Photos from 2017 Transformational Technologies

10th Anniversary Business Conference
Transformational Technologies:  Changing Lives & Markets
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fairmont Hotel

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With this ticket purchase you also receive admission to the following evening’s lecture, on Tuesday, October 10th, with Steve “The Woz” WozniakCo-founder, Apple Computer, Inc. and Chief Scientist, Primary Data.
Tuesday, October 10th – 8 pm at Carnegie Music Hall of Pittsburgh.


Business Conference Ticket – $195

VIP Ticket  – $1000

The main day of the Business Conference is on Monday, October 9th at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh (The following day, October 10th, is reserved for site visits and private meetings for VIP ticket holders, sponsors and dignitaries.) 

Business Conference Ticket for $195 includes:  Breakfast and lunch at the Fairmont on October 9th, and a ticket to the Steve Wozniak Lecture, the following evening – October 10th. 

VIP Ticket for $1000 Includes: October 9th Daytime Business Conference (Breakfast and Lunch) at the Fairmont, plus the Technology Site Tours on Tuesday, October 10th, and Private VIP Sponsors’ Reception, Dinner & Priority Seating at the Steve Wozniak Lecture


Schedule of Events  – General Business Conference Ticket:

Monday, October 9, 2017
Location:  Fairmont Hotel

8:30 am to 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Business Conference & Networking (Lunch Included)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location:  Carnegie Music Hall

8:00 pm – Lecture by Steve Wozniak 


Schedule of Events – VIP Ticket Only:

Monday, October 9, 2017
Location:  Fairmont Hotel

8:30 am to 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Business Conference & Networking (Lunch Included)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Locations:  Pittsburgh & Surrounding Area (Site Visits)
Carnegie Music Hall (VIP Reception, Dinner & Lecture)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Technology site tours & demos of our sponsoring companies and universities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.  (Hosting companies and specific tours to be announced.  AMEI will contact you to about site tour sign-up and details.)
5:30 pm – VIP Reception & Dinner

8:00 pm – Lecture by Steve Wozniak 


10th Anniversary Conference Speakers & Line-Up Below:

Welcome by Simin Curtis, President & CEO, AMEI

Introduction of Health Segment – Dr. Ali Al-Khafaji, Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Transplant Intensive Care Unit, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Presentation by Dr. Paulo Fontes, The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Presentation by Dr. Derek Angus, Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the UPMC Healthcare System

Panel – Transforming Lives Through Health Innovation
Moderator: Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC

Panelist: Dr. George Mazariegos, Chief of Pediatric Transplantation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Panelist: Dr. Andrew Watson, Vice President, Clinical Information Technology Transformation, International Division, UPMC; President-Elect of the American Telemedicine Association

Presentation by Dr. Alan Russell, Disruptive Health Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Presentation by Dr. Rory Cooper, Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh

Presentation -Opportunity Egypt: A Look at Leading Business Sectors
Mr. Hisham A. Fahmy, CEO & Advisor the Board, AmCham Egypt

Presentation – Saudi’s Vision 2030 And What to Know About Entering the Saudi Market
Dr. Lama Al Sulaiman, Vice Chair and Board Member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Luncheon Keynote
Her Excellency Ambassador Hunaina Al Mughairy,
Ambassador from Oman to the United States

Presentation by Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President & General Manager of GE Additive

Presentation by Andrew Moore, Dean of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Update on the Energy Landscape of the U.S. & Abroad
Mr. Morgan O’Brien
, Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Natural Gas

Panel on Petrochemicals & Energy
Moderator: Mr. Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Panelist: Mr. Michael Lordi, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, Elliott Group
Panelist: Johanna Schmidtke, Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Venture Capital
Panelist: Dr. Brian Anderson, Director of the Energy Institute, West Virginia University
Panelist: Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the Water Research Institute, West Virginia University

Presentation by Ms. Anna J. Siefken, Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

Panel on Investing & Manufacturing in the Middle East
Moderator: Mr. Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Panelist: Johanna Schmidtke, Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Venture Capital
Panelist: Joseph Ryan, CEO, ConXTech


THE 10th Anniversary Conference AT A GLANCE:  

Each year, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based American Middle East Institute convenes a high-level forum for business and university leaders interested in pursuing the rewarding path to economic opportunity in the Middle East. The AMEI Conference offers an intimate environment for corporate leaders and entrepreneurs to showcase their successes and engage in personal interaction with dignitaries from the Middle East.

ATTENDANCE: Daytime business conference is an exclusive opportunity for networking. Audience members include government officials, senior corporate decision makers, entrepreneurs, and university leaders. (The evening keynote on Tuesday, October 10th, will feature Apple Co-Found Steve Wozniak, speaking before 2,000 people.)

TOPIC: The 2017 AMEI Conference is focused on Transformational Technologies including energy, health, transportation, robotics and 3-D printing.  AMEI will also feature a special panel on doing business in the Middle East.

FORMAT:  The conference will consist of a series of “Tech Talks” and panel discussions that are led by C-level and senior-leadership level presenters. Featured speakers include dignitaries from the Middle East and U.S. CEO’s. 


Monday, October 9, 2017 – Daytime Business Conference

Fairmont Hotel
510 Market Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – VIP Sponsors’ Reception, Dinner & Lecture
(Included with VIP Ticket)

Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2017 Conference Sponsors

2017 Sponsorship Opportunties