Dr. Ismail Ibrahim Khalil Al-Ani has joined ECMIT as the Dean of Academic Affairs effective February 15, 2015. Dr Al-Ani holds a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and posses over two decades of experience in teaching, research, quality assurance and academic administration in international settings. Prior to joining ECMIT, he was the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Etihad University, RAK, UAE where he spent almost four years ( 2011-2015) developing its academic programs, administrative structure and the quality assurance system. Before that he was the Dean of the IT Faculty at Emirates College of Technology, Abu Dhabi during the period 2006-2011. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Dean at Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE for over seven years during the period 1999-2006. Dr Al-Ani brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in the UAE and international accreditation standards, programs, curriculum development, and institutional strategic planning. He is the author of a large number of research papers published in conference proceedings in countries such as the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, UK and Iraq. Dr Al-Ani is the member of the Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, Iraqi Computer Science Society, and Society of Statistics, Baghdad.