Smart Data Plus 2021

17-18 November 2021
Le Méridien Dubai Conference Centre
United Arab Emirates

#SMDATA

Speakers

H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi
H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi

Executive Director - Digital Data Enabling Sector Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Centre, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs - UAE

Shaikha Hassan Al Mansoori
Shaikha Hassan Al Mansoori

Head of Investment & Strategy - Digital Health Department Ministry of Health and Prevention - UAE

Budoor Al-Amoudi |
Budoor Al-Amoudi

Chief of Data Management Dubai Airport Freezone Authority

Mohamed AlMadhaani |
Mohamed AlMadhaani

Advisor - Technology & Policy Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

Taghrid Al Saeed |
Taghrid Al Saeed

Senior Vice President - Head of Media Intelligence & Innovation Mubadala Group Communications

Latifa Saleh AlShehhi |
Latifa Saleh AlShehhi

Head of Algorithms Analysis & Development Section Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Center, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

Mohamed Abdel-Razek |
Mohamed Abdel-Razek

Regional Chief Information Officer Standard Chartered

Faisal Ali |
Faisal Ali

Group Chief Information Officer Gargash Group

Mostafa Zafer |
Mostafa Zafer

Vice President - Data, AI, Automation & Security MEA IBM

Suraj Nair |
Suraj Nair

Head of IT, MENAP & Customer Digital Lead Mondelēz International

Vishal Soni |
Vishal Soni

Data Evangelist Alteryx

Natalie Fuller |
Natalie Fuller

Head of Data Analytics CAFU

Mohamed El-Shanawany |
Mohamed El-Shanawany

Data, Automation and AI Leader - Middle East & Pakistan IBM

Sridhar K |
Sridhar K

Group Head of Operations Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Samer Semaan |
Samer Semaan

Channel & Alliances Manager Pure Storage

Alexey Sidorov |
Alexey Sidorov

Data Management Director Denodo

Tina Chikhani Nader |
Tina Chikhani Nader

Head of Digital Commerce Unilever MENA

Ammar Alfayoumi |
Ammar Alfayoumi

Senior Solutions Engineer Cloudera

Ahmad El Sayed |
Ahmad El Sayed

Chief Data Scientist, Data & AI IBM

Seham El- Behissy |
Seham El- Behissy

General Manager Digital & Connected Cars - Middle East Groupe Renault

Awis Kilani |
Awis Kilani

Marketing Manager Lucidya

Muzoun Al-Nuaimi |
Muzoun Al-Nuaimi

Director of Reporting and Analytics Jumeirah Group

Prashant Tewari |
Prashant Tewari

Regional Sales Director Acceldata

Celal Kavuklu |
Celal Kavuklu

Director, Customer Advisory - Middle East & Africa SAS

Donald Krol |
Donald Krol

Director - Solutions Consulting EMEA Workato

Dr. Humaid Saif Saeed |
Dr. Humaid Saif Saeed

Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Abu Dhabi Police

Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem |
Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem

CTO, Cloud & Cognitive Technical Executive - MEA IBM

Gino George |
Gino George

Head of Customer Analytics and Intelligence First Abu Dhabi Bank

Haddi Hakim |
Haddi Hakim

Systems Engineer Manager Pure Storage

Frederik Bisbjerg |
Frederik Bisbjerg

Executive Director - Digital & Innovation Daman National Health Insurance Company

Shaily Verma
Shaily Verma

Director‑Data Insights DAMAC Properties

Aliasgar Bohari |
Aliasgar Bohari

Senior Director - IT Zulekha Hospitals

Dr. Hassan Machmouch |
Dr. Hassan Machmouch

Senior IT Consultant Dubai Statistics Center

Frédéric Leroy |
Frédéric Leroy

Chief Technology Officer ArabyAds

Mithil Ajmera |
Mithil Ajmera

Marketing Lead (e-commerce) Danube Homes

Varghese Skariah |
Varghese Skariah

Regional Head of Data RSA Middle East

Awad Ahmed Ali El Siddig |
Awad Ahmed Ali El Siddig

Team Leader, AI & Analytics Adnoc Distribution

Nicola Hobson-Langley |
Nicola Hobson-Langley

Regional Head Analytics & CRM Europe & Middle East, RBWM HSBC

Louise Blake |
Louise Blake

Vice President - Data Seera Group

Mohamed Tarek Fahmy |
Mohamed Tarek Fahmy

Director of Growth & Martech Careem

Dr. Amjed Al.Thuhli |
Dr. Amjed Al.Thuhli

Information Technology Consultant Ministry of Transport, Communications & Information Technology - Oman

Dmitry Menshenin |
Dmitry Menshenin

Business Intelligence Sanofi Greater Gulf

Jonathan Flender |
Jonathan Flender

Head of Ecommerce Multi-Brand Al-Futtaim Group

Anand Venkatasamy |
Anand Venkatasamy

VP - Customer Base Management Etisalat

Mohamed AlTajer |
Mohamed AlTajer

Chairman CMO Council

Ahmed Abdellatief |
Ahmed Abdellatief

Head of Analytics & Intelligence Sidra Medicine

Katral-Nada Hassan |
Katral-Nada Hassan

Head of Product Experience & Innovation YAP

Qasim Abu Hantash |
Qasim Abu Hantash

Senior Specialist Dubai Health Authority

Richard Dib |
Richard Dib

Smart City & Data Advisor Confidential

H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi

H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi

Executive Director - Digital Data Enabling Sector, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Centre, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs - UAE

