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Theme: Reimagining Higher Education after COVID-19

This event occurred on
January 16, 2021
Dubai, Dubayy
United Arab Emirates

The global impact of COVID-19 has caused a paradigm shift within the Higher Education industry. What will universities look like when the pandemic has ended? In this TEDx event, we explore this question from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.

The British University in Dubai
2nd Floor, Block 11
Dubai International Academic City
Dubai, Dubayy, 345015
United Arab Emirates
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Dr. Christopher Hill

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Dr Hill’s research interests include transnational education, the development of international education and the student experience in the global arena. He has published and presented in the field of international education; organised and delivered conferences, workshops, training and lectures around the world and led on funded projects to develop research capacity and internationalise HE systems in Iraq, Taiwan, the Philippines, Pakistan and Thailand.

Dr. Khalid Al Marri

Dean of Research
Dr Khalid is an associate professor of project management at the Business and Law department of the British university in Dubai. Dr Khalid is proclaimed for setting high standard of accomplishment by holding the first PhD award in Project Management in the region. Dr Khalid has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. Following which he commenced his engineering career in 1996 in the Dubai Municipality and has been in the government services in the Sewerage & Irrigation Department and the Roads Department as Head in the Roads Construction Section.Dr Khalid holds the credential of having produced, through a doctoral program, the first framework for developing projects through public private partnerships (PPP) in the UAE. This framework is the first to lay the foundations for a standardized PPP practice in the UAE for practitioners.

Dr. Maria Papadaki

Director of the Dubai Centre for Risk Management
Dr. Maria has over ten years’ of experience in Risk Management from both Academia and Industry, with numerous of years in the implementation, development, improvement and management of risk frameworks, tools and techniques. An individual who can be exposed to a wide range of areas and proves the ability to manage, lead projects, influence, manage people, motivates and drives change in different environments. Her portfolio of achievements include: Created and Managed the BUiD PMO office; Developed and executed a risk strategy to support a bid for a £7.2bn; Managed the Risk and Business Continuity Management process for Rolls-Royce Supply Chain. Identified and improved risk maturity for 1200 suppliers; Managed and Designed the Supply Chain Risk Management strategic framework in Rolls Royce; Lead and organized benchmarking sessions between organisations (e.g. Zurich, Cisco and Rolls-Royce); Lead, designed and managed quality processes.

Dr. Tendai Charles

Director of Centre for Research in Digital Education
Dr. Tendai Charles has a BEng in Computing (City University London), an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL (Newcastle University), and a PhD in Education (University of York). He worked as an I.T. Specialist in London for several years before changing career by becoming a teacher of English for Academic Purposes, and teaching at Russell Group universities such as Edinburgh University, Nottingham University, and Newcastle University. He then became Coordinator of the Instructional Design Unit at UAE University, and now uses his knowledge / experience to conduct academic research on topics pertaining to Digital Education in Dubai.

Mr. Hugh Martin

Registrar & Chief Administrative Officer
Hugh graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA (Hons) & an MA (Hons) in English Language & Literature. After 7 years working in the private sector, he took an MLitt in Creative Writing (with Distinction) from the University of St Andrews. His PhD research is in rhetoric & writing. He has worked in Higher Education senior management for over 20 years, as University Secretary at the University of Bedfordshire, Chief of Staff at the London School of Economics, Head of Governance at the University of Bristol, & Executive Officer at the University of St Andrews. As an academic, he held the post of Associate Lecturer at The Open University for 15 years. Hugh is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators, a non-Executive Director of a US/Zimbabwean charity, and has been a governor & the Chair of the Academy Council at a UK secondary school. He holds various professional associations & accreditations including membership of the Association of Heads of University Administration.

Prof. Eman Gaad

Dean of Faculty of Education
Prof. Gaad co-founded one of the largest NGOs in the UAE, UAEDSA (United Arab Emirates Down Syndrome Association) where she also acts as Senior Educational Consultant. She is one of the governors of Dubai College, and on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations in the UAE. She has advised policy and decision makers as a senior consultant for both governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi on disability related issues. She is also a winner of HH Princess Haya Award for Special Education as best distinguished individual research in 2012, and in the same year was awarded the Global Leadership in Education Award from the Asian Leadership Award Board. She is a world class researcher, advocate, international social development consultant, expert, certified assessor, and a professional social trainer. Over the last 15 years she has become a frequent media figure on live on-air radio and TV programmes, and appeared in hundreds of articles published in local and regional newspapers.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Danielle Wilson Gulston
  • Manal Al Dhuhoori
  • sally khalil