2016 Judges

Judging Panels 2016

Each year, The Undergraduate Awards relies on the extraordinary work of our network of judges from around the world. In 2016, 323 judges representing 108 institutions from across the globe took part in the judging process – the highest number of judges to date. The Undergraduate Awards extends our most sincere thanks to the academics, alumni and industry representatives listed below.

Art History, Music, Film and Theatre

Chair: Prof. Matthew Rampley, University of Birmingham

Matthew is the Head of Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at University of Birmingham. With a BA (Hons) in Classics and Modern Languages, and a PhD in Aesthetics/History of Art, his main teaching and research interests are in contemporary art, art criticism and theory, as well as the art and architecture of central Europe of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has recently completed a critical study of the role of theories of evolution and the biological and neurological sciences in aesthetics and cultural theory entitled Crossing Boundaries? Art, Evolution and Neuroscience (forthcoming, 2017). He is currently leading a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on museums of art and design and the cultural politics of Austria-Hungary in the later nineteenth century, a follow-up to his earlier work on Viennese artistic historical thought.

Dr. Adèle Commins, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Mr. Davide Benvenutti, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Denis Collins, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Hoi Yan Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. João Florêncio, University of Exeter
Dr. John Cuciurean, Western University
Miss. Julie Daunt, University College Cork
Dr. Kelly McErlean, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dr. Marie Kelly, University College Cork
Prof. Mary Conroy, Boston College
Ms. Michele Meek, Boston College
Dr. Sarah Pogoda, University of Sheffield


Built Environment

Chair: Ms. Una Beagon, Dublin Institute of Technology

Una is a Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer who worked in industry for many years before joining the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013. She is currently Assistant Head of School in the School of Civil and Structural Engineering. She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2014/15 and a Learning and Teaching Award for the implementation of a Problem Based Learning module entitled “Bridging the gap between teaching and learning – a constructivist initiative to engage and retain our first year students”. Her research interests lie in the pedagogies which prepare graduates for employment with an emphasis on professional skills.

Mr. Gareth Alexander, Ulster University
Dr. Haijiang Li, Cardiff University
Dr. Juan Roldan, American University of Sharjah
Prof. Lloyd Scott, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Mary Moloney, Cork Institute of Technology
Mr. Ted McKenna, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Qatar University
Dr. Zeinab Bedri, Dublin Institute of Technology



Chair: Colm O’Gorman, Dublin City University

Colm is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Dublin City University Business School. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth in new firms and in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Specifically he has studied the growth strategies of SMEs, the nature of managerial work in high growth SMEs, and internationalisation processes in International New Ventures, and in SMEs. He has explored the emergence of high-tech firms in the context of cluster dynamics, including a study of the factors that led to the rapid emergence of the software industry in Ireland. Colm has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Venture Capital. He has completed several European Union funded research projects. He is co-author of ‘Enterprise in Action’, a textbook on entrepreneurship for Irish students. He has co-authored eight teaching cases studies on entrepreneurship published by the European Case Clearing House, including several award winning cases.

Mr. Aniket Suru, London Business School
Dr. Brendan Galbraith, Ulster University
Ms. Cáit Noone, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dr. Ciyu Nie, Nanyang Technological University
Mr. Colin Whitston, National College of Ireland
Dr. Gary Buttriss, Australian National University
Mr. James O’Connor, Dublin City University
Mr. John Byrne, Griffith College Dublin
Dr. Jose Manuel Liñares-Zegarra, University of Essex
Dr. Kelly Smith, Coventry University
Dr. Laura Bradley, Ulster University
Dr. Sharon Ponsonby-McCabe, Ulster University


Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chair: Prof. Owen Priest, Northwestern University

Owen is presently a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. His career in teaching began thirty years ago when he taught high school chemistry and physics, first in Vermont and then in Massachusetts. After four years of teaching at the high school level, his love of teaching and chemistry led him to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. After completing his doctoral work, Professor Priest taught at Grinnell College as well as Hobart and William Smith Colleges before joining the faculty at Northwestern University. After serving as the university’s Director of Undergraduate Organic Laboratories for thirteen years, Owen became a Professor of Instruction and continues to teach organic chemistry classes as well as upper-level courses for chemistry majors.

