GIA Africa Forum Chair 2023

Prof. Mohamed Essaaidi is General Director of Moroccan School of Science & Engineering (EMSI), Chief of Party of Interactive Digital (XR) Center Morocco (since November 2020) and a Professor and past Dean of ENSIAS School of Computer Science of Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco ( 2011-2019), Past Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of General Affairs & Governance, Morocco (2019), and past faculty member (Professor & Assistant Professor) at the Faculty of Science of Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco (1993-2011).

He is IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Programs Committee Chair (2023), IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Activities (SIGHT) chair (2023),  IEEE Public SafetyTechnology, Education & Training  Chair (2022-23), IEEE Global Cities Alliance, MEA Chair (2021-2023), IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Assessment Committee Member (2021-2022), and IEEE EAB Teaching Excellence Editorial Hub, Member (2021-2022), IEEE EAB Committee on Global Accreditation Activities, member (2017-2018).

He is the founder past Chairman of the IEEE Morocco Section (2005-2016), co-founder and chair of IEEE Morocco APS/MTT-S joint Chapter (2005-2010), IEEE Communications / Computer Society Chapter (2006-2008) and IEEE Education Society Morocco Chapter chair from 2007 to 2009.

He has been also Director of the Morocco Office of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, ASTF (2006-2009) and the Coordinator of ASTF RD&I Network of Electro-Technology (2006 – 2008).


He has authored and co-authored 10 books and more than 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences in the field of Electrical and Computer engineering and its diverse applications. He has been Guest Editor of several international journals. He is also an active member of the editorial boards of several international journals in the same fields mentioned above.

Furthermore, Prof. Essaaidi is the founder and the General Chair / co-chair of several IEEE technically sponsored international conferences such as Information and Communication Technologies International Symposium (2005, 2007), NATO Advance Research Workshop on Information Security Assurance (2005), International Conference of Multimedia Computing and Systems series (2009-2016). He also co-organized and co-chaired IEEE Smart Cities Summit in May 2020, the US National Academies 5th Arab American Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontiers Symposium in November 2017, Rabat, Morocco and US NSF sponsored workshop on Smart Cities in January 2016 in Rabat, Morocco. He has also served in the Organizing committees and TPC and presented keynote talks at many other international conferences worldwide.


Furthermore, in the framework of his  position as the director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance (Morocco), he was extensively  involved in  the coordination of the World Bank Morocco CPF (2019-2024) and OECD Morocco Country Program (2019-2021) among other international cooperation programs.

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