Fouad el Khaldi

General Manager of Industry Strategy & Innovation @ ESI Group

Dr. Fouad el Khaldi joined ESI Group (ESI) in 1988 and is currently, General Manager of Industry Strategy & Innovation, a position he assumed in 2010. With over 30 years of experience in the CAE industry Fouad has undertaken several different roles of increasing responsibility at ESI including the role of Senior Consultant for a Joint Venture created by IBM Japan and ESI in Tokyo where he was in charge of developing a new solution for sheet metal forming simulation in collaboration with the Japanese Automotive Industry. After the conclusion of that project Fouad established PAM-STAMP as an industrial simulation software product and the Virtual Manufacturing Product line at ESI. In 2000 he was a key contributor to the success of ESI’s initial public offering and its associated business transformation. In 2004 he was appointed Manager of the Virtual Prototyping Software Branch which included significant M&A activity. Dr. el Khaldi has authored and co-authored numerous technical papers on CAE innovation and applications in the virtual manufacturing process and prototyping. He also holds several patents in this field and is
active in several industry associations Dr. el Khaldi is a member of several European Industry Networks (PPP: EFFRA, EGVIA, …) and associations (EARPA, …), and he is a member of the Boardof Directors of Systematic – France where his special focus is on numerical simulation, virtual prototyping, and virtual product engineering. Dr. el Khaldi holds a Civil Engineering Degree from AUB in Beirut, Lebanon and obtained his Ph.D. in Numerical Simulation from INSA in Lyon, France.

Co-authors of several patents:
March 8, 2007: US20070055400-A1
• Parametric reverse engineering method for designing tools
July 6, 2006: US20060149523-A1
• Software for die-stamping modelling.