Keynotes Speakers

Fayetteville State University, North Carolina - USA
Keynote - Leveraging Blockchain for Climate Change Challenges

Professor Shakir Ullah is working as an Associate Professor of Finance at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, United States. Earlier, he worked as a Faculty of Finance at the University of Louisiana, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southampton, UK. He is a member of the AAOIFI Working Committee on Sustainable Financing under AAOIFI’s Governance and Ethics Board. Dr. Ullah has been regularly involved as a FinTech consultant with top companies, including JP Morgan Chase, United Bank, Microsoft, Honda, Walt Disney, and Jaguar, Master Card, to name a few. Dr. Ullah holds a Ph.D. in banking and finance from the University of Southampton, U.K., and an MBA in finance and strategic management from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea, and a B.Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics. He has published over twenty articles in top-ranking journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics. Dr. Ullah is an internationally renowned professor in his field. He has spoken and continues to speak at renowned international conferences as a Guest/Keynote speaker. Dr. Ullah’s research interests include FinTech, blockchain, corporate governance, sustainable finance, Islamic finance, and corporate social responsibility.

National School of Engineering at Gabes, Gabes - Tunisia
Keynote - La taxe carbone aux frontières de l’U.E : quels défis pour les entreprises tunisiennes ?

Professor Noureddine Hajjaji is Professor at l'ENIG (National School of Engineering at Gabes) & Expert Senior at Green Footprint. He holds an engineering degree in Chemical Engineering-Processes from ENIG, a university aggregation, a doctorate from the National Polytechnic Institute de Lorraine (INPL) and an Accreditation to Direct Research (HdR) from the University of Lorraine. Noureddine worked as a research engineer at the National Institute of the Agronomic Research (INRA) of Montpellier team ELSA (Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Group). Noureddine is currently a senior expert at Green Footprint Consulting in charge of carbon footprint and balance studies (ISO 14064 & ISO 14067). He has more than 40 national and international industrial references.

Faculty of economics and management, Guelmim - Morocco
Keynote - AI for Business Management and Decision Making: Innovating for Growth and Sustainability in Morocco

Professor Nouib Abdellah has had a prolific career, currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management in Geulmim since November 2020, and demonstrating a wide range of professional roles, including leadership in youth entrepreneurship initiatives, cooperative support programs, and management consulting. He's been a member of ACFAS Montréal since May 2017, and has played a significant role in various capacities such as being the President of the Moroccan Association for Innovative Management, a Life Skills trainer, and a lecturer in public management and territorial development. His commitment to sustainable development is evident through his past presidency of the African Network for Sustainable Development, and his ongoing leadership in the IRA (International Applied Research Conference) and the Moroccan Association for Innovative Management since 2018, highlighting his dedication to academia, development, and innovative management practices.

Faculty of Science and Technology, University May 8, 1945 Guelma - Algeria
Keynote - The resilient building to protect against climatic hazards

Professor Djamel Alkama is a professor of architecture and urban planning, He has contributed significantly to the field of architecture and urban planning in Algeria. After obtaining his baccalaureate in mathematics in June 1979 in Constantine, Djamel Alkama turned to his passion for architecture. He graduated in architecture and education in December 1984 in Constantine. Subsequently, he continued his studies and obtained a master's degree in typological analysis of habitat, case of Biskra, in September 1995 in Biskra, Algeria. He then completed his academic career with a state doctorate on the subject of "For a new approach to urbanization in arid zones. Case of the lower Algerian Sahara: Ziban, Souf and Wadi Righ" in April 2006, also in Biskra. Teacher. Djamel Alkama has held various academic and administrative positions within the University of May 8, 1945 Guélma, where he is attached to the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, under the Faculty of Science and Technology. He has notably been a teacher-researcher, professor, president of the department's scientific committee and member of the faculty's scientific council. Apart from his commitment to the university, he has also played an active role in research in architecture and urban planning. Djamel Alkama was a member of the board of the LEVE research laboratory at the University of Batna1 and was part of the national scientific council for mosque architecture. His expertise has earned him the position of president of the educational committee of the Magisterium in Option: Human Establishments, as well as that of director of the LMD at the M.K Biskra University. He was also responsible for the Earth and Universe Sciences (STU) training area. Furthermore, Djamel Alkama participated in several research projects relating to subjects related to urbanization, habitat and architecture of arid and semi-arid zones in Algeria, particularly in the Sahara regions. His research work has been supported by organizations such as the CNEPRU (National Committee for Evaluation and Prospective of University Research) and the PNR (National Research Program). In addition to his academic and research involvement, Djamel Alkama has published his work and contributions on Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and has a Scopus and LinkedIn profile, which demonstrates the recognition of his peers in the field of architecture and town planning. Djamel Alkama also demonstrated his linguistic skills, being able to communicate in Arabic, French and English, both orally and in writing. Currently, Djamel Alkama works at the Department of Architecture at the University of Guelma, where he continues to play an essential role in the teaching, research and development of architecture and urban planning in Algeria.

