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Honorary Degrees

Date: July 2nd, 2014

 

Sonja Biserko, Doctor of Science ( honoris causa), Department of Political Science and International Relations

Mrs. Sonja Biserko graduated from the University of Belgrade. She has written extensively on the wars in the former Yugoslavia and war crimes including on the Srebrenica genocide, the fall of Vukovar, and accounts of the trials of those responsible. In 1994, Mrs. Biserko founded the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and she currently remains at the head of the Committee. Mrs. Biserko was also a founding member of the European Movement in Yugoslavia, the Center for Anti-War Action, and the Belgrade Forum for International Relations. In 1994 she received the Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and in 2005 was one of 1,000 women in the group 1,000 Women for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has won numerous other prizes for her human rights work.

Currently, Sonja Biserko is a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace as well as in the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea. Additionally, her recent work has focused on refugee resettlement, efforts to promote dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, and efforts to document war crimes committed in Bosnia.

Sonja Biserko has contributed greatly to the peace and stability of the Balkan region through her continual efforts and fight against anti-democratic practices and violence, illustrating her dedication to the principles of freedom and democracy.

For her outstanding achievements in the area of human rights protection and democracy-building, Mrs. Sonja Biserko was awarded the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa,by the Department of Political Science and International Relations (SSST University, September 2013).

  Mohammad Ismail Al Ansari, Doctor of Science ( honoris causa), Department of Economics  

Mohammed Ismail Al Ansari is one of Kuwait’s most prominent businessmen, currently acting as Chairman at Global Clearing House Systems—a key organization specialized in customs administrations management and modernization strategies that enable countries around the globe to integrate successfully into the world economy. Global Clearing House Systems also utilizes manpower to achieve cost optimization, without compromising the quality and services provided by the company.

In addition to his professional work, Mr. Al Ansari has more than 10 years of experience in charity and humanitarian work as he is the General Manager of Al Najat Charity Society and the General Manager of Al Kawthar Charitable Committee. Most of his efforts have been in support of education and protection of cultural heritage around the world.

Mr. Al Ansari holds an MBA-Master in Business Administration (with a focus on Strategic Management) from Maastricht, Kuwait, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Marketing & a minor in Accounting) from Ashland University, in Ohio, USA.

For his outstanding contribution in the field of management, Mr. Mohammad Ismail Al Ansari was awarded the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa,by the Department of Economics (SSST University, September 2013).

HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Doctor of Science ( honoris causa), SSST Establishes the Professorship, His Royal Highness Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Professor of Business Development and Global Competitiveness

HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of Al Waleed Bin Talal Foundation was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Science, honoris causa, from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, during a ceremony held at the Kingdom Resort in Riyadh in 2010. HRH’s 18thhonorary doctorate was conferred to him by Professor Božidar Matić, ScD. The honorary doctorate awarded to Prince Al Waleed is in recognition of his efforts on many fronts, including his investments through Kingdom Holding locally, regionally and internationally, as a respected, distinguished international investor and entrepreneur, and the Prince’s educational and philanthropic contributions on a global scale.

A professorship in honour  of HRH Prince Al Waleed was established for his contribution to education, global development, and support to developing countries in the socio-economic sector. Professor Boris Tihi currently holds the prestigious academic position of HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Professor of Business Development and Global Competitiveness.

Biography

His Royal Highness Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the founder and chairman of one of the world’s most successful and diversified financial investment enterprises, the Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), which was listed on Tadawul (the Saudi Stock Exchange) in 2007. Prince AlWaleed received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Menlo College in California in 1979, and his Masters in Social Sciences with Honors, from Syracuse University in New York in 1985.

In recognition of his business and civic accomplishments, Prince AlWaleed has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades from many organizations, societies, monarchs and heads of state. These include fourteen Honorary Doctorates from universities in the U.S.A., Britain, Korea, Egypt, Malaysia, Ghana, Palestine, Philippines, Tunisia and Uganda, to name only a few. The citations accompanying these honors particularly point to his financial contributions to education, international understanding, coexistence, and to the provision of assistance to the victims of natural disasters, as well as to the poor and needy, irrespective of nationality, race or creed.

