Tarek Kamel

Senior Advisor to President-Gov Engmt at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

Tarek Kamel

Tarek Kamel

Senior Advisor to President-Gov Engmt at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

Biography

Tarek Kamel is an Egyptian expert in global Internet governance issues. Kamel has been involved in global Internet Governance issues and he is well known for his support of the Multistakeholder governance model of the Internet.

In August 2012 ICANN appointed Tarek Kamel to serve as a Senior Advisor to its President; and by that he is the first one from the developing countries to take one of the leading roles in ICANN’s senior management. Prior to joining ICANN, he was a board member of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt from April 2011- July 2012.

Kamel served as the Minister of Communication and Information Technology from July 2004 to February 2011, where he was responsible for the reform of the ICT sector and the development of telecom services and the Internet industry in Egypt. Kamel joined the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since its formation in October 1999, where he had been appointed Senior Advisor to the Minister following his pioneering efforts in ICT. He was board member of Telecom Egypt from 2000 to 2004 and a board member of Egypt’s Private Public Technology Development Fund (TDF) to support start-ups and incubators in ICT from 2002 to 2004.

Kamel is known for his visionary strategy in driving and developing Egypt's ICT sector, leading Egypt into the global Information Society. He has led many national initiatives to increase Internet and broadband penetration in Egypt. He has been the main proponent of Egypt's programs to reform and deregulate the telecommunications sector.

Kamel has played a pivotal role in developing the ICT enabled O&O (outsourcing and offshoring) industry in Egypt. During his tenure as a Minister he led a local and global team to formulate and implement a national strategy that positioned Egypt as a regional role model in call centers, Business Process Outsourcing, Knowledge Process Outsourcing and Innovation based services. The strategy implementation occurred in a public private partnership cooperation and has included the buildup of business parks, the development of a large talent pool, the establishment of business incubators and VCs as well as the development of the necessary environment for entrepreneurship and business development to attract global players to invest in Egypt. The yield on Egypt's socioeconomic process has been remarkable in youth employment and GDP and exports growth.

Tarek Kamel served as a member of the Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees in Virginia and as Vice President for Chapters from 1999 – 2002. He is a founding member and a previous board member of AfriNIC. He acted as Chairman of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers from 2004 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Ministerial Conference on Communication and Information Technologies of the African Union from 2006 to 2008. In recognition of his leadership in the ICT sector, the South African Ministry of Communications named him, in 2005, "Top Minister in Africa with an ICT Portfolio".

Kamel graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and then also completed a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the same school. From 1989 to 1992 he pursued his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Germany at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Technical University of Munich with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Kamel started his career as a network support engineer for the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, then an assistant researcher at the Electronics Research Institute. Returning to Egypt from Germany, he became manager of the Communications and Networking Department at the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC/RITSEC), and gained a professorship at the ERI. It is during this period (from 1992 to 1999) that he established Egypt's first connection to the Internet, steered the introduction of commercial Internet services in Egypt and founded the Internet Society of Egypt.
In Egypt he hosted several IGF, ICANN and ITU regional and international events.

Tarek Kamel was born in Cairo, Egypt on May 8th, 1962. His mother tongue is Arabic and he is fluent in English and German and has fair French capabilities. He is married to Iman El Azab, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cairo University, and has two children, Omar (born 1995) and Heba (born 1998).

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Internet Society of Egypt

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Number of Boards

3

Birthday

05/1962

Age

57

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Alliance Head-IBM Business Analytics Solutions at Tata Consultancy Services Limited

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Co-Founder at Mergent Systems, Inc.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Founding Member at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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General Counsel & Secretary at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Deputy General Counsel at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Deputy General Counsel at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers

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Senior Advisor to President-Gov Engmt at The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers
Education
Class of 1992

TUM combines top-class facilities for cutting-edge research with unique learning opportunities for 37,343 students. TUM scientists are committed to finding solutions to the major challenges facing society as they move forward: Health & Nutrition Energy & Natural Resources Environment & Climate Information & Communications Mobility & Infrastructure. TUM thinks and acts with an entrepreneurial spirit. Its aim is ambitious: to create lasting value for society through excellence in education and research, the active promotion of next-generation talent and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. All of which combine to make TUM one of Europe's leading universities.

Cairo University is a public university with its main campus in Giza. Its faculties, beginning with the faculty of Arts, are established on its current main campus in Giza. It comprises faculties such as engineering, medicine, computers and information system, pharmacy, agriculture, economics and political science, and law. Notable alumni of the university are Yasser Arafat, Amr Moussa, Saddam Hussein, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Cairo University is an Egypt-based company that was founded in 1908.

Career History
Senior Advisor to President-Gov Engmt
Current

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers allocates and manages internet's domain name system. It also coordinates policy development related to these technical functions. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Trustee & Chapter Vice President
1999 - 2002

Internet Society engages Internet issues including policy, governance, technology and development. It collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocate for policies that enable universal access. The firm also Operates as organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The company was founded by Vinton G. Cerf and Bob Kahn in 1992 and is headquartered in Reston, VA.

Boards & Committees
Director
2011 - 2012

The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) was established in accordance with the provisions of Telecom Regulation Law No. 10/ 2003 as the national authority competent to regulate and administer the telecommunications sector. NTRA, pursuant to the Law, aims to enhance and deploy services in compliance with the most advanced technologies, satisfying the customers needs at the most appropriate prices, taking into consideration transparency, open competition, universal service and the protection of customers rights. NTRA is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country. Hence, in its capacity as the Egyptian regulator, NTRA promotes and facilitates a competitive information and communication technologies environment to advance the knowledge society and conomic diversification through innovative and fair regulation.

Director
2000 - 2004

Telecom Egypt engages in the provision of telecommunications and associated products and services. Its services include fixed and mobile voice and data services. The firm operates through the following business segments: Communications, marine cables & infrastructure, Internet, Outsourcing, and other. The company was founded in 1854 and is headquartered in Giza, Egypt.

Director
Prior

African Network Information Center is a Mauritian private company located in Ebene that operates as a regional internet registry.

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