Danying Yang, PH.D.

Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

I inherited my family’s love of art and design and, hence, devoted myself to creativity and innovation. My graduate studies in Fashion and Design have led me in the path ways of passion and talents. As an international educator, researcher and designer, my skills will be connected to yours.
E-mail: danying.yang@cfd-dubai.com

  • PHD, Heriot Watt University, UK, 2012
  • MPhil, Heriot Watt University, UK, 2008
  • BA, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China, 1999
  • Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, CFD The College of Fashion Design, Dubai, UAE (2016-Present)
  • Design Consultant in PhD projects, Heriot-Watt University, UK (2013-2016)
  • Part-time Research Consultant at Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Center of Hubei Province, Wuhan Textile University, China (2012-2016)
  • Research Fellow and Coordinator in research project “Monitoring a Soldier’s Health”, Heriot Watt University, UK (2010-2011)
  • Research Assistant in research project “3D Modelling of Fabrics, Garments and Humans”, Heriot Watt University, UK (2010)
  • Part-time Teaching Assistant, Heriot Watt University, UK (2008-2012)
  • Volunteer lecturer of teaching and demonstrating garment technology, Addis Ababa,Ethiopia (2002 – 2004)
  • Lecturer of Fashion Design, Wuhan Textile University, China (1999-2006)
  • Creativity in garment/fashion, intelligent garments and digital fashion especially fusing with technical materials/textiles
  • Marrying Art and Science, Design and Technology, as a way forward in Art and Design
  • Speciality in working with wearable electronics, functional apparel and sustainable design
  • Translation and Transformation of Design Concepts to fashion
  • Inheritance and Development of national culture
  • Yang, D. (2016) “Smart ‘MoodWear’ Clothing”, A’ Design Award and Competition, Winner Designers 2015 – 2016 Yearbook, the Designer Press.
  • Yang, D. & Stylios, G. (2013) “Photonic Textiles for SMART Mood Changing Garments; MoodWear”, 12th International AIC Congress, Newcastle upon Tyne UK, July 2013; Proceedings at “AIC 2013 – Bringing Colour to Life”, P. 125. http://www.aic-color.org/congr_archivos/aic2013abstr.pdf
  • Yang, D. & Stylios, G. (2013) “Designing Innovative Icons to Represent Personal Information with Smart Clothing Technologies”, 15th IFFTI Annual Conference, Los Angeles USA, April 2013; Proceedings at “The Business & Marketing of Icons”, P. 338 – 346. http://www.iffti.com/downloads/xv-PaperPresented-Enclosure.pdf
  • Stylios, G. & Yang, D. (2013) “Mood changing textiles”, 2013 International Textile Brokerage, Turkey.
  • Yang, D. & Stylios, G. (2012) “The Concept of Mood Changing Garments Made From Luminescent Woven Fabrics and Flexible Photovoltaics ‘MoodWear’”, 4th International Conference – “SMART Materials, Structures and Systems”, CIMTEX 2012, Italy; Published in Advances in Science and Technology, 25-Jan-2013, Vol. 80 P. 22-29, doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AST.80
  • Stylios, G. & Yang, D. (2012) “Developing Psycho Textiles for Mood Changing Garments”, 5th International Technical Textile Congress, Izmir Turkey, November 2012.
  • Stylios, G. & Yang, D. (2012) “The Concept of MOODWEAR”, International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 2012, Vol. 24 Iss: 5.
  • Stylios, G., Luo, L. & Yang, D. (2012) “Wearable Information Garment System WIGS for Health Monitoring”, 12th AUTEX World Textile Conference, Zadar Croatia,June 2012;Published in Interactive Textile for High Future Demand, ISBN 978-953-7105-44-0, 978-953-7105-49-5, Vol. 2, P. 1389 – 1394.
  • Stylios, G. & Yang, D. (2010)“Mood Changing Garments”, ATINER, 1st Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens Greece, 2010.
  • Yang, D. (2010) “Wearable Mood Changing Technology”, Knowledge Transfer Network, Materials Seminar, Edinburgh UK, 2010.
  • Full Member of IAD, the International Association of Designers (2016 – Present)
  • Chairperson of the Scottish Branch, Committee Member of CTAS-UK (Chinese Textiles and Apparel Society) (2006 – 2012)
  • “MoodWear – Smart Mood Changing Clothing”, the Iron A’ Design Award in Wearable Technologies Design Category of the A’ Design Award & Competition, 04/2016.
  • “SMART energy harvesting and mood changing clothing” exhibition in the event of Princess Royal Opening of Scottish Borders Campus, UK, 09/2009.
  • SMART clothing project display and interview by Scottish Borders ITV and broadcasting station, UK, 09/2008.
  • Award of Excellence in the First International Beachwear Showcase in Bali, Indonesia, Italian MarediModa in collaboration with MITTELMODA organization, 03/2006.
  • Co-Editor of the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education Training) fashion design curriculum for the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, 03-04/2004.
  • Adviser of the Inspiration & Impression Fashion Show in Ethiopia, JACA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) organization, 01-04/2004.
  • Award of Excellence in the 9th International Fashion Design Contest in Gorizia, Italy, Italian MITTELMODA organization, 09/2001.
  • Commemorative award in “Dalian” Chinese Fashion Design Contest, 09/2001
  • Award of Excellence in Teachers’ Art and Photography Works Exhibition, Hubei, China, 12/2000.
  • Award of Excellence in the Chinese drawing and illustration competition of leisure costume design, 10/1998.
  • Award of Excellence in “Mailyard” Chinese Fashion Design Contest, 06/1998.
  • Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology student scholarship, 1995-1999.