Al Hashimi is an Emirati Executive Director, who has been recently appointed to the newly formed Digital Data Enabling Sector in January 2021.
Serving the office of the Minister of State (as her first employer before the merger of ECC with the FCSA) for almost a decade, Thuraya has vast experience in Human Resources & Support Services Management. She started her career as a Senior Research Analyst at the Office of the Minister of State in 2012, where she managed and monitored UAE performance in various international reports. Soon in a couple of years, she became the Support Services Executive Director as part of the inauguration taskforce spearheading the HR &Talent Acquisition team, Finance and IT from 2016 until 2020.
In 2019 Al Hashimi was assigned interim responsibilities of the Strategy & Future Department, in addition to her responsibility as the Support Services Executive Director, where she managed various strategic projects ensuring alignment to the UAE Government Vision.
Thuraya is a holder of an Excellence Diploma from the American University of Sharjah (2015), and a Bachelor degree (with Distinction Honor) in Applied Science in Business & Mgmt. from Dubai Women’s College (2008).

Shaikha Hassan Al Mansoori

Shaikha Hassan Al Mansoori

Head of Investment & Strategy - Digital Health Department, Ministry of Health and Prevention - UAE

Shaikha Hassan AlMansoori, Head of Strategy & Investment section at the digital Health Department in Ministry of Health & Prevention. My qualification are Master of Science in Innovation and Change Management graduated with Excellence with First Honors, Bachelor in Health Information Management. I have Artificial Intelligence Diploma from the Oxford University as part of the National AI Program.
My Experience in Health Information System – HIS – is more than 11 years in which I handled several major projects starting with handling the management of the Health Information system (Wareed) in Northern Emirates and reaching to managing the National Unified Medical Record which connects all Healthcare entities in UAE with the same platform.
Publishing MOHAP Artificial Intelligence strategy is one of the key achievements as well as publishing MOHAP Digital Health Strategy.

Budoor Al-Amoudi

Budoor Al-Amoudi

Chief of Data Management, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority

Budoor is currently the Chief of Data Management at DAFZA. She is responsible for the data warehousing and analytics strategy and implementation. Budoor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Masters of Business Administration from the American University of Sharjah. Budoor is a certified Project Management Professional. She is in the processes of getting her Microsoft certification in Data Science.

Mohamed AlMadhaani

Mohamed AlMadhaani

Advisor - Technology & Policy, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

Mohamed Abdullah Almadhani works in the intersection of business, technology and advanced analytics turning strategic government data into knowledge that solves complex problems and drives policy decisions. With over a decade of experience in the technology world, he is a “Big Data/Data Science” Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the ADDA, and also a member on numerous governmental committees related to applied technologies, Data Governance, and Decision Management Automation.

Taghrid Al Saeed

Taghrid Al Saeed

Senior Vice President - Head of Media Intelligence & Innovation, Mubadala Group Communications

Taghrid has joined Mubadala in 2011 as a special project manager and was then appointed as the head of digital communications and Infrastructure in 2012. In 2015 Taghrid was appointed as SVP of special projects at Mubadala group communications where she took the lead on multiple projects such as communications advisor to Cognit, JV between IBM and Mubadala, Media Director of Special Olympics World games in Abu Dhabi and project director under the Executive Office of Abu Dhabi Government. Taghrid has initiated and currently heading Mubadala Media Intelligence and Innovation department.
Taghrid is also the owner and co-founder of Eight Creative Technology. Eight Creative Technology is a creative hub for digital innovation. Founded in 2015 and based in TwoFour54 Abu Dhabi Media Free Zone, Eight Creative Technology is a Khalifa Fund’s first initiative focused on digital innovation and creativity.
Taghrid holds master degree in Visual Information Technology from Gorge Mason University, VA- USA, MBA in Strategic Management from Strathclyde University and a bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems from Marymount University in Virginia, USA and.  Taghrid also holds diploma in Digital Marking, Artificial Intelligence – Implications for Business strategy program from MIT University, and a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University.

Latifa Saleh AlShehhi

Latifa Saleh AlShehhi

Head of Algorithms Analysis & Development Section, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Center, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

Latifa is a data enthusiast, she is currently Head of Analytics and Algorithm Development Section. Her responsibilities and duties, she is in charge of Digital transformation of the Statistical business, using emerging data sources and most recent data technologies. Her portfolio of work includes the UAE open data portal” bayanat.ae”, enabling statistical data exchange “Emirates Data Network”,  leading Big data projects in collaboration with the private sector in addition, enabling the Data science community in the UAE.
Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Manager in the Emirates Islamic bank focusing on relationship management and branch operations.

She is also members in various international groups such as the Bureau of the United Nations Global Working Group of big data, member of the UAE Advisory Committee of The Hope and a member of the UAE Chapter of Singularity University and the UAE representative in the ISI committee for women in statistics.

