Keynote Speakers


Dr. Faisal Al Mubarak ( King Faisal University Saudi Arabia - Al Faisal)

Dr Faisal Al Mubarak, provost of academic affairs and chief academic advisor, has a rich background in higher education, public policy, urban planning and architecture, as well as tourism, and has served on many national committees and as an advisor to national and international agencies in areas of his expertise.

He completed his Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle (1992), his Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1986), and his Bachelor degree of Architecture from the College of Engineering, King Saud University (1981).

He has served on the faculty of King Saud University, (18 years), teaching urban design, urban policy and theory as well as urban history and became a full professor in 2005. As the president’s advisor to Prince Sultan bin Salman al Saud at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Faisal Al Mubarak headed the department for strategic planning and monitoring and was the executive director of the First International Conference on Urban Heritage in Islamic Countries, UHIC, (May 2010), one of the largest, most well attended international conferences hosted in the Kingdom to date.

Professor Al Mubarak has been an advisor to several national committees and ministries including the Ministry of Higher Education, the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh (HCDA), and the National Environment Council. He has also served as a committee member on the board of the World Tourism Organization (representing the Middle East Region). His planning expertise was well utilized as the Deputy Mayor of Riyadh for Projects and Development, and as a Member of the HCDA Council, Chaired by HRH Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, Governor of the Riyadh Region.

He has published and authored numerous articles and reports, in academia as well as media, and has authored a book on policy and urban strategic planning and infrastructural development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he has also translated into Arabic a text book on urban theory. Dr. Al Mubarak has authored and participated in the preparation of executive advisory reports to Provincial Governors, Ministers and other leading officials in government agencies including, the Shura Council, municipal administrations and served on high level national and international task forces of strategic and technical importance. Professor Al Mubarak has given speeches and lectures in many public and private symposia and conferences on issues of urban development, higher education, and socio-cultural development issues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.


Dr. Meyya Meyyappan (NASA, United States)

Dr. Meyya Meyyappan is Chief Scientist for Exploration at the Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Until June 2006, he served as the Director of the Center for Nanotechnology as well as Senior Scientist. He holds an Adjunct Professor position at the Arizona State University. He is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology(IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy(OSTP). The IWGN is responsible for putting together the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE), the Electrochemical Society(ECS), American Vacuum Society(AVS)and the California Council of Science and Technology. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME), Materials Research Society,and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology and ASME's Distinguished Lecturer on Nanotechnology(2004-2006). He is currently the President of the IEEE's Nanotechnology Council(2006-2007).

For his work and leadership in nanotechnology, he has received numerous awards: NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal; Arthur Flemming Award by the Arthur Flemming Foundation and George Washington University; President's Meritorious Award; IEEE Judith Resnick Award; and Engineer of the Year award by the San Francisco section of the AIAA(American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) for his contributions to nanotechnology education and training. Dr. Meyyappan hasauthored or co-authored over 150 articles in peer reviewed publications and made over 200 Invited/Keynote/Plenary Talks in nanotechnology subjects across the world.


Dr. Bradley F. Smith (Western Washington University, USA)
Bradley F. Smith, Dean

Dr. Bradley F. Smith was named Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in September of 1994. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Smith had served as the first Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as a Special Assistant to the administrator of the EPA and as Acting Associate Administrator for the EPA. Dr. Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 1992. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. His BA and MA are in economics and political science.

From 1975 to 1990, Dr. Smith was a professor of political science and biology, and concurrently was executive director of Michigan’s Tobico Marsh National Refuge from 1982 to 1990. During this time, he also served as adjunct faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Smith has been a Fulbright Scholar to England a NATO Fellow and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Environmental Science in the UK. He holds adjunct faculty positions in Russia, China, Holland, England and Japan.

In 2007 he was appointed by the EPA Administrator to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) which advises the USEPA on domestic and international environmental policy issues. In 2009 he was appointed by the Governor to the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Currently he serves on the steering committee of the Commission on Education and Communication for the IUCN and as a Trustee of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. He is the past President of the U.S. Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and the past chair of the Washington State Sustainability Commission. He has served as an environmental advisor to many corporations and as an external evaluator for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Formerly Dr. Smith served as an appointed member of President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development (Education Task Force). His most recent publications include co-author of Environmental Science: A Study of Interrelationships, 12th edition 2009, andEnvironmental Science Field Guide and Laboratory Manual, 12th edition 2009. McGraw-Hill.

The Venue

Al Hamra Convention Centre Ras Al Khaimah

United Arab Emirates

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