Bridging The Gap Between Industry and Academia (Speakers)


Hoda Baraka

Session Title:

Digital Skilling and Up-Skilling to Get Industry-ready Professionals

Short Bio:

Dr. Hoda Baraka is a Professor of Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, as well as the Advisor to Egypt Minister of ICT for Technology Talents Development. Currently, she is leading two national skilling initiatives The Digital Egypt Builders initiative DEBI targeting university graduates, and The Digital Egypt Cubs Initiative targeting students in schools from G7 to G11.

She was the Former First Deputy Minister of ICT since 2006 till 2013. From 2002 till 2013, she was also the National Director of Egypt's ICT Trust Fund, which is established to promote the use of ICT for Development.

Dr. Baraka successfully managed the implementation of several national ICT for Development projects in Egypt and abroad in a number of crucial sectors such as education, e-administration, e-health, etc. Her activities include formulating effective Public Private Partnerships, policies’ development and planning of ICT for Development, ICT projects' implementation, monitoring and evaluation and human resources development.

Prof. Baraka has been awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa prize for the use of ICTs in Education, for her contribution in the development and enhancement of education in Egypt using ICT. She was one of WEF/UNESCO Partnership for Education Technical Advisory Group on Capacity development, and a former member of WEF Global Agenda Council for Technologies in Education.

Dr. Baraka has more than thirty years of extensive experience as consultant in the field of digital transformation for public and private sectors.


Aida Elsabban

Session Title:

The gap between Academia & Industry: Reasons & Local efforts to bridge this gap

Short Bio:

Aida Elsabban is the Advisor for the State-Minister of Military Production for Electronics Industries and Energy with extensive leadership and proven experience for over than (31) years in this field.

She was the first female to hold the Chairperson of the Board/CEO position in 2 of AOI (Arab Organization for Industrialization) entities.

Aida Elsabban is also a visiting lecturer in BUE (British University in Egypt) as well as an active TPC member in several technical international conferences and national-funded projects. She was a member in the Foreign Relations & African Affairs Committee in the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers. Since 2021, she has been participating in WomenTech Network International Conference; either as an organizer or as a speaker.

She was previously and is currently a Board member in several entities, such as Digital Economy and Technology General Division, Commercial Chambers Union, where she is currently heading the Technical Committee for “Tawteen” initiative. This initiative aims to automate retailers in line with the country’s policy in digital transformation.

In 2015, Aida participated also in developing the country's strategy in Electronics industry field named "Egypt makes Electronics”.

In 2019, Aida was honored as one of the top 30 women- in all life fields in the Egyptian Women Forum. She also received a recognition award in the 36th National Conference for Radio Science (NRSC2019). In addition, she got the 2nd place in the innovation & industrial contest from AOI in 1997.


Rim Barrak

Session Title:

Potential win-win opportunities between academia and Industry : the case of SUP'COM

Short Bio:

Rim Barrak received a B. Eng. degree from the École Polytechnique de Tunisie in 2000, an M.Sc. in telecommunications from the École Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada) in 2002, and a Ph.D. and post-doctoral lecture qualification in Information and Communication Technologies from Higher School of Communication of Tunis (SUP'COM) in 2007 and 2019, respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor; the head of the Electronics, Physics, and Propagation Department at SUP’COM; and a senior member of the GRES’COM research laboratory at SUP’COM. Her research interests lie within the area of wireless communications and microwave engineering, including the design of tunable and multiband RF circuits and SDR receivers for multi-standard wireless systems. She has published more than 50 papers in international journals and conferences.