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Dr. Roland Silva is an Architect, Archaeologist and Conservator by profession. He was the President of the Institute of Architects, Sri Lanka in 1971-1972, President of the Council of Archaeologists in 1996-1998 and the president of the World Body of Conservators, ICOMOS, in 1990-1999. He was the Commissioner of Archaeology, 1983-1991 and the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, 1980-1996, that implemented the UNESCO-Sri Lanka Project of the Cultural Triangle, UNESCO Chair, Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, 1998- 2002.

He carries a Doctor of Letters from Leiden University, Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, Fellow of the Council of Archaeologists, Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Postgraduate in Indian Archaeology (London), Postgraduate in Studio dei Monumenti (Rome) and Doctor of Science – Honoris Causa (Moratuwa).

He has been decorated with the Gold Medal-Architecture (1997), Gold Medal – Archaeology (1996) and the International Gazzola Prize for Conservation (1999). He was awarded Vidya Jyothi (1992), Puravidya Vidvjjana Shiromani (1997), Memorial Medal, ICOMOS Russia (1998) and Honra ao Merito, ICOMOS, Brazil (1998). He was selected the Laureate for Culture and Art of Asia in 2004 by the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize Organization. In 2005, he was decorated by the President of Sri Lanka with the Desamanya National Award. In 2008, the President of Sri Lanka appointed him as the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa. The Ministry of National Heritage conferred at its first National Awards Ceremony in 2012, the title of Protector and Promoter of Culture.

He has over 450 Books and Research Articles to his credit.

Education has been an important part of my life and my passion and I thought that with all the experience that I had gained over the years, both academic and professional, my contribution to the education sector was still required and there was still huge potential for Zambia to develop in this area especially that there were only a few public tertiary institutions offering education at that level. I also felt that learning standards at tertiary level needed to be improved and creating a tertiary institution that would thrive on quality, creativity and innovation would showcase that the country could do better in education. To realize this vision in 2007 I was motivated to set up a private University. Since then I have never looked back.

During my tenure in office as Vice Chancellor of University of Lusaka, the University of has managed to build its own Campus with funding from CEEC (Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission) and from its own resources, creating infrastructure that this country so much desires. This has been possible through implementation of good management practices in financial, marketing, innovation and creativity and general management aspects of the University of Lusaka project. Due to the unprecented demand in higher education in Zambia and on the subcontinent as a whole, the University has responded positively by ushering in plans to build a second ultra modern campus that will accommodate more students.

The values and knowledge gained from my accountancy qualifications and experience coupled with personal imitative, sacrifice and mainly application of the strategic thinking have had a significant impact in the success and achievement that I have made in my life and contribution to the country. In Zambia, I have created a good network of ZICA members and this helps in marketing our institution.

One of the many challenges of running a business is to ensure prudent financial management of resources. Being the founder of an important institution such a University meant that issue of putting in place sound policies of financing, staff recruitment, development of financial and procedures manuals had to start with me. As already alluded to, my training especially that of my accountancy qualification and experience gave me a basis of analysis, interpretation and overall understanding of the business environment.

I have spear headed strategic alliances that have been instrumental in the success of the University of Lusaka which includes membership to bodies such the Association African Universities (AAU); the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); Association of African Business Schools (AABS); Southern Africa Nordic Centre (SANORD); Association Centre for Distance Education (ACDE). The creation of and signing of memorandum of understandings with various local and international professional and academic institutions including public and private companies such as CIMA, Economics Association of Zambia, Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management, Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Insurance Institute of Zambia, Zambia Air Force, the University of Zambia, the Copperbelt University, Kwazulu Natal University in South Africa, Zambia Institute of Marketing, Bank of Zambia and Standard Chartered Bank Plc Zambia are another initiative which I conceptualized as vital in the area of education and these alliances have helped to ensure quality of our programs; mentoring of students; student attachments and also paper presentations to our students and research.

The result of these innovations is seen from the recognition University of Lusaka is receiving in the region and overseas which has attracted local and international students. To date the University boasts of over 2,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university has under my management developed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that have never been run before. The university has created employment both directly and indirectly to over 120 persons. To date the university has under the UNILUS/CBU arrangement produced over 100 MBA graduates and 30 undergraduates between 2008 and 2011. On 18th October 2013 the University of Lusaka held its first graduation ceremony. A total of 148 students graduated from the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Part of my achievement in my profession as an Academician has been the privilege to undertake consultancies assignment and appointments to a number of boards. I am an external examiner for the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe; Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA); Board member of the Alliance Zambia. I have also authored a Corporate Financial Management Study manual for Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and I have served on a number of Ministry of Education, Science, and Vocational and Early Education committees.

