Dr. John Phillip Hayes, Ph.D.
Educator, author, and speaker, Dr. John Hayes, is the Head of the Business Administration Department at the Gulf University for Science & Technology, where he teaches a variety of marketing courses. He is also the Director of the Kuwait Leadership Mastery program, funded by the U.S. State Department. Dr. Hayes has written 18 non-fiction books, countless articles on business topics, and has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, business associations, franchise companies and network marketing businesses.
A frequent speaker at business conferences, Dr. Hayes’s most popular seminars include How To Capture & Keep Customers, and Leading With Your Personality. He is the co-author of Franchising: The Inside Story, You Can’t Teach A Kid To Ride A Bike At A Seminar, Start Small, Finish Big, and Network Marketing for Dummies.
Dr. Hayes has lived in Kuwait for the past three years, and he writes the weekly column, Kuwait’s My Business, in the Friday Kuwait Times.
Dr. Shafeeq N. Al-Ghabra, Ph.D.
Dr. Shafeeq N. Al-Ghabra is a professor of political science at Kuwait University, where he has directed the Center of Strategic and Future Studies, and was the founding president of the American University of Kuwait (2003-2006). He gained a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 and has also served as director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, DC. Author of five books and numerous articles and papers, Dr Ghabra received Kuwait’s highest award for scientific research in the humanities and social sciences from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
Dr. Ghabra is a frequent lecturer on topics including Middle East security and politics, the peace process and Arab-Western relations. He is a long-time advocate of democratic reform in the Middle East. His books include Palestinians in Kuwait: The Family and the Politics of Survival named outstanding academic book of 1989 by Choice magazine and Kuwait, a study of the dynamics of state and society. He has also published studies of American-style education in Arab countries and US-Kuwaiti relations. He is currently working on his sixth book, on the Arab-Israeli conflict.