Within the framework of the TSI Food Safety Certification for individuals, the TSI Technical Committee is an important step to meet the requirements of the ISO 17024 standard. The Committee is responsible for ensuring that the required competencies and relevant specifications for the certification scheme are upheld and continue to evolve to meet the needs of the industry. The Committee includes representatives from Legal Authorities, Universities, International Experts and TSI, leveraging their expertise to discuss developments in the food sector, new scientific technologies and trends.
TSI Technical Committee Meeting, 2023
Shaikha Najla Ali AL Mualla
Shaikha Najla Ali AL Mualla is the Director of Central Laboratories Department, Department of Central Laboratories, Sharjah City Municipality and holds B.SC Food Technology and Nutrition, M.Sc Environmental Science, Ph.D Food Biotechnology,
Her expertise in food microbiology testing, laboratories management, university lecturing and conference participant, Shaikha Najla Ali AL Mualla has been an integral part of supporting and developing the food and food safety industries in the region.
Shaikha Najla Ali AL Mualla has been a member of the Executive Committee for College of Health Sciences since 2018, Chairman of the Advisory Council for Environmental Health Sciences EHS /College of Health Sciences since 2021, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee for Sharjah Healthy Cities since 2018 and part of the federal team to standardize laboratory procedures "Ministry of Climate Change and Environment” in 2015.
Dr. Joanne Taylor
BSc Psychology, PgCert Education and Research, PgCert HACCP, PhD Risk Management & Behaviour Change. Joanne is a travel lover, bookworm and self-professed crazy cat lady. She is also uniquely qualified and experienced in safety and quality culture. Joanne is a qualified psychologist, educator and researcher, with a PhD in risk management and behaviour change. Over the past 20 years she has taken a multi-disciplinary, innovative approach to a diverse range of academic, government and industry programs across multiple countries.
1. Academia: Joanne has led University MSc modules in Organisational Culture, International Business, Research Methods (Survey Design), Food Safety and HACCP, in the UK and UAE. She has authored a large number of peer-reviewed journal articles, including highly commended articles on organisational culture.
2. Government: Joanne has consulted to governments of the UK, Thailand, Brunei, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Qatar, as well as working on projects for the World Health Organisation / Food Agriculture Organisation (WHO/FAO). She has led large scale government programs to bring about improvements in safety and quality on a national scale.
3. Industry: Joanne has worked with a diverse range of companies as a trainer, auditor, researcher and culture assessor. She has led the development of innovative industry systems and tools that are used in over 85 countries around the world.
Dr. Jeremy Taylor
Dr. Jeremy is a practical education expert with a degree in sociology, a Masters in education and a PhD in behaviour change. After a successful career as a head chef, he has worked as a senior lecturer, auditor and government advisor in multiple countries.
Jeremy is one of the founding members of the Culture Excellence team and provides expert guidance into all stages of the program.
Professor Eunice Taylor
Prof. Eunice is a globally renowned food safety management expert, with a degree in food science and a PhD in training and education. She has run programs for governments and organisations around the world as well as United Nations (UN) projects. Eunice is one of the founding members of the Culture Excellence team and provides expert guidance into all stages of the program.
Dr. Kevin Kane
Kevin is a management expert with an MSc in organisation development and a PhD in risk management. He works as a senior lecturer for the University of Salford and advises multiple organisations and governments. Kevin is a key member of the Culture Excellence advisory team, providing expert guidance and running advanced training courses.
Muhannad Al-Alawi is currently a faculty member at Zayed University in the College of Business and a researcher in the field of business innovation. He has professional experience in several fields prior higher education, including standards and regulations at the government sector, public education and professional training.
He is an international assessor accredited by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, an ISO certified international auditor for management systems, and a certified international trainer in the fields of management, occupational health and safety, first aid and food safety.
He led many successful projects, for example but not limited to; (1) Implementation of Food Safety Management System HACCP and ISO. (2) The automation of the regulations and standards system in Abu Dhabi (3) Led UAE committee for issuing five GCC standards (4) Raised up the organizational performance towards Occupational health and safety standard (5) Course leader of general undergraduate courses for one year (6) Provided more than thousand hours of vocational training (7) Leading three academic research projects (8) Volunteer workshops at many organizations including the public.
Dr. Lucy Semerjian
Dr. Semerjian (PhD Environmental Sciences, MSc Environmental Technology) is the Chairperson (2017-present) of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah (UoS), and a Faculty member in Environmental Science and Technology since 2015.
Before joining UoS, Dr. Semerjian has served in academic and research positions at the Environmental Engineering Research Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1994-2013). Her research interests include emerging contaminants in environmental systems, environmental pollution control, water quality, water/wastewater treatment and reuse, and human and environmental risk assessment.
Dr. Semerjian has numerous publications in reputable international journals and conference proceedings, and she is a member of International Water Association (UK) and Water Environment Federation (USA). She is the recipient of several academic and research awards and recognitions, including the Sharjah Islamic Bank Award for Distinguished Faculty Research (2018-2019).