Fawzi is an award winning Creative Director, Game designer, Leader, author, public speaker, mentor and retired e-sports player that has been in the gaming industry for 2 decades in a career that spanned The Middle East, New Zealand, Japan and Europe working for companies such as Ubisoft, DICE (EA), King (Activision Blizzard), Gameloft and Atlus (SEGA) to name a few.
As a Game Designer / Director he has worked on over 20 titles that have been enjoyed by millions of players world wide most notably games in the Battlefield franchise, Candy Crush Franchise, Persona Franchise and many more.
As a manager he was in line management and leadership positions in different companies with varied cultures around the world which created a unique blend in management style; overseeing teams of variety sizes across different expertise and projects.
As an author, he wrote the first ever text book about game design in Arabic: Al-Khallab on the art of game design. Fawzi co-authored 9 comic books under the men of honour series (sold 5 million copies in MENA). He’s a columnist at Pocket Gamer Arabia, and blogs frequently about game design and the business of making games.
Fawzi speaks regularly at many global gaming conventions such as GDC, NZGDC, DWGC, MEGA, MGDC, white nights, Games Forum, Mobile Games forum, Quo Vadis, Pocket Gamer, Casual Connect and many more.
As a mentor, He also frequently holds lectures at game design and development schools such as Future games in Stockholm, London university of fine arts, Breda University of applied sciences in the Netherlands, Auckland media design school, Auckland university of technology, American University in Cairo, Berlin Games Academy, Jordan gaming labs, New Zealand lifeway collage and many more.
He’s also a Google mentor, a jury member at the IMGA (international mobile games awards) and GDCA (Game developers choice awards). Fawzi also co-founded the IGDA chapter in Berlin, Germany.
Fawzi is also a competitive gamer, he was a WCG (world cyber games) 3rd place national finalist in Starcraft broodwars in 2010 and 5th place national finalist in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition in 2012. Though he doesn’t compete as much anymore he still follows the E-Sports scene regularly.
Fawzi was the winner of Game Dev Heroes award in 2020 for the category of Game Design for his contributions to the field. He was also named as one of the industries top 100 game changers in 2020.
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