Smart Data 2018 Dubai

17-18 April 2018
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

Speakers

Younus Al Nasser |
Younus Al Nasser

Assistant Director General Smart Dubai Office

Alejandro Carbon |
Alejandro Carbon

CEO Beam

Anshul Srivastav |
Anshul Srivastav

Chief Information Officer Union Insurance

Ajay Rathi |
Ajay Rathi

Chief Information Officer Meraas holding

Sebastian Samuel |
Sebastian Samuel

Chief Information Officer AW Rostamani Group

David Ashford |
David Ashford

CIO The Entertainer

Delel Chaabouni |
Delel Chaabouni

CIO - Middle East & North Africa PepsiCo

Kumar Prasoon |
Kumar Prasoon

Group Chief Information Officer Al Safeer Group

Maha Muraish |
Maha Muraish

VP - Data Monetization Etisalat

Hussam Juma Mohammed |
Hussam Juma Mohammed

Director of Service Innovation Department and Innovation Team Leader Dubai Customs

Dirk Jungnickel |
Dirk Jungnickel

SVP - Business Analytics Du

Louise Blake |
Louise Blake

Head of Data Tajawal

Alessandro Casuccio |
Alessandro Casuccio

Head of Business Intelligence & Analytics Careem

Joel Farvault |
Joel Farvault

Head of Data AXA Insurance

Antonello Supino |
Antonello Supino

Head of Business Intelligence Dubizzle

Mike Lovett |
Mike Lovett

Lead Architect - Enterprise Information Architecture Etihad Aviation Group

Ali Hosny |
Ali Hosny

Head of CRM, Data & Analytics Al Futtaim

Shailesh Jain |
Shailesh Jain

Head of Analytics Landmark Group

Ghana Mahanty |
Ghana Mahanty

Senior Director, Head Decision Analytics, CEMEA VISA

Prakriti Singh |
Prakriti Singh

Vice President Mastercard Labs Lead – MEA Mastercard

Prajith Prabhakaran Nayar |
Prajith Prabhakaran Nayar

Director / CDO Al Tayyar Travel Group

Alexandar Williams |
Alexandar Williams

Director, Future Economy - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector Dubai Economy

Jetendra Bujraj
Jetendra Bujraj

Technology & Innovation Services Manager Etihad Airways

Shafique Ibrahim |
Shafique Ibrahim

Group Head of IT Al Fardan Group

Abhijit Sharma |
Abhijit Sharma

Sr. Manager - Analytics CoE Landmark Group

Bahaa' Awartany |
Bahaa' Awartany

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

Safdar Hussain |
Safdar Hussain

Lead Data Scientist - Financial Crime Analytics Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Fadi Salem |
Fadi Salem

Research Fellow, Innovation and Future Government Group Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Abdessamad Aqdim |
Abdessamad Aqdim

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

Maher Shirah |
Maher Shirah

Acting Director Information Technology Roads and Transport Authority

Youmna Borghol |
Youmna Borghol

Head of Data Choueiri Group

Kathy Shen
Kathy Shen

Associate Professor in Information Systems University of Wollongong in Dubai

Younus Al Nasser

Younus Al Nasser

Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai Office

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

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.
 

Ajay Rathi

Ajay Rathi

Chief Information Officer, Meraas holding

Ajay Rathi, currently heads the Information Technology department of Meraas Holding. Meraas is pioneering several initiatives in various macroeconomic sectors including tourism, leisure, real estate, hospitality, healthcare and asset management. As, Director of IT he is responsible for building and maintaining a highly available, scalable and centralized IT infrastructure and build applications to meet the growing requirement of the organization. Before joining Meraas Holding, he was Head of IT infrastructure at DAMAC Holding and have also worked for 14 years in various positions at Indian Oil Corporation.

He has Master of Engineer and Bachelor of Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India. He is leveraging private and public cloud to provide agility and flexibility to the business.

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

CIO, 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 12.5 million ‘buy one get one free’ offers on their phones. Innovation, digital enhancements and social media initiatives continue to drive the company’s vision and development. 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 large 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 Telecom, Cadbury’s, Coca Cola, Electronic Arts, Hewlett Packard, Net-A-Porter, Oracle, Renault, Virgin and Warner Brothers, British American Tobacco. 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.

Delel Chaabouni

Delel Chaabouni

CIO - Middle East & North Africa, PepsiCo

Delel Chaabouni is the Chief Information Officer for the Middle East & North Africa region at PepsiCo.

Delel joined PepsiCo in 2011 as Business Solutions Director for Middle East & North Africa region, progressing to Chief Information Officer in 2013.

As Chief Information Officer for Middle East & North Africa, Delel leads the business and information solutions transformation agenda for the region. She is responsible for delivering new IT capabilities for increased productivity and enabling business growth.

