Gitex Technology Week 2014

18-22 October 2015

Dubai World Trade Centre


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Cloud Confex - 13 Oct
09:00 - 09:30

Moving to the cloud reduces costs from infrastructure perspective, however the transition can provide a whole new perspective on what I.T. is and can deliver.

Learn more about this transition and how I.T. can rebuild itself as a service delivery organization that is...
Speaker(s)  Ashi Sheth, Manager of Enterprise Platforms, Netflix Inc
09:30 - 10:15
Project teams often use shadow IT, instead of the more slower moving traditional IT, to facilitate rapidly changing complex business requirements and quick release cycles. As a result an unmanaged, ungoverned set of IT solutions reside in enterprises that keeps the CIO awake at night. This session will present how...
Speaker(s)  Dimithu Leelarathe, Senior Architect, WSO2
10:15 - 11:00

Maintaining high standards of I.T. delivery through optimisation of the cloud require well-defined management strategies. Are companies effectively using the right policies to nurture growth, instead of limiting opportunities with permissions?
  • Understand how the KOJ Group reduced administration costs by 50% using...
Speaker(s)  Thameem Rizvon, IT Director, Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group
11:00 - 11:30
How is digital transformation possible in the hybrid world?

Digital transformation is a result of improvisation and customization. Digital evolution is set in motion by implementing cost-effective, faster, agile solutions, and by integrating public/private clouds and legacies.

If you’re still talking about the cloud as a...
Speaker(s)  Massimo Cannizzo, Managing Director of IT Strategy, Accenture
11:30 - 13:40
13:45 - 14:15

No doubt that the mobility boom has forced all organizations to make use of this latest technological trend to improve their operations and customer service. This is a case study of Gulf Air to show how it is managing its private cloud mobility ecosystem including its...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
14:15 - 14:45

IT is going through a transformational shift. Juniper’s customers in particular are on a path of “Cloud Building”…our term to describe this shift. Today’s environments are predominantly hybrid clouds - a mix of owned assets and on-demand services in the public cloud. Users of hybrid clouds...
Speaker(s)  Adrian Pickering, Vice President for Middle East and Africa , Juniper Networks
14:45 - 15:15

Virtualization is happening at various points in the network. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are changing the options for Operators and Enterprises alike. Supporting cloud services requires well-defined I.T. management strategies that can evolve to handle the rich demands of the Internet...
Speaker(s)  Robin Mersh, Chief Operating Officer, Broadband Forum
15:30 - 16:00

In the cloud era, it is imperative for businesses to balance service with security to survive.
  • Learn how to assess the risks associated with cloud implementations
  • Discuss auditing usage, security, outages and disaster recovery
  • Understand measuring performance, reliability and the trustworthiness of your providers
  • Industry...
Speaker(s)  Daniele Catteddu, Managing Director - EMEA, Cloud Security Alliance
16:00 - 16:45

The success of the cloud model has allowed even growing companies to leverage the benefits of enterprise technology. This has created a level playing field for businesses, thereby giving smaller players an equal opportunity to compete by being able to access enterprise class solutions with ease...
Speaker(s)  Jonas Zelba, Senior Research Analyst Information & Communication Technologies Middle East & North Africa, Frost & Sullivan
Sanjay K Joglekar, Group IT Manager, Fujairah National Group
Omar Ali Marosh, IT Specialist, Ajman Land & Property Department
Mohammed Shah, Head of IT & Business Solutions, AMS Baeshen Company
Damien Caro, Director of Technical Evangelist Group, Microsoft
17:00 - 17:10

Big Data - 14 Oct
09:00 - 09:30

Big data is not about collecting data, it’s about how we harness this information and as a community empower citizens with information and intelligence.
Speaker(s)  Simon Torrance, Member, Big Data Programme, World Economic Forum
09:30 - 10:00


Social Networking Sites have revolutionized everyday communication, marketing, as well as our perception of the world. Furthermore, various physical social technologies which enable harvesting of the collective intelligence of groups have started to become more widely spread. On...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00 - 10:30
10:45 - 11:15

Big Data can mean big benefits for business, if you understand how to approach it correctly.
  • Staying clear of inflated expectations
  • Know the limits – learn how to separate myth from reality
  • Business Intelligence versus Big Data – what’s the difference?
  • Lessons from the past -...
Speaker(s)  Haritha Ramachandran, Industry Manager Information and Communication Technologies, Frost & Sullivan
11:15 - 11:45

Nick Millman will share the findings from a recent Accenture survey to illustrate the ways in which organisations are driving value from Big Data. The focus of the presentation will be on case studies demonstrating the critical success factors when implementing Big Data and the value...
Speaker(s)  Nick Millman, Managing Director, Accenture
11:45 - 12:15

