Moderator: Ahmed Khalifah
Ahmed is a first generation Canadian- Egyptian and has lived in Canada since 1997. He received his B.SC in Architecture and City Planning in Egypt in 1989. He then received his post graduate diploma in Math and Computer Science in Egypt in 1993. Ahmed has worked for IBM Egypt in 1992 and again in 1996, The Central Bank of Saudi Arabia in 1994 and IBM Canada since 1997. Ahmed is a meber of several religious dialogue groups and is author of the Muslim Agitator Blog which deals with topics concerning Egyptians in Canada.
Nisreen Atoute received her BASc in 2006 at the University of Toronto, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, she was employed by ATI Technologies Inc until it was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) later that year. Today, Nisreen is still employed at AMD, having the title Member of Technical Staff Analog Design Engineer. She has over 8 years of experience workign in semiconductor technology, specializing in the testing and measurement of analog and mixed signal designs. In 2012, she published a technical paper the IEEE Xplore Digital Library titled “Signal Integrity Validation of De-embedding Techniques Using Accurate Transfer Functions”. Beyond her technical role, Nisreen is passionate about encouraging the next generation of women to join the field of high-tech semiconductor technology. She plays a strong role in the University Relations Team at AMD where she interacts with University of Toronto students throughout the school year.
Tamer E. El-Diraby is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is also the Director of the Centre for Civil Informatics at the University of Toronto, Canada. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His work focuses on the use of information technology and knowledge management tools to optimize the design and construction of civil infrastructure systems with focus on: infrastructure interdependency, asset management systems and context-sensitive design and construction.
Roumanos Dableh completed his electrical engineering degree at McMaster University in 2003. In 2004, he co-founded Fifth Light Technology, where he led the applied research and business development activities. Fifth Light Technology has been recognized as a world leader in the building automation industry, with many pioneering innovations in digital lighting control hardware and web based management software. In 2012, Fifth Light Technology was acquired by Cooper Lighting, where he currently works as Technical Director for the Research and Development team. His professional interests include organizational management, creative direction, software architecture and technology convergence.
Nadine Ibrahim is Manager of Asset Management and Sustainable Infrastructure at Urban and Environmental Management (UEM), and is also currently studying for her PhD in Sustainable Infrastructure in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T).
Academically, she holds a BASc and MASc from U of T in Civil Engineering, and a Certificate of Preventive Engineering and Social Development. She has held the position of President of the Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association, and has been awarded the Early Career Award by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at U of T. Professionally, as an engineer and a certified Project Management Professional, she has taken on challenging roles on many sustainability and development projects in Canada, working with the City of Hamilton, York Region, Halton Region and Peel Region; and her work extends to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Nadine currently volunteers with Engineers without Borders as a seminar leader addressing eradicating poverty and extreme hunger through principles of Corporate Social Responsibility. Some other volunteer experiences included managing an environmental entrepreneurship and social innovation program at Taking It Global, a not-for-profit organization that connects and engages youth to actively shape a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
Sobhy Masoud: Architect (full biography to come soon)