Meet the Faculty

College of Engineering

Dr. Junwei Huang

Part-time lecturer, Master of Science in Informations Systems

Junwei is a leader in data science and machine learning with a proven record of delivering dependable insights to drive business effectively. Currently he works as a principal data scientist for Mastercard where he oversees technology development within the data science team as well as leading projects such as Named Entity Recognition and Anomaly Detection to enhance products. Prior to Mastercard, he was a senior data scientist at RBC, where he has built multiple deep learning-based recommendation models for finance and insurance products. He also explored contextual multi-armed bandit model (reinforcement learning) to replace classic recommendation models.

Before RBC, Junwei was a data scientist at Scotiabank, where he has built scalable ETL pipeline to enrich data for Anti-Money Laundry and financial crimes.

Early in his career, Junwei worked as a software developer and senior technical consultant for over 7 years, where he supervised a small team to deliver world-class software product to global users.
Junwei had a PhD in Geophysics and a MSc in Computer Science. When he is not crunching data, he likes to spend time with family and friends and play frisbee with his Labrador retriever.

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College of Science

Dr. Mojgan Rezvani, PhD, MSc, MSc (Edu), BSc (Spec. Hon)

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Biotechnology

Dr. Rezvani has an extensive education, training, and research experience in some of the world’s most renowned universities and hospitals in USA and Canada, such as University of Toronto, Harvard Medical School, Duke University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, University Health Network, and Sick Children’s Hospital. Through some of her training and career, she has been able to acquire numerous Merits, Awards, Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants based on her excellent knowledge, communication skills, teaching ability, and research aptitude. Furthermore, she has had a long career as an educator complemented with a formal master’s degree in adolescence education. Mojgan has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and biomedical sciences industry.

Currently, Dr. Rezvani is serving as the Executive Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Durham College and previously she has held several academic and leadership positions as Associate Dean, Director and Program Coordinator.

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College of Professional Studies

Dr. Ammar Aamer

Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Ammar Aamer has over 22 years’ industry experience in project management, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic business consulting with various companies such as Volvo, TRW Automotive, Gap Inc., and Industrial and Business Services.

As an educator, he has served in various roles, including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Dean of Engineering at Sana’a and Sampoerna Universities – in Yemen and Indonesia. His research is currently focused on the areas of Data Analytics and Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Change, and IoT or the Internet of things.
Ammar holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Information Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has also achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Dr. Adel Zadeh

Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Project Management


Adel is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Northeastern University and is the director of academia with the PMI Toronto chapter. He is a Professional Program/Project Manager with over 10 years of industrial and academic experience managing and consulting many complex public/private projects including planning, estimating, engineering, procurement, and implementation.

As a professor and program director, he has developed, taught, and run a number of PM programs in GTA. Adel's professional work, research interest, and teaching focus on organizational transformation change leadership, AI in Project Management, disciplined agile as well as sustainability initiatives in green building construction, and how sustainability trends impact the building and construction industry.

Adel holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University, U.K, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and accredited LEED BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Building Design and Construction).

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Nasim Bahari, PhD., PMP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Nasim Bahari received her Ph.D. in management from Telecom Paris in France. She has a diverse skill set that she has developed through several years of professional and academic experience in different countries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her academic background is enriched with several years of professional experience as a management consultant and project manager in the industry. She has worked as a project manager in several multi-national projects in the automotive and transportation industries. She is the founder of a management consulting company that empowers businesses and entrepreneurs by helping them with the business plan and business model development, project management, and operations management. She is also a lecturer at Northeastern University and teaches various project management courses.

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Dr. Mo Bhamra, PhD., PMP.

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Mo Bhamra is a Senior Project/Program Manager with over 25 years of senior management experience with success in delivering and leading major project initiatives within the financial sector. His assignments have included work in international trade, insurance, retail banking, commercial lending, wealth management, utilities, systems and technology. His functional skills include project management, business analysis, audit and reconciliation, information systems development, data conversion and regulatory reporting.
Dr. Bhamra graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and worked as a Post-Doc at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. Douglas C. Bower

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Douglas Bower is based at Northeastern's Toronto Campus, where he teaches a range of graduate courses in both project management and construction management. Previously, he was a lecturer at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

With the Ontario Government until 2015, Doug led a team that actively promoted the adoption of e-business techniques and strategies by small and medium enterprises and the availability of broadband Internet services in rural and remote areas of Ontario. Before joining the government, Doug managed complex multi-million-dollar projects at CIBC and also provided management consulting services to large IT and telecom firms, including IBM, CGI, Telus Mobility and Bell Canada. Previously, he was Director of Construction & Facilities for Famous Players Theatres (now Cineplex) and a project manager with a consulting firm now part of IBI Group.

