Nizar Zakka - CEO
Mr. Nizar Zakka is a Lebanese national educated in the USA at University of Texas, where he graduated in 1989 with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, and in 1991 with an M.S. in Computer Science. In Lebanon, he has founded several information and communications technology solutions and e-business solution companies. He has served as advisor to numerous public and private sector ICT initiatives in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. In 1996, Mr. Zakka joined the Professional Computer Association of Lebanon (PCA) as a Board Member, where he led community-based initiatives bridging the digital divide and promoted the Lebanese ICT sector in domestic, regional and international markets. In 2002, he was appointed CEO of the PCA, where he was responsible for all business and community initiatives involving the Lebanese ICT industry. In 2005, Mr. Zakka founded and became Secretary General of IJMA3 – The Arab ICT Organization (IJMA3) and, in 2010, established IJMA3-USA as a sister organization in the U.S. Mr. Zakka also serves as Vice Chairman of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of over 70 ICT industry associations from economies around the world and whose members represent over 90 percent of the world ICT market. In addition to his critical work in the MENA region, Mr. Zakka has extensive global experience in leading ICT for development efforts, including programs in Iran, Armenia, Pakistan, and India, among others.