Plenary Lecture 2

 Title : “From Researcher to Entrepreneur” 

 mohab_anis Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mohab Anis

Professor at the American University in Cairo and CEO at  INNOVETY.


This talk exposes researchers to the recipe and ingredients of creating a successful venture, the core of which is to develop a solid business concept from research. In particular, the talk explains a step-by-step process to generating business ideas from research, how to figure out where the world is heading, how to think of possible futures, how to understand industrial value chains, and how to identify new opportunities.


 Mohab Anis is an Engineering Professor at the American University in Cairo, CEO at  INNOVETY; a leading innovation management consulting firm and Principal at IXL Center North Africa & Levant. Mohab loves helping companies build new business concepts, and has consulted widely in the areas of innovation strategy, capacity and discipline. This includes auditing businesses’ innovation capabilities, idea generation and management, and technology forecasting. Mohab has also worked with government on strategy and policy that fosters national innovation and entrepreneurship (Social Fund for Development and Ministries of CIT, Industry&Trade, Planning, ECASTI). Mohab is a certified consultant of A.T.Kearney’s House of Innovation and has delivered numerous keynotes and workshops in the area of innovation management.

Earlier, Mohab spent years as a tenured professor of Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo, Canada, to which he’s now adjunct. He consulted in the US and Canada to a variety of Fortune 500 companies. He was also involved with Waterloo’s technology transfer office where he worked on identifying technologies that have the highest potential for commercialisation.

 As an academic, he authored 150 international papers, 5 books and 3 US patents. He is on the Editorial Board of 9 international journals and has supervised 15 PhD & 16 Masters students. Mohab was awarded three of Canada’s highest awards for excellence in innovation (The Early Research Award from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Colton Medal for Research Excellence and the IEEE International Design Award), as well as both of AUC’s top awards in Teaching and Research & Creative Endeavours.

 Mohab holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo (2002), an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2008), and a Masters in Management Sciences with a concentration in Technological Innovation (2008).