Center Leadership and Staff
Project Director & Professor
Sayfe Kiaei is a professor in the School of Electrical, Energy, and Computer Engineering, the director of the Connection One Center (National Science Foundation (NSF) I/UCRC Center), and Motorola Chair in Analog and RF Integrated Circuits. Prior to leading the COE, he was the Director of the successful U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) project funded by USAID. From 1993 to 2001, he was a senior member of technical staff with the Wireless Technology Center and Broadband Operations at Motorola. Prior to that, Kiaei was a professor at Oregon State University (1987-1993), where he taught courses and performed research in RF, Analog, VLSI, and Communication Systems. Kiaei has established two Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers: The Center for the Design of Analog/Digital ICs (CDADIC) where he was a co-director (1987-1993), and the Connection One Center at Arizona State University. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers and holds several patents. His research interests are in RF, Analog and Digital IC, Transceiver design, and sensors.
As a highly capable and self-starting leader, mentor, and project manager, with over 21 years of experience, Dalia has been accountable for operations, procurement, code of ethics, compliance, finance, human resources, office systems, and staff performance and security. She has acted as the project representative to government contacts and was the signatory and approver for threshold and sign-off for all government documentation.
She has accumulated a wealth of experience while working as the Director of Operations and Training Advisor with several USAID projects and with other organizations. In addition to her extensive project work and leadership duties, she obtained a combined Master of Business Administration and Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Walid El- Khattam
Technical Advisor & Professor
Dr. Walid is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Power and Machines and Head of the Energy and Renewable Energy Engineering Program at the Ain Shams University Faculty of Engineering. He worked as a consultant for UNDP, EU, USAID, and the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptERA). His area of research is distributed generation performance; renewable energy resources’ codes, operation, and regulatory aspects related to their integration into the grid; microgrids and smart grids; and electricity markets.
He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and joined the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas as a research associate. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Western Ontario and as a researcher for Hydro One, the distribution utility serving Ontario province
Director of Finance
Nabil Osman has over 15 years of experience in development and the private sector. He is experienced in USAID operational, financial, and procurement oversight processes. He also is skilled in creating and managing strong relationships with stakeholders including Egyptian entities, private sector partners, and a diverse range of vendors and service providers.
Project Manager Research
Alana Burnham is a certified project manager specializing in global development projects and serves as the Project Manager Research for the Center of Excellence for Energy. Before joining the Center, she led key objectives for ASU-US’s Global Locust Initiative’s USAID-funded project in West Africa, Communities for Sustainable Agriculture (Bay Sa Waar). She excels in fast-paced environments that require cultural competency and quick adaptation, and she is passionate about supporting projects that bring research and innovative solutions to communities around the world. She has a background in community outreach and environmental and soil sciences. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, she served in the Agroforestry program in Senegal and is fluent in Wolof.
Nevine Abdel Aziz
Nevine Abdel Aziz has more than 20 years of expertise in the field of communications, across government and non-governmental organizations. Her area of expertise includes institutional development initiatives, creative messaging and communications/advocacy strategies, program and event management, professional e-communication, and web-based technologies. In Egypt, she collaborated with USAID, GIZ, EU, UNFPA, and other government agencies to develop tailored messaging and communications/advocacy strategies, building awareness of programs and their partners.
Events and Administrative Coordinator
Ehab Shafik has over 20 years of diverse experience in administration, governmental relations, and event management. He has served at both international nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as government organizations such as USAID.