Dr. Mohamed El-Refai, IBM Distinguished Engineer, and IBM Academy of Technology Technical Leadership Team Member, graduated with honors from the Electrical and Communication Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt in 1994. He completed his Master’s and Ph.D. with honors in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1998.
He worked with several IT organizations in various technical roles from 1991. Since 1998, he joined IBM and became senior certified architect with IBM and distinguished certified architect with the Open Group in 2007, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP). Since 2009, he leads the China Architecture Center of Excellence for Greater China Group (China, HK and Taiwan). He was elected as IBM Architect Profession Leader since 2011. He was appointed to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2013 and the academy leadership team in 2016. He was appointed as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2014. He is the Greater China Group Global Business Services CTO, leading several CoEs focused on Cognitive, Internet of Things, Block-chain, Quantum Computing, IBM Cloud, Architecture, Consulting and Project Management.
He has led the architecture of various complex systems for financial and retail clients. He leads the GBS Innovation Center focused on developing innovative solutions exploring new frontiers of cutting edge technology. He has extensive experience in delivery excellence and successfully delivered hundreds of IT systems to various clients through his career. He formally instructs key architecture topics in IBM and is recognized as an expert in the domain of solution delivery and delivery methodology. Dr. El-Refai formally instructs key architecture topics in IBM and is recognized as an expert in the domain of solution delivery and delivery methodology. Dr. El-Refai is a Red Books thought leader in Mobile Enterprise with a great following for his blogs on ASmarterPlanet.com and DeveloperWorks.com.
Dr. El-Refai started his AI journey back in 1996 when he started working on his PhD dissertation focused on collaboration between several autonomous artificial agents to accomplished a common objective. Currently as Cognitive Process Transformation Platform leader Dr. El-Refai is focused on accelerating the application of artificial intelligence to specific industries such as finance, hospitality, automotive, health care and retail.
Mohamed El-Refai, Ph.D., PMP
IBM Distinguished Engineer
Academy Leadership Team Member, IBM Academy of Technology