Dr. Yahya Al-Salqan, an entrepreneur and inventor, The President and CEO of Jaffa.Net- a leading software development and outsourcing company, The Chairman of the Palestine IT Association of Companies (PITA), The Chairman of the Palestine ICT Incubator (PICTI), Board Member of the Palestine High Council of Innovation and Excellence, and an active member of the Private Sector Coordination Council, co-founded the Mobile Monday Palestine Chapter. He is passionate about converting new ideas into businesses, pushing the boundaries and thinking out-of-the-box, and embracing new technologies such as blockchain and digital economy. He is actively involved in the Middle Eastern “Digital Fiat Currency” initiative.
Before starting Jaffa.Net, he worked as a Senior Engineer at Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley- California where he managed and worked on several Java projects for Solaris Operating System. At Sun, he was ranked as an Outstanding Engineer. Prior to Sun, he worked as an Associate Researcher and Professor Of Computer Science at West Virginia University-USA. He was granted an “Outstanding Researcher and Professor” by the American Government. He is the inventor of the “Internet Time” in addition to 9 international patents registered in USA and Europe in Information Security and Internet Technology, published more than 50 Refereed Articles. He was an invited speaker in many international conferences including: RSA Conference, JavaOne, IEEE COMPSA, WEF, IEEE WET-ICE, IEEE Enterprise Security, and Med-Ibtikar. Dr. Al-Salqan chaired more than 7 international IT conferences in USA (at MIT and Stanford University), Korea and Tunisia. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois, M.Sc. in Computer Science from American University- Washington DC, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Birzeit University.