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Dr. Solomon Assefa

Vice President at IBM Research

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Dr. Solomon Assefa Biography

Dr. Solomon Assefa is a Vice President at IBM Research. He heads research strategy, execution, commercialization, and partnerships for Impact Science, which includes Future of Climate, Future of Work, and Future of Health. Under his leadership, researchers from IBM’s global labs are applying and advancing disruptive technologies that will transform industries and benefit society. These technologies include AI, cloud, quantum computing, and accelerated discovery. He is also directing the worldwide effort focused on developing core technologies and partnerships for climate change mitigation and adaptation. He directs scientists from IBM’s global labs who are innovating in areas such as sustainable hybrid cloud, AI-enabled material discovery for carbon capture, carbon footprint optimization, AI-driven climate risk and impact modelling to enable resiliency

Furthermore, Assefa is responsible for IBM’s research labs in Kenya and South Africa, and heads IBM’s research strategy and partnership across MEA. He is responsible for fostering local innovation ecosystems by forming new models for partnership with government, industry, academia, non-profits, and start-up companies. The labs are localizing these technologies and developing scalable (lab to market) solutions for emerging markets in areas such as financial services, telcos, healthcare, supply chain, energy and utilities, agriculture, and public sector.

Previously, Assefa was the Director of Research Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Research headquarters in NY. He has also served as a Program Manager in the office of Science and Technology at IBM Research headquarters, with responsibilities for evaluating science and technology roadmaps for IBM’s worldwide research laboratories.

As a Research Scientist, Assefa has worked on IBM’s nanophotonics technology with responsibilities spanning research, development, and technology transfer. He has also worked on field switched and spin torque MRAM technologies. He has co-authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, has over 50 patents, and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous conferences worldwide. His work has been featured in Nature magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Forbes, Technology Review, EE Times, and IEEE Spectrum, among many others.

Assefa is a recipient of several awards including Corporate Recognition Award and Invention Achievement Awards from IBM. He was named one of the World’s Top Young Innovators under 35 and received the TR35 awarded by MIT’s Technology Review (2011). Assefa was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2013. He is an Honorary Professor at Wits in South Africa. He received a B.S. in Physics (2001), a B.S. in EECS (2001), a M.S. in EECS (2001) and a Ph.D. (2004) all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Dr. Solomon Assefa Biography

Dr. Solomon Assefa is a Vice President at IBM Research. He heads research strategy, execution, commercialization, and partnerships for Impact Science, which includes Future of Climate, Future of Work, and Future of Health. Under his leadership, researchers from IBM’s global labs are applying and advancing disruptive technologies that will transform industries and benefit society. These technologies include AI, cloud, quantum computing, and accelerated discovery. He is also directing the worldwide effort focused on developing core technologies and partnerships for climate change mitigation and adaptation. He directs scientists from IBM’s global labs who are innovating in areas such as sustainable hybrid cloud, AI-enabled material discovery for carbon capture, carbon footprint optimization, AI-driven climate risk and impact modelling to enable resiliency

Furthermore, Assefa is responsible for IBM’s research labs in Kenya and South Africa, and heads IBM’s research strategy and partnership across MEA. He is responsible for fostering local innovation ecosystems by forming new models for partnership with government, industry, academia, non-profits, and start-up companies. The labs are localizing these technologies and developing scalable (lab to market) solutions for emerging markets in areas such as financial services, telcos, healthcare, supply chain, energy and utilities, agriculture, and public sector.

Previously, Assefa was the Director of Research Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Research headquarters in NY. He has also served as a Program Manager in the office of Science and Technology at IBM Research headquarters, with responsibilities for evaluating science and technology roadmaps for IBM’s worldwide research laboratories.

As a Research Scientist, Assefa has worked on IBM’s nanophotonics technology with responsibilities spanning research, development, and technology transfer. He has also worked on field switched and spin torque MRAM technologies. He has co-authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, has over 50 patents, and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous conferences worldwide. His work has been featured in Nature magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Forbes, Technology Review, EE Times, and IEEE Spectrum, among many others.

Assefa is a recipient of several awards including Corporate Recognition Award and Invention Achievement Awards from IBM. He was named one of the World’s Top Young Innovators under 35 and received the TR35 awarded by MIT’s Technology Review (2011). Assefa was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2013. He is an Honorary Professor at Wits in South Africa. He received a B.S. in Physics (2001), a B.S. in EECS (2001), a M.S. in EECS (2001) and a Ph.D. (2004) all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Solomon Assefa Videos

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    Executive Editor, Edie Lush, talks with Solomon Assefa, Director of IBM Research Africa about financial inclusion, using AI to improve government...
  • Solomon Assefa - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
    Solomon Assefa, director, IBM Research – Africa on the exciting world of robotics and artificial intelligence and what that means for all of us
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    During the NEF's recent Scientific Programme Committee meeting in Cape Town in January 2015, NEF's Executive Curator caught up with Dr. Solomon...

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  • How to book Dr. Solomon Assefa?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Solomon Assefa for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Solomon Assefa, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Solomon Assefa or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Solomon Assefa?

    Booking fees for Dr. Solomon Assefa, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Solomon Assefa, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Solomon Assefa?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Solomon Assefa for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Solomon Assefa for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Solomon Assefa or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Solomon Assefa or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Solomon Assefa is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Solomon Assefa for your event is available upon request. Dr. Solomon Assefa generally travels from Ossining, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gijs van Wulfen, Jimmy Wales, Ray Kurzweil, Jeff Huber and Andrew McAfee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Solomon Assefa for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dr. Solomon Assefa Speaker Videos

  • Hub Culture Davos 2018 - Solomon Assefa, Director of IBM Research Africa
    Executive Editor, Edie Lush, talks with Solomon Assefa, Director of IBM Research Africa about financial inclusion, using AI to improve government services, the empower solar app, and reaching the...
    Solomon Assefa - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
    Solomon Assefa, director, IBM Research – Africa on the exciting world of robotics and artificial intelligence and what that means for all of us
  • 'Develop the scientific ability to ask the tough questions" - Dr. Assefa
    During the NEF's recent Scientific Programme Committee meeting in Cape Town in January 2015, NEF's Executive Curator caught up with Dr. Solomon Assefa, Director, Strategy & Growth Initiatives, IBM...

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