Ahmed El-Sobky

Position and Company: Vice CEO | Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)
Country: Egypt
Weblink: http://www.itida.gov.eg

Ahmed El-Sobky is the Vice CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency “ITIDA”, the implementing arm of Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He is responsible for managing the sectors related to ICT markets development in ITIDA. In addition, he is the general trustee of the Supreme Council for Cyber Security. He has been working in the fields related to Information Technology since 1985.
He is also the Chairman of “Silicon Waha”, a joint stock company responsible for establishing six new Technology Parks in Egypt, in which two of them has been opened already in December 2016.

He worked as the Director of Strategic Projects at the Ministry of Investment and participated in managing a number of e-government projects implemented under the umbrella of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development “MSAD”.

On the African level, he participated in the development of e-learning strategy for both Nile Basin and COMESA Countries as an Egyptian expert who participated in implementing the first e-learning master degree in the Middle East in collaboration with “Middlesex” University in UK and in establishing the Egyptian node for the Global Distance Learning Network of the World Bank (GDLN).

On the regional level and as a member of the Arab Workforce Group preparing the WSIS 1st. phase he participated in formulating the document “Towards a Pan Arab Information Society – A Joint Action Plan”. In addition, he participated in the drafting committee of the “High Level Arab Conference” to prepare for the first phase of the WSIS, which was held in Cairo in June 2003. In addition, he participated in reviewing a regional document called:  “Towards Activating the Geneva Plan of Action: A Regional Vision to Promote and Develop the Information Society in the Arab Region” which was submitted in the second phase of the WSIS held in Tunis.

In 2014, he led a national workgroup of multi-stakeholders experts (governmental, private, and NGOs) -under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology- to prepare the national strategic plan of ICT in Egypt. In addition, he is a member of a national workgroup of multi-stakeholders experts to develop the eLearning in Egypt.

He led a national workgroup -under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology- to issue “Egypt ICT Golden Book” which shows the projects undertaken by different Egyptian stakeholders in the field of “Information for Development – ICT4D” as one of Egypt’s efforts in the implementation and follow-up of the two phases WSIS; Geneva and Tunis.

He also contributed in implementing the “National Contest of the e-Content” under the umbrella of “Information Technology Industry Development Agency – ITIDA” through his membership of the competition executive committee. In addition, he participated as jury in the second round of the competition in 2007 in the field of “e-learning.”

Ahmed is an author for a number of papers submitted in international, regional, and local conferences in the areas of e-Learning, e-Content e-Government and the Knowledge Society. In addition, he authored a book in Arabic language called: “A Guide for Information Technology and Systems Security”.
He is a member of the “Board of Information Technology and Communication – Internet Security Workgroup”, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt.
He also participated in formulating the initial draft of “Cyber Security Law” through his membership of “Laws Formulation Committee” under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

“I have been working with the WSA since 2003. It has been a great experience to know innovators from all over the world and get exposed to the knowledge and innovation of different cultures. It really amazing and challenging to evaluate such amount of innovative products and meet the winners face to face in the ceremonies.”