Mohammed Al Balawi, PH.D.

Assistant Professor of English

One of the main reasons why I am determined to pursue a career in academia is so that I would have the opportunity to not only teach but also make a change. I vision teaching as a tool that has transformative abilities for the sake of a better future.

E-mail: mohammed.albalawi@cfd-dubai.com

  • PhD, English, Kent State University –Ohio, USA, 2016
  • MA, Applied Linguistics, King Abdulaziz University – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2010
  • MA, English, King Abdulaziz University – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2001
  • Assistant Professor of English, CFD The College of Fashion Design, Dubai, UAE (2016-Present)
  • TESOL Instructor, Royal Commission, Saudi Arabia (2002 –2016)
  • Teacher of English, Center for Gifted Education, Royal Commission. (2004 –2006)
  • Contemporary Arabic Literature in Arabic and English
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Orientalism and Cultural Representations
  • 20th century American Literature
  • Race, Sexuality, and Gender.
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • “Disrupting the Desert Scene: The Impact of Oil Discovery in Abdelrahman Munif’s Cities of Salt.” Washington, D. C.: The 2015 International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (May 2015)
  • “Arabs’ Stereotypes Revisited: Lessons from Cognitive Science and Literary Studies.” Albuquerque, NM: The 36th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) (February 2015).
  • “Arabs’ Stereotypes Revisited: The Need for A Literary Solution.” Washington, D. C.: The Humanities, Literature, Cultures, and Arts 2014 Global Conference (December, 2014)
  • “The Negative Images of Arabs in US Media: The Role Literature Can Play.” Honolulu, HI: The 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. (January, 2014)
  • “Disrupting the Desert Scene: The Impact of Oil Discovery in Abdelrahman Munif’s Cities of Salt.” Linguistics and Literature Studies 3.5 (September 2015): 194-202
  • “The Decline of Literature: A Public Perspective.” Advances in Language and Literary Studies 6.3 (June 2015): 88-92
  • “Losing Identity, Abandoning Values, and Alienating Self: The Impact of Immigration in Mohammed Abdul-Wali’s They Die Strangers” Linguistics and Literature Studies 3.3 (May 2015): 100-110
  • “Arabs’ Stereotypes Revisited: The Need for A Literary Solution.” Advances in Language and Literary Studies 6.2 (April 2015): 200-211
  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Arab Society of English Language Studies (ASELS)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Travel Award (February 2015) Kent State University
  • Won 2nd Place in creative writing, 2012.
  • Employee of the month — Royal Commission of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, 2009
  • Best English teacher of the year –Royal Commission of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, 2006