I have contributed to national good through consultancies I have undertaken. I have undertaken assignments for both the private and public sectors. I have reviewed and amended the Financial and Procedures Manual for Government for Ministry of Finance; I have participated in the review of the Restructuring and Institutional Development Project Phase two for the Office of the Auditor General under the Norwegian and Netherlands funding; prepared the Strategic and Business Plan for the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply and many other initiatives. Currently, I am the lead consultant for the consultancy to develop syllabus and curriculum the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply under the PEMFA funding for professional Certificate and Diploma levels.

Through my career I have held the following positions with various business and public entities through which I have acquired valuable experience and have contributed positively to their growth:

» Accounts Assistant- Colgate Palmolive Zambia » Trainee Auditor - Price Waterhouse » Bank Officer- Standard Chartered Bank » Lecturer and Researcher-Copperbelt University » Education Secretary/ Also Acted as Chief Executive Officer- ZICA. » Director- Zambia Institute of Banking and Financial Services » Chief Financial Officer- Intermarket Banking Corporation Ltd

In February, 2013 I was awarded the Most Innovative Accountant in Zambia by the Zambia Instituted of Chartered Accountants (ZICA).

In September, 2013 I was conferred with Professorship in my field by the University of Lusaka Council for my contribution to the education and professional industry in Zambia and the region.

Looking back and reflecting, it explains the reason for my nomination and this goes to show that every effort of achievement worth speaking about cannot go without notice and this why I deserve this significant award.

Professor Naison Ngoma is a Zambian national who has served for twenty-four years in the Zambian military. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a PhD in public management with a focus on security communities; a Masters degree in public administration with a focus on the Southern Africa's Inter-State Defence and Security Community; and bachelors degree in economics. He has operated and held management positions at operational and strategic level in the government, universities, research institutions and an international organisation (the African Union) for a combined total of over thirty years. He currently holds the position of Vice Chancellor at the Copperbelt University, Zambia's second largest public university.

Professor Ngoma has been involved in extensive collaborative work involving staff and student exchanges; joint research; and capacity building with a miryad of organisations, including universities within the country, the African region and beyond. This experience has enabled him to establish useful contacts, which would benefit the CBU in quality development as well as the development of new funding pipelines. He has in this regard run projects and programes involving large sums of funds and played an interlocuting role with established funding institutes like DFID, ICRC, Rockefellar Foundation, SIDA and CIDA.

His experience has largely been in public service with a bias towards strategic issues in public and private Think Tanks and educational issues within the public sector and universities. The nature of the management skills Professor Ngoma has acquired over time may be applied in most institutions, including those specialised in education. Early in his management growth, he undertook a management of the training function course which has over time assisted him utilise its output together with other management skills, in bringing about efficient and effective application to the running of the institutions he have been invloved in. Professor Ngoma is an accomplished researcher and author.

Sultan Muhammad Razzak (Ph.D, d' Animador UNESCO) is a successful cultural advocate for introducing cultural convention in Bangladesh and active voice in the contemporary cultural movement. He is an online teacher of several Universities.

He is founder of "International Culture University" and as the president and Vice Chancellor of the University. Introduces "Skill Course" based higher education and mainstream UN, UNESCO convention in the curriculums- which is most important for internationalization of education and meet the need of global job market.

Presently, he is Founder President of Bangladesh Human Rights Journalists Forum and also a member of the Governing Board of Editors of the American Biographical Institute, Inc. He won the prestigious title "MAN OF THE YEAR 2005" by the institute's International Board of Research.

He was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Council and Director General of Mooreland University's Syndicate for Culture, Peace, Education and Socio, Economic Development.

Sultan Muhammad Razzak obtained Masters in Bengali Literature from the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) and two Doctorate degrees in Development Communication (Sociology and Cultural Communication in Development) from Ansted University, UK and in the Mass Media from Mooreland, University, USA.

He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Ansted University, UK for his exemplary contribution to the protection of cultural rights and the promotion of peace, religious rights and the rights of indigenous people, human rights, democracy and communal harmony.

He was awarded with UNESCO Fellowship and obtained professional degree "UNESCO Expert Leader (d' Animador UNESCO)".

He was a playwright and directed more than twenty theater, wrote over a thousand Lyrics, articles cultural communication and presented papers in different conferences and Universities.

He has investigated through social research and video research; the serious situation facing the country's poor children, focusing on the psychological state of children in different brothels, impoverished families and child workers status in Bangladesh.

