Jun 06,2012

Speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, SFSU Professor Dr. Dina Ibrahim and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Dr. Ossama Hassanein will engage in a fireside chat to discuss entrepreneurship and TechWadi, the leading non-profit organization building bridges between Silicon Valley and the Arab world.

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Founded in 1903, the Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor Alec Baldwin and author Christopher Hitchens in recent years. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at The Club.

The event will be held at 11:30am on Monday June 25, 2012 at the Commonwealth Club San Francisco Club Office, Gold Room. The address is 595 Market Street, San Francisco California.

To register, please visit the Club’s page directly: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/…tech-wadi

Dr. Dina Ibrahim is an Associate Professor in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches Radio and Television News Production courses. She has reported for the BBC World Service Radio in London, CNN in Atlanta and Cairo, NPR in Austin, Texas, UPI in Cairo and Arab News newspaper in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests are in the area of American television news representation of Arabs and Muslims. Her B.A. and M.A. are from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds since 1982. He will discuss TechWadi, a non profit organization building bridges between the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. Dr. Hassanein also serves as Chairman of BDNA in Silicon Valley and Echovox in Geneva. He has served on the board of advisors of Harvard, UCSF, and the American University in Cairo and frequently lectures on management science, international business, and entrepreneurship.

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