Emirati Foundation hosts in Cairo Arabs scientists and entrepreneurs in final ceremony of Arab Technology Business Plan Competition
- Egypt: Tuesday, January 08 - 2013 at 16:11
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The Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) organizes in collaboration with and the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) in Egypt, and partnership with The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), under the patronage and participation of H.E. Dr. Hisham Kandil, Egyptian Prime Minister, the final ceremony of the 8th cycle of the Arab Technology Business Plan Competition (TBPC), in Cairo, on January 14, 2013.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation for Egypt and H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Kandil to take care of this and participate in the ceremony, with Egyptian officials, including Dr. Nadia Zakhary Minister for Scientific Research. Pointing out that Egypt is the beating heart of the Arab world, and when Egypt rises, the entire Arab nation will rise.
12 entrepreneurs from the Arab Spring countries
He added that the top three winners will be selected within the finals of the 8th cycle of the TBPC. There are 12 entrepreneurs that are competing for the first three ranks, from: Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen and Jordan. The value of the prizes for the first three places is: $6000, $4000 and $3000 respectively.
Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar added that 380 projects from 15 Arab countries participated in the first phase of the TBPC. Then has the first phase qualifiers, followed by an E-training workshop, then a training workshop in Cairo, attended by 30 entrepreneurs from 11 Arab countries. The qualification has in the last phase involved 12 Entrepreneur of 5 Arab countries, mostly from the Arab Spring, to compete for the top three winners.
'The Galileo Master for Satellite Navigation' competition
Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar referred that the winner of the Galileo Master for Satellite Navigation" competition, will be honored, within the ceremony. The Galileo Master competition is organized by the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), on behalf of and cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European GNSS Supervisory Authority. The winner for the Middle East and North Africa (Arab MENA Regional Challenge), one of the twenty regions that participate in the international competition, is Dr. Engineer Mohamed ayan, an Egyptian national, control station manager at NileSat. And oversees the competition, Dr. Omar Al-Emam, a British nationality, an expert at the Center for Space Studies EADS Astrium Satellite Company UK, supervises the competition.
Cooperation protocol to transfer research to companies with STDF
Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar said that within the final ceremony ASTF will signs with the STDF (Science and Technology Development Fund),a cooperation protocol to transfer research to companies, in order to support innovative ideas, researches concentrated on economic feasibility, and turn to emerging technology and industrial companies.
For his part, Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, manager of the Science and Technology Fund (STDF) that this protocol is supported by H.E. Dr. Nadia Zakhary, minister for Scientific Research. He explained that this protocol will contribute to the transfer of scientific research that offers competitive innovative solutions to companies. It is planned to be the start of five companies, based on research and innovation, and STDF will cooperate Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), in the provision of funding through their network of relations, to support for entrepreneurs and innovators, industry and the Egyptian economy.
Dr. Mahmoud Sakr referred that this Protocol comes consistent with the policies of the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Scientific Research, to transform the results of research to products that meet the needs of the society and help boost economic development, create jobs and generate a decent incomes for young, especially the entrepreneurs.
Famous Arabs scientists in the Arab and western countries participate
ASTF invited the famous Arab scientists in the Arab and Western countries. Many of them confirmed his participation. They come from America, Canada, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iraq and Egypt. We mention between them: Dr. Abdalla Alanjjar, (UAE), President of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF); Dr. Ghada Amer, Egypt, a professor of electrical engineering and vice president of ASTF; Dr. Mahmoud Sakr, Egypt, manager of science and technological development fund in Egypt; Dr. Moza bint Mohammed Al-Rabban, from Qatar, an expert and a professor in atomic physics, plasma physics and laser at the University of Qatar.
Dr. Omar Al-Emam, British citizen and an Iraqi origin, an expert at the Center for Space Studies EADS Astrium Satellite Company UK, wil give a speech, an pioneers advocate for the establishment of the first space agency for the Middle East and North Africa. Also we mention Professor Osama Awad Al-Karim, U.S. of Sudanese origin, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and co-director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, and adviser to the U.S. State Department in technology. Dr. Samira Islam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Saudi Arabia's first global highly regarded prestigious international scientific, a professor in the field of medicine, head of the unit of measurement medicine at King Fahd Medical Research at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia.
We also add Professor Mowafaq Al Jassim (America, of Iraqi origin), the principal investigator in the research group the National Energy Laboratory, Colorado, USA. Professor Dr. Ibrahim El-Ouadi (France, of Moroccan descent), head of development and laboratory analyzes Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of La Rochelle in France, and visiting professor in a number of European, American and Moroccan universities. Dr. Fathi Gorbel, U.S. of Tunisian origin, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, and director of Laboratory robots and intelligence systems at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and president of itRobotics. Dr. Fakhri Osman Karry (Canada, of Tunisian origin), professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and associate director of the laboratory automated smart systems, and co-director of a Pattern for analyzing artificial intelligence of the machines, and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Vestic Inc.
Dr. Hassan Azazi, Egypt, Head of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo, will talk about his success story, in setting up a startup company based on scientific research, enjoy the economic viability. Dr Azazi is the most famous scientist in Egypt in 2012, the poll of Al-Ahram Daily Newspaper, and key partners of ASTF. He won the first place last year in the TBPC. Dr. Azazi and his team, developed a treatment for hepatitis "C" through the use of nanotechnology, has effective and low cost, especially since more than 20% of Egyptians living with the virus, and more than 200 million people are living with HIV around the world.
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