Nessrin Shaya

Lecturer in Mathematics

Education is not a preparation for life, it is life by itself’. With a strong passion for teaching and mathematics, I truly believe that it is the instructional style that instills in students the efficient high-order skills. Hence, those young men and women would advance to be critical thinkers and efficient decision makers in life along with being creative, initiative and independent in the career they choose to lead.

E-mail: Nessrin.shaya@cfd-dubai.com

  • PhD Candidate, British University in Dubai, UAE, 2017
  • MA, Lebanese American University, Beirut, 2010
  • BS, American University in Beirut, Beirut, 2006
  • TD, American University in Beirut, Beirut, 2006
  • Lecturer in Mathematics, The College of Fashion Design, Dubai, UAE (2017 – Present).
  • MISK Project, Heading Math Consultancy Team, Research Assistant, British University in Dubai, UAE, (2013 – 2015)
  • MISK Project, developing Teacher Handbook, “Best Mathematics Teaching Practices”, BUID, UAE, (2014 – 2015).
  • Instructor in Statistics, Hamdan Bin Mohamad Smart University HBMSU, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dubai, UAE, (2014)
  • Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Engineering, Al Hosn University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, (2010 – 2014)
  • Representative of BUID in the Expo 2020 Team and UAE universities workshop in November 2014.
  • Chair of a number of Capstone Examination Committee meetings for Industrial Engineering, Urban Planning, Architecture and Interior Design students, Al Hosn University, Abu Dhabi, (2010 – 2014).
  • Mathematics Head of Department, Elite Private School, Abu Dhabi, (2009 – 2010).
  • Adjunct Faculty in Mathematics, American University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE, (2008 – 2009).
  • Mathematics Coordinator and High School Teacher, Lycee Phenix, Beirut, Lebanon, (2005 – 2008).
  • Advanced quantitative research methods in project management and education (SPSS)
  • Advanced qualitative methods in education
  • Trends and issues in mathematics education
  • Technology in mathematics education (Sketchpad 2D – 3D)
  • Mentorship and teacher development in multicultural educational institutions.
  • Education organization behavior, in particular, job satisfaction, job performance, performance management, etc.
  • Management and Leadership in Education
  • Innovation in Education.
  • Students with special learning needs, including gifted and talented students.
  • Developing and Piloting a Teaching Learning Sequence on Similar Triangles Using Dynamic Geometry Software. Conference Proceedings INTED, Spain, 2013
  • Speaker in the 8th Seminar of Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010.
  • Chapter in Teacher’s Handbook – Best Practices in Teaching Mathematics, MISK, Dubai, 2015.
  • The Influence of Organizational Climate on Employee’s Job Satisfaction in Higher Educational Institutions in UAE: The Case of a Private Local University in Abu Dhabi, Under Publishing, 2016.
  • Feminizing Leadership in the Middle East: Emirati Women Empowerment and Leadership Style, Under Publishing, 2016.
  • The Influence of Transformational and Transactional leadership on Innovation in Multicultural Organizations in UAE, Under Publishing, 2016.
  • Continuous Member in the Society for Higher Education in Mount Lebanon (2014 – Present).
  • Award of Valuable Contributions, Al Hosn University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2014.

