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
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
has been working as a Territory Manager for Cisco Systems in the United
Arab Emirates for 3 years. Top
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
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.
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
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
Rodney Philip Harper
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.
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.
to this he was Vice President for the International Marketing and Networks
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
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.
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
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
has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic engineering from California
State University and an MBA from the University of Laverne, California. Top
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.
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).
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.
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).
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 (http://www.highway.idsc.gov.eg/).
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.
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).
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 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.
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
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.
Gray graduated from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI)
Geneva in 2000 where she obtained her Master’s in Political Science
and Economics. She also studied in Germany, Canada, and the United