Mostafa Moonir Shawrav

Candidate as Chair
I am the person who believe in ‘learning by doing’, ‘understanding by listening’ and ‘leading by showing’

Prior Experience

My academic experiences in 7+ projects in the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria in the last 12 years helped me build an international network of leaders from academia, business and government. I joined MCAA in 2013 and was involved in founding the MCAA Austrian Chapter and Research Funding working group. As the Chair of MCAA Austrian Chapter, I started different activities including career development workshops and developed relationships with key stakeholders.

As a MCAA Vice-Chair, I

  • - Initiated and implemented strategies to standardize internal governance procedures

  • - Led the sponsorship team to generate about 300% increase in revenue

  • - Created synergies between MCAA Chapters and Working Groups

  • - Collaborated with multi-level stakeholders including European Commission, AAAS, UNESCO

  • - Represented MCAA in international events such as World Science Forum, Vitae Research Development Conference, MSCA Presidency Conference

  • - Led the organization of MCAA GA & Annual Conference in Vienna in 2019, which had over 650 participants and 24 parallel sessions.

Outside of MCAA, I am also the founding Secretary and Vice-Chair of IEEE Young Professionals Austria. I am the recipient of several international awards, including the first ever ‘MCAA Alumni of the Year’ Award. Please visit my personal website for more information: www.shawrav.org


In addition to academic experiences, my non-profit leadership and strategic management capability gave me the understanding of future needs and challenges for our members and the association itself. As an aspiring Chair to achieve the vision of “MCAA Next”, I propose three specific strategies

  • Sustainability: As an international non-profit, to run properly, it is essential to achieve financial sustainability. Besides my initiatives in this term, I would like to generate revenue through organizing workshops, partnerships and projects with international organizations, fundraising events and donations.

  • Capacity Building: In my mission to build capacity for MCAA, as an organization, and its members, I want to offer more professional and career development training opportunities. As a result, the association itself and its members can utilize the learned skills and strategies to adapt to the constantly changing industrial world and uncertain academic environment.

  • Policy: I propose that systematic studies and surveys be conducted to measure the impact of the researcher’s contribution and career issues. These studies will help the organization to work with the regional and national organization, funding agencies, academia and industry in the issues impacting researchers’ situation such as Open Science, Researcher’s Assessment.

Areas of expertise
  • Strategic planning

  • Administration management

  • Fundraising

  • Research policies & programmes

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