Dr. Youssef is an international academic and entrepreneur with a strategic focus, business vision and mature professional judgment acquired during a successful business career as founder and a main manager of successful high-tech businesses in Canada and Brazil. My executive experience includes top management responsibilities, market and product analysis, market strategy, International business administration and operations. Also, I co-founded and presided over the Federation of Canadian Brazilian Businesses, aiming to foster innovation and entrepreneurship between Canada and Brazil. This is not the only time that I have been involved with entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2004, in my native country Brazil, I was awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Florianópolis, as recognition of my contribution to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the city.