Dr. Zainab AlMeraj's Professional Biography

AlMeraj is an assistant professor at the Information Science Department at the College of Life Sciences, Kuwait University. Her current research interests include usability and accessibility of mobile and web technologies, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), computer graphics (CG), Mathematics and how interdisciplinary research can contribute to the advancement of technologies and human rights awareness. Dr. AlMeraj has previously worked on promoting computer science and mathematics to students across Canada and continues to do so in Kuwait. She has acted as a reviewer for highly reputable computing conferences and journals; holds high level positions in active non-government grassroots organization; acts as a official NGO representative of her efforts in ratifying the UN convention of rights of a child, women and persons with disabilities; is a certified expert in usability and UX and uses this experience to advocate for digital accessibility for persons with disabilities.

AlMeraj established Google Developer Group Kuwait City and Women Techmakers Kuwait (focused on women in tech empowerment), an Arab Women in Computing chapter, initiated the conception of ACM HCI Kuwait chapter, and is currently developing a mentoring platform for women in tech and a social community supporting women entrepreneurs. AlMeraj is also a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) since 2007 and User Experience Professional Association (UXPA) since 2018.

From 2014, AlMeraj has worked on preparing shadow reports for the UN OHCHR on four of the nine conventions signed by the State of Kuwait on Human Rights concerning women, domestic workers, illegal residents, people with disabilities and children. Dr. AlMeraj has continuously devoted her professional, volunteer and social career for technical skill advancement, youth empowerment, awareness, advocacy and implementation of human rights and social justice on the individual, organizational and social policy levels.

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