EDUGATE Forum- Winter 2020

Opening Session


Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar


Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Biography

Former Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and was awarded the State Encouragement Prize in Medical Sciences.

Dr​. Amr Talaat​ 


Minister of Information and Communications Technology

Biography

Dr. Amr Talaat is an honorary member of Cairo University ICT Board, the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research, Technology (ASRT), and the Chairman of AmCham’s ICT Committee.

Prof. Dr. Ali Shams El-Din


Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDUGATE’s Forum

Biography

Member of the board of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), board member of the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education (ARELEN).

Mr. Mahmoud Musallam


Head of DMC Network

Biography

Musallam is the editor-in-chief of the independent daily newspaper ‘Al-Watan’ and General Manager of Content Development in DMC, ON, CBC and Al Hayat television channels.

H.E. Dr. Nasser Al Hatlan Al Qahtani


General Director of the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO)

Biography

He worked as a Director for Researches and Consultations in Institute of Public Administration, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 H.E. Eng. Jumaa Mubarak Al Junaibi


Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates – Cairo

Prof. Amr Ezzat Salama


Secretary-General of Association of Arab Universities Former Minister of Higher Education

Biography

The Chairman of the Management Engineering Society, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of 57357 hospital.

QS Recognition Ceremony


EDUGATE organised a special celebration in collaboration with QS Intelligence to celebrate the inclusion of 22 universities from Egypt in QS  World University Rankings Arab Region 2020 Edition.

Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, CEO for QS IGAUGE Rating System Mr. Ashwin Fernandes awarded Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.E. Prof. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar with a commemorative plaque signifying this noteworthy achievement and to recognise his work in several areas of boost university performance.

Mr. Ashwin Fernandes


Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia; CEO for QS IGAUGE Rating System

Biography

He is responsible for working with institutions in Middle East, North Africa and India. He is also responsible to liaise with governmental and public agencies in these regions. Ashwin has been with QS since 2012, starting off from the regional base in Singapore. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing along with a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting, Auditing & Taxation.

Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar


Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Greeting H.E Prof. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar

Certificates Distribution & Greetings of the Egyptian Universities, EDUGATE organized a special celebration in collaboration with QS Intelligence to celebrate the inclusion of 22 universities from Egypt in QS  World University Rankings Arab Region 2020 Edition.

Regional Director for QS Quacquarelli Symonds in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, CEO for QS IGAUGE Rating System Mr. Ashwin Fernandes awarded Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.E. Prof. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar with a commemorative plaque signifying this noteworthy achievement and to recognise his work in several areas of boost university performance.

Former Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and was awarded the State Encouragement Prize in Medical Sciences.

Session One: Smart University concept, description and beyond


Prof. Mohamed Ayman Ashour


Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Universities

Biography

Professor of Architecture and Urban planning. Former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University He received many awards from the state in the fields of architecture, communication and management.

Prof. Ibrahim Hegazy 


Professor at the AUC, Member of the Egyptian Parliament

Biography

Professor of Marketing at the American University in Cairo. Hegazy served as Chairman of the Business School Council, Chairman of the Management Department; Director of the Institute of Management Development. He received his Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Marketing and International Business from the George Washington University. Hegazy has received several National and international distinguished awards.

Eng. Hala El Gohary 


CEO, Egyptian IT Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)

Biography

The CEO of Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). In addition, she holds the position of the Deputy Minister for Human and Institutional Capacity Development. Hala has nearly 25 years of deep industry and technical expertise in IT operations, client management fields with professional experience in business integration, innovation management, and global delivery centers’ growth and expansion.

As director of the Client Innovation Center (CIC), Hala managed to double the capacity of the Center to deliver high-quality complex services across different industries and regions. She was then appointed as the leader of all the Middle East and Africa centers.

Eng. Seham Saber 


Academy Director at Enterprise Consultancy Services (ECS)

Biography

As an AUC graduate majoring in Computer Science Engineering and holds a Master degree in computer science from university of Louisville, Kentucky, US.  Seham Started her Career in Miraco Carrier as SAP Solution Manager she was responsible for providing solution manager support to SAP implementation.

She was an IT Manager in Temsa company and then in Iskraemeko, her role was managing information technology and controlling all IT and electronic data operations. In her current role in ECS, besides being board member, she is responsible for enhancing SAP learning experience and providing high quality educational service.

Eng. Youssef Aly


Co-founder, Chairman of Board of Directors and CEO of eSpace for Software Development

Biography

Eng. Youssef is an accomplished executive with 20 years of experience in the software industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the field of ICT.  He is a board member in Alexandria Software and IT Association (ASITA).

Mr. Khaled Shedid


Senior Manager Marketing, Expo Dubai

Biography

Khalid is responsible for supporting the marketing to deliver the visitation target, sales and education to deliver a great brand and experience for Expo 2020. Khaled brings more than 12 years of senior leadership experience across blue chip multinational companies such as Hilton worldwide, Accor, and Starwood.

Session Two:   Leadership in Smart Era


Prof. Nadia Elaref


President of ESLSCA University-Egypt

Biography

Prof.  Nadia became the second president of ESLSCA University-Egypt , bringing to the institution over 30 years of leadership experience across a number of academic institutions.

