Mr. Ahmed El-Sobky is ITIDA’s vice president for information technology markets development. El-Sobky worked in various fields related to information technology and investment since 1985.
Before joining ITIDA, El-Sobky worked as Director of Strategic Projects at Ministry of Investment and took part in managing many e-government projects implemented under the umbrella of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development.
On the African level, El-Sobky helped in developing e-learning strategy for both Nile Basin and COMESA countries as an Egyptian expert. He assisted in creating the first e-learning master degree in the Middle East in collaboration with Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. He aided in establishing the Egyptian node for Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN) of the World Bank.
As an Arab Workforce Group member, when preparing to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)’s first phase, he contributed to creating “Towards a Pan-Arab Information Society- a Joint Action Plan” document. He co-drafted the committee of “High-Level Arab Conference” to prepare WSIS first phase, held in Cairo, in June 2003. He co-reviewed “Towards Activating the Geneva Plan of Action: A Regional Vision to Promote and Develop the Information Society in the Arab Region,” a regional document, submitted in WSIS second phase, held in Tunis.
In 2014, El-Sobky led a national workgroup of multi-stakeholders experts (governmental, private, and NGOs), governed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), to prepare the national strategic plan of ICT in Egypt. El-Sobky is a member of a national workgroup of multi-stakeholders experts to develop e-learning in Egypt.
El-Sobky chaired a workgroup, steered by MCIT, to issue “Egypt ICT Golden Book” which shows different Egyptian stakeholders’ projects in “Information and Communication Technologies for Development, ICT4D” as one of Egypt's efforts in implementing and following-up WSIS two phases, in Geneva and Tunis. He was a part of the executive committee of “National Contests of e-Content” led by ITIDA. He was a jury member in the second round of the competition in 2007 in e-learning category.
Mr. El-Sobky drafted papers submitted in international, regional, and local conferences in the areas of e-Learning, e-Content e-Government, and Knowledge Society. Besides, he authored an Arabic book called: “A Guide for Information Technology and Systems Security.”
He is a member of the “Board of Information Technology and Communication, Internet Security Workgroup,” Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt.
He took part in planning the first draft of “Cyber Security Law” through his membership of “Laws Formulation Committee” at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.