DescriptionMobility needs change in terms of technological advancements, human habits, societal patterns, and global trends. The concept of living labs can provide the means to stay ahead in this rapid and evolving development. From testing drones, autonomous cars and shuttles, last-mile delivery, scooters, and even walking, living labs have the opportunity to shape future cities and how humans interact. In this panel discussion, we will discuss how mobility innovations are crucial to connecting and interacting with each other. We will hear from experts in mobility on current and future trends, disruptive changes in the automotive industry, and new ways of connecting us. We will also examine the role of living labs in staying ahead of disruption and experimenting in times of uncertainty.
Dr. Khaled Elamrawi is the CEO & President of Brightskies. He co-founded the company in 2012, with a focus on providing professional software services globally in the areas of Automotive Software Development, High-Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, and Enterprise Software. Before his current role at Brightskies, Dr. Elamrawi was Intel's Regional Director for Enterprise Solutions and services in the Middle East. Before taking on that role, Dr. Elamrawi was Intel's General Manager for Egypt, Levant, North Africa, and the Director of Intel's Platform Definition Center based in Cairo. Dr. Elamrawi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1968. He received his bachelor's and Masters's degrees in 1991 and 1994 from Alexandria University, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Virginia, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his Executive MBA from the University of Oregon in 2004.
Mohamad Awad Charafeddine
Mohamad graduated from the AUB in Lebanon and then went to Stanford for a MS and PhD. He then joined a Stanford spin-out startup in the Silicon Valley to diagnose and optimize entire telco broadband networks with 120M households under management. He did his MBA at the Berkeley Haas School of Business, and then headed the Applied AI R&D lab at Samsung, pushing the envelope in applied Reinforcement Learning and Deep Learning at scale. After that, he joined Facebook in Menlo Park to work in the Core ML team for Business Integrity, classifying content for all ads and marketplace content for Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. He joined Careem in the summer of 2019 to support its mission of making everyday life simple for the people of the MENAP region. After leading Mobility Engineering for mobility of people, mobility of things, and infrastructure & AI, he now leads Careem’s Mobility Platform as the VP of Product. He is interested in developing the entrepreneurship and VC ecosystem in the region having served as an advisory and on the investment committee of Arzan VC since 2015. You can follow him on Medium and Twitter @mohamadtweets.
Mohamed Abdel-Aal is a founding member of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), where he joined the institution during its construction phase in 2008. He is responsible for managing the Digital Experience and Innovation & the "KAUST Smart" program with a primary focus on leveraging technologies, processes, and people to create a "smart" digital experience across the university and city of KAUST. Mohamed had previously managed the University's I.T. infrastructure and research computing, including systems, servers, storage, data center facilities, HPC clusters, and an extensive network that spans the sprawling community and housing facilities. Mohamed oversees strategic digital transformation plans and initiatives, including partnerships and collaborations with leading industry players to utilize KAUST's unique setting as a launchpad and a living lab for pilots and creative concepts. Mohamed holds an MBA and an M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a B.S. degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
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