Latifa also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Canadian University. Bachelor in Business from Zayed University Dubai. She is currently enrolled in UAE Government leadership Program and has completed many international and local courses such as Governance of Artificial Intelligence program from Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

Mohamed Abdel-Razek

Mohamed Abdel-Razek

Regional Chief Information Officer, Standard Chartered

Highly accomplished Board Level IT Executive with over 27 years of globally acquired Multinational experience focused on Global IT Management, Strategy, Operations, and Major Transformations. Special expertise in cost optimization, operations, cost efficiency, managing innovation/change, and improving the corporate technology function. The experience I have has always fronted me on customer management, customer care, business development, and leading top-performing teams. With three years at the beginning of my career in the Telecom industry, complimented by eleven years of Global IT Management in highly critical Oil and Gas environments, then eight years of Strategic/Global IT management in FMCG, and recently four years in Global Technology and Business Operations for Financial Services, my level of expertise across the IT spectrum would bring the required business value in streamlining and ensuring global leverage of the technology function. Having worked and lived across the globe (North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia) I am culturally resilient and bring to life the true meaning of multinational.

Faisal Ali

Faisal Ali

Group Chief Information Officer, Gargash Group

Over 23 years of extensive technical and business expertise & knowledge to lead & align strategic objectives & operations of a private/government/semi-government entity, Faisal has continuously been successfully leading the digital transformation journey across large business group in the region for his contribution towards the digital introduction of the new technologies in the sector. He was awarded with 2018, 2019 & 2020 CIO Award & Best Use of Technology in the Real Estate Sector 2018.

Mostafa Zafer

Mostafa Zafer

Vice President - Data, AI, Automation & Security MEA, IBM

Mostafa Zafer is the Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud and AI, Middle East and Africa. Mostafa is responsible for sales and client advocacy for IBM’s hybrid cloud, data, security and AI solutions - a high growth business for IBM. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and strategy leadership in IBM in multiple countries, including leading Data & AI unit for MEA, leading software business for Middle East and Pakistan, leading software sales in Saudi, and acting as WW software sales strategy executive in New York.

Suraj Nair

Suraj Nair

Head of IT, MENAP & Customer Digital Lead, Mondelēz International

Suraj Nair is the Head of IT for Mondelēz  International’s Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP) region. With over 17 years of experience, in his current capacity, Nair leads the company’s digital strategy and technology vision, in addition to managing IT enabled business transformation. He has also managed IT operations and P&L oversight in regional and global business units across India, South East Asia and Middle East geographies.  
 
As Head of IT for Mondelēz  International’s MENAP business, Nair is passionate about the company’s digital vision, #TRANSFORMNOW, which aims at enabling people and placing them at the heart of transformation. He is driving an omni channel customer experience encompassing SFA, Ecommerce, Eb2B, Data and Analytics supported by enterprise SAP ERP and latest technology interventions like RPA, AI and ML.
 
Prior to joining the FMCG sector, Nair held a number of responsibilities in shipping and logistics, retail and IT enabled services by managing and leading software testing, project as well as program management office.  Passionate about the possibilities of driving change with the promise of technology, Nair is a believer of the wellbeing of youth. He is a strong believer in preparing young people to succeed in the global economy while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Vishal Soni

Vishal Soni

Data Evangelist, Alteryx

Vishal Soni has been with Alteryx since 2018. During his time at Alteryx, he held a position as Solutions Consultant for the Middle East and Africa with a focus on enabling customers to solve their analytics use cases. Vishal is now an Alteryx Evangelist, where he works closely with our customer and product teams to help guide digital transformation and help organisations with their data strategies.

Natalie Fuller

Natalie Fuller

Head of Data Analytics, CAFU

Natalie Fuller is the Head of Data Analytics at CAFU, her prior professional experience includes key Roles at The Abraaj Group, Emirates NBD, and General Electric. With a degree in Mathematics, Natalie started her career with a focus on data analytics & science within financial institutions, and swiftly became interested and involved in the venture capital, and start-up space. Natalie has been instrumental in CAFU's success, building the Data Analytics team and data platform at CAFU since it's launch.  Natalie is passionate about the power of advanced analytics and believes that scalability is the key to success.

Mohamed El-Shanawany

Mohamed El-Shanawany

Data, Automation and AI Leader - Middle East & Pakistan, IBM

Mohamed ElShanawany works for IBM in the capacity of Automation, Data and AI Regional Software Sales leader for Middle East and Pakistan territory and is based out of Dubai, UAE.

Elshanawany joined IBM -straight from university back in 1997 and practised many roles over the years such as Global (WW) Democratized AI Sales Leader  Global (WW) Industry Leader, Executive Staff for MEA General Manager, Storage Brand Business Unit Executive for MEA territory, Workload Automation Brand Leader  for MEA and WW, and finally Regional Sales Leader IBM Software for MEP territory.

Elshanawany is passionate about IBM growth and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to lead talented IBMers to succeed in achieving their business objectives. In his free time, Elshanawany likes traveling, swimming, photography, watching football and playing squash (ex-Egyptian National team of Squash member).

Education:

  • MBA degree from Henley Management College, UK.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Major Electronics and minor computer science) from HTI, Egypt.
  • Egyptian baccalaureate from French school “Collège de la Sainte Famille” (Jésuites) in Cairo.

Languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic

Social Network:

  • Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/elshanawany/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mohd_Shanawany

Honors &  Awards:

  • IBM Golden circle (2009)
  • IBM Certified Faculty Academy Sales Advisor (Oct 2014)
  • CEEMEA Wall of Fame (2009)
  • “MEA ACE" Alumni - Middle East and Africa (MEA) Accelerating Critical Expertise (ACE)

Sridhar K

Sridhar K

Group Head of Operations, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Sridhar is Group Head of Operations at ADIB with responsibility for Retail Operations, Corporate & International Banking Operations, Business Continuity, Internal Controls and the Analytics Center of Excellence.
Sridhar is a Global O & T & Banking Leader with rich experience in multinational & regional organizations like: Citibank, Barclays, Mashreq & the Tata group.
He has a market leading track record in managing large scale multi geography operations, leading digitization programs to deliver transformation, service improvement and substantial cost reductions.
He specializes in implementing end to end customer straight through process journeys thereby increasing efficiency, significantly improving turnarounds and successfully managing a strong control and governance framework.
Sridhar is a regular speaker at international industry events, and his innovation & digitization projects have won global recognition from Gartner, Asian Banker, Microsoft, Swift and Blue Prism.

Samer Semaan

Samer Semaan

Channel & Alliances Manager, Pure Storage

Samer Semaan is the Channel & Alliances Manager for the Middle East at Pure Storage. As one of the region’s most recognized channel leaders, Samer is playing a pivotal role in building Pure’s channel in the region and is responsible for partner recruitment and enablement and revenue growth. Prior to joining Pure Storage in 2019, Samer held Channel Manager / Distribution Manager roles in leading technology companies including Dell EMC in the Gulf Region and Prior to that he worked for almost 10 Years as Operation Manager at PartnerRe (Re-Insurance) in France. Samer holds a Master’s in Management & New Technologies from the University Pantheon Assas (France).

Alexey Sidorov

Alexey Sidorov

Data Management Director, Denodo

Dr Alexey was born with the “Passion for Data” programmed in his DNA.
Alexey started his carrier 27-years ago building volumetric model of radioactive pollution of Chernobyl nuclear disaster Zone with Russian Academy of Science and since then earned his reputation as the strategic adviser in all aspects of Data Management.
Prior joining Denodo as Chief Evangelist, Alexey built and managed enterprise-wide Data Integration platforms for industry giants like Nokia and Deutsche Bank. In the last 15 years Dr Alexey has been helping many companies across 3 continents to Digitally Transform their business with the edge-cutting Data technologies from Teradata and Informatica.

Tina Chikhani Nader

Tina Chikhani Nader

Head of Digital Commerce, Unilever MENA

Tina Chikhani began her career in 1996 with Khalil Fattal & Sons (Distribution company in Lebanon) as the Brand Manager for luxury Perfumes and Watches.
After 4 years in this post, Tina moved to the Foods department within Fattal where she was appointed as Brand manager on Cadbury chocolate and Antonio Amato.
In 2003 Tina moved to Cadbury Adams Middle East where she was appointed as the Chocolate Category Manager for the entire Middle East region. During this post, Tina went on to join Unilever in 2006 as the Brand Manager for Vaseline and Deodorants for three years. Chikhani then added to her portfolio the Hair and Oral category and became the Marketing Manager in Gulf for Hair, Oral, Deos and Home Care.
In 2010 She was appointed as the Marketing Manager Home & Personal Care (HPC) across North Africa & Middle East (NAME), driving synergy in deployment and scale to Unilever innovations across the region.
In early 2011, She was promoted to Marketing Director across all Unilever categories (Home & Personal Care (HPC) and F&B) across NAME, the position she held for 2 years before being appoint the Country Director of the Levant region managing the full Unilever business across the 4 countries.
Following her Stint in the Levant region, Tina came back to the Gulf to Build a strong shopper connect and brand equity in store helping strengthen the brand positions in the gulf market in the capacity of Shopper & Customer Marketing Director till 2018.
She led then the Sales Department for the Unilever Gulf Business as Customer Development Director and was a appointed General Manager on the Joint Venture businesses of Unilever in UAE from 2018 till mid 2020.
Today, Tina is successfully leading the Ecommerce business for Unilever across the MENA region making the organization future-fit and drive exponential growth for the business with the support of a dedicated ecosystem she built when she took this role.

Ammar Alfayoumi

Ammar Alfayoumi

Senior Solutions Engineer, Cloudera

With more than 17 years of experience as a Solutions Engineer in Data and Software for the public sector, Ammar Fayoumi will be sharing his insight on how organizations have a golden opportunity to leverage analytics and AI to get their operations to the next level (10x mission). Also how hybrid topology of technologies ecosystem today, enables them to maximize the value provided by each technology in a harmonized mesh.

Ahmad El Sayed

Ahmad El Sayed

Chief Data Scientist, Data & AI, IBM

Dr. Ahmad is a Data Science leader, author and keynote speaker, with extensive research and consulting experience in AI & Machine Learning applied for different sectors (e.g. Government, Banking, Telecom, Energy) and geographies (e.g. Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific). Ahmad has led engagements with top organizations globally to define and apply AI strategies and derive significant business impact from large variety of use cases. Ahmad is a Ph.D. in Computer Science, with specialization in Machine Learning and Information Retrieval; His key scientific contributions are published at recognized international conferences and books.

