Working Groups


"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." (Buckminster Fuller).

New technologies and their acceptance in society nowadays are strong economic and social factors. Yet the transition from an idea to the final product and the adoption of new technologies are still a challenge, and it is essential to understand the interconnected processes to shape a sustainable culture of innovation. In order to achieve a common understanding of innovation and its impact on society, the working group intends to enable individuals as well as international institutions to support new technologies. The group also aims at identifying the best practices of innovation for establishing new forms of north-south cooperation.

Members in Charge

Kalman Graffi

Computer Sciences
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Faculty of Computer Science, Technology of Social Networks

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Oliver Korn

Computer Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty Media and Information

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All Working Group Members

Bassam Alameddine

Gulf University for Science and Technology, College of Arts & Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Science Department

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Younis Baqi

Chemistry, Pharmacy
Sultan Qaboos University Applied Chemistry Division

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Philipp Blechinger

Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid Systems

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Ahmed Debez

Laboratoire des Plantes Extrêmophiles, Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj Cedria (CBBC)

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Djamel Djenouri

Computer Sciences, Engineering
Research Centre on Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST)

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Ahmad El-Guindy

Cairo University Faculty of Science

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Tamirace Fakhoury

Political Science
Lebanese American University, Department of Social Sciences

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

Materials Science
Center for Environmental and Smart Technology, Fayoum University

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Olfa Khelifi

Engineering, Environmental Studies
University of Tunis El Manar Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences

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Samir Lounis

Research Center Jülich Peter Grünberg Institute & Institute for Advanced Simulation

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Daniel Meyer

University of Bremen Institute for Materials Science

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Dominik L. Michels

Computer Sciences, Mathematics
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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Carsten Montzka

Computer Sciences, Environmental Studies
Research Center Jülich Institute of Bio- & Geosphere: Agrosphere (IBG 3)

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Tobias Redlich

Helmut Schmidt University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg Institute of Production Engineering

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Marc Ringel

Economics, Political Economy
HFWU – Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Faculty for Economics and Law

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Ahmad Sakhrieh

American University of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Working Group Projects

A Digital Commons: Governance of Smart Mobility Data

Would you be willing to give away your private data for a 5-minute ride on an e-scooter? The participants of the AGYA workshop ‘Governance of Smart Mobility Data’ were critical in this regard! Within the workshop, Arab and German scholars discussed feasible solutions to simplify the safeguarding of private data whose collection and management is mainly driven by the private sector.

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AGYA Members Explore Cutting-Edge Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities of the Future

What will the cities of the future look like? A joint project by two AGYA Working Groups pioneers innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to environmental and social challenges posed by our rapidly growing urban lifestyles, bridging knowledge between the Arab world and Germany.

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Smart Cities: Identifying Key Components for Green Transformation

The growing urbanisation trends in Arab countries and Germany call for a core strategy to transform cities into so-called 'smart cities'. Together the AGYA Energy, Water & Environment, and Innovation groups are looking at concepts, their implementation and potential for future solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Project: Twinning for Innovation

The project is located at the interface between science and society and aims at the establishment of transnational initiatives for technology and knowledge transfer on the grassroots level.

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Twinning for Innovation Workshop in Jeddah

Delivering an easy access to robust and easy-to-handle means of production, FabLabs provide an enormous potential to be nuclei for enhancing and initiating innovation capabilities at a grassroots level. Preliminary results of the project Twinning for Innovation were presented and discussed with Arab and German FabLab representatives during a workshop in Jeddah.

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