Smart Data 2018 Dubai

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

Confirmed Speakers

Younus Al Nasser |
Younus Al Nasser

Assistant Director General Smart Dubai

Alejandro Carbon |
Alejandro Carbon

CEO Beam Portal LLC

Anshul Srivastav |
Anshul Srivastav

Chief Information Officer Union Insurance

Seth Dobrin |
Seth Dobrin

VP and Chief Data Officer of IBM Analytics WW IBM

Sebastian Samuel |
Sebastian Samuel

Chief Information Officer AW Rostamani Group

David Ashford |
David Ashford

Chief Information Officer The ENTERTAINER

Zack Hazim |
Zack Hazim

Director, Global Enterprise Architecture, BI and Shared Services ALDO

Mostafa Zafer |
Mostafa Zafer

Director - Analytics MEA IBM

Shekaran Sury |
Shekaran Sury

Global Head of Analytics Consulting Wipro

Celal Kavuklu |
Celal Kavuklu

Head of Business Solutions, Middle East & Turkey SAS

Joshua Robinson |
Joshua Robinson

Founding Engineer - Flash Blade Pure Storage

Amit Ray |
Amit Ray

Managing Director - Data Analytics Protiviti

Fahad Alsaawi |
Fahad Alsaawi

Analytics Consultant Digital Research Company

Abboud Ghanem |
Abboud Ghanem

RVP, MEA Alteryx

Tamer El Sawy |
Tamer El Sawy

Hybrid Cloud Business Unit Executive, MEP IBM

Richard Dib |
Richard Dib

Head of Business Development Smart Dubai

Kumar Prasoon |
Kumar Prasoon

Group Chief Information Officer Al Safeer Group

Mahesh Mirchandani |
Mahesh Mirchandani

Chief Information Officer Cigna Insurance

Maha Muraish |
Maha Muraish

VP / Data Monetization and Digital Channels Etisalat

Faisal Ali
Faisal Ali

Group Head - IT Deyaar

Akram Assaf |
Akram Assaf

Co-founder and CTO Bayt.com

Elias Aad |
Elias Aad

Vice President, Head of MENA Government Business - Principal, Advisory Mastercard

Alexandar Williams |
Alexandar Williams

Director, Future Economy - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector Dubai Economy

Louise Blake |
Louise Blake

Head of Data Tajawal and Almosafer

Abdessamad Aqdim |
Abdessamad Aqdim

Head of Data Science, Analytics & Insights Middle East Broadcasting Center

Joel Farvault |
Joel Farvault

Head of Data AXA Insurance

Mohamed Tahoon |
Mohamed Tahoon

BI Developer and Visualization Lead Dubizzle

(Ghana)shyama Mahanty |
(Ghana)shyama Mahanty

Senior Director, Global Data Science, CEMEA VISA

Budoor Al-Amoudi |
Budoor Al-Amoudi

Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics Jumeirah Group

Shafique Ibrahim |
Shafique Ibrahim

Group Head of IT Al Fardan Group

Abhijit Sharma |
Abhijit Sharma

Assistant Vice President Landmark Group

Bahaa' Awartany |
Bahaa' Awartany

Head of Business Intelligence - Personal Banking Group First Abu Dhabi Bank

Safdar Hussain |
Safdar Hussain

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

Fadi Salem |
Fadi Salem

Director of Research & Advisory Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Alessandro Casuccio |
Alessandro Casuccio

Customer and Marketing Analytics Lead Careem

Kathy Shen
Kathy Shen

Founder of HarirData, Associate Professor in Information Systems University of Wollongong in Dubai

Eiman Al Shammari |
Eiman Al Shammari

Assistant Professor - College of Computing Sciences and Engineering Kuwait University

Dr. Dhrupad Mathur |
Dr. Dhrupad Mathur

Associate Professor in IT Management S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai UAE

Mouwafac Sidaoui |
Mouwafac Sidaoui

Professor, Department Chair of Business Analytics University of San Francisco, California, USA.

Younus Al Nasser

Younus Al Nasser

Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai

Younus Al Nasser is the Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, guiding Dubai’s citywide effort to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city by 2017.

Younus Al Nasser is also the CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, part of the Smart Dubai Office, charged with overseeing the implement of the Dubai Data Initiative, the most ambitious data initiative globally, and fostering a culture of data sharing in Dubai.

