Anwar Osseyran is professor of Business Analytics and Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Business and Economics and has been the CEO of SURFsara, the Dutch national High-Performance Computing (HPC) center, since 2001. His research focuses on the impact of HPC and Big Data technologies on the field of science, the business sector and society.
HPC combined with Big Data applications can lead to so-called disruptive innovations, or fundamental changes in business models and market players, which in turn help foster entrepreneurship and social innovation. Anwar’s specific area of application is broad and encompasses digital healthcare services, sustainability and smart energy systems. The latter involves applying multi-modal simulations, smart agents and Big Data as a means of optimally matching sustainable energy production to energy consumption in real-time. Knowledge acquired through social media, climate and weather modelling, consumer behavior and energy databases is used for this purpose.
Anwar has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary management experience in various areas of ICT including manufacturing, information management, health informatics, high performance computing, industrial automation and computer hardware and software. He initiated in 2009 the Green IT Consortium Amsterdam, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing carbon emissions within datacenters and deploying ICT to stimulate a green economy in the Amsterdam region.
Anwar Osseyran has hands-on experience in working within multinational organizations and has lived and worked in Lebanon, France, the Netherlands, UK, Japan and the USA. He is the chairman of the Advisory board of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, member of the of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Cyprus Institute for Supercomputing, member of the Executive Board of Nederland ICT (the association of the Dutch ICT sector), member of the Amsterdam Climate Council, member of the board of Almere Data Capital and member of the Executive board of the Alan Turing Institute Almere.