IAA Board of Directors



His Excellency Professor Mohammad Hamdan

Chairman of the Board of Directors

H.E. Professor Hamdan received a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Sydney University in 1963.

Professor Hamdan is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Open University and also Senior Advisor of the University. He served as Minister of both the Education and Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministries in Jordan.

His career in education started as a Teacher of Mathematics at Amman Teacher Training College in June 1957, and then as Professor of Mathematics in several universities including the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, the Hashemite University, the American University of Beirut, the American University of Cairo, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University/USA and Riyadh University/Saudi Arabia.

Professor Hamdan was President and Founding Member of the Yarmouk University, the Hashemite University and the Arab Open University.

He is a member of a number of academic institutions including the Jordan Educational Society, Jordan Academic Society, Arabic Language Academy, Islamic Academy for Sciences, Third World Academy for Sciences, etc.

In terms of academic research, Professor Hamdan is Member of the Editorial Board of several research journals. He supervised several Ph.D. dissertations and M.Sc. theses throughout his career, and was the keynote speaker in numerous scientific conferences and national and international consultations in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Education and Higher Education.

He has published numerous papers in the areas of Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Education and Higher Education.

Mr. Iyad Kamal

Deputy Chair

Iyad Kamal is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the Middle East and South Asia, and the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company now trades on the Dubai Financial Market.

Mr. Kamal obtained his first degree, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from the University of Jordan in 1989. In 1991 he received his Masters of Arts Degree in Economics from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Since he joined Aramex in 1991 as OEC Coordinator, Mr. Kamal has worked in several capacities including Vice President - Logistics and Ground Services, General Manager Logistics and Express Product and Quality Manager, Chief Logistics Officer in 2007 and his current position of COO in 2010. Mr. Kamal is an active member of the company's Global Management Team and offers an extensive knowledge of the logistics and transportation industry. Mr. Kamal is also the president of Al Riyadi Club, a prominent basketball organization in Jordan.

Her Excellency Mrs. Laila Sharaf

H.E. Mrs. Leila Sharaf (maiden name Leila S. Najjar) was born, raised and educated in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a BA and MA degree in Literature from the American University of Beirut.
Mrs. Sharaf married Abdul Hamid Sharaf and moved to Jordan and became a Jordanian citizen in 1965. She has two boys, Nasser and Faris.

Leila A. Sharaf is a Senator and Former Minister of Information. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Philadelphia University, Former Vice President of the higher National Committee of the Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts and a Former President of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

Dr. Hana Kanan

Dr. Hana Kanan graduated from a local public school in Nablus, Palestine. She earned her BA degree in English Literature and Education from the Jordan University in Amman, a Masters Degree from Birzeit University in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.Ed. & Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hana worked as a Teacher, Teachers' Trainer, College Instructor, and Director in different educational institutions in varying geographical locations, such as USA, Qatar, Indonesia and UAE. Her experience ranges from working in some of the most prominent and resourceful international programs and schools to inner-city, disadvantaged public schools and refugee camps. Dr. Kanan's research focuses on motivation, mentoring, educational training and international schooling.

Mr. Majdi Yasin

Mr. Yasin received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a master"s degree from Columbia University"s School of International and Public Affairs in 1997.  Mr. Yasin is now based in Amman, Jordan and is actively engaged in several private sector companies, which specialize in technology and retail. He has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including the technology company Estarta.  He is currently a board member of Ruwwad, a non-profit organization focused on community empowerment, and a member of the Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC) advisory board.

Dr. Zaid H. Baqain

Dr. Baqain is a Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Jordan and a Senior Consultant at the University Hospital. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and the Director of the Department of Dentistry at the University of Jordan Hospital. He obtained his first university degree from the University of Jordan, to pursue his postgraduate education and training in the United Kingdom: University College London (UCL, with Distinction) and its Hospitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

Professor Baqain is a member on the Executive Board of the Jordan Medical Council and the Board of Trustees of Isra University. He is an elected Vice President of the Arab Board for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and a member on the Council of Deans of the Society of Arab Dental Faculties. He is a fellow of a number of national and international professional bodies, an invited author, reviewer and a member on the editorial board for peer reviewed international journals with numerous publications in the fields of surgery and education.

He was an elected Member on the Jordanian Dental Association Council for two terms and elected Vice President of the Jordanian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was the founder and elected President of the British Universities Alumni Association in Jordan, and currently the Head of the Cultural and Social Committee of the Jordan British Society. He also served as a member on the IAA Parent Teacher Association and on the Jordanian Golf Federation Board.