Dr. Sami has been working for over 20 years in technology and research commercialization, both, in industry and academia. Sami started his career working in industry R&D introducing advanced materials to various markets of renewable energy, catalysis and coatings. After that he took a leadership role in industry R&D engaging in business growth activities related to licensing-in/-out of new technologies, venture merger and acquisition of new businesses. Sami, also, has successfully led industry-university consortia and projects to establish new products that can achieve EU regulatory targets in relation to emissions of toxic gases and renewable energy applications.
Sami, then, became responsible in a major chemical industry of incorporating intellectual property (IP) outputs in shaping and realizing corporate’s innovation strategy and business sustainability. In this role, he was responsible of protection and monetization of IP, conceptualization of technology gaps, and competitive positioning of future technologies and products.
Prior to Khalifa University of Science & Technology, Sami worked in Masdar Institute and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) where he was responsible of building technology transfer platforms and overseeing commercialization of the IP portfolio; successfully guiding research discoveries from laboratories to market through licensing and creation of start-ups.
Sami has authored different papers and publications in the field of university technology transfer, research commercialization, university industry partnership and building of successful university entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems through nurturing startups. His most recent publication is a chapter in a book titled “Higher Education in the Arab World – Building a Culture of Innovation & Entrepreneurship” recently published by Springer Nature.
Sami holds a Masters degree in Law (LLM - Technology & Intellectual Property) from the University of Liverpool and PhD in Materials Nano-Chemistry from the University of Central Lancashire.