Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah 

President, University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah, is a professor of environmental biotechnology at the Arabian Gulf University and a member of the Council of Higher Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry (enzymology) in 1984 from the University of Houston, USA 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 Arabian Gulf University from 1994 to 2005.