Dr. Hussein F. Salama is the Director of Microsoft’s Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo,
Egypt. He is responsible for setting up the lab for long-term success and growth and for
enabling the lab’s engineers and scientists to perform at their best by striking the delicate
balance between “freedom to innovate” and “focus on delivery.”
Prior to joining Microsoft, Hussein founded Citex Software, a startup that built the first
open source mobile advertising platform. While at Citex Software, Hussein helped found
and incubate a few early stage startups. Most notable is Blue Kai which was acquired by
Oracle in 2014. Before Citex Software, Hussein was the Chief Operating Officer of
SySDSoft, an Egyptian startup that was acquired by Intel in 2011. In 2005, Hussein co-
founded Digital Networked Advertising, Egypt’s first digital signage network.
Hussein started his professional career in 1996 at Cisco Systems in San Jose, California,
where he took on technical leadership roles in engineering and consulting focusing on
VoIP and core routing. He co-authored and contributed to several IETF and ITU-T
standards and he has seven issued US patents.
Hussein was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Computer Engineering, Cairo
University, in 2007 and 2008. He serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Sciences
& Engineering at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Hussein also served on the
Board of the Egyptian Government’s Technology Incubation & Entrepreneurship Center
Hussein received a PhD in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University
and an MBA from San Jose State University, California.