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Dr. Doaa M. Taha

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Information: Dr. Doaa Taha is currently the Vice President and a Board Director of GMI (Grey Matter International Ltd.). She is active in a variety of areas centering on strategic advisory services and R&D, notably in the areas of Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Management, and Contingency Planning, where she also has a proprietary free-lance practice. She has been leading efforts aimed at setting up a network consultancy targeting technology transfers between first world (notably US & European) and emerging markets (notably within the Middle East & North Africa, but also in context of other global emerging markets). This network consultancy is also being designed as a hub for the dissemination of knowledge-based solutions in various areas of institutional capacity-building for the Arab World, including promoting stronger governance standards (notably in critical areas such as risk management and crisis preparedness) as well as addressing key developmental challenges such as optimizing gender mainstreaming and reinforcing the role of women in the academic, scientific research, professional, public policy and private business arenas. Dr. Taha is also active in an array of civil society projects and is particularly involved in the Forum of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering program sponsored by Arab Governments and the US Department of State within the Office of the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs & Democracy.

Dr. Taha’s Doctorate is in the area of Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Planning and Management, within the field of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. Dr. Taha, an Electrical Engineer with a background in operations research, telecommunications, and electronics chip design, has also served as the Senior Research Coordinator for a major program focusing on post-9/11 US Corporate Crisis & Disaster Strategic Planning and Management, funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the George Washington University’s (GWU) Institute for Crisis Disaster & Risk Management (ICDRM) within the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) of its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Her previous experience has been notably in the private sector (as an Engineer for a leading Middle-Eastern Computer Engineering firm and as Quality Control Adviser to the General Manager, in charge of strategic business development processes at a Middle-Eastern industrial technology franchise). In her earlier career, she was also teaching in the area of Electronics Engineering.

Taha was initially teaching Digital Design at the George Washington University and has also worked as a Software Engineer at Eaton Corporation’s Axcelis Technologies subsidiary, leading programming support for design, development and implementation of software operating systems and managing the development of test strategies, devices and systems. In the course of her work in Software Engineering Systems, she was recognized for having optimized test strategies systems, and during her stewardship of that function, quality enhancements led the electronic chips production facility at Axcelis to increase its market-share from 15% to 50% of the world market.

Taha has conducted extensive applied academic and operational research projects, notably in technical areas such as hardware and software systems design and integrated circuits (micro-chip design & testing, and applications of high-tech electrical engineering systems), and also in multiple areas of engineering management (case studies in corporate and institutional risk and crisis management, as well as decision-making models and organizational project management).
Taha has also been leading a number of civil society and philanthropic initiatives (including via the GMI Foundation), in the areas of children’s education and cultural development.

Taha, a GWU Alumnus (Doctor of Science in Engineering Management and Risk Crisis and Disaster Management, MSc. in Operations Research / Management Science with a Zagazig University BSc. in Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications), is a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), and the Washington DC Professional Women’s Forum.