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.