President's Office

Life at RUW is filled with opportunity, and the faculty and staff are here to help you make the most of all that RUW has to offer, so feel free to reach out at any time. 

On behalf of the RUW family, we welcome you and your family and wish you every success at this the start of an exciting academic journey!

Dr. David Stewart
President's Office

Telephone: +973 17764446 / +973 17764437

Dr. David Stewart is President of the Royal University for Women.  He received a BA in British Literature in 1984 from the Metropolitan University, London; an MA in British Romanticism in 1985 from York University, England; and a D.Phil. in 1989 in British Literature from the University of Oxford, England.  He has been at West Virginia University since 1991 where, in addition to his faculty appointment, he has also held the administrative positions of Associate Dean for Residential Education (1999-2003); Dean of Students (2003-2009); and Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs.  He served as a fellow in the National Endowment for Humanities at Harvard University during the summer of 1995 and has published articles on British Romanticism and higher education.  He is a member of the Institute for International Education (IIE); the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); and also, the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA).  He currently lives in Manama, Bahrain.

Dr. Maria Casoria
General Counsel/Assistant Professor of Law
President's Office / College of Law

Telephone: +973 17764450

Dr Maria Casoria serves as the University General Counsel and she is an Italian licensed Attorney and licensed Mediator in Civil and Commercial Disputes. She joined RUW in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law and Faculty Advisor in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot at the College of Law.

Dr Casoria holds a Bachelor of Law and International Organizations, a Master of Law, and a Ph.D. in Markets Law from the University of Siena, Italy. Her fields of specialisation are Commercial Law, Competition Law and Privacy in the Digital Markets, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Before joining RUW, Dr Casoria worked at the Italian Competition Authority, Legal Affairs and Litigation Department in Rome, lectured at the University of Siena, and served as Global Stiefel Fellow in Antitrust and IP Rights at the New York Law School - Institute for Information Law & Policy in New York, USA.

Dr. Mrinalini Choudhary
Board Coordinator / Assistant Professor- College of Business and Financial Sciences
President's Office

Telephone: +973 17764437

Dr. Mrinalini has been the Board Coordinator at RUW since 2011. She serves the RUW Board members and the President. She also teaches management in the College of Business and Financial Sciences at RUW.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management, a Master’s in Marketing and Information system, and a Doctorate in Business Management.  In addition, she holds a professional certificate in Digital Marketing.

She also serves as a member of the Editorial Board in the International Journal for Innovative Engineering and Management Research.

Ms. Hala Al Shaikh
President’s Senior Secretary
President's Office


Ms. Hala Al Shaikh joined Royal University for Women in July 2013 as a Senior Secretary to the President.

She hold a Bachelor in Business Management from University of Bahrain, and a Diploma in Graphic Design from Cambridge Training College.

She is interested in Social activities 

She is interested in social and community activities, she served as a member in "Bahrain Public Relations Association", "Social Media club", and "Watani Al Bahrain Society

Ms. Samar Almeer
Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager
President's Office

Telephone: +973 17764271

Ms.Samar Almeer joined RUW in August 2019 as Head of Corporate Communications. She holds B.S in Business Marketing & Management - University of Bahrain and M.MBA – University of Boston.

A well-known Bahraini personality in the GCC in the fields of Media – Social Media – Events & Marketing.

-          Marketing & communications specialist.

-          Events creator & organizer.

-          Women empowerment supporter.

Besides being a young entrepreneur from the age of 17, started a new annual event/Brand in the market that witnessed major attention in the GCC. Ms.Almeer have worked in reputable organizations in the Kingdom as Social media /Marketing department manager.

Ms. Abeer Mohsen
Public Relations
President's Office

Telephone: +973 17764266

Ms Abeer Mohsen is the Public Relations (PR) Officer, the First Year Student Advocate, and currently serves as the Acting PR Manager at RUW. She graduated from the University of Bahrain (UoB) with distinction and placed in the top 10 among more than 500 students in academic excellence during her studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Mass Communication – with a specialization in Public Relations.

Before joining RUW, she worked in educational institutions and volunteered in youth programmes in the Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs. She has a strong interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and one of her CSR projects was published as a case study in a British Scientific Journal. She admires literature, arts and enjoys reading, photography and badminton.

Ms Abeer is responsible for the publication of information about RUW to both external and internal audiences and dealing on behalf of the university, or a department of the university, with media and communicating with the public.

John CastelinoJohn Castelino
President’s Personal Assistant
President's Office


John Castelino