23-25 May 2022
Electric Vehicle Innovation Summit

International Advisory Board


(Note: Listed by Alphabetical Order of first name. More members to be added soon)

Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni
Member of EVIS-IAB
PhD (Cornell), MSc(GWU), BSc(Honor) PEng, FASCE, FACI,FCIOB,IAUP

Email: Sabouni@gmail.com


Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni is the President & CEO of the Emirates College of Technology (ECT) and the founding CEO of Span M Consulting. He holds a PhD degree from Cornell University and  a Masters degree from George Washington University in Structural Engineering. He has over 30 years of academic and professional experience in the US, Canada, and the Middle East. He assumed teaching, research, and adjunct faculty positions at several universities including Damascus University, UAE University, Ryerson University, Western University, and Carleton University. Dr. Sabouni is the past president of Civil Net International, Canada. He assumed the posts of the Building Design Expert and Technical and Projects Advisor in the Abu Dhabi Municipality. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Fellow of the American Concrete Instituteand the founding president of the ACI-UAE Chapter, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and President of the ASCE-UAE Section, Fellow and chartered construction manager of CIOB, UK, and Director of the International Federation of High Rise Structures (IFHS) UAE.  He is also the first recipient of the George Winter Award from Cornell University, and the founding editor of a refereed scientific engineering Journal in Abu Dhabi.
Ahmed Samir Elbermbali
Member of EVIS-IAB
Ahmed Samir Elbermbali is the Managing Director of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting clean energy and clean technologies and solutions MENA Region. He joined the CEBC in 2018 and is the youngest Managing Director for CEBC. He is very active in bringing together the industry stakeholders from across the private and public sectors in the different MENA countries together to accelerate the policy maturity for clean energy in the region.

His research interests are in the intersection between policy, technology, and consumer behavior to accelerate the transition to clean energy. Ahmed holds MBA in Sustainable Mobility Management from the Technical University of Berlin.

The CEBC provides a platform to further dialogue between the public and private sectors to develop much needed policy and regulation to help drive the implementation of clean energy across the MENA region.
Dr. Elias Boutros Sayah
Member of EVIS-IAB
President and Founder at Sayah Engineering MENA,

GEFCO Trading & LIWA Petroleum Technology

Senior Vice President, AmCham Abu Dhabi

International director for Region 10 American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE

Dr. Eng. Kamal Adnan Malas
Member of EVIS - IAB
Kamal Malas & Associates
Prof. Eng., PhD (disputes),
BA, MS in Law, MCIArb
Mob. 00971505971141
Dr. Mohamed G. Kafafy, PhD; DBA
Member of EVIS-IAB
World Chairman | President

World Green Economy Council (WGECO)

HR Management Institute (HRMI)

Global Quality Council (GQCO)

Emails: President@WGECO.org / President@HRMI.org / Info@GQCO.org

Phone: +202-44822119 - GSM: +2-01001612017 (WhatsApp)

Official Sites: www.HRMI.org / www.WGECO.org / www.GQCO.org
Dr. Nizar Al-Holou
Member of EVIS-IAB
Dr. Nizar Al-Holou is a Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Detroit Mercy since 2019. He was a Professor for 26 years. He served as chair of the ECE department for 14 years. He has been an active member of numerous professional engineering societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE-Computer Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

His research interest is in the areas of Inter-vehicle and Intra-vehicle networking, Cyber Security, distributed and parallel processing systems, and embedded systems. Dr. Al-Holou has received over $3,000,000 of funding in the last twenty-seven years from industry and government. His recent funded project was entitled “FCTaaS: Federated Cybersecurity Testbed as a Service,“ in collaboration with the University of Arizona, Funded by NSF (Award # 1849113), 12/17/2018 for $300,000 . His research resulted in more than 115 scientific referee papers (25 Journal papers and 90 referee conference papers), Computer Networking Laboratory Manual, multiple Technical Reports, and two Book Chapters:
  • “Fault Tolerant Remote Terminal Units in SCADA Systems,” Cyber Security Standards, Practices and Industrial Applications: Systems and Methodologies, August 2011. http://www.igi-global.com/book/cyber-security-standards-practices-industrial/50522
  • “ITS Based Predictive Intelligent Battery Management System for Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” book chapter "Electric Vehicles Book 2", ISBN 978-953-307-477-1, InTech Publisher, September 2011. http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/predictive-intelligent-battery-management-system-toenhance the-performance-ofelectric-vehicle.

In recognition for his accomplishments, he has been honored with numerous awards such as the Best Paper Award at the Frontiers In Engineering (FIE 98) International Conference and Who’s Who among American Teachers in 1998. Moreover, he was nominated to receive Distinguished Faculty Award” two times in 2010 and 2014, and Distinguished Professor Award in 2017 at UDM.
Dr. Rami Sabouni
Member of EVIS - IAB

Dr. Rami Sabouni is Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He holds a PhD degree and Master of Science degree from Carleton University in Systems and Computer Engineering, and Master of Engineering degree from University of Detroit Mercy in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has more than 10 years of academic and professional experience in the US, Canada, and the Middle East. He assumed teaching and research positions at several universities including UAE University, University of Detroit Mercy and Carleton University.