Elaref held several senior academic and administrative positions: Chairman of the Business Administration Department-Alexandria University; Assistant to the Vice President for International Programs-Arab Academy for Science and Technology; Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, External Programme; Egypt’s Coordinator of the World Mediterranean MBA(WMMBA); Director of DFGA- Université de Poitiers- Alexandria University; Chief Academic Advisor- ESLSCA Business School.

Prof. Mohamed Loutfi


The Vice-Chancellor Special Envoy of Coventry University Former President of the Knowledge Hub

Biography

Professor Loutfi is currently the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Envoy at Coventry University, and served as the inaugural President of the Knowledge Hub, Coventry University’s branch campus in Egypt.

Prior to this, he held the Pro-Vice-Chancellor post at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  He is an Ambassador and a former Council Member at the Observatory of Magna Charta Univeristatum of Fundamental University Values and Rights in Bologna, a board member of the European Quality Assurance Agency and Vice-President of the board of the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education ARLEN.

Dr. Hossam Osman


IT Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) VP, SECC Chairman, and TIEC Chairperson

Biography

Dr. Hossam Osman is ITIDA’s vice president to manage Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC), Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), and Information Technology Academic Collaboration (ITAC).

Dr. Osman has more than 28 years of experience as a developer, manager, instructor, researcher, and consultant in IT and software engineering

Prof. David Lock 


Secretary-General of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental Values and Rights

Biography

David Lock is Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental Values and Rights. He set up and was Rector of the British University in Dubai and was International Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He is on the Board of ARELEN (Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education) and Chairman of the Gulf Education Conferences.

Dr. Ahmed Daher


Deputy Minister of Education for Information Technology

Biography

Lecturer at Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. Dr. Daher is primarily responsible for the electronic system, as he fully supervises the process of introducing technology into learning. He also previously served as a consultant at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the National Strategic Committee for Governmental Computing.

Eng. Hoda Mansour


Managing Director – SAP

Biography

Hoda is responsible for the company’s in country presence and growth strategy in Egypt since January 2018. Hoda was recognized by Forbes in February 2020 as one of Top 100 Power Businesswomen in the Middle East, she was also recognized in 2018 by Forbes as one of the most influential Women, and one of the Top 50 Women in Egypt in 2019. Hoda represents women in leadership as part of SAP’s Women Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP) across EMEA.

Hoda has more than 20 years of experience in delivering innovation and driving business value for customers in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry

Session Three: Universities and Technology Providers Intervention


Prof. Moataz Khorsheid


Former Minister of Higher Education

Biography

He held several positions throughout his career, including Minister of Higher Education and Minister of State for Scientific Research, Vice President of Cairo University for Graduate Studies and Research, Vice President of the British University in Egypt.

He was Expert on Decision Support Systems in Socioeconomic Development Planning at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Khorshid has developed several Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) and Economy-wide Models for several Arab Countries.

Marita Mitschein


SVP and Managing Director of SAP Training and Development Institute

Biography

In support of SAP’s commitment to close the digital skills gap, Marita is leading the SAP Training and Development Institute and overseeing all capacity build initiatives across EMEA South.

Prof. Ahmed El-Gohary 


President of Egypt-Japan University of Science Technology

Biography

Professor Ahmed El-Gohary has remarkable scientific, academic and administrative achievements in his professional career path. Prof. El-Gohary has many cooperation experiences with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

He initiated many capacity building programs, in cooperation with the JICA, for third world countries entitled: Third Country Programs. For his high caliber expertise, he was requested to become a consultant for curriculum reform for both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Association of Arab Universities (AARU).

Eng. Hamdy Khalil


Co-founder and CTO of eSpace for Software Development

Biography

Hamdy cooperated with many multinationals, governments and entrepreneurs in their technical challenges, He led technical teams behind the technical infrastructure of the Egyptian Elections, also cooperated with many technical startups. He is the VP of the Division of Digital Economy in Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Eng. Mohamed Tawab


MEA Digital Strategy Service Line Leader at IBM

Biography

Before joining IBM, Mohamed developed three new venture specialized in IT services , Digital marketing and HORECA, an entrepreneurial approach that he brings in his daily work.

Worked with top-tier companies on various digital transformation projects, both in delivery and in a business development perspective, which allowed him to develop a unique blend of business expertise as well as functional and technological skills.

Prof. Dimitris Tsougarakis


Former President of Lonian University, Greece

Biography

He obtained his first degree from the Dept. of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens, from which he also obtained a degree in English Studies. First elected Rector of the Ionian University (2004-2007 and re-elected 2007-2011). Director, M.A. course in the History of Urban Centres after the 16th c. Member of the Board of Governance of the Arab European Leadership Network in Higher Education

Dr. Samir Elshewy 


CEO – Founder of OrbScope for Software Technology

Biography

Samir El-Shewy is a software engineer and business solutions expert with 15+ years of leadership experience in Information Technology sector.

In 2013, Samir became the Founder – OrbScope, is a full-service software house based in Egypt and was established in 2013. We craft advanced and fully integrated solutions, outstanding services in addition to deliver successful cloud-based applications, IoT , LMS , SMS ,Sustainability – Eco systems and Mobile Applications, etc…

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