Prof. Hala Zreiqat
Hala Zreiqat is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering and is Head of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. She is also an Honorary Professor at Shanghai JaioTong University (2013-2019). Her group consists of multidisciplinary team of researchers including engineers, cell and molecular biologists and clinicians. Her lab works on the development of novel engineered materials and 3D printed platforms for regenerative medicine, particularly in the fields of orthopaedics, dental and maxillofacial applications. In addition, her group is interested in the development of novel nanospheres for growth factors, drug and cell delivery as well as novel injectable materials. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Her pioneering development of innovative biomaterials for tissue regeneration has led to one awarded (US) and 6 provisional patents, 5 as a lead inventor, and several collaborations with inter/national industry partners. She is regularly invited to give keynote and plenary presentations at major international and national conferences. She has organized / chaired a number of major international conferences/ symposia / workshops. She is the immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic research Society (2010-2012). She is the founder and chair of the Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering and the IDEAL Society network. Amongst her awards are: NSW Premier's Woman of the Year 2018, The King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the Second Class - the highest civilian honor bestowed by the King of Jordan (2018), Leopold Dintenfass Memorial Award, for Excellence in Research (2012); University of Sydney Engineering Deans Research Award (2009).
Ms Hiba Qasas
Hiba Qasas is the Chief of the Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response office of UN Women in Geneva. Prior to that Ms Qasas served as the UN Women Country Representative in Iraq and as the Head of the Middle East and North Africa section in UN Women’s Head Quarters in New York.
She has 16 years of international development and crisis prevention and response experience and an in-depth experience in the MENA Region and gender issues. Prior to joining UN Women, Hiba worked at UNDP managing a broad range of programmes in the areas of poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery and providing programme guidance to country offices in the Arab states and horn of Africa Region in crisis response, economic recovery and women’s empowerment. Before joining the UN, Hiba worked for Palestinian NGOs with a focus on Micro finance and rural development.
Dr. Fawwaz Habbal
Fawwaz Habbal is the Executive Dean for Education and Research and Senior Lecturer at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Dr. Habbal joined Harvard Engineering in 2002 as the Associate Dean for Academic Planning and was instrumental in the development of the intellectual direction for bioengineering and electrical engineering at SEAS. In 2007, he became the Executive Dean of SEAS. One major interest has been expanding the curriculum that enables students’ creativity and entrepreneurship; this includes the conception and development of the collaborative Master’s in Design Engineering with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, launched Fall of 2016. He also teaches courses in design engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, nanofabrication, NMES, photonics devices and microfluidics. He is a member of the Applied Physics research group at SEAS, and is the Director of the Graduate Engineering Studies.
Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Habbal worked in industry and became Senior Research, Engineering Fellow, and Corporate VP at Polaroid Corporation. At Polaroid, he was responsible for research and product design. He was also tasked to develop the electronic imaging business group. After leaving Polaroid, he established 3 start-ups in electronic imaging for the mobile market.
Dr. Habbal has significant publications in materials science, electronics, imaging and nanophotonics. He did postdoctoral research in Raman spectroscopy at the University of Colorado and was senior research fellow at Harvard before his industrial career. Dr. Habbal earned a BS in Mathematics, a PhD in Physics and has several business degrees.