Sherief Khalifa, PhD
Ajman, UAE (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect) | Professor and Vice Chancellor for Quality and Global Engagement, Dean, College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University, UAE, and Professor of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Suez Canal University, Egypt
Sherief Khalifa received his BSc (Pharm) at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 1986, and his PhD at the University of Mississippi (USA) in 1994. Upon graduation, Dr. Khalifa joined Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt, as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy with linkage to the Biotechnology Research Centre at the same institution. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia State University in 2001 and accepted an adjunct faculty appointment with the School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, from 2001 – 2005. Dr. Khalifa joined the Faculty of Pharmacy at Misr International University (MIU), Egypt until 2010. Before leaving MIU to join Qatar University (QU), he was Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy in the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Dr. Khalifa joined the College of Pharmacy at Gulf Medical University (GMU) in August of 2017 as Professor and Dean. During his first year in office he led the initiation of the Master’s degree program in Clinical Pharmacy and a major revision of the existing PharmD program. Under his leadership the GMU PharmD program received accreditation by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation and certification by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Master in Clinical Pharmacy program also received accreditation by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation. In 2020, initial accreditation by CAA was granted to the College’s new Master of Science in Drug Discovery and Development program.
In January of 2020, Dr. Khalifa assumed the position of Vice Chancellor for Quality and Global Engagement. In July of 2021, under his leadership Gulf Medical University received international institutional accreditation by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the agency that accredits higher education institutions in the United Kingdom.