Scientific Committee

Dr. Zainab Alwani
Dr. Zainab Alwani
Founding Director | First Associate Professor at Howard University School of Divinity

Founding  Director and the first Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD). She is also the chair of the Master of Arts (Religious Studies) program at HUSD. Dr. Alwani received her Ph.D. in Islamic Sciences and Islamic Jurisprudence from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the implementation of the higher aims of Islamic law (Maqāṣid al Shariah) within the domain of the American Muslim family. She has authored and co-authored a wide variety of publications ranging from books, textbooks and book chapters, to scholarly articles. She is particularly interested in deriving methodologies for approaching the Qur’an, Sunna and Islamic jurisprudence in the area of women and family relations. Dr. Alwani is currently serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice, a scholarly peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Islamic Seminary Foundation in partnership with IUPUI University Library. Her research focuses on Quranic studies, Islamic jurisprudence, the relationship between civil and religious law in the area of women and family. 

Dr. Ghassan El Kahlout
Dr. Ghassan El Kahlout
Head of the MA Program in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action at the Doha Graduate Institute, Qatar

PhD in post-war reconstruction and development studies from York University, UK. His specialized experience covering two decades of work includes the areas of humanitarian response, post-war early recovery and capacity building. In addition to his work in various professional locations in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, he worked in other countries torn by wars and disasters such as Palestine, Iraq and Yemen. He has worked in international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Federation of Red Crescent Societies, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Humanitarian Forum in the United Kingdom. He led and was a member of emergency humanitarian response teams in Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Libya and Jordan. He delivered training courses in the fields of humanitarian response, disaster management, post-war early recovery and post-war reconstruction.

Abdelhamid Siyam
Abdelhamid Siyam
Lecturer - ME Studies & Political Science - Rutgers University - USA

Lecturer - ME Studies & Political Science - Rutgers University Senior Trainer at CDC -Training in Communication 

Dr. Darren Stuart Gordon
Dr. Darren Stuart Gordon
Associate Professorial Lecturer in Managing Humanitarianism | Programme Director - London School of Economy & Political Science, UK

Programme Director for the International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies MSc, an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House)  and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.   He also coordinates the International Development department development and humanitarian consultancy programs.