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Hussein Salama

Hussein Salama

Hussein F. Salama is the Director of the Microsoft Research Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo, Egypt (ATL Cairo).

Prior to joining Microsoft, Hussein was the Founder and President of Citex Software, a startup that is well-known for its open source mobile advertising platform. AT Citex Software, Hussein led all envisioning and business development aspects in addition to frequently engaging on the engineering side.

Before Citex Software, Hussein was the Chief Operating Officer of SySDSoft (acquired by Intel), an Egyptian startup that offered software design services for major wireless product vendors. At SySDSoft, Hussein created structure and processes for the company to enhance its operational efficiency and he promoted a work environment that encourages team work and innovation.

Before joining SySDSoft, Hussein was with Cisco Systems. He spent six years as a Technical leader at the IOS Technologies Division at Cisco in San Jose, California. Then he spent two years as a Consulting Engineer providing technical expertise to the Cisco sales organization in the Middle East. While at the IOS Technologies Division, Hussein worked on Cisco’s first generation of VoIP products and led the integration between VoIP and Layer 3 protocols. His work on VoIP call routing is well recognized and has resulted in both patents and IETF standards. He has also led major projects in core routing.

Hussein has contributions to several standards related to VoIP and MPLS. He is the principal author of RFC 3219 titled “Telephony Routing over IP.” Besides his standards activities, Hussein co-authored several conference and journal papers and he has six issued US patents.

Hussein received his BSc with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1990 and his MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993 and 1996 from North Carolina State University. In 2002, Hussein earned his MBA from San Jose State University, California.

In 1995, Hussein was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Open Communication Systems (GMD-FOKUS) in Berlin, Germany. In 2006 and 2007, Hussein was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Computer Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt. In addition, Hussein occasionally consulted on strategic technology matters for some of Egypt’s largest organizations.