Dr. Abdulilah. Bani-yaseen, Qatar University
Dr. Ahmad El Hellani, American University of Beirut
Mr. Ali Bushra, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dr. Amjad Shraim, Qatar UniversityDr. Astrid Sasse, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Evelina Colacino, Université de Montpellier
Dr. Hassan Nimir, Qatar University
Dr. Michela Simone, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Peter Cragg, University of Brighton
Prof. Philip Gale, University of Southampton
Dr. Pierre Karam, American University of Beirut
Dr. Rona Ramsay, University of St Andrews
Dr. Sumod Pullarkat, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Tarek Ghaddar, American University of Beirut
Dr. Xuehong Lu, Nanyang Technological University


Classical Studies & Archaeology

Chair: Dr. Alex Schoeman, University of the Witwatersrand

Alex is a senior lecturer in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she teaches Archaeology of the Last 2000 Years, Archaeology of Clay and Archaeology of Food Production. She started her academic career as a researcher at the University of Pretoria after completing her PhD in Archaeology in 2006. Her current research focuses on Bokoni in north eastern South Africa. This research has two core objectives. The first is to grapple with the social, economic, physical and environmental conditions under which Bokoni farmers established the system of stone-built terrace agriculture that left an extensive archaeological footprint in north eastern South Africa. The second is to understand the configuration of Bokoni households in villages of the Komati River valley, during the second millennium AD.

Dr. Eóin O’Donoghue, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Gillian Bowen, Monash University
Dr. Jane Bellemore, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Manuel Fernandez-Gotz, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Rebecca Sweetman, University of St. Andrews
Dr. Silke Knippschild, University of Bristol


Computer Sciences

Chair: Prof. Haifeng Li Harbin Institute of Technology

Haifeng is an IEEE member, a senior member of the China Computer Federation and a Professor at the Institute of Intelligent Human-Computer Interaction at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). From 2010 to 2014, he was also Dean of the Honors School at HIT. He received a PhD in Electro-Magnetical Measuring Technique & Instrumentation from HIT in 1997 and a PhD in Computer, Communication and Electronic Science from the University of Paris 6 in 2002. He started his teaching career in 1994 in HIT and was promoted to lecturer in 1995, professor in 2003 and habilitation in 2004. His research fields include Intelligent Information Processing Technology, Brain Machine Interaction Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Cognition Science. He has undertaken two projects for the National Natural Science Foundation, and several projects for the Provincial and Ministry Science foundation. He has published two books and over 150 papers in journals and conferences.

Prof. Ahmad Dhaini, American University of Beirut
Prof. Amarda Shehu, George Mason University
Dr. Amr Ali-Eldin, Leiden University
Mr. Colm Davey, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Mr. Himel Dev, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Mr. Mark Deegan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Prof. Martin McKinney, Northern Regional College
Dr. Oisín Cawley, Institute of Technology, Carlow
Mr. Ray Walshe, Dublin City University
Prof. Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Trevor Clohessy, National University of Galway, Ireland
Dr. Yonggang Wen, Nanyang Technological University


Earth & Environmental Sciences

Chair: Prof. Paul Glover, University of Leeds

Paul is the Chair of Petrophysics at the University of Leeds, UK. His research focuses on the physical properties of rocks and soils. He was educated at Imperial College London, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and UEA, and has worked for British Petroleum, as well as being a consultant and non- executive director for a range of companies and institutions. His research career has encompassed time at University College London and at Tohoku University in Japan. He has been senior lecturer in petrophysics and director of the Aberdeen University Petrophysics Laboratory at Aberdeen University, visiting professor at the Université of Montpellier II and Professor agrégée of Petrophysics at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Professor Glover was the founder and first chair of the Energy, Resources and the Environment Section of the European Geosciences Union and is a representative member of the Environmental Industries Commission.

