Smart Data 2018 Dubai

17-18 April 2018
Atlantis, The Palm
Dubai, UAE

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Day 1 - 17th April 2018
08:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 09:50

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

09:50 - 10:00

Opening Speech


Tamer El Sawy, Hybrid Cloud Business Unit Executive, MEP, IBM

Tamer El Sawy
10:00 - 10:20

Fueling The Happiest City on Earth

  • Overview of Smart Dubai’s vision and roadmap
  • Implementing an effective open and shared data governance program
  • Discussing the role of emerging technologies – Blockchain AI, IoT – And how data plays a key role in empowering these technologies


Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai

Younus Al Nasser
10:20 - 10:40

Fireside Chat: Regulator vs. Technology Provider – Perspectives on the Changing Economic Dynamics with Data and Upcoming Technologies



Seth Dobrin, VP and Chief Data Officer of IBM Analytics WW, IBM
Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai

Seth Dobrin Younus Al Nasser
10:40 - 11:00

Analytics and AI – Bringing it All Together

  • Today’s challenge is disrupt or be disrupted
  • ML & AI will not replace managers – But managers who use ML & AI will replace those who don’t
  • Data is the new oil, an elusive journey for most


Mostafa Zafer, Director - Analytics MEA, IBM

Mostafa Zafer
11:00 - 11:20

Insights that Connect….Ideas that Fly

  • Creating MEaningful experiences by humanizing AI
  • AI first approach for building analytics platforms that sense, learn, infer & interact
  • Unleashing the power of crowdsourced data science


Shekaran Sury, Global Head of Analytics Consulting, Wipro

Shekaran Sury
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Walking in the Shoes of the Aldo Consumer

Come listen to the reasons why it is so important to have a complete view and understanding of your consumers. Zack is going to walk you through a new initiative at Aldo around the 360 view of their consumers. With nearly 200 million consumers visiting Aldo stores yearly it was time for us to get a little more intimate with each and every one of them. Learn about big data, analytics, data governance, architectural and cloud strategies to support this impressive initiative as well as the challenges with such a large and complex deployment.


Zack Hazim, Director, Global Enterprise Architecture, BI and Shared Services, ALDO

Zack Hazim
12:10 - 12:30

Insights Rush: A Survival Guide for Businesses in Artificial Intelligence Era

  • 1849’s gold rush vs our time’s insight rush
  • What is needed to be successful?


Celal Kavuklu, Head of Business Solutions, Middle East & Turkey, SAS

Celal Kavuklu
12:30 - 13:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: From Big Data to Vast Data – Exploring the Future of Data

  • Unraveling real-time analytics to improve your organization’s bottom line
  • Data in motion – Relying on smaller, more actionable data to create business value
  • Time-to-insight – Unlocking value using fast data capabilities

Anshul Srivastav, Chief Information Officer, Union Insurance
David Ashford, Chief Information Officer, The ENTERTAINER
Kumar Prasoon, Group Chief Information Officer, Al Safeer Group
Mahesh Mirchandani, Chief Information Officer, Cigna Insurance
Sebastian Samuel, Chief Information Officer, AW Rostamani Group
Tamer El Sawy, Hybrid Cloud Business Unit Executive, MEP, IBM

Anshul Srivastav David Ashford Kumar Prasoon Mahesh Mirchandani Sebastian Samuel Tamer El Sawy
13:20 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Who Wants to be a Chief Data Officer? Understanding How to Boost Revenue with Real-Time Analytics

  • Managing the organization’s data ecosystem; driving data-driven transformation
  • Data proliferation: Nurturing a data culture within the organization
  • Bringing order to all the chaos: Implementing a data strategy

Abboud Ghanem, RVP, MEA, Alteryx
Joel Farvault, Head of Data, AXA Insurance
Louise Blake, Head of Data, Tajawal and Almosafer
Mouwafac Sidaoui, Professor, Department Chair of Business Analytics, University of San Francisco, California, USA.
Shafique Ibrahim, Group Head of IT, Al Fardan Group

Abboud Ghanem Joel Farvault Louise Blake Mouwafac Sidaoui Shafique Ibrahim
15:10 - 15:30

Make Your Data Count

  • The cognitive revolution and the data tsunami
  • Getting the plumbing right: Data governance and data strategy
  • Data monetization case studies: Supply chain optimization, workforce analytics, process mining


Amit Ray, Managing Director - Data Analytics, Protiviti

Amit Ray
15:30 - 16:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: What is Your Customer Data Worth? Data Monetization – A Revenue Generator

