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LebNet Arizona presents: Networking Dinner and Panel on Innovation and Building Successful Careers

  • 23 Oct 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (MST)
  • ASU University Club 425 E University Drive Tempe, AZ 85281
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LebNet Arizona is proud to host:

A networking dinner and panel discussion on

Innovation and Building Successful Careers

Wednesday October 23, 6:30 pm MST

ASU University Club

425 E University Drive

Tempe, AZ 85281

Register here – Hurry, places are limited!

On October 23, the Greater Phoenix community will be hosting a networking dinner and panel discussion on innovation and building successful careers. The panelists will be sharing their experiences and insights about innovation and what it takes to build successful careers. 

Dinner will be served. 

The event is free of charge, but registration is required. 


Aziz M. Safa, Vice President,

Information Technology Chief Information Officer (interim)  

Aziz M. Safa is vice president and interim Chief Information Officer of Intel Corporation. As Intel’s interim Chief Information Officer, his organization capitalizes on information technology to accelerate the company’s significant growth goals across a diverse portfolio of businesses. More than 5,000 IT professionals are protecting Intel’s assets, driving competitive advantage, and providing IT solutions under Safa’s leadership. In his former role as Intel’s chief data officer, Safa was responsible for the corporate oversight and integration of data management, data governance, data compliance, and internal analytics services. In addition, as general manager of enterprise data and platforms IT, he managed the business platforms that support applications for Intel’s Finance, Human Resources (HR), Supply Chain, and Sales and Marketing organizations. His responsibilities in that role span cross-enterprise IT platform architecture, engineering, databases, middleware, big data, business intelligence and advanced analytics. 

George Akiki

CEO and co-founder, LebNet

George Akiki is co-founder and CEO of LebNet. He is a Technology Executive with more than 20 years of experience. He has a strong passion about the role of technology as a key driver of economic development and the effect of Impact Investment on job creation. Akiki has extensive exposure to Middle Eastern business cultures, is a polished public speaker and frequent panelist who enjoys making a difference through youth mentoring. Akiki is a change agent whose 17-year career at Cisco spanned multiple leadership roles in areas facing rapid transformation including an extensive involvement in Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility. George was selected in 2007 to lead “Partnership for Lebanon” initiated by Cisco’s CEO John Chambers which later evolved into an International assignment to lead CSR for Middle East and Africa which included building scalable, replicable, & sustainable solutions to help the people of the region find the path to long term stability and economic growth. He was a featured speaker at World Bank sponsored conferences, he is a member of the Investment Committee of the Kafalat iSME programme

Glen Abousleman, Ph.D.

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff 

Director, Tactical Algorithms Laboratory

General Dynamics Mission Systems

Dr. Abousleman has 25 years of experience in the research, development, and implementation of wireless communications and video compression/ exploitation algorithms and systems.  Since joining General Dynamics (formally Motorola) in 1995, Dr. Abousleman has served as Principal Investigator (PI)/Project Leader (PL) on numerous exploitation, compression, and communications projects, and has created and developed five product lines. He received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The University of New Mexico in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Arizona in 1994, all in Electrical Engineering.  Dr. Abousleman worked as a Software Engineer and as an Analog Design Engineer for Honeywell, Defense Avionics Systems Division, Albuquerque, NM, from 1987-1988. Currently, Dr. Abousleman is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and the Director of the Tactical Algorithms Laboratory at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Scottsdale, AZ.  Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor with the Electrical Engineering Dept. at Arizona State University, where he teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Digital Signal Processing and Communications.  Dr. Abousleman has published over 120 peer-reviewed technical articles in the areas of image/video processing/compression and wireless communications, has written a chapter for a book on Hyperspectral Image Compression, and has 15 issued patents.

Kamil Kaloush, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU 

Director, National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations 

Dr. Kaloush is a Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He is also the Director of the National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations. He is a registered Professional Engineer, and has over 30 years of experience in pavement research and management services. His areas of expertise include pavement materials design, thermal properties, advanced laboratory testing, field performance evaluation, and pavement management systems. He is a member of several professional organizations and has over 140 publications in his field.


Lina Karam, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, ASU

Dr. Karam is currently a Full Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, and the Director of the R&D Image, Video, and Usability (IVU) Lab. She also served as the Computer Engineering Graduate Program Chair and as Computer Engineering Director for Industry Engagement at ASU.  She is also the President of PICARIS, LLC, a consulting company on media processing, compression, understanding, and analytics, and serves as expert consultant in patent litigation. Dr. Karam is the Editor-In-Chief of the prestigious IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing. She is an IEEE Fellow, the highest grade level in IEEE which is conferred each year to no more than one-tenth of 1% of all IEEE voting members, for her contributions in the image and video processing, visual media compression and transmission, and digital filtering areas. Dr. Karam is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, NASA Technical Innovation Award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Journal Paper Award, IEEE Phoenix Section Outstanding Faculty Award, and IEEE Region 6 AwardHer industrial experience includes image and video processing and compression development at AT&T Bell Labs (Murray Hill), multi-dimensional data processing and visualization at Schlumberger, and collaborations on computer vision, machine learning, automated mobility, digital filtering, image/video processing, compression, and transmission projects with various industries including Intel, Qualcomm, Google, NTT, TCL, Motorola, Freescale, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments, NXP, The Mathworks, and NASA. Dr. Karam has over 220 technical publications and she is an inventor on 7 issued US patents. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


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