently the Director-General, General Directorate for Development & Scientific Research, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Palestine. Zyoud is the Head of Department; Building Engineering & Environment Department and Civil Engineering & Sustainable... Read More →
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Dr. Abdullah Al Abri

Consultant, IEA
Abdullah is a consultant at the International Energy Agency (IEA) leveraging expertise on energy, climate action, and investment. Prior to this, Dr. Al-Abri held various roles and responsibilities, in industry and at national/international levels, including Executive Director of EJAAD... Read More →

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Erik Ruuth

Scientific Coordinator, IMiBio
I am interested in the impact on Health of Biodiversity and climate change, and how to mitigate and heal changes. In other words, I see HEALTH as a wide concept that involves all our entire environment going from the organic to inorganic and how they interact.The translation of scientific... Read More →

Thursday September 22, 2022 6:00am - 10:30am EDT