Moderator: Ahmed Khalifa
Ahmed is a first generation Canadian- Egyptian and has lived in Canada since 1997. He received his B.SC in Architecture and City Planning in Egypt in 1989. He then received his post graduate diploma in Math and Computer Science in Egypt in 1993. Ahmed has worked for IBM Egypt in 1992 and again in 1996, The Central Bank of Saudi Arabia in 1994 and IBM Canada since 1997. Ahmed is a member of several religious dialogue groups and is author of the Muslim Agitator Blog which deals with topics concerning Egyptians in Canada.
You can visit his technical blog at http://algorythmx.blogspot.ca/
Hiba Abdou is Managing Director at Accenture, a Fortune 500 global organization providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, with more than 293,000 employees; offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 56 countries; and net revenues of $28.6 billion for fiscal 2013.
For the past 16 years, Hiba has advised the largest companies in Canada and the US as well as the Canadian Federal and Ontario’s Provincial Governments on business change, transformational programs and technology initiatives. She specializes in large scale business and IT transformation programs, helping clients address business imperatives of improved agility and customer-centricity while reducing costs. She has built deep client relationships with leading client organizations including insurance, banking and government clients
Hiba has a BSc. in Computer Science from York University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Richmond College in England. She graduated high school from the International School of Choueifat in Abu Dhabi.
Hiba leads various mentoring, diversity and civic initiatives and is actively involved in recruiting activities. She is the Executive Sponsor for Accenture’s LGBT community and Executive Co-Sponsor for Accenture’s People Initiatives, an employee engagement program. She is a board member of Future Possibilities for Kids, an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering children from underserved communities to become leaders. Hiba and her husband Ziad reside in Mississauga with their sons, Tarek and Jalal and daughter Dyala.
Newly joined Arab Canadian community, Ali is Senior Product Manager at BroadConnect Telecom Inc.
One of the early web technology adopters , has more than 25 years experience in cross functional technical and business roles.
In his early career Ali handled a technical role in servicing medical equipment at the American University of Beirut and, in parallel, managed to put one of Lebanon's most successful website at the time "The Daily Star". In 2001, he started TerraVision, a web enablement technology company in telecom environment, and moved into a smart cities technology consultancy role in Dubai then strategic planning and marketing director at one of the largest local Internet Service providers. Ali lives in Richmond Hill with his wife Ola and their sons Habib and Malek.
Luma Badran is a Partner with Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services. She is an accomplished transformational leader with over 20 years of global experience in leading complex business and technology transformations, and delivering strategic changes in dynamic, global and complex environments. She has consulted with top tier Financial Services clients’ and demonstrated track record in formulating and executing effective go-to-market business strategies and delivering quality consulting professional services and commitments.
Luma has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Jordan. She is a certified solution and information architect and recognized for her passion and support of inclusion, diversity and women in leadership.