Dr. Anthea Lacchia, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Antoine Ghauch, American University of Beirut
Dr. Audrey Martin, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Barbra Harvie, Scotland’s Rural College
Prof. Fabio Ferri, Universidad de los Andes
Prof. Ipek Goktepe, Qatar University
Ms. Karen O’Neill, University of Dundee
Ms. Katelin Hanson, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Kristen Walker, University of British Columbia
Dr. Mark Claire, University of St Andrews
Dr. Mohamed Abouleish, American University of Sharjah
Mr. Muhammed Nayeem Mullungal, Qatar University
Dr. Phil Murphy, University of Leeds
Dr. Trevor McIntyre, University of Pretoria



Chair: Mr. Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick. He is a consultant to the Bank of England, Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Authority and a research fellow at University College Dublin’s Geary Institute. Stephen is a weekly columnist for The Sunday Business Post. He has published 4 books and approximately 30 journal articles, as well as winning 3 million euros in research funding. He has also written policy pieces for publications like the Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, and VoxEU. A critic of Ireland’s austerity regime, Stephen builds and estimates macroeconomic models in his academic work. Stephen has two PhDs in economics but still manages to make sense sometimes.

Dr. Christian Spielmann, University College London
Dr. Cloda Jenkins, University College London
Dr. Iordanis Petsas, University of Scranton
Dr. Javed Younas, American University of Sharjah
Mr. Justin Doran, University College Cork
Dr. Marina-Selini Katsaiti, United Arab Emirates University
Dr. Martin Guzi, Masaryk University
Dr. Michael Nimo, Durham University
Dr. Nisha Malhotra, University of British Columbia



Chair: Prof. James S. Etim, Salem State University

James is a Professor of Education in the College of Arts, Science, Business and Education at Winston Salem State University, North Carolina, USA. His research interests are in four broad areas: women in education, junior literature in English, the teaching of English Language Arts and middle grades education. He has published more than 50 journal articles, is the editor or co-editor of seven books and the sole author of one. He has won two Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards and an award from Ahfad University for Women that allowed him to travel and work with colleagues at the Regional Institute of Gender, Rights, Peace and Diversity in the Sudan and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He was a Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Grant on active learning with technology (2013-2016) and is also the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies.

Dr. A.J. Koury, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Carol Moran, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr. Caroline Walker-Gleaves, Durham University
Dr. Fathi Ihmeideh, Qatar University
Prof. Greg Brooks, University of Sheffield
Dr. Hatem Anas Hasan Alkhamra, Qatar University
Dr. Huda Alkubaisi, Qatar University
Ms. Jennifer Looi, McGill University
Ms. Jenny Ferrier-Kerr, University of Waikato
Dr. Kate Ferguson-Patrick, University of Newcastle, Australia
Prof. Kholoud Al-Dababneh, The Hashemite University
Dr. Liz Forty, Cardiff University
Dr. Majdi Alkhouli, Qatar University
Dr. Mary Magee, St Angela’s College, Sligo
Dr. Oksana Afitska, University of Sheffield
Dr. Randa Mahasneh, Qatar University
Dr. Richard Greenwood, Stranmillis University College



Chair: Dr. Vikram Pakrashi, University College Dublin

Vikram is the Director of Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory at University College Cork and an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University College Dublin. Vikram is an active researcher and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers to date. Vikram’s work is typically interdisciplinary and often involves industrial partners from diverse fields. Vikram received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, specialising in the field of health monitoring of structures employing dynamic responses and associated vibration control methods. He did his postdoctoral research in structural reliability analysis and durability of coastal infrastructure. Vikram has received a number of awards throughout his career for his contribution to research, leadership, consulting engineering and peer-reviews. He founded the University College Cork chapter of Engineers Without Borders Ireland and is a member of its National Executive Committee.

Engr. Abu Anas Shuvom, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Andrew Hillis, University of Bath
Dr. Arslan Ayari, Qatar University
Dr. Daramy Kallon, University of Johannesburg
Mr. Fiachra Merwick, BASE Group LTD
Dr. Georgios Stylianides, Qatar University
Dr. Holden Li, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Lutfi Albasha, American University of Sharjah
Dr. Mohammad Silani, Isfahan University of Technology
Prof. Nicholas Dunne, Dublin City University
Prof. Taner Bilgiç, Bogazici University
Mr. Thineshan Kathirchelvan, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Tze Sian Pui, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Wael Abuzaid, American University of Sharjah
Prof. Zhou Yan, Nanyang Technological University



Chair: Dr. Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University

Andrea’s university education is in Medieval and Renaissance Studies concerning Italy, France, Germany, Greece and the USA. His main research project is Engineering Historical Memory (EHM), built at the intersections of humanities and data science/visualisation. He first theorized EHM as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007 and further developed it when he was a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari in 2012. The project was awarded best conference paper at the 2013 Culture and Computing conference in Kyoto, Japan. It has been funded, among others, by Microsoft Research (2014-2016). Andrea lives with his family in Singapore, where he is Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Art, Design and Media, Faculty Member of the University Scholarly Program and Senior Research Team Member of the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University.

