Brian LundquistPublisher Nanotechnology Now
CEO 7thWave
Foresight Senior Associate

Brian Lundquist

Created the number 1 news source and web portal for nanotechnology information in the world today. Prior accomplishments include building a successful search engine optimization company serving Fortune 500 companies including: Verizon, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Charles Schwab, Barnes and Noble, Providian Financial and others.

VP Membership and Executive Board member for the National Space Society, a premier organization working to educate the public and government on the benefits of space settlement.

Advisory Board member of the Lifeboat Foundation, working to insure the long-term survival of humanity. Senior Associate, Foresight Institute.

Dr. Richard P. Appelbaum

Dr. Richard P. Appelbaum

Richard P. Appelbaum, Ph.D., is Research Professor and former MacArthur Foundation Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a co-founder of the Global & International Studies Program, and co-PI at the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

He received his B.A. from Columbia University (1964), M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1966), and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1971). He has published extensively in the areas of emerging technologies, particularly in China; the globalization of business; and the sociology of work and labor.

In addition to numerous scholarly papers, his recent books include Achieving Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy, States and Economic Development in the Asian Pacific Rim; and Rules and Networks: The Legal Culture of Global Business Transactions. He is a founding editor (and emeritus editor) of Competition and Change: The Journal of Global Business and Political Economy.

Dr. Richard Forbes

Dr. Richard Forbes

Richard Forbes studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a Tripos Prize, a Senior Scholarship and a Research Scholarship. After a first degree in Physics (Theoretical Option), he did PhD research in the Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Science in Cambridge, initially with Sir Alan Cottrell, FRS, as supervisor. He did postdoctoral work at Aston University, subsequently becoming a Lecturer in Physics. He moved to Surrey University in 1983, and retired as Reader in Applied Electrophysics. He continues to be active in research, as a Visiting Reader.

Dr Forbes is well known internationally for work in high-electric-field nanoscience and in field emission, for which he was awarded a DSc in 1983. He has co-authored one book, written four book chapters, has published about 150 papers, and has made around 450 other scientific presentations. He was President of the International Field Emission Society from 1996 to 2000, and from 2002 to 2006, and has recently been elected one of the Inaugural Fellows of the Society. He is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Prof. Mona Bakr MohamedExecutive Director,
Egypt Nanotechnology Center (EGNC),
Cairo University and
CEO of NanoTech,
Photoelectronics, Egypt

Prof. Mona Bakr Mohamed

Prof. Mona Bakr Mohamed gained her PhD in 2002 from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA under the supervision of Prof. Mostafa El-Sayed. She is currently the Executive director of Egypt Nanotechnology Center (EGNC), Cairo University and CEO of NanoTech Egypt for Photoelectronics.

Her research interest is focused on synthesis and characterization of metallic, magnetic and semiconductor nanocrystals of different shape and size, as well as their optical properties and ultrafast dynamics using different laser techniques. Her research group (22 graduate students) is working on constructing novel nanomaterials for solar cell applications, photoelectronic devices, biomedical imaging, cancer therapy, nanocatalysis, and water treatment.

She has published over 87 publications in highly ranked journals and delivered more than 30 public lectures to raise public awareness of nanotechnology in Egypt and the Arab region.

Dr. Khaled SaoudAssistant Professor of physics
Virginia Commonwealth University
Qatar, Doha

Dr. Khaled Saoud

Dr. Khaled saoud obtained his BS from Yarmouk University and his Master’s degree in applied physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then completed his PhD in 2005 in chemical physics at the chemistry and Physics departments, Virginia Commonwealth University working on developing nanomaterials for different applications such as catalysis.

He held many industrial positions at major American companies such as Philip Morris USA, Intel Corporation, and Nova Measuring Instruments Inc. He has recently initiated a research program in nanocatalysis, nanotextile and nanomaterials for the construction and development of new catalytic membranes for energy, water treatment, and environmental applications.

He has been working in the field of nanotechnology since 1998. He published over 20 research papers in the field of nanotechnology and holds two US patents. He holds many industrial positions in American companies. He participated in many conferences and holds for using nanomaterials in different applications. Recently, he was invited by Arab League as an expert to start the nanotechnology initiative in the Arab world.

Prof. Chenzhong Li

Prof. Chenzhong Li

Prof. Chenzhong Li received his M.Sc (electrochemistry) and PhD (bioengineering) from Kumamoto University (Japan) in 1996 and 2000. Currently he is working at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University (Miami). Before joining FIU in 2006, he held position as a Research Officer at the biosensor group at Canada National Research Council.

Prof. Chenzhong Li’s research looks ahead to the next generation of biomolecule based nano-bio conjugates such as DNA nanowires, immune nanotags, as well as end use electronic devices such as biosensors, Lab-on-a-Chip, and enzymatic biofuel cells. Prof. Chenzhong is currently served as editor of PLoS ONE (IF: 3.23), Associate Editor: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IF: 1.74), Editorial Board Member:

International Journal of Nanomedicine (IF: 4.38) and Editorial Board Member: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (IF: 6.2.) The research interests of Prof. Chenzhong are in Whole cell besed biosensors; Biosensor for cancer and neuro disease diagnosis; Electron transfer properties of biomolecules; BioMEMS/BioNEMS; The applications of nanomaterials in biomedical research and Nanotoxicity.

