Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Hosein Badran is an internationally recognized C-level telecommunications expert with broad experience in telecommunications networks technologies, mobile and fixed IP NGN architectures and services, cloud-based architectures and services, IoT and machine-to-machine communications, Internet Governance, Technology Policy, Internet Safety, and ICT for Development.
During his carrier spanning over 25 years, he has accumulated wide international experience by having worked in North America (Canada, US), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina), Europe (e.g. Germany, France), APAC (Australia and Singapore), and of course in the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Badran currently holds the position of Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation, in Doha, Qatar. He spent the last 14 years with Cisco Systems International, and was selected by Cisco worldwide technical executive evaluation committee to become first Cisco Distinguished Systems Architect based in Emerging Markets. He is also first Cisco Chief Technology Officer for MENA reporting to the Office of the CTO. As a Regional CTO, Dr. Badran has been closely engaged with major operators on the deployment of new IP NGN technologies, as well as with government agencies, telecom regulators and ministries for the promotion of new ICT-related country transformation initiatives.
He achieved highest awards in Cisco Sales organization, having received the Chairman’s Club Award for technical excellence, new technology adoption, and sales impact as well as multi-vertical and regional collaboration.
Dr. Badran serves on the Board of Directors of the Egyptian National Telecommunications Institute (NTI), Board of Trustees of the Institute of Information Technology (ITI), both headed by the Minister of CIT, the Board of Directors of the Internet Society Egypt Chapter (ISOC-EG), and is a Founding Board Member of the Fiber to The Home (FTTH) MENA Council, and Chair Policy and Regulatory committee. He serves also as a member of the Ministerial National Working Group on e-Commerce, and had been selected to serve on the Steering Committee of the Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things (IoT), member of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Dr. Badran is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (A-MAG) of the Arab region Internet Governance Forum (A-IGF). He served as a member of the ICAAN first Support Applicant Review Panel (SARP), which reviews support requests for applications for new gTLDs. He was the official Cisco representative to the ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (CWG-CP).
Dr. Badran was an invited member of the official delegation of the Egyptian government to the United Nations ITU World Conference on International Telecommunication (ITU-WCIT) in Dubai, Dec 2012, tasked with the update of the ITRs (International Telecommunications Regulations), representing Civil Society, particularly Internet Egypt/ISOC-EG.
Dr. Badran was a member of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative, invited to participate as a private sector expert in the Leadership Circle working group. GIST is one of the primary science and technology initiatives arising from U.S. President Barack Obama’s June 2009 “New Beginnings” speech in Cairo, Egypt. The vision for GIST is to improve economic prosperity through sustainable technology-based innovation in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Asia regions. Specific recommendations and business plan competition were developed to catalyze innovation across sectors, including agriculture, energy, health and information and communication technology.
Dr. Badran was lead architect for the Partnership for Lebanon (PfL) Initiative sponsored by the Government of Lebanon and Cisco CEO John Chambers, as well as Microsoft and Intel from the private sector. He was key contributor in the United Nations Conference on Trade