Our 2019 Speakers



Abhishek Ranjan

Abhishek Ranjan

Chief Technology Officer, CSC E-Governance Services India Limited, Government of India, India.

Abhishek is the CTO with CSC e-Governance Services India a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt of India. He runs the technology behind CSC which drives the world’s largest front end service delivery points to deliver government & business services across the nation reaching the remotest of the country on a digital format. CSC's Digital platform supports multi domain products & services ranging from government, business, aadhaar, insurance, travel, education, utilities, bill payments, fintech apps for banking services delivery.

Prior to CSC he worked with the UIDAI, where he was engaged as member of the technology team that built Aadhaar, during his Aadhaar days he was involved in building the Aadhaar Biometric Attendance system as well as Jeevan Pramaan the digital life certificate facilitating pension disbursements in addition to other exciting and challenging projects in Aadhaar which were widely adopted across the nation.

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Ajwad Hashim

Vice President, Innovation and Emerging Technology, Barclays, England.

Ajwad Hashim has lead the Innovation and Emerging Technology team for the past 3 years, developing future technology strategies and executing through proof of concepts in partnership with the Corporate Bank. He has delivered a number of high profile initiatives for the bank, pioneering the use of AI and Blockchain across the technology estate. He previously did his Masters research into the optimization of making financial decisions using artificial neural networks, and has a passion for the commercial applications of new technologies.

Cleo Hoo Chong Long

Cleo Hoo Chong Long

Education Director/Founder of Tech Incubator and Digital Media, Malaysia.

Cleo Hoo Chong Long was a well known Malaysian Aesthetic and Cosmetology industry educator who lead the industry implement digital transformation since year 2008. He been named the president of Malaysia e-Commerce Association, taking the helm in develoment of Malaysia digital economy in year 2015 to 2018.

Under his leadership, Association successfully organised two editions of the Malaysia e-Commerce Expo 2016 and 2017, the largest B2B digital marketing expo in South East Asia and many small to medium conference and learning events.

He been interview by many official media and printed media for his knowledge and comment of digitalization related issues. He is also a good speaker, writer, author with full of creativities and future visions , who always willing to share and educate the society.

Mary Ames

Mary Ames

Director of Strategy - Xische and Co.

With a Bachelor’s of Physics and Mathematics and a Master’s of Education, Mary brings a unique strategic and creative perspective to Xische’s core operations.

At Xische, Mary leads brand and communication project components, shaping and recommending strategic initiatives for senior government clients including Smart Dubai (the Executive Office), the Prime Minster’s Office, the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, the Executive Council, and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Additional private sector clients include Dubai Design District, Quest Nutra-Pharma, and emerging local and international enterprises including Somcable, M Advocates of Law and the M.F. Husain Institute.

Dr Jalal S. Alowibdi

Dr Jalal S. Alowibdi

Dean of Knowledge Resources, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jalal Alowibdi is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Jeddah. His research interests lie primarily in the area of Artificial Intelligence. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of computer science, particularly Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Social Computing. Alowibdi was the chair of the Department of Computer Science and Intelligence from 2015-2017. Currently, Alowibdi is Dean of Deanship of Knowledge resources as well as he is the Director and CDO of Big data Center in Makkah Region (Amarah). He is Also, the director and owner of the initiative "Smart University" at the University of Jeddah.

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Dr. Krishnadas Nanath

Associate Professor in Data Science Middlesex University Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath is an Associate Professor in Data Science at Middlesex University Dubai. In his previous role at Majid Al Futtaim, he was responsible for leading the efforts of enhancing Analytics and Data Science capabilities @Majid Al Futtaim as part of the School of Analytics & Technology (Leadership Institute). Before joining MAF, he was a Professor of Data Science, MIS and Cloud Technologies at Middlesex University Dubai, IMT Dubai and IIM Indore in the Information Systems Area. He has executed several corporate training programs and Data Science consulting assignments with prestigious firms in UAE (PWC, Landmark Group, National Bank of Fujairah, UAE Exchange and others). He has been the Keynote Speaker at several forums including Gitex Technology Week IIM Ahmadabad Data Science Summit, Smart Data Conference, Droidcon, Machine Learning Summit, Abu Dhabi Quality Council and several conferences. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) and his thesis covered the areas of Green IT (Sustainability Analytics) and Cloud Computing.

Eugene Borukhovich

Eugene Borukhovich

Global Head, G4A Digital Health, Bayer, Germany.