Seham El- Behissy

Seham El- Behissy

General Manager Digital & Connected Cars - Middle East, Groupe Renault

Seham is the General Manager of Digital & Connected Cars at Renault Middle East. With over 15 Years of experience, her areas of expertise include Digital Innovation, DCX Transformation, Business Analytics, Connected Cars & New Mobility. She is currently leading the Launch of connected car services in the region and to Innovate in Big Data and process modeling to create new capabilities & Services such as “predictive maintenance”, “next-generation customer service”, etc.

Awis Kilani

Awis Kilani

Marketing Manager, Lucidya

Awis Kilani is the Marketing Manager at Lucidya, where he assists businesses in adapting to our rapidly changing world. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing and an MBA in Global MBA in Digital Business from Barcelona University.
He is an expert in enhancing market results by leveraging emerging channels and technologies to inspire profitable customer action.

Muzoun Al-Nuaimi

Muzoun Al-Nuaimi

Director of Reporting and Analytics, Jumeirah Group

Muzoun is an experienced business intelligence professional, passionate about data and its applications in the business world. All about data-driven decisions, predictive analytics, and transforming data into insights.

Prashant Tewari

Prashant Tewari

Regional Sales Director, Acceldata

Prashant Tewari is the Regional Sales Director for Acceldata's business in the Middle East. He has over 24 years of professional experience in the Middle East and India/South Asia. Prashant is an expert in the field of Business Analytics and Information Management,  having held senior roles with IBM Data & AI and Sybase. He holds strong client relationships across the Middle East with a focus on Banking, Telecom and Public Sector industry verticals.

Celal Kavuklu

Celal Kavuklu

Director, Customer Advisory - Middle East & Africa, SAS

Celal Kavuklu is leading the pre-sales activities of SAS solutions across Middle East and Africa 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).

Donald Krol

Donald Krol

Director - Solutions Consulting EMEA, Workato

Dr. Humaid Saif Saeed

Dr. Humaid Saif Saeed

Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications, Abu Dhabi Police

Dr. Humaid has graduated with a PhD in Computer Engineering & Artificial Intelligence from Florida Institute of Technology (USA). He has an MSc in Computer Communication Networks from Brunel University London (UK). He joined the Abu Dhabi police work force in 2007 and over the years has served in a number of entities in the Strategic management and performance development.
Dr. Humaid has a wide research interests including digital signal processing, machine learning, human computer interaction, computer vision, embedded systems and communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional origination dedicated to advancing technology for the benefits of humanity.

Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem

Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem

CTO, Cloud & Cognitive Technical Executive - MEA, IBM

Ramzi is the Technical Leader for IBM MEA. He Helps Organizations to transform and innovate with the IBM technologies. Ramzi is a fond technologist with a PhD in AI and strong technical background.

Prior to that Ramzi had several leadership roles in France and Europe to help IBM clients adopting the IBM technologies and innovations such as Hybrid Cloud, Data&AI, Automation and Security.

Ramzi also engaged with NGOs to help reduce the environment footprint of large organizations. Ramzi is a member of the Board of Directors of the Computer Science department at the University of Technology, Compiegne, France.

Gino George

Gino George

Head of Customer Analytics and Intelligence, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Seasoned Analytics Leader - Passionate about enriching client journeys and maximising client life time value through real time and omni-channel next best experiences.
Given below is the tracker of his corporate experiences:

First Abu Dhabi Bank, Dubai (September 2019 – Present)

  • Head of Customer Analytics & AI

Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore (September 2015 – September 2019)

  • Executive Director – Group Analytics, Innovation and Analytics Programs, Data Management

EXL Service – Inductis, Singapore (January 2014 – August 2015)

  • Engagement Director for DBS (Development Bank of Singapore), Decision Analytics

Citigroup Inc, New York, USA (July 2007 – November 2013)

  • DM Business Analysis Director, Decision Management

Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai (India) and Budapest (Hungary) (August 1999 – August 2005)

  • Lead Consultant & Account Manager for GE Capital, Healthcare, Insurance & Swiss Re

Haddi Hakim

Haddi Hakim

Systems Engineer Manager, Pure Storage

Haddi Hakim, Systems Engineer Manager for Pure Storage Middle East has over 15 years in the IT & Storage industry, graduated from California State University as an Electrical Engineer with a Minor in Mathematics, is one of the strong solution architects that has lead multiple teams throughout his career with technical designs & implementations showcasing great insight into multiple technologies with the likes of Dell EMC, HP, Nutanix, Brocade, Cisco, McData & more.

Frederik Bisbjerg

Frederik Bisbjerg

Executive Director - Digital & Innovation, Daman National Health Insurance Company

Frederik Bisbjerg is a highly respected international business developer with expertise in digital transformation and business model innovation. He is Executive Director, Digitisation at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman, one of the largest insurers in the GCC region, where he oversees the company’s digital transformation initiatives, building a ‘digital-first’ flexible and resilient insurance company. In addition to his role at Daman, Frederik holds the position of Head of MENA and Digital Transformation Specialist with the Digital Insurer. Previously, he has been Executive Vice President for Qatar Insurance Group (QIC), the largest composite insurer in the MENA region.

