Engineer I. Samak
President of EPIA
(European Photovoltaic Industry Association) 2000
• Founder and General Manager of Engco GmbH &
• Founder and General Manager of Engcotec GmbH
• Co-founder and General Manager of CCS
Consulting & Coaching Synergy GmbH
• Founder of the charity organisation African
• 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
of Engineering Sciences, University Assiut / Egypt
Awarded the Gold Medal for Outstanding Engineering
of various technical patents, including the "Intelligent
Management System (IMS)" electronic monitoring
for solar street lamps.
Founding of ENGCOTEC Engco Advanced Technology GmbH
Sector: Renewable energies, with a special focus on photovoltaics
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
Parliament Building (Reichstag) in Berlin, PV installation
on the southern roof
Benz “Factory of the Future” – the world's
biggest PV project in 1998
of African Hope e.V. in 1998
Followed by numerous projects like relief supplies and support
Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the
Federal Republic of Germany by the German President, Horst
Awarded „Man of the Year 2007“ by
African Heritage Magazine
Awarded Kultural Ambassador Media Award (KAMA) 2008
Chosen No. 1 of the "Top 100 Africans in Germany"
by the Afro-European Media Group
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.
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,
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
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.
1 of the "Top Influential 100 Africans in Germany"
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
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."
Gbandi, African Heritage Magazine)
of the Year 2007
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.
Samak was bestowed the Gold Medal for Outstanding Engineering
from his native country, Egypt.