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Building Democracy in Egypt: Defining a Clear Framework for New Governance Structures
Building Democracy in Egypt: Defining a Clear Framework for New Governance Structures

Karim Hamza, Academic Researcher at the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands)
Monday, March 21, 2011, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: CTG, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205

The rising importance of governance, especially after the massive change of regimes in the Middle East, requires us to build a common understanding of the concept of governance and define its elements in order to specify a clear framework for the design process. The design will require sharing essential elements of a governance concept, studying the impact of ICT on governance, and studying the policy modeling process. All of this will occur under the condition of the developing and evolving demands of communities, with a starting point in their regimes.

Karim Hamza will share his research on governance conceptualization, ICT impact on governance, and policy modeling. He will focus on the case of Egypt as a prototype case study of how an E-Governance process model can help in settling democracy in the Egyptian community, with reference to the constraints of cost and time that the "Transition Government" is currently facing.
Karim Hamza
Karim Hamza works as Academic Researcher at the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands), Part Time Professor at the American University (Egypt) and Approved Tutor for Edinburgh Business School (UK). Additionally, he works as a Consulting Director in one of the leading information technology companies specialized in Enterprise Resource Planning applications and Systems Integrations for governments and private sectors.

His research activities focus on Government Development Strategies through application of new technologies and innovative government management approaches. His doctorate, which he is currently working on (due to finish in 2012), is entitled “E-Governance Framework Design Process Model EGov’s-FDPM,” and he participates in related global conferences, most recently ICEGEG 2010 (Turkey); EGOV2010 (Switzerland); and ICIW2011 (USA).

His teaching experience focuses on Project Management, Information Technology and Strategic Planning with different universities and institutes like Edinburgh Business Schools (UK); American University in Cairo (Egypt) and PMI institutes.

For his professional career, he has a record of accomplishment in building, development, and management of new business units and over 12 years of experience in consultancy and Program/Project Management with leading international companies in information technology and a focus on the Government, Military, Telecommunications, and Aviation sectors. He manages over 100 consultants in the region who are part of a global development center in Egypt participating in the outsourcing strategy of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) for developing local capabilities in the regional market.

He received his Bachelor of Commerce at Ain Shams University (Egypt), followed by a Diploma in Software Engineering at the Cabinet of Information & Decision Support Center (Egypt). After that, he was awarded a Project Management Diploma at the American University in Cairo, then became a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified by the Project Management Institute in USA. He was awarded his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School (UK). In 2010, he received his MPhil as the first stage of his Doctor of Business Administration-DBA degree from the Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands).