IEEE Future Networks World Forum
15–17 October 2024 // Dubai, UAE


Keynote: Dr. Eesa M. Al Bastaki, President, University of Dubai, Dubai, UAE

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Dr. Eesa Mohammed Al Bastaki, led his efforts to create a vital system in the telecommunications and information technology industry in the UAE by encouraging entrepreneurship, financing scientific projects, supporting scholarships, and implementing communications and information technology initiatives. He received his PhD (1989) from the University of California, Irvine, USA. Dr. Al Bastaki is the president of the University of Dubai, and has held multiple academic, directing and managing roles throughout his career. He is the Honorary Chair of the IEEE UAE Section, has participated in hundreds of events, has held various prestigious roles, and was acknowledged with several awards and recognitions including winning the prestigious Emirates Excellence Award in Sciences, Literature and Arts in 2009, which is the highest award in the UAE.

Keynote: Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Google

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Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A former Stanford Professor and former member of the US National Science Board, he is also the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and serves in advisory capacities at NIST, DOE, NSF and NASA. He earned his B.S. in mathematics at Stanford and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at Stanford. He is a member of both the US National Academies of Science and Engineering. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Marconi Prize, the Legion d’Honneur and the Franklin Medal. He is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering and holds 29 honorary degrees. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

Keynote: Dr. Jorge Pereira, Principal Officer, European Commission

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Jorge Pereira obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 1993. He has been with the European Commission since September 1996, initially as Scientific Officer, becoming Principal Scientific Officer in 2005. He has remained in the same DG, dealing with ICT, covering a broad variety of areas, with a focus on networking, devices, applications and services, experimentation, testing and validation, as well as deployment. He is, since 2016, in the area of Future Connectivity Systems, focusing on 5G and beyond, where he is responsible for the areas of Advanced Spectrum Management; optical-wireless convergence; Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM); and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR). He is a member of the Advisory Board of John Wiley’s Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, and of the Editorial Board of Kluwer Academic Publishers’ Wireless Personal Communications Journal. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer in Portugal and a Member of the IEEE, where he is Associate Editor for Mobile Radio, including Vehicular Communications, for the IEEE VTS Magazine, and a member of the IEEE 5G Summit Steering Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He also served as Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks.

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