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Dr Salma Abbasi, Chairperson and CEO, eWorldwide Group, delivered the keynote ‘Innovation 4.0’, during the opening session of the STEM and Creativity Fest. in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Dr Salma emphasized that there are huge diverse opportunities for youth from the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, which are embedded in the innovations that are fusing and integrating the physical, digital and biological spheres. She also stressed the need for Governments, Educational and Financial Institutions to update their policies and practices to ensure that holistic enabling environments are created for ‘start-ups and entrepreneurs’ to evolve and flourish across all sectors, particularly across the Agriculture value chain in Africa.
eWorldwide Group has successfully organized and delivered 4 innovative workshops during the STEM and Creativity Fest. on 26th - 27th June, 2019 in Kaduna State, Nigeria in collaboration with the ICT Hub
1. Introduction to Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Block Chain, What does it mean to you?
2. Innova ...Read More
Organized a dynamic and interactive thematic workshop on the growing global challenges of internet addiction – impact to the youth and a nation. A great debate with regulators from around the world on how regulations, policies and AI can be competently used to ensure balanced and safe engagement in digital space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr-HiZFwSC8&t=113s ...Read More
Dr. Salma Abbasi
Dr. Salma Abbasi is a technologist, philanthropist and social activist, with a proven track record as a visionary leader with dynamic drive and positive energy, she motivates both, professionals and the civil society. She is the CEO, eWorldwide Group, an international company focusing in development and security. A former Senior Vice President, Lucent Technologies, she has over 35 years’ experience in the field of technology, innovation for sustainable development and policy development for economic empowerment. Dr. Abbasi is a graduate of Civil Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering (MSc) and has her PhD in Information Communication Technologies (ICT). This diverse engineering background has given Dr. Abbasi a unique foundation to innovatively resolve complex problems at both the strategic and tactical levels, in the Public and Private Sectors around the World. [Read More]
Dr. Abbasi started her career in 1981 in Silicon Valley as a design engineer for AMD and rapidly progressed holding a series of diverse executive management positions in fortune 500 companies in fields ranging from engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and reliability, international business development and customer satisfaction. This rich experience has given her unique capabilities, knowledge and understanding to think outside the box in multiple cultures, challenging situations and in times of crisis. This led Dr. Abbasi to form the eWorldwide Group in 2001, a dynamic consortium of 37 companies, universities and organizations, providing multiple services and solutions focused in two primary areas: sustainable development and security.
As Chairperson of the eWorldwide Group, Dr. Abbasi is using her vast international experience and knowledge, along with her contacts to leverage best practices to develop unique multisector multistakeholder partnerships. She has successfully created strategies and initiatives that integrate policies and promote innovation to focus on ‘win-win’ scenarios, thus laying the foundations for sustainable knowledge economies. Dr. Abbasi advocates that the only way to develop a truly resilient knowledge economy is to engage local SMEs, preparing them with holistic capabilities to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and build an inclusive society. This has directly benefited local economies resulting in sustainable socioeconomic development, harmonized within local context. Furthermore, she is creatively using ICTs to support the inclusion of people with disabilities and bridge the digital gender divide with practical and culturally sensitive solutions along with the inclusion for all. She is of the view that sustainably empowering women with knowledge and the ability to be economically independent will allow women to gain reliable access to food. This will sustainably tackle malnutrition and create a holistic model for ensuring safer healthier lives across all stages of life for mothers, infants and the girls of reproductive age.
Dr. Abbasi has been a member of various UN agencies over the past 12 years and works very closely with Governments across the world, focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2009, Dr. Abbasi was invited by the WHO to be part of the international organizing committee for the first global forum on medical devices to build a better understanding of the role that technology can play in improving the lives of people with special needs. This resulted in her developing an innovative concept to holistically address the challenges of people with special needs and to ensure their inclusion in society by the creation and implementation of the Assistive Technology Centre (ATC). Subsequently, in 2010, she also developed a concept to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by using ICT’s for delivering knowledge and awareness at the grassroots level. This was endorsed by the department of Making Pregnancy Safer, at the WHO. In response to the high mortality rate in children caused by infectious diseases, she developed a multi-dimensional school health initiative that targets ‘Preventing Avoidable Deaths from Infectious Diseases (PADID). This was endorsed by UNICEF in 2011 and is currently being implemented in Asia and Africa. More recently, as member of the Ebola Steering Committee in Nigeria, she established the first purpose built Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC) in Kaduna State, the first in West Africa.