Douglas Bower is a member of the Project Management Institute and gained its PMP designation in 1998. He is also a member of the College of Performance Management.

Douglas is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Risk and Contingency Management (IJRCM).

Dr. Bower has a B.Arch. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from York University, a MSc in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University, and a Doctor of Project Management (DPM) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Doug has been an invited speaker at many project management conferences in Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia. His research on project planning, phases and earned value has been published in professional journals.

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Jean-Francois Cecile, PhD, MBA, PMP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Jean-Francois (JF) Cecile is an Adjunct Lecturer in the MS in Project Management program.
He is a seasoned Project, Program and Portfolio Management professional with over 20 years of experience as a delivery practitioner, as well as in software development, risk management, and technology consulting. As a delivery executive for leading consulting firms, he has delivered complex enterprise solutions for large organizations in Canada, the US and the UK.
JF holds a number of professional certifications including PMP, CSM, PRINCE2 and MSP. He has extensive experience establishing, running and improving PMO functions for diverse organizations, both from a delivery and portfolio management perspective.
He is an experienced lecturer and continuing education instructor, and he has also worked as a lead delivery instructor for a Tier 1 consulting firm.
JF holds a PhD in Physics and an MBA in Finance.

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Dr. Nemanja Davidovic

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management


Dr. Nemanja Davidovic is a project management professional with over ten years of experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating international development projects. He has a successful track record of writing winning project proposals and driving new business development with the European Commission, Council of Europe, United Nations Development Program, German Development Agency, national and provincial governments and corporate sector. He has developed and implemented socio-economic development projects in many European countries and worked with government organizations, educational institutions, civil society, non-profits, the private sector, and international development organizations.

Nemanja is a skilled trainer, researcher, and evaluator with expertise in the theory of change, results-based management and performance measurement. As an active member of the PMI Toronto Chapter, Nemanja continues to devote time and energy to the advancement of Project Management as a profession and lifelong career.

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Dr. Amir Fateh, P. Eng, PMP, CET, CPEM

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Amir Fateh has over ten years of experience in Project Engineering & Construction Management. He involves in different public and private programs and projects in Canada and around the world. Since his highest passion is teaching, he serves as an adjunct professor of project engineering and management. He developed over ten patents, received fourteen awards from different international competitions, and authored over thirty academic journals and conferences. His research interests are infrastructure asset management, construction project risk management, and Information technology for construction.

Amir has a Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering, MEng in Structural Engineering, MEng in Civil Engineering, a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management, and a Certificate in Construction Estimating. He is a P.Eng by Professional Engineer Ontario, C.E.T by The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. He also holds a PMP from the Project Management Institute and Certified Professional in Engineering Management by the American Society for Engineering Management.

In his free time, Amir enjoys read books on human psychology, real stories, and philosophical novels, watching movies, long walking in nature, and volunteering in different activities.

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Hamid Faridani, PhD, PMP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Hamid Faridani, obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California in Irvine. He then spent over 10 years as a fulltime academic, in various Universities in the US, Iran and Canada, teaching and researching in the areas of systems engineering, estimation and control. His last academic position was Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Windsor in Canada. He next joined IBM Canada and spent over 25 years directing and managing Information Technology projects, both domestic and international, across various industries, including banking, insurance, retail, communication and government. He also performed as a Risk and Quality Manager, assessing project risks and quality for a large number of IBM Canada projects.

In addition to teaching at Northeastern University, Hamid teaches Project Management related courses at the Project Management certificate programs at Ryerson University, University of Toronto and the Procept Associates. Hamid has also developed a number of in class and distance education courses for these institutions.