Dr. Amir Osman, Qatar University
Dr. Andreas Leutzsch, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Andrew McCarthy, University College, Cork
Dr. Andrew Webster, Murdoch University
Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Ms. Lidia Plaza, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Maher Abu-Munshar, Qatar University
Dr. Matthew Lewis, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Victoria Hallinan, Boston Architectural College
Dr. Uganda Kwan, Nanyang Technological University


Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Darya Kavitskaya, University of California, Berkeley

Darya is an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2001 and taught at Yale University until returning to Berkeley in 2011. Darya’s research interests include theoretical phonology (especially contrast, syllable structure, and opacity), various issues of phonetics/phonology interface (secondary articulation, in particular, palatalization), historical Slavic phonology, and SLI phonology. She works mainly on Slavic languages and the languages of the former Soviet Union. Her field languages are Crimean Tatar (Turkic) and Tundra Nenets (Uralic). Darya is the author of two books: Compensatory Lengthening (Routledge) and Crimean Tatar (Lincom Europa).

Dr. Alice A. Miano, Stanford University
Dr. Anne Marie Devlin, University College Cork
Dr. Cara Levey, University College Cork
Dr. Catrin S Rhys, Ulster University
Dr. David Barr, Ulster University
Mr. Jean Francois Ghesquière, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Joshua Katz, Princeton University
Dr. Laura Beard, University of Alberta
Ms. Qiuyu Wang, Northwestern University
Dr. Weiming Liu, Dublin City University
Dr. Wendy Anderson, University of Glasgow



Chair: Prof. Seth Tillman, Maynooth University

Seth is a Lecturer at the Department of Law, Maynooth University. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1984 and went on to study at Harvard Law School. He regularly teaches modules on equity and trusts, the American legal system, and, on occasion, constitutional law, legal writing, and comparative law. He also writes on transparency and efficiency within the Irish courts and covers the subject on Irish television and radio.

Dr. Anca Chirita, Durham University

Prof. Brian Hutchinson, University College Dublin
Prof. Gerry Maher, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Julien Chaisse, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Marny Requa, Georgian Court University
Ms. Marta Belcher, Stanford University
Prof. Salim Nakhjavani, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Sally Wheeler, Queen’s University Belfast


Life Sciences

Chair: Prof. Frank J. Gunn-Moore, University of St. Andrews

Frank is Professor of Molecular Neurobiology, and Director of Research at the School of Biology, University of St Andrews. As a biochemist he obtained his first degree at the University of Edinburgh and then studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His postdoctoral work resulted in understanding the chemical signals that keep nerve cells alive and also how they are insulated by a substance called myelin, which is lost in Multiple Sclerosis. He then started his own group at the University of St Andrews and is now particularly known for his work into Dementia and specifically Alzheimer’s disease. He established the Alzheimer’s Research UK network for Scotland and as its Chair he helped in the writing of a best-seller on Alzheimer’s disease. He is also currently Deputy Director of ‘SULSA’ which is an organisation that has resulted in ~£350M investment into Scottish research.

Dr. Alan Stewart, University of St Andrews
Dr. Anne Friel, Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Daniel Milej, Western University
Mr. Daniel Johnston, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. David Ferrier, University of St Andrews
Prof. Frank Sargent, University of Dundee
Prof. Gethin McBean, University College Dublin
Mr. Hieu Ly, Western University
Dr. Ian Kenny, University of Limerick
Dr. James Brown, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Kim Dale, University of Dundee
Dr. María Victoria Marini Palomeque, Masaryk University
Dr. Navin Kumar Verma, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Orla Howe, Dublin Institute of Technology
Prof. Oscar Gaggiotti, University of St Andrews
Dr. Pat Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Ms. Rebecca Liu, Western University
Dr. Tim Downing, Dublin City University
Dr. Tuck Seng Wong, University of Sheffield


