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Silicon Dreams: From Concordia to Global Tech Leadership

Charlie Kawwas discusses the future of technology and his role in leading some of the biggest acquisitions in tech history

Date & time
Thursday, April 4, 2024
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is closed


Charlie Kawwas


This event is free


John Molson Building
1450 Guy
Room 10.121

Wheel chair accessible


Join us for an inspiring session as Charlie Kawwas (BEng 93, MASc 99, PhD 2007) shares his journey from being an engineering student at Concordia to becoming a global tech leader with Broadcom, a multi-billion dollar company. This talk will delve into his insights on innovation, leadership, and the future of technology, offering valuable perspectives for students aspiring to make their mark in the tech industry.

Concordia students, faculty, and staff are cordially invited to attend.

This event is part of the Gina Cody School Speaker Series.

Charlie Kawwas

Charlie Kawwas

Charlie Kawwas is President of the Semiconductor Solutions Group at Broadcom, overseeing the company’s global operations, as well as sales for the Semiconductor and Brocade Storage Networking businesses and corporate marketing for all of Broadcom.

Prior to this role, Dr. Kawwas served as Chief Operating Officer from December 2020, and Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer at Broadcom from May 2014. Dr. Kawwas joined the company through the LSI acquisition where he was head of worldwide sales.

Previous positions at LSI include Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the networking division and Vice President of Marketing for the networking and storage products group. Before joining LSI, Dr. Kawwas was the leader of Product Line Management for the Optical Ethernet and Multi-service Edge portfolio at Nortel.

Dr. Kawwas received a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Kawwas was awarded Alumnus of the Year for 2020 by Concordia University.


Broadcom Inc. is a global technology leader that designs, develops and supplies a broad range of semiconductor, enterprise software and security solutions.

Broadcom’s category-leading product portfolio serves critical markets including cloud, data center, networking, broadband, wireless, storage, industrial and enterprise software.

Broadcom's solutions include service provider and enterprise networking and storage, mobile device and broadband connectivity, mainframe, cybersecurity and private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. Broadcom is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.


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