Hamid has published over thirty papers in international journals and refereed conferences, including PMI Chapter meetings on a variety of topics, including systems engineering, risk management, Software Development Methodologies and estimation and control processes.

Hamid is a member of the Project Management Institute and gained its PMP designation in year 2000. He is also a PMI Authorized PMP Trainer and a Certified Scrum Master.

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Naveen Gupta, PhD, MBA PM, P.Eng

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Naveen Gupta is an independent project management consultant, offering extensive expertise in driving complex, international projects, programs, and portfolios. He has delivered a large number of projects for global, industry-leading clients in the industrial processes, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, petrochemical, and associated infrastructure sector on time, and within budget.

He has been successful in leveraging systematic project and risk management methodologies to transform project performance. He is a staunch advocate for cultivating lasting client relationships and fostering full transparency in managing projects. He articulately synergizes and galvanizes physical and virtual teams for high performance. His work experience includes working around the table as a client, an equipment manufacturer, and an engineering & construction project management professional.

Naveen holds an Executive PhD in Project and Programme Management from Skema Business School, France. Naveen Completed his Executive MBA in Project Management from Athabasca University, Canada. He is a mechanical engineer and is registered as a profession engineer in the province of Ontario in Canada.

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Rhea Kolanko, MBA, MMIE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Rhea is accomplished in project management and IT service management with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare, financial, and retail industries. Her passions lie in entrepreneurship and innovation, and she currently leads the Operations group for Smile CDR, a Toronto-based health technology company. She has led several large-scale projects in healthcare data exchange, software development, voice, and network infrastructure, providing solid practical experience in business analysis, risk management and strategy execution.

Rhea holds a Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MMIE) from Queen's University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed two undergraduate degrees from Ryerson University along with the following certifications: Project Management Professional PMP ©, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, ITIL Foundations and Lean Six Sigma.

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Dr. Mike Okarynskyy

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Okarynskyy holds a PhD in Education, MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, postgraduate certificates in Project Management and Supply Chain Management, also Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute and Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) certification from Scrum Organization.

Over 20 years of experience in project management, operations management, publishing, supply chain, local government, and consulting. Experienced in Waterfall and Agile project management methodologies. As an educator, he served in various roles, including teacher of mathematics, instructor of management and leadership courses, business coach, professor of methods of education, professor of project management.

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Valleri Pudov

Part-time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Valerii has over 14 years of experience leading and managing large-scale Programs and Projects of significant complexity and value directed towards strategic business objectives, in Waterfall and Agile environments.
Valerii’s experience covers multiple industries including Banking, IT technology, Electricity Transmission and Distribution.
He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMI PMP ®) and Certified Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I).
Valerii holds a PhD degree in technical sciences and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science/Computer Engineering and Finance.

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Pedro Serrador

Part-time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Pedro Serrador, PhD, P.Eng., PMP, ACP, ITIL, is a lecturer, researcher, and writer on project management topics. He is also senior project/program management consultant with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of major Canadian corporations.

He specializes in technically complex and high-risk projects, vendor management engagements and tailoring and implementing project management methodologies including Agile methodologies. He is an award-winning author of academic research papers.

He holds a Hons. BSc in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an accredited professional engineer in computer engineering and has been a PMP since 2000. He holds a PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management from SKEMA Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille).

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Dr. Farhad Eizakshiri, PMP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Farhad Eizakshiri is a teaching professor in the Project Management program at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in Project Management from University of Manchester, and has nearly 10 years of experience in teaching, mentoring, consultancy, and working in public and private sectors. As a certified Project Management Professional, he taught many project management courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students such as Project Management, Business Operation, Supply Chain and Procurement Management, People and Organization, Project Planning and Control, Risk Management, International Marketing, Quality Management and Change Management, Communication and Leadership. Dr Eizakshiri’s recent research interest and focus is on managing IT projects and software development. He is a co-founder of a startup company in freight industry

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Dr. Jeffrey Thompson DBA, PMP, CSM

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Jeffrey is an accomplished and dynamic Scrum Master, Certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt, MS Project Trainer, SAP, and ITIL professional. He has over 30 years of experience and proven effectiveness with successful implementations in the financial, pharmaceutical, brewing, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, and government (Ontario Lottery and Gaming). He currently works at TD Bank in the role of Agile Scrum Master in Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS). He also has been a volunteer with PMI Toronto Chapter since 2000 and president between 2020 to 2022.