He has conducted studies observing the culture and tribal lifestyle of Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT). He also conducted observing study case on sexual behavior in the both side of cross border regions of Bangladesh and India.

He started use of new media and introduced monthly electronic newsletter KRISHTI KATHA (Talking about Culture) in the year 1997 and VOLUNTEER in 2000 and disseminate them at 10,000 addresses worldwide. He was also produced 18 video documentations for different international and national organizations.

He was founding member of the Graam Theater (the people's theatre) and has started up theatrical and cultural movement for development with grass-roots non-profit organizations of Bangladesh and made a success expanded program of Immunization (EPI) through theatrical arts of communication. He has trained up different organization (NGOs) on theatrical art of communication and fun and learn methods of effective script development under the Communication Department of UNICEF; from 1989 to1994 as Project Coordinator.

He was faced the open audience of 141 questions session on "Cultural investment "issues in the World Cultural Forum-Barcelona-2004. He is involved as the member of International Association of University Presidents(IAUP), Steering Committee member of INCD, Advisor of World Culture Open (WCO), Member of Thesis committee, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He is Advisor, visiting Professor and Associates of different Universities and members of different global cultural networks.

An enthusiastic Physics Researcher/Teacher, with extensive experience in the planning, research, and execution of research projects and the delivery of high quality education to students. Performing a role within a dynamic environment which encourages the pursuit of new and challenging ideas; providing leadership and direction that positively impacts on organizational objective and student learning.

Multi-disciplined scientist, experienced in providing high level teaching to students and supervising research projects, with expertise extending to theoretical and experimental research utilizing instrumentation techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV/VIS spectrophotometry, quadrupole mass spectroscopy and ellipsometry.

Effective communication and interpersonal skills, enabling development of strong relationships with a wide range of people at varying levels; communicating solutions in a clear straightforward language that one can understand and relate to.

Outstanding planning and organizational skills, efficiently and effectively prioritizing time and resources to facilitate 100% completion of projects.

Energetic and ambitious, exhibiting a positive attitude and a desire to excel in my chosen career; exceeding expectations.

Attempted to integrate the energy conservation law of Newtonian mechanics with Einstein's relativity theory, mass energy equivalence principle; creating an opportunity for people to acknowledge and think about special relativity in a different concept.

In conjunction with a colleague, developed a multiplicative form of Lorentz-Einstein transformation law; allowing one to describe the accelerated motion of a body which is not possible with the help of conventional transformation law, and gain a deeper understanding of relativity and quantum mechanics.

Successfully supervised one Ph.D. and a number of M.Phil / Master's students.

Professor Dr. M. Khalilur Rahman, born on 15th August, 1941 in a village (Baharmordan) of Moulvibazar district, Bangladesh.

Primary education started in the Primary Maktob of the village in1947 memorizing some Indian classical verses Six Evils, Five Senses and Five Fundamentals followed by secondary school of Moulvibazar leading to Matric Certificate of East Pakistan, Secondary Education Board, Dacca in 1957. Completed I.Sc and, B.Sc. of Dhaka University in 1959, 1961 respectively. In the meantime school life paradigm to be an Aeronautical Automobile Engineerto explorethe world byair and land, shifted to be a nuclear scientist and continued in Dhaka university for MSc degree in 1963 instead of BSc in aeronautical and automobileengineering degree of London University in 1964.

Based on securing 1st Division/Class in all the four levels started the professional life on 26th Feb 1964 directly as Scientific Officer of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Project in the then East Pakistan now in Bangladesh. Wentto London University in September, 1964 with Colombo Plan Fellowship.Completed M.Scin Nuclear Tech (Chemical) and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 1965 & 1968 respectively. Returning from London Joinedto the then Pakistan now Bangladesh Atomic Energy Center, Dhaka. AsNuclear Power Program was yet to be finalized,alternatively started a program of radiation induced graft polymerization of national jute fibers for innovative uses.

In 1973 proceeded to Nuclear Research Center, Karlsruhe, West Germany as a visiting scientisttill end of 1974 with a nuclear waste research project ofInstitute der Heisechemi.In 1975 joined to nuclear chemistry research laboratory of Darmstadt University as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow till mid 1977 in the group of Professor Dr K H Liser. There was memorableperiod. In 1975 received a packet of gift containing a special Thai silk tie and a copy of his book Particles und Ganja from the President of the Foundation Professor Dr. WernerHeisenberg just before his final departure.

