15-16 April 2019
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

Summit Agenda

Day 1 - 15th April 2019

08:20 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

H.E. Mohammad Hassan, Executive Director - National Statistics and Data Sector, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority

H.E. Mohammad Hassan

09:45 - 09:50

Welcome Address by Platinum Sponsor

Sameer Areff, Chief Operating Officer, ME South, SAP

Sameer Areff

09:50 - 10:10

Data & AI at Scale – Building an Immersive Data Function

  • Delivering business value with data-driven solutions
  • Improving processes with new methods, technologies and quality data
  • Empowering the organization with relevant knowledge and skills

Walid Mehanna, Head - Data & Analytics, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler AG

Walid Mehanna

10:10 - 10:40

The Opportunity Behind Data-driven New Business Models

  • Thriving and even surviving in the age of digital economy requires organizations to reimagine new ways of doing business
  • Utilizing the proliferation of data combined with new technologies such as AI, ML, IoT, predictive analytics and cloud
  • Companies use such technology to build new cross-industry business models that leverage value networks and multi-channel access to address complete new markets and secure future revenues

Dr. Hichem Maya, Head - Industries Digital Transformation - EMEA, SAP

Dr. Hichem Maya

10:40 - 11:00

Smart Data in the Age of Blockchain

  • Blockchain can improve data quality and provide crowd wisdom and predictive analytics
  • Derisking of platforms by taking back control of personal data
  • Personalizing data without compromising user experience or privacy

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Blockchain Center

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

11:00 - 11:20

Surviving the Half Life of the Enterprise

  • Describing the data challenges organizations face
  • Challenging the technologies available to win in digital transformation
  • Techniques for building a data and analytics culture

Dean Stoecker, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Alteryx

Dean Stoecker

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

Panel Discussion: Power of Personalization: Key to a Successful Business

  • Personalizing data leads to increase in customer engagement, how can marketers leverage this information?
  • Personalization- where to stop?
  • Building trust with customers to ensure data security

Dikdyuti Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Talabat
Flavio Leoni, VP Global Sales - Middle East & Africa, AccorHotels
Mats Carrgard, SVP Business Performance - MEA, Virgin Mobile
Namrata Balwani, Head - Digital Marketing & Analytics, Landmark Group
Rich Cullen, Director, Solutions Architecture – EMEA, MongoDB
Safiuddin Syed, Director - Digital Marketing, Hyatt Hotels Dubai
Sofiane Haddadi, Data Director and Media, L’Oréal Middle East

Dikdyuti Sen
Flavio Leoni
Mats Carrgard
Namrata Balwani
Rich Cullen
Safiuddin Syed
Sofiane Haddadi

12:40 - 13:00

Are you ready for Artificial Intelligence?

  • Explore all the factors involved in the architecture of a deep learning pipeline, focusing on data management and the hybrid cloud approach
  • Future-proof AI infrastructure that can span from the edge to the core to the cloud – with enterprise level data management features combined with GPU compute power
  • Performance & scalability capabilities observed from experimental tests performed in a multi-GPU flash storage-based environment

Hoseb Dermanilian, Industry Solutions Manager AI/ML & Big Data Analytics, EMEA, NetApp

Hoseb Dermanilian

13:00 - 13:20

Using Knowledge Graphs to predict Customer Needs, Improve Product Quality and Save Costs

  • Knowledge Graph represents the single highly connected source of truth for the entire organization
  • Knowledge Graph adds "context" to AI and Machine Learning
  • Knowledge Graph can evolve accordingly to the mutating needs of the company


Alessandro Negro, Chief Scientist, GraphAware

Alessandro Negro

13:20 - 13:40

Your Path to Enterprise AI

  • Why an Enterprise AI strategy is a necessity for many companies
  • The journey to implementing this strategy
  • A maturity model gathered from experiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups

Hylke Visser, Director - Sales and Business Development, Dataiku

Hylke Visser

13:40 - 13:50

The Enterprise Data Cloud - From the Edge to AI

Bruno Mandic, Solutions Engineering, Middle East & Turkey, Cloudera

Bruno Mandic

13:50 - 14:50


14:50 - 15:40

Panel Discussion: Predictive or Prescriptive Analytics: The best fit for the retail industry

  • 2017 was predicted as a retail apocalypse: impact of digital transformation to transform the industry
  • To overcome obstacles - adopting newer technologies to increase growth of the sector?
  • Role of analytics in determining customer engagement and profit margins

Budoor AlAmoudi, Director - Business Intelligence, Jumeirah Group
Dr. Ehsan Ullah Warriach, Chief Data Specialist, Roads and Transport Authority
Guillaume Thfoin, Head - Analytics, Majid Al Futtaim Holding
Ilkka Kivelä, Managing Director - Digital Transformation, Protiviti Middle East
Rajshekhar K, Head - Database & BI, Dubai Duty Free
Saurabh Kapoor, Director - Customer Insights & Analytics, Emaar
Taneesha Mohandas , Head - Strategy and Business Intelligence, Eyewa

Budoor AlAmoudi
Dr. Ehsan Ullah Warriach
Guillaume Thfoin
Ilkka Kivelä
Rajshekhar K
Saurabh Kapoor
Taneesha Mohandas 

15:40 - 16:00

Foundational Transformation: A People and Data Centric Approach

Digitally transforming your organization with a people and data centric culture and ensuring long-term success

Ali Shabdar, Business Development Director - MEA, Zoho Corporation

Ali Shabdar

16:00 - 16:40

Panel Discussion: Cyber Security and Breaches: Inevitable?

