Participants

Saudi Arabia

Raed Hammad AlSaeed's picture
   Raed Hammad AlSaeed

Started working on Home Automation Systems and Professional Audio and
Video Systems in 1998.

In addition to Control Systems Programming, his first blogging experience was back in 2004 in English, Then he switched to Arabic blogging in 2005.

He contributed in a part of some web projects.

sudan

liza ibrahim gess elseed's picture
   liza ibrahim gess...

درست جامعة علوم التقانة - تخصص تقنية المعلومات
مدير وصاحب مركز ليزا نت لتقنية المعلومات
مدير مناهج منظمة القضارف الرقمية
مشرف ومستشار منظمة الايثار الخيرية
مشرف لبعض مدارس الولاية

مشروع منظمة القضارف الرقمية

Sudan

Ola abalah Ahmed mahadi's picture
   Ola abalah Ahmed ...

23 Femal Sudanese working in non govermental institue of Women and youth empowerment in the filed of human right and gender
as web content manager and online forum adminstrator

اعمل علي ادارة منتدي اول منتدي للنساء السودانيات لمناقشه القضايا النسويه والاجتماعية علي منتدي سويب الذي يعمل وفق ما اتفقن عليه مجموعات وعضوات سويب الا انه فرصه لسماع الراي و الراي الآخر ومساعدتهن علي التعامل مع المنتدي.
http://www.suwepmovement.org/forum/
كما أعمل علي مساعدة عضوات سويب ،الافراد وخاصة الشباب/ات ممن يتم تدريبهم/ن من قبل سالمة للتعرف علي المنتدي و الاستفادة منه لطرح قضاياهم/ن باالضافة الي فئات آخري من المجتمع المدني و الصحافة.

Syria

Anas Tawileh's picture
   Anas Tawileh

a consultant in Information and Communication Technology for
Development (ICT4D). He worked for many projects to bring technology to
developing countries and deliver training and capacity building programmes.
A firm believer in Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS), he established the
GNU/Linux Syria User Group in Damascus in 2002 and started the Arab Commons
Initiative as an attempt to advance the Creative Commons cause in the Arab
World. Anas has a Masters degree in Information Systems Engineering from
Cardiff University, and has authored several books including: Open Source -
Unlimited Opportunities, Wireless Networking in the Developing World -
Arabic Edition.

Anas currently work as the programme consultant for IDRC's ICT for
Development project in the Middle East and is the Vice President Product
Development at Meedan.net, a social media project that aspires to bring
understanding between speakers of Arab and English through technology and
community empower dialogue.

Bassem JARKAS's picture
   Bassem JARKAS

Linux Professional, Wikipedia Supporter and FOSS Enthusiast. Currently I'm working on spreading Linux and FOSS culture and increasing awareness about Wikipedia.

hala deeb's picture
   hala deeb

Business Administration Graduate, with a major in Finance and Banking,
a computer Geek...

FOSS Enthusiast...

Partner in Creative Web Group Syria, a company that develops web apps
during my study i managed and lectured several seminars about FOSS in the Higher Institute of Business Administration

مصروفي ( www.Msrofi.com ):
مصروفي هو الموقع العربي الاول الذي يقدم خدمة تنظيم الموارد المالية الشخصية للأفراد بشكل مجاني.
الهدف الرئيسي للموقع هو تقديم واجهة عربية سهلة الاستخدام للأفراد بعيداً عن المصطلحات المحاسبية المعقدة، مع امكانية الوصول للمعلومات الموجودة من اي مكان و بسرية تامة، و بالتالي هو ليس برنامج محاسبي و انما هو برنامج تنظيمي مبسط.

http://www.msrofi.com

Hanadi Traifeh's picture
   Hanadi Traifeh

Hanadi has an immense interest in exploring the relationship between art, technology and society, and the role art can play in facilitating dialogue and understanding. Her art practice themes revolve around the concepts of identity, relocation, time and belonging. She utilises technology and the internet intensively in her projects, and believe in the great potential of digital media and communication for the creating highly interactive and striking artistic experiences. Hanadi holds a BA in Fine Arts and a Diploma of Higher Education in Visual Communications from Damascus University, and an MA in Fine Arts from the University of Wales. Her works have been exhibited widely in Syria, the UK, Sweden and Finland, and she has also contributed many works under Creative Commons licenses to the Arabic digital commons.

