Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer, American University of Beirut
Dr. Yousif Asfour is an experienced executive with more than 30 years of experience in the education, technology, and finance sectors, and has also held leadership and executive positions with a several startup companies in the US and the Middle East.
Dr. Asfour currently sits on the boards of four startups and serves as Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer at the American University of Beirut leading the consolidated Office of Information Technology, the Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park and the AUB Online unit.
Most recently, Dr. Asfour was the President of the CIO Lebanon Association, the founding CIO at NYU Abu Dhabi, and played a key leadership role in establishing TechCARE, the Lebanese National Research and Education Network (NREN).
Dr. Asfour received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University. In addition to several publications in professional journals, Dr. Asfour also holds a patent related to fast data transfer for multi-processor systems.