Faculty Profile 2

Dr. Slim Saidi

Designation:Associate Professor
Department:Industrial Engineering
Phone number:043712088


Dr Saidi carries a wealth of academia, operational and consulting experience in international strategy and telecommunications, having advised executives across the world on strategy, quality and business improvements.

Prior to joining RIT, Dr Saidi headed the Master's of Science of Quality and Business Excellence in Abu Dhabi School of Management and University of Wollongong in Dubai. He also held a number of Senior Executive positions in the telecommunications sector across the Middle East and Africa and was a Partner with the global management and strategy consultants, KPMG and Arthur D. Little. He was also involved in the development and rollout of value added services for a Major North American Railroad.

Dr Saidi has previously been associated with Universities in Canada (Bishop’s University, Ecole Polytechnique), Tunisia (SUPCOM) and UAE (UOWD, ADSM, AUS and AGU) His areas of expertise include : Industrial Engineering, strategy articulation and implementation; customer experience; operational efficiency; cost optimization; supply chain strategy and operation; General board and executive advice; excellence programs and quality management.

Dr Saidi, holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mathematics from École Polytechnique of Montréal (Canada), a Principal Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering from ENIT (Tunisia), and a Graduate Business Degree (DSA) from HÉC Business School of Montreal (Canada)

  • 1995, Ph.D, Engineering Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
  • 1988, Principal Engineer, Industrial Engineering, ENIT, Tunisia
  • 1997, DSA (Graduate Business Administration Diploma), HEC Business School, Montreal, Canada
  • Megatrends and the Science of the Future
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Excellence
  • Design Thinking
  • Quality Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Keynote – Art of Innovation in Action - Etisalat Academy – Agility 4 Innovation, 2018
  • Keynote - International Nursing Symposium – Change Management : Myths and Reality, 2017
  • Keynote – 1st Innovation Lab of Dubai Customs – Megatrends, 2015
  • K. VONDERHOFF, J. PORTAL & S. SAIDI “Cost Reduction in the Telecom Industry - Why operators need to act now to escape from the low-profit spiral”, Arthur D. Little Viewpoint, 2010
  • (UNPUBLISHED) “The Battle of the Footprints – The new basis for competition in the Telecom Industry”, KPMG, 2008
  • (UNPUBLISHED) “SC3 - A New Supply Chain Diagnostic Set of Methodologies and Tools”, Arthur Andersen, 2001
  • J. PADMOS, B. HABBARD, T. DUZMAL & S. SAIDI: “How i2 integrates simulation in supply chain optimization”, WSC '99 Proceedings of the 31st conference on Winter simulation: Simulation---a bridge to the future - Volume 2, 1999
  • IPTV development as a vehicle for Broadband adoption : Role of Governments, Joint ITU / AICTO workshop on IPTV, Dubai 2011
  • The evolving role of the Social Media, AICTO – Mobile Media Conference , Oman 2011
  • Innovate Your Company - Trends to follow for a competitive advantage, HR Summit, Abu Dhabi 2009
  • Promoting Internet Usage in the Arab world: “Challenges & Tracks for solutions” , UN - Internet Governance Forum (IGF2010), Vilnius 2010
  • "Sharing the Burden" - New Business Models to Bridge the ICT Infrastructure Gap, UN – ICT4All, Hammamet 2010
  • Competing on Broadband Markets – Innovative Strategies, Iran Telecom Conference (ITC2010), Tehran 2010
  • Interview on Telecom TV on Connecting Africa (Also available on: http://web20.telecomtv.com/groupdetail_videoDetail.aspx?v=2957&id=b238fc76-e438-480a-a949-ed814521a4c0 ), Cairo 2008
  • ”A New era for the Telecommunications Industry: Trends for the Middle East & Africa”, Riyadh 2007
  • (Keynote Speech) Emerging Markets : Key to survival and growth, Financial Times World Telecom Conference, London 2007 (Also available at: http://web20.telecomtv.com/comspace_videoDetail.aspx?v=2574&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10 )
  • Chairman of The WiMax Middle East and Africa Summit , Cairo 2007