Eugene Borukhovich is a serial intra and entrepreneur currently serving as a Global Head of Digital Health (G4A) at Bayer. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Personal Health Solutions (PHS) Capital, as well as an advisor to numerous digital health startups. Eugene enjoys mentoring startups and an avid blogger about innovation, digital health and startups.

He can be found at @HealthEugene or HealthEugene.com.

Faisil Syed

IT Digital Transformation Program Manager Abu Dhabi Health Services Company – SEHA, UAE.

Harvard graduate with a focus on informatics, patient safety & quality and digital healthcare. My experience in Healthcare Information Technology has grown gradually over the last 14 years by working at Cerner USA,UK, EU offices. Whilst working in Cerner, I worked over projects in 25+ hospitals in USA, UK and Germany. In UAE, worked as Head of IT for Healthpoint hospital (Mubadala) between 2014 and 2019 setting a full scale healthcare information technology office with DR capability. Now at SEHA, responsible for IT Digital Transformation Program working with key stake holder to bring digital healthcare initiates such AI, VA and modern healthcare technologies for the population of UAE.

Ghaith Rahman

Ghaith Rahman

Head of Ecosystem Development & Partnerships, Co-Head of Programs - AREA 2071, UAE.

I manage government and corporate X-Lab programs that have the potential to impact billion+ people and enabling these labs to co-create with talent from around the world.

Hugo Walkinshaw

Hugo Walkinshaw

Chief Partnership Officer, AntWorks.

Hugo Walkinshaw is the Chief Partnership Officer in AntWorks. Hugo brings with him wealth of experience in professional services. He focuses on building the eco-system strategy across the organisation, including education, government and social impact partnerships worldwide.

Hugo spent the last three decades as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young and Deloitte. His core focus has been on delivering large scale global Business Transformation programmes, including Shared Services & Outsourcing, M&A, Strategic Change Management and Technology-led Transformation, among others.

Hugo had served on the boards of British Chamber of Commerce, the European Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore Deputy Prime Minister’s National Productivity Council, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting Southeast Asia. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to British Business in Singapore and to UK Exports.

Jeevan NV

Jeevan NV

Sales Director - MENA, SOTI, UAE.

Jeevan brings 18+ years of experience supporting the local, regional and international markets in End User Computing, Cyber Security and Digital Transformation services. Possessing operational expertise while performing strategic planning and execution, forecasting and pipeline management, coaching internal and channel network leading and directing the Sales, Marketing and Technical Teams.

Jeevan's main focus is now on Enterprise Mobility Management projects with SOTI ONE Platform – an integrated solutions framework for business critical mobility deployments across the main verticals, government and educational institutions. Jeevan is actively engaging with the partner and customer networks to successfully deliver projects to large enterprises ensuring their long-term success and growth.

Naushad Oomer

Naushad Oomer

Director of Operations – India, Virgin Hyperloop One, UAE.

Naushad Oomer runs Virgin Hyperloop One’s India business where he is currently managing the development of the Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop project – potentially the first commercial hyperloop project in the world. Naushad was an early member of the Business Strategy group at Virgin Hyperloop One’s HQ in Los Angeles where he played an instrumental role in driving market strategy, company business model, and corporate strategy for the implementation of Virgin Hyperloop One technology globally.

Naushad was instrumental in developing Virgin Hyperloop One’s presence in the Middle East and India which has led to project opportunities with the UAE and States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India.

Oussama Berqi

Oussama Berqi

Sr Director of Engineering - Head of Data & AI - Careem, UAE.

Oussama Berqi is currently a Director of Engineering at Careem, looking after Data Science and Data Platforms. His role is to transform the region by bringing AI at the core of Careem products. He holds a double masters from Ecole Polytechnique-l'X and UC Berkeley.

Paolo Cinelli

Paolo Cinelli

CDO and Digital Transformation Manager, IKEA Saudi Arabia & Bahrain

Paolo is Chief Digital Officer at Al Sulaiman Group, leading the Digital Transformation at IKEA Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, and other units in the Group. Throughout his international career he has worked in various IT management positions at Procter & Gamble and Unilever before taking the Group CIO role at Heineken. Following that, for the last 10 years Paolo has been Group CDO and CIO at IKEA globally, spearheading its omni-channel retailing and digital transformation journey. A deep understanding of complex back-end processes and systems, combined with passion for and experience with digital-intensive business innovation allow Paolo to play a strategic role in creating long-lasting value.

