President of the University of Dubai.,
Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki is the President of the University of Dubai. Members of the University of Dubai (UD) community are elated to have Dr. Bastaki in this leadership role for the University, which was founded in 1997 by the Dubai Chamber.
Dr. Bastaki is the recipient of the highest award in the UAE, the “Emirates Excellence Award in Sciences, Literature and Arts”, in the field of Sciences. Dr. Bastaki’s extensive experience in education, leadership, technology and communications will prove a major asset in leading the university into its next progressive phase, which includes the building of a new campus and the addition of several programs, such as a Master of Laws degree and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration. Most recently, Dr. Bastaki worked as a professor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) specializing in Communications Engineering. He also recently held positions as: CEO of ICT Fund; Director of Education, Training and Research and Development for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO); Consultant and IT Project Manager for Al-Ain Municipality; and Chairman and Partner of Barajeel Engineering Consultants. He is one of the founders of DSO and RIT-Dubai. He is a member of 7 academic boards, Honorary Chair of IEEE, Chairman of Emirates Science Club, Board member of the Cultural and Scientific Association, Board member of KHDA’s UQAIB, Board member of Ankabut (UAE’s NREN) and many more.
During his time at UEAU, Dr. Bastaki chaired several technology and research boards - work which will surely enhance the University of Dubai’s recently-launched Master of Science in Information Systems Management program and UD’s continued efforts to provide research for local and regional companies.
Dr. Bastaki received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego and his Doctorate from University of California, Irvine, before returning to help improve the education and technology sectors in his homeland, the UAE. University of Dubai faculty, staff and students are gratified that a man of his accomplishments leads the university on its continuing path to provide the highest quality education in the region.
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Human Resources Consultant,
Valeria Gkoura completed her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Public Administration in 2007 in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She then completed two Master Degrees (MSc), one in Management and the other in Human Resource Management from University of Surrey in UK in 2009 and 2010 respectively. She is currently a PhD candidate in University of Nicosia in Cyprus commencing her studies in 2013. She was working in ADNOC schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 2010 until 2017.
Chief Executive Officer,Great Place to Work, Gulf
Michael Burchell, Ed.D., is the CEO for Great Place to Work® Middle East, a human capital consulting firm based in Dubai, with offices in Riyadh and Doha. He is an expert on workplace culture and employer branding. Co-author of The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters (2011), and No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace Into a Great One (2013), Michael is a sought after keynote presenter at conferences in the US and internationally.
At Great Place to Work® Middle East, he leads an international team in advising clients on culture, leadership and HR transformation. He is also the Group Managing Director for the Best Companies Group FZ LLC. Previously, he was an Organization Solutions Expert at McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, providing clients advice in culture transformation, organization design, people analytics and top team development.
Prior to McKinsey & Company, Michael was a corporate vice president at Great Place to Work®in the US, Organization Development at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Area Director and instructor in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts.
Michael received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and also has degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Southern California.
Michael’s home is in Dubai but works throughout the Middle East. You can find his blogs at www.greatplacetowork.ae, ATD and www.michaelburchell.com. You can also connect with Michael via LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter at burchellm.
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