Rania Hoteit is the CEO of ID4A Technologies, named as one of the Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America by Entrepreneur Magazine under her leadership. She is an award winning serial entrepreneur, an international public speaker, writer, startups advisor, judge on global entrepreneurial and startup competitions, and a social impact leader in women empowerment, gender equality, industry innovation and education with multiple recognitions from the White House, UK House of Parliament, and other prestigious awards.
Rania is a proven Senior Executive, Innovation Leader, and Serial Entrepreneur with over 10 years of success across automotive, aerospace, consumer products, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and technology industries. Leveraging extensive experience in business, design and technology entrepreneurship, she held leadership positions at ID4A Technologies, Southern California Institute of Architecture's Emerging Technologies program, SKU, Anoxic Labs, and Steelcase; and has conducted 2 successful acquisitions of 2 major companies that she built prior to founding her current business. Throughout her executive career, She has worked in cross-disciplinary collaborations with leading global companies across design, technology, and business innovation, including Steelcase, GE, JPL, NASA, BMW, Samsung, Nokia, Walmart, Amtrak and many more. She has also had led many Research and Development (R&D) collaborations with research laboratories held by private companies on proprietary projects and innovative processes in advanced manufacturing and robotic technologies.
With her broad areas of expertise and success record as an entrepreneur, besides her dedication as CEO to lead ID4A to the forefront of Design Technology, Rania has been a valuable asset for many mature technology startups and other companies in the USA and around the world, holding advisory positions through which she guides their innovation transformation and drives their business growth. She extends her expertise to advise and mentor hundreds of startups in early stage, and to teach entrepreneurial educational courses and workshops globally. She served as a judge on many global Hackathons, demo pitches and startups showcase competitions around the world including WeMENA, Parazim, StartX, Angelhack, WiSTEM, Expat Woman, Startups Show Case, InnoStars, and Live Sharks Tank.
In addition to her various business activities and engagements in the entrepreneurial world, Rania is an active leader in social impact initiatives on equality, gender justice, women empowerment, education, and industry innovation. As an avid strategist, she helps early stage companies and organizations to build and implement strategies to break gender stigmas in their workplace and to ensure equality amongst their teams. In March 2016, as a recognition for her expertise and contributions in supporting design and technical education, she was invited by The United States Department of Education to join a panel of highly selected representatives from the nation's top makerspaces and maker organizations to judge and review proposals submitted by 650 schools from across the nation to the CTE Makeover Challenge, a competition initiated by the government to strengthen the next generation career and technical skills. In June 2016, Rania was recognized by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy amongst the Champions of Change during the kickoff of the National Week of Making, for her significant contributions and leading efforts in technical education to empower, support, and inspire design and manufacturing, and for her company’s contributions to advance technology platforms that empower and expand the resources available for designers, architects, makers, inventors and entrepreneurs that foster the development of advanced manufacturing in the United States as the World.
Rania was selected by The White House out of 10,000+ women candidates from across the country and around the world to attend the first summit on The United State of Women. During the summit, she was “Nominated Change Maker” and was honored for her commitments to improve the lives of women and girls around the world, and initiating changes that target key gender gaps and equality issues in society that make a powerful difference in our collective future, in the presence of highly distinguished activists, leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and politicians from around the world, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, Megan Smith and many high-profile speakers. The nominee was recognized amongst 8 inspiring visionaries and thought leaders from around the globe who have a "pay-it-forward" mentality at the Flight 2 Freedom Summit, powered by Blossom Wealth Management and Baker Botts; and received the "Ambassador of The Year" 2016 Award for propelling entrepreneurship and innovation through her business leadership and initiatives in social impact supporting education, gender equality, and women empowerment. On International Women’s Day, she was recognized at the 2017 Inaugural State of Women Summit by Women Investing in Women for her contributions on the cutting edge of philanthropy and investing at the micro and macro levels for causes and initiatives uplifting women and girls, and for her leadership in the innovation and impact economy of empowering women. She was celebrated amongst 4 senior executives from leading organizations who have successfully leveled the playing field for advancing women and girls.
During the UN General Assembly in September 2017, Rania was recognized amongst the 55 global leaders at the United Nations Global People's Summit where she discussed the global production and manufacturing pipelines and addressed how automation, Ai and Robotics can reduce global exploitation of labor as part of her advocacy against human rights abuse. She was recently recognized alongside Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai and other significant leaders 'who have successfully built outstanding brands' by Parazim. Rania was one of the only 50 women leaders and authors from around the globe who were featured in "50 Inspiring Voices of Migrant Women: From Struggle to Success", a book that was launched at the UK Houses of Parliament where she also received an award "For outstanding achievement in her career and her contribution as a migrant woman in the USA”.
ID4A Technologies is a San Francisco-based global technology specialized in the design and development of platform solutions that leverage exponential technologies such as Ai, 3D printing, machine vision, and industrial robots. We build automation technologies for advanced robotic manufacturing, and collaborate with corporate R&D labs and startup companies to develop their products from early concept stage, to design, prototype, manufacturing and distribution to market. At the end of 2016, ID4A was ranked as a “Best Entrepreneurial Company in America” amongst the only 360 Honorees of privately-owned companies in America who were distinguished on Entrepreneur magazine’s 360 list, recognizing us as a company that mastered impact, innovation, growth, and leadership. During the White House Champions of Change celebration, ID4A was also recognized by The White House for fostering the development of advanced manufacturing in the USA as the world.
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