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).
Ali Alajme is the Digital Health Department Director in Ministry of Health and Prevention and he played a vital role in leading national initiatives such as track and trace of medicine and UAE national unified medical record. He also lead Digital Patient Platform (Shefaa) which was awarded as the best Digital platform in World Summit of Information Society 2021. Ali Alajme was awarded as the winner of CIO of the year 2020 by the IDC and was chosen as top 50 CIO by IDG .inc in Middle East due to his role in leading technical vital projects in COVID 19 Pandemic. He is an Alumni of UAE leadership program (Qiyadat) in executive leaders, Mohammed Bin Rashid Government Innovation program and UAE government experience Exchange Trainers Program from Prime Minister Office of UAE. Ali Alajme has almost 16 years of experience in diverse sectors and he has a Master Degree in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technologies and a International Certified Balance Scorecard from Palladium.
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 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 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 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.
Ryan is the Chief Ecommerce Officer of the Chalhoub Group, the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East, having previously served as its Chief Data Officer. From trading and marketing to product and operations, his team focuses on creating customer-centric, omnichannel experiences. Formerly at Dyson and Google, Ryan has advised tens of organisations on how to harness digital technologies to unlock transformative growth and gain a sustainable competitive advantage. DataIQ repeatedly named him one of the most influential people in data-driven business. Ryan completed his MSc at the University of Oxford. He writes about digital leadership at https://Qstar.ai.
An influential IT leader with 20 years of achievement in leveraging technology to drive organizational growth, performance, profitability, and quality outcomes. Acts as a change agent, healthcare compliance and governance officer and capable of orchestrating transformative business strategy through data-driven decisions and Business Intelligence.
Masterminded innovations with a focus on developing flexible, effective and scalable solutions for patients and organizational problems. Diverse experience in Greenfield hospital setup and high turnaround environments, with extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry. Earned a reputation as a big picture change agent, who champions business objectives while harnessing and driving next-level technology performance.
IT industry certified Post Graduate Healthcare IT Professional, having experience in HIS/LIS implementation customization and Support, Database Technology, IT Management, Vendor Management and Web Development. Well versed with Healthcare Information System, Infrastructure Design and Development, Lab information System, Microsoft Applications, Programming, Networking, Database, Web technologies and In-house training. Extensive practical real time industry experience in all the above mentioned fields. Capable of handling large clinical networks and infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Director-Marketing at RAKBANK, Banali is responsible to grow RAKBANK’s brand dominance and drive innovative marketing strategies. With over 20 years of experience across regions, she has successfully launched several campaigns and products that have earned many international accolades.
Under her leadership, RAKBANK has embarked on data-driven marketing journey to accelerate its digital maturity and growth.
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)
Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore (September 2015 – September 2019)
EXL Service – Inductis, Singapore (January 2014 – August 2015)
Citigroup Inc, New York, USA (July 2007 – November 2013)
Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai (India) and Budapest (Hungary) (August 1999 – August 2005)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ameya Karvir is a seasoned Analytics leader with deep knowledge and experience in transforming organizations to be data driven in their decision making. Currently, VP of Data Science & Analytics at Discovery, Inc. Ameya drives Discovery’s Direct-to-Consumer digital product strategy and empowers the business with analytical insights and data science capabilities. Prior to this role, Ameya led analytics at Expedia Group and provided analytical support to several functions at Expedia- from call center operations to technology groups. Ameya hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Finance and Marketing.
Frederik Bisbjerg (born 1973 in Denmark) is a highly respected international business developer with expertise in digital transformation and business model innovation. His proven and numerous successes with worldwide business transformations comes from his belief in enabling and empowering people to execute on the change strategies.
He is Executive Director, Digital & Innovation at Daman National Health Insurance company, one of the largest insurers in the GCC countries, where he oversees the company’s digital transformation initiatives, building a ‘digital-first’ flexible and resilient insurance company.
Besides Daman, he holds the position as Head of MENA and Digital Transformation specialist with the Digital Insurer, the world’s largest knowledge base on digital insurance with more than 35,000 active members. With the Digital Insurer, he is part of the World’s first mini-MBA in Digital Insurance, where he lecturers in the topics of Strategy and Transformation, Big Data and Best Practice Tech Architectures.
Based in the Middle East since 2013, he’s a sought-after keynote speaker and expert for local and international business innovation and development, working with companies seeking to leverage digital opportunities.
Frederik has strong business acumen and is recognized for his ability to build businesses and create new, often previously unseen, alliances between business partners for mutual benefits; a skill refined and honed through many years of working internationally for a toptier management consulting firm.
He’s and author on Insurance _Next, a practical guide on how to transform an incumbent insurer to a flexible, agile and resilient insurance company, prepared for the New Normal following the COIVD-19 outbreak.
Dimple Dinesh is a Marketing Science Partner at Facebook where she works with internal and external clients across industry verticals such as Automotive, E-commerce, Entertainment, CPG, Fin-Serv, and Tech. In her role, Dimple helps clients adopt better measurement strategies that improve their business outcomes by designing tests and conducting research aimed at improving the effectiveness of their advertising across digital platforms and media. As a Marketing Science Partner, Dimple draws conclusions from this work to showcase what good measurement is and demonstrate how clients can act upon it to drive business impact. After completing her Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Finance from American University of Dubai, she started working at Namshi as an SEM Analyst and soon after moved to Omnicom Media Group. Dimple has 7 years of experience in the media industry working with clients across various verticals ranging from retail to Auto, Fast Food, and Telecom.
