Title: Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Company: Global Data Excellence
Location: Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland
Dr. Walid el Abed, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Global Data Excellence, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in artificial intelligence.
Dr. el Abed became involved in his profession because, for the first time in history, there was a way of changing the government using artificial intelligence. There can be dialogue between humans and machines. He began the path to his career by attending the University of Franche Comté. While at the university, Dr. El Abed earned a Master of Arts in Arabic language in 1988, a Bachelor of Arts in teaching French as a foreign language and a Master of Arts in sciences and language in 1993, a Master of Advanced Studies in artificial intelligence in 1996 and PhD in artificial intelligence in 2000.
Dr. el Abed is the inventor of the Data Excellence Management System (DEMS) with the vision to elevate data to excellence, empowering a data-driven society governed by value for perpetual excellence. He started his career as a development manager in business computing at the Manzoni-Bouchot S.A. in 1995 and remained until 1998. Dr. el Abed then became a database architect and team leader at MC2 and stayed until 2001. In 2001, he became a senior data architect and data team leader for Cambridge Technology Partners for a year before becoming a project manager at Data Warehouse Architect. From there, Dr. el Abed joined Nestlé Headquarters in 2002 and remained with the company until 2008, holding the positions of global data conversion project manager, global data team leader and business excellence manager. In 2007, he became the founder, chief executive officer and president of Global Data Excellence, where he remains to this day. He also took on the role of strategic data excellence unit director at Sopra Steria in 2008 and stayed on with the company until 2013.
From 2011 until 2013, Dr. el Abed was a visiting professor at the Université Paris-Dauphine. In 2013, he became a visiting professor for CNAM and in 2014, he also became a visiting professor for the University of Fribourg, holding both positions to this day. In these positions, he lectures on his field of study to PhD and master degree students. As a testament to his success, Dr. el Abed was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the country of Switzerland in 2020.
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