Mahmoud Awad
American University of Sharjah (AUS)
Associate Professor
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Mahmoud Awad is an Associate Professor in the department of Industrial Engineering at the American University of Sharjah. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, USA. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society of Quality (ASQ) and Ford Motor Company since 2002. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the industry with Schlumberger Technology Incorporation (Houston, USA), Case New Holland (Chicago, USA), Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, USA), and Al-Jazirah Vehicles (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). At Case New Holland, Dr. Awad was one of the Six Sigma deployment strategy architects and worked as a quality manager/Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB). His areas of research and teaching interest are Six Sigma, Quality and Reliability Engineering, and Reliability Centered Maintenance. He published many research papers in international reputed journals and conferences.

MurtadaAlfateh Al Zaylaie
Excellence Adviser & Strategy Department Manager
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Murtada Al Zaylaie the excellence adviser and Strategy Department Manager at Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority,

With more than 20 years of experience, Murtada has showcased a proven track record started with a proven track record started his career life as a researcher statistician and economist, and has gained extensive experience in the preparation of feasibility studies, economic studies and surveys, assessing opinion and customer satisfaction, and SME’s studies, pursuing his work in a number of prestigious Government Organizations in strategic, tactical & operational planning and design and implementation of quality management systems, SOP systems managing & planning. He had been working also as head of the Division of Economic Studies and Director of Organization Excellence Office of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). He is also associated with a number of private sectors in the field of economic consulting, quality and organizational development.

He has contributed to the development of a number of internal and external Awards, suggestions schemes, innovation management, process manuals and building quality and excellence management systems. He acts as judge and Assessor in a number of awards in organizational excellence, quality, and entrepreneurship such as ShjSeen, Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, the UAE Startup Award, the International Business Award, and the Gulf Customer Experience Award and others.

He is a certified Senior Auditor for Quality Management System (ISO 9001), a Judge in internal and external local Awards, also he has been participating & managing to develop Sharjah Economic Excellence Award and number of specialized Committees in Sharjah and UAE. He co-launches a number of excellence initiatives such as the excellence ambassadors in SCCI. He is the winner of Sharjah Government Distinguished Employee Award in 2008.

Nancy Nouaimeh
ASQ UAE LMC Chair
AVP - Quality, Safety & Performance Excellence- Abela & Co
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nancy is an accomplished Business Excellence and Total Quality Management professional with over 15 years of experience and a proven record of significant contributions. She holds master’s degrees in TQM, and Agronomic Sciences & Bio-engineering from Belgium.

In her current job as AVP- Quality, Safety & Performance Excellence at a Leading Food Services Management Company in Dubai-UAE, Nancy leads improvement projects through innovative and integrated approaches to achieve service & business excellence and sustain the competitiveness of the organization. She has expertise in strategy deployment, innovation management, business excellence models, continuous improvement methodologies (Lean, Kaizen, VSM etc.), CSR and ISO standards and auditing (ISO 22000, 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001). A talented coach and trainer, well versed in leading teams and transferring knowledge across the organization.

Nancy is a subject matter expert, senior assessor and judge for National Excellence, Innovation and Quality Professionals Awards. She is currently ASQ LMC Chair, UAE.

She has been awarded with the Testimonial Leadership Award from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2014 for “her valuable contribution in raising ASQ’s profile and the Voice of Quality in UAE” and has been selected one of the Fresh Faces of Quality featured in Quality Progress magazine published by ASQ in November 2016.
Oussama Y. Hammad
Advisor - Dubai Government Excellence Program
The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Holding an MSs Degree in Industrial Engineering and is currently a PhD. Candidate in Engineering Management. Started the career in the field of management and engineering consulting, completed 7 years working as Senior Consultant.17 years of practical experience as a CEO of manufacturing and service companies working in partnership with leading international firms.

Since 2002, participated in and lead several Excellence Awards’ Assessment Teams and Jury Panels for Public and Private Sectors in Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia including King Abdullah II Award for Excellence, Dubai Government Excellence Program, Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Award and King Abdulaziz Quality Award.Technical Project Manager for implementing 4th. Generation of Government Excellence System in Dubai Government.