Prior to that, he was a Director of Projects and Security Systems in Dubai Electronic Security Centre Implementing Agile and Lean Methodologies in Project Management and member of Dubai Open Data Committee which was formed in November 2014 with a Decree from H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum to deliver Dubai Data Strategy, Dubai Data Road Map and Dubai Data Law.

Alejandro Carbon

Alejandro Carbon

CEO, Beam Portal LLC

Alejandro is, since 2016, CEO of Beam for the Middle East, the leading UAE mobile wallet app that combines payments and rewards. In his previous role at Majid Al Futtaim Finance (2014-2016), Alejandro was Executive Director for Alternative Products - prepaid cards, digital remittances, loans - and Analytics function for entire portfolio.  Alejandro started in Majid Al Futtaim Holding as VP Corporate Development (2008-1014), where he was in charge of Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions for the entire Majid Al Futtaim Group, a retail focused conglomerate with core businesses in shopping mall development, grocery retail (Carrefour), leisure and entertainment and consumer finance across 15 countries in the MENA region. With over 35,000 employees, annual revenue of over USD 8 Bn, Majid Al Futtaim is one of the most recognized private corporations in the region.

Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Alejandro was Associate Principal with McKinsey&Co. based out of the Caracas office (1999-2005) and Dubai office (2005-2008). Alejandro mostly focused on the Financial Services sector through his work with McKinsey in multiple countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, Dominican Republic, USA, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE.

Alejandro also enjoys supporting entrepreneurship. He is an active mentor at Endeavour, a global organization promoting entrepreneurship, for the last 3 years, Advisory Board Member at Mumzworld.com, the leading regional player in pre-maternal, child care and toys in the Middle East, and Advisory Board Member at Raffles International School in Dubai.

Alejandro has Spanish nationality, having grown up in Madrid. During his life, Alejandro has lived for long periods of time in Spain, Venezuela, Australia, USA, Colombia, India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE.  Alejandro Carbon has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) and an Industrial Engineer degree, Cum Laude, from University Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela).

Anshul Srivastav

Anshul Srivastav

Chief Information Officer, Union Insurance

A leader with major operating tenets as driving technology transformation through thought leadership, design thinking, innovation, analytics & delivering value to stakeholders. Anshul is a global technology leader and change practitioner who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi Billion USD as revenues.

Experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering and managing it at an enterprise level.

Anshul has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created and launched the key Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud, ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for various Financial Institutions across the world.

Currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer Information Technology and Digital Officer in Dubai, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE, Oman and Bahrain) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance) Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning IT transformation to deliver business value. Major Cloud transformations impacted the bottom line of Union by multimillion AED in the first year. Transformation on Digital added multimillion revenues in Life, P&C and Health lines of business.
 
Machine Learning and Robotic Process Automation are some key business transformations implemented recently.

Transformational leader and Senior Management IT professional, with almost two decades of experience spreading across multiple geographies (US, Europe, South East Asia and Middle East). Anshul has built & led local, regional, and global teams across 3 continents. Capitalized on opportunities to drive revenues, profits, and growth. Strong P&L management.
 
Anshul is been mentoring startup, management students (IIM Bangalore) and incubators/accelerators like Astro Labs Dubai, T Labs, CH9, Flat6 labs and other incubators since 2012. Startups mentored are in the tech space of analytics, mobility, tech based micro finance institution, healthcare tech and analytics, and tech based retail merchandising, logistics and mobile wallets spread across geographies from Singapore, Dubai and Middle East, India and Europe.

Anshul is a keynote speaker on Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine and Deep Learning, Digital Transformation, Cloud and Mobility.

Couple of Awards

Won couple of Star Performer of the Year Awards from AXA India & AXA Asia. Thrice has been awarded the AXA innovation award both at AXA Asia and AXA Group level.
CIO of the year award, InfoSec Maestro Award, CSO Next of the year award.
CISO award from MESA Dubai.
CIO award from CNME Dubai.

Anshul writes on Innovation, Big Data and Technology Transformations, Blockchain and couple of articles are published in CNME, Innovation and Tech Middle East, Data quest, LinkedIn and PM Network.
 

