Director of Strategic Initiatives, Qatar University (Qatar)
Dr. Mahmoud Abdulwahed holds BSc, MSc, and PhD in electrical, control and systems engineering; he completed his graduate studies in Germany, Sweden, and the UK. His expertise is in Innovation, Transfer, and Education. He is ranked 14th Globally in the field of Engineering Education in the last three years in terms of indexed publications in Scopus (2013-2016 period). Dr. Mahmoud worked in UK before joining Qatar University in Fall 2011, he was seconded to the Office of Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in Spring 2013 where he worked as Adviser and then Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Innovations; his role focused on inception, coordination, and/or management of several strategic initiatives and innovation-based practices across campus and in selected colleges. These included “Foundation of Excellence Initiative”, “First Year Experience Implement Initiative”, “Students At-Risk Initiative”, “Technology Enhanced Learning Initiative”, etc. Dr. Mahmoud has received several fellowships, from University of Technology Sydney, University Science Malaysia, and from USA Department of State (DoS) Professional Fellows program. He published 60+ peer-reviewed conference and journal articles, 3 books/chapters, 40+ institutional framework/proposal/report, and attained a number of industry research funds, academic recognitions, awards, and best papers distinctions.