Nelson Mattos is Google Vice President of Product Management & Engineering for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Joining the company in 2007, he is responsible for all engineering and product development activities across the region, driving design, development and maintenance of search, ads, and apps products across Google's EMEA research centers.
Prior to joining Google, Nelson was an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Vice-President of Information and User Technologies, and an associate professor at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) until 1991. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Kaiserslautern and bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).
Recently appointed Regional Manager for the Middle East & North Africa, Ari Kesisoglu’s mandate is to shape Google’s investments to the region, streamline sales operations and solidify partnerships with key ICT entities across the region. In his capacity, Ari will additionally be responsible for working across Google teams to develop the strategic direction and approach for the region, with a focus on improving the technological ecosystem.
Ari joined Google in 2005 and has been instrumental in setting up the company’s operations in EMEA’s emerging markets where he structured the approach for investments to new geographies and constructed Google’s plans in new markets. He has taken on several senior positions, including his last post where he was responsible for leading the operations group for Southern Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining Google, Ari was an entrepreneur and grew his company from a garage start-up to profitability. He worked in corporate finance earlier in his career. Ari holds an MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor's degree in business from Bogazici University in Turkey.
Chris DiBona is the open source and public sector programs manager at Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. In the public sector space, he looks after Google Moderator, the polling locations API. Additionally, he is on the board of Our Good Works, a non-profit that looks after the volunteer matching website Allforgood.org.
Mr. DiBona is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and Cranky Geeks podcasts. He is a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, Ca. based social networking firm.
Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor and author for the website Slashdot.org . Additionally, he coedited the award-winning essay compilations "Open Sources" and "Open Sources 2.0" and writes for several publications. He was the host of Floss Weekly with Leo Laporte and made a number of appearances on TechTV's "The Screensavers"
His personal blog can be found at http://dibona.com and he can be reached via email via email@example.com
Mardini is Google’s Product Manager for the Middle East & North Africa. He is working closely with the engineering and business teams to define the regional strategy, develop new products, and enhance existing ones. Mardini comes to Google from OpenCraft, a company he co-founded in 2004 in Cairo, Egypt. OpenCraft is an open source software firm specializing in web development based on open source technologies and frameworks. Mardini holds a BSc in Computer Science from The American University in Cairo. Prior to founding OpenCraft, he held various development and research positions at SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation in North Carolina, the Distributed and Real-Time Systems group at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Step 9 Software Corporation in Washington DC.
Mohamed Elfeky is a senior software engineer in the Middle East and North Africa team. Since joining Google in 2005, he has worked in many projects: Translate, AdSpam, Arabic News, Arabic Knol, and more recently Ta3reeb. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, and a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
Basel Al-Naffouri recently joined Google as a Software Engineer in the Arabic Engineering team, developing products for the Arab Region. Prior to that, he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation, where he developed tools to help DBAs manage and tune Oracle Databases as part of the Enterprise Manager team. He has also worked at ArsDigita corporation and started his own venture, Validyss corporation, specializing in cloud storage management. Basel holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
David Renie has been a software engineer at Google since 2006. He is currently in the Middle East and North Africa team. His previous work at Google includes Search Infrastructure, Google Desktop, and Google Toolbar. David holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Boulos Harb is a senior software engineer at Google working in the NYC research group. Boulos received his B.S. from Yale University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. He helped launch VoiceSearch, worked on Geo infrastructure and is now working on information extraction from the web.
Jeremiah has been with Google since 2007. He currently is with the Google Sub-Saharan Africa team. Jeremiah worked on the land mark project to map the entire African continent and currently works on Geo-content engineering operations to populate the african maps with more relevant geographic information. He has also worked closely with the Google enterprise teams to support roll out of Google Apps in Africa.
William Kanaan is Google’s New Business Development Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. During the last 5 years Google at Google, William has worked in various teams within Google Engineering until early 2010 when he transitioned to lead the business development efforts for Google in the MENA. Prior to Google, William has started and worked for several startups in the Silicon Valley and held senior consulting positions at Fujitsu consulting, Sun Microsystems and Netscape. William holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science.
