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ACCESS to honor Silicon Valley leader at 47th Annual Dinner

ACCESS is thrilled to announce its decision to honor the accomplished and widely respected Silicon Valley leader and tech industry pioneer, entrepreneur and digital innovator, Omar Tawakol, with the Arab American of the Year Award at its highly anticipated 47thAnnual Dinner on April 21.

Tawakol—an Egyptian American, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child—is the Chief Executive Officer of Voicera, the company that offers ‘Eva,’ the world’s first in-meeting AI (artificial intelligence) assistant.  Voicera was established in 2017 and is supported by a variety of corporate investors, including Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Salesforce.

Prior to joining Voicera, Tawakol founded and was CEO of BlueKai—the leading data exchange and data management platform company in the advertising industry. Oracle acquired BlueKai in 2014. At Oracle, Tawakol served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Oracle Data Cloud (ODC). Through organic growth and acquisition, the ODC became the largest ‘data-as-a-service’ business in the marketing industry, serving 97 of the top 100 U.S. digital marketers.

Tawakol has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.  He has served as keynote speaker at several media events, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Cannes Lions Festival and the Innovation Summit. He has also served as guest lecturer for Stanford University’s MBA program.

The ACCESS 47th Annual Dinner will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of our signature annual event!
Find tickets and sponsorship information here, and for more information, contact Nissrine Hussein at 313-842-4748, or at