Dr. Eesa Bastaki is President of the University of Dubai and former CEO of the ICT Fund where he actively led the effort to create an eco- system in the UAE ICT industry, by encouraging entrepreneurship, funding R&D projects and University scholarships and implementing ICT initiatives at the school level.
During his distinguished career he held many senior posts including Director of Education & Technology at the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), Chairman of the Energy Section at the UAE University (UAEU) and Chairman of the Technology Section at the Technology & Energy Research Center of the UAEU. Dr. Bastaki is one of the founders of DSO and RIT-Dubai, and he is the founder of the IT Center in Al-Ain Municipality.
Dr. Bastaki’s current professional activities include Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Emirates Energy Awards, Chairman of the Board of the Emirates Science Club, and Member of the Board of the Cultural & Science Association.
Born in Dubai, Dr. Bastaki is a UAE national scientist and researcher; he studied abroad where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are Multiple Access Communications, Coding and Synchronization.
Dr Bastaki is the recipient of Sheikh Rashid’s Award for Scienti c Excellence. In 2009, he received the UAE’s highest award “The Emirates Awards for Science, Arts and Literature” in sciences. In 2014, he received the Middle East “ICT and Knowledge Development CEO Excellence Award”.
Dr Bastaki will speak on the UAE initiative to create Smart Cities by the deployment of Smart systems in the Information, Electronics and Communications Technology (IECT) sector. This sector is growing so rapidly that it is dif cult to keep up with the speed of its advancements. Three main trends are seen:
- Embedded intelligence through electronic devices
- Improved connectivity through resilient communication systems
- From person-to-person to machine-to-machine
These three trends will lead to Ubiquitous Internet of Things in all services and transactions. In parallel, UAE has worked in knowledge creation to assure the sustainability of the dynamic economy.