Waseem Sayegh has joined Google in 2010, and has since worked as an Account Strategist with a focus on Travel for the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Google, Waseem worked as a senior software engineer for Morgan Stanley in Montreal, and EMC in Boston. His biggest passion is traveling, and he has traveled to over 35 countries, states and provinces. Waseem holds a Masters in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from McGill University.
Nicolas joined Google’s Developer Relations in 2008. Since then he's worked on commerce oriented products such as Google Checkout and Google Base, and also used a variety of developer products to build Chrome Extensions, Gadgets, Android, App Engine and GWT apps. Currently, he is working on Google Apps with a focus on Google Calendar and Google Contacts APIs. Before joining Google, Nicolas worked at Airbus and at the French Space Agency where he built web applications for scientific researchers.
Ryan Brown is a Software Engineer on the Google App Engine team, where he works on serving infrastructure and the Java runtime. He is also one of the main authors of the Mirah programming language. Ryan holds a BS in Computer Science from UC San Diego.
Timothy is a Developer Advocate working on the social web. He has taught broadcasting, theater, programming, and various forms of new media at UC Santa Cruz, the Academy of Art University, and the Digital Media Academy. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a Theater Arts graduate degree, and an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz. In his spare time he runs half marathons and announces for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, and any other Roller Derby team that asks. As an engineer he enjoys solving problems for the benefit of fellow humans. As an artist he enjoys the search for truth and beauty.
Noha Salem is Google’s University Relations Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. After working as a Software Engineer for Google Zurich for a year and a half, she decided to relocate to Egypt and pursue a non-technical yet equally exciting career with universities in the Arab World. Salem graduated with honors from the Faculty of Computers and Information Sciences at Ain Shams University in Cairo with a B.Sc. in Scientific Computing. She enjoys working with students and researchers and is planning for intensive and innovative programs for the universities in MENA starting with the Google Campus Ambassador Program.
Wael Ghonim is the head of Marketing in Google's Middle East and North Africa. He is responsible of driving the growth of Google products across MENA, evangelizing Internet and help growing the Arabic content online. Wael is an Internet expert who have been contributing significantly to the growth of the industry in the Arab world for the past 12 years.
Before joining Google, Wael was the GM of Mubasher.info. He started up the operation and led a team of more than a hundred professional to what became now the leading Arabic financial portal in the Middle East serving more than a million regional investors. Prior to that, he worked as the Marketing & Sales Manager for Gawab.com, and founded one of top visited Arabic websites in the region. Wael advised and consulted with many Internet portals and startups in MENA. His biggest passion is the Arabic language, and he works hard to add a significant value to over 350 million people living in the region.
Wael received his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University, and holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo.
Luisella is a Search Quality Senior Strategist who joined Google in 2005 to support search quality efforts in the European languages. Her contribution spans across multiple regions, most recently Africa and the Middle East. Luisella is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and the University of Bologna, Italy.
Adel Joined Google in 2007 and works as a Search Quality Strategist supporting the Arabic market. He is also the Google guide for the Arabic help forum. Adel has a degree in computer science from the Business and Computer University, Beirut.
Paa Kwesi helps to craft and implement technology solutions for large Google partnerships in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has worked on a large number of integrations involving Google Maps, Google AdSense, Google Product Search and Google Book Search. He currently works on partner solutions for Google Chrome, Google Toolbar, iGoogle, Picasa and Google Earth. Paa Kwesi likes exploring his neighbourhood on his bicycle.
Chewy is a New Business Developer Manager at Google. His job is to make technical things accessible and relevant to technical and non-technical people. He is particularly knowledgeable about Google's APIs and webmaster programmes. He has a BEng in Software Engineering, and he's been with Google since November 2005. When he's not at work, he likes to play the banjo, and sleep.
Sebastian joined Google at the beginning of 2007 and is now the Developer Relations Lead for the Middle East and Northern Africa. His mission is to spearhead advocacy, outreach and support initiatives to make developers and businesses successful using Google products and developer tools. Prior to Google, he spent a few years working as a strategy consultant and then in business development at Dell. Sebastian is a Supélec engineer and holds an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs.