Webinar for students: Adapting to online education & managing stress

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Webinar for students: Adapting to online education & managing stress

Learn from a psychologist, Islamic leader, and a professor of education on how to adapt to receiving an online education and how to reduce your stress levels!

27th February – 2pm Egypt / 4pm Gulf Standard Time

This 90-minute webinar is free of charge and is not for profit.


  • 3 minute introduction by the CEO Nathan Nagel.
  • 2 minutes introduction to the moderator Ayah Al-Zubi.
  • 10 minutes talk by Dr Kirin Hilliar on how to manage stress from a psychologists perspective.
  • 10 minutes talk from Dr Husna Ahmad, OBE, on how to manage stress from a faith perspective.
  • 10 minutes talk from Prof Samar Ahmed on how to adapt to receiving an online education.
  • 30 minutes Q&A  from the moderator to the panel.
  • 25 minutes Q&A from the audience to the panel.
  • Summary from the moderator Ayah Al-Zubi then close webinar.

Adapting to Online Education & Managing Stress Webinar for Students


Ayah Al-Zubi (Online Education Webinar Moderator)

Ayah Al-Zubi. Jordanian born, Ayah Al-Zubi is a Harvard student majoring in Sociology, Psychology, and Education. Ayah has given a TEDx talk on Diversity and Youth Leadership and is passionate about empowering youth. Her work is centered around helping unleash youth potential through sports. This led her to launch Impowera, curriculum work in sports that is emotionally sensitive. Currently, Ayah has co-founded a mental health and sports conference for the MENA and is interning for an NBA Cares Program and non-profit organization— Learn Fresh.


Dr Kirin (Online Education)Dr Kirin Hilliar completed her Master of Psychology (Forensic) and PhD in Psychology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Her work has taken her across the fields of Forensic, Organizational, and Clinical Psychology in Australia and the UAE, including corrective custodial services, forensic mental health, workplace recruitment assessments, and therapeutic services in the community and in organizations. Alongside her full-time role as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus (HWUDC), she also works part-time as a Psychologist in private practice in Dubai. She has consulted on organizational responses to traumatic incidents, regularly devises and delivers training materials on stress management and mindfulness techniques, and is particularly passionate about ensuring that practice is research-informed.

Dr HusnaHusna Ahmad, OBE, PhD is the Secretary-General of the World Muslim Leadership Forum. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list in 2010 for her services to disadvantaged people for work promoting social justice with disadvantaged communities. She is the former Group CEO of Faith Regen Foundation which is a multi-faith UK charity. She is the CEO of Global One which is a faith-based International NGO focussed on women. She is a Board member of Faith In Water, Faith for the Climate and Palmers Green Mosque (the MCEC) and a former Board member of BOND. She is a Co-Chair of the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development’s Multi-Faith Advisory Council.


Dr Samar AhmedProfessor Samar Ahmed – Director at Ain Shams Middle East North Africa FAIMER Regional Institute for Health Professions Education. Chair of the Centre of excellence in Forensic psychiatric research Ain Shams University. Professor in the department of forensic medicine and toxicology Ain Shams University. Advisory Board Member Towards Unity for Health www.TUFH.org Director of the FAIMER Fellowship in Health professions Education ASU-MENA-FRI. Member of the EU funding task force ministry of Higher Education and scientific research and project office in the ShERACA Plus EU funding project. Member of the steering committee for faculty strategic planning ASU. Editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychology. Editor of the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs. Certified UNESCO Trainer Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Director Quality assurance unit ASU-FOM. Global commercial adviser to Universities and medical schools.