Seth Dobrin

Seth Dobrin

VP and Chief Data Officer of IBM Analytics WW, IBM

Dr. Dobrin joined IBM in November 2016 as the Vice President and Chief Data Officer for IBM Analytics. He is responsible for the transformation of the Analytics Business operations using data and analytics, influencing IBM Analytics offerings to meet the needs of CDO’s and providing his perspective and experiences to clients. To this end, Dr. Dobrin has established the Data Science Elite team late in 2017. The team is comprised of the top data scientists in the World who have successfully implemented AI in the enterprise sustainably and at scale. The aim of the team is to sit with clients and help them implement data science around a specific use case.

Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Dobrin was a leader in the data science transformation of a Fortune 500 company as well as their Agile transformation and their shift to the cloud. Additionally, he led efforts to leverage the data science transformation to drive new business models to create new revenue streams as wells as the optimization of existing processes. Dr. Dobrin received his PhD in Genetics from Arizona State University where he focused on the application of statistical and molecular genetics towards the elucidation of the causes of neuropsychiatric disorders. In these efforts, he was involved in some of the first applications of machine learning to large scale genetic analysis. He has spent his career scaling and combining existing technologies to address previously intractable problems at scale.

Sebastian Samuel

Sebastian Samuel

Chief Information Officer, AW Rostamani Group

Sebastian T Samuel is the Chief Information Officer at AW Rostamani Group, Dubai.

With more than 18 years of experience in the information technology industry, Samuel heads a team of professionals with responsibilities for technical oversight including research, development, technology, and product design activities spanning the AW Rostamani portfolio which includes Automotive, Logistics, Retail, Information Technology and Travel. Sebastian holds MCA degree from Bharathiar University along with BSC – Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University. He is also an Enterprise Architecture (EA) practitioner who has actively participated in many EA implementations in the region. Sebastian has also expertise in implementing ERP, Corporate Strategy & Performance Management (Balanced Scorecard), GRC and Disaster Recovery Implementations.”

Sebastian provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the Company. His initiatives include improving service delivery through embracing effective and efficient use of technology; creating business models for delivering new services such as virtual desktops; promoting online development opportunities to increase self-service capabilities; and leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to customer needs.

Achievements: Under the leadership of Mr. Sebastian, The Company has been awarded with

‘ICT Achievement Award- CIO of the year 2016’, ‘Asian Leadership CIO Award-2015’, , ‘CIO 50 Award 2012’, ‘CIO 50 Award 2014’, ‘CIO 100 Award 2015’, ‘Network World Award 2012’, ‘ORACLE Fusion Saas Implementation of the year 2012’, ‘ACN Award- Retail & Trading Implementation of the year 2016’. In the course of his career, Mr. Sebastian has been a speaker at many IT Conferences and have led many initiatives in receiving these awards.

Organization Profile: AW Rostamani is a conglomerate of 14 companies in seven diverse disciplines, committed to enriching lives through its exceptional products and services. Our portfolio of companies are responsible for managing well established multinational brands across several industries including Automotive, Real Estate, Interior design and IT. With over 2800 employees and net assets in excess of US1.5 Billion, the A W Rostamani Group’s success story is one of the most inspired in the region.

David Ashford

David Ashford

Chief Information Officer, The ENTERTAINER

David Ashford is the Chief Information Officer at the ENTERTAINER, where he is responsible for the company’s e-business strategy and development.

He has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the ENTERTAINER from a print-based publishing company to a data-driven 100% digital company with the launch of the award-winning app in 2013. To date customers have redeemed over 16 million ‘buy one get one free’ offers and saved AED 1.3 billion on their phones.

Innovation, digital enhancements and social media initiatives continue to drive the company’s vision and development. Big data is at the heart of the company’s rapid growth.

With a career spanning 25+ years David has a proven track record in digital transformation including web, e-commerce, mobile apps and data science. Previous roles include product development for a card processing company, head of information systems at a global advertising agency, e-business specialist for private equity firms (on portfolio performance management and turnarounds) and developing a regional mobile app industry for Abu Dhabi government.

David also has consulting experience and has led many large e-business projects for companies including British Airways, British American Tobacco, British Telecom, Cadbury’s, Coca Cola, Electronic Arts, Hewlett Packard, Net-A-Porter, Oracle, Renault, Virgin and Warner Brothers. He has co-founded and sold a leading UK e-business consultancy as well as a leading e-commerce software platform in the fashion space. David has a BA Hons degree in Pure Mathematics and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Zack Hazim

Zack Hazim

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

Zack Hazim serves as the Director of Global Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation at ALDO Group. Right now, he is leading the implementation of ALDO consumer’s journey program, SAP S/4 Hana, Omni-channel digital transformation and GDPR compliance.

