Plenary Session Moderator
Dr. Nezar Sami
Co-founder and VP for IEEE TEMS Egypt Chapter

ImageNezar is an Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Consultant He is the board member of both the
1) International Association of Management of Technology and the
2) Arab Concil for Social Responsibility He served in private, academic, government and semi government organizations for the last 25 years. He was the former deputy executive director of the Egyptian Banking Institute Nezar is the co-founder and VP for IEEE Technology Engineering & Management Society (TEMS) Egypt Chapter. Nezar is a certified Innovation Coach helping organizations to develop their new innovation management systems Nezar is the founder of Nilepreneurs initiative that supports entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt Nezar is a facilitator, mentor and judge in world-class entrepreneurship competitions such UAE hackathon, Hajj Hackathon and many others

Dr. Fadi Daou
CEO and Founder of MultiLane company

ImageFadi Daou Fadi Daou is a successful entrepreneur with 30 years of experience founding high-tech startups and developing state-of-the-art technology products and solutions in the semiconductor industry. Fadi’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2000 when he cofounded Telephonics, a developer of passive optical components. FiberGrade, his next venture, specializes in optical monitoring equipment. After this, Fadi founded PXIT, which produces high-performance instruments for the electro-optical transceiver market. After repatriating to Lebanon in 2006, Fadi founded Multilane SAL in his hometown of Houmal, with the plan to help create a high-tech sector in the country. Following his vision of making Lebanon a hub for technology development, Fadi launched Houmal Technology Park (HTP). The mission of HTP is to create an ecosystem to support the Lebanese high-tech sector. It will lead to the creation of hundreds of technology jobs and high-value opportunities in the area. Instead of bright young people leaving Lebanon to seek opportunities abroad, they can now find those opportunities at home, leaving the relocation to the products they design and build.

Dr. Mohammad S. Ibbini
JUST University Vice President

ImageMohammad S. Ibbini received his B.SC. in Electrical Engineering from the “Ecole National Superieur d’electronique et d’electrotechnique de Caen” Caen, France in 1978, his M.SC. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A in 1988 where he worked one year as a post-doctor in the Bioengineering Research Laboratory (BRL). Professor Ibbini started as assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Science and Technology, becoming associate professor in 1996 and a full professor in 2005. Mohammad has been involved as a faculty member in teaching and research and had held various administrative and technical positions at the university. Professor Ibbini had been appointed as the Chairman of Electrical Engineering Department between 1997 and 1999, founded the Biomedical Engineering Department and became its first chairman between 1998 and 2001. Prior to his appointment at the university, he had worked in the industry and had been the general manager of Bibars Industrial Establishment (Calor- France) between 1980 and 1984. He had been visiting scholar at Fraunhover Institute of Nondestructive Testing at Saarbruken, Germany and also at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He had been the Dean of Al Huson University College between 2002 and 2006. Mohammed Ibbini had joined the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu in Saudi Arabia and held the positions of the JIC deputy for Academic Affairs and Training and the director of Planning, Development and Quality Assurance at the Royal Commission (RC) between 2010 and 2014. Professor Ibbini is currently professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at JUST where he is currently the vice president since 2017. His field of research includes, but not limited to, linear and nonlinear control, biomedical instrumentation, diabetes and glucose regulation, education reforms. Professor Ibbini has many articles and conference papers in linear, nonlinear, optimal and adaptive control. He had also published many papers in electronic phased arrays for cancer therapy and in the regulation of glucose level in diabetics. For the last decade, professor Ibbini has devoted his effort and time to issues such as accreditation, E-learning, restructuring of engineering education and bridging the gap between university outputs and the work market needs. Moreover, innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship became among his major concern in parallel with technical issues such as renewable energy and optimization.

Prof. Amr Wassal
Senior Vice President of R&D at Goodix Egypt

ImageProf. Amr Wassal has a foot in the industry and another in academia for more than two decades. Hi is currently a Senior Vice President of R&D at Goodix Egypt where he is responsible for all systems engineering, digital design and software development activities. Goodix Technology is one of the largest chip makers in China with a market capital exceeding US$13Billions and a revenue approaching US$1Billion in 2019 and development offices in 10 countries and over 1400 employees. Goodix is the number one supplier of touch screen and fingerprint controllers to major Chinese mobile makers including Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo. Dr. Wassal has over 26 years of experience in the semiconductors and high-tech industries. He was with Si-Ware Systems as a VP of Operations and Systems Engineering from 2007 and until the IP acquisition deal by Goodix in 2019 and has held leading technical and managerial positions before that at PMC-Sierra, Vancouver, Canada and ICCC, Denmark, as well as, at IBM Technology Group, Cairo, Egypt. He is also Professor and Chair of the Computer Engineering Department at Cairo University with a research focus on new technologies ranging from hardware architectures and algorithms for machine learning to simulation and modeling of sensors and control systems.