Dr. Rami Ghannam is the founder and co-director of the Ecosmart Cluster. His main research interests are in the fields of solar energy and nanotechnology. He has previously held positions with IBM Research GmbH in Zurich and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), as well as Nortel Networks, Shaker Consultancy Group and The American University in Cairo
Rami Ghannam has been awarded the PhD degree from Cambridge University, as well as the postgraduate Diploma and MSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London. Furthermore, he graduated Summa cum Laude for a degree in Engineering from King's College. Dr. R. Ghannam has taken part in successfully attracting approximately EUR1.5million of external funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the TWAS/COMSTECH Committee, the DAAD and the EU Tempus Programme for projects in the field of solar energy. In addition, he has published more than 15 papers and 4 patent disclosures.
Dr. Ahmed S. G. Khalil is the co-founder and co-director of the Ecosmart Cluster. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Egypt Nanotechnology Center and a lecturer of Physics at Fayoum University. He has been awarded the PhD degree in Physics in 2008 from Max Planck Institute and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Dr. Khalil has received his BSc and MSc degrees from Cairo University in 1999 and 2003.
Dr. Khalil was a PostDoc (2008-2010) at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a visiting scientist (2010-2011) at IBM Research labs in Zurich. His scientific achievements during his PhD and Postdoc have been published in high ranked journals such as Advanced Materials, Journal of American Chemical Society and the Journal of Materials Chemistry. He has research experience and interests in printed electronics, solar energy and water technolgies. Currently, Dr. Khalil plays a major role in several ongoing funded projects with the University of California Berkeley, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Technical University of Darmstadt, as well as other partners from Egypt, UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Indonesia and Iran. The total funding of these projects is approximately 2 Million Euros.
Iman El-Hofi currently works as an executive assistant with the Ecosmart Cluster and Starkon Co. She presently handles the administrative issues relating to the SOLEDA Solar Energy Project. Prior to joining the Ecosmart Cluster, Ms. Iman El-Hofi worked as a PR assistant in Resala Charity Organization and a fundraising team leader in AWTAD association.
She was born in 1989 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Ms. Iman El-Hofi was among the top graduates from her high school and was subsequently awarded the LEAD full scholarship in order to study at the AUC between the years 2007 to 2012.