Dr. Riyad Hamzah, Founding Member of the Board of Trustees of Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) has been appointed President of University of Bahrain. UoB is the largest university in Bahrain, with some 24,000 students and 1,200 academic staff.
Prof. Hamzah was Secretary General of the Council of Higher Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He earned his PhD in biochemistry in 1984 from the University of Houston, U.S.A. He was involved in the establishment of the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain, since its inception in 1984 and established and directed numerous new programs in various scientific and educational fields. He served in key academic and administrative posts including Director General of Finance and Administration, Dean of the College of Applied Sciences, and as the Vice-President of the AGU from 1994 to 2005. Prof. Hamzah founded the Biotechnology Program at the Arabian Gulf University in 1987, the first academic program in the Arab World to offer degrees in biotechnology. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research.
See the article on Dr. Hamzah in Al-Watan newspaper: http://www.alwatannews.net/ArticleViewer.aspx?ID=12629