Sofiane Sahraoui is President of the Arab Governance Institute which he co-founded in 2012. He is currently Senior Advisor in charge of consulting and research at the Institute of Public Administration of Bahrain (BIPA). Prior to joining BIPA in 2009, he held several faculty and academic administration positions in Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at Brunel Business School in the UK.
Sofiane sits on the Board of Management of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and is its Vice-President for the MENA region. He co-chairs its working group on “Governance & Public Policy.” He was elected to be the General Rapporteur of the 2013 Congress of IIAS/IASIA; one of the largest conferences in Public Administration in the World and has facilitated a workshop during the UNDESA public service awards summit in 2013.
He led the foundation of the MENAPAR (Middle East & North Africa Initiative for Public Administration Research) initiative; and has been elected as its Director of research .
Dr. Sahraoui holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh (Katz Graduate School of Business), a MSc. from the University of Oxford (College of St Anne’s) and an undergraduate degree from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis. His research is primarily on governance and organizational design. He has published 2 books and more than 40 research articles in leading academic journals and conference proceedings and speaks regularly at international professional gatherings. He was the guest editor of the prestigious European Journal of Information Systems and serves on the editorial board of many journals including Transforming Government: People, Process, and Policy. He holds regular seminars and workshops on higher education governance as part of his consulting activities and serves as auditor for a number of quality assurance agencies and as such regularly participates in institutional accreditations and program review visits. As a consultant for ANQAHE (Arab Network for Quality Assurance for Higher Education), he developed a UNESCO-funded study on quality assurance of higher education in the Arab region.
Dr. Sahraoui has conducted major consultancies in strategic planning, organizational design, HR development, and the management of change, in a variety of settings mainly in Higher Education and the Public Sector. He has documented some of these interventions through research publications in major international outlets.
Khalil Amiri is Dean of the Mediterranean Institute of Technology, Tunis, Tunisia. He previously worked as a former assistant professor of computing at Imperial College London, and held various positions in Technology R&D within major computing and services companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Credit Suisse. He is a member of the scientific advisory council of the Mediterranean School of Business.
Dr Amiri is also active in public service and civil society. He served for two years as a senior advisor to the secretary of state for migration and Tunisians abroad, where he initiated a national strategy on migration and other reform projects. He is co-founder and Vice President of the Arab Governance Institute and sits on the boards of the MENA Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) network and of the Mediterranean Entrepreneurship and Innovation foundation. He also serves on the advisory board of IFEDA, a government centre for the capacity building of civil society organisations in Tunisia. He is also rapporteur for the upcoming Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), to be led in Rio on June 2015.
Dr Amiri holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA (2000). His academic research and professional activities revolve around information management and public governance. He holds several patents and has published over thirty papers and book chapters and served on the program committees of several conferences.
Hatem Dammak is a biology engineer with around 5 years of business experience in the industry and service sectors. He is a certified Entrepreneurship Facilitator and a Business owner (advertising agency). He is alumnus of the “International Visitor Leadership Program” funded by US Department of State to promote entrepreneurship in Tunisia. He has been active in civil society and is very keen on cultural exchange and communication.
He is the treasurer of the Arab Governance Institute.