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Open culture and the Internet in the Middle East

Ahmed Tantawy
Friday July 18, 2008

Event:
Wikimania 2008
Biography:
Dr. Ahmed N. Tantawy is the Technical Director of IBM in the Middle East and North Africa. He established the IBM Technology Development Center in Cairo, Egypt. The Center is among very few in the world, and the only one in the Middle East and Africa, to achieve CMMi Level 5 certification, the highest level of software development quality in the world.In 1996-97, Dr. Tantawy was the Director of Digital Video Technology at the IBM Telecommunications and Media Industry Solutions Unit, where he had worldwide responsibility for the development of hardware and software products and solutions for various digital media applications. Between 1988 and 1995, he was a Research Staff Member and Manager of the Multimedia Communication Systems department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. From 1980 to 1988, Dr. Tantawy was a University Professor and an independent consultant in the USA, France, and the Middle East. He led several projects in the areas of Factory Automation, National Health Information Infrastructure, and Data Network Interconnection via Satellites. Dr. Tantawy received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 1980 from Grenoble, France, and his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1973 and 1976, respectively, from Alexandria University, Egypt.