Haifa Al Anjari, PH.D

Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

I strive to turn dreams into reality through design and its achieved through creativity, talent, inspiration, passion, and originality.
E-mail: Haifa.alanjari@cfd-dubai.com

  • Ph.D. University of Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design 2003
  • Master of Science Eastern Michigan University with specialty in Textiles Design and Clothing. 1997
  • Bachelor of Science Eastern Michigan University in Fashion Merchandising 1995
  • Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, CFD The College of Fashion Design, Dubai, UAE (2016-Present)
  • Head Department , College of basic Education (2008- TO 2012)
  • Deputy Head Department College of Basic Education/Kuwait, (2003-2007)
  • President of the National Document Committee Ministry of Education: Responsible for setting up new curriculum program from kinder garden to High school 2004-2007
  • President of the Family and Consumer Sciences committee Public Authority for Applied Education and Training: Responsible for establishing new curriculum for College of Basic Education using WIDS program. 2005-2006
  • Kuwait University, College for Women, Part-time, teaching Interior Design Courses. 2004-2005
  • Consultant – Ministry of Education: Research and Curriculum sector Responsible of research and curriculum 2004-2007
  • Part time-consultant at Al-Ghanim Industries, 2004-2006
    • Responsible for showroom display
    • Coaching staff in furniture styles
    • Developing Consumer Research
    • Design Textile Science Swatch Kit
  • Interior Designer for Mr. KYA Salwa’s Guest house
  • Major Interior Design project “ The Elite” 2005
  • Dr. Haifa Al-Anjari and Dr. Brigitte Burgess, 2005 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences Cultural Attitudes Among Southeast Asians Enrolled at an American University”. (Published)
  • Textiles, Al-Falah Books, 2009
  • Costumes, History and Culture Al-Falah Books, 2011
  • The art of Fashion-2013 Alqabas
  • March, 21.2001 ‘Images of Arabia’ Fashion Show, Dundee/UK with the attendance of Lord Provost Mrs. Helen Right.
  • Developing the National Standards for Family and Consumer Science for Ministry of Education. President
  • Developing Fashion Design Curriculum-for Tourism, Beauty and Fashion Institute , PAAET. Member
  • Developing Family and Consumer Science Curriculum for the College of Basic Education, PAAET. President
  • Writing and Designing Family and Consumer Science Books for Middle and Secondary Schools, Ministry of Education. President
  • Developing the Idea and Conception of Technical Learning in Kuwait Secondary Schools. Member
  • Participating in Evaluating Education in Kuwait, Diwan Alamiri Member

Jenny Wilson

Program Coordinator – Fashion Business Management

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

I believe that fashion and business are inextricably linked and it is without a doubt that people are at its core. Providing academic and industry knowledge to students within the industry is one thing, but being able to work with the next generation of fashion managers in the UAE and develop them to become inspirational leaders is what really drives me to be part of CFD Dubai.
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  • MBA Global Business, London School of Business and Finance London, (expected finish late 2017)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, London College of Fashion, London, 2017
  • MSc International Fashion Marketing, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2010
  • BDes (hons) Design for Industry, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2007
  • Retail Management and Operations Consultant, Jenny N Wilson Consultancy Ltd (2013 – Present)
  • Guest Lecturer in Universities across cities including London, Edinburgh, Dubai, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Guangzhou (2014 – Present)
  • Lecturer in Retail Management, Operations and Strategy, London College of Fashion, London (2014 – 2017)
  • Sales and Marketing Recruitment Consultant, Denholm Associates, Edinburgh (2013)
  • Luxury Retail Recruitment Consultant, Elite Associates, London (2011-2012)
  • Various Retail Management positions, UK, (2008-2010)
  • “A one size fits all solution? The challenges of implementing the omni-channel strategy within the luxury fashion sector” (Montecchi, M. and Wilson, J.), In progress (completion of paper date 2017)
  • London School of Business and Finance’ Women in Business Scholarship for MBA in Global Business
  • Over AED25,000 raised for UK Cancer Charities by running four marathons and six half marathons including the London Marathon in April 2016 (2013 – 2016)
  • Nomination for London College of Fashion’s teaching award (2015)
  • Best Newcomer of the Year Award, Elite Associates (2011)
  • Fashion Retail Operations and Management
  • People Management and Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Talent Management and Employee Engagement
  • Career Development/Planning within Education
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute, London, UK
  • Member of Women in Retail, London, UK
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