Sanjeev Mulay

Sanjeev Mulay

Group Chief Information Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank, UAE.

Sanjeev is currently the Group CIO of the largest bank in the UAE, First Abu Dhabi Bank. His global career spans 20 years across consulting, technology transformation, technology operations and leadership. Sanjeev is a people focused leader who values strong organizational culture to drive performance. He was responsible for establishing and growing the Technology Department in FAB. Among his recent career highlights Sanjeev successfully lead the region’s largest banking technology and operations integration program. In parallel he and his team implemented leading customer finance solutions, ranging from new mobile and digital wallet propositions to cutting edge corporate banking platforms.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

COO, Landmark Group, UAE.

Simon Smith serves as Chief Operating Officer, Centrepoint, the region’s largest fashion destination. He brings to the role over 30 years of retail experience, leading retail operations in globally recognized organizations such as Adidas, Tesco, Marks & Spencer across markets like Australia, Turkey, Russia & other parts of Eastern Europe.

Soheyl Kadjani

Soheyl Kadjani

Vice President Agile Delivery Transformation, Emirates NBD, UAE.

Soheyl is an all-round Strategic, Transformational Technology Leader with 24 years of Executive and Hands-on experience in various Industries. He has worked for major international organizations such as IBM, ING bank, KLM airline, and Emirates group.

He is Specialized in Agile / DevOps, Software Engineering Practices, IT Governance, Process Automation and Robotics (RPA), LEAN / Six Sigma, and OMNI channels transformation.

Soheyl is currently working as VP of Agile transformation at Emirates NBD with the responsibility of transforming IT delivery of the whole organization to Agile way of working. He is also responsible for managing a large group of Agile delivery personnel (Scrum masters, Agile coaches and Agile Release leads)

Sonja Abdo

Sonja Abdo

VP - Digital Marketing Majid Al Futtaim, UAE.

Sonja Abdo joined Majid Al Futtaim Retail in May 2018 as VP Digital Marketing – Omni-channel Department at the company’s head office in Dubai.

As part of the company’s digital transformation strategy, Sonja leads Digital Marketing for their Carrefour franchise, which includes the brand’s app, webstore and brick-and-mortar stores across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Sonja started her career 15 years ago at Google's European headquarters in Dublin. After that, she worked on the agency side, managing clients like Hilton, Accor, Europcar, as well as international tour operators, airlines, insurances and magazines. Sonja has been in the region for nearly a decade, helping build ecommerce businesses from start-up phase; prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, she was heading the Digital Marketing practice at companies such as Namshi, MarkaVIP, BySymphony, noon and Careem.

Steve Severance

Steve Severance

Head, Program Management and Marketing - Masdar, UAE.

Steve Severance leads the Program Management and Marketing for Masdar City, a low-carbon sustainable city and clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi. He oversees numerous projects to ensure they meet program baselines that balance sustainability and economic requirements, as well as program controls guaranteeing each project meets sustainability, revenue, cost and schedule targets.

Additionally Mr. Severance leads the development of the technology lines of business including district cooling, mobility, and smart city initiatives. He develops new business models, execution strategies and partnerships with leading global companies to implement the technology requirements.



PANELISTS

Ahmad Yahya

Ahmad Yahya

Chief Information Officer , American Hospital, UAE.

Ahmad is the CIO at the American Hospital Dubai, UAE. He has been assigned the task of re-aligning AHD digitization strategy to match or exceed leading facilities in the region. The digital transformation goals should provide the foundation for AHD to excel in its innovations and forward thinking.

Amr Jaber

Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Education, UAE.

Amr Jaber Ahmed serves as an IT advisor within the UAE Ministry of Education. Prior to this role, he managed the IT department of the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He holds numerous industry qualifications, and Academic post graduation of Computer science . He is also a Six Sigma Green Belt professional. He has extensive expertise in various IT fields such as software development, project management, IT governance, enterprise resource planning, and disaster management. He further has a proven track record in enterprise Digital Transformation plans and application, establishing work environments that foster cooperation, teamwork, and constructive resolution of conflicts.”

Andy Turner

Andy Turner

Head of Education Technology & Innovation, Aldar Academies

Andy has over 17 years’ experience in teaching and training in a plethora of differing sectors including: K-12, Vocational and Higher Education Institutions. He is currently the Head of Education Technology and Innovation for Aldar Academies and oversees all technology related to teaching and learning.