Also as a member of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) High Level Experts Group (HLEG) for Cybersecurity, she is working on defining national level security strategies and policies for cybercrime and security. In this context, Dr. Abbasi authored the concept paper for ‘Child Online Protection’ (COP), focused on protecting children from the dangers of the internet. In June 2008, the ITU’s Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, subsequently endorsed and adopted this concept and it is now a global strategic initiative for the ITU and its member nations.
Subsequently, she joined hands with UNESCO in 2010, to help support and drive the ‘power of peace’ initiative. Recognizing the impact of the digital society on youth, she founded and championed the creation of an international network of ‘Global Cyber Ambassadors for Peace’ (GCAP). This network engages school children from around the world to embrace the ‘concept of understanding, peace, tolerance and respect’. In March 2010, Dr. Abbasi was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence for promoting understanding between global cultures by the UK Ministry of Communities and Local Government.
Dr. Abbasi has been described as a “visionary leader who executes” and pushes for results. It is her personal goal to make a difference in everything she does by striving to improve the quality of life of marginalized people all over the world. She continues to spread her positive ideas, energy, experience and understanding, by delivering key notes at various global conferences on multiple platforms ranging from sustainable development, health and general wellbeing, gender empowerment to security and policy review to create a safe space for debate and knowledge creation to support peace, understanding and harmony in the world.
Dr. Amanat Hussain
Dr. Amanat Hussain has over twenty years of experience in providing management consultancy services to a wide range of public and private sector organisations. He has extensive experience of providing business change consultancy, Programme and project management support, business analysis, and system selection and implementation expertise. Dr. Hussain has managed Complex Change Programmes in diverse market sectors including defence, financial markets and the public safety environment. He has successfully delivered the Command, Control, Communication and Information (C3i) Programme for the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police Service. [Read More]
He has working with the Olympic Security Directorate to design the National Command and Control Programme to provide security for the 2012 London Olympics. He has recently been appointed the Chief Programme Advisor on the Enterprise Command and Crisis-management Centre (EC3) for the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai. He is also working with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary on 2012 Organisation Transformation Programme. Dr Hussain lectures at a school of management on organisational development and project management and has developed and run professional courses on project management, operational risk management and organisational change. Dr Hussain has written a book titled “Managing Operational Risk in Financial Markets” that was published by Butterworth Heinemann in March 2000.
Dr. Pierre Rossel
Dr. Pierre Rossel is a PhD graduate in anthropology (1990) from the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland). His key qualifications are core competence reassignment and reengineering, change management, innovation for regional development, early detection of technological of innovation potential, foresight intelligence and roadmapping, e-Government and e-Governance, m-Government, digital cities, bridging of the digital divide, information and communication technologies for sustainable development. He has worked as a Program coordinator in ICSC World Laboratory technology transfer operations (Lausanne based, but with transfers and competence park building taking place in Argentina) and served as Director of the Tissot Economic Foundation (1988-1993). [Read More]
During the 1990s, he has been the Managing director of the European master in Science, society and technology at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Lausanne. He has also worked as Work package manager in a European program (ARIADNE II) on the development of e-learning tools for capacity building in the area of technological intelligence for SMEs. He has been the Swiss delegate in the COST A22 European project on new methods in foresight (2004-2007), and Chair of one of the three working groups (on seeds of change, weak signal analysis and early detection). He has been teaching, researching and providing advisory services ever since in the domain of early detection of technological innovation potential, on the basis of an extensive international experience. Presently he is offering services as Senior Scientific fellow at College of Management, Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Lausanne, and is also the Vice-president of the Tissot Economic Foundation.
