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Dr Basma El Zein

(Director General, Techno-Valley UBT, Saudi Arabia)

Dr EL Zein is a renowned academic who has held many positions in her 23 years of experience in the academic, research, renewable and economic development fields. 

She is currently the Director General, Techno-Valley, University of Business and Technology (UBT), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was previously the Director General of Governance and Sustainability Center, Dean of Scientific Research at UBT, a research scientist at KAUST, a faculty member at Dar AL Hekma University and an associate researcher at IEMN, France. 

Dr El Zein is a grand Judge at Intel ISEF- USA, an examiner at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), and a renowned guest speaker at many international conferences on renewable energy and nanotechnology. During her previous positions, she supervised many PhD students and around 200 final-year projects – bachelor’s degrees. She is a reviewer for many international, peer-reviewed journals, the chair or co-chair and on committees of different international conferences. Dr El Zein is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACS,  MRS,  SPIE,  ECS,  IET,  AUTM,  AAAS, AASBC, ECS and the Lebanese Engineering Syndicate.

Dr El Zein graduated from the University of Lille, France with a PhD in Nanotechnology Engineering with High Distinction for her research on Zinc Oxide Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications. Her master’s degree was from the Lebanese University, Lebanon in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with Distinction.

Her research interest is currently in Energy Conversion and Energy Storage. The main objective of the research is to develop eco-green Solar Cells with high efficiency and long durability. In addition, she is exploring new materials such as kesterite, perovskite, and protein to be used as light absorbers for Solid State Sensitised Solar Cells. She is also exploring Printed Metal Oxide Batteries.

Her previous research included Telecommunications, Artificial Intelligence, auto-control and auto-command by programmable logic controllers, and Computer Vision. She has a textbook entitled “Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Applications” and she has many publications in this field.  Additionally,  she published in many international journals and has one patent filed in the USA related to materials for Solar Cells.

Dr El Zein was acknowledged for her remarkable contribution to the field of research, teaching, community service, and industry in Saudi Arabia, and she was granted 2 funded research for her research on Nanomaterials for 3rd generation Solar Cells in 2013 and 2014.