The Forum For Growth.

Professional development, Driven by the practitioner community.

We have a simple mission. To act as a forum where practitioners and applied professionals can explore international knowledge and local best-practice to develop the psychology, well-being, and human performance industry in the region. Even as we all deal with the unique and unprecedented situation that COVID-19 has presented us with.

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Earn 7 hours CPD on Friday 8th of October and 3 hours CPD per workshop on Saturday 9th of October.


Contributing to the Growth, Skill and Knowledge of Psychology in the GCC and MENA Regions

IPCD was inspired by a grassroots movement amongst the regional psychology community in 2013. We realized that while there is ongoing growth in the number of psychologists working in various sectors within the UAE, yet there were only a few professional development opportunities specifically catering to our field.

The picture was even less clear when looking at psychology practice in our neighboring countries. Something needed to be done to bring the psychology community together, to promote best practice discussions, and to provide high-quality and focused learning opportunities from international experts.

And the rest is IPCD history!



Dr. Alia Al Serkal

Alia has over a decade of experience in applied psychology, working with a variety of organisations in aviation and telecoms.

A firm believer in psychometric testing, she specialises in identifying and developing organisational talent. She has been on the IPCD committee since its inception.


Dr. Cakil Agnew

Cakil’s research focuses on exploring safety culture in organizations and the impact of leadership on work performance in high-risk industries.

She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the University of Aberdeen’s Industrial Psychology Research Centre before joining Heriot-Watt University in 2014. 


Dr. Kirin Hilliar

Kirin’s industry experience has traversed across forensic, clinical and organizational spheres. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, and also works part-time as a Psychologist in private practice in Dubai.


Madeleine Harling

Maddie recently finished her journey completing her MSc Business Psychology degree at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus. She brings to the team her expertise in assessment, development and coaching, as well as her wide-ranging tech support in knowing how to make an online learning experience shine!

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Kriti Kothari

An aspiring clinical psychologist, with a creative kick. Content creator and Editor-in-Chief for Heriot Watt's Psychology Society. Kriti is a graduate from Heriot-Watt University with her majors in Psychology. She is currently the coordinator of International Psychology Conference Dubai.