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  • Samir El-Masri, PhD
  • Certified Digital Transformation & AI Expert Certified Blockchain Expert, Professor of Data Analytics

Certified Digital Business Transformation Management and AI Consultant & Trainer, Certified Blockchain Expert, senior regional director and full professor of Data Analytics and industrial software solutions. An expert of Big Data Analytics, Digital Health, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Science, Machine Learning, Cloud, IOT and Industrial Internet of Things. Microsoft Azure, Technical GE Predix (Cloud based industrial Internet platform) leader, managing large development and data science team in MENA T using Scrum/ Agile methodology. Published over 100 research papers at international conferences, journals and books.Currently, providing training and consulting services to large organizations (Oil & Gas, Banking, Telco, Education, Healthcare, Power, Retail, Government…) in the region and helping them with digital transformation and AI enabled by the convergence of the new emerging digital technologies. Holds a PhD in IT and software development with more than 25-year experience in ICT industry. Worked as an IT senior program manager/Director for more than 5 years in France, 3 years in Japan, 10 years in Australia and 8 years in Saudi Arabia, 3 of which with GE eHealth and Oil & Gas Digital. Currently Senior consultant in Digital Transformation for several international companies in the region. Prince2 certified and managed over 100 software development projects in different industries.

Ph.D. in engineering sciences: Numerical simulation and modelling, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, 1997.
M.Sc. in engineering sciences: Numerical simulation and modelling, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, 1994.
Electrical & Electronics Engineering Degree, Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 1993. Other Education
Certified Blockchain Expert, Blockchain Council 2018
Certification of Digital Business Transformation Management, CXO 2018
Blockchain for business, an introduction to Hyperledger, Linux Foundation, 2018
Blockchain in business, IBM 2018
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft 2018
Data Analytics for Managers, Microsoft 2018
Analyzing and visualizing Data with Power BI, Microsoft 2018
Cybersecurity, University of Washington, USA 2018
Digital Transformation Strategy, University of Boston, USA, 2017
Cloud computing, Microsoft, 2017
Crash course in Data Science, Johns Hopkins University, USA 2017
Building a Data Science Team, Johns Hopkins University, USA 2016
Big Data Specialization, University of California, San Diego, USA 2016
Machine Learning Specialization, Stanford University, USA 2015
Data Science at Scale Specialization, University of Washington, USA 2015
Statistics: Making sense of data, University of Toronto, Canada, 2015

July 2017 - Present: Certified Digital Business Transformation Management Consultant and Certified Blockchain Expert, assisting medium and large companies and organizations in their Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain journeys leveraged by the digital technologies in the region. Industries vary from telco to Banking, healthcare, oil and gas, power, government, retail and others.
January 2016 - July 2017: Senior Regional Director – Industrial Internet of Things Solutions for MENA T region at General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas. Leading development and implementation team of data scientists, software developers and subject matter experts developing data analytics solutions on cloud based digital platforms.
July 2014 - January 2016: Director of eHealth and digital health in the Eastern & African Growth Market region at General Electric (GE) Healthcare. Leading all training and projects of big data analytics, cloud based digital solutions and digital health in the region.
2009-2014: Professor at Department of Information Systems, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2006-2009: Senior software development consultant, Senior Project/Program manager managing development and implementation of large information systems projects at DWS Advance Business Solutions (leading IT consulting company), Sydney Australia
2001-2006: Associate Professor at Department of Software Engineering, School of Computer and Information technology, Western Sydney University and Sydney University, Australia
1998-2001: Software Program Manager at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, developing talking robot, Sapporo, Japan
1997-1998: PostDoc at College of Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Certifications or Professional Registrations:
Certified Blockchain Expert (Certificate No. 11540818)
Digital Business Transformation Management (Certificate No. 11252444)
Building Essential Leadership Skills (General Electric)
Prince2 formal certification (Project management)
Business consultant certification
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