The Forensics Middle East & Africa Scientific Committee Members:

Dr Dina Shokry

Dr Dina Shokry

President, Arab Union of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Dr. Shokry is a Professor of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology –Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and chair of Forensic medicine Armed Force College of Medicine -Egypt. President of New Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences (nMAFS) . She is the president of the Arab Union of Forensics and Toxicology (AUFT) which is a branch of Arab Medical Union. Prof. Shokry joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (OTP- ICC) February, 2014. Prof. Shokry is a roster in JRR and UN Woman, 2015. She is members of the INTERPOL Forensic Science Managers. Prof. Shokry is a board member of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC). Prof. Shokry is the chair of National Research Ethics Committee (MOHP) she is a board member of the International Association of Body damage (AIDC)-representative of North Africa and Middle East. Prof. Shokry is a board member of the National Committee of Organ Donation and national Committee of research ethics. She is a director and instructor of the training program for Gaza Forensic Doctors and crime scene investigators, Palestine via Arab Medical Union. From 2004 till now she is the editor-in chief of The Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences and Applied Toxicology (cited). she is a board member of Research Ethics and clinical research, WHO, Cairo, the Executive Director of Research Ethics Committee, MUST and a board member of the Middle East Clinical Research Association (MECRA), Lebanon. Dr. Shokry is the contact for the DAAD academic activities in Egypt and UNHCR, ICRC and UNFPA (United Nation and International Committee Of Red Cross preventative bodies) forensic consultant in Egypt. Prof. Shokry is a member of ad hoc committees for constructing the medical directory for the Egyptian doctors to deal with the female victims of violence and to put the Egyptian law for malpractice and medical responsibility, 2014. She is a member of the advisory board for evaluation of the scientific researches to promote the forensic sciences academic staff in Egypt and Iraq (Alnahrain University) Prof. Shokry got certificates in Basic and Advanced Security in the Field , 2015 from United Nation Department of Safety and Security(UNDSS). She is one of justice rapid response roasters, professor Shokry accomplished mission in training healthcare providers in Jordan on how to deal with cases of Gender based violence UN Women. She is part of national training program for preparing the physician to manage cases of gender-based violence – UNFPA.

Dr Amr Khattab    

Dr Amr KhattabDammam Poison Control Center

Dr Amr has an M.B.B.Ch, Bachelor degree in Medicine & General Surgery, Cairo University, as well as a master’s degree in Forensic medicine and Clinical Toxicology faculty of medicine Cairo University 2011. In 2012 he acquired his ESPEN European Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism and an MD degree in Forensic and Clinical Toxicology faculty of medicine Cairo University 2014.

Dr Amr is a Lecturer at the Forensic Medicine & Clinical Toxicology Department, Faculty of medicine, Cairo University from 2015- present. He also lectures at the Clinical toxicology Consultant Dammam poison control center 2019-present.

His practical and research activities extensively cover the fields related to forensic/legal medicine, Clinical toxicology, Analytical toxicology. And also a Coordinator and Organizer of workshops and many scientific conferences.

Dr Nazih Ramadan

Dr Nazih RamadanCairo University

Dr Nazih is a lecturer of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology –Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. Lecturer of medical ethics and law in Faculty of Medicine, Misr University of science and technology (MUST) University and editor for the Egyptian journal of forensic sciences and applied toxicology.

He is a member of the Arab Union of Forensics and Toxicology (AUFT) , American association of clinical toxicology (AACT) and American college of toxicology (ACT)  




Dr Noora Al-Snan

Noora Al SnanHead of DNA Department, Bahrain Ministry of Interior

Dr Noora joined the Ministry of Interior (MOI), Bahrain (2008) as an enthusiastic DNA analyst in General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science, FSL and currently assigned as the head of DNA lab.

In 2012, she received her M.S degree in medical biotechnology specializing in genetic engineering for recombinant proteins from Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain). She completed a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry studies from Kuwait University (Kuwait). She completed her PhD in Molecular Medicine in Genetic characterization studies using various DNA techniques at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) with the cooperation of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (Riyadh, KSA).

She has analyzed and solved many challenging cases mainly related to terrorism, robbery and murder. She is currently assisting in the validation and R&D team. She has attended many conferences and workshops as a speaker and delegated from MOI. She has achieved many outstanding results along with her team as they have obtained the 5th position worldwide for the Gordon Thomas Honeywell DNA Hit of the Year that was held in HIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria (2017).