On the news ofhis final departure few emotions bound colleagues requested to show the appointment letter to take photograph of his signature for collection some of them were shedding tears saying they lost their peer 1976. During a weeklong annual gathering of all the fellows with their families as guests of German Chancellor had an opportunity in sharing academic dialogue with group of Nobel laureates in their respective field headed by Nobel laureate Professor Dr. Feodor Lynen President ofthe Foundation. Topics were diversity of teaching and research program across the globe and particularly between American European and Common Wealth countries. That was weeklong open innovation dialogue.

During four years stay in West Germany in a group visited EuratomEnergy Communityat Mall, Belgium twice from Karlsruhe in 1973andfrom Darmstadt in 1975 to observe low radioactive liquid waste disposal technic which was not satisfactory. During this period due to 1973 OPEC oil embargo all advanced nations started nuclear power programs to meet the national energy need, through USA Utah-river was contaminated by radioisotopes leaked from the reserve radioactive waste and refundable nuclear waste shift from Japan to England as per contract was protested by the localcommunity. In addition apprehension of nuclear reactor damageby technical fault or natural causes such as earthquake or Tsunami causing environment pollution could not be erased from mind and hencewithdrewfrom Nuclear Power Program and around that time received a letter from Brigadier Benson to join Greenpeace Movement added by Ralph Nader.

Before returning home being attracted by a newly devel1oped socioeconomic environment in Libya joined Tripoli University for three years as Associate Professor of Chemistry. As one of many faculties from USA,India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, U.K, Italy and more EuropeanNorth African Countries was very enjoyable innovation teaching experience for the first time.

Returning to home in 1981 Joined newly started Institute of Fuel Research and Development (IFRD)as a PrincipalScientific Officer.Started environment friendly renewable energy programand developed a special absorption technic for cooking food and for production of hot water for domestic, social and commercial uses.In 1990 joined the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) as a Founding Professor and Head of Chemistry Department. During tenure dischargedat the startthe responsibility as Head of the Department as wellas Member of the Academic Council, Member of the Syndicate and the convener of developing innovative teaching systems: universityintroduced integrated science education syllabuses including compulsory English language for all students; Semester System and evaluation by letter grade and credit points.As Head of the Department of Chemistry split Chemistry program leading to four Master Programs: Physical, Inorganic, Organic and Analytical and Environmental Chemistry.From the beginning started innovation teaching and research of the Chemistry Department. Innovative Practical Labs and Research Labs were set. Fund restrain for the research could not stop the research program. Necessary equipments for research were designed fabricated and used for innovative research for the Master program leading to publication of paper in international journals by the students under faculty supervision. Almost all of the research students' availed foreign scholarship fund for PhD degrees are now well establishedacross the globe with innovative ideas.

Weekly colloquium and frequent dialogue and all along the tenure of professional assignment at home and abroad. This updated open innovation andparadigm shift from student life and professional tenure till today. Publication of papers was not attractive due to pedantry role of peer reviewers; publications became disinteresting since 1975 and similar was the observation while tried two decade later in 1990's. Alternatively published a booklet "Concepts of Alternative Mechanics:Cluesto Law of Nature" during the tenure in SUST. The gist of the book is an equation which is valid for both macro & micro natural bodies that is for both classical and quantummechanics. Since the retirement in 2003 until now as Vice Chancellor, North East University Bangladesh (since 2012) reviewing alternative mechanics parallel to paradigm shift and open innovation and trying to develop spin mechanics: clues to origin of universe and of life. The paradigm centering philosophical belief:Simultaneous creation and evolution, intrinsicallyCreator being a DOT Energy with infinitespinning motion, Himself being in every dot of the Evolved Universe including every life.

Born in Izki, Oman in 1963, Dr Ahmed received his primary and secondary education in Oman. Awarded a full scholarship from the Omani Government, he was awarded his BSc in Biological Sciences with Honors from North Carolina State University, USA in 1988. He joined Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 1988 as a technician and teaching assistant in the College of Agriculture. Two years later, he joined the University of California at Berkeley, USA where he received an MSc in 1992 and a PhD in Plant Pathology in 1995.

Upon his return to SQU he was appointed lecturer where he taught several courses in the field of plant pathology and Microbiology as well as conducted and initiated several research topics in soil-borne pathogens, biocontrol, and disease management programs. In December 1997 he was honored by his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, where he played major role in developing various strategies and development plans for these vital sectors of the Omani economy. From 2001, he has served as a member of the State Council holding several positions, such as chairman of the Economic Committee and Development Plans Implementation Follow-up Committee, where he has served energetically in the conduct of important studies and issuing reports to the government.

