Speakers

  | DigiTrans 2018

Ahmed Kajoor

Head of Information Technology, Dubai Municipality, UAE

Engineer Ahmed Kajoor, a UAE National with more than 30 years of experience in both Technical and Managerial positions in diversified Governmental sectors. He started in Dubai Water department back in 1987 as a head of Computer department till 1990,he then appointed as Manager Information & Technology Dept. along with being Chairman Social Aid Fund of G.P.A for 8 years.Then and there, Ahmed joined the labour ministry where he pursed a successful career path by which he was appointed as CEO of labour office in 2008, Ahmed then Joined Dubai Municipality in 2012 where he now he Leads the Dubai municipality Information technology sector as head of department

He played a big role in leading Dubai Municipality IT department to achieve so many awards ie Best Government Infrastructure Project “Genesis” 2016, Best Government Networking Project “CNME” 2017, Excellence in Digital Infrastructure Transformation-DCD – 2017. Ahmed Was also awarded CIO 100 for the year 2016 as a recognition for the outstanding achievement with technology and innovation across the world

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Javier Alvarez

Group CIO, Campofrio Food Group, Spain

Master of Engineering (MEng) Telecommunications UPM Madrid, ExMBA (IE), SMP (IMD) and post-degree studies at MIT Sloan School of management, joined Campofrio Food Group (CFG) 4 years ago as CIO. With more than 20 years of experience (Insurance, FMCG, Manufacturing) his background includes experience implementing solutions across several continents. The successful accomplished projects included the design and implementation of several large outsourcing deals, lead the digital transformation of large companies and implementing tangible examples of a connected factory blending IT and OT technologies.

He has a large record of IT organizational design experience and in the way that the technology is changing the leadership of the organizations.

One of his main tasks is to expose the relevance of the function providing, and incrementing the completive advantage of CFG thanks to the use of the technology.

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Zubair Ahmed

Chief Information Officer, Emirates Islamic, UAE

Zubair Ahmed is the Chief Information Officer at Emirates Islamic. Previous to this role, Zubair spent nearly 2 decades in challenging leadership roles, at the heart of the Finance Technology industry. A Harvard Alumni, with 25+ years of IT & financial industry experience, he enjoys been customer facing and engaging businesses in strategic use of technology. Excels in enterprise transformation, has led and produced compelling results in creating business innovation at the grass-roots of the organization. As the Chairman of the UBF IT Committee, Zubair leads the technology agenda for banks, enabling collaborations and advisory with the regulators. Author of the book "Power To Kids" which serves as a guide in 'applying quality & management principles to parenting'. Actively involved with a number of non-profit causes across the region. As an ardent speaker and a life coach, Zubair is regularly featured in numerous conferences around the world.

Major Mohammed Obaidli  | Technocrat with years of experience in Modernizing the ICT with Government Specifically within AbuDhabi Police

Major Mohammed Obaidli

Major Mohammed Obaidli is a Technocrat with years of experience in Modernizing the ICT with Government Specifically within AbuDhabi Police

Major Mohammed hold the position of Deputy Director of Digital Transformation Department within police and has pioneer in setting up advance research and Center of Excellence at ADP

He is an ICT professional with years of experience in ICT innovation, he holds many credits under his belt for Implementing Innovative tools and techniques in ADP which also includes Being part of strategic management and numerous Modernization teams and Groups He has a good knowledge of e enablement and automation of systems as well as initiatives like advance analytics /Cognitive Computing and Data pools these initiatives have been widely acclaimed earning him prestigious recognitions locally and internationally with large corporates.

Major Mohammed Al Obaidli is Post Grad in ICT security from George Washington University and also hold a bachelors in computer science from zayed university, he is an acclaimed Project management expert with accreditation in Project Management from George Washington University as well as Process expertise in ITIL /EFQM

Kay Lummitsch  | DigiTrans 2018

Kay Lummitsch

The Digital Journeyman Kay is advising Digital programs globally in various industries like Telco, Finance, Automotive as well as NGOs. He is a proven change agent, a Digital Catalyst, Coach & Mentor.

Professor Martin Spraggon  | DigiTrans 2018

Martin Spraggon

Professor Martin Spraggon is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). Prior to joining MBRSG, he worked as a Professor of Strategic Management at the American University of Sharjah’s (UAE) School of Business Administration where he has also served as the Director of Executive Education. He holds a PhD in Management from HEC Montreal (Canada), an MBA from Sherbrooke University (Canada), and a Master in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Institut Superieur du Commerce de Paris (France).

Spraggon’s areas of specialization include strategic management, design thinking and innovation, organizational behavior, international marketing, and managerial psychology. He has extensive international experience, having conducted many consulting projects and delivered leadership development programs for North American, Western European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern educational institutions and organizations from the private and public sectors.

Spraggon’s research on emerging economies, behavioral governance, executive compensation, knowledge dynamics in innovative firms and healthcare management, has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Annals, Strategic Organization, Journal of Business Research, Business Ethics: A European Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Health Expectations, and Public Health. His research-driven and practice-based books, titled Mergers and Acquisitions and Executive Compensation and Managing Organizations in the United Arab Emirates: Dynamic Characteristics and Key Economic Developments, were published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) and Palgrave Macmillan, respectively.

Spraggon is actively involved in case study research and practice and serves as an Associate Editor of the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies collection. He obtained a competitive research grant from the UAE National Research Foundation to analyze corporate governance practices in local family businesses and received the 2013 Rupert Chisholm Best Theory-to-Practice Paper Award of the Academy of Management Organizational Development and Change Division. He frequently assumes responsibilities as a member of international program committees at academic conferences around the world and is a regular speaker and panelist at practitioner-oriented workshops and events.

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Sandeep Chouhan

Executive Vice-President, Group Head Operations & Technology, Mashreq, UAE

Global Operations & Technology Leader in Financial Services with over 20 years’ experience across blue chip organizations: Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Tata, Commercial bank across Emerging Markets, Europe and USA.

Led transformational change across various organizational portfolios, delivering significant cost restructuring and building capability of people, processes and platforms.

Experience of long-term strategic planning with a strong track record leading organizations from vision through execution. He has consistently delivered industry-leading growth, producing quantum bottom-line performance.

Across various organizations, has successfully established global operating models through driving consolidation, platform standardization, core banking systems replacement, organizational restructuring, architectural road-maps, strategic sourcing, off-shoring, lean operations and global shared services.

He takes a relationship-driven approach with business leaders, strategic suppliers and employees to harness global talent.

Specialties: Successfully established global operating models through driving consolidation, platform standardization, organizational restructuring, architectural road-maps, strategic sourcing, off-shoring, lean operations and global shared services.

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