Laboratory of Environmental Bioprocesses, Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Sfax - Tunisia
Keynote - Fish waste and by-products: pollutants beneficial to health

Professor Ahmed Barkia is an accomplished Associate Professor in nutritional sciences at the Higher School of Health Sciences and Techniques in Sfax. He earned his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Lille, following thesis work in the field of "lipoproteins and atherosclerosis" conducted at SERLIA, Institute Pasteur de Lille. For 15 years, he was a vital member of the Laboratory of Enzyme Engineering and Microbiology at ENIS, and since 2022, he has been contributing to the Laboratory of Environmental Bioprocesses at the Sfax Biotechnology Center. His primary research areas revolve around "lipoproteins and atherosclerosis" and the "valorization of fish products and by-products." His notable achievements include the pioneering production of anti-proapolipoprotein A I antibodies and the development of a specific assay method for this pro-protein, as well as demonstrating distinct functional properties of LpAI :AII and LpAI and suggesting a new parameter for enhancing atherosclerosis risk assessment. Additionally, he has excelled in producing protein hydrolysates endowed with various biological activities and has conducted their purification, identification, and characterization of bio-peptides. Dr. Barkia's current endeavors continue to explore the biological potential of hydrolysates and their relationship with peptide bioactivity and structure.

Université catholique de Louvain
Keynote - Current technological challenges of CO2 capture

Patricia Luis Alconero is professor at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in the division of Materials and Process Engineering Her main research interests address CO2 capture and recovery using membrane contactors and, process intensification in the chemical industry by applying advanced separation technology and exergetic and environmental analyses. She authored more than 170 publications in these fields with more than 7000 citations. She is Editor in Chief of the journal Clean Technologies, and member of the Editorial Boards of the ‘Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology’, ‘Separation and Purification Technology’, ‘Heliyon’ and ‘C-Journal’. She has authored the book: Fundamental Modelling of Membrane Systems, Elsevier, 2018.

Faculty of Pharmacy at Lebanese University, Lebanon
Keynote - Pharmacy's crucial role in addressing climate change: nurturing medicinal plants, sustainable healthcare, and resilient urban environments

Dr. Rasha Al Moussawi is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Lebanese University, holding a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the American University of Beirut, besides master's degrees in English Language and Clinical Psychology from Lebanese University. She is an expert in pharmacy and life sciences, focusing on herbal medications and drug dynamics. Dr. Rasha is a multifaceted individual who actively engages in various social and humanitarian initiatives. She proudly collaborates with UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education to promote education and healthcare in Lebanon. Dr. Rasha has distinguished herself by publishing a significant number of peer-reviewed articles, numbering over 20, and has also contributed to the review process for many articles in high-impact scientific journals. She possesses extensive experience in population dynamics. Dr. Rasha Al Moussawi is also an active member of the Asian Council of Science Editors, demonstrating her commitment to provide sustainable and valuable contributions to the scientific community. She dedicates tangible efforts to support UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, showcasing her strong humanitarian and social spirit. Her well-rounded profile reflects excellence in multiple domains and her dedication to serve the community, education, and scientific research with pride and brevity.