From April 2000 onwards, he has served as a core-founding member, Chairman of the Academic Foundation Committee, and General Secretary of the Higher Foundation Committee for the University of Nizwa Project. In 2004, he was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Nizwa where he embarked on bringing the project to reality, creating a functioning campus that adheres to quality standards, ethics and procedures. In December 2006, he was promoted to the academic position of Founding Professor, by the scholarly independent academic committee.

Positions :
  • Current Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Quest International University Perak (QIUP), Malaysia.

  • Ex- Vice-Chancellorand ProfessorofThe University of Malaya; International University College Of Nursing Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College Malaysia.
Qualifications Awarded by Published Works :
  • FRCPath (UK) [ Felllow of The Royal Collage of Pathologist of United Kingdom]

  • FFOPRCPA (Aust) [Foundation Fellow of The Faculty Of Oral Pathology of The Royal College of Pathologists Of Australasia.]

  • FDSRCS (Eng) Ad Eundem [Fellow in Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.]

  • CBiol (UK) [ Chartered Biologist, of The Institute of Biology, United Kingdom]

  • FASc (Mal) [ Fellow of The Academy of Science of Malaysia]
Qualifications Awarded by Examinations :
  • FDSRCPS (Glasg) [ Fellow in Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK]

  • MSc (Lond) [ Master of Science in Oral Pathology, University of London, England]

  • BDS (Otago) [Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Otago, New Zealand]

  • DIS (IIUM) [ Diploma in Islamic Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia]
Notable Achievements :
  • Engineered the placing of the University of Malaya among THE-QS 200 best world universities (2004-2006).

  • Authored more than 100 Academic Journal Articles, and 150 papers at Conferences.

Professor Mashupye Kgaphola is Vice-Chancellor of Mangosuthu University of Technology, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds (UK), and a Certificate in Financial Management from UNISA. He obtained competence certificates in HE Institutional Management (UNESCO), Social Policy, Management of Technology (UCT Graduate School), etc.

He is currently also Chairman of the South African Technology Network, and member of the Council on Higher Education of Lesotho. He previously worked for the University of Johannesburg, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Department of Education, National Research Foundation, and others. Other previous roles include Advisory Board at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and as Chairman of Council of former Vista University (RSA).

Prof Kgaphola's major career highlights include successfully registering a patent on his postdoctoral research work at North Dakota State University (USA), publishing a groundbreaking monograph on higher education curriculum restructuring, and winning an award for leadership in project management at the DBSA. He has also won several scholarships and held various leadership positions during his student days in South Africa, UK and the USA. He has written widely on higher education, leadership and social transformation.

Professor Ranga Zinyemba is a holder of the following degrees :
  • Bachelor of Arts Honors (BA Hons), University of Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe, 1976

  • Master of Arts (MA), University of Sheffield, England, 1978

  • Master of Philosophy ( MPhil), University of Waterloo, Canada, 1978

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Alberta, Canada, 1993

Professor Zinyemba also holds the following professional certificates :
  • The IPMZ Certificate in Training Management, Institute of Personnel Management Zimbabwe, 1990

  • The IPMZ Certificate in Personnel Management, Institute of Personnel Management Zimbabwe, 1991

  • Certificate in the Art of Navigating Change, Centre for Higher Education Research and Development of the University of Manitoba, Canada, 1992

  • Certificate in Advanced Organization Development Consulting Skills Programme, Effectiveness Consultants International, Stockholm, Sweden, 1994
Over the past 36 years, Professor Zinyemba has worked in a number of universities in Canada, the USA, Malawi and Zimbabwe as an academic and an administrator. He was a member of the senior management team that transformed the University of Rhodesia into the University of Zimbabwe from Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, and he has chronicled that transformation in his book Academia and the Dynamics of Transformative Leadership: The Experience of the University of Zimbabwe in the First Decade after Zimbabwe's Independence (1981-1992) (University of Zimbabwe Publications, 2010). Over the ten year period in question, student numbers at the University of Zimbabwe grew from one thousand seven hundred to ten thousand, and many new courses, departments and Faculties were introduced.

From January 2013, Professor Zinyemba was appointed Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Zimbabwe, and over the past first one and half years of his tenure, student numbers of the Catholic University of Zimbabwe have grown by over 350%, and three new campuses of the university have been opened in three different provinces of Zimbabwe. The university's strategic plan aims to grow student numbers to ten thousand over the next ten years.

Professor Zinyemba is also a certified Organizational Development (OD) consultant who has consulted for over 100 public, private and developmental organizations in Southern Africa and Asia. From 2009 to 2012, Professor Zinyemba worked on a World Bank funded project as institutional capacity building specialist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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