Ruchi SinghManaging Director &
Founder of ‘Nanonub’

Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh is the Managing Director/Founder of a company ‘Nanonub’. It’s a Research & Development and consulting firm which is established with the aim of providing a common platform for the nanotechnology professionals and companies. It serves a very focused area of technology which is ‘Nanotechnology’ on the global level. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from India in 2009. After completing her Engineering in India, she worked in one of the top software company in India ‘Infosys Technologies Limited’.

She was awarded Samsung Scholarship and pursued her Master's in Energy (Nanotechnology) at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. After her Master's, she moved to the United States and started working on nanotechnology applications in Oil & Gas industry. At present, she is working as a Managing Director at Nanonub. She has experience in the research area of nanomaterial’s, bio nanotechnology and nano technology applications in oil and gas industry.

She has experience in startups, entrepreneurship, global management, market development, strategy and planning, new technology/emerging markets, international expansion etc. Currently, she is also serving as a chair of New Venture Clinic in MIT Forum of Texas, Houston. She created Nanonub in 2013, of which she has been Director since then. She is a member of several national level research and entrepreneur council. She has excellent networking and entrepreneur skills. She has developed a good network internationally since her post-graduation. She is determined to serve the society with the application and benefits of this technology. This is the reason that she started her business ‘Nanonub’ on this technology.

Dr. Abderrahmen Merghni

Dr. Abderrahmen Merghni

A Ph.D. graduate in Biological sciences, health and biotechnology at the University of Monastir-Tunisia, my academic and work experience offers me a great opportunity to develop skills that should be useful in any research setting.

Writing articles for scientific journals, especially in Microbiology field, taught me to research extensively, analyze my findings, and communicate my conclusions clearly. Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation as well as antimicrobial activities with the aid of imaging tools are my skills area.

Prof. Steven GuanDirector for Research Institute
Big Data Analytics
Xi'an Jiaotong
Liverpool University

Prof. Steven Guan

Steven Guan received his M.Sc. & Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Professor and the Director for Research Institute of Big Data Analytics at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He served the head of department position at XJTLU for 4.5 years, creating the department from scratch and now in shape. Before joining XJTLU, he was a tenured professor and chair in intelligent systems at Brunel University, UK.

Prof. Guan has worked in a prestigious R&D organization for several years, serving as a design engineer, project leader, and department manager. After leaving the industry, he joined Yuan-Ze University in Taiwan for three and half years. He served as deputy director for the Computing Center and the chairman for the Department of Information & Communication Technology. Later he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at National University of Singapore as an associate professor.

Prof. Guan’s research interests include: machine learning, data mining, data analytics, modeling, security, networking, and pseudorandom number generation. He has published extensively in these areas, with 130+ journal papers and 180+ book chapters or conference papers. He has chaired and delivered keynote speeches for 30+ international conferences and served in 160+ international conference committees and 20+ editorial boards.

Dr. Anis Haque, P.Eng.Associate Head and Senior Instructor
Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering
University of Calgary Canada

Dr. Anis Haque

Anis Haque has over 20 years of university teaching and research experiences in science and engineering. His primary research interests are in nanotechnology, renewable energy and engineering education. He received PhD in Materials Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) in Japan and completed a master degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in England.

He holds another master degree and a bachelor degree with honors in Applied Physics and Electronics. Apart from his current academic position with the University of Calgary, he has been involved in various community services in advancing science and engineering education among the K-12 students through IEEE and a registered charity AASEE which he has founded. He is very instrumental in advancing health and safety education for engineering and business students across Canadian universities.

Dr. Daniel ChoiMasdar Institute of
Science and Technology, UAE

Dr. Daniel Choi

Dr. Daniel Choi received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Seoul National University (South Korea) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Dr. Choi worked at the Aerospace Corporation and a task manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/NASA, leading a number of space-related projects including Phoenix Mars mission.


He was director of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program at University of Idaho (USA). He is Founding Department Head of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering in the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is also a Science Team for UAE Emirates Mars Mission Program.

Professor Jisoon Ihm

Professor Jisoon Ihm

Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

He received the Ph.D degree in Physics at University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a postdoc at MIT and AT&T Bell Labs, and then as a Member at Bell Communications Research. Since 1986, he has been a professor at Seoul National University and POSTECH.

He is a Fellow of American Physical Society since 2007 and a Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences of USA since 2011. His major research achievement is the development of a novel computational method to calculate the total energy of solids and applications of it to real materials.

Dr. Mary Mehrnoosh

Dr. Mary Mehrnoosh Eshaghian-Wilner

Dr. Mary MehrnooshEshaghian-Wilner has over 26 years of research experience in various areas within the field of Computer Engineering. Additionally, she has worked in the area of patent law for several years. She has published numerous scientific papers, including two books, and has handled the prosecution and infringement analysis of many complex U.S. and international patents.


Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner currently is a Professor of Engineering Practice at the Electrical Engineering-Systems Department at the University of Southern California (USC), and since 2004 has been an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UCLA, she was a tenured full Professor and Department Head at the Computer Engineering Department of Rochester Institute of Technology

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