Jeffrey was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica (West Indies). Jeffrey graduated with a BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, in Trinidad. After graduating with his engineering degree, he went to work at Desnoes and Geddes Ltd, Kingston (a brewery), where he held several project management, engineering and logistics. He delivered several engineering projects, including installing a water treatment plant and was involved in an SAP implementation before immigrating to Canada.

In Canada, he worked at Apotex, in Toronto, in a variety of Information Technology (IT) project management and support roles. He worked at Maple Leaf Foods, Mississauga in Six Sigma (process improvement), project management and scheduling roles. He also worked on a few contracts with companies like Canada Bread and Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) before working at TD Bank.

Jeffrey achieved his MSc. in Computer Information System from the University of Phoenix and has a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in General Business from Northcentral University (NCU), Arizona.

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Lee Weiss Vassor, PhD, PEng, PMP

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Lee is an Instructor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Northeastern University and a practicing, licensed engineer in the private sector. She is a Professional Project Manager with over 16 years of experience ranging from industry, consulting and public sector positions delivering a wide range of complex projects at various stages including planning, design, procurement, and construction.
Lee holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Guelph and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Syed Farhan Mazhar PMP, OCP

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Syed Farhan Mazhar is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Project Management program at
Northeastern University.
He has been associated with the service provision industry and academia for over
12 years and have held leadership positions in both IT and academia. His expertise
are in the areas of team building, requirement analysis, teaching, mentoring,
consultancy, monitoring, coordination, motivation and relationship building, which
have resulted in increased revenues for several ventures.
He has a passion for teaching and have been a permanent and visiting faculty
member of several reputed higher education institutes locally and internationally,
where he taught a wide variety of subjects encompassing Project Management and
numerous Computer Science related courses.
He has Master’s in Software Engineering and Intelligent System from University
of Alberta, M.Sc. in Electronics from Karachi University, and currently a PhD
candidate in the field of Computer Science at McMaster University. He has done
several international certification and training’s, including PMP from PMI, Oracle
Certified Professional, ITIL Foundations, A + certified, Mini MBA Courses,
Teaching and Learning Certificates.
His recent research interest and focus is on managing IT projects, business process
design, effective data analytics, data cleaning, discrete event system, and database
systems.

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Stephen Amato

Faculty Director of Graduate Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences, Teaching Professor

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy from Boston College (1997)
Master of Business Administration from Boston College
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College

Bio:

Dr. Stephen F. Amato has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to his position as Faculty Director of Graduate Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences at Northeastern University, Steve was the Founder and Managing Director of Life Sciences Advisors, LLC, and also a Managing Director for Cardinal Health Regulatory Sciences.  Additionally, as an Executive with GfK Health, Dr. Amato managed and worked on client global regulatory affairs and reimbursement projects in the areas of market access, pricing, and payer coverage, coding and payment strategy.  Prior to GfK Health, as an Executive Director at Anika Therapeutics, Steve managed all aspects of the company's product portfolio including regulatory, reimbursement, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, pricing and promotional strategies.  From 2000 to 2007, he was the Group Director of Knee Repair at Smith & Nephew Endoscopy where he managed a $140M orthopedic product portfolio. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for Visible Genetics, where he was responsible for developing and launching genomic molecular diagnostics products used for subtyping Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and other infectious disease agents.  \He has also worked with Critical Therapeutics on the development and commercialization of treatments for gram-negative sepsis.

