Speaker Profiles:

(In alphabetical  order of surname)

 

HRH Princess Wijdan Ali

Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan

Howie Firth

Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Dr Mawil Izzi Dien

Jo Jones

Paul Keeler

Khadija Khan

Dr Simon Locke

Martin Palmer

Peter Raymond (MBE)

Dr Rabah Saoud

Professor Ziauddin Sardar

Dr Emilie Savage Smith

Nasira Shiekh-Miller

Robin Stidworthy

   
   

HRH Princess Wijdan Ali

Curator and historian as well as painter, was born in Baghdad and received a degree in history at Beirut College for Women, and an MA and doctorate in Islamic art at the University of London, SOAS. For much of the 1960s, HRH Princess Ali served her country in diplomatic posts (often as Jordan's first female delegate), including being Director of Research and Studies at Amman's Institute of Diplomacy. In this decade, she has been equally active as an educator in Islamic art, teaching at Yarmouk University, and the Higher Institute for Islamic Art and Architecture (which she helped found) at Al Al-Bayt University. Princess Ali has also served as Editor of Islamic art for the Encyclopaedia of Islamic Culture, and has published widely on Islamic art and modern Jordanian art in Arabic and English. She is currently Dean of college of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan in Amman, and president of the Royal Society of Fine Arts in Amman. She has authored and edited 19 books and numerous journal articles on Arab and Islamic art, architecture and culture in Arabic and English. Princess Ali has also served as Editor of Islamic art for the Encyclopaedia of Islamic Culture. HRH serves as a Board Member of numerous international cultural institutions.
 

   

Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani

Became a Professor of High Energy Rate Engineering at UMIST in 1991. He was educated at University of Manchester, obtaining 1st class BSc (Hons) in mechanical engineering in 1965, an MSc in 1967 and a PhD in 1969. He has worked in UK industry and held university posts in UK and overseas. He has been an expert witness on major explosion accidents and disasters. He has been awarded numerous national and international research grants and published over 180 papers and books in international journals. His side interest in the History of Science and Technology earned him a worldwide reputation. He is honorary Chairman of The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation.
 

   

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan

Is senior lecturer in Bioscience and Forensic Biology at London South Bank University and has authored various biological texts. She has a long-standing and wide ranging interest in the interface between Science, Technology and Culture. She has had over twenty years of involvement with the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Public Understanding of Science and is a current Board Member.
 

   

Howie Firth

Is a mathematical physicist who is also known as a teacher, broadcaster, writer and lecturer. He was the first Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and has contributed to the development of science festivals elsewhere, including the annual Orkney International Science Festival which he continues to direct. His work in creating the science festival format internationally was recognised by an award from the Institute of Physics. He is official Patron of the International Festival of Philosophy, Science and Theology, which is held biennially in Grafton, New South Wales.
 

   

Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

Originally a Chemist turned historian of science.
Director General of IRCICA and the Secretary of the International Commission for the Preservation of Islamic Cultural Heritage (ICPICH), Istanbul, Turkey. He is presently President of International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science, (IUHPS/DHS), Liège, Belgium.
Author, editor and contributor to more than two hundred and fifty publications on the subjects of history and policy of science, Islamic history, art, culture and civilisation, Islamic religion, inter-relations among Muslim countries, international relations, education, library sciences, Turkish literature and chemistry. Among the many awards and honours he received for his efforts in administrative and academic fields, in fostering cultural relations in the field of Islamic art and history and in establishing cultural and international interaction between the Muslim countries as well as the Western countries, the following are noteworthy. He was honoured with the medal of "Distinction of the First Order" from the Arab Republic of Egypt and with the "Independence Medal of the First Order" presented by the Crown Prince of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on behalf of the late H.M. King Hussein Bin Talal, in 1990 and 1996 respectively. He is also the recipient of "honoris causa" degree from the Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan Republic; Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and Dowling College, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
 

   

Dr Mawil Izzi Dien

Is a Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at University of Wales-Lampeter. He has written encyclopaedia entries and published many single authored volumes on various Islamic and environmental concepts, one receiving acclaim of recommendation from a prominent Journal. His highly recognised works are widely used as course references for European Universities. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for several periodicals, including the Journal of Beliefs and Values.
 

   

Jo Jones

Is Head of Contracts and Performance of Faith Regen UK.Her background is in Education where she taught for 25 years with 10 at senior management level in secondary schools. She is a mathematics graduate and through her responsibility for community development has organised and co-ordinated Science Week activities for many years. Her current role with Faith Regen UK, involves community regeneration activities within disadvantaged communities.
 

