Smart Data 2020 Dubai

26-27 October 2020
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE


Summit Agenda

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» Day 1 - 26th October 2020

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Day 1 - 26th October 2020
08:15 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:20

Opening Ceremony

09:20 - 09:25


09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Remarks


Abboud Ghanem, RVP, Middle East & Africa, Alteryx

Abboud Ghanem
09:30 - 09:50

Customer Engagement through Robotics and AI Powered Chatbots

  • Influence of chatbots in enhancing customer experience and evolution of chatbots through AI
  • Adopting AI for network management within the telecom sector
  • To enhance customer engagement- Robotics the new future


Nick Hough-Robbins, Chief Data Officer, Royal Dutch Shell - United Kingdom

Nick Hough-Robbins
09:50 - 10:10

What wave of Digital Transformation are you on?

  • How are individuals and companies advancing their analytic capabilities?
  • What best practices are emerging to deliver true value?
  • Who will deliver the next wave of transformation in businesses?

Alan Jacobson, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Alteryx, Inc.

Alan Jacobson
10:10 - 10:30

Data Valorization: How to Create New Revenue Streams Unlocking the Value of your Data?

  • Understanding the market demand to identify valorization opportunities
  • The journey: How to make it happen?
  • Exploring real cases in the Middle East

Marcelo Kekligian, EY Partner, Big Data & Analytics, Ernst & Young

Marcelo Kekligian
10:30 - 10:50

The Rise Of Event Streaming – Why Apache Kafka Changes Everything?


Business digitalization covers trends like microservices, the Internet of Things or Machine Learning. This is driving the need to process events at a whole new scale, speed and efficiency. Traditional solutions like ETL / data integration or messaging are not build to serve these needs.
Today, the open source project Apache Kafka is being used by thousands of companies including over 60% of the Fortune 100. These companies power and innovate their businesses by focusing their data strategies around event-driven architectures leveraging event streaming. We will discuss the market and technology changes that have given rise to Kafka and to event-driven architectures. The audience learns the key aspects of building a platform for stream processing with Kafka. Examples of productive use cases from the automotive, manufacturing and transportation sector will showcase the power of event streaming

Simon Leigh, System Engineering Manager, Confluent

Simon Leigh
10:50 - 11:10

DataOps: Right data, Right place, Right time

  • An iterative data management practice that brings Agile principles from DevOps to data by improving the cross-functional communication, integration and data flow automation between data stakeholders.
  • Why DataOps?
  • DataOps themes; DataOps for Analytics, DataOps for Governance, DataOps for Operations Agility

11:10 - 11:30

Data Privacy, Trust & Experience – An Overview from a Middle Eastern Perspective

  • Has the arrival of GDPR really brought about an impact in how we use data in the Middle East?
  • Establishing ground rules on using VPNs in the region – bringing about data privacy with encrypted & secure data
  • Big Data Security – Overview of data & IT governance policies

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:20

Advanced Analytics & Big Data – Transforming Business Models Across Industries

  • Unfolding the main parameters of advanced analytics: data mining, big data and predictive data analytics
  • Business intelligence vs advanced analytics - where business intelligence ends, advanced analytics begins
  • What are the most important parameters to consider when implementing an advanced analytics strategy?

Ameya Karvir, Vice President, Data Science & Analytics, Discovery Inc - USA

Ameya Karvir
12:20 - 12:40

Keeping your business running smoothly in the state of flux: how Cloud helps you stay flexible and safe in today’s rapidly changing world

  • Implementing robust and cost effective information and data management processes and systems
  • Monitoring global events and generating actionable analytics for rapid and strategic decision making
  • Utilizing advanced collaboration and communication tools beyond the physical office and geographical borders
  • Building a sustainable culture that guarantees best customer and employee experience while ensuring safety, security, and profitability

Ali Shabdar, Regional Director - MEA, Zoho Corporation

Ali Shabdar
12:40 - 13:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: The Evolving Role of CXOs in Embracing Data Analytics for Business Transformation

  • Understanding the evolving prominence of this specialized role to drive data & analytics within an organization
  • Taking responsibility for data privacy, data governance, data quality and data lifecycle – creating business value and opening new avenue for business growth
  • Data management - Opportunities and challenges in the Middle East

