Yousif Asfour


Bio: Yousif Asfour, Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

Dr. Yousif Asfour currently serves as Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer leading the consolidated Office of Information Technology at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), heading the Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park as well as the AUB Online unit. Dr. Asfour is also the President of the CIO Lebanon Association and played a key leadership role in establishing TechCARE, the Lebanese National Research and Education Network (NREN). 

Dr. Yousif Asfour is an experienced executive with more than 30 years of experience in the US and the Middle East. He has successfully helped several organizations in the higher education, government, transportation, technology and finance sectors build and sustain their competitive advantage by leading high performing IT teams through the design, implementation, deployment and operations of innovative products, services, applications & infrastructure. 

Prior to AUB, Dr. Asfour served as the founding Chief Information Officer for New York University Abu Dhabi and Associate Vice President, Global Technology Services for New York University where he led the design of the new campus, and the design, implementation and operations of IT services.

 Dr. Asfour has also served as chairman of the IT department at the American University in Dubai where he led revamping the curriculum and getting it accredited by SACS and the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, and as Director of the Injazat Institute, where he founded an executive leadership consulting and development business unit at Injazat Data Systems.

Dr. Asfour has also held leadership and executive positions with a several startup technology companies in the US. 
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.

Abstract: "Why even have an NREN?"