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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

Agenda: Education Seminar 2016

Location: Oasis Theatre – Block 16 Dubai Knowledge Village 

Monday, February 29, 2016

6:00pm to 6:30pm

Registration in Block 16 Lobby area – Dubai Knowledge Village


6:30pm to 6:43pm

Welcome and Overview of Evening – Dr. Kay Sanderson Campus Program Coordinator Early Childhood Studies and MA Education

6:45pm to 7:05pm

David Rigby – Keynote Speaker- Al Arabiya News Channel

7:10pm to 7:30pm

Linda Chaccour – Founder and Happiness Consultant – Emerge Coaching

7:30pm to 7:50pm

Phil Parkinson PT – Circuit Factory

7:50pm to 8:10pm

Ruba El –Hourani – Nutrition Consultant –Bespoke Wellness

8:10pm to 8:15pm

Thank you

8:15pm to 9:00pm

Refreshments and Networking

Overview and Biography of the Speakers:



Linda Chaccour

“Empowering individuals lead happier lives, buildself-confidence and cultivate flourishing relationships with self and others”



Linda Chaccour is a Life Strategist, a happiness consultant and the founder of Emerge Coaching in Dubai, UAE. A graduate of the NeuroLeadership Group, the World Coach Institute, and the Robbins- Madanes Training (RMT).  Linda is also a certified Youth, Family and Parent Coach and a Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation. With more than 1000 + of hours of practical experience in coaching and training, Linda enjoys a vast experience primarily in inspiring and empowering individuals achieve their goals whilst simultaneously increasing their happiness levels and self-confidence.

Linda offers practical workshops and a variety of coaching programs for children and adults to increase their harmony levels, build assertiveness and confidence and take control of their decisions and actions to create the life they desire.

Linda is Lebanese and has lived in the UAE for the past fourteen years and is a regular contributor to Fabulous Parenting, Friday and Aquarius magazines and has been hosted several times on Dubai Eye Radio 103.8 MBC, Dubai Television and Donya Imra’a portal to share insights about various subjects pertaining to life improvement and family concerns. Linda is also a member of the Lebanese Coach Association, the International Coach Federation (ICF) and ICF Dubai chapter.



David Rigby is a founding director of Smart Coaching & Training in both the UK and Middle East. He is based in Dubai as an executive coach and conference speaker and uses NLP, emotional intelligence and mindfulness within consulting roles and with individual clients – specializing in personal branding, executive presence, gravitas and voice communication. David is developing the SCT training practice focusing on leadership, team-building, innovation, change management and customer service, delivering public and in-house training to clients throughout the Middle East. He uses his communications and presentation skills both as a radio presenter and producer. He writes a weekly column on Lifestyle for Al Arabiya News. He can be reached at



Phil is a 36-year-old Fitness Coach that has lived in Dubai for the past 6 years. In 2011, he started exercise company called Circuit Factory and has since grown it into Dubai's most successful group exercise class, with 6 venues that put thousands of residents through their paces each week. Via Circuit Factory Challenges, Phil was the first person to combine food and fitness into a complete system that has unlocked results for 10's of thousands of members. When he's not teaching classes, Phil is a passionate food advocate, speaking out against industrial food manufacturing processes, and the environment of food that they bestow on society. 


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Ruba El-Hourani

Ruba is a registered Dietitian who has experience in reputed hospitals among UAE where she had the role of assessing and educating people who needed special diets as part of their treatment , including conditions such as; diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, allergies and eating disorders.

She provides healthy eating habits and diet regimens for different age groups, along with her experience in pregnant and lactating women. Offers expertise in creating individualized dietary care plans based on nutritional needs, dietary restrictions and health factors.

She is also experienced in Food Service Management where she took part in monitoring food production and maintains use of standardized recipes and menus and ensuring proper preparation and storage of food and supplies.

Ruba is a health coach specialized in weight management, sports nutrition, Endocrine disorders, bariatric surgeries diets, and medical nutrition therapy for patients with: Cardiovascular Diseases, Hyperlipidemia, and digestive disorders.

Her passion for nutrition drove her to have many professional memberships across the world. Ruba is a member of UAE nutrition group, Arab Center for nutrition, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes. 

Nothing gives Ruba greater satisfaction than helping people achieve their health and weight loss goals.


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