Our Trainers


Professor Bassam Abu Hijleh

With 30+ years of post-PhD experience in higher education across Jordan, Australia, and the UAE, I specialize in Renewable Energy and Energy Management & Conservation. I’ve authored 130+ international scientific articles and hold multiple international professional certifications as an accredited trainer.

Furthermore, I possess a portfolio of international professional certifications, underscoring my commitment to excellence. As an accredited trainer, I take pride in empowering individuals and professionals alike through these certifications, ensuring that the ever-evolving world of energy engineering benefits from well-prepared, competent minds.

Hasan Ali Younes

Named as the recipient of the Young Energy Professional of the Year 2015 for the Middle East Region by the Association of Energy Engineers. Hassan is Technical Director and Partner at Griffin Consultants, an energy focused consultancy specialized in sustainable designs and energy auditing. A highly certified professional with extensive experience in the fields of Design, Sustainability, Project Execution and Management, Energy Efficiency, and Value Engineering; he is the first ASHRAE Certified professional outside of the USA to hold all six professional certifications by ASHRAE. The ASHRAE certificates he holds cover high-performance buildings design, buildings energy assessment, energy modelling, and buildings commissioning and operations. He is also a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional, and an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional.

Haitham Mohammed Abdel Rahman

Being a performance process-oriented architect, not product – driven, I can undoubtedly said that the most important and difficult role in sustainable design is the pre-design stage, the core of IPD. It is not a question of how the addressing of the passive strategies in the integrated design via inventing solution will have the greatest impact on the construction, building performance and system efficiency.

In general, all design projects should engage the passive strategies in a way that dramatically reduces or eliminates the need of for energy.

Any building can become “Zero net – Energy” by the installation of enough renewable energy systems, it makes more reason to first reduce the energy needs of the building through good passive design. Yes, multiple PV panels may look attractive but they strongly reflect the failure of designer to reduce the energy needs of the building through passive design.

Sarfraz Dairkee

A hands-on professional with over 30 years practice with multidisciplinary experience in management, design & development, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance. He is a Mechanical, Marine Engineer and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad.

Sarfraz has been passionately involved with Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Systems for more than 30 years; and recipient of Legend in Energy -2010 award. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Building Commissioning Professional, and a Qualified Trainer for Pumping System Optimization (Hydraulic Institute-USA). He was instrumental in launching India’s first commercial Windmill, and in developing Solar Tower Collector (CSP), Vapor Absorption Refrigerator and computer for simulation programs for air-conditioners in 80’s and was awarded Voltas Excellence Award in ’83.

Sarfraz is working with MAHY Khoory & Co. LLC, Dubai, as General Manager, Corporate Development & Engineering and was instrumental in initiating Energy Audits, Commissioning, Water Efficiency and several other groundbreaking ideas suited for the region delivering profitability and sustainability.



Prof Khalid Al Maari

Prof Khalid, an esteemed associate professor of project management at the British University in Dubai’s Business and Law department, is renowned for his exceptional achievements. As the first recipient of a PhD in Project Management in the region, he sets a remarkable standard. Prof. Khalid’s educational journey includes an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.

With a career spanning from 1996, he made significant contributions in the Dubai Municipality, serving in roles such as Head of the Roads Construction Section in the Sewerage & Irrigation Department. His doctoral work resulted in a groundbreaking framework for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the UAE, setting the stage for standardized PPP practices, focusing on critical factors like value for money, risk sharing, renegotiations, and the roles of stakeholders.


Dr. Emad Abu Ayyash

Dr. Emad A. S. Abu-Ayyash earned his Doctorate in Education with a specialization in TESOL from the British University in Dubai, UAE, in 2016. He presently serves as an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Education at the same institution. Dr. Abu-Ayyash has held various roles in education, including Instructional Leadership Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, English Lecturer, and English Team Leader. His research pursuits encompass the fields of TESOL, discourse analysis, education technology, and assessment methods, reflecting his commitment to advancing English language training and pedagogy


Prof Eman Gaad

Prof Eman Gaad is the Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Professor specializing in Special and Inclusive Education at the British University in Dubai (BUiD). She also holds an Affiliate Lecturer position at the University of Glasgow, UK. Prof. Gaad has extensive experience leading BUiD’s special and inclusive Master’s program and currently oversees the Doctoral Program. In 2022, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Bangladesh, cementing her status as a distinguished researcher, advocate, and global consultant in social development. Prof. Gaad is a sought-after keynote speaker, certified assessor, and skilled social trainer. Over the past 25 years, she has been a prominent media presence, contributing to numerous radio and TV programs and publishing articles in local and regional newspapers. Her academic prowess extends to serving as an External PhD Examiner for esteemed universities worldwide, solidifying her status as a renowned international scholar in the domains of special and inclusive education and social development.

Rawy Abdelrahman Thabet

Rawy became an Academic Associate at BUiD in September 2013. His role encompasses facilitating effective learning, aiding in teaching, research, and ensuring students’ academic progress. Rawy strives to create engaging, productive, and meaningful classroom experiences. Prior to his time at BUiD, he worked as an English language instructor at various higher education institutions.


Dr Farzana Mir

Dr Farzana Mir is an esteemed Assistant Professor of Management within the esteemed Faculty of Business and Law. With a robust background in organizational leadership and project management, Dr. Mir brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. At the helm of the BUiD Doctoral Training Centre, Dr. Mir leads the charge in shaping the next generation of thought leaders and innovators. Her passion for research spans across various facets of management, with a keen focus on unravelling the intricate dynamics that fuel project and organizational success. Backed by over fifteen years of professional expertise, including a tenure as the Head of Quality at BUiD, Dr. Mir seamlessly integrates academic rigor with real-world insights.

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