Prior to joining PepsiCo six years ago, Delel worked for 13 years in consulting successfully delivering and turning around major international business transformation, IT implementation and digital programs.

She started her career working for Hewlett Packard in Germany as a consultant and Project Manager for SAP implementation projects in the FMCG, ICT, Telecommunications and Government industries across Europe and Latin America. She has built up her extensive knowledge in this field through subsequent roles at KPMG in the UAE as an Executive Consultant leading ERP implementation and IT Shared Services projects for the Government of Dubai.

In the six years prior to joining PepsiCo, Delel held Director-level positions at Dubai World Trade Centre, as Director of IT Projects and latterly, CRM Director, during which she set up and led the CRM and Digital Strategy Unit for the Exhibitions Department. In this role Delel lead the online and CRM business for iconic exhibitions like the Gulfood, the biggest foods exhibitions in the Middle East, and Gitex, the biggest IT exhibition in the Middle East.

Delel holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and an MBA from the Exportakademie Reutlingen in Germany. She is fluent in six languages and has worked in four different continents: Africa, Europe, Asia and America.

Delel is also a passionate executive coach, ACC accredited by the International Coaching Federation, ORSC trained in team and relationship coaching as well as a HOGAN certified coach. She coaches PepsiCo Executives as well as leadership teams additionally to her day job. Whenever her time permits, she also coaches people outside of the PepsiCo organisation, helping people to identify their potential and turn it into high performance.

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.

Maha Muraish

Maha Muraish

VP - Data Monetization, 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.

Hussam Juma Mohammed

Hussam Juma Mohammed

Director of Service Innovation Department and Innovation Team Leader, Dubai Customs

He is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science and he has a Master Degree in Computer Science. His area of the expertise is Enterprise Architecture, Service Innovation, Business Transformation, Capability Management and Process Modeling. He is a Certified EFQM Assessor, Certified Assessor Dubai Government Excellence Program, Certified Six Sigma from Harrington Institute – USA. He is also Certified in Business Process Management & Improvement (BPM), aCertified Chief Innovation Officer (CInO), Authorized Innovation Assessor (AInA) and a Certified Innovation Strategist (CInS) from Global Innovation Institute (GII) – USA. Hussam is a TOGAF Practitioner (Enterprise Architecture) and Certified COBIT 5.

The tenaciousness and ambitious nature of Hussam Juma as the Director of Enterprise Architecture and Service Innovation has led to many success stories in establishing competitive advantage. Hussam is a senior level professional having worked across various industries in both the public and private sector. His 19+ years professional experience spans business and IT transformation, service innovation, strategic decision support and more. In his 10 years tenure at Dubai Customs he has applied his extensive knowledge in leveraging Enterprise Architecture to align enterprise capabilities with corporate strategic objectives. His contributions were critical to the transformation of the organization through implementing the practices of Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Management as well as Innovation Management. He owns the Enterprise Connected View, which is considered the holistic source of truth connecting all aspects of Dubai Customs.

Hussam’s contributions were recognized by top organizations such as Forrester for Enterprise Capability, The Open Group for the Enterprise Connected View, Zachman-International for Business Transformation, ICMG for Enterprise Architecture as well as the United Nations. Recently he was awarded The President’s Award in the category Outstanding Innovation by The Open Group.

Hussam Stands out as a significant contributor to the discipline of Enterprise Architecture. He is a positive example for others and has demonstrated a key role in the success of Dubai Customs’ Enterprise Transformation journey.

Hussam has been chosen by the Dubai Government Executive Council to lead Dubai Customs’ Innovation Team. Through his continuous improvements to products and services offered by Dubai Customs where he contributed to revenue increases, cost savings, efficiency gains, customer satisfaction and trust, thereby enhancing Dubai’s competitiveness as a country and accelerating the adoption of Smart Governance. He is also an Innovation Leader at the Dubai level where he is a major contributor to establishing a standard for Service Excellence at the government level. He is the Dubai Customs ambassador for transforming the organization to the One Government vision by leading the Smart Government Transformation.

