Emad Khalil is a Professor of Maritime Archaeology and the founding director of the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology & Underwater Cultural Heritage, Alexandria University, Egypt. Professor Khalil is the former president of the ICOMOS International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH), and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS). Professor Khalil is currently the Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research at the Faculty of the Arts, Alexandria University.
During the Thistlegorm project, Emad led the Egyptian team from Alexandria University which contributed to the documentation and recording of the wreck. As part of the wider Presence in the Past project the Alexandrian team carried out fieldwork in the sites of Marsa Bagoush on the Northwest Coast of Egypt, were the remains of the Roman and Late Medieval shipwrecks were found and recorded using Photogrammetry. The team also worked at the Byzantine harbour of Marea, west of Alexandria where the site was scanned and modeled using a 3D laser scanner.