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About Engineer I. Samak


• President of EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) 2000 - 2003

Founder and General Manager of Engco GmbH & Co. KG

• Founder and General Manager of Engcotec GmbH

• 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


Biographical notes

  • Study of Engineering Sciences, University Assiut / Egypt

  • 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

  • Realisation of numerous big-scale projects like
    Installation of the solar roof on the central railway station (Lehrter Bahnhof) in Berlin
    Solar roof on the German Chancellory (Bundeskanzleramt) in Berlin
    Parliament Building (Reichstag) in Berlin, PV installation on the southern roof

  • Mercedes Benz “Factory of the Future” – the world's biggest PV project in 1998

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

  • 2007 Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German President, Horst Köhler

  • 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

2007 Bestowal of the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

On October 5th, 2007, Minister for Education Helmut Rau, Member of Parliament, awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon to Mr. Ibrahim Samak. The German Federal President Horst Koehler had bestowed Mr. Samak with this high merit upon the recommendation of Baden-Wuerttemberg's premier, Guenther H. Oettinger, on September 11, 2007.

The ceremony took place in the New Castle in Stuttgart in the presence of the Egyptian Ambassador in Germany, Mohamed Al-Orabi. Further guests were: ECA president Bernhard Juchniewicz, Bishop Damian, several representants of the coptic-orthodox patriarchate as well as other dignitaries. Numerous guests of honour had travelled to join the ceremony.

In his speech, the minister not only honoured Mr. Samak's professional success in solar technology, but also his extraordinary merits for the integration of foreigners in Germany as well as his honory engagement for supporting the underpriviliged in Africa and for promoting young talents. Another aspect was the strong engagement for the youth, especially through the ecumenical youth meetings, the European Youth Mission, which had been started by Mr. Samak.

In the private celebration following the ceremony, which was joined by his family, friends and other respected guests, Mr. Samak thanked all those who supported and accompanied him on his way, with a citation from Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

(Press release)



2008 Kultural Ambassador Award (KAMA)

On September 20, 2008 Ibrahim Samak was awarded the Kultural Ambassador Media Award 2008. In the presence of numerous national and foreign guests, the event took place at an exclusive hotel in Hamburg, Germany.

The Kultural Ambassador Merit Award has been awarded by the HERITAGE MEDIA CONSULT LTD. since 2005 and is given yearly to outstanding personalities – Africans, Afro-Europeans and friends and sponsors who support African concern and who made leading contributions in order to improve the situation of Africa and who showed exceptional assignment to the welfare of the continent and its inhabitants.

Mr. Ibrahim Samak, a graduate engineer and a company´s founder, belongs to the pioneers of the solar technology and contributed significantly to the technological progress and the research of the renewable energies.

His professional activity builds a bridge to his honorary commitment: He founded the Charity “African Hope e.V.” in 1998 and since then he could initiate many projects, for example auxiliary feeding systems, equipment of hospitals with technical appliance, education and promotion of small enterprises, HIV/AIDS prevention etc. By means of photovoltaic Mr. Samak built supply systems for the rural population in the Egyptian province which make electricity, irrigation and clean drinking water available.

Since 2007 Mr. I. Samak has been the Vice President for Africa and Arab Countries of the European Coaching Association e.V. (ECA). ECA is an non-profit organisation of free and independent coaches. With its professional image and the ECA licences the Association sets quality standards and creates transparency in an unclear market.

(Press release)



No. 1 of the "Top Influential 100 Africans in Germany" 2009

"The year 2009 has been an eventful one in Germany and indeed the world over. These events span the industries of economics, politics, entertainment, faith and technologies. Some "Big Players" in these industries have made some great fortune in terms of finances, fame and political capital. On the other hand there are those whom the current turn in global and national events have either not given an opportunity to break through their aspirations or simply seen their fortunes decline to catastrophic lows.

We bring before our esteemed audience some of the outstanding Africans that have contributed at various capacities in the development of the African communities in Germany. There are of course those that keep our communities running behind the scene. We acknowledge their efforts. To those that have made it to this list of Top 100 Africans in Germany we congratulate you and salute your dedication to the African course."

(Kenneth Gbandi, African Heritage Magazine)


Man of the Year 2007

"Mr. Ibrahim Samak was guest to the personality high profile report in the 17th edition (2006) of the African Heritage magazine. His achievements in the energy sctor and philanthropic engagements are remarkable, making him one of the most successful Africans of our time. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Stuttgart based advanced technology firm, Engcotec. An Egyptian trained engineer with more than 35 years of experience in engineering, Mr. Samak has distinguished himself in the solar energy sector where some of his pioneering work have been patented, earning him worldwide recognition. His company designs, developsproduces and markets photovoltaic cells which are required to transform solar energy from the sun into electricity. Under Mr. Samak's leadership, Engcotec has become a global power in the area of alternative energy.


(African Heritage Magazine)

Ibrahim Samak was bestowed the Gold Medal for Outstanding Engineering from his native country, Egypt.