Big Data is at the heart of conversation today and the leaders are no longer taking decision without a better understanding of the audience they are addressing. In the session, Linkedin will share key insights about its members globally and in MENA , plus we reveal...
Speaker(s)  Rajai El Khadem, Government Alliances Manager, LinkedIn
12:15 - 12:45
Speaker(s)  Paul Devlin, Head of SAP Platforms, SAP Middle East and North Africa
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:15

Big Data opportunities offer the regional governments a real opportunity to get closer and understand their citizens better. This session will look at interesting ways in which regional authorities and industry bodies are making progress by combining data and digital economics.
Speaker(s)  Mrs. Omobola Johnson , Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria
Prof. Dr. Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), Hasselt University
Maher Shirah, Strategy Excellence Manager, Roads and Transport Authority
Mr. Ahmed Baig, Director - Corporate Strategy, Risk, Excellence, Smartworld
Abdulkader lamaa, Principal, Strategy& (Formerly Booz & Co)
Saleem Adam, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
14:15 - 12:45

The transport sector will overtake industry as the largest energy user by 2020 & this sector has major negative economic, social and environmental side effects. This session will talk about using big data to develop policy frameworks which are aimed at mitigating negative externalities of transport....
Speaker(s)  Prof. Dr. Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), Hasselt University
15:00 - 15:30

Big Data and Cloud is here to stay! But like any other new technology, it has certainly brought more complexity into the business landscape. It has made not just Information Technology more complicated, but also forced CIOs to constantly evaluate ways to use and integrate data...
Speaker(s)  Iliyas Kooliyankal , Director - Information Security, Information Technology, ADS SECURITIES
15:30 - 16:00


As more organisations are jumping on the Big Data bandwagon, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills to collate, analyse and architect intelligence from disparate data sources. This session will review the skills in...
Speaker(s)  Dr. James Stanger, Senior Director, Product Development, PhD , CompTIA
16:00 - 16:10

Digital Strategies - 15 Oct
09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00

It’s a multi-device world and being heard is becoming increasingly challenging. Customer behavior of using multi-devices and multitasking has become a key driver of today’s media planning and marketing strategies.
  • Changing digital strategies of organisations
  • Unifying messages between the physical and digital world
  • What it truly...
Speaker(s)  Tom Roychoudhury, Chief Innovations Officer, Middle East Communications Network
10:00 - 10:30

Customers are keen on receiving promotions from their favorite brands on their mobile. But, a majority of them have experienced increased pressure from unsolicited messages. They fear being spammed. We, at Gemalto, believe that Mobile Network Operators, thanks to their role as reliable trusted agents, have...
Speaker(s)  Frederic Martinent, Marketing Director for Mobile Marketing Solutions , Gemalto
10:30 - 11:00

The growth of the digital industrial economy means that IT leaders must deliver even more reliable and efficient operational performance at the same time as they create digital innovation and develop digitally-smart talent. Every business is now a technology business and every enterprise – public and...
Speaker(s)  Ed Gabrys, Research Director, Gartner
11:15 - 11:45
Digital services are changing people's lives. Straddling CSR and commercial positioning, the Wikipedia Zero story has shown how mobile networks can power infrastructure to deliver life-changing services. By making basic services free, telecom provider’s world over can take leadership role in their country’s societal development.

Speaker(s)  Carolynne Schloeder, Director, Global Mobile Partnerships Wikimedia Foundation
11:45 - 12:15

Ironically, the success of a digital strategy has more to do with people than systems and platforms. Technology is a growing presence in almost every aspect of life and increasingly in every corner of the world. People are compelled to interact with “things” in unprecedented ways,...
Speaker(s)  Racha Makarem, Managing Director of Insights and Research, VivaKi MENA
12:15 - 12:45

Social media has created an explosion of data and content. How do organisations deal with this change and transform digital data into business value?
  • Strategies to harness data through multiple platforms
  • How can we combine data with sophisticated analytics to deepen our understanding of customers?
  • ...
Speaker(s)  Suzanne Locke, Head of Content,
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30

Having knowledge of the consumer's preferences enables suggesting specific products and promotions to each consumer. Big Data insights, social, mobile and the cloud have transformed the marketing ecosystem. Context has become evidently crucial – a portal for added value communication. . This session will look at:...
Speaker(s)  Darine Sabbagh, Social Media & Digital Mkg Consultant Trainer & Speaker, Lebanon Information Technology and Services
Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
Martin Kubler, General Manager, Iconsulthotels
Derrick Pereira, Product Manager, Landmark Group
Gail Livingstone-Potter, General Manager,
Lee Mancini, CEO,
14:30 - 15:15

