Management Board

Dr. Aiyed Al Rikabawi

President at the Australian-Arab Institute for Strategic Affairs-AAISA.

Managing Director at Energya Technologies Pty Ltd .

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  • PhD Business Administration-England
  • Msc Engineering Management Courses on Environmental Eng.Management,Marketing Management-Australia
  • BA English Literature -Iraq
  • Higher National Diploma in Elec.&Electronics Engineering-England
  • Advanced Dipl. Hospitality Management

Work Experience

  • President at The Australian-Arab Institute for Strategic Affairs-AAISA.
  • Managing Director of Energya Technologies Pty Ltd:
  • Former Commander officer at the Iraqi Airforce 1987-2005.
  • Senior member at the Iraqi Forum for Academics and Intellectuals -Turkey.
  • Former Board Director at the Australian-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2015-2017.
  • Former Manager -Marketing at Energya Cables-Saudi Arabia 2009-2010.
  • Former Exec. Board Director at the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry-WA 2016-2017.
  • Specialist expert on Developing Strategic Business Relations between Australia and the Arab region .
  • Strategic Analyst and Public speaker.
  • Security & Defence expert -Anti-Terrorism Expert.
  • Global Business Development Expert.

John R Goodlad

Executive Management Board Member


John Goodlad is a key figure in the foundation of AAISA ,he is as well ,the President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs -the Western Australia Branch .

John R Goodlad is an experienced Investment Advisor at Hartleys who specialises in assisting Australian and International clients manage their wealth. His focus is on the establishment and ongoing management of long term, quality growth portfolios. John provides a full range of Australian-based services – including advice on shares, fixed interest, financial planning and superannuation. John is a former Australian diplomat with a wide experience of expatriate life.

Prior to joining Hartleys, John spent 16 years as a policy officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (including postings to Bangkok and Jakarta). He speaks Thai, Indonesian and some Mandarin.

John has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne. John also has a Master of International Law qualification from the Australian National University where he specialised in International Economics, International Banking and Finance Law and International Securities Law.

Associate Professor Hussein Znad

Executive Board Member for Scientific and Educational Affairs.

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Hussein Znad is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering in the Western Australia School of Mine: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM:MECE) at Curtin University, Australia. He is also a School Director of Graduate Research (Feb 2018 – present), School International Coordinator, and Undergraduate Course Coordinator for Chemical Engineering (Dec 2015 – present). Associate Professor Hussein Znad has more than 16 years of experience in Wastewater treatment & Microalgae cultivation, Renewable energy (Solar harvesting, Biohydrogen, & Biodiesel production), and Functionalized nano-materials for detecting, capturing and recycling metals from aqueous solutions. Hussein Znad is a recipient of the 2020 Faculty Global Positioning Award, and many Japanese research grants (JSPS, MIF, Tokyo Tech., and HORN). Hussein is currently serve as an Editorial Board for Science of the Total Environment and Molecules (Green Chemistry). Hussein is also an adjunct Associate Professor at School of Engineering, ECU, Australia (2020- present). Executive Committee member and Western Australia representative for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia (JSPSAAA) 2020-2022.

Luma Al-Fraih

Management Board Member for Women Affairs.

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Work Experience

  • Baghdad University graduate 1974 / holding BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering ,and has many advanced certificates in telecommunication technologies, planning and software tools from Japan, France and Iraq.
  • Through more than 38 Years of continuous working and contribution in the telecom industry of Iraq, got multi Technical, Strategy &Business Planning, commercial and regulatory experiences. She Occupied senior director levels both in the government and privet sectors.
  • Last position was ,Head of Strategy & Business Planning for Asiacell one of the 3 mobile  telecommunication companies of Iraq,Retired 2017.
  • Joined the Australian Arab Institute for Strategic affairs AAISA in June 2018.
  • Started  own business Design ,Printing, Shipping & Private Mail Box Rental, in May 2019 The business name is Print N Ship located in NSW Sydney.

Prof. Nagham Al-Nama

Management Board Member for Iraqi Affairs.

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  • Prof. Nagham hold a PhD form Baghdad University /College of Admin. And Economics ,since 2006.

Work Experience

  • Dr. Nagham is the Current Dean at College of Business Economics/AlNahrain University-Iraq.
  • She worked as Manager of the Cultural Department at AlNahrain University 1994-2009 as well as Manager of the Planning and Follow-up Dept. at Baghdad University 1988-1994.

Brief of Memberships and Experience

  • Chairman of the students’ disciplinary committee – College of Business Economics / AlNahrain University.
  • Member of the committee overseeing youth support programs and employment of their creative energies.
  • Chairman of the Committee to hold evaluation written tests for all associate members of staff on permanent and temporary staff.
  • Member of the Committee study of organizational structures and career to the Ministry of Construction and Housing.
  • Member of the scientific mission of scientific and administrative aspect of the development of Imam Kadhim Faculty Committee -Iraq
  • Member of the Committee of timeline study to provide a comparative study of the costs and standards of scholarship to send abroad for study purposes.
  • Member of the scientific committee to nominate faculty development program teaching staffs outside Iraq.
  • Member of the National Commission of Natural Protected sites.
  • Member committee to determine textbooks in the College of Business Economics / AlNahrain University.
  • Chairman of the Follow-up Committee of graduates in the College of Business / University economics of AlNahrain.
  • Dr. Nagham is Author and Researcher with long Experience

Samantha Smith

Management Board Member for Political and Security Affairs.

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  • Samantha hold  Master’s Degree of Diplomatic Studies ,from the Australian National University.
  • She has  bachelor’s degree (Hons.) Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism.

Work Experience

  • Samantha worked as a Research Fellow, Politico-Military dimension OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, as well as Robert Schuman Fellow, Security and Defense, CSDP, Terrorism, Policy Division, at the European Union. She worked as Consultant Researcher with the Transparency International-UK.

Dr.Tarek Chindeb

Management Board Member for Lebanon Affairs.

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  • Inter-University Course on International Criminal Law and Procedure, The Hague, the Netherlands and Beirut Lebanon, Asser Institute in collaboration with Special Tribunal for Lebanon, November 2013- February 2014.
  • PhD in Common Law, Beirut Arab University, June 2013
  • Diploma in Leadership & planning, Canada Educational Center, Tripoli, 2011-2012
  • Master in Public Law, Faculty of Law of Beirut Arab University, 2006

Work Experience

  • Lawyer, Independent, 2001-Current.
  • Lecturing at Jinan University Tripoli, course: Labor Law, 2009-2010.
  • International law trainer.
  • Human rights and international law, Lebanese Association, Lebanon, Jan 2015.
  • International Criminal Court, Syndicate of Lawyers, March 2009.
    • A course on International Criminal Court: Challenges and Prospects in the 19th and 21st of March  2009, organization of the Law Syndicate in North Lebanon and Justice Without Borders Association.


Lecturing on:

  • Participation in Human Rights Council meetings – October 2015, UN Office Geneva.
  • Participation in Human Rights Council meetings – September 2017, UN Office Geneva.
  • International justice, Eurasia law meeting, Sarajevo,2014.
  • Human rights teaching course – Beirut, Lebanon – May 2014.
  • International Juridical Conference, the right of healthy environment in International, local, and Islamic Legislations, Beirut 2013.
  • The international symposium on “International Law and Anti-Terrorism”, Saudi Arabia, March 2015.


  • Books

    • The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Assassination of Rafic Hariri, December 2013.