Steve holds an AB in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Boston College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from the Carroll School of Graduate Management at Boston College.  He has also received the U.S. and EU Regulatory Affairs Certification designations and is a Consultant for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

Professional Experience:

Established global regulatory affairs/market access/HEOR professional whose mission is to lead the development of an efficient and globally competitive U.S. healthcare system based on 20+ years’ of life sciences industry and public service experience; Have consistently demonstrated expert-level proficiency in leading teams in diverse global markets to solve complex regulatory affairs/market access/reimbursement/coding/pricing associated challenges in the medical device/specialty pharmaceutical/combination product/companion dx/rare diseases space; Teams managed have consistent success in direct FDA/CMS/Medicaid/private payer/global regulatory body/payer interactions and negotiations, in securing state Medicaid coverage and in leveraging Type A/B/C FDA meetings; Life sciences industry experience includes leading productive team interactions with EU notified bodies, EMA, and direct collaboration with the Brazilian ANVISA, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) and Chinese FDA, as well as geographically specific payer assessment bodies (NICE, G-BA, IQWiG, HAS, CEPS) resulting in maximal penetration of healthcare products and services into Ex-US markets; am skilled in building alliances with diverse healthcare market stakeholders, including NGO’s, VC's and angel investors to raise capital, and in leading the evaluation, development & execution of global biomedical product regulatory and market access strategies; Healthcare product and associated services launches I have managed or supported in orthopedics/rare diseases/biologics/women’s health/oncology/infectious disease/molecular dx/biomarker spaces have generated over $7.75B in global revenue in inpatient/outpatient/home healthcare environments.

Member of RAPS, ISPOR, UPCEA, ACHE, DIA, MassMedic, MassBio, Boston Chamber of Commerce, Airplane Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA)

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Chris Bolick

Assistant Academic Specialist - College of Professional Studies

Christopher Bolick is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program. He has extensive experience in project management and business process improvement, and has previously worked with a Fortune 40 company in engineering and construction, real estate operations, strategic sourcing, facilities maintenance, and design and continuous improvement. He brings his extensive expertise in managing strategic initiatives and cross-functional teams to Northeastern where, since 2013, he has served as a graduate faculty member and academic consultant.

Mr. Bolick is the master teacher for the “Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals,” Communication Skills for Project Managers,” and “Project Scheduling and Cost Planning” courses, while overseeing the implementation of the Project Management Competency-Based Experiential Learning program. He has taught a range of courses at the graduate level, including "Project Foundations" and "Project Capstone," in addition to those listed previously. He has presented at the Project Management Institute's (PMI) 2018 Technology and Talent Symposium and has a chapter forthcoming in a new textbook on project management in his areas of research including the intersection of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and digital transformation as its related to project management practices.

He holds a Master of Project Management from Western Carolina University, and the following certifications; Project Management Professional PMP ©, Business Process Management, and Lean Six Sigma. Mr. Bolick is pursuing an EdD in Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern.

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Dr. Anthony Alsayed

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Anthony Alsayed, MD, PhD in Clinical Research, Professional Diploma in Healthcare Leadership & Project Management, and Harvard-Higher Education Teaching Certification.
He is a multi-specialized professional with 25+ years of experience in: “Academia, Research, Medical, Management & Leadership”. Anthony acted as a director of clinical research and government affairs at CSI Research, and MegaMed Research Canada where he executed protocols across multiple therapeutic areas with major pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Sanofi, Roche, Merck).
In addition to his lecturing experience at Northeastern University, Anthony in his study fields has an extensive academic and teaching experience in different languages (French, English, Russian, and Lebanese) and countries (North America and Europe).

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Jim Dimitroulakos

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Jim Dimitroulakos has over 30 years’ experience in oncology drug development in both academic and industry settings. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Molecular Biology (1989) and a PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (1996), followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the Princess Margaret Caner Centre (Toronto). For a short period, he was a Scientist and Project Lead at Lorus Therapeutics overseeing the laboratory correlative studies, QA/QC, Regulatory Submissions, Manufacturing and Clinical Implementation of lead Phase III anti-cancer compound. In 2002, he accepted positions at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa where he rose to the level of Senior Scientist and Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine. In 2017, Jim returned to Toronto and is currently a Staff Scientist and the Research Program Manager at the Radiation Medicine Program at the Princess Margaret Hospital. With respect to his real-world experiences in Regulatory Affairs, he has been fortunate to have had four clinical trials initiated as a direct result of his laboratory’s work. These were Investigator initiated studies where jim was involved in formulating and submitting regulatory filings and reporting oversight. He understands the value of this program and the potential of its graduates to facilitate the process of developing new therapies.