Shaily Verma

Shaily Verma

Director‑Data Insights, DAMAC Properties

Shaily is a high impact, result focused Data & AI evangelist, who is currently leading as the Director of Data & Insights for a group in the Middle East.
She is contributing to digital industry for more than 16 years where she is orchestrating growth & leading strategic initiatives.
Shaily has been helping about dozens of businesses (like retail, banking, gaming, airlines, ecommerce & classifieds etc.) with innovative data solutions & digital transformation agenda. Currently she is building data capability to run advanced data use cases to make business impact in this fast-changing technological world with power of AI.
The highlights of Shaily's career are in developing high performing data teams and leading them to derive the high business value generation.
Shaily is a thought partner in developing growth strategies for the organizations while keeping focus on customer centricity, Data democratization and on Data literacy.
By education, she is computer science engineer and is passionate about learning new tech every day. She loves to play Tennis and Chess.

Aliasgar Bohari

Aliasgar Bohari

Senior Director - IT, Zulekha Hospitals

A self-confessed networking wizard, Mr. Aliasgar is by qualification an MBA (IT) and Industrial Electronics Engineer who did his specialization in Hardware & Networking. Having spent most of his professional career spanning over 13 years in Information & Communication Technology, Mr. Aliasgar is a dynamic innovator who strives continuously to improve the contribution of IT in healthcare from the usual supportive role to an operational business tool.
Mr. Aliasgar was part of the original team responsible for designing and implementing the HMIS in 2004 for Zulekha Hospitals. A hands-on professional, he was instrumental in the 24-month implementation from the onset at both multi-specialty hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah. This HMIS module was soon augmented with access for the four medical centers thereby completely integrating the Zulekha Healthcare Group in a single seamless network.
Another important IT upgrade coordinated by Mr. Bohari was to implement a custom-designed IT Infrastructure in 2005 that complemented and catered to the total healthcare needs of Zulekha Healthcare Group. Mr. Bohari was also at the core of designing and implementing the paperless ‘Intranet’ solution for both multi-specialty facilities in 2006 at Dubai and Sharjah and also a website for patient’s to know more about hospital and events, to book an online appointment, to view online patient’s reports.
As “Go Green” initiative and to make paperless hospital, LIS and PACS are integrated with HMIS for easy and fast accessibility of LAB reports and radiology images. He has also implemented power management software to save energy and less carbon emission and also started project like E-data,PC power management, E-waste management, usage of Echo friendly IT products, Robotic pharmacy, RPA, etc. In 2012 web based HMIS is successfully implemented for fast and easy access to information even from tablets and mobile phones.
In the leadership of Mr. Aliasgar Bohari, Zulekha Health Care Group IT is the 1st in UAE to receive ISO/IEC 20000 for IT Service Management in Healthcare, ISO 27000 for IT security Management and ISO23001 for Business Continuity. Mr. Bohari has awarded with various Awards for using information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes and enabling growth. Mr. Bohari received Certificate of Appreciation as SMB Tech-Evangelist from etisalat for demonstrating proactive and innovative use of business solution, to overcome IT challenges faced in dynamic & demanding health care environment.

Dr. Hassan Machmouch

Dr. Hassan Machmouch

Senior IT Consultant, Dubai Statistics Center

Hassan Machmouchi is a senior IT Consultant at Dubai Statistics Center with more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He has extensive working experience in Data Science projects, building prediction, forecasting models, and managing a team of data scientists. A member of the Smart Contract Research Forum (SCRF) group dedicated to bridging the gap between academia and the industry in the blockchain and holding a doctorate in big data analytics with a concentration on data lake repository design. Speaker in international and regional conferences and gained international awards for the BI and analytical implemented solutions.

Frédéric Leroy

Frédéric Leroy

Chief Technology Officer, ArabyAds

Graduated in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Frederic is a business-oriented CTO because he truly believes that tech is useful only when deserving of a business goal. After 7 years of entrepreneurship experience in the Adtech world within Adikteev, Frederic joined ArabyAds in September 2019 to build, develop, and scale the Arabyads platforms to help our clients to acquire, re-engage and monetize their customers.

Mithil Ajmera

Mithil Ajmera

Marketing Lead (e-commerce), Danube Homes

Mithil is a marketing-tech and growth strategy leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and a proven prowess in setting up and scaling businesses. Currently, Mithil leads marketing for multiple geographies at Danube Home.com, and Danube Home services.

Varghese Skariah

Varghese Skariah

Regional Head of Data, RSA Middle East

With an actuarial background, and over 13 years of experience in the core Insurance functions of Underwriting and Portfolio Management – Varghese now heads the Data vertical for RSA Middle East. Along with laying the foundation – allowing for self-service analytics, his focus is to ensure robust Data Governance which in due course will allow the organization to leverage the real potential of advanced Data models.
 
Varghese has taken his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and completed his MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth school of business.

Awad Ahmed Ali El Siddig

Awad Ahmed Ali El Siddig

Team Leader, AI & Analytics, Adnoc Distribution

Awad Ahmed Ali El-Sidiq (Award Winner of Oracle Worldwide DBA Excellence Award for EMEA Region 2013 at Open World) is Artificial intelligence & Analytics Team Leader at ADNOC Distribution – U.A.E and SIG Director of Oracle Engineered Systems for Middle East Oracle User Group and member in Oracle Customer Usability Advisory Board and Datawarehouse – Big Data Worldwide Leader Program.

With more than 15 years of IT Industry experience in architecting and managing large enterprise Database Applications and Advance Analytics Solutions for delivering services to more than 10,000 users and millions of customers across all ADNOC Distribution businesses.

