Ossama Hassanein
Ossama Hassanein

Dr. Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 35 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice President (EVP) of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley-based IT companies that became spectacular successes including: Adaptec; Cirrus Logic; Atmel; PMC-Sierra; LSI Logic; Linear Technologies; and Oracle. The combined market value today exceeds $200 billion.

In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton
transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). Currently, he is Director of Bank of the West in San Francisco and of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is a President Cabinet member at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also serves on the Dean of Applied Sciences Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the UBC Silicon Valley advisory board for
the Personalized Medicine Initiative. He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine. He served for six years as Chairman of TechWadi, focusing on mentoring, financing and business acceleration of leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) entrepreneurs. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing One Netbook per Child for up to 130,000 Palestinian and Syrian children in need of education.

Dr. Hassanein was the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC (American University in Cairo) School of Business, where he is also a member of the Board of Advisors. He is an Advisory Board member on the UC Berkeley AMENA mentorship program. He lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at the University of California, Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. He was also a guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.