Arab Region Internet & Telecom Summit
Muscat (Oman), 28-30 May 2001


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Abdulilah Dewachi Rodney Philip Harper
Hassan Al Abdouli Saleem Jawad Al-Khabori
Manuel Zaragoza Sherif Hashem
Mazen Jabri Tim Kelly
Michael Minges Vanessa Gray
Rami Majzoub   


Abdulilah Dewachi
Abdulilah Dewachi studied electronics and communication, then computer engineering at London University. He went on to do his doctorate research on performance and evaluation techniques for large computing systems at the same University.

Mr Dewachi has over 37 years of technical, management and consulting experience in areas related to the application of information and communication technology in the Arab region. Countries that he worked in prior to joining the UN-ESCWA include the UK, Iraq, Qatar and Jordan.

In 1985 he became a Fellow of the UK Institution of Electrical Engineers, IEE's highest professional grade. He is also a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Senior Member of the American IEEE.

Mr Dewachi has published over 70 papers, reports and articles in his areas of interest. He also co-authored a textbook on Computer Science and Programming that was reprinted five times between 1987 and 1991.

In his present capacity as Regional Advisor on Communications and Computer Networking, he has been providing technical assistance and consultancy services to government and non-governmental organizations on issues related to assessment of the telecommunication sectors, information and communication infrastructures and directions for development at both national and institutional levels, and the introduction and application of policy issues related to the Internet, electronic commerce and the application of electronic government in the region. Top

Hassan Al Abdouli
Hassan Al Abdouli graduated in Business Administration, Management Major, from South Carolina University, USA, in December 1996. He started working for Etisalat in May 1997 in the Business Development Research and Planning Unit until October 1998. From October 1998 up to date he has been transferred to the International Business Department to handle Etisalat's new service (Emirates Internet Exchange-EMIX) to Internet Service providers in Asia and Africa. Mr Abdouli is now responsible for the Sales and Marketing of EMIX.

Manuel Zaragoza  

Manuel Zaragoza is presently Coordinator of the GTU/GTTI project (Global Telecommunication University / Global Telecommunication Training Institute) in the  HRD (Human Resources Development) Division of the ITU/BDT. He has been working as Project Coordinator and Senior Expert in ITU/BDT international projects for many years, at the regional and national level, in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was involved in the development of management information systems for telecommunications as well as in the implementation of other tools such as Internet/intranets and their applications.  Before joining the ITU in his present post, Mr. Zaragoza worked for the Spanish Administration where he was also involved in management information systems as well as in telecommunication standardization (GII and future networks).  Before that he worked for Siemens for several years.

Mr. Zaragoza has a degree as Ingeniero Superior de Telecomunicación and as Licenciado en Informática, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.  He has published technical articles in many professional magazines and has collaborated in the preparation of several ITU publications. Top

Mazen Jabri

Mazen Jabri is a Lebanese citizen and was born in 1960.

He graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1982, obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering. He completed his Master’s of Science in Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin in 1983.

Mr Jabri worked as a Sales Manager with Gulf stars Computer Systems in Saudi Arabia for 12 years. He also worked as a Business Development Manager with the Abdul Latif Jameel Group for 4 years.

He has been working as a Territory Manager for Cisco Systems in the United Arab Emirates for 3 years. Top

Michael Minges  

Michael Minges has been head of the Telecommunications Data and Statistics Unit in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), since 1992. Prior to coming to the ITU, Mr. Minges worked at the International Monetary Fund for ten years where he held a variety of positions in information technology and statistics. Mr. Minges has a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from George Washington University (United States). 


Mr. Minges is responsible for analyzing world-wide developments in the telecommunication industry. He has written numerous articles on telecommunications progress in emerging countries and is the co-author of several books, including African Telecommunication Indicators and the World Telecommunication Development Report. Top

Rami Majzoub  

Rami Majzoub graduated with a BS in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 1994 . For 2 years he worked as a Systems Engineer & Systems Administrator of the server linked to Mastercard in St-Louis. 


Mr Majzoub obtained an  Executive MBA at the ESA Ecole Superieure des Affaires (supervised by HEC-Paris) in Beirut In 1997 he graduated with the first thesis on e-Commerce in Lebanon.  He underwent Management training at HEC & ESCP (France) as well as trainings on the Financial Market at Reuters Training Center in Geneva. 


Mr Majzoub was recruited by Reuters as a Sales Executive for Lebanon in January 1998 and promoted to Media Account Executive for Lebanon & Syria in December 1999. He was promoted again to Media Executive for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus & Iraq in May, 2000 and recently promoted to Senior Account Manager for Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria & Iraq. During that period, signed the first major content deal between an ISP and a content provider in Lebanon.  