Literature: English

Prof. Joel Faflak, Western University

Joel is Professor of English and Theory in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he is also Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. He is author of Romantic Psychoanalysis (SUNY, 2008), co-author of Revelation and Knowledge (Toronto, 2012), editor of De Quincey’s Confessions (Broadview, 2009), and editor or co-editor of ten more volumes, including The Handbook to Romanticism Studies (Blackwell, 2012), The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (Toronto, 2013), and Romanticism and the Emotions (Cambridge, 2014). He is former North American Editor (Romanticism) for Literature Compass, co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism, and has won the Polanyi Prize for Literature (2002) and the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Research Excellence (1999). He is currently working on two books: Romantic Psychiatry: The Psychopathology of Happiness and Get Happy! Utopianism and the American Film Musical.

Dr. Anne Jamison, Western Sydney University
Mr. Colin Groundwater, UA Winner 2014
Mr. Dominic O’Key, UA Winner 2014
Dr. Donna Alexander, University College Cork
Dr. Donna Palmateer Pennee, Western University
Ms. Ellen Howley, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Fariha Shaikh, University College Dublin
Dr. Gabrielle Ceraldi, Western University
Ms. Henrietta Bailey-King, UA Winner 2012
Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, University of Ulster
Dr. Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University
Prof. Mary Hammond, University of Southampton
Dr. Maureen O’Connor, University College Cork
Prof. Nancy Peterson, Purdue University
Dr. Otto Heim, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Paul Delaney, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Peter Ferry, University College Dublin
Dr. Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton
Dr. Richard Brown, University of Leeds
Ms. Ruth Daly, University of Leeds
Dr. Tim Hancock, Ulster University
Dr. Virginia Stormer, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Prof. Walter Wadiak, Lafayette College
Dr. Wernmei Ade, Nanyang Technological University

Literature: Non-English

Chair: Prof. Chandani Lokuge, Monash University

Chandani is Associate Professor of Literary Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia. She is the author of 14 books, including the Oxford Classics series of Indian women’s writing, three novels and a book of short stories. Her recent international appointments include Le Studium International Research Chair, Advanced Studies Institute, Loire Valley, France and Visiting Chair in Australian Studies, Freie University, Berlin. She is the founder and coordinator of the South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN), and was director of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing at Monash from 2002-2012.

Prof. Anoud Abusalim, American University of Sharjah
Prof. Citlalli Del Carpio, Stanford University
Dr. Hania Nashef, American University of Sharjah
Prof. Peter Arnds, Trinity College Dublin
Ms. Rachael Seculer-Faber, UA Winner 2012


Mathematics & Physics

Chair: Prof. Azwinndini Muronga, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Azwinndini is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He started his tertiary education at the University of Venda, Limpopo, South Africa where he obtained his BSc (Maths & Physics) and a University Education Diploma. He then studied at the University of Cape Town where he obtained Honours in Physics and MSc in Physics. After completing his studies at the University of Cape Town he went to study at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his PhD in Physics. In 2005 he took up a position of Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Cape Town. In October 2010 he joined the University of Johannesburg as an Associate Professor of Physics and concurrently as the Director of Soweto Science Centre – before moving to Nelson Mandela University as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Dr. Abdel-Salam Gomaa, Qatar University
Dr. Abdessamad Tridane, United Arab Emirates University
Prof. Ahmad I. Ayesh, Qatar University
Dr. Dana Al-Abdulmalik, Qatar University
Dr. Leo Creedon, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr. Mohammad Gharaibeh, Qatar University
Dr. Rachel Quinlan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Prof. Thomas Hillen, University of Alberta
Dr. Yu Luo, Nanyang Technological University


Medical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Paul Brennan, University of Edinburgh

