Haitham S. Hamza (IEEE Member, ACM Senior Member)  is a Professor of Information Technology at Cairo University, Egypt.  He received the B.S. (Honors) and the M.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He received the M.S. and the PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), USA in 2002 and 2006, respectively.  He is a Fling fellow to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of the Best Paper Award in the Optical Symposium of Broadnets in 2005. He is also the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the Collage of Art and Science in 2005, and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in the Computer Science and Engineering department at UNL for Years 2003–2004 and 2004–2005. He also received the Graduate Research Assistant Award for the Collage of Art and Science in 2006.

He has more than 80 papers published in international conferences and journals including IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE PIRMC, SEKE, SPLC in various areas in IT including computer and communication networks, software engineering, and computer science education issues. His current research interests include Open data, software modularity theory, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) cross-layer analysis and optimization.

He established and currently manages the Open Data Institute (ODI) Cairo Node in Egypt, the first ODI node in Africa and he is a Registered ODI Trainer. Haitham is passionate about designing polices and technologies for adopting and spreading the culture of Open Data in science and research. He is also a member and the co-founder of the IoT-Egypt Forum, the first forum in Egypt that explores the IoT adoption in Egypt in terms of opportunities, challenges, and requirements. He is also the National Contact Point (NCP) for ICT for the H2020 EU funding progamme in Egypt. Dr. Hamza is an ITIL Expert, Certified COBIT Assessor, and TOGAF certified. He has delivered several consultation services to IT companies in Egypt and abroad in various areas in IT.