Dr. Salma Abbasi, Founder, Chairperson and CEO, e Worldwide Group is a technologist, philanthropist and social activist. She has over 30 years experience working in the field of technology and business, holding a variety of senior executive positions in fortune 500 companies.
She is actively working with Governments around the world in an advisory capacity, creating strategies for multi-stakeholder partnerships to support security and sustainable social, economic and environmental development to meet the MDG’s. Salma is also affiliated with multiple UN agencies; UNESCO, WHO, ITU and GAID, focusing on creating innovative ICT enabled solutions to deliver services to support the achievement of the MDGs.
She has been Associate Fellow in the International Policy department (2007) and is working in the Conflict, Security and Development department at King’s College University London. Salma is also an associate member of Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (RUSI), which is dedicated to addressing security & resilience issues. In 2007, she became a member of International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) High Level Experts Group (HLEG) for cyber security, which is working on defining national level security strategies and policies for cyber crime and security. Salma has authored the original COP concept paper in 2008 which was later adopted by the Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Toure and has now become a global initiative for the ITU on a global initiative focused on protecting children from the negative elements in cyber space. Salma has recently authored a COP handbook for the OIC Countries which has been published by the Malaysian Government Cyber Agency, CSM.
She has also developed a unique concept for the holistic transformation of Madaris to promote interfaith harmony, understanding and social-economic development for youth from multiple societies and cultural back grounds. Following this, she joined hands with UNESCO, to support and drive the ‘power of peace’ initiative (PPN) and has now championed the creation of young ‘global cyber ambassadors of peace’, engaging university students and school children around the world to embrace the ‘concept of understanding, tolerance and respect’.
She has been actively working to drive interfaith understanding, dialogue, and awareness using ICT’s to bridge the socio-religious gap and promote human security in multi-cultural societies since the early 80’s. Salma is also working with Governments around the world to promote ‘effective’ community cohesion and preventing extremist violence and radicalization. In addition, Salma works with very closely with the UN and Governments to develop strategies to implement effective ‘ICT’ policies and initiatives focusing in multiple areas of safety and security along with supporting the elements of the MDG’s. This has resulted in socio-economic development and security.
Recognising her work, most recently, in March 2010, Dr. Salma Abbasi was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence for promoting understanding between global cultures sponsored by the UK Ministry of Communities and Local Government at the British Muslim News Awards ceremony. Furthermore, she has joined hands with Mosaic, founded by H.R.H the Prince of Wales focused on creating a positive enabling environment to drive leadership and inspiration to create a harmonious integrated society in Great Britain.
Salma actively contributes as the key note speaker in international conferences around the world on multiple platforms hosted by Governments, the United Nations and Business organization.