Nabil Harfoush

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Positions and affiliations

Assistant Professor, Strategic Foresight & Innovation Program, OCAD University
Convener, Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG)

Bio in brief

Currently teaching a graduate course on Business Model & Policy Innovation at OCAD U. Prior to that Nabil was CIO and VP Corporate Development of HelpCaster Technologies, a Toronto based company offering solutions for web customer interaction management in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model and served as the CIO of MedcomSoft and Nightingale Informatix, two publicly traded companies offering clinical management and electronic medical record solutions delivered in traditional and SaaS models. He has consulted for governments and international organizations including WHO, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Concise CV

Master’s degree in Computer Engineering (Germany)
Ph.D. suma cum laude in digital data communications (Germany)
Executive Development Program - Schulich School of Business (York University).

Over 39 years of practice as an engineer, technology strategist, entrepreneur, and executive.
Serial entrepreneur, founder or co-founder of several companies.
Consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organization including the World Bank, W.H.O., UNESCO, and the International Development Research Center.

Fellow of the College for Design, Engineering & Commerce (DEC) at Philadelphia University
Tides Canada - Board Member
TRIEC - Council Member
CIO Association of Canada (CIOTOR Chapter) - Member of the Board
Design with Dialogue - Stewart
Member of Overlap 2007, 2011
1 Million Acts of Innovation Initiative
Women in Technology (WIT) Mentor
Judge for Rotman School of Business 2011 CEO Case Competition
Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA)
York technology Association (YTA) - Peer Group Facilitator
Board of Smart Systems for Health Agency (2005-2008)

Scholarly activities

Convener of the trans-disciplinary Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group
Supervising MRPs in the SF&I program

Research projects:
OCAD University Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Taking Ontario Mobile
Economic Futures for Ontario 2032
Economic Futures Ontario 2032

Recent Publications:

Harfoush, N. (2011). The Impact of Mobility on Social and Political Movement. In B. Ciaramitaro (Ed.), Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Harfoush, N. and Jeremijenko, N (2010). Sustainability for Critical Thinking & Making Collectives. DIY Citizenship: Critical Making & Social Media Conference. Toronto

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