After undergraduate medical training at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, Paul undertook neurosurgical specialist training, achieving Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He also has a PhD in glioma cell biology. He now works in Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon. He is co-chair of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Mr. Andrew Hann, Western University
Dr. Ben Carter, Cardiff University
Dr. Caroline Dewar, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Christa Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Dr. Dana Vackova, Hong Kong University
Dr. Darran O’Connor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis, National University of Ireland, Galway
Ms. Emily Ott, Western University
Dr. Guido van Marle, University of Calgary
Dr. Hassan A. Aziz, Qatar University
Dr. Jia Nee Foo, Nanyang Technological University
Ms. Jina Kum, Western University
Dr. Joan O’Keeffe, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dr. Kenneth Monaghan, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr. Mohamad Saka, King Abdulaziz University
Dr. Salem Mohamed, Zagazig University
Dr. Sarah Harney, University of Limerick
Prof. Sue Black, University of Dundee


Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Mannion, University of Calgary

Cynthia is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She graduated from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1979 and completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from McGill University in 1985. In Montreal, she worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital and had a private nursing practice, Centre Nouvelle Famille, which provided prenatal classes, breastfeeding and labour support. Following years of nursing practice, she completed a PhD at McGill in 2004 in Human Nutrition/ Dietetics focusing on maternal dietary intake and birth outcomes. She currently conducts research to increase understanding of the importance of maternal and child nutrition in Canada and internationally. She is particularly interested in the dietary behaviour of people facing challenging health events. Cynthia has been teaching in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at the University of Calgary since 2001. She is a university senator and an active member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

Dr. Amella Swift, University of Birmingham
Prof. Fiona Irvine, University of Birmingham
Ms. Gerardina Harnett, Institute of Technology, Tralee
Dr. Gladys Honein, American University of Beirut
Ms. Lisa Herrity, Institute of Technology, Tralee
Dr. Marie Meskell, University College Dublin
Dr. Mary Kelly, Dublin City University
Dr. Paula Lane, Waterford Institute of Technology
Dr. Pearse Murphy, Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Rhona O’Connell, University College Cork
Dr. Sile Creedon, University College Cork
Ms. Siobhan O’Connor, Edinburgh Napier University



Chair: Dr. Tuomas Tahko, University of Helsinki

Tuomas is University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy and Academy Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of An Introduction to Metametaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and editor of Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Before coming to Helsinki, Tahko completed his PhD at Durham University in 2008.

Dr. Bjoern Jespersen, University of Barcelona
Dr. Carlo Martini, University of Helsinki
Dr. David Kovacs, Bilkent University
Dr. Hanne Appelqvist, University of Helsinki
Dr. J. Adam Carter, University of Edinburgh
Mr. Lloyd Taylor, Sage Group
Prof. Michael Hauskeller, University of Exeter
Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, Durham University
Dr. William Acres, Huron University College


Politics & International Relations

Chair: Dr. Ruth Casey, Dublin Institute of Technology

Ruth is a lecturer in EU Affairs and Communications in the College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by DIT in 2016, and has been responsible for the creation and development of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. During the course of her teaching career, Ruth has taught on European institutions and international politics in educational institutions in Belgium and in Ireland, and has contributed to panel discussions on national radio stations in Ireland. She was a member of the Ireland in Europe project moderated by the Institute of International and European Affairs, and has worked on border issues in Northern Ireland. The recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University in 2002, Ruth’s current research interests include grand strategy, EU foreign and security policy, intelligence cooperation and Russian foreign policy.

Dr. Alex Baturo, Dublin City University
Dr. Bernadette Connaughton, University of Limerick
Dr. Cillian McGrattan, Ulster University
Dr. Edzia Carvalho, University of Dundee
Dr. Harmen Binnema, Utrecht University
Dr. Heather Johnson, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Kenneth McDonagh, Dublin City University
Dr. Louise Kettle, University of Nottingham
Dr. Maire Braniff, Ulster University
Dr. Marijn Nieuwenhuis, University of Warwick
Dr. Simon Lightfoot, University of Leeds



Dr. Batoul Khalifa, Qatar University

Batoul is the coordinator for the B.Ed. in Special Education and Associate Professor in Mental Health at Qatar University. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Philosophy (Mental Health) and a Master’s degree in Education (Psychology) from Ain Shams University, Cairo. She has been engaged in research for over 23 years, focusing on the Psychology of women and the family, child abuse, creativity of youth and quality assurance in Higher Education. She specifically investigates the components of attitudes, how attitudes develop and how attitudes change. She has written several scientific papers concerning societal attitudes towards the role of women, work, leadership, socialization of children, domestic house cleaners and the relationship between children and their maids.