He is responsible for delivering new IT capabilities for increased productivity and enabling business growth.

With a career spanning 18+ years Zack has a proven track record in enterprise architecture and digital transformation including web, e-commerce, mobile apps, and business intelligence. In his previous role, he played a pivotal role in transformation a print newspaper into digital newsroom which led to releasing the massively popular iOS & android mobile application, with hundreds of thousands of daily users, connected to LaPresse+ multiplatform ecosystem.

Zack has a master’s degree in software engineer and an Executive MBA at McGill University.

Mostafa Zafer

Mostafa Zafer

Director - Analytics MEA, IBM

Mostafa Zafer is the Director for Analytics in the Middle East and Africa Region. He is responsible for driving the IBM Analytics Strategy across the MEA region and for building, architecting and driving sustainable business for IBM spanning over 70+ countries.  

Mr. Zafer joined IBM over 20 years ago, holding a variety of leadership positions over the course of his career spanning across several continents and countries. In Jan 2009 he assumed the role of the Growth Strategy Leader for Middle East and North Africa, post serving as the Software Sales Manager in Egypt since 2007. Previous to this he also led the role of WW Software Sales Strategy Leader based in Somers, NY where Mr. Zafer led key WW sales initiatives. As Software Group (SWG) Director for Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, from April 2015, Mr. Zafer spearheaded the transformation of the SWG business in IBM to gain significant market share. He was also instrumental in establishing the IBM SWG team in Saudi Arabia where the business grew exponentially under his leadership.

Mr. Zafer holds a B.Sc degree in computer engineering from Cairo University and a MBA from Henley University in the UK.

Active in the global business community, Mostafa Zafer has developed, delivered, supported, and marketed game-changing technologies for more than 20 years as a Software Leader at IBM. He has been at the forefront of the middleware, web, virtualization, automation, and cloud computing tech disruptions.

His specialty is in helping technology leaders accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, using tools, services, and platforms available in the cloud.

Mr. Zafer has extensive Technology and Business experience gained from his career spanning from the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as Director of IBM Analytics for the Middle East and Africa region, his renewed focus and responsibility includes the corporation growth strategy and building IBM's Data Science Experience across the MEA region.

Shekaran Sury

Shekaran Sury

Global Head of Analytics Consulting, Wipro

Shekaran has over 19 years of consulting experience across the data-to-business-outcomes value chain with a focus on Supply Chain, Trade Spend, Labor, Stores, Merchandizing, Sales and Marketing.​

His experience spans across Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Energy & Utilities domains. ​

Celal Kavuklu

Celal Kavuklu

Head of Business Solutions, Middle East & Turkey, SAS

Celal Kavuklu is leading the business solutions activities of SAS solutions across Middle East and Turkey region. He helps organizations in several industries (Financial Services, Telecommunications, Travel, Retail) on their road to become more customer centric, agile and analytically driven.


His profession lies in Analytics, Analytically Driven Decisioning, Omni-channel Customer Engagement, Customer Analytics and Digital Marketing. He has been directly involved in more than 10 implementations with several roles in operational and analytical CRM projects in one of the biggest banks in Turkey.


Celal holds both a master of science and bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey).

Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson

Founding Engineer - Flash Blade, Pure Storage

Joshua Robinson is a Founding Engineer on the FlashBlade team at Pure Storage and is currently lead architect for advanced analytics and AI solutions. Previously, he was a data scientist on the search infrastructure team at Google and also at cybersecurity startup. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

Amit Ray

Amit Ray

Managing Director - Data Analytics, Protiviti

Amit is a Managing Director at Protiviti and leads Protiviti’s regional Data and Analytics practice in Middle East and India. Amit specializes in data science, business intelligence and decision analytics and has engaged with business leaders globally to solve business questions with analytics. He has led many large scale data analytics deployments across various industries spanning telecommunications and media, oil and gas, utilities, airlines, retail and banking industries.

Prior to Protiviti, as Global Head of Product Management for a US based data analytics start-up, he was responsible to drive their product strategy and roadmap.

Amit is well-travelled and a regular speaker and contributor to various global Data Analytics events and Industry consortiums. Amit and his team has successfully delivered large scale data governance, data monetization, business analytics and digital transformation solutions in GCC as well as at large international conglomerates.

