Portrait of Hussein Salama

Hussein Salama

Director of Microsoft Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo


Hussein Salama joined Microsoft in February 2010 and soon after became the director of the Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo. He leads a team of talented software engineers and researchers who use state-of-the art AI techniques to develop and ship intelligent text and speech-based cloud services. Prior to joining Microsoft, Hussein was the Founder and President of Citex Software, a startup that developed an open source mobile advertising platform. In parallel, he operated a mini incubator for entrepreneurs with ideas in their early stages. While at Citex Software, Hussein helped incubate Blue Kai, a startup that was later acquired by Oracle. Before Citex Software, Hussein was the Chief Operating Officer of SySDSoft (acquired by Intel), a startup that offered software design services for major wireless product vendors. Hussein started his career at Cisco Systems where he worked on the first generation of VoIP products and led the integration between VoIP and Layer 3 network protocols. He has also led major projects in core routing.
Hussein has contributions to several standards bodies (IETF, ITU-T, and ETSI) related to VoIP and MPLS. In addition, Hussein co-authored several conference and journal papers and he has seven issued US patents.
Hussein received his BSc with Honors in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1990 and his PhD in Computer Engineering in 1996 from North Carolina State University. In 2002, Hussein earned an MBA from San Jose State University, California.
In 1995, Hussein was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Open Communication Systems (GMD-FOKUS) in Berlin, Germany. In 2006 and 2007, Hussein was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Computer Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt. In addition, Hussein occasionally consulted some of Egypt’s major organizations on strategic technology matters.