Pioneer in Implementing Oracle Exadata Private Database Cloud ,Exalogic Elatstic Cloud Solutions , Oracle E-Business Suite upgrades 12.2 and Oracle BI & Advance Analytics Platform in Oil and Gas industry in Middle East & Africa region (MEA). His dedication and initiatives has been recognized globally.

  • Best Oracle DBA Excellence Award for EMEA 2013
  • EMEA Best Oracle Engineered System Implementation 2013
  • Oracle Downstream Oil & Gas Excellence Award in Open World 2012
  • Best Oracle Cloud adoption for the year 2014 by Oracle Corporation
  • Best Energy Sector Deployment of the year 2013/2014 by ACN

Has proven records of architecting, orchestrating and running Enterprise IT Digital transformations programs focusing on disruptive technologies (Big data, ,Advance Analytics, AI , Autonomous , mobility and Cloud) through which standardization, consolidation, virtualization, application modernization and advance data exploitation are delivered to meet and exceed objectives and guarantee high ROI

Holds Master Degree in Computer Systems Management from Herriot Watt University and Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Computer Science from Sunderland University , Oracle Database Certified and a key speaker in many of technology events and conferences including Oracle Open World – USA , Gartner Analyst programs and CloudWorld Conferences.

Nicola Hobson-Langley

Nicola Hobson-Langley

Regional Head Analytics & CRM Europe & Middle East, RBWM, HSBC

With over 2 decades of professional Data Science and Technology experience, Nic is serious about leveraging data and ML/AI to help make peoples’ lives more informed and easier.  
This is consistent in her personal life from developing a connected smart home to using Data and Analytics to help you be best version of yourself through movement, nutrition & sleep and an active member of the bio hacking movement. More recently Nic joined a study to help identify, track and treat COVID-19 cases leveraging data and insights.  
Nic holds a degree in biomedicine which is where the love affair with data, stats and tech begun, and now leads Data and Analytics across the Middle East and Continental Europe for HSBC.

Louise Blake

Louise Blake

Vice President - Data, Seera Group

Travel and tourism organization Seera Group appointed Louise Blake as its VP: Data in March 2019 to develop its group-wide data function and catalyze its transformation into a more data-driven organization. Louise has worked in the field of Data and Analytics for the past 15 years, across a wide range of industries and regions for government, agencies, big corporates and startups – her mission has always been the same, the use of data to enlighten and enable.

Mohamed Tarek Fahmy

Mohamed Tarek Fahmy

Director of Growth & Martech, Careem

9+ years of experience in Data & Growth Products Strategy and development, with a demonstrated history of working in telecommunication and Tech industry. Currently I am Leading Growth & Network Planning Domains for Careem Bus Vertical in Which we are focusing on taking Careem Bus to next level of growth and profitability. I am responsible for creating the full growth strategy for Careem Bus globally as well as Creating Data and Network planning products that enable and accelerate efficient growth.

Dr. Amjed Al.Thuhli

Dr. Amjed Al.Thuhli

Information Technology Consultant, Ministry of Transport, Communications & Information Technology - Oman

Al.Thuhli obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and has a wide range of experience with 20 years in the Information Technology field. He is leading Oman National Space Policy and Strategy. He led the national “ICT and 4th Industrial Revolution Lab” projects and initiatives that are cooperation between the government and private sectors. Al.Thuhli is a member of the Global Future Council-World Economic Forum, National e-Commerce Committee and “ Joint e-Services and e-Commerce Working Group” in the GCC council. His research areas are social Business Process, Social Data Mining, Service-Oriented Architecture, Cloud Computing, AI, and IoT. Al.Thuhli has published journal papers and international conference presentations.

Dmitry Menshenin

Dmitry Menshenin

Business Intelligence, Sanofi Greater Gulf

Dmitry is holding MA with honor in Applied Math from Moscow State University and MBA from Bled School of Management, he has a major experience in Data Science, Data Management and Insights generation field. Dmitry has been working in pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years and currently managing Business Intelligence Team in Sanofi Greater Gulf (TOP5 Big Pharma corporations), covering all 6 Greater Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman).
 
Before joining Sanofi Greater Gulf Dmitry was working in Sanofi Eurasia, followed by AstraZeneca Russia, both based in Moscow. In 2016 Dmitry moved to Dubai and joined Sanofi Gulf, and in 2020 was appointed to his current role in Sanofi Greater Gulf.
In the current role he is managing such topics as Data management, Insights generation, Business Intelligence, Market performance and Busines performance analytics and Macroeconomics, closely collaborating with Digital Innovations and Omnichannel teams, as well as all the business franchises.
 
 
Dmitry adheres active lifestyle, has multiple hobbies and being a member of “5am club”. He plays piano and composes music. Does mountain biking and participates in cycling races. Dmitry did Ironman Dubai, New York marathon, and was on podium of several mountain bike competitions, including international Hero MTB Series. Dmitry likes photography and being an influencer on Instagram.
 
Dmitry’s moto is: Do everything the best way you can!

Jonathan Flender

Jonathan Flender

Head of Ecommerce Multi-Brand, Al-Futtaim Group

Jonathan Flender is a passionate Digital Marketing professional currently working at Al Futtaim Group

Jonathan started his career 15 years ago in France and then in the UAE at JCDecaux; the world’s leading outdoor advertising company.

