Major Consulting Activities

Overall, I am interested in the wide area of “Information Technology” (IT) and many of its related applications. My general interest in the area of IT has given me the capability in utilizing my background to serve IT-intensive organizations by, for example, critically evaluating and independently examining functional parameters of existing and up-coming Internet and communications related technologies (both hardware and software) and recommending improvements (where appropriate). The end result is to be able to review, audit, upgrade or re-engineer an organization’s entire IT system (hardware and software) and business processes in order to recommend medium to long-term solutions that is within the organization’s budget and consistent with its future growth objectives. Being in the academic field, I am also interested in designing undergraduate and graduate university programs in IT-related specialization areas.

  • July 2013 – present: As the Vice President for Regional and External Program (REP) at AUB, I have been intensively involved in academic consulting in over 400 projects in a total of 30 countries within the MENA region and beyond.
  • October 2006 – June 2011: As the Vice President for Regional and External Program (REP) at AUB, I have been intensively involved in academic consulting in around 200 projects in over 22 countries within the MENA region and beyond. REP represents the entrepreneurial and consulting arm of AUB.
  • December 2003 – August 2004: For the College of Science & Technology, Salalah, Oman. The work, carried out through the office of REP at AUB, involved initiating engineering programs and assessing the facilities at the College as part of the newly established Dhofar University.
  • December 12, 2002 – March 11, 2003: For ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), UN, Beirut, to provide expert consulting to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division. The work addressed the ICT capacity building for public schools in South Lebanon. The study aimed to survey the ICT state of public schools in South Lebanon and present a phased plan for upgrading IT teaching taking into account growth requirements over the next five years.
  • September 2002: For ESCWA, UN, Beirut, to provide expert consulting to the ICT Division. The work addressed the harmonization of ICT standards related to Arabic language use in information society applications. It involved identification of Arabic language standardization issues, selected priority issues (Arabic character encoding, display, email, web browsing, searching and indexing), as well as legislative and regulatory issues for information and knowledge management.
  • July 2002: For ESCWA, UN, Beirut, to provide a study on ICT Potentials in Lebanon: Barriers and Accelerators. The study addresses: (a) the general issue of ICTs for socioeconomic development, including the futuristic view of the Internet as a global virtual computer, (b) how Lebanon could move towards the information society, (c) technology-based initiatives in Lebanon for SME development, and employment creation, and (d) synthesis of the major policy and strategy questions highlighting roles/options for the state as well as challenges and opportunities for ICT in Lebanon.
  • August 1, 2001 – December 1, 2001: For GSC (Graeber, Simmons, and Cowan) of Austin, Texas, USA, to provide expert consulting services pertaining to the Beirut Emerging Technology Industrial and Research Center (BETZ) project. The project is locally administered by IDAL (Investment Development Authority of Lebanon). The consulting work involved: (a) mapping the existing technology industry environment in Lebanon, (b) analysis of the technology industry in Lebanon, and (c) assessing suitable technologies for an IT park in Beirut.
  • September 1-20, 2001: For New Horizons, Kuwait. The work involved designing an undergraduate curriculum in information technology (IT). The objective was to provide a state-of-the-art program in IT leading to the Bachelor in IT degree that will offer students the needed technical skills for immediate employment in the IT industry.
  • September 1-20, 2000: For Al-Manar University, Lebanon. The work involved designing undergraduate curricula in engineering technology. The objective was to provide programs in the fields of engineering technology that will offer students the needed technical skills for developing practical solutions to address the dire needs of Lebanon and the region in engineering technology education.
  • June 2000 – September 2000: For All Prints Distributors & Publishers, Lebanon. The work involved identifying the research and development strategy needed to modernize the company’s software and hardware computer facilities as well as the networking strategies required to optimize work efficiency.
  • November 1996 – February 1997: For the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The work, which was carried out through the office of REP at AUB, involved designing the following undergraduate programs: (a) Computer Engineering Technology (AS degree), (b) Computer Systems Technology (BS degree), and (c) Computer Programming Technology (AS degree).
  • September 1997: Member of the committee for the development of curricula for the Industrial Information Technology Program (Technique Superior). This program was designed for the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Education, Lebanon and the work was submitted through Management Planning and Research Consultants.
  • September 1995: Member of a team to provide expert consulting to Solidaire, Beirut on issues related to computer-based parking control and management technologies pertaining to the old souks parking, central district of Beirut.
  • October 15, 1994 – November 30, 1994: For TEAM International, Beirut, Lebanon. The work involved setting the system specifications for the Beirut traffic control systems including hardware configuration, computer communication, and control units.
  • June 11, 1991 – July 30, 1993: For Tele Liban (Official Lebanese Television), Beirut, Lebanon. Technical consultant for the Board of Directors.
  • April 1986 – June 1986: For the University of Bahrain, Bahrain. The work, which was carried out through the Office of REP at AUB, involved designing the following courses: Software Packages, Modern Telephone Systems, Radio & TV, Microwave Systems, Data Communication, Microprocessor Systems, Computer Graphics, and Computer Systems.