Digital Transformation Consultant, GBM
Eric is a passionate technology evangelist, enterprise architect and design thinker who has over 20 years deep experience designing and delivering business solutions. Eric’s experiences span the globe from the south pacific in his place of birth New Zealand to Amsterdam, London and now Dubai.
Eric has a diverse spread of industry experiences and has led the architecture design across a number of large digital transformation projects in government, health, banking and transportation industries.
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
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 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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Xische, UAE
Danish is an investor, strategist, entrepreneur, speaker, sailor and father. Born and raised in the Middle East, Danish is one of the region's youngest start-up entrepreneurs turned investors, heading venture consulting group Xische Collective, comprised of a strategy boutique, communications agency, academy and publishing house, across Dubai, New York and Kuala Lumpur. Danish is a proud Dubaian who is evangelical about entrepreneurship, culture and anti-disciplinary thinking. He is a strategic advisor to the Government of Dubai, co-author of Dubai's Happiness Agenda, serves on the WEF Cities by Design Council, is board member of a public-listed insurance company, cofounder of World Happiness Summit and mentor at Dubai Holding's in5.
After dropping out of three different universities, he founded a new media firm at age nineteen and successfully exited four years later. Danish and his teams have since spent seventeen years advising, creating, and investing in ventures for clients including the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Dubai Culture, UAE Mars Mission, d3, Smart Dubai, BMW & Giorgio Armani. An international keynote speaker, he has been quoted in TIME and Financial Times. He is a global brand ambassador of Infiniti Automobiles. When he's not sailing or creating imaginary worlds with his sons, Danish’s idea of timeoff is playing investor and mentor to local startups in the UAE. He serves as chairman of investment boutique Xische Holdings, a privately-held group that includes an investment fund, AI platform, e-commerce venture, and a global footwear brand.
Krish is Middle East region's maiden "Chief Disruption Officer". Well known Technology evangelist with two decades of International experience across 5 continents and successful track record of spearheading Business Transformations for Fortune 100 companies including Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, First Abu Dhabi Bank & Bank Muscat. He regularly delivers keynote speeches in global conferences.
Krish has been voted as:
“Top Technology Professionals in Middle East” by Global ITP magazine.
"Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 across GCC" at CDO Conclave
"CIO of the Year 2016" at MEFTECH.
“World's Greatest CDO" at World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders of Asia & GCC 2017-18 - 4th Edition by Asia One Magazine
Krish currently serves as Chief Disruption Officer of the World’s largest private Educators: GEMS Education
Ilkka Kivelä is a Managing Director and Digital Transformation practice lead of Protiviti UAE. With over 20 years of consulting experience, Ilkka has been instrumental in driving digital change across multiple large client organizations .
Ilkka has defined digital strategies, governance models and IT roadmaps for large private and governmental organizations in UAE and Europe. He has overseen several large implementation programs e.g. in the areas of Advanced Analytics, RPA, ERP and Financial Process Re-engineering.
Ilkka has worked with local and multinational retailers, travel companies, telecommunication companies, manufacturers and government entities in the Nordics, UAE, UK, USA, Belgium, Germany, Russia and France.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer , Financial Services, Capgemini
Sudhir Pai is an Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Global Financial Services business at Capgemini. He is a thought leader, speaker, blogger and business advisor for the CXO’s in the finance industry. He has published over 100 blogs since last year and has been praised for being practical, relevant, actionable and hands-on. As an advisor, he is focusing on sparking Innovation, embracing Ecosystem for significant business impacts and assisting organisations to face Technology disruptions. He has been elected as a Fellow for developing Fintech & Blockchain ecosystem at Singapore Institute of Management and serves as a board member for Innovation Precinct at University of Swinburne. A start-up advisor and Mentor at Zone Start-up hub Mumbai, T-Hub in Hyderabad and Startupbootcamp in Melbourne. Sudhir believes in continuous learning, recently completed his studies around AI for Business Strategy at MIT. Sudhir carries tremendous passion for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He was a key note speaker in many of Blockchain global conferences globally. His research is focusing on Blockchain ‘Beyond the Hype’, targeting the ‘Enterprise segment’ of this technology.
As a CTO, Sudhir is currently responsible for:
• Developing connected ecosystems of Start-ups, Fintechs, Universities, Regulators and the Government to serve future business needs.
• Proactively investing in disruptive technology solutions, primarily in the areas of Customer Experience and Operational Efficiencies.
• Developing new business models to open up additional channels of revenue through innovative ideas and cross industry connects.
Above all, Sudhir is constantly driving Innovation agenda for clients through Capgemini's Applied Innovation Exchange program, co-creating solutions that can be scaled for Enterprise Needs. Previously CTO for Capgemini Australia business, he pioneered in setting up a SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) lab, building market presence in disruptive technologies. Sudhir has over 22 years of global IT service industry experience, working in diverse technology, delivery and engagement roles. He has served global clients from the US, UK, Japan, Middle East, India and Australia.
Executive Director, Consensys, UAE
Lina joined ConsenSys, one of the largest independent blockchain technology firms globally, in 2017 as Executive Director in the MENA office, overseeing commercial operations and strategic initiatives. ConsenSys is the fastest growing blockchain technology company globally, with over 170 employees in 15 countries.
Lina oversees ConsenSys MENA strategy, enterprise division, and all strategic initiatives. She has been central to ConsenSys’ role as as the official Blockchain City Advisor and working with government entities in UAE and beyond to raise awareness and implementation of blockchain technologies, and supporting the UAE Blockchain 2020 Agenda.
Lina is a seasoned technology leader with over 20 years of experience as a technologist, advisor, and executive. Throughout her career as an information technology professional, Lina has witnessed several disruptive technologies. From the Egyptian Stock Exchange to EastNets, a leading global provider of compliance and payments solutions for the financial services industry, she had the chance to put new technologies to the test, and share the success with teams she worked with. A Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Lina has been extensive experience to various markets from the US to Egypt to the United Arab Emirates.
Business Unit Manager - Software & Industry Solutions
Rania Wehbi is the Software & Industry Solutions leader for GBM Abu Dhabi. Rania boasts over a decade of experience in Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual reality, Cloud & Managed Services, and IT Strategy.
Rania is an experienced professional focused on driving profitable business while spearheading transformation to achieve GBM’s business goals. Rania has a track record in establishing culture of excellence through building and managing high performance teams.
Rania holds Master’s degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from American University of Beirut. She has successfully completed strategy executive program ‘Executing Strategy For Results’ from London Business School, and most recently ‘Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme’ from Said Business School, University of Oxford.