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The purpose of this board is to set the strategic directions of ARELEN, including the vision, purpose and activities of ARELEN. It is not concerned with the actual operation of the network for which the steering committee is in charge. The GAB will normally convene once a year to monitor ARELEN progress and to steer the strategic development. This meeting could take place virtually or possibly in conjunction with the Association of Arab Universities’ conference.

Governance & Advisory Board

Professor. Amr Ezzat Salama


Professor. Mohamed Loutfi

(Vice- President)

Mr. David Lock


(Secretary General)

European Universities

Professor. John Latham

Vice- Chancellor, Coventry University, UK

Professor. Francesco Ubertini

Rector, University of Bologna, Italy

Professor. Ricardo Rivero Ortega

Rector, University of Salamanca, Spain

Professor. Iwan Davies

Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University, Wales, UK

Professor. Dídac Ramírez i Sarrió

Rector, University of Barcelona, Spain.

Professor. Todor Radev

President, Varna University, Bulgaria

Professor. Dimitrios Tsougarakis

Former Vice Chancellor, Ionian University, Greece.

Arab Universities

Professor. Essam Elkordi

President, Alexandria University, Egypt

Professor. Ismail Abdel Ghaffar

President, The Arab Academy for Science and Technology. The Arab League.

Professor. Riyad Hamzah

President, Bahrain University

Professor. Ahmed El Gohary

President, Egypt Japan University for Science and Technology, Egypt.

Professor. Maher Salim

President, Amman Arab University, Jordan.

Professor. Hatem Alamy

Chairman, Modern University of Business and Science, Lebanon.

Professor. Mashhour Alrefai

President, Princess Somayya University, Jordan.

Professor. Tariq Obaide

President, Superior Institute of Science and Technology, Morocco.

Professor. Issa Al Bulushi

Chairman, Gulf College, Oman.

Co-Opted Members

Mr. AbouBakr Fathalla

Coventry University - UK

Professor. Ali Shams El-Din

Former President of Benha University, Egypt.

Organizations (Ex-Officio Members)

Professor. Sijbolt Noorda

President of the Council, The Manga Charta Observatory.

Professor. Nasser Al Qahtani

Director General, Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO)
The Arab League

Professor. Luciano Sasso

President, Network of Universities of the Capital Cities of Europe (UNIICA)

Prof. Amanda Crowfoot

Secretary General, European Universities Association

Ms. Alison Johns

Chief Executive, Advanced HE, UK