Fahad Alsaawi

Fahad Alsaawi

Analytics Consultant, Digital Research Company

He has more than 13 years’ experience in analytics and data science , he worked in government and private sector , including Takamol and ELM. He has a master degree in Statistics and bachelor in Quantitative methods. He is also accredited statistician (AStat).

Abboud Ghanem

Abboud Ghanem

RVP, MEA, Alteryx

Abboud heads Alteryx’ Middle East and Africa business. Joined Alteryx in 2014 to develop the markets outside UK and lead Alteryx’s expansion in France, Germany, Benelux and Nordics. He’s been involved in many projects within Enterprise and SMB type of businesses driving analytics culture and self-service BI implementations across various sectors and departments. Holds a MBA from Cranfield School of Management and has passion for solving business problems with new and innovative technologies.

Tamer El Sawy

Tamer El Sawy

Hybrid Cloud Business Unit Executive, MEP, IBM

Tamer El Sawy is a Business Unit Executive leading the Cloud division for IBM Middle East and Pakistan region.

He has over 25 years of software solution sales experience, which led a lot of enterprise customers to get the right solutions for their businesses.

Tamer is responsible for developing and executing business strategies for growth and optimization, which is now being leveraged to help clients develop their market strategies and operationalize new business models approach to become more data driven and digitally reinvented.

Tamer holds a BSc in tele-communications from Cairo University, Egypt.

Richard Dib

Richard Dib

Head of Business Development, Smart Dubai

Richard Dib is Head of Business Development for Dubai Pulse within Smart Dubai Office, helping the city of Dubai into its digital transformation and making Dubai the Happiest city on earth.

Richard is also leading the Data Productization stream within Dubai Data Establishment, part of the Smart Dubai Office, charged to make Dubai Data a new oil for the city.

Prior to that, he was a Senior Advisor part of Nexgen Advisory Group helping Cities to embrace their digital transformation.

Also Richard was heavily involved with Telecom & Media Players in Europe and in the Gulf region where he developed Next Generation Products & Services Strategies and Go-To-Market Strategies.

Kumar Prasoon

Kumar Prasoon

Group Chief Information Officer, Al Safeer Group

Kumar Prasoon is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a prominent retail chain and honored as one of the Global Topmost CIOs in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Asia and also at the international level. In this prominent role, he makes technology recommendations for the group’s executive management on the aspects of Fuzzy Analytics, Business Intelligence; BigData, IoT /IIoT, BlockChain, cloud computing, enterprise 2.0, integrated systems architecture and virtualization.

Kumar Prasoon is an ICT Industry Process Centric seasoned Enterprise Architect and Business Process Management Expert. Kumar Prasoon excels at leading cross-functional teams across Americas , Europe and Asia ; coordinating multiple projects with exceptionally strong understanding of the business issues driving software development based on experience both as a seasoned Enterprise Architect as well as Interface Manager with solid approaches towards Integration Technologies / Service Oriented Architecture using external interfaces concerning Systems Integration / Systems Architecture / System Infrastructure support for Mission Critical Applications and a prominent International Speaker on many conferences like Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) , Computer News Middle East , Innovation Enterprise (USA) , International Retail Summits , Forrester Research , Nielsen , International Data Corp (IDC), Arabian Computer News (ITP Publishing), CAXTON GROUP(USA) , SmartData , Expo Trade and Real Time Communications (RT-COM) by Fleming Gulf to name a few.

He was also honored with CIO 100 Awards for outstanding Enterprise-wide Innovations by Computer News Middle East (CNME) in January 2015 , 2016 and 2017 consecutively for three years in a row , “The Most Innovative Application of BigData : 2015” Customer Festival Awards Middle East Chapter hosted by Terrapinn UK and presented by Infinia , “Enterprise Mobility Project of the Year -2016” “CIO of the Year -2016 Finalist” by Computer News Middle East ; “Retail Deployment of the Year-2016” by Computer News Middle East ; and “Catalyst CIO of the Year : Retail 2016” , “Catalyst CIO of the Year : Retail 2017” , “The Titans Badge of Honor : Honoring the Best 2017” by Enterprise MEA Channels Middle East and Africa Chapter. Being the founder of Fuzzy Analytics Framework and Modern Industrial Complex Mathematical Calculus for Emerging Technologies , Kumar is also the global leading Industry Researcher , Scientist and Technology Evangelist for Smart Systems , Smart Retailing , Smart Cities , Smart Parking , Smart Engineering , Smart Instrumentation , Smart Metering and Industry Quantum Mechanics employing the Modern Emerging Technologies. He chairs as an advisory board member with numerous national and international consortiums in the capacity of consulting, research and bringing supreme Industry Innovations. Another strong facet is his contribution to the Academia Sector for the Global Universities from Far East to West where he has mentored , coached and executed successful projects with hundreds of incumbents in Bachelors , Masters and Doctorates in Engineering , IT , Business and Management in the areas of Emerging Technologies , Emerging Markets and Emerging Systems.

