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MENA AI and Data Science Event

a webinar series

MENA AI and Data Science Event

MENA AI and Data science webinar series are focused on recent advances in AI and data science and their applications presented by top world-class scientists.

The event is organized by PhazeRo, a pioneer software and data science company in Muscat, Oman and is supported by AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development at the University of California Berkeley.

The event will be held online on Zoom.

 
 

The Speakers

FEATURED Data Scientist

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 Associate Professor at Kent Business School 

Data Science in Finance

Dr. Hirbod Assa

An associate professor (senior lecturer in the UK) of finance and fintech at Kent Business School. He has received a Ph.D. in financial mathematics, 2011 the University of Montreal, and another Ph.D. in economics, 2013 Concordia University.

Hirbod has completed projects with prestigious companies including Lloyds Bank and MUFG (Mitsubishi Bank). Hirbod was awarded the title of Head of Consultancy at Liverpool’s mathematics department. 

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Descriptive vs Predictive Data Analytics in Business

Amin Sadeghi

A Scientist at Qatar Center for AI. He teaches courses in Machine learning, data analytics, and big data. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

 

Dr. Sadeghi has supervised several machine learning thesis at master and Ph.D. levels.

 

He is regularly invited to deliver lectures at industry conferences and academic institutions. He has work experience at Google and Amazon.

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Scientist at Qatar Center for AI 

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A Century of Data Science

Amir Sepehri

Dr. Amir Sepehri is Reserach Data Scientist at Meta and a felow at UC Berkeley. Amir used to be a senior researcher at LinkedIn.

 

His conducts applied research in machine learning, causal inference, experimentation, and fairness in AI. Amir holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University.

Research Data Scientist at Meta

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Opportunities to transform healthcare with AI

 Mohsen Hejrati

Mohsen Hejrati is a computer scientist focused on biotechnology and healthcare to help people live healthier longer.

 

Currently, he is a director of AI & Cloud Engineering at Genentech and co-founder of Galliot. In the past, Mohsen coded for self-driving cars at Google[X], founded Maktabkhooneh the largest Farsi MOOC (served over 18 million students so far and 7 million active students each year), and launched several other startups.

 

He received a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and Computer Vision from the University of California, Irvine.

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Head of AI and Cloud Engineering at Genentech

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Head of Data Science

 PhazeRo, Oman

Human Genetic Data Analysis Methods and Models

Leila Bagha

The head of the data science team at Phazero. She has Ph.D. degree in data science and computational biology, and an MS and BS in computer science from the Sharif University of Technology.

Leila's research covers prediction cancer evolution by machine learning approach.

Leila has been working with the industry constantly for 13 years and has completed many data scientific projects.

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AI-Centric Innovation

Yahya Tabesh

Dr. Yahya Tabesh is a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley and cofounder of Polyup, an EdTech startup in Silicon Valley.

He has been a Visiting Professor and a Research Fellow at Stanford University and has served as a Distinguished Faculty in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Sharif University of Technology.

He won the Erdős International Award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math and computer education.

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Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley

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CEO of PhazeRo, Oman

Challenges and Solutions to DS Projects in Enterprises 

Masoud AL Rawahi

The founder & CEO of PhazeRo and co-founder & Partner at Phaze Ventures. Masoud is a board member of Pyra, sits on the steering committee of the UK-Oman Digital Hub, and is an advisory board member of the German University of Technology in Oman.

 

Prior to his foray into the startup world, Masoud has 5 years of experience delivering enterprise technology solutions in the private and non-profit sectors in the United States and Oman.

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Webinar Schedule

Nov 28, 2021

7:00PM (GST)

Hirbod Assa 

Data Science in Finance 

Dec 19, 2021

7:00PM (GST) 

Amin Sadeghi 

Descriptive vs Predictive Data Analytics in Business

Jan 9, 2022

7:00PM (GST) 

Amir Sepehri 

A Century of Data Science

Feb 19, 2022

7:00PM (GST) 

Mohsen Hejrati

Opportunities to transform healthcare with AI

Mar 19, 2022 

7:00PM (GST)

Leila Bagha 

Frontiers in data science

May 15, 2022 

7:00PM (GST)

Yahya Tabesh 

AI-Centric Innovation