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Annissa Kwok, J.D. (CA), J.D (US)

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Annissa Kwok completed a dual Juris Doctorate program in both Canada and the United States and is one of the legal counsels at SOPHiA GENETICS, a health-tech artificial intelligence company where she focuses on intellectual property, data privacy, litigation, and commercial law matters. Prior to transitioning into an in-house legal role, Annissa was practising at an intellectual property litigation boutique in Toronto, with a focus on proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. Annissa completed her undergraduate studies in human biology and pharmacology at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus). Annissa has experience appearing before the Federal Court of Canada and has successfully defended against a claim of infringement in the most recent decision, 2020 FC 1189. She is a lecturer at Northeastern University for the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs Program, with a key focus on teaching law-based courses. Annissa is an active foodie on her spare time and loves a good adventure.

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Peivand Pirouzi

Part-time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affiars

Peivand holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the School of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Pharmaceutical Education. His experience includes medical and academic research and teaching since 1991 at University of Quebec in Montreal, University of Sherbrooke, Humber College, Seneca College, and Crown College of Canada. His industrial experience includes working with Wyeth Canada (Pfizer), generic pharma, and consultations for the management of clinical trials and site audits, regulatory activities, and writing companywide policies and SOPs based on Food and Drugs act, Cannabis act, local regulations, and international guidelines. His corporate training experience covers Pharmaceutical Sciences, Healthcare Management, Project Management, and Sales training at Wyeth Canada (Pfizer), Health Canada inspectorate in Pharmacovigilance, and training to more than 20 Pharmaceutical companies through Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG) and Crown College of Canada.

Peivand has received a scientific recognition and Awards from His Very Honorable Bernard Landry, the Premier of Quebec, and a letter of commandment from the Dean, School of Health Sciences, Humber College, for teaching excellence. Peivand has governing experience as a member of the board of directors at Persica Management and Quality Association and as an elected governor at Seneca College, and acted as a career mentor for international healthcare graduates for the Durham and York regions in Canada.

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Lamiaa Salem

Part-time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Lamiaa Ashraf Salem, is a Part-time Lecturer in Regulatory Affairs at the Northeastern University-Toronto campus. Originally, she was an eye doctor (Ophthalmologist) in Egypt, where she started her Ophthalmology career in 2007, at the Research Institute of Ophthalmology, Cairo. She is currently an Ophthalmology Consultant, specializing in Oculoplastic and Ocular Oncology. She has also worked as an assistant lecturer in the Ophthalmology Clinic of the Abul-Reech Children’s Hospital, in Cairo.

She received her Master's and PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. She is also an Ophthalmology fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She has worked at the Prism Eye Institute, Canada as a Research Assistant, and has held roles as an Ophthalmic Assistant. Lamiaa is also currently working remotely on research with the Thyroid Ophthalmopathy clinic in the Research Institute of Ophthalmology, Cairo.

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Dr. Ekta J. Shah

Part-time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Ekta J. Shah is based at Northeastern's Toronto Campus, where she teaches graduate courses in the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs Program. Ekta graduated from Wayne State University with a Doctorate in Neuropharmacology in 2020 with a focus on genetics, bioinformatics, and genome sequencing. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Mumbai University and a Master of Pharmacology-Toxicology degree from Wright State University. With an emphasis on cellular and molecular biology, toxicology, and analytical testing, she has over 7 years of academic and industry research experience. Dr. Shah is enthusiastic about teaching and loves working with students. She is a voracious reader and spends her spare time reading fiction and medical thrillers.

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Dr. Tarek Zaid

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Tarek holds a Doctorate Degree in Medical Biochemistry and Clinical Research and a Master’s Degree in Medical Biochemistry and Chemical Pathology from School of Medicine as well as Post-Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Research and Development Technology. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry from Science School and received Award of Achievement from Dubai Government, UAE.
He has more than 20 years teaching experience, in a range of roles from Lecturer, Associate Professor to Professor in fields of Medicine, Science, and Pharmaceutical Industry. In addition to his experience teaching in the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs program at Northeastern University, Tarek has developed and taught In-Person/Online/Hybrid courses in Clinical Laboratories, Medical Science, Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Drug Formulation, Pharmaceutical Quality Control & Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials and Pharmacology for International Medical and Science schools, Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, and Seneca College.

