Keynote Speakers

Ivan Zelinka

Ivan Zelinka is currently working at the Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TU), Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He graduated consequently at Technical University in Brno (1995 – MSc.), UTB in Zlin (2001 – PhD) and again at Technical University in Brno (2004 – assoc. prof.) and VSB-TU (2010 – professor). Before academic career, he was an employed like TELECOM technician, computer specialist (HW+SW) and Commercial Bank (computer and LAN supervisor). During his career at UTB, he proposed and opened more than 10 different lectures series. He also has been invited for lectures at numerous universities in different EU countries as well as keynote and/or tutorial speaker. The field of his expertise if mainly on AI, unconventional algorithms and cybersecurity. He is and was responsible supervisor of numerous grant of fundamental research of Czech grant agency GAČR, co-supervisor of grant FRVŠ – Laboratory of parallel computing. He was also working on numerous grants and two EU project like a member of the team (FP5 – RESTORM) and supervisor (FP7 – PROMOEVO) of the Czech team and supervisor of international (security of mobile devices, Czech – Vietnam) and national applied research (founded by TACR agency). Currently, he is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and in total, he has been the supervisor of more than 50 MSc. and 25 Bc. diploma thesis. Ivan Zelinka is also supervisor of doctoral students including students from the abroad and a guarantor of magister study programme (Cybersecurity) and doctoral programme (Computer sciences). He was awarded by Siemens Award for his PhD thesis, as well as by journal Software news for his book about artificial intelligence. Ivan Zelinka is a member of British Computer Society, Editor in chief of Springer book series: Emergence, Complexity and Computation (http://www.springer.com/series/10624), Editorial board of Saint Petersburg State University Studies in Mathematics, a few international program committees of various conferences and international journals. He is the author of journal articles as well as of books in Czech and English language and one of three founders of TC IEEE on big data http://ieeesmc.org/about-smcs/history/2014- archives/44-about-smcs/history/2014/technical-committees/204-big-data-computing/ . He is also head of research group NAVY http://navy.cs.vsb.cz .​

Ayman Elgohary​

General Manager Cisco – Egypt & NWCA (North and West Central Africa)

Ayman Elgohary is a corporate executive with a strong successful track record in general management, business development and sales management. He is known for driving successful growth within multi-national enterprises. Ayman has 22+ years of experience in the ICT Sector; leading corporate strategy, transformational initiatives and highly qualified multi-functional teams with different cultural backgrounds. He possesses extensive knowledge in Middle East and Africa (MEA) Market; he worked in the UAE (both in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai), led businesses in Egypt, Levant, North Africa and West Central Africa. Since 2004, he joined Cisco and moved between different managerial roles until he was appointed General Manager for Egypt in October 2013. In August 2015, he took the responsibility of Libya’s, and in October 2017, Sudan was also moved under his leadership. In February 2018, Ayman was promoted to be the General Manager and Sales Director for Egypt & NWCA (North and West Central Africa) to be responsible for a total of 23-countires. Ayman is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Egypt, where he is co-chairing the ICT committee there. And he is a board member in the Digital Economy and Technology General Division (ITFEDCOC) at the Federation of Egyptian chambers of commerce, and a board member in the Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (CIT) affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Communication Information Technology (MCIT) and the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). Ayman is also a member at the CXO forum of the American University in Cairo (AUC) and a board of trustees member at 6th of October University. In addition to many different organizations and workgroups working towards developing the ICT sector in Egypt.