Board of Directors: 

Izidin El Kalak

Izidin El Kalak is currently a Lecturer in Finance at Kent Business School. Prior to that,  he taught and conducted research at Hull Business School. He got his MSc in Financial Management from Hull Business School with a distinction, followed by a PhD in Finance focusing on the SMEs’ capital structure and credit risk modelling. Moreover, he has international teaching experience where he taught at Chinese and Mexican universities. Dr. El Kalak’s main research area includes Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Credit Risk Modelling, Financial Risk Management, and Corporate Finance. He also conducted research on renewable energy’s investment decisions under real options approach. Dr. El Kalak is currently a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is also a member of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).

“Dr. El Kalak further aim to expand his research experience to the middle-eastern markets; hence, ECESAO represents a perfect opportunity to join a leading organization with talented and passionate scholars thriving to conduct high quality research to promote a more accurate and transparent economic studies within this market thought ECESAO platform”

Majdi Soubhi Arrif

Majdi Soubhi Arrif is a Head of budgeting & reporting at Madar Group of Egypt. Dr. Arrif  holds Doctorate of Business Administration in management information systems issued by Tishreen University, Faculty of Economics, Syria. He focused in his Master and Doctorate on applying (MIS) in public administrations, and banks in Syria. His elaborated and comprehensive design of a decision support system specialized in developing banking credit policy, had an influence on the public administrative performance in this field. Arrif   has published number of field study peppers that addressed e-government and business processes reengineering in Syria. Arrif has worked for More than 10 year experience in accounting and finance with many private sector companies, such as:  Confectionery Development Industrial Company (KATAKIT), Syria. Madar Group for Chemicals, Egypt. In dependence on his academic and professional experiences, Arrif is currently preparing many academic researches, specialized in applying information systems and technology in both public and private sector.


“ECESAO is a promising academic project aims with cooperation of well talented staff to conduct leading researches in variant economic clusters. By joining the ECESAO I hope to expand my academic experience.”


Mustafa W. Nourallah

Mustafa  Nourallah  obtained doctorate and master from business administration department at faculty of economics ‎from Tishreen University, Syria. Dr. Nourallah worked as lecturer with Tishreen University and arab academy for science and technology and maritime transport in Syria, beside his work with United Nation Development Program UNDP, Syria.


    “I consider ‘ECESAO’ as my major aim, since I hope to have a hand in empowering communities in Arab Orient, and the Middle East in general with modern economic studies initiating a place  where academics  can meet and discuss. I would like to say that only science and education can finish the current issues in the region, and we all have a huge responsibility in doing that! ”


  • Hothefa Shaker Jassim Assoc. Prof. Dr. is currently the Head of the Computer Science Department at the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS), Oman. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia in 2012. He has also worked as a post-doctorate fellowship at National University of Malaysia (UKM).  He supervised Master and Ph.D theses in Malaysia, and he contributed in carrying research projects that were funded from the Malaysian Government. He, also, worked as reviewer for several journals such as Journal of Neural Computing and Applications.


  • Nadia Doytch is an Assistant Professor of Economics at CUNY Brooklyn College, School of Business, where she teaches International Trade Policy, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Sustainability Theory and serves as the Economics Department Graduate Deputy Chair. Nadia also holds an Assistant Professor appointment at the Ph.D. Program in Economics at CUNY Graduate Center and a Non-Resident Research Fellowship at Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ASoG) in Manila, The Philippines. Nadia’s fields of research are: International Economics, Development Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics. Her work has appeared/ is forthcoming in Energy Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Review of Economics and Finance, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, Children and Youth Services Review, Economic Systems, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Journal of Asian Economics, Borsa Istanbul Review, Post-Communist Economies, Comparative Economic Studies, Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics Letters, the Springer Rethinking International Development Series and others. Nadia currently advises undergraduate and graduate student research papers and theses in International Economics, and Environmental and Development Economics. The region of the Arab Orient is one of the regions of Nadia’s research interest.


  • Marla Nasrah earned her Bachelor of Economics degree from Tishreen University, Syria in 2015 and is currently an MBA – Accounting candidate at Winthrop University, South Carolina where she received a full scholarship and works there as a Graduate Assistant. Just recently, Marla completed her international tax internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, North Carolina. As part of the MBA program, Marla has conducted research discussing the ethical dilemmas in accounting, financial reporting, and tax as well as the differences between GAAP and IFRS. Marla’s main interests lie within the concept of improving the financial literacy among the youth of the Arab Orient.


  • Maryam Alhalboni is currently an academic staff in Finance at Durham University Business School. Maryam has a B.Sc. in Economics, a M.Sc. in Finance and Investment and a Ph.D. in Finance, University of Essex. Her former posts in the UK include lectureships at the University of Essex and University of Kent. She worked at International Islamic bank for two years as a junior manager. Dr Alhalboni research goals are in the areas of Market Microstructure, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Financial markets and Islamic Finance. Dr. Alhalboni is currently a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


  • Mira Nurmakhanova, is an Associate Professor at Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research (KIMEP University), Almaty, Kazakhstan from 2009.  Nurmakhanova did Ph.D. Economics/Minor Statistics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA, 2008,  M.A. Economics, Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, Almaty, Kazakhstan Republic 1999 and Ph.D. Mathematics, Kazakh State University, Almaty, Kazakhstan Republic, 1994. Nurmakhanova was Visiting Professor at EADA School of Business, Barcelona, Spain 2014-2015, Post-Doctoral Researcher at School of Accounting & Finance, College of Business, Dublin 2012 -2013, and Visiting Professor at Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal 2010.


  • Mohamed M Elheddad is a PhD scholar in economics in Hull University Business School, UK. Elheddad completed his first degree and MSc degree in economics at Misurata University- Libya. His PhD on the topic of Foreign Direct investment, Economic growth and natural resources focused mainly on resource-rich economies. Elheddad published some paper in different journals such as, International Journal of Business and Social Research and Eurasian Journal of Economics and Finance, also he has some paper in review in Review of Economic Analysis journal. He is a member in several associations like American Economic Association (AEA), Royal Economic Society (RES), Regional studies association and Eastern Economic association. Elheddad is a reviewer for some journals and editorial board in International Journal of Financial Research.

 Associate Fellow : 

  • Anna Katharina Ehrhart is a first-year PhD candidate in Political Science at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. She holds a M.Sc. in Political Science from Mid Sweden University, Sweden, and a B.A. in Arts and Culture with a major in Political Culture from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. In her dissertation project, she examines the issue of women`s representation and political participation in a comparative study of semi-democratic countries. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Anna has been teaching as adjunct lecturer in Political Science at Mid Sweden University. In addition, she has work experience in the civic education sector and within market research.


  • Bassam Zaitoon has a bachelor degree in Economics from Tishreen University, Syria in 2008. Currently he is studying a master in Communication for Development at Malmö university. He has also studied many separated courses in many fields among Business English, Decision and Risk Analysis, Knowledge Management, and Business Intelligence in Karlstad University, University of Gävle and Luleå University of Technology. Bassam started his career in Syria at 2010. He worked as a logistics accountant at ARKAS shipping agency and as an instructor at Tayler Centre for consulting and Training. Later at 2012, he moved to Sweden. Currently he is working as a teacher and a team leader in Hultsfred municipality in Sweden. Regarding his volunteer activity, he has worked as a volunteer with Syrian Researchers Initiative. Bassam is always been interested in working with developing issues. That is, in empowering people to take better choices for their life’s.