Several articles are published under her name in population studies and recovery of touch DNA from IEDs. Also she has worked as a reviewer for many other peer-reviewed journals.  

She has also set innovative protocols regarding recovery of DNA from RDX-C4 evidence, Forensic DNA intelligence, fast and effective DNA extraction from teeth, bones and maggots.

She is an active member of NAUSS and ISFG. Her main interests are investing in human resources, continuous education and R&D)

Dr Osama Elserafy

Dr Osama Elserafy





Dr Reham Nafad

Cairo University

Dr Reham acquired her Bachelor and Master degrees in Forensic and Clinical Toxicology  Faculty of Medicine from Cairo university in 2010 and then 2015. In 2014 Dr Reham completed her PhD degree in the same field from Cairo University.

She is members of the Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences (MAFS) and Arab union of forensics (AUFT).

As of 2016 she is lecturing at the Forensic medicine at the Armed forces college of medicine (AFCM) as well as the lead Lecturer of Forensic medicine and clinical toxicology at the integrated program of kasr al aini (IPKA) Cairo since 2018.

She is responsible for teaching the lectures and tutorial sessions of clinical toxicology and forensic medicine for 4th year students at kasr alaini, IPKA& armed forces college of medicine

Dr Reham takes prides in coordinator of quality control in kasr alaini-Cairo university& Armed forces college of medicine AFCM

Dr Ahmed Fatehy Mehna

Dr Ahmed Fatehy MehnaMedical Examiner, Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority (EFMA) Ministry of Justice

  • Forensic Medical Examiner in Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority (EFMA) Ministry of Justice, EGYPT
  • Member of  the Techincal Council of the Chief  of Forensic Medical Examiners & head of EFMA
  • Secretary of the Middle East & North African Forensic Network (MENA-FN)

Dr.Mehna started his career in EFMA since 2010 at the Central Mourge of Cairo then in many other governorates in Egypt. And currently he is a Member of  the Techincal Council of the Chief of Forensic Medical Examiners & head of EFMA since 2017. At the beginning of his career Dr.Mehna expirenced many chalenges as a member of the emergency & mass disaster management team, participating in all mass disasters and catastrophes management in Egypt for the last 10 years. Which earned him a great experience in mass disaster management.

In addition to his great work experience, Dr. Mehna is a certified trainer from ICRC at the field of dealing with dead bodies in mass disasters and a member of the national working group to develop a national mass disaster plan in Egypt. He is Also a certified trainer from UN-ODC at the field of violence against women. Dr. Mehna had a basic & advanced traineeship at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (CHARITE – Berlin). In addition, he had many training courses and workshops in many different topics including management of dead bodies in mass disasters, management of nuclear and radiation disasters, migration governance and crime detection. Dr. Mehna was one of the founding members of the Middle East & North African Forensic Network (MENA-FN) since its early beginning, being the Secretary of the network since April 2019.

Professor Abeer Zayed

Professor Abeer Zayed Professor of Forensic Medicine & Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine; Cairo University

Prof. Zayed has a wide of experience in the field of Forensic Medicine. She is an active member in many national and international associations of Forensic Medicine. She serves as a reviewer for many international organization as European Scientific Journal & Dove Medical Press. Dr. Zayed acted for several years as the scientific coordinator of the international conference on Domestic Violence organized in Cairo as a conjoint work between Cairo University and Hamburg University.

Throughout her academic life, Prof. Zayed had participated effectively in many educational projects. She is a member of the judgment committee of the academic staff promotion board at the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities.

Professor Dr Zeno Geradts 

Professor of Forensic Data Science, Netherlands Forensic Institute / University of Amsterdam 

Zeno Geradts is a senior forensic scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute of the Ministry of Security and Justice at the Forensic Digital Biometrics Traces departement. He is expert witness in the area of forensic (video) image processing and biometrics such as manipulation detection on deepfakes. Within the team Forensic Big Data Analysis he works in research on artificial intelligence on text, images and video. He works within the European Project ASGARD on Forensic big data analysis. He was President of the American Academy of Forensic Science 2019-2020 and  chairman of the ENFSI Forensic IT Working group. From September 1st 2014, he is full professor on Forensic Data Science by special appointment at the University of Amsterdam. He is active in forensic science since 1991 and has received several awards including the Distinguished Forensic Scientist award from ENFSI in 2012.