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Professor & Department Head | Computer Science & Engineering /Director | HP Institute American University of Sharjah

Dr. Fadi Aloul is a Professor & Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering, the Director of the HP Institute, and the Interim Director of the High Performance Computing Center at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, respectively, and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. His research and industrial interests are in Cyber Security, Mobile Applications, and Design Optimization. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the founder of several cyber security awareness initiatives in UAE including UAE’s Cyber Academy.

Dr Fareed AlAmiri

Researcher, Knowledge-Based Economy for The Higher Education

Fareed demonstrated success in designing and delivering nationalization /capability building projects, organization excellence, knowledge management, and innovation management.

He also was a co-founder of Khalifa Innovation Center; a joint venture incubator established by Mubadala, Tawazun, Khalifa University, and Khalifa Fund, aiming to support entrepreneurial ventures. Fareed has also experience in scholarship management as well as managing the performance of Higher Education Institutes through the Department of Education and Knowledge in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Marwan Al-Zarouni

Dr Marwan Al-Zarouni

Director of Information Services, Dubai Electronic Security Center, UAE.

Marwan Al-Zarouni CISSP is currently pursuing a Doctor of Information Technology award at Edith Cowan University. Mr. Al-Zarouni has extensive experience in the areas of information security management, network security and computer forensics. He has written a number of academic papers and presented them in such conferences as the Australian Information Warfare & Security Conference, the Australian Computer, Network & Information Forensics Conference and the Australian Information Security Management Conference.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Information Security and Intelligence from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Computer Science from the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He also holds the highly regarded professional certification of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mr. Al-Zarouni held a number of positions in non-profit information technology and security organizations including the Founding Board Member and the Web Development Team Leader at Emirates Internet Association (EIA). He is currently the post graduate representative for SCISSA at ECU.

Mr. Al-Zarouni was the keynote speaker at an E-commerce Opportunities Conference held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and more recently at the 21st NLC National Education Conference held in Perth, Western Australia. Awards wise, Marwan was the winner of the Best Paper Award at the 4th Australian Information Security Management Conference. Academically, Mr. A-Zarouni has developed and taught a web technologies class at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai and tutored a computer security class at Edith-Cowan University in Western Australia.

Dr Osama ElHassan

Dr Osama ElHassan

Head of eHealth, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Dr. Osama is the Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society and the Head of eHealth section at Dubai Health Authority where he leads the implementation of the Health Information Exchange project of the emirate of Dubai (NABIDH). Dr. Osama joined Dubai Health Authority in Oct. 2012 to take the responsibility of devising and executing DHA's e-Health vision and to establish Dubai's Health Data Standardization initiatives.

Dr Yousef Alhammadi

ADVISOR - EARLY CHILDHOOD AUTHORITY

With more than 19 years of experience across multiple functional roles, I have had a lifelong passion for everything around the data, analytics and technology ecosystem. As CIO of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 , I lead a team to undertook unprecedented digital transformation for the largest humanitarian and sport event in the world. Initiatives such as “data for good” and “AI for good” were utilized to service thousands of athletes, volunteers , spectators, workforce ,...etc and insuring the best customer journey across 12 venues and 24 sports. The First UAE National from Abu Dhabi to have a Phd in Statistics and Machine Learning.

Faisal Mohammad Ali AlShimmari

Faisal Mohammad Ali AlShimmari

Internal Consultant, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, UAE.

Emirati Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of Emirates Child Protection Association (ECPA), A Non-Resident Internal Management Consultant at Emirates Center for Government Knowledge/ by Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government MBRSG One of the inventors has many Patented.

Served as a public safety & law enforcement senior officer & subject matter expert for 25 years with a vast experience in the fields of Strategy, Governance & Risk Management, Digital Transformation, and Information Security, business continuity, physical security, policies and standard operating procedure SOPs development, stakeholder collaboration and management, crisis management, and Spokes representation

Provided innovative, creative, and smart solutions during his 24 years career years in Abu Dhabi Police & Ministry of the Interior, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, Child Protection and Environmental activities Achieved and shortlisted many local and international Awards locally and internationally Represented UAE on several occasions, conferences and exhibitions, Summits, Forums, and workshops in many areas like innovation, Future foresight, the fourth industrial revolution, disruptive and emerging technologies.