Dr. Cathal O’Siochru, Liverpool Hope University
Dr. Filippo Varese, University of Manchester
Dr. John Hyland, Dublin Business School
Dr. Liz Davis, University of California, Riverside
Dr. Mike Murphy, University College Cork
Dr. Myles Jones, University of Sheffield
Dr. Neil Cooper, University of East Anglia
Dr. Olive Healy, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Samantha Dockray, University College Cork
Dr. Taha Rabie Taha Adawi, Qatar University
Dr. Tarek Bellaj, Qatar University


Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies

Chair: Dr. David Irwin, Institute of Technology, Tallaght

David is a Senior Lecturer who established and headed the Department of Humanities at Institute of Technology Tallaght from 2000-2014. Since 2014 he has worked on the largest change management project in Irish higher education to establish a technological university in Dublin. He is a graduate of UCC (MA), UUJ (D. Phil), GCD (LLB), and UCD (Prof Dip in Professional Regulation). He is currently a member of the Mental Health Commission (Tribunals), and a Member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU). In the past he has also served as a member of the Governing Body of DCU and as a member of Development Education Committee (Dept. of Foreign Affairs). His research interests have focused on Foucaultian discourses of power and change management in higher education. He has been a member of various judging panels for The Undergraduate Awards since 2011.

Dr. Christina Quinlan, De Montfort University
Dr. Elaine Moriarty, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Hossneya Gad, Qatar University
Ms. Jennifer Stritch, Limerick Institute of Technology
Prof. Michael Breen, Mary Immaculate College
Ms. Nirupama Jayaraman, India Institute of Technology Madras
Dr. Salman Sayyid, University of Leeds
Dr. Zakaryya Mohamed Abdel-Hady, Qatar University


Social Sciences: Social Policy

Chair: Prof. Mary Mc Colgan, Ulster University

Mary joined Ulster University in 1985 following a career as a qualified social worker and team leader. Until her retirement in December 2016, she was Head of School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies and Head of Social Work at Ulster University for sixteen years. She is currently Emerita Professor of Social Work at Ulster and works part time.

Mr. Devin Richards, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Esmat Zaidan, Qatar University
Dr. Judith Mullineux, Ulster University
Dr, Linda Moore, Ulster University
Prof. Mary Mc Colgan, Ulster University
Prof. Paddy Gray, Ulster University
Dr. Premchand Dommaraju, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia
Dr. Una Convery, Ulster University

Visual Arts & Design

Chair: Prof. Danné Ojeda, Nanyang Technological University

Danné is Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dannés work engages graphic design, art practice and theory. She holds an MPhil in Art History from the University of Havana, Cuba; and a BDes in Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, University of Professional Education in Art and Design, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has worked as a Professor of Art History at the Higher Institute for the Arts in Havana (1996-2000) and as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Havana. She was a UNESCO research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Institute for Research and Production in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Theory, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2001-2003). She taught graphic design at the Modern International Art and Design Academy, Chongqing Technology and Business University, China (2006-2008).

Prof. Biju Dhanapalan, Nanyang Technological University
Mr. Brendan Fox, UA Winner 2012
Ms. Candice Ng, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Elsayed Abdelwahed Elkilany, Qatar University
Dr. Essam Hallak, Qatar University
Mr. Gerard Fox, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Ms. Janet Coulter, Ulster University
Mr. Jeffrey Hong, Nanyang Technological University
Mr. Jeremy Madden, GMIT
Mr. Joe Lane, Limerick Institute of Technology
Dr. Kamal Hamidou, Qatar University
Dr. Kenneth Feinstein, Nanyang Technological Univeristy
Prof. Matthew Egan, University of Sharjah
Miss. Megan Falconer, University of Dundee
Dr. Mike McAuley, University of Newcastle
Dr. Nuala Rooney, Ulster University
Dr. Pilar Irala, Humanities Research Institute
Mr. Ruben de la Nuez, Nanyang Technological University
Ms. Teena Ramsay, University of Dundee
Prof. Zinka Bejtic, American University of Sharjah

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