Pursuing his passion for media, he joins Moby Group in 2011 as Head of Digital Marketing and Social Media for 6 countries at MOBY Group.

From 2016 to 2020 he worked at Axiom Telecom, Bayut.com and Mumzworld as head of Digital before joining Al Futtaim Group in January 2020 as Head of eCommerce Multi-Brand.

Passionate about leadership, you can find him during his free time on the Racing Driving at Yas Marina or Dubai Autodrome.

Anand Venkatasamy

Anand Venkatasamy

VP - Customer Base Management, Etisalat

A seasoned marketing professional, specializing in the field of Customer Value Management & Loyalty. My expertise in Customer Base Management spans the essential ingredients of analytics, campaign management, one-to-one marketing techniques, retention and loyalty program management.

An Engineer & MBA from some of the best institutes of India, my experience spans across Automobile & Telecom industries, with stints across every marketing vertical (Product management, Sales, Retention, Business Processes, Customer Experience, Customer Base management & Loyalty).

Mohamed AlTajer

Mohamed AlTajer

Chairman, CMO Council

Mohammed AlTajer is a P&L driven business transformer and marketing leader with global experience in Fortune 500 companies and a proven track record of getting results through leadership, innovation and empowerment. He possesses a unique blend of blue chip financial services & FMCG experience in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. He is best known for transforming marketing from a “cost centre” to a "profit centre" and is passionate about developing great brands, superior customer value propositions, winning teams and lasting partnerships. Mohammed is currently Director of Business Development at Majid Al Futtaim Finance, driving the core business P&L by leading the sales, products, portfolio and marketing organization for the leading provider of credit card and prepaid card services in MENA. Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim Finance, he served as Cluster Marketing Head for the Middle East & Africa at Citigroup where he led the marketing, alternate sales channels, business analytics, & business development functions in the region. With more than twenty years of global experience, Mohammed has led some of the world’s best brands including Citi, Lipton and Wrigley’s. His experience spans multiple sectors including financial services, fast moving consumer goods and airlines. He is a globe trotter and has spent part of his career working abroad in countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and the Gulf countries. He is passionate about people development and a member of several non-profit organizations including:

Chairman of the CMO Council MENA Advisory Board
Member of the Standard & Poor’s Society of Industry Leaders
Board Member at BPA Worldwide

Mohammed is also known for setting up best practices globally and trying to make the world a better place through sales & marketing. He is a keynote speaker in major forums across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He was recognized as one of the "50 Most Talented CMOs" at The World Marketing Summit in 2013 and was honored with the “Brand Super Achiever Award” by the CMO Asia Awards in 2010.

Ahmed Abdellatief

Ahmed Abdellatief

Head of Analytics & Intelligence, Sidra Medicine

Ahmed is a Data Analytics leader with 12+ years of experience in managing and delivering large-scale BI projects in Healthcare, Telecom, Oil and Gas industries coupled with outstanding academic records and First-Class BSc and MSc degrees. He is Expert in applying best practices of Visual Analytics, Machine Learning and Data Management to drive performance and enable data driven decision making.
Ahmed is currently heading the Analytics department at Sidra Medicine – a 400 bed tertiary hospital specialized in Women and Children – and is passionate about improving patient care and driving operational efficiency through the use of data and technology. Prior to Sidra, Ahmed worked as a BI Team Lead and Consultant at several leading organizations in the MENA region like Zain and ADNOC.
Ahmed holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from University of Leeds, UK and has a number of professional certificates in Analytics and Management.

Katral-Nada Hassan

Katral-Nada Hassan

Head of Product Experience & Innovation, YAP

Katral-Nada Hassan joined YAP in 2018 to lead a team of designers building the region’s first independent digital banking application. She serves as the head of product and innovation, creating ease-of-access to banking tools for millions across the Middle East and Africa and utilizing cutting-edge technology to enhance the user interface of the application.
Katral-Nada is a veteran product and design strategist with more than 15 years of experience developing optimal user experiences for products across web and mobile in all sectors. She specializes in the end-to-end design process and the convergence of design, business, technology and the user in that process to create products that are simple to use. At YAP, she oversees the product, design and user experience team and leads the charge on building the future of banking in the region.

Qasim Abu Hantash

Qasim Abu Hantash

Senior Specialist, Dubai Health Authority

Experienced Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Program Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, IT Strategy, Financial Planning and Coasting and Management. Strong professional with a Strong Program and Project Management experience delivering successful Smart, Innovative and Strategic initiatives in Informatics across the healthcare sector.

Richard Dib

Richard Dib

Smart City & Data Advisor, Confidential

Richard Dib is a Smart City & Data Advisor helping Cities to embrace their digital transformation journey and leverage the power of data.
Prior to that, he was leading the Data Product Team (data science squad) within Smart Dubai charged to make Dubai a data-driven city. Also, Richard has defined, designed, and implemented Dubai Pulse (Smart City / Data Platform), the digital backbone of Dubai, empowering the city’s digital transformation and make Dubai the Happiest City on Earth.
Also, he has heavily been involved with Telecom & Media industry in Europe and in the Gulf region where he developed Next Generation Products & Services Strategies and Go-To-Market Strategies.
Richard, with a Masters Degree from Telecom Bretagne / IMT Atlantique, is leveraging his strong business skills, his consultancy background, and his product design thinking and creating value out of Emerging Technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

 

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