ASQ Member, approved Excellence Model Trainer and Assessor from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)

Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jordan Society for Quality for the period (2006-2012) and Former Member of the Board of the Jordan Institute for Standards and Metrology. Granted Kano Medal for Excellence Catalyst Award in 2013.


Shady Baher El Safty
Regional Director of Engineering & Supplier Quality
General Motors North Africa
Cairo, Egypt

Shady El Safty is Profit and value driven quality professional bringing in rare level business acumen with a track record of driving businesses and delivering management solutions to carve niche in global markets. Shady has rich strategic management with 20+ years’ experience with international exposure at fortune 500 corporation at China, South East Asia, and North Africa. He is expert in joint venture management, start-ups, restructuring, strategic planning, and lean transformation. Proven track record in implementing global management standards and operational excellence to benchmark level with impressive results in model change, and significant cost reductions.

Currently, Shady working as Regional Director for Engineering & Supplier Quality at General Motors North Africa, based at Cairo, Egypt and elected chair for local member committee (LMC) for American Society of Quality (ASQ) at Egypt. Shady strong work ethic is underscored by his commitment to education; he earned a bachelor degree in Engineering and Master Degree in Business Administration. Moreover, he is Lean Six-Sigma Master Black Belt, and Shainin Red X Master.

Shady’s efforts and accomplishments resulted in being the first African who the global prestigious award as “2012 Young Industry Leadership Award” from Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and “2016 Quality Professional of the Year” from American Society of Quality (ASQ)
Dr. Souraj Salah
Business Process Improvement Manager Contracting and Services
Juma Al Majid Group

Dr. Souraj Salah is currently working as a full time Business Process Improvement Manager at Juma Al Majid Group, in the contracting, services and manufacturing sectors. He earned his PhD in Engineering Management from the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He has published more than twenty papers in various international journals and has over nineteen years of experience as a professional industrial engineer in the field of quality improvement in canada, USA, and across the Middle East with international and local companies. He is also certified as a QHSE lead auditor by BV, as a lean leader by Lead Advisors in Canada, as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the Juran Institute in the USA and as a Master Black Belt by Alignment Strategies in Canada as well as Johnson Controls Intl. in the USA. He is also the inaugural winner for the ASQ UAE Quality Professional Award of the year 2015.

Waleed Alfaris
General Manager
Calibration Services Company
Saudi Quality Council (SQC) (Member of the Executive Committee)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Country Counselor of ASQ in Saudi Arabia (Jan 2016 to Jun2018) Assessor for Gulf Accreditation Center
Assessor for AL-SUBAIE EXCLLENCE AWARD (SEA-2015)
Assessor for Sheikh Khalifah AWARD (SKEA-2016)
Event Manger of the World Metrology Day (20 May) (since 2010) by SQC
Founder of the Saudi Quality Council -World Metrology Day web-site in Arabic
Wrote articles in Metrology and Quality
Working in Metrology Fields since the year 2000
Member of the Advisory Committee for Different Organization
He has studied in King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals Electrical Engineering College Certified Calibration Technician (ASQ)

Organizing Committee

Kavitha Prabhu
General Manager
ASQ MEA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mahmoud Awad
American University of Sharjah (AUS)
Associate Professor
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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MurtadaAlfateh Al Zaylaie
Excellence Adviser & Strategy Department Manager
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Nancy Nouaimeh
ASQ UAE LMC Chair
AVP - Quality, Safety & Performance Excellence- Abela & Co
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Oussama Y. Hammad
Advisor - Dubai Government Excellence Program
The General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Roula Raya
Business Development Manager
ASQ MEA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Shady Baher El Safty
Regional Director of Engineering & Supplier Quality
General Motors North Africa
Cairo, Egypt
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Waleed Alfaris
General Manager
Calibration Services Company
Saudi Quality Council (SQC) (Member of the Executive Committee)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Student Case Study Competition Jury

Mahmoud Awad
American University of Sharjah (AUS)
Associate Professor
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Raid Al-Aomar
PhD
Professor of Industrial Engineering
Director of Master of Engineering Management Program
College of Engineering Abu Dhabi University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Souraj Salah
Business Process Improvement Manager Contracting and Services
Juma Al Majid Group
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