Mahesh Mirchandani

Mahesh Mirchandani

Chief Information Officer, Cigna Insurance

Maha Muraish

Maha Muraish

VP / Data Monetization and Digital Channels, Etisalat

Maha Muraish is the Vice President heading Data Monetization (Big Data) and Digital Marketing at business unit of Etisalat Digital, enabling enterprises and governments become smarter by infusing data analytics and insights into the their digital transformation to help them make more informative decision. Maha is also responsible, to enhance government and enterprises capability to better engage with their customers through the different channel points allowing them to send the right message to the right person and right location and time.

Maha has over twenty years of telecom experience, with extensive expertise in big data/data monetization combined with strong experience digital media and digital entertainment business.

Maha has worked in Etisalat UAE very extensively however; she has worked in other markets within Etisalat Group like KSA, Egypt and Nigeria in Digital Marketing, Future Communication and Digital Entertainment.

She holds a BSC in Computer Science and Math Major from National University in US.  As she is certified a data scientist from Hopkins University in the US. Maha is in the process of obtaining her EMBA from INSEAD.

Faisal Ali

Faisal Ali

Group Head - IT, Deyaar

Akram Assaf

Akram Assaf

Co-founder and CTO, Bayt.com

Akram is responsible for driving new initiatives, formulating technology strategy and directing overall product delivery at Bayt.com. He serves on the board of multiple online businesses and provides mentorship and advisory for some of the leading SME businesses in the Middle East.


Akram had worked previously with Oracle consulting and before that he started his career at Accenture where he consulted Middle Eastern governments and leading corporations on technology implementation in the fields of Finance and HR Systems.

Elias Aad

Elias Aad

Vice President, Head of MENA Government Business - Principal, Advisory, Mastercard

Alexandar Williams

Alexandar Williams

Director, Future Economy - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, Dubai Economy

Alexandar is presently the Director of Future Economy, Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai. His current responsibilities include conceptualizing new strategic initiatives for Dubai’s future economy, engaging the business community and fostering international strategic partnerships with global think tanks and influencers. Since his new appointment in Jan 2015, he has produced comprehensive integrated industry reports covering 14 sectors of Dubai’s economy, developed advisories on UAE/Dubai industry regulations, formulated a detailed Business Community Engagement Plan and embarked on strategic initiatives in collaboration with partners on future trends and technologies.

His interests include technology innovation, sharing economy, technopreneurship, university R & D – industry linkages, Technology Investment Development & IP and Dealing with the Millennial Generation.  He has logged 27 years’ experience and built expertise in strategy & management, entrepreneurship & SME development, life cycle dynamics of firm growth, competitiveness & productivity, economic, investment and industrial policies, skills development and multinational corporate strategies.  Alexandar received his tertiary education (Bachelor of Arts with Honors- Second Upper) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1990. He received his Masters in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics in 1996 and attended the INSEAD International Business Management Programme in 2003.

Louise Blake

Louise Blake

Head of Data, Tajawal and Almosafer

Abdessamad Aqdim

Abdessamad Aqdim

Head of Data Science, Analytics & Insights, Middle East Broadcasting Center

Marketing leader and data evangelist, Abdessamad has 15+ years in leadership roles within MENA region in Telecoms & Media broadcasting industries. Previously Orange, Oredoo and now MBC group, Abdessamad is fundamentally, passionate about driving business opportunities through the use of information and artificial intelligence (AI). 



Consistently drove business innovation to stay ahead of the game. Expert in big data, Analytics, data governance and data science. Abdessamad has always found effective ways of monetizing data, deliver value propositions to outsmart competition and defend market/value share.