“Dr. Osama Elhassan is a co-founder and the vice-chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society. He serves as a Health Informatics Specialist at Dubai Health Authority to strategize and develop the digital health regulatory framework of Dubai. Dr Elhassan is also the co-founder and the coordinator of the GCC Taskforce on Workforce Development in Digital Healthcare, which aims at empowering young local talents to enact eHealth roles through continuous training and rewarding career paths. He also contributes to academia through his adjunct lecturer role at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University.
Dr Elhassan obtained a PhD in Software Engineering from University of Leicester and an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College in UK. Throughout his 15 years journey within the healthcare domain, Dr Elhassan gained substantial experience in eHealth workforce development, Health Information Exchange models, Health Information Governance and Tele-Health.”
Rami Zahran is the Group Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Saudi German Health in KSA. He is responsible for the company’s Marketing, Communications, Digital and Events activities in Saudi Arabia. He has been responsible for transforming the department completely since taking over the role and has been credited for a significant positive impact to brand awareness and equity, as well as an increase in financial performance of the business.
Rami has over twelve years of high-profile marketing experience and a proven track record in the healthcare sector. Most recently, he served as Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development at American Hospital Dubai. Prior to that, he held a managerial role in the marketing department of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Earlier in his career, Rami was a Communication Manager at Leo Burnett Dubai.
Rami Zahran holds an MSc in International Management for Middle East and Africa from the University of London and a BBA in Marketing and Advertising from American University in Dubai. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the top marketers in the Middle East by VMF Powerlist.
In his role at Lulu Group International, Piyush Kumar Chowhan is responsible for Digital strategy and execution of technology for all its global businesses across 12 countries which include Retail, Hypermarket, and Shopping Malls. He has over 20+ years of experience in driving businesses change using the latest technology innovations thereby enhancing business value.
Piyush has acquired strong domain knowledge in Retail, E-commerce and Supply Chain Management while working for global retailers like Walmart, Target, Circuit City, Tesco, and Best Buy. He has also been instrumental in leading the deployment of state-of-art, award-winning supply chain replenishment program, defining the roadmap for future-ready retail stores and Artificial Intelligence and Analytics.
He has won many awards for his work and is a part of the Steering Committee of the Analytics and Data Science COE (jointly started by the Government of Karnataka and NASSCOM in Bangalore).
A Customer oriented, data driven & creative mindset who can transform business needs into innovative services and memorable customer experiences, with over 14 Years of extensive national & international experience .
Seham is currently the General Manager of Digital & Connected Cars at Renault Middle East, primarily focused on digitizing the customer journey, stretching business, and implementing the best practices in loyalty & Rewards Programs to deliver a personalized and easy customer experience.
Antonello is currently Head of Business Intelligence at Bayut, dubizzle and OLX MENAP within EMPG, the only startup with unicorn status in the Arab World, formed by the merger with the Naspers’s owned OLX Group. Prior to that, he had worked in various industries like classifieds, online gaming, gambling, banking, and insurance for such organizations 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. Over the past thirteen years he has been working with data and analytics 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 the last years Antonello has been leading data-driven initiatives using Agile BI methodologies.
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.
Antonio has 20+ years’ experience in the ICT space, with experience across 3 continents.
His current direct responsibility cover analytics, strategy, planning, consumer engagement and partnerships.
He is passionate about building platforms bringing relevant, contextual and valuable benefits to Consumers.
Expert Data Governance & Data Management Professional and Proven Leader, with 12+ years of global, diverse and skillful experience in design & implementation of robust Data Management solutions, Establishing value driven Data Governance model, MDM, Big Data, Data Warehousing, BI & Analytics competencies. Extensively worked in USA, UAE & India regions with expertise in Banking Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) domain and setup high performing teams to deliver large-scale strategic & transformation initiatives. Successfully led the execution of several Data Management initiatives and enabled the effective & efficient use of enterprise data for leading banks like EmiratesNBD, HSBC, RBS & Barclays.
A senior banking executive with more than 13 years of a remarkable track record and cross-functional exposure in different areas of Banking, with a specific focus on Personal Banking/Consumer Banking/Retail Banking. An active member of the leadership team defining the Personal Banking Group’s strategy and direction and helping achieve pre-set goals and targets, uniquely combining strong business acumen, financial knowledge, data science and analytics mastery, retail banking products knowledge, and strong market understanding.
Digital Transformation, Emerging Technologies Use Cases, Excellence & Business Expert; A Business Data science professional; A professional Business Developer; a Civil Engineer & A Project Management Professional.
A Civil Engineer from The Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, An MBA from The Univ. of Wales, UK, & currently completing a DBA Program in Responsive Smart City & Data Science. 17 International Certificates across PM, RM, KM, Quality, CX, Operational Excellence and more.
Ahmad expertise is in areas of Digital Transformation, Blockchain use cases, Emerging Technologies bundling, Org. Excellence, Project Management, Customer Experience Design, Customer Insights, Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics, Innovation Strategy, Persons with Disabilities (CRPD & Universal Design), Leadership, & Strategy.
IT leader with 15 yrs of experience in Data Governance, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Big Data & Analytics. Lead high performing teams to deliver strategic & Digital transformation initiatives for some of the Fortune 500 companies in the US for 8 years and most recently in the UAE.
Data Sciences professional with 6+ years of experience in identifying business opportunities, enabling data-driven solutions and assessing the impact of proposed & implemented business decisions. As part of his experience, he has worked with automotive retail and BFSI clients in US & UAE spanning across analytics, campaigns and data management domains.
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