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Executive Staff


Director General, IAS

Dr Moneef R. Zou’bi

Programme Officer

Ms Lina Jalal Dedan

Ms Najwa Daghestani


Executive Secretary

Ms Taghreed Saqer

Public Relations Officers

Mr Habes Majali

Mr Hamdi Bader


Mr Hamza Daghestani

 Director General, IAS: Moneef Rafe’ Zou’bi

Dr Moneef R. Zou’bi has been a researcher in S&T policy for over 25 years. Born in Amman, Jordan, he studied for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Civil Engineering Technology and Management at Brighton and Loughborough Universities in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1986. He then worked with a number of consulting firms in the United Kingdom. He did further post-graduate work at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Malaya.

 In 1990, he joined the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), embarking on a career in international scientific and technological collaboration involving more than 50 countries. Since 1998, he has been Director General of the IAS. Over the course of the last two decades, he has been involved in scientific missions in more than 25 countries. For some time, he was consultant for the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) on Information Technology policies and strategies, as well as a consultant for the UNESCO. He has headed over 20 different scientific missions in as many countries, and has been involved in most of the science and technology activities undertaken by relevant OIC organizations over the last decade.

 Since joining the IAS, he has devoted all his energies into turning the IAS into one of the world’s most active academies of sciences that is engaged in bridging scientific and technological, development; and even political divides between countries, cultures and civilizations.

 Moneef Zou’bi has written extensively on science and technology and education topics as well as water issues from a Middle Eastern context, and has given lectures on such subjects in over 25 countries. He has been the editor of a number of specialized publications and journals and has published over 40 papers on science and technology issues, water, and edited and co-edited 10 books on topics such higher education, the environment, water resources, as well transformational technologies. In 2010, he co-authored the ground-breaking Arab States Chapter of the 2010 UNESCO Science Report.

 He is interested in history and the history of science especially the history of academies of sciences, science diplomacy as well as natural resources development. He likes to travel, cinema, visiting historical places and is passionate about the Internet. He is married to an academic, Dr Basma Dajani, and they have three children.