Khaled Al-Shamaa's picture
   Khaled Al-Shamaa

قصتي مع الحاسوب ابتدأت عام 1986 حين حصلت على أول حاسب شخصي (صخر)، ومن حينها وعشقنا دائم، أحب الرياضيات والقراءة ولعب البلياردو ومتابعة سباقات الفورمولا واحد
أنا خريج كلية الهندسة الكهربائية والإلكترونية قسم الحاسبات من جامعة حلب عما 1998، وكنت من المتفوقين بها، أتابع حاليا دراستي الأكاديمية في التحضير لنيل شهادة الماجستير عن أطروحة حول استخدام نماذج ماركوف الخفية في البحث عن الجينات
عملت مدة ثلاثة سنوات كمدير تقني ومبرمج رئيسي في مشروع مزاد مكتوب، الذي تطور اليوم ليصبح موقع سوق.كوم، وأعمل حاليا كمهندس برمجيات علمية في المركز الدولي للبحوث الزراعية
همممم، وكأني أرى علامات التعجب تقفز فوق رؤوسكم، لكني أستخدم ذات لاأدوات في عملي هذا من مخدمات لينكس إلى لغة البيرل وقاعدة ماي إس كيو إل
أنا كذلك محاضر في جامعة حلب لمادة المعلوماتية الحيوية لطلاب السنة الرابعة هندسة تقنية، كما سبق وأن ترجمت ستة كتب إلى العربية، وألفت كتابا واحدا، كما أن لي العديد من المقالات المنشورة في مجلة المعلوماتية الصادرة عن الجمعية العلمية السورية للمعلوماتية
عذرا للإطالة، وأراكم قريبا

   Maya Taki
Nada ALBUNNI's picture
   Nada ALBUNNI

Job: teaching assistant at IT Engineering Faculty , Damascus University since 2002.
Education : Mcs. Distributed Computing Systems , Geenwich University, London, UK.

I have created WikiSyria project ( social grouping for syrian students and youth to enable them to contribute in Scientific Arabic content in collaboration way of wiki) and I am managing it now. Wikisyria.cc
http://groups.google.com/group/wikisyria

Founder of : Women@SCS Syrian Computer Society
DamascusGirlGeekDinners.org

tunisia

hatem zidi's picture
   hatem zidi

mainly a ninja developer and currently an avid software architect, worked for various startups and international companies as a senior R&D software engineer and architect.

open source advocate, proactive member and known within the [tunisian] community and often called to present speeches and keynotes.

further info here : http://about.me/hatemzidi

a lot :D

Tunisia

Houeida Anouar's picture
   Houeida Anouar

I am a 34 years old technology enthusiast who have been on the web since 1998, learning, teaching, working and experiencing the transformational power of technology in fields like education, organizational management, advocacy and lately philanthropy.

I am the executive director of a new international humanitarian social network project, aiming at bridging the poverty gap in the world, and planned to launch in 2011. In my spare time, I like to help some tunisian brands build their social media strategy.

I have been involved in digital activism and free speech campaigns in Tunisia between 2000 and 2005 and I still am a strong believer in today’s social media power to ignite a democratic transition in arab countries in general and in Tunisia specifically!

