AAF Board Members

Hassan Boukari

Hacene Boukari, PhD, is a Associate Professor of physics at Delaware State University. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, while working on a 22-million-dollar NASA-funded project to design, build, and operate a high-resolution spectrometer for studying superfluids under microgravity aboard NASA Space Shuttle.

Professor Sam Beddar

Sam Beddar is a Tenured Professor at the Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Radiation Physics within the Division of Radiation Oncology and Chief of Research within the Department of Radiation Physics. He is also Professor Adjunct at l’Université Laval, Québec City, Canada and the Univ. of Wisconsin Madison.

Himed Kherbache M.D.

A native of Skikda, Algeria, Himed Kherbache M.D. attended Medical School in Algiers in 1974 and obtained a MD degree in 1981. He completed a Neurosurgery residency in Mustapha University Hospital in 1986. He practiced Neurosurgery in Tizi-Ouzou and Algiers (CHU Zemirli) before moving to the United States of America in 1994. He obtained his Board-Certification in Nuclear Medicine in 2004, and currently holds a State of California license. He completed his postgraduate education in the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) of Portland, Oregon where he did an Internship in Surgery and a fellowship in Neuro-Oncology.

Dr. Nora Berrah

Nora Berrah is Professor and head of the Physics Department at the University of Connecticut (Uconn). She was prior to 2014 a Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Physics at Western Michigan University. She received her Diplome d’etude Superieur in Theoretical Physics from the Faculté des Sciences, Université d’Alger, Algeria in 1979 and her PhD from the physics department of the University of Virginia in 1987.

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi received a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures in Physics at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene in Algiers, Algeria and a Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Physics at the University of Sussex in England. He is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and the Dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Soraya Mellali

Soraya Mellali is a Development Strategist/Economist with over 25 years’ experience at The World Bank, UNDP, Central Bank of Algeria, and private international consulting firms (Booz Allen & Hamilton, ENORI).

Dr. Ghania Ait-Ghezala

Dr. Ait-Ghezala is a Scientist II, head of molecular biology/ genomic department at the Roskamp institute. A multidisciplinary team dedicated to understanding neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders with an emphasis on identifying and developing new therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. She is also the Head of Molecular Biology at Archer pharmaceutical were she leads the program that is focused on developing molecular and cell biology-based screening of small molecule inhibitors.

Leila Hamroun-Yazid

Leila Hamroun-Yazid, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is the founder of Past Forward Architecture, an architectural practice based in Newark, DE providing design, planning, management and cultural analysis services primarily for existing buildings, with a mission to promote a preservation strategy of economic, cultural and social relevance.

Dr. Ismael Chikhoune

Dr. Ismael Chikhoune, MD, received his doctorate in medicine at the University of Medicine of Algiers in 1982. His professional experience spans several countries and fields. Dr. Chikhoune worked at Parnet Hospital, in the field of Internal Medicine from 1982-1990. He served as the Chief of the Medical Health Department at the Algerian Ministry of Interior from 1982-1990. He served as the Doctor of the National Algerian Cycling Team from 1982-1986. He taught at the Maillot Hospital- Allied Health Military School in the field of Radiology, anatomy and physiology paramedics from 1986-1987.

Rahmouna Rouni

Rahmouna Rouni is the former president and one of the founding members of the Maghreb-American Health Foundation, Inc. She is also specialized in the Quality management Systems implementation, Performance improvement and regulatory Compliance.

Dr. Belgacem Haba

Dr. Belgacem Haba was born in 1957 in El-Meghaier wilaya d’El-Oued. Dr. Haba joined Google Data Center Platform in 2013. Prior He was Vice President and Senior Fellow at Tessera/Invensas since 1996. His latest activities while heading the Mobile R&D division include developing 3D technologies for mobiles and servers.

Abdennour Abbas

Abdennour Abbas is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where he also serves as an elected member of the Faculty and University Senates.

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