Tarek has practical experience in Analytical, Research, and Clinical Laboratories, Drug and Vaccine Formulation, Pharmaceutical Quality Control & Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Research. He previously oversaw clinical trial operations and held scientific positions at Contract Research Organizations. Tarek was serving a community as an Independent Ethics Committees Board Member for several years.

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Thomas M. Koperniak

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Thomas M. Koperniak, PhD, RAC, is an Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Concert Pharmaceuticals, with over 10 years of pharmaceutical industry experience spanning early and late stage development across multiple therapeutic areas. He has led preparation of a broad portfolio of global regulatory submissions and designed effective regulatory strategies taking current and emerging global regulatory requirements into account. In addition to his experience supporting start-up and execution of global clinical trials through establishment and maintenance of INDs and CTAs, he has leveraged his knowledge of clinical, manufacturing, labeling, and advertising regulation to deliver new product filings and lifecycle registrations to health authorities in the United States, Canada, and European Union.

Before joining Concert Pharmaceuticals, Tom was a Global Regulatory Lead at GE Healthcare, where he supported clinical development and lifecycle management for investigational and marketed pharmaceutical diagnostics. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, he worked at FORUM Pharmaceuticals for 6 years in various Research and Regulatory Affairs roles to advance the development of compounds under investigation for treating CNS diseases.

Tom is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs program, where he has developed and instructed courses in pharmaceutical regulation, regulatory writing, and product manufacturing for 7 years. He is the Founder of the ALERT Program (Advancing Lifelong Excellence in Regulatory Trades- an educational platform offering lectures on key issues facing healthcare and other regulated industries, as well as career development support services) and created the ATTRACT Initiative (Advocating for Transitions To a Regulatory Affairs Career Track- an outreach project raising awareness of the Regulatory Affairs profession primarily among undergraduate students). In 2018 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies.

In addition to his experience teaching at Northeastern University, Tom has developed and instructed online courses in drug development, pharmaceutical regulation, and regulatory strategy for the University of California San Diego and George Washington University.

Tom completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Williams College, and received a Doctorate in Pharmacology from Northeastern University. He has maintained RAC certification since 2011.

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Yvonne Leung

Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Yvonne joins Northeastern as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Professional Studies in Analytics program. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry and analytics, she is excited to share her passion for technology in healthcare and STEM education.

Yvonne holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Doctoral Diploma in Health Psychology, from York University in Toronto. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow both at the Department of Supportive Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Ontario Cancer Institute, and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She worked for the Government of Ontario as a Program Evaluator and as an Education Investigator at the Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Yvonne has taught research methods, introduction to statistics, and advanced statistics to undergraduate, graduate, medical students, nurses, and senior analysts. She has also published numerous papers on Public Health related issues, and successfully received funding for several high-profile research projects in machine learning based natural language processing. One of her recent projects, funded by Pfizer Global Education Grants, applies theories of the Stepped-care approach and Chronic Care Model to build a dynamic Patient Librarian to deliver online resources to metastatic breast cancer patients for self-care.

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Steven Habbous

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Steven Habbous completed a PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University. He has over 10 years’ experience designing, leading, and conducting epidemiologic investigations across a range of topics. During his time at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, by applying standard epidemiologic methods with multiple imputation to address the biases of our missing data, he and his team were able to estimate the prevalence of human papillomavirus as an etiologic agent in oropharyngeal cancers (the largest pan-Canadian investigation at the time).

During his time at Western University, Steven worked with many healthcare professionals and patients to understand and identify solutions to improve the efficiency of the living kidney donor evaluation process. Methodology included epidemiology, operations research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and scenario analysis.

Over the last 4 years (and counting), he has been working at Ontario Health as a Methodology Lead. During this time, Steven has advanced multiple analyses across a range of cancer types, including real-world effectiveness studies of cancer drugs, the use of natural language processing to identify non-melanoma skin cancers, and current state assessments of the burden of disease. Currently, he is working on understanding how hospital volumes were affected (and continue to be affected) as a result of COVID-19.
Steven is a proud father of a wily toddler, who will probably be an epidemiologist.