Gaille MacKinnon

Lead Forensic Anthropologist & Archaeologist, Alecto Forensics

Gaille MacKinnon is the Lead Forensic Anthropologist and a Lead Forensic Archaeologist with Alecto Forensic Services, a forensic science service company based in the United Kingdom.

She is currently an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London; she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Western Asiatic Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London; and a Master of Science degree in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Bradford (UK).

Ms MacKinnon is a certified Forensic Anthropologist and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and a member of the Forensic Archaeology Expert Panel of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. She is currently the only dually accredited senior reporting forensic anthropologist and archaeologist in the United Kingdom.

In her role as an expert adviser in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, she is registered on the National Crime Agency (UK) expert database and is a member of the HM Government Home Office Disaster Victim Identification response team for Forensic Anthropology. Her expertise in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology is also provided to the Justice Rapid Response Expert Roster (Geneva), a multi-lateral non-governmental organisation that deploys criminal justice and related forensic professionals to countries where human rights violations have occurred. In addition, she serves on the Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Committee of the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Centre of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
In the United Kingdom, Ms MacKinnon has worked for a large number of police forces, the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police, and three forensic science service providers. This casework has encompassed investigations of terrorist incidents, disaster victim identification, murder, suspicious and unexplained deaths, child abduction, historic child abuse, slavery and servitude, missing persons, and clandestine grave search, location, and excavation. In 2017, she led the forensic anthropology team in the disaster victim identification process of the Grenfell Tower incident in London for the Metropolitan Police Service.

In the international arena, Ms Mackinnon’s expertise in forensic anthropology and archaeology has been utilised in investigations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and mass fatality and terrorist incidents (Iraq; World Trade Center; London 7/7 bombings), transportation accidents, and natural disasters. She has worked for a number of international governments, non-governmental organisations, and military forces, including: Australian Defence Force; British Army; HM Government; International Commission for Missing Persons; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Justice Rapid Response; Office of Chief Medical Examiner (New York City); United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq; United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone; and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

Dr Rayyan Al Ali

Director of Forensic Medicine Institute, An-Najah National University

Dr Ali is currently Assistant Professor of Forensic Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Palestine, and the Medical director of Forensic Medicine G Directorate Ministry of Justice, Palestine, he is also a Consultant in forensic medicine and pathology.He has a MD in forensic medicine and Higher specialization certificate in Forensic Medicine, Jordanian Board Certificate in Forensic Medicine and Palestinian Board Certificate in Forensic Medicine. He is a certified ACLS Trainer and has a TOT Certificate.

He has many publications in the field of Forensic medicine including: Epidemiology of autopsy referred cases in north of Palestine; Prevalence of blood-borne viral infections among autopsy cases in Jordan ; Choking Among Infants and Young Children; Occupational fatalities in Jordan; Accidental genital trauma in the female children in Jordan and the role of forensic medicine; Forensic and social impact of accidental firearms death during Jordanian society celebration and many others.

He has ongoing research in subjects like Post stent implant restenosis, using plastic impeding histology; assessment of lead, cadmium, zinc and copper in Palestinians canned food; The relationship between sudden death, borrelia and Chlamydia; Evaluation of GERD severity in Nablus, and many others.
He supervised numerous master thesis and participated as a speaker in many international conferences and workshops and teaches Jurisdiction medicine Toxicology. Pathology. Anatomy. Public health. Medical Ethics First Aid. BLS & ACLS.

He is a member of the Scientific committee of Palestinian Medical Council, Forensic Committee and the Jordanian Forensic Pathologist Societ, the Arab Forensic committee, Forensic Specialist Society, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the development of forensic medicine and forensic science for the Middle East and North Africa, Advisory Committee of the Arab League for Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. He also participates with Working Group on Crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. And is a member of the Technical Committee of Medicine and Health Sciences for equivalent certification in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Permanent technical committee to investigate medical errors on, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. Palestinian Forum for Medical Research (PFMR), Palestine. He is also a member of the Scientific journal editorial board (Elsevier).


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