I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1991-1997) and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1979-1984). My hobbies are reading, photography, and chess.
My first venture was back in 1986 when I co-founded GloboNet, the first ISP in Louisiana (USA): IBC, CR #34329839D.
During the past 40+ years, I was instrumental in the US and the Middle East. Not only I built the first FDDI high speed network at my school and administered BitNet, but I also published and presented papers at international conferences. Back in 1986, I worked with a distinguished group of professors from Cornell University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Iowa State University, and Southern University to build the first Engineering Multimedia Courseware Distributed System (The Synthesis Coalition).
In early 2016, I introduced Blockchain solutions in Saudi Arabia. I built the first Blockchain systems integrator in Saudi Arabia and closed few icon projects. I made presentations to central banks in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Lebanon. I preached digital transformation and spoke at conference in USA, Jordan, Egypt, KSA, Dubai, Bahrain, London, and India. Built a strong dedicated team, educated and coached the team, and within less than a year, the company won contracts; which were reported on by international media. https://yaghi.net/blockchain/
Around 2014, I coached my teenage boys into entrepreneurship at age 13 & 14. They have built three companies – Chillax, AidMaid, and BlocMint, pitched and presented at regional conferences, and became stars in the region (www.aidmaid.net/gallery.html). They also created a crypto investment fund. They have appeared in ArabianBusiness, Forbes, Endeavour, Wamda, and BBC. They coached other teens as well. Yes, I’m a proud father.
My daughter, at age 10, created an initiative she called “Smiles” to bring some joy to less fortunate kids. She has expanded the initiative and will continue to develop it. She’s also a proud member of Ruwwad for Social Empowerment, MUN Middle East, and several sport clubs. (http://smiles.aidmaid.net)
Proud of my extensive hands-on professional experience with over 20 years of diversified experience in USA and over 15 years of experience at senior executive roles in Saudi Arabia. To pay my dues to humanity, I’m engaged in several social entrepreneurship and community service initiatives
My LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yaghi/
My tweets are found here: https://twitter.com/hyaghi
Selected photos from professional engagements: https://yaghi.net/blockchain/