  • Operationalizing insights from the data – Driving improved business processes, better operational efficiency and enhanced customer experience
  • Leveraging market opportunity by using real-time data to monetize services
  • Transactional data redefining the banking industry with personalized products and solutions

Abdessamad Aqdim, Head of Data Science, Analytics & Insights, Middle East Broadcasting Center
Alejandro Carbon, CEO, Beam Portal LLC
Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Associate Professor in IT Management, S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai UAE
Faisal Ali, Group Head - IT, Deyaar
Kathy Shen, Founder of HarirData, Associate Professor in Information Systems, University of Wollongong in Dubai
Maha Muraish, VP / Data Monetization and Digital Channels, Etisalat

Abdessamad Aqdim Alejandro Carbon Dr. Dhrupad Mathur Faisal Ali Kathy Shen Maha Muraish
16:20 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:00


Day 2 - 18th April 2018
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Case Study on Anti-Money Laundering: Shift from Rule Based solution to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Driven Solution

What we have seen in banks

  • Large amount of false positive alerts generated by rule based system
  • A lot of time is spent by humans in analyzing false positive alerts
  • Manual effort of checking various external systems like Down Jones, Watch list etc
  • Lack of real time data processing, transaction monitoring and historical analytics

Objective of the talk

  • Case study on how to implement a next generation solution (AI/machine learning based) for anti-money laundering


Safdar Hussain, Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Ex-Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Safdar Hussain
10:20 - 10:40

Accelerate the Future – Enabling the Most Advanced AI Platform in the Industry

  • Creating a competitive edge in any industry – Unlock the value of data
  • Being smart – Investing in the right infrastructure for AI
  • The importance of building an end-to-end data pipeline


Joshua Robinson, Founding Engineer - Flash Blade, Pure Storage

Joshua Robinson
10:40 - 11:00

Exploring the Analytics Services in Government Sector with Case Study Presentation of the Labor Market

  • Government and private sector readiness for analytics services
  • Type of analytics services DRC provides
  • Is it difficult to start developing analytics services in my organization?
  • Case study – Application of advanced analytics in labor market


Fahad Alsaawi, Analytics Consultant, Digital Research Company

Fahad Alsaawi
11:00 - 11:20

Big Data-Driven Public Policy: Potential, Limitations and Concerns

  • How can societal big data contribute to public policymaking?
  • What are the limitations and concerns in the MENA region?
  • What are the enablers of (big) data-driven policymaking?


Fadi Salem, Director of Research & Advisory, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Fadi Salem
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Big Data and Social Sciences

  • Big data as a resource for social sciences
  • Twitter and the human behaviour
  • Benefits, pitfalls, biases and decision making


Eiman Al Shammari, Assistant Professor - College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, Kuwait University

Eiman Al Shammari
12:10 - 13:00

Interactive Panel Discussion: Exploring the Full Potential of Mobile Business Intelligence

  • Utilizing mobile BI to bringing success and performance to businesses
  • Delivering real time data: Business intelligence on the go
  • Delivering actionable insights: Innovating with information

(Ghana)shyama Mahanty, Senior Director, Global Data Science, CEMEA, VISA
Abhijit Sharma, Assistant Vice President, Landmark Group
Alessandro Casuccio, Customer and Marketing Analytics Lead, Careem
Bahaa' Awartany, Head of Business Intelligence - Personal Banking Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Budoor Al-Amoudi, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Jumeirah Group
Mohamed Tahoon, BI Developer and Visualization Lead, Dubizzle

(Ghana)shyama Mahanty Abhijit Sharma Alessandro Casuccio Bahaa' Awartany Budoor Al-Amoudi Mohamed Tahoon
13:00 - 13:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Merging Big Data & the Upcoming Technologies

  • Big data driving rapid breakthroughs in blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • The next wave of business intelligence for the data driven enterprise
  • Big data trends that will shape customer happiness in 2018

Akram Assaf, Co-founder and CTO,
Alexandar Williams, Director, Future Economy - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, Dubai Economy
Elias Aad, Vice President, Head of MENA Government Business - Principal, Advisory, Mastercard
Fadi Salem, Director of Research & Advisory, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
Richard Dib, Head of Business Development, Smart Dubai
Safdar Hussain, Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Ex-Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Akram Assaf Alexandar Williams Elias Aad Fadi Salem Richard Dib Safdar Hussain
13:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


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17-18 April 2018

Atlantis, The Palm
Dubai, UAE



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