Hussam has been honored as:

  • “Distinguished Administrative/Financial Employee” at Dubai Government level
  • “Top CIO-Government” in the Catalyst Award 2016 and 2017
  • “Innovation and Excellence in Enterprise Architecture” The Open Group
  • “Emiratis on the Paths of Excellence” Award
  • “Global Chief Architect” Award by ICMG

Hussam has taken part as an assessor in conducting assessments for:

  • Sharjah Economic Excellence Network
  • Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance

Hussam has also published many scientific articles internationally:

  • Hussam Juma, Ibrahim Kamel, and L. Kaya, “ON PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF SENSOR DATA”, The 15th
  • IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems, August 2008, Malta.
  • Hussam Juma, Kamel I., and Kaya L. “WATERMARKING SENSOR DATA FOR PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY”, In
  • The 5th International Conference on Innovation in Information Technology, Al-Ain, UAE, December 2008.
  • H. Juma, Kamel, I.. SIMPLIFIED WATERMARKING SCHEME FOR SENSOR NETWORKS. INT. J. INTERNET PROTOC. TECHNOL. INDERSCI. 2010, 5, PAGE RANGE.
  • H. Juma, Kamel, I.. SECURE DELIVERY OF DATA IN WSN. INT. J. International Conference On Sensor Network, Rome, Italy, FEB 2012.

Dirk Jungnickel

Dirk Jungnickel

SVP - Business Analytics, Du

Dr. Dirk Jungnickel is a senior vice president heading the central Business Analytics and Big Data function of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), which integrates data warehousing, big data platforms, BI tools, data governance, business intelligence, and advanced analytics capabilities.

Following an academic career in theoretical physics, with more than seven years of postdoctoral research, he has spent 17 years in telecommunications. A seasoned telecommunications executive, Dirk has held a variety of roles in international firms, including senior IT and IT architecture roles, various program management and business intelligence positions, the head of corporate PMO, and an associate partner with a global management and strategy consulting firm.

Louise Blake

Louise Blake

Head of Data, Tajawal

Alessandro Casuccio

Alessandro Casuccio

Head of Business Intelligence & Analytics, Careem

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.

Antonello Supino

Antonello Supino

Head of Business Intelligence, Dubizzle

Antonello is Head of Business Intelligence for the Middle East and Africa at dubizzle, an OLX company recognized as the leading classified global platform owned by the Naspers group. Prior to that, he had worked in various industries like online gaming, gambling, banking and insurance for such organisations as IBM in Italy and Gamesys in the UK to name a few. Antonello holds Masters’ degree in Computer Engineering and Master in Business Administration. In over twelve years of experience working with data helping businesses to make the right decisions, Antonello has been exposed to a wide variety of platforms and technologies spanning from the mainframe to the cloud with big data and data science applications. In last years Antonello has been leading data-driven initiatives using Agile BI methodologies.

Mike Lovett

Mike Lovett

Lead Architect - Enterprise Information Architecture, Etihad Aviation Group

Ali Hosny

Ali Hosny

Head of CRM, Data & Analytics, Al Futtaim

Ali received his B.S. in Business from Alexandria University, Egypt. Following graduation, he had the opportunity to develop his international experience in Marketing across different industries, including Automotive, IT, and Retail. He gained working experience in various countries in the Middle East, USA, and Canada.

Ali had a long and wonderful journey with IKEA, lastly as the Regional Catalogue and Loyalty Manager with IKEA – Al Futtaim for the UAE, Qatar, and Egypt.

Currently, he is the Assistant General Manager – Al Futtaim Digital Retailing, Heading the CRM, Data & Analytics function.

Shailesh Jain

Shailesh Jain

Head of Analytics, Landmark Group

Ghana Mahanty

Ghana Mahanty

Senior Director, Head Decision Analytics, CEMEA, VISA

Prakriti Singh

Prakriti Singh

Vice President Mastercard Labs Lead – MEA, Mastercard

Prajith Prabhakaran Nayar

Prajith Prabhakaran Nayar

Director / CDO, Al Tayyar Travel Group

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.

Jetendra Bujraj

Jetendra Bujraj

Technology & Innovation Services Manager, Etihad Airways

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

Sr. Manager - Analytics CoE, 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

Lead Data Scientist - Financial Crime Analytics, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Fadi Salem

Fadi Salem

Research Fellow, Innovation and Future Government Group, 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.

Abdessamad Aqdim

Abdessamad Aqdim

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

Maher Shirah

Maher Shirah

Acting Director Information Technology, Roads and Transport Authority

Youmna Borghol

Youmna Borghol

Head of Data, Choueiri Group

Passionate media, data, advertising, and technology executive with balance of strategic thinking and leadership and hands on operational experience across the advertising industry. Over 10 years of business experience with a solid background in data and marketing analytics and a PhD in social media analytics.

Youmna started her career at National ICT Australia as a Data Scientist specializing in data, analytics and predictive models for social media. She then moved to Mediacom Australia as the Director of Business Science, focusing on data-driven marketing and communications strategies to solve real business objectives for advertisers. Today, she heads the Data department at Choueiri Group; where I oversee all aspects of the data team and data-related product solutions on both the buy and sell sides.

Kathy Shen

Kathy Shen

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.

 

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