Recent relevant publications.

R. Sabouni and R. H. M. Hafez, “Performance of DSRC for V2V communications in urban and highway environments”, Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE, 2012), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May, 2012

R. Sabouni, N. Al-Holou, U. Mohammad, K. Albarazi, S. Fallouh, M. Abdul-Hak, and F. Saadeh, “New Approach To Enhance And Evaluate The Performance Of Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration And Its Communication Systems”, Report No: MIOH UTC TS15p1-2 2010-Final, September 2010.

Rami Sabouni, Evaluation of DSRC for V2V Communications, Master of Applied Science in Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Canada, MSc Thesis, April 2011.

Rami Sabouni, Evaluation of DSRC for V2V Communications, Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy, MSc Thesis, USA, August 2008.


Dr. Rawa Adla
Member of EVIS - IAB
Dr. Rawa Adla is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida Polytechnic University, FL, USA. Previously, she held multiple positions at different academic and industrial institutes. She was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. Also, she was a senior ressearch engineer at Ford Motor Company / Collision Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP). She was the technical lead manager for projects related to connected vehicles V2X and autonomous driving. Dr. Adla has more than ten years of teaching and research experience. Dr. Adla earned her doctoral degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, MI, and her Master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering is from the University of Aleppo. Dr. Adla's research interest lies in the field of control systems and theories, wireless communication, automotive safety, connected cehicles and autonomous driving, and electric vehicles. More specifically, her research spans several areas and aims to be as interdisciplinary as possible such as, data-fusion / target tracking problem, real-timesignal filtering and prediction. Dr. Adla has published several referee papers and co-authored multiple high-quality publications. She is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, SWE, and the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) (Electrical Engineering Honor Society).
Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri
Member of EVIS - IAB
Dr. Saeed is a futurist, thought leader, author and a public keynote speaker. He is a veteran of the UAE technology industry with over 30 years of experience in driving technology adoption in various public sector organizations. He has been into many positions: the founder and former Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, a former member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency, and a former Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology. Currently, He is the director of the Center for Futures
Studies at the University of Dubai, the chairman of the board of Smartworld, a leading digital solutions provider in the UAE. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on AR and VR. Dr. Saeed is on advisory boards of several universities
IT Colleges industrial boards in the UAE.

He co-authored the book Digital Nation: How the UAE is building a future based on tech innovation. A first-of-its-kind book on the unique journey of the UAE to build a future based on harnessing disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and driving digital innovation. He has written several articles and reports that were published at Harvard Business Review Arabia and Dubai Policy Review Journal. Dr. Saeed’s main interest is in areas including Artificial Intelligence, digital transformation, foresight and researching the impact of emerging technologies on government, business and society.
Prof. Salim Hariri
Member of EVIS - IAB
Co-Director of NSF Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing, The University of Arizona
Email: hariri@ece.arizona.edu
(520) 977-7954

Salim Hariri is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona.  He received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from University of Southern California in 1986, an MSc from The Ohio State University in 1982 and Electronic Engineering from Damascus University, Syria in 1977. 
He is the co-director of NSF Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing, and he is the Editor-In-Chief for the CLUSTER COMPUTING JOURNAL (Springer, http://clus.edmgr.com). He is the founder of the IEEE/ACM Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC) started in 1990, http://www.hpdc.org.

Research interests include Autonomic Computing, Self-protection of networks and computers, Cybersecurity modeling and analysis, resilient cyber resources and services, resilient DDDAS services, and high performance distributed systems. Dr. Hariri has co-authored five books in the area of autonomic computing and parallel and distributed systems. At the University of Arizona, he led more than 10 million dollars of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy, Department of Defense and Industry.

Dr. Hariri is a founder of AVIRTEK, a startup Cybersecurity company from the NSF CAC center at UA. AVIRTEK received more than 7 million dollars in DoD funding to develop innovative Autonomic Cyber Security platform that provides self-protection with little involvement of users or system administrators.
Shadie Bisharat
Member of EVIS - IAB

General Manager Kimah and Board Advisor 

Mr. Bisharat is a leading Executive in the Area of Automotive Technology with more than 15 years of experience in Sales, Management, and Operation in the Automotive Industry, he has lately led IRP Systems' Global Sales Activity, with a strong emphasis on leading and emerging markets and various segments of the electric vehicle world. Before that Mr. Bisharat held several executive positions in global companies, such as being the EMEIA President at Ham-let Group, and as a Vice President and Deputy CEO at Arkal Automotive Group where he was a key influencer in the transformation of the company to become a strong global player with a significant double-digit growth year-over-year.

Mr. Bisharat as well is a director of the board at the Israeli Leadership Forum, a holder of a B.Sc. in Industrial engineering and management from the Technion, a Global Executive MBA from the IDC Herzliya, and a GCP from the Wharton Business School Pennsylvania, USA.

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