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H.E. MP Sheikh Nadim Gemayel

Chairman of the ICT Committee, Lebanese Parliament

Nadim Gemayel is member of the Lebanese Parliament since 2009 representing Beirut District and Chairman of the Information and Technology Parliamentary Committee since June 2018.

His background as a lawyer and his passion for technology and the digital world drove him to lead and support new laws and policies to empower the digital sector. His focus is mainly on Cybersecurity and data privacy.

Nadim Gemayel’s strong belief in the power of Education in shaping societies, pushed him to become a prominent catalyst in enhancing the educational system in Lebanon. He actively promotes and encourages Educational Institutions to embrace a digital curriculum, in this critical stage, going into the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Nadim Gemayel is also founder of Achrafieh 2020, focused on creating accessible and environment-friendly public areas, and shaping new behaviors considering the challenges of the City.

H.E. Former Minister of Telecom & MP Nicolas Sehnaoui

Chairman, UK-Lebanon Tech Hub

Born in 1967 and married with three kids, Nicolas Sehnaoui served as the Minister of Telecommunications of the Republic of Lebanon between June 2011 and February 2014. He successfully upgraded Lebanon’s telecommunications infrastructure rolling out 3G and 4G, securing redundancy on the international connectivity, launching a national Fiber Optic Backbone and Beirut Digital District to name only a few of his accomplishments.

His efforts were crowned by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union that ranked Lebanon 1st in progress out of 157 countries in the 2012 ICT Development Index.

Prior to taking office Sehnaoui successfully managed several companies across a variety of industries. He now chairs the UK Lebanon Tech Hub that aims at creating a corridor between Lebanon and England to allow Lebanese ICT entrepreneurs to access the world supply chain through the London platform.

In May 2018 he was elected member Parliament for the Beirut 1 district.

Dr. Fouad Mrad

Senior Program Manager of Frontier Technologies, ESCWA

Professor Fouad Mrad joined the United Nations in 2009 and led the establishment of the UN ESCWA regional technology center in Amman, Jordan in 2011. He served as the founding Executive Director of the Centre till 2017. He is currently the Senior Program Manager of Frontier Technologies in ESCWA, Beirut. His main focus is to develop and facilitate the deployment of adequate policies and strategies that enable effective capturing of the benefits of rapidly changing technologies towards sustainable development in the Arab countries.  He is the science advisor and judge of the Arab world innovation TV program “Stars of Science.”

From 1990 to 1993, he worked for IBM magnetic storage division in Minnesota, USA. He then served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB) up until 2009.

He received his Ph.D. and MS degrees from Purdue University, Indiana; and BSc from State University of New York at Buffalo; all in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Ayman Kayssi

Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering and Associate Dean, MSFEA, AUB

I am a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and associate dean of its Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. I was born in Lebanon, and studied electrical engineering at AUB and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I co-founded, with two other professors, SAUGO 360, the first AUB-incubated startup. I teach courses in electronics and in networking, and have received AUB's Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. My current research interests are in networking and information security; I have published articles in the areas of security, networking, circuits, and VLSI.