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Feridun Hamdullahpur

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ACEM Consulting Ltd.

    Feridun Hamdullahpur is the President of ACEM Consulting Ltd. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo from October 2010 to July 2021.

    His prior role with the University of Waterloo, beginning in 2009, was as Provost and Vice-President (Academic).  He is a Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at UW. 

    Before coming to Waterloo, Dr. Hamdullahpur served as the Provost and Vice President Academic (2006-2009) and, as the Vice President Research and International (2000-2006) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Before his move to Carleton, he was the Associate Principal, Graduate Studies and Research at DalTech, Dalhousie University (1997-2000). He was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (1993-95), and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1995-97). In these various positions, his mandate was to provide leadership in developing new academic and research initiatives and integrating research, graduate studies, technology-knowledge transfer and international programs and expertise, and to liaise with government, business, granting councils, other universities and organizations on research and academic matters.

    Dr. Hamdullahpur received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Canada.

    Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher and supervisor.  His research areas include energy conversion, fuel cells, thermo-fluids and bio-mass utilization. He has published over 200 scientific and technical articles and supervised over 40 graduate students. 

    Dr. Hamdullahpur is an active member of the International Science and Technology Partnerships board of directors and serves on the boards of.King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) and Yeditepe University (Turkiye). He is Chairman of the Board of AMTD IDEA International (Hong Kong) and was appointed in 2021 as Chancellor of the International Business University. He serves on several boards including ApplyBoard (Waterloo), World Education Services (New York) and as Honorary Treasurer of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (London)

    In acknowledgement of President Hamdullahpur’s leadership in education and innovation, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2022.