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Ethiopian-born, Solomon Assefa is the Director of IBM Research in Africa. He is responsible for IBM’s research labs in Kenya and South Africa where he oversees the development of technologies that aim to transform key industries and address the continent’s grand challenges.
As a Research Scientist, Solomon has spent a lot of time at IBM working on nanophotonics technology. His research contributions include high-speed optical detectors, nano-structured platforms for bio-sensing, and quantum information processing. He’s co-authored over 150 publications, has over 50 patents, holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.