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Dr. Junwei Huang

Part-time lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Junwei is a leader in data science and machine learning with a proven record of delivering dependable insights to drive business effectively. Currently he works as a principal data scientist for Mastercard where he oversees technology development within the data science team as well as leading projects such as Named Entity Recognition and Anomaly Detection to enhance products. Prior to Mastercard, he was a senior data scientist at RBC, where he has built multiple deep learning-based recommendation models for finance and insurance products. He also explored contextual multi-armed bandit model (reinforcement learning) to replace classic recommendation models.

Before RBC, Junwei was a data scientist at Scotiabank, where he has built scalable ETL pipeline to enrich data for Anti-Money Laundry and financial crimes.

Early in his career, Junwei worked as a software developer and senior technical consultant for over 7 years, where he supervised a small team to deliver world-class software product to global users.
Junwei had a PhD in Geophysics and a MSc in Computer Science. When he is not crunching data, he likes to spend time with family and friends and play frisbee with his Labrador retriever.

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Shahram Sattar, Ph.D

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Shahram joined Northeastern as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Professional Studies in Analytics program. He is a Geospatial Data Scientist with over ten-year experience in conducting advanced Geospatial Data Analysis, Mapping Science, Statistical Modeling, and Web-based GIS app development.

Shahram received his BSc. in Geomatics engineering from Isfahan University, Iran, and his MASc and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Major in GIS Data Analysis) from Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University) and is currently a Postdoc fellow at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) in Canada. Shahram’s areas of expertise and research are Geo-event detection, BIM/GIS integration, 3D Web-based GIS Dashboard Development, Network Analysis, AI and Machine Learning, Mobility Patterns, Predictive models, and Anomaly Detection using GIS technology and IoT sensor data. Before joining TMU, Shahram worked as a GIS data analyst in different engineering companies and participated in various industrial and municipal projects and helped the stakeholders to leverage using GIS data analysis for all their Location Intelligence projects including City of Vaughan and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Recently, Shahram has collaborated with Cornell University to patent a novel approach for resource allocation using scalable non-myopic atomic games for smart parking and other applications, and, currently, he collaborated to research and develop a cloud-hosted Digital Twin (DT) for the TMU campus facility management.

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Dr. Harpreet Sharma

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Analytics

Dr. Harpreet Sharma has over eight years of experience in power system research and analytics. He has published more than 13 research articles as a first author in the World’s leading high-impact factor journals and conferences. He has worked as an engineer in the switchgear industry and State power utility. Various educational and research institutes awarded Harpreet for his research contribution to Smart Grid.
Harpreet holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M. Tech in Electrical Engineering, and certification in Data Analytics and Machine Learning. He has a solid understanding of advanced analytics and energy system optimization. His research interests include power system optimization, renewable energy, and data analytics.

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Dr. Saeid Khosravani

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Informatics

Dr. Saeid Khosravani has over 12 years of experience in software development for embedded controls systems. Saeid is the founder & technology development manager for Sorsys Technologies Inc., and a senior engineer for General Motors (GM) of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He has been an academic instructor in engineering and technology field since 2018.

Saeid’s professional career has been spread across two main fields:
(a) Algorithm design and requirement development for Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS). This includes efficient data recording methods and applying robust controls algorithms for automotive applications.
(b) Leading the technical team for industrial automation/robotics in design, manufacturing and programming phases implementing agile framework. This includes custom build automation, vision-based inspection systems and integration of complex industrial systems.

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Patrick Mutwale

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Professional Studies in Informatics

Patrick is passionate about solving pressing business and social problems using technology. He has deep expertise in driving business strategy, customer engagements, strategic partnerships, product management and services & support for technology companies.

He is a Principal at CybIQs, a company specializing in cyber security solutions for government agencies and businesses.

He is also an advisor at Loyal Venture Capital, a global venture fund with 200+ investments across 40+ countries, where he advises Loyal VC and its portfolio companies on digital transformation, risk management and information security.

He was Managing Director at DLT Labs, a provider of blockchain solutions that has deployed with Walmart Canada the largest full production blockchain solution in the world for any enterprise application. He was a Director at Infosys focusing on digital transformation for Fortune 500 and state owned corporations. He started his career in technology consulting serving clients across the globe.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore), CISO and CIO Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Namibia.

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