Bartosz Pietruszka, Chief Data Officer & Head of Analytics, HSBC
Frederik Bisbjerg, Chief Digital Acceleration Officer, Noor Takaful
Partha Banerjee, Chief Information Officer, Safeer Group Of Companies
Piyush Chowhan, Chief Information Officer, Lulu Group International
Rahul Arya, Managing Partner (MENA) - Strategy Consulting, Data Science and AI, Artefact Middle East & Africa FZ-LLC
Vittorio Barraja, Chief Data Officer, The Carlyle Group
Youmna Borghol, Chief Data Officer, Choueiri Group

Bartosz Pietruszka Frederik Bisbjerg Partha Banerjee Piyush Chowhan Rahul Arya Vittorio Barraja Youmna Borghol
13:20 - 13:40

Big Data AI – The New Oil or Unappeasable Anarchist?

  • Has big data hit the dead end or are we at the brink of a new age with big data AI?
  • The impact of AI & social responsibility – What are the positives & negatives?
  • Can AI be the game changer? Fulfilling the incomplete destiny of big data & big content in driving insight

13:40 - 14:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: Exploring Data Governance in the Era of Big Data

  • Using the right mitigation tools while building the data governance structure to minimize the risk
  • Challenges associated with data governance and how to deal with them?
  • Setting up the data governance framework around Dubai Data initiative


Ahmad Yousef Tarawneh, Senior Consultant Digital Transformation, Dubai Police
Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Abu Dhabi Police
Jaymin Darbari, Head of Data Governance & BI, Abu Dhabi - Department of Culture and Tourism
Khaled Abou Samak, Head of Data Science and Information, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Latifa Saleh AlShehhi, Head of Smart Data Section, Federal Competitiveness and Regulatory Authority
Mats Carrgard, Senior Vice President, Business Performance, Virgin Mobile
Osama Elhassan, Head of e-Health Section, Dubai Health Authority

Ahmad Yousef Tarawneh Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi Jaymin Darbari Khaled Abou Samak Latifa Saleh AlShehhi Mats Carrgard Osama Elhassan
14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:00


Day 2 - 27th October 2020
09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Bringing Digital Innovation To Life Through The Power of Data & New Tech

  • The gaps and opportunities in the data management and making the best of it within airlines
  • Rethinking the organizational charts in the era of digitization; the emergence of new roles, or departments in the organization – like data science, analytics experts and innovation hubs
  • How to introduce innovation across the organization and using the power of open innovation ecosystem?

Serdar Gürbüz, SVP | Digital Innovation and Analytics Solutions, Turkish Airlines - Turkey

Serdar Gürbüz
10:00 - 10:20

Delivering Analytics Based on Business Needs

As the world of data and analytics evolves towards more democratized analytics with higher data volumes in more diverse formats, many organizations are struggling to combine all of their data and deliver it to all of their users. This is largely due to the previous paradigm of infrastructure driven analytics systems with arbitrary limitations. You'll walk away with an understanding of:

  • The most important modern data trends
  • The challenges that these trends present to infrastructure-driven analytics teams
  • The opportunities that a business-needs driven cloud data platform can enable


Mohamed Zouari, Sales Director MEA, Snowflake

Mohamed Zouari
10:20 - 10:40

Three Dimensions of Data as a Service

  • How strategic decision making, which relies on multiple perspectives such as social and economic factors, requires combining internal and external data?
  • How data virtualization can overcome the challenges of Data as a Service in the three dimensions?
  • How to connect data silos, and enable pre-built and packaged analytics for end-users?

Alexey Sidorov, Data Management Director, Chief Evangelist, Denodo

Alexey Sidorov
10:40 - 11:00

Banking Intelligence – How SMART Applied Data Analytics is Driving the Business Decisions & Transformation in Banking Industry

  • About Riyad Bank’s Data Science & Analytics setup
  • Banking Industry: Traditional vs. new challenges and needs
  • Applied Data Analytics for SMART banking intelligence
  • How can Data Science respond to key Banking questions
  • Top-of-Mind Analytics framework for Banking Industry
  • Predictive Analytics & Banks’ profitability

Adil Belhouari, Senior Vice President, Head of Data Science, BI & Analytics, Riyad Bank - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Adil Belhouari
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:10