Joel Farvault

Joel Farvault

Head of Data, AXA Insurance

Joel Farvault was appointed as Head of Regional Architecture, Data and Innovation in August 2015. In his role, he is responsible for leading the data team, which includes data engineers, data scientists and Business Intelligence (BI) experts, in addition to defining and implementing data and IT strategies.

With nearly a decade of experience in the insurance industry, Joel joined AXA in 2012 as the Head of Architecture, IT Strategy and Innovation for the Life & Savings business line, where he was responsible for defining and implementing AXA’s IT strategy, in addition to defining Data Strategy and Smart Data solutions.

Prior to this, he worked at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB CA), BNP Paribas and Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB). Joel also worked with National Center for Scientific Research as a software engineer, Mega International as a consultant, and at Societe Francaise de Radiotelephonie (SFR) as an application developer, making him an expert in the IT field.

Joel holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (French University) in Paris, France. As a native of France, Joel’s first language is French, in addition to being a fluent English and Italian speaker.

Mohamed Tahoon

Mohamed Tahoon

BI Developer and Visualization Lead, Dubizzle

Mohamed Tahoon was born and raised in Egypt, he studied business informatics in the German University in Cairo and graduated in 2013.

Mohamed moved to Dubai two years ago to join dubizzle. He was previously working for Teradata one of the biggest data solutions provide in the world; As he became specialized in the field of data visualization and reporting. Through out his years of experience he helped a lot of companies to extract insights out of data and transform it into measurable business results through better decision making. Currently Mohamed is managing the main reporting system of dubizzle across all platforms web, mobile... etc in order make data reachable for all business users as fast as possible.

(Ghana)shyama Mahanty

(Ghana)shyama Mahanty

Senior Director, Global Data Science, CEMEA, VISA

Budoor Al-Amoudi

Budoor Al-Amoudi

Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Jumeirah Group

Shafique Ibrahim

Shafique Ibrahim

Group Head of IT, Al Fardan Group

Shafique is the Head of Group IT, responsible for the overall IT Operations and spearheads digital transformation at Al Fardan Group, a renowned family business in the Gulf region active in the Forex, Remittance business, Financial Services, Jewels and precious stones and Real Estate Development. With over 17 years of experience across innovative payment solutions, cross border remittances, IT infrastructure, Cyber security and Ecommerce, a professional who seamlessly cuts across technology and business verticals to combine the key aspects of both. Delivering IT projects combined with natural business acumen to provide leadership on critical growth initiatives within payment industry. Shafique holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology with various other IT industry certifications.

Abhijit Sharma

Abhijit Sharma

Assistant Vice President, Landmark Group

Abhijit Sharma is an experienced analytics professional with more than 10 years of work experience in US, Middle East and India. In his current role as Sr. Manager (Analytics) at Landmark Group, he is responsible for analytics solution implementation like Demand Forecasting, Markdown optimization, Customer Value Management, etc. He joined Landmark group in Nov 2014 as the first member of analytics team and has led the team growth to 50+ members supporting all brands of Landmark group in Middle East and India. Previous to his current role, he was leading the in-house development of various algorithms in Merchandising and Supply Chain Analytics for US retailer – Target. He has a Masters degree in Economics and has completed an executive course on Operations Research from University of Minnesota (US).

Bahaa' Awartany

Bahaa' Awartany

Head of Business Intelligence - Personal Banking Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Safdar Hussain

Safdar Hussain

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

Overview

  • Currently working as Lead Data Scientist (Financial Crime Analytics) at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, UAE
  • Have over 19 years of experience in Data Science, Advanced Analytics, Operational Excellence and PMO.
  • Extremely passionate in Data Science Arena

Worked in organizations like

  • GE (General Electric Co, USA) as Lean Sigma Master Black Belt & PMO Head
  • Etisalat (UAE) as Service Delivery Manager
  • Samsung Electronics (South Korea & GCC) as Head of PMO/Analytics

Education

  • Bachelors of Engineering Degree (in Computer Science), University of Mysore, India
  • Masters of Technology Degree (in Data Science) from Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad), India
  • Masters in Management Degree from University of Oxford (Said Business School), United Kingdom.
  • Executive-PGP from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), India

