Dr. Muhammad Sharif

Dr. Muhammad Sharif is an Advisor and Director Science and Technology at Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) at HQ Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. ICESCO is an inter-governmental organization having 54 member states around the world, emanated from the (OIC), specializing in the fields of education, science and culture. Dr Sharif is an Associated Professor at Leibniz Institute for Catalysis Rostock Germany, President of African Branch (55 countries) of International Engineering and Technology Institute and Adjunct Professor at University of Lahore Pakistan. Dr. Sharif is an architect of several international initiatives which include ICESCO Accelerator program for 54 countries, ICESCO International Aerospace Symposium and Model Satellite (CanSat) training workshops Initiative for member states, ICESCO’s Food Security Initiative for Sahel Region and Global Space Science Forum (GSSF). Dr Sharif has been instrumental in setting up several ICESCO scientific chairs which includes, 1) International Space University on Space Science Applications, 2) Sultan Qaboos University Oman on “Remote Sensing”, 3) Qauid-I-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan on Big Data Analytics & Edge Computing,4) National University of Science and Technology Pakistan on Data Science and Analytics for Business 5) The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) on Sustainable Engineering, 6) The Baku State University Azerbaijan on Biomedical Materials. Dr Sharif has also been instrumental and facilitated several hundreds of fully funded scholarships for ICESCO member states. Dr Sharif has received several international recognition for his contributions to women and society, which includes, Honorary Deputy Sherrif of Philadelphia awarded by Office of the Sherrif Philadelphia 2023, Professional Leadership Award 2023 from Justina Mutale Foundation, Certificate of Achievement in recognition of Empowering Women and Girls: Shaping the Digital Age from The Pennsylvania House of Representative, Awarded by Speaker:  Honorable Joannaa E. Mcclinton, The Flag of United States of America, in nonrecognition of contributions as leading light that Inspires and Motivates Women around the World to Take Up the Leadership Roles, Awarded by Congressman Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrik

Dr Sharif has presented the organization as Guest of honor, keynote, Featured and plenary speaker at ministerial, high level conferences and meetings. Prior to join ICESCO Dr. Sharif was serving as an Associate Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He earned his graduation from Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) and Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Rostock Germany. He held various research positions within academics and industrial environments throughout his career with major emphasis on materials synthesis and catalytic process development. Dr Sharif is also an entrepreneur with experience in technology development and commercialization for diverse application in upstream, downstream petrochemical and construction chemical industry. Prior to his employment at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia, he was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology Abbottabad Pakistan, Senior Scientist, Team Leader and Head of Bulk Chemical Labs at Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis Rostock, Germany. His research experience and expertise spans a wide range of topics in development of new materials, their application in industrially relevant applications, Pharmaceuticals, Organic Synthesis, Applied catalysis, such as Synthetic organic & Organometallics, Homogeneous/Heterogeneous Catalysis, Catalyst Separation and Recycling, Nanotechnology, Olefin Polymerization & Oligomerization, Hydroformylation, CO2 Utilization, C-H activation. Dr. Sharif is also a member & Chartered Chemist at Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Chemical Society (ACS), Saudi-American International Chemical Society, member of International Engineering and Technology Institute (IETI) and German Chemical Society. Scientific Review Panel member for various organizations. Dr. Sharif is also an Expert-Reviewer Panel Member for different thesis committees at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Expertise in catalyst (homogeneous, heterogeneous, nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals) synthesis development, screening and process development. Dr. Sharif has more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 5 published/issued patents with 6 patent application filed. Dr Sharif has delivered more than 200 public talks, seminars, presentations around the world at international forums, which include, as Plenary, Keynote speaker, public seminar, motivational talks as well as talk in different events at Space Symposium USA, Space Technology conferences,  chemical industries, e.g, Evonic Germany, Saudi Aramco, Sipchem, Halliburton, Honeywell and Dhahran Techno Valley KSA.


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