  • Complexity of hacks witnessed in UAE over the years
  • Ethical & Unethical hacks: Companies preparedness to cope with them
  • Policies governed to regulate cyber security

Amit Mehta, Director - Regional Head - Security, Mastercard
Barry Cook, Privacy & Group Data Protection Officer, VFS Global
Brian Byagaba, Senior Manager Information Security, Commercial Bank International
Nadine Samra, VP – Digital Business, Zee Entertainment
Noora Al Ahbabi, Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy
Shailesh Mani, Head - IT, Flemingo International
Venu Sriraj, Chief Information Security Officer, UAE Exchange

Amit Mehta
Barry Cook
Brian Byagaba
Nadine Samra
Noora Al Ahbabi
Shailesh Mani
Venu Sriraj

16:40 - 16:50


16:50 - 17:20


Day 2 - 16th April 2019

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Using Data to Make Smarter Marketing Decisions

  • The biggest challenge today is quality of data.
  • Collecting data and looking at how marketers can make smarter marketing decision using better measurement methodologies

Tony Evans, Marketing Science Director - Middle East and Africa and Gaming, Facebook

Tony Evans

10:00 - 10:20

Data Availability for the AI Driven Economy

  • Accelerate your AI projects by converging data from all silos using open standards without data movement
  • Enable augmented intelligence across your organization with human and machine knowledge
  • Unlock enterprise knowledge to all business stakeholders

Soufyen Ben Harzallah, Regional Sales Manager - Emerging Markets, Gemini Data

Soufyen Ben Harzallah

10:20 - 10:40

Using Causal Inference to Answer the most Crucial Business Queries

  • Does marketing increase customer engagement? What is the impact of a product change on user experience? How did a regulatory change influence the marketplace?
  • Many of the most important business questions, such as the ones above, are causal
  • Machine learning and AI have so far not focused on causal questions, but are now catching up very rapidly

Totte Harinen, Senior Data Scientist, Uber – EMEA

Totte Harinen

10:40 - 11:00

Metadata Management: How to Provide Valuable Data for Successful Decisions

  • Data lineage is central to understanding your information ecosystem
  • It helps your business quickly make data-driven decisions for greater success.
  • Get valuable insights on their data assets – what data do you have, how is it defined, where did it come from, how is the quality of the data and where is the data being used.
  • Enable GDRP and BCBS 239 compliance

Kaushik Bagchi, Vice President - Information Management, ASG Technologies

Kaushik Bagchi

11:00 - 11:20

Data Driven Organization: Unlocking the Full Potential of Your Data

  • The data-driven organization puts data and analytics front and center in its business strategy throughout all echelons
  • It differentiates itself from competition by making driven optimization, decision and enhances the engagement of its customers
  • The growth of such organization does happen exponentially. This is what data brings from operation efficiency and enhancement of ROI

Maha Muraish, VP – Data Monetization and Digital Channels, Etisalat

Maha Muraish

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

Panel Discussion: Predictive Analytics driving the E-commerce market

  • E-commerce in the region is set to be worth $48bn by 2022- What is the contribution of predictive analytics in the growth of the industry?
  • How has data insights and consumer behavior lead to developing strategies to grow business?
  • Big Data detects payment laundering; that helps in creating a secured online payment platform

Abhijat Shukla, Founder, ThinkBumblebee Analytics
Akram Assaf, Co - Founder and CTO,
Antonello Supino, Director - Business Intelligence - AMEA, OLX Group
Hasib Khan, CEO and Founder, Udrive
Luca Bozzano, Head - Digital & E-commerce, Wojooh - Chalhoub Group
Nader Amiri, Founder & CEO, el Grocer
Ulugbek Yuldashev, Founder and CEO,

Abhijat Shukla
Akram Assaf
Antonello Supino
Hasib Khan
Luca Bozzano
Nader Amiri
Ulugbek Yuldashev

12:40 - 13:00

Here Come the Robots: How Automation and AI are Re-shaping the Jobs of the Future

  • The impact of technology and how different industries are being disrupted
  • The implications for learning and how we prepare youth for the future
  • How organizations are adapting to attract and retain the talent they need

Ross Maclean, Group Chief Digital Officer, GEMS Education

Ross Maclean

13:00 - 13:50

Panel Discussion: A Fluid Data Strategy

  • The reason for advancement in data – Business Drivers & Tech Enablers?
  • Influence of data analytics and strategy to achieve organizational goals
  • Use of data strategy to compete with known players as well as future disruptors

Hussain Al Fardan, Head - Innovation Centre & Strategy, Dubai Customs
Kenan Atalay, Head - Digital Analytics, Al Tayer
Mike Vessey, Head - Data Governance, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Rahul Arya, Managing Partner, MENA - Strategy Consulting, Data Science and AI, Artefact
Richard Dib, Head - Data Science Activation, Smart Dubai
Tejasvi Addagada, Deputy Vice President – Data Management & Governance, Axis Bank

Hussain Al Fardan
Kenan Atalay
Mike Vessey
Rahul Arya
Richard Dib
Tejasvi Addagada

13:50 - 14:00

Achieving Data Maturity – A Roadmap to Data Management & Governance Maturity

Tejasvi Addagada, Deputy Vice President – Data Management & Governance, Axis Bank

Tejasvi Addagada

14:00 - 14:10

Future Knowledge Partner Address

Dr. Sanjay Modak, Chair of Graduate Programs and Research, Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai

Dr. Sanjay Modak

14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


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