Ibrahim Samak. Engineer. Founder and CEO of Engcotec GmbH

Ibrahim Samak was born and raised in Egypt, where he studied engineering sciences at the University of Assuit. He later moved to Germany where he lives for more than 30 years. His portfolio of achievements is so heavy, that wonder where I have been all these years and why is he only catching my attention now.

If you didn't know that the installation of the solar roof on the central railway station (Lehrter Bahnhof or Berlin HBF), that on the German Chancellory (Bundeskanzleramt) and that on the Parliament Building (Reichstag) in Berlin were done by an African, now you do. His company Engcotec GmbH did all that. In 1998  he had the world's biggest PV project - Mercedes Benz “Factory of the Future”. 2007  he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German President, Horst Köhler.

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Other achievements of his include: 

  • 1986 Awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Engineering Achievements, Egypt

  • Holder of various technical patents, including the "Intelligent Management System (IMS)" electronic monitoring for solar street lamps.

  • 1987 Founding of ENGCOTEC Engco Advanced Technology GmbH
    Sector: Renewable energies, with a special focus on photovoltaics

  • Founding of African Hope e.V. in 1998
    Followed by numerous projects like relief supplies and support for self-help

  • 2007 Awarded „Man of the Year 2007“ by African Heritage Magazine

  • 2008 Awarded Kultural Ambassador Media Award (KAMA) 2008

  • 2009 Chosen No. 1 of the "Top 100 Africans in Germany" by the Afro-European Media Group
  •   President of EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) 2000 - 2003

    • Co-founder and General Manager of CCS Consulting & Coaching Synergy GmbH

    • Founder of the charity organisation African Hope e.V.

    • Since July 2007: Vice President of the European Coaching Association (ECA), an organisation of professional coaches, for the Arab countries and Africa

    • Member of the Board of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)

    • Member of the Board of the PV GAP (Global Approval Program for Photovoltaics)

    • Consultant for the energy sector at Sinai University Egypt