Interactive Panel Discussion – The Impact of Big Data Analytics in E-Commerce

  • Using analytics to understand shopping patterns & building better consumer targeted strategies – do predictive intelligence solutions give you the right returns?
  • Improving customer service – can data analytics help with identifying key issues at your online store?
  • Data driven product R&D coupled with an enhanced dynamic pricing strategy

Antonello Supino, Head of Business Intelligence, AMEA, Dubizzle
Dr. Ehsan Ullah Warriach, Director of Data Science, Vezeeta
Jonathan Flender, Head of Digital,
Louise Blake, VP Data, Seera Group
Neha Sood, Vice President of Online Ordering, Zomato
Stuart Hayes, VP - Data, Property Finder
Vishal Anand, Head Of Information Technology, Dubai Retail

Antonello Supino Dr. Ehsan Ullah Warriach Jonathan Flender Louise Blake Neha Sood Stuart Hayes Vishal Anand
12:10 - 12:30

Best Practices to Institutionalize Analytics

  • Top reasons why companies are not able to generate tangible ROI from their analytics projects / initiatives
  • Best practices to institutionalize and scale analytics within your organization
  • Measuring analytics maturity and designing a strategy to move up the curve

Swapnil Srivastava, Global Head of Data Analytics, Evalueserve

Swapnil Srivastava
12:30 - 13:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Engaging the Big Data & Analytics Tool-Kit in the Banking Industry – Exploring Opportunities to Strategize, Commercialize & Innovate

  • Building the empire of personalized services on the foundation of data analytics: using digital banking to acquire customer-centric data
  • Using big-data analytics & AI to drive customer insights and data-driven product offerings
  • Big data analytics can enhance cybersecurity and reduce risks but does working with larger data sets translate to a greater threat?


Bahaa' Awartany, SVP & Head of Business Analytics & Decision Support - Personal Banking Group, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Boris Bialek, Head of Innovation for Europe, Middle East and Africa, MongoDB
Kartik Iyer, Lead – Data Engineering, Arab Bank
Muhammed Raza Jessani, SVP. Head of Strategic Planning & Business Analytics, Dubai Islamic Bank
Pranay Sharma, AVP - Head of Customer Analytics, Emirates Islamic Bank
Sachin Bansal, Head of Segments, Loyalty and Assets, National Bank of Oman - Oman
Syed Mohammad Ali Naqvi, Head of Analytics, Data & IT Governance, Al Hilal Bank

Bahaa' Awartany Boris Bialek Kartik Iyer Muhammed Raza Jessani Pranay Sharma Sachin Bansal Syed Mohammad Ali Naqvi
13:10 - 13:30

A Burgeoning Affair: Machine Learning Engines & The Global Sports Gaming Industry


Developments in Artificial Intelligence, particularly those within the subfield of Machine Learning, are revolutionizing virtually every industry on the planet. The global sports gaming industry, especially after the United States' repeal of PASPA in 2018, is ripe for disruption. Exponential increases in the ability to collect, distribute, and analyze sports-related data have led to an influx of top engineers entering the space. This presentation will focus on some of the principal ways in which Machine Learning is revolutionizing the industry, ranging from oddsmaking and risk management to fraud detection and responsible gaming implementations. It will also offer attendees thought-provoking questions regarding ways in which the deployment of AI could go awry.


Lloyd Danzig, Chairman & Founder, International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence – USA

Lloyd Danzig
13:30 - 14:10

Panel discussion: The Power of Personalization - Converting Buyers to Passionate Brand Advocates

  • Has the power of personalization surpassed the other two P’s – product & price?
  • Personalized (CX) Customer Experiences – How can studying buyer habits help?
  • Acquiring & holding on to customers by building brand loyalty – how analytics can lend you new tricks to leave up your sleeve

Antonio Ricciardi, SVP Consumer Intelligence & Engagement, Etisalat
Kartik Bhatt, Head Retail ( Strategy , Operations & Marketing), Adventure HQ
Pablo Durante, Chief Marketing Officer, AWOK
Peter Moen, General Manager, ekar
Rami Zahran, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Saudi German Hospitals
Rohit Jaiswal, Chief Operating Officer, Dabur International Ltd.
Seham Elbehissy, Digital & Connected Cars General Manager, Groupe Renault

Antonio Ricciardi Kartik Bhatt Pablo Durante Peter Moen Rami Zahran Rohit Jaiswal Seham Elbehissy
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:50


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26-27 October 2020

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE



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