In the last couple of years, he has been living  in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) and he has been  meeting major ISPs/Portals & GSM- and telecom operators and he has become acquainted to the strategy of a lot of ISPs & Telcom operators in the region, which has enabled him to be considered as one of the experts in that field in the Arabic region. He has held numerous presentations during regional conferences pertaining to IT, Telecom and e-commerce and participated in the major regional conferences. Top

Rodney Philip Harper  

Dr Rodney Philip Harper is currently based in Paris, France as Customer Awareness Director, with a responsibility for presenting Alcatel’s overall telecommunications vision & network solutions for the Group’s  region of international operations covering France, Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia & the Indian Sub-Continent.

From 1998 to 2000, he was also Project Director for this diverse region as well as for South East Asia . This presented unique challenges in ensuring a successful Y2K transition together with Alcatel’s customers for the Group’s widespread, installed base of communications equipment & software applications in the area.

Prior to this he was Vice President for the International Marketing and Networks Division, following a three year assignment from 1993 to 1996 in South Africa where he was General Manager for the Sales & Commercial Division of the Alcatel Altech Telecoms joint venture, located at the Boksburg factory outside Johannesburg.

He has held a number of senior technical-commercial and management positions which have involved marketing of a broad range of telecommunication  products in  emerging economies, including a further 5 years with Alcatel in Paris and 10 years with ITT in Belgium, first covering countries in the Middle East & Africa in 1976.

Starting in systems engineering with the then Plessey Telecommunications Group ( now part of Marconi Communications ) in the United Kingdom in the early 1970’s, he has a doctorate in Physics and a diploma in Telecommunications Technology. Top

Saleem Jawad Al-Khabori  

Saleem Jawad Al-Khabori has several years of experience in the computer industry and has worked in senior management positions in leading multinational companies in the United States.  He joined Omantel in 1995 and is currently an advisor to the General Manager of the Internet Business Unit.  

Mr Saleem has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic engineering from California State University and an MBA from the University of Laverne, California. Top

Sherif Hashem 

Dr Sherif Hashem is the Director of the Information Society Development Office (ISDO) at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt. He is also an Assistant Professor of Engineering Mathematics at the Faculty of Engineering at the Cairo University.

Dr. Hashem received a B.Sc. in Communication & Electronic Engineering (Distinction with honor) and an M.Sc. in Engineering Mathematics from Cairo University (Egypt – 1985 & 1988), and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (USA – 1993). 

Dr. Hashem authored and co-authored more than thirty articles and book chapters in the areas of information technology, computational intelligence, and operations research, with applications in engineering, energy, environment, and computer sciences.

Dr. Hashem held academic and research positions at Purdue University (USA), West Virginia University (USA), Honeywell Sensor and Systems Development Center (USA), and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the US-Department of Energy, working at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL (USA). 

Dr. Hashem worked as a consultant and senior project manager at the Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), and at the Regional Information Technology and Software Engineering Center (RITSEC), where he managed several information technology projects in various sectors including electronic commerce, tourism, culture heritage preservation, healthcare, and community empowerment, including the award winning Egypt Information Highway Project (

Dr. Hashem has conducted IT consultancy, studies and/or projects for the UN-ITU, UN-WHO, UN-POPIN, UN-ECA, Canadian IDRC, USAID, the Arab League ALECSO, the Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Electricity, and Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.

Dr. Hashem received several awards and recognitions including the Global Bangemann Challenge Award (from the King of Sweden: Stockholm – 1999), the International G7-GIP Information Society Award (G7/8: Warsaw – 1997), the Excellence in Teaming Award (PNNL – 1994), and the Spirit Award (Honeywell – 1992). Dr. Hashem is listed in MARQUIS Who`s Who in the World (16th edition – 1999 & Millennium edition – 2000 ) and in Who`s Who in America – Science and Engineering (5th Edition – 2000).

He is a founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt (ISE), and a member of the Internet Society (ISOC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Neural Network Society (INNS), and the Egyptian Syndicate for Engineers. Top

Tim Kelly  

Dr Tim Kelly is Co-ordinator of the activities of the Strategies and Policy Unit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where he has worked since 1993. Before joining ITU he spent five years as a Communications Policy Analyst with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and three years with Logica Consultancy Ltd.  He has an MA (Hons) degree in Geography and a Ph.D in industrial economics from Cambridge University.

Over the last eighteen years, Dr Kelly has specialised in the economics of the telecommunications industry. He has written or co-authored more than 20 books on the subject including the ITU's World Telecommunication Development Report: Mobile Cellular, Direction of Traffic: Trading Telecom Minutes (1999) and Challenges to the Network: Internet for development, all published for Telecom ’99. Top

Vanessa Gray  

Vanessa Gray has been working for the Telecommunication Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since October 2000. Before that, she worked for the Geneva Diplomatic Community Net (GDCNet), an ITU project that connects the Geneva-based missions to the Internet. Her main task was to give email and Internet courses to the Geneva based diplomatic community.

Ms Gray graduated from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) in Geneva in 2000 where she obtained her Master’s in Political Science and Economics. She also studied in Germany, Canada, and the United States.   Top


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