In 1979,he formed his own company, the Kingdom Establishment for Commerce and Trade, which in 1996 was transformed into the Kingdom Holding Company. His first contract was a US$8 million project to build a Bachelor’s club at a Riyadh military academy, representing a Korean contractor. It was a promising start. The Prince’s business grew rapidly, and before long he was involved in a variety of profitable joint ventures with foreign companies that yielded healthy returns. He reinvested a considerable portion of his profits in the real estate market of Riyadh.

Looking to other opportunities, the banking sector caught the Prince’s eye. In 1988, he acquired a controlling stake in the then ailing United Saudi Commercial Bank (USCB), and within a year turned it into Saudi Arabia’s most profitable commercial bank. The value of the bank’s stock subsequently multiplied twenty-fold. From there, he went on to bring about a merger with the struggling Saudi Cairo Bank, thus creating the United Saudi Bank (USB). After that, Prince AlWaleed cast his eye on the more dominant Saudi American Bank (SAMBA), and came to the conclusion that a merger between SAMBA and USB would be wise, given SAMBA’s very competent managerial team. In 1999, that merger was completed.

Perhaps no single transaction has catapulted Prince Al Waleed to the world’s financial stage in as spectacular a fashion as did his acquisition in 1991 of Citibank (subsequently, Citigroup) stocks. Few people could then imagine that a Saudi Arabian, and a royal at that, would burst onto the international scene, seemingly out of nowhere, to invest so heavily in one of the major banks of the world and to help restore it to such health that it would become the leading financial institution in the world. Needless to say, this was not propelled by a sense of altruism, but by the impetus to act whenever suitable opportunities presented themselves. That investment has since brought Prince AlWaleed stellar returns, and as Citigroup’s largest individual shareholder, that segment of his total portfolio now constitutes the biggest portion of his wealth. He has, however, made numerous investments in many other sectors, including media, information technology, education and health.

Chris Adams, Doctor of Science ( honoris causa), Department of Computer Science

In September of 2009 the Senate of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology awarded Dr. Chris Adams, from the University of Buckingham, the Degree of Doctor of Science of the University, honoris causa,both for his work towards the advancement of the field of Computer Science and his outstanding contribution to the development of the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. Dr. Adams’ guidance and active involvement in the shaping of the SSST Computer Science and Information Systems Departments has left a permanent mark on the University, aiding its growth both as a teaching and a research institution.

Biography

Christopher Adams is currently Professor of Computing at the University of Buckingham. He has worked in the field of computer networks since the early 1970s and has been involved in many European projects including early groundbreaking projects such as Universe, Stella and Unison. He has played a prominent part in many projects led by the European Union and previously worked on the EMBRACE, CHARISMA and BROADWAN projects.

Professor Chris Adams holds the Chair of Computer Science at the University of Buckingham and is mostly involved in research and teaching of postgraduate students, both MSc and PhD. His work at Rutherford Laboratory includes the area of high-speed computer networks, video compression and radio frequency broadcast networks. In recent years his work has focused on a number of EU projects, which have included CHARISMA (workflow and electronic documents), INK (video and TV on demand), EMBRACE (broadband radio frequency networks) and currently BROADWAN (Broadband Wide Area Network). This work has been conducted in collaboration with many groups from different countries.

His interests cover high-speed networks including operating system support for high data rates, wavelet compression techniques, teleconferencing and quality of service issues. Recent work has concentrated on producing QoS guarantees in IP networks. The advent of wireless LANs and IPv6 has generated new problems for network addressing and routing, which he is actively researching.

He has worked for many years with the Technical University Graz and the Joanneum Research Institute on a number of projects and has been involved in collaborations involving a number of students from Austria working and studying in the UK.