Mr. John Seddon
Mr. Seddon specializes in technology and operational risk management for commercial, retail, and trade finance banks. Mr. Seddon has a vast experience of operational assessments of bank and payment products, information technology, data protection and anti-money laundering practices, and related implementation services for bank operations, core banking systems, e-banking systems, and payment systems. Mr. Seddon is a member of the Risk Management Association, the Association for Financial Professionals, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He holds a BA with Honors and a Master of Science in Information Technology, from University of Essex, England.
Mr. Sam Jiwani
For over 25 years, Sam Jiwani has provided technology based business solutions and created global alliances. In addition to IT projects, he is involved with creating alliances in the areas of Solar Energy, Wind Power, Aerospace, Rapid Transit and Education. Industry expertise include Commercial Banks (Retail, Wholesale and International), Real Estate (Mortgage Banks and Title Insurance), Entertainment (Television and Motion Pictures), Telephone & Communications, Media (Newspapers), Petroleum, Electronics, Heavy Constructions, Manufacturing and Distribution. Several magazines including Information Week, American Banker, The Military Engineer, Engineering News Record and India Journal have published articles about his innovative solutions.
Dr. Kevin W. Cushing
Dr. Kevin W. Cushing has worked in the Middle East since 1981. During that time Mr. Cushing, worked for McDonald Douglas on the F-15 Aircraft Sale (Royal Saudi Air Force Peace Sun Program), General Electric FPS-117 radar sale, and site installation (Royal Saudi Air Force Peace Shield Program), and ACS Defense on the Long-Haul Communication Network, Satellite Earth Station, and Rapid Action Deployment Units contract (Royal Saudi Air Force Peace Shield Program). During his tenure with ACS Defense, Mr. Cushing worked as the Vice President Business Operations and General Manager – Middle East. In the spring of 2004, Mr. Cushing was a cofounder of Dalma Tech², which provides military and commercial clients with systems engineering and development services throughout a system life cycle. [Read More]
Kevin W. Cushing is a PhD in international business from American University London. He has multiple corporate education degrees like Corporate Investment Strategies, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, International Corporate Finance, Emerging Markets in Asia and Latin America etc. Mr. Cushing attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York where in 1977 he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance. In 1994, Mr. Cushing received an MBA from Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Mr. Robert Neil Cooke
Robert Neil Cooke is President of Neil Cooke & Associate , he was Former Business Development Manager, BSI GM Vice President ,BSI Inc USA. Robert Neil Cooke was also a Business Manager, Trainer and Lead Auditor for a variety of business systems and Standards. Robert Neil Cooke is an experienced UK & overseas Lead Auditor, Trainer & Management Systems Consultant. He is a qualified trainer for ISO9001 2000 Lead Auditor, ISO9001 2000 Internal Auditor, ISO9001 2000 System Transition, ISO9001 2000 Auditor Transition, ISO 17799: 2000 Lead Auditor, BS 7799 Awareness, ISO 14001.1994 EMS Awareness, Process Mapping Tools, Social Accountability (SA 8000),Social Accountability Awareness. He has worked as a Business Development Manager, Director of Operations, GM Vice President; Area Manager- Operations. He has also worked as Senior Building Surveyor / Control Officer in planning department of local government.
Mr. Hassan Mohammad Al-Sharif
Hassan Mohammad Al-Sharif has held the position of Regional Information Officer/Executive Director, Information Technology, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA , Director, Governance, Risk and Compliance, IT Compliance, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, EXTENDENT, INC. San Francisco, CA , 2003 ,Senior Director, Strategic Applications, Blue Shield of California, San Francisco, CA , 2000 Independent Healthcare Technology Consulting Director, San Francisco, CA , 1999 Senior Director, Advanced Technologies, Health Systems Design Inc. , Oakland, CA , 1996. He has 25 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley in multi-disciplinary functions in Fortune 500 companies Over 12 years of experience in health information technology. He has expertise in planning, implementation, deployment, security and compliance of Electronic Medical and Health Record systems (EMR/EHR) enterprise implementations.