   

Paul Keeler

Was the founder and director of the World of Islam Festival held in 1976, which included exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. He was director of the Islamic Environment Research Centre from 1977 - 1987 and since then has worked on various projects relating to Islamic civilisation, world history and environmental studies. He is currently the director of the GoldenWeb project in Cambridge.
 

   

Khadija Khan

Is a community liaison manager at the national Museum of Science and Industry. She has worked there since 2002, and currently manages and coordinates outreach teams and other special events inside the museum. She is also a trustee at he Ragged School Museum which is based in the heart of Tower Hamlets. Before joining the Science Museum, her experience mainly reflected community development.
 

   

Dr Simon Locke

Is senior lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University. He is the author of a number of books and papers on aspects of the relation between science and religion in contemporary society as part of a more general interest in the public understanding of science. He focuses on the reflexive nature of language use and finds writing a biography a curious exercise in self-construction.
 

   

Martin Palmer

Studied Theology and Religious Studies at University. As well as acting as Secretary General for the ARC, which brings together nine world religions to work with environmental projects worldwide, he is also Director for ICOREC (International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture). He has acted in the past as a special advisor to the UN General Secretary and to his Royal Highness, the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Amongst other bodies, he is currently an advisor to the Islamic Foundation for ecology and Environmental studies. He has actively broadcasted widely on both TV and Radio. He has a comprehensive publication record, encompassing numerous periodical contributions, reports and over 50 books.
 

   

Peter Raymond (MBE)

Is an accredited Chemist who graduated from UMIST in 1961. He started and built his own chemical company (Compounding Ingredients Ltd), as well as later becoming European Director of Corporate Development for the Dexter Corporation. Amongst a much broad and varied business career, he has been chairman of Tepnal Life Sciences PLC and has initiated and acted as Managing Director of UMIST Ventures Ltd. He has also served as a member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee in 2001. He received an MBE for services to the UK Bio Science Industry in June of this year.
 

   

Dr Rabah Saoud

Is a qualified town planner and currently Head of the Department of Art and Architecture for muslimheritage.com. After obtaining an M.Phil. from the Civic Design of Liverpool University he completed a PhD at Manchester University. He has lectured on Town Planning in Algeria, and also at Manchester University, where he specialised in Urban Conservation. At present, he is engaged in compiling research on Muslim contributions to art and architecture. He has published a number of papers in British journals and is a main article contributor for muslimheritage.com,
 

   

Professor Ziauddin Sardar

Writer, broadcaster, cultural critic and a philosopher of science, studied physics and information science at the City University London. He has worked for the British science journals Nature and New Scientist. Regarded as a pioneering writer on Islamic science and the future of Islam, he is the author of over 40 books, which have been translated into over twenty languages. His publications include, The Touch of Midas: Science, Values and the Environment in Islam and the West (1984), The Revenge of Athena: Science, Exploitation and the Third
World (1988), Explorations in Islamic Science (1989), and Introducing Science (2002). He is Editor of Futures, the monthly journal of policy, planning and futures studies, and Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at The City University, London. Professor Sardar is a regular contributor to New Statesman, the Independent, Observer as well as many national and international newspapers and magazines. He is also a familiar figure on radio and television. He has been described by The Independent as 'Britain's own Muslim polymath'.
 

   

Dr Emilie Savage Smith

Is a Senior Research Associate for The Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include Islamic Science and Medicine. She has published extensively and contributed to an impressive array of texts. She is on the editorial board for the Social History of Medicine Journal and the monograph series Graeco-Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing a major project on Arabic medical manuscripts.
 

   

Nasira Sheikh-Miller

Studied science before joining the science museum. She worked in the field of research at Kings College for a short period looking at teenagers and ethnic minority groups in West London before joining the Science Museum. Nasira has worked for 9 years in the education area, working on a variety of projects including events, outreach regarding audiences and looking at the relevance of the Museum collection to diverse audience.
 

   

Robin Stidworthy

Is a management consultant with AMR International. Recent projects have included a global strategy review for the worlds leading information and exhibitions provider and an SCM software analysis for a top ten global logistics provider. His background is in strategic marketing and communications with Sony, Ted Bates Advertising and Oxfam. For the last several years he has been a management consultant with AMR International advising leading multinational and private equity investors of mergers and acquisitions. Living in Andalusia led his commitment to raise the profile of Islam’s contribution to the west.
 

 

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