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ELC Board

The board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the ELC

Director of the ELC

Dr Waleed Bleyhesh al-Amri

Progressive and passionate about the ELC

-  BA in English Language Teaching and Literature, Faculty of Education,
   King Abdulaziz University, 1995.
-  MA in Arabic/English/Arabic translation, Salford University, UK, 1998.
-  PhD in Translation Studies, UMIST, UK, 2002.
-  Founding editor of the Journal of Quranic Research and Studies, King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex.
-  Founding editor of ‘Ayn, journal of the Saudi Association of Languages and Translation.

For a fuller CV visit: www.waleedbleyhesh.com

Assistant Director, Instruction and Academic Affairs (IAA)
Mahmood Zar is an Assistant ELC Director where he is responsible for managing the Instruction and Academic Affairs department. He obtained his Masters Degree in LT from the University of East London, UK. Mahmood's wealth of experience along with his passion for teaching drives him to maintain the highest possible level of academic performance.

Assistant Director, Curriculum, Testing, ELearning and PYWS (CTEP)
Dr Gamal Shehatta is an Assistant ELC Director where he is responsible for managing the Curriculum, Testing, Elearning and OASIS. His academic background:
B.A & Ed. (TEFL) Egypt, postgraduate Diploma in ESP, Egypt, TESOL Certificate, USA, Advanced Certificate in E-Learning, UK, Postgraduate Diploma in E-Learning, UK, MED in E-Learning ( In progress), UK, PHD in ESP, UK ESP instructor, ESP Research Center, College of Education, Mansoura University. He is interested in staff development in E-Learning  

Assistant Director, External Collaboration, Training and Development

Dr Iain McGee
Iain is an Assistant ELC Director where he is responsible for managing the External Collaboration, Training and Development Department. Iain has worked in the Arabian Gulf for around 15 years – both in the private and public sectors. As an active researcher, with a particular interest in lexis and teaching, he has published in a number of international journals (ELTJ, Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, and the Teacher Trainer Journal), and presented at numerous conferences.

Head of RTAU and PR

Mr Bashar Al-Sayyed

Bashar has worked at the university since 2004. He is responsible for recruiting, and the public relations for the Centre. He graduated from Aleppo University, Syria in 2000 (BA in English Language and Literature), and from Huddersfield University, UK in 2003 (MA in TEFL & CALL). He is keenly interested in blended learning.

ELC Administrator

Mr Usamah Loveless
Usamah Loveless is responsible for administrative affairs within the English Language Center. He brings over 15 years of experience in managerial and marketing experience from a US Fortune 500 company, along with experience and qualifications in the ESL field.