The communication industry is constantly challenged by the clients need for ROI. The digital landscape now offers unprecedented possibilities when it comes to showcasing results. This session will look at:
  • Creating result oriented marketing strategies
  • Drawing up measurements and ROI techniques
  • Integrating strategies across print and...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Armstrong Takang, CEO, Alteq
Gareth Deere, Content and Technology Research Director , MEAP-Ipsos
Andrew Burgess, Director of Conversation & Viral Marketing, NEXA UAE
Christian Farioli, Digital Marketing Lecturer and Keynote Speaker, DM3 Institute
15:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:15

The I.T. industry is in the midst of paradigm shift to a new technology platform for growth and innovation. Most industry experts see this as the emergence of 3 rd Platform, built on mobile devices, apps, cloud services, mobile broadband networks, big data analytics and social...
Speaker(s)  Eamonn Carey, Head of Digital/Advisor, MHP Communications
Saji Oommen, Group Director Information Technology, Albatha Group
Simon Torrance, Member, Big Data Programme, World Economic Forum
Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer, Jacky's
Ashi Sheth, Manager of Enterprise Platforms, Netflix Inc
16:15 - 17:00
How are key stakeholders including device manufacturers, telcos and service providers re-shaping the regional communication landscape? This session will look at how the industry is:
  • Creating a vibrant digital community for data services
  • Enabling more mobility services
  • Smart service packaging
  • Leveraging Geo-location
  • Delivering more data connectivity
  • Offering smart devices
Speaker(s)  Peter Olu, Director, NITDA
Rimma Perelmuter, CEO, MEF
Dr. Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Chairman of the Board, FTTH Council MENA

11:30 - 17:30
Fiber to the Home is the ultimate technology for delivering fast communications but developing the right business case through to delivering the right services is very difficult. How should smart cities integrate and run these networks? How should operators deploy fibre access networks - what is best practice and what...
Chair  Mr. Richard Jones, Advisor and Smart Cities Committee Chair, FTTH Council MENA
11:30 - 15:00
FTTH Architectures and different solutions to reach the customer with Fiber Technology evolution and investment models associated. The presentation will discuss different regulatory models for FTTH and the way to approach regulation NextGen Broadband. FTTH unbundling will be discussed and highlighted on how to open the Access network for sharing....
Chair  Mr. Gamal Hegazi, Board Member and Technology & Training Committee Chair, FTTH Council MENA
15:00 - 17:00
This session will present the analysis conducted so far about the regulatory environment of broadband in the MENA general and FTTH/B in particular targeting the major FTTH countries. It will include the relevant regulatory measures and policies in each country and a comparison of regulatory approaches taken by those targeted...
Chair  Ms. Christine Beylouni, Director General and Regulatory & Policy Committee Chair, FTTH Council MENA

Industry Briefing - Oil & Gas
14:30 - 15:15
Hear about the innovative automation solutions at ENOC Retail which address the prevailing challenges in the Oil & Gas Retailing market.
  • Challenges in Fuel Retailing business.
  • Innovative Design in Remote Management & Control @ Forecourt
  • M-2-M innovation at ENOC Retail
  • ViP the next leap in Fuel Services – Fill &...
Chair  Amjad Rahhal, Automation Services/Manager/Consultant - Retail Oil & Gas, ENOC
15:15 - 15:45
This session looks at challenges in the Oil and Gas sector and provides tips on how to ensure effectiveness through a comprehensive approach. Delegates will learn:
  • Key elements of successful business continuity planning
  • How to integrate information security into business continuity planning
  • Business continuity planning using a risk based approach
  • ...
Speaker(s)  Ali Almadi, Manager Strategic Security Consulting, HelpAg
15:45 - 16:15
Speaker(s)  Amjad Rahhal, Automation Services/Manager/Consultant - Retail Oil & Gas, ENOC
Ali Almadi, Manager Strategic Security Consulting, HelpAg
Amit kar, Engineering IM Delivery Team Lead – MENA, Shell

Industry Briefing - Banking & Finance
14:30 - 15:15
  • The Need for Change
  • Digital Banking
  • Open Banking
  • Impact of Social Networking on Banking

Speaker(s)  Arnold C. Gutmann, Executive Partner, Gartner
15:15 - 15:45
Customer Experience Management has been at the heart of improving business performance for the banking industry over the past few years. While there are several methodologies and approaches to help improve this experience across channels, certain fundamentals need to be in place to increase the probability of success. This presentation...
Speaker(s)  Fadi Hindi, Vice President and Head of EA Office, National Bank of Abu Dhabi


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