MAHMOUD YASSIN

MAHMOUD YASSIN

Head of IT Security, United Arab Bank.

He has contributed to several Information Security related events in the UAE and he is member of various security groups such as the UAE AAA, ISACA, (ISC)² and the Identity Management Institute just to name a few.

Mahmoud has 16 years of experience in the Infrastructure Field, having worked over 10 years as Infrastructure Security Architect for multinational organizations such as Microsoft and Fujitsu. Mahmoud owns a BSE from the University of Cairo and a Master’s degree in Information Security from the University of Fairfax.

During his extensive career Mahmoud has obtained professional certificates such as CISSP, CISA, CRISC, C|CISO, ,CISSPISSA , PMP, COBIT, ITIL, MCSE, ISO27001 2013

Noora AlAhbabi

Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy

Noora Al Ahbabi holds the position of Information Security officer in the IT department at Ministry of Economy, UAE government, where she is contributing to improving, developing, and raising the security level in the ministry. Noora’s aim is to implement HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE’s vision of creating a secure electronic space and to help consolidate the UAE's position among the world's safest countries in cyberspace and harnessing technology to create a new reality and a life of opportunity and a model for development and e-security worldwide.

Saqib Chaudhry

Saqib Chaudhry

Chief Information Security Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Saqib has over 17 years of global leadership experience in Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk Management, IT Governance, Business Resilience, Data Privacy, IT Internal Audit and Compliance. In his current role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), Saqib is responsible for the implementation and management of the overall Information Security program including; Strategy, Policy Development, Cyber Defence, Threat/Risk Management, Resilience, Regulatory Compliance and Operational Maturity. In additional to Information Security, Saqib is also tasked with managing Network Infrastructure, Unified Communications, and Infrastructure Planning & Development areas at CCAD.

Saqr Alhemeiri

Saqr Alhemeiri

Chief Innovation Officer & Director – Training and Development Center, Ministry of Health and Prevention - UAE

Saqr Alhemeiri is a seasoned professional with proven success and demonstrated expertise throughout his career. In a multi-faceted career spanning over two decades, Saqr has solidified himself as one of the most skilled, experienced, and well-regarded professionals in his industry.

Saqr currently serves as The Chief Innovation Officer and Director of The Training And Development Center with the Ministry of Health & Prevention. Since 2015, Saqr has dedicated all of his time to his professional endeavors, working to provide thoughtful leadership as the Ministry planned to open and implement a new training and development center in Sharjah. In addition to designing a new approach and strategy for the healthcare innovation agenda.



MODERATORS

Veneeth Purushotaman

Group Chief Information Officer, Aster DM Healthcare

Veneeth has over two decades of experience in leading technology enablement and transformation across Retail, Education and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, he was the CIO of Fortis Healthcare. An ISB-Kellogg School of Management Alumni and a certified Healthcare CIO (CIOH) and a board member and joint secretary at CHIME India Chapter. He is a CIO — Hall of Fame honoree and was conferred the Images Most Admired CIO of the year — Retail in 2015 by the Images Retail Organization. He is also awarded India's Top 50 CIO's by CIO Associations of India.

Dr Osama ElHassan

Dr Farooq Wasil

Global Head, Affordable Schools, GEMS Education Dubai

Dr. Farooq Wasil, a practicing educator epitomizes lifelong learning and is the author of several textbooks on early years and Education . He holds a doctorate in education and is the recipient of the President's Best Teacher award, India 2007and the GEMS fellowship award to pursue leadership management at Cambridge.

Dr. Wasil’s long and illustrious career spans more than four decades and he has carved a significant niche in the educational landscape of UAE, India and recently in Africa too. His repertoire of leadership competencies encompasses a range of portfolios that include Executive Principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah UAE, Deputy Head of GEMS Asian curriculum schools, Director of Asian schools GEMS Education, Senior President and Chief Academic officer- Everon GEMS India. He is currently Global Head of Affordable Schools - GEMS.

Khurram Qureshi

Khurram Qureshi

has 19 years of experience in managing diverse multi-functional teams to deliver complex technology portfolios into private and government sectors. He has successfully delivered multi-billion dollars strategic projects for the private organizations, Airports, military and civil government organizations.

Prior to working in Dubai, he has worked with Boeing, NASA and Federal Aviation Administration in the USA.

Mr. Qureshi holds a Masters degree in Air Transportation Systems Engineering from George Mason University and Professional Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University, USA. He is a published author of many research papers.

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