Certifications

  • Project Management Professional (PMI)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (American Society of Quality)
  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt (General Electric Co)
  • Transformation Leader (ILM)
  • Certified Business Analytics (Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
  • Lean Leader (Lean Enterprise Institute)
  • Process Miner (TU/e, Netherlands)
  • Managing Successful Programmes (APMG)
  • ITIL V3 Expert (APMG)
  • eTOM (Expert Level)

Papers Presented

  • "Projects are always within schedule - Flaws in Earned Value Management"  (University of Oxford, UK)
  • "Subjective Risk Management - Biggest Risk in projects" (University of Oxford, UK)

Fadi Salem

Fadi Salem

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

Fadi Salem is the Research Fellow, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG); Fellow with the I+I Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (LKYSPP); and, a former Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). His areas of expertise include new models of governance and citizen engagement, and their impact on social development, including ICT and reform, e-government, social media and citizen participation in the Arab region.


Fadi has over ten years of multidisciplinary working experience in public sector, media and research fields. He has been involved in numerous projects with government and private sector entities in the Arab region, as well as with international organizations, including the OECD, United Nations, WEF, World Bank and the European Commission. Prior to joining DSG, he worked in The Executive Office, where he advised senior government leaders in Dubai. He also previously worked as an editor of two pan-Arab publications.


Fadi is a graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the School of Engineering, Aleppo University. He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed publications and media, and co-author of several proceedings and books, including the Arab Social Media Report series and the recently published “From Electronic Government to Information Government” book in Arabic. Fadi is a frequent speaker in international conferences, and comments in the media regularly on governance, technology and current Arab affairs.

Alessandro Casuccio

Alessandro Casuccio

Customer and Marketing Analytics Lead, Careem

Kathy Shen

Kathy Shen

Founder of HarirData, Associate Professor in Information Systems, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Dr Kathy Ning Shen is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She obtained her Master of Philosophy and PhD degrees in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong, and her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Information Management from Peking University in China. Prior to joining UOWD, she was an Assistant Professor and the Chairperson of Management Information System Department at Abu Dhabi University.  
 
Her teaching style is quite flexible in pedagogical methods in order to accommodate different levels of students, ranging from undergraduate students to doctoral level students, and students with different knowledge backgrounds. She brings her rich research and industrial experiences to the classroom and always encourages students to be creative and critical.
 
Her main research areas include digital marketing, human-computer interaction, IT adoption, and knowledge management. She has published more than 70 refereed journals and conference articles and her work has appeared in top refereed journals such as Information & Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Communications of the ACM, Behaviour and Information Technology, and top conferences in the field, e.g., International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS). Currently she is serving as Senior Editor for Information Systems Journal, one of top journals in information systems field and as Guest Editors for several special issues.  
 
Her research has been funded by Emirates Foundation, National Research Foundation and UOWD Research Grant, and Educational Strategies Development Fund (ESDF) at University of Wollongong in Australia. Her current research and consulting interest is using big data for business analytics.

Eiman Al Shammari

Eiman Al Shammari

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

Dr. Dhrupad Mathur

Dr. Dhrupad Mathur

Associate Professor in IT Management, S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai UAE

Dr. Dhrupad Mathur works as Associate Professor in IT Management Area with S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai UAE since 2008. Within this tenure he has served in various administrative positions including the Director of Industry Projects from year 2008 to 2016, as Assistant Dean of the Executive MBA program during 2016-2017 and thereafter as Deputy Director - Faculty Management till date.

With about 18 years of professional experience in ICT education, policy and consulting, Dr. Mathur is a Science graduate with MBA and a master's degree in Public Administration. His Doctorate degree is in the area of e-Business Transformations, from JNVU India (Ph.D, 2004).

He has been a United Nations Fellow for the Working Group on Internet Governance (UNO Geneva, 2005) and has also served in the Strategy Council of the UN GAID (Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, NY, 2009–11). He was recognized as ‘Emerging Leaders of the Digital World’ by Diplo Foundation Geneva (2007). He has worked on e-Government policy for the Govt. of India in the capacity of Senior Consultant for the National e-Governance Plan, at the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India, New Delhi(2005-08). At SP Jain, his specialist subjects include: E-Business, E-Government and Disruptive technologies.

Mouwafac Sidaoui

Mouwafac Sidaoui

Professor, Department Chair of Business Analytics, University of San Francisco, California, USA.

 

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17-18 April 2018

Atlantis, The Palm
Dubai, UAE

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