Professor Barry Winn was took up the post of Vice Chancellor at Sohar University on the 1st April 2015 and was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford, UK. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull between 2003 and 2008. He served on a number of community and business related groups such as the Wilberforce 2007 Committee, World Trade Centre steering committee, the Humber Economic Partnership Strategy Group and was a board member and non-executive director of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer. He worked at the University of Bradford between 1994 and 2003 as Professor of Optometry, Head of Department and as the inaugural Dean of Life Sciences. He has served on a number of national committees such as EPSRC KT panel and has Chaired the Quality Assurance Agency benchmarking group on Subjects Allied to Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former educational advisor to the General Optical Council.
Dr. Hamdan Al-Fazari was appointed as Depty Vice Chancellor (Resources) at Sohar University on 12th May 2013. Dr. Hamdan Al-Fazari was formerly an officer (Wing Commander) in the Royal Air Force of Oman. As an Air Force career professional, Dr. Hamdan accrued twenty-eight years of experience. He has an established record of experience in engineering, business and leadership. Dr. Hamdan has a wide experience in education and academic leadership ranging from Head of Department of Further Engineering Training, to Assistant Principal of the Air Force Technical College and Assistant Academic Advisor of building a new college called the Military Technological College. He has held many senior management posts in the field of personnel and administrative services, training and personnel development, coordination and plans, Quality Assurance, and in management and development. Dr. Hamdan has a quality of experience that helps generate a new level of enablement to the University’s strategic plan and the administrative direction.
Few people can boast the wealth of academic and administrative experience accrued at Sohar University by Professor Hamza Edrees. Professor Hamza Edrees joined Sohar University in 2000, following a research and teaching tenure at Strathclyde University. Since then, he has served as Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. However, it is his Deanship of the Faculty of Engineering which, perhaps, has been his most significant achievement. Today, the Faculty offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in Civil, Electrical and Computer, Chemical and Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. Professor Hamza is now Sohar University’s Depty Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, currently, brings his administrative expertise to the Quality Assurance system at the University.
Professor Ghassan Al-Kindi is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sohar University. He has more than 32 years work experience from which 16 years industrial/manufacturing experience and 16 years of academic and research experience. His main specialty is manufacturing and automation. He worked at several design and manufacturing companies including light and heavy products/equipment manufacturing. Professor Ghassan has obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in 1990. He has published more than 60 papers in high quality international journals and conference proceedings. He had won the 1989 Joseph Whitworth Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He has successfully delivered more than 10 funded research and consultancy projects. He has also supervised more than 40 PhD’s and Masters’ students. Professor Ghassan served as visiting professor and honorary research associate to both Monash University (Australia) and the University of Queensland (Australia). He is an editorial board member of 3 international journals and reviewer of many international journals.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Maqbali is currently serving as Pro. Vice Chancellor for Community and Engagement, first post of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to this post, he served as Pro. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs from 2013-2017, and as Pro. Vice Chancellor for Admin & Finance from 2009-2013. He was Executive Manager of Vice Chancellor Office from 2007-2009. Before he joined higher education sector, Dr. Mohammed worked for public education. Dr. Mohammed is well known for his commitment to community service. For example, he served one term as a member of the municipality committee in Sohar. He is a patron of the A’Noor Association for Blind in North Al-Batinah. Dr. Mohammed completed the master degree in international educational management from University of Leeds (UK) and the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at the United Arab Emirates University.