Besides work, my husband and I launched this Tunisian Twitter Aggregator for fun:
http://www.twatweet.com

In the past I collaborated as administrator and journalist on http://www.reveiltunisien.org , an online magazine reporting on human rights and freedom of speech abuses in Tunisia. (Censored)

   Imen BEN ACHOUR

Imen BEN ACHOUR, born on 15th April 1980 in Tunis, I am a Software engineer and a Project Manager. I am currently working for an ISP in Tunisia, at the same time, I'm setting up my own project in ICT field.
I have developed skills on software development with some programming languages such as Java/J2EE, C/C++, php, learning many technologies, and doing system and network management tasks in many projects. I have created performed source coding. And now I perform project management as well.

Managing Web development projects

Developping Websites and web applications in php / mysql, ajax and javascript

Developping a Customer Relationship Management System: php 5 based on open source

Jazem Halioui's picture
   Jazem Halioui

I build and manage things in the IT world.
I have 15 years hands-on experience in starting and growing IT related ventures in Tunisia and France.
I am currently interested in projects with an emphasis on global social change and openness

Now working on local volunteering at a global scale, news aggreagation with social emphasis.

Rafik Ouerchefani's picture
   Rafik Ouerchefani

Rafik is passionate about computers and biology. Currently finishing a master in Genetics and Molecular Biology in Tunis, his goal is to have a career as a researcher in bioinformatics. He writes software for scientific research.

Addicted to free software, he is an active advocate and member of the international FOSS community. An Ubuntu member since 2008, he also founded the Mozilla community in Tunisia in 2010. He contributes to various Free software projects.

Rafik is a writer and has experience in science and technology journalism. He writes for Tunisian and international newspapers and magazines.

He tweets from @rafiiik and his website/blog can be reached following this link : rafik.tn

Other than contributing to big projects like Gnome, Wordpress and Mozilla, I currently work on my own projects:

Octopux : A piece of software that controls and automates various other software. What it does: helps in revealing which proteins are involved with DNA repair mechanism of radio-resistant bacteria.

Blogs.tn : Under construction. It's a services platform dedicated to bloggers.

Sami Ben Gharbia's picture
   Sami Ben Gharbia

My name is Sami Ben Gharbia. Born in Bizerte (Tunisia) in 1967, I fled from Tunisia in 1998 and live in The Netherlands as political refugee.
I speak Arabic, French, Dutch, English, and a bit of Farsi.
My personal blog [fikra] فكرة (which means idea in Arabic) has been censored in Tunisia since 2003. I initially start blogging with the publishing of the first Tunisian e-book (Borj Erroumi XL) that tells the story of the escapade that I was forced to, crossing Africa and the Middle East, to reach Europe and get asylum.
I can also be found at nawaat.org, an independent Tunisian site that I run together with a wonderful team.

I joined Global Voices team as Advocacy Director. And I'am fascinated by the use of new information technologies for advocacy and fighting censorship and oppression. That’s why I’m blogging. That’s why I’m here.

Slim Amamou's picture
   Slim Amamou

I am the CEO of http://alixsys.com a small web services company in Tunisia. I am 31 years old, I have a wife and a beautiful son. I have been working on web technologies for 12 years and I'm a Linux user since 1994.

World

   HN

Yemen

Walid Al-Saqaf's picture
   Walid Al-Saqaf

graduated from the Computer Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University of Ankara in 1998 and ever since, has been involved extensively in the design and programming of online content. He is the founder of YemenPortal.net, which is a news and opinion content aggregator with more than 800,000 items on Yemen. He also launched a special Firefox plug-in called (Access YemenPortal!) allowing his website, which was blocked by the Yemeni government, from being accessed normally within Yemen. His future projects center around aggregating software and circumvention technologies. Currently, Walid is carrying out his PhD studies at Örebro University in Sweden and is focusing on ICTs and new media in general.

  • YemenPortal.net: A news, views, blog, forum, and video aggregator (Arabic/English)
  • Access YemenPortal! Firefox plug-in as a means of censorship circumvention.
  • ArabiaPortal.net (a pan Arab version inspired by YemenPortal.net – under construction)
  • Working on software development for new aggregator tools usable for Arabic websites
  • Working on a multi-purpose service-oriented website for Yemen