Gitex 2015 - Conferences Speakers

Gitex 2015

18-22 OCTOBER 2015

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    The GITEX Conference programme continues to evolve as an integrated business symposium with unprecedented levels of knowledge exchange and focused networking opportunities.

    GITEX Conference speakers include:

    Abbas Taleb, Dar Al Tamleek


    SVP IT

    Dr. Taleb is the COO/CIO for Dar AlTamleek, the leading home finance company in Saudi Arabia.  He was hired in 2007 to help establish the company.  His background includes the automation of multi-billion dollar home finance operations and he is responsible for creating the company’s origination and servicing platforms

    • Partnered with senior-level executives to establish the premier home finance company with eleven branches located throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • Created online pricing engine which gave pre-approval to customers in a matter of seconds and initiated paperless system for processing and closing transactions
    • Created underwriting guidelines, process flow, contracts, and contract origination system and played integral role in creating paperless loan system
    •  Developed relationships with large real estate developers in the Middle East to assist customers in purchasing new homes. Responsible for information technology, operations, facilities, and servicing.

    Abdulla Hashim, Etisalat


    SVP IT

    Abdulla is currently responsible for managing Telecom and ICT Solutions for the business and government sectors in the UAE and across the region. He has been with Etisalat since 1989, starting as an Engineer in the Data Services Department through to being the Chief Engineer, Internet of the Data Services Department. He later became a Senior Manager/Business Development of Internet Business Unit until being appointed as Assistant General Manager/eCompany at the beginning of 2006.  He also was responsible for the Management and administration of (.ae), (ccTLD), till 2008.  Abdulla has an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, USA. He also serves as the Chairman of Smartworld, an ICT Joint Venture between Etisalat and Dubai World Central.

    Adriana Karaboutis, Dell


    VP & CIO

    Adriana (Andi) Karaboutis was appointed Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Dell in November 2011. In this role, she is responsible for managing an efficient and innovative global IT enterprise focused on technology breakthroughs for the company and its customers. She has been with Dell Since March, 2010.

    Prior to her appointment as Global CIO, Ms. Karaboutis was vice president of IT supporting Dell’s product groups, manufacturing, procurement and supply chain operations. In this role, she led critical transformations of Dell’s manufacturing and supply chain IT operations, reducing complexity and providing customers choices they truly value.

    Previous to Dell, Ms. Karaboutis spent over 20 years in the auto industry in various leadership positions within IT and business operations globally.  Most recently, she was General Motors’ Global Manufacturing and Labor Information Officer responsible for all vehicle assembly, power train, and stamping plant systems, as well as manufacturing engineering systems.

    Ms. Karaboutis received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1986 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she was a Merit Scholar. She subsequently pursued graduate Electronic Computer Control Systems studies at Wayne State and received an Academic Excellence Award jointly from Wayne State University and Ford Motor Company. She has completed the accelerated Fuqua School of Business, Marketing Strategy Program at Duke University. She also received The Certificate of Advanced Greek Language Studies from the academy in Athens, Greece and is fluent in the Greek language.

    In 2012, Ms. Karaboutis was named one of the “Top 10 Women in Technology” by Little Pink Book and one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector. She served as president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) from 2008-2010.  Additionally, she has been on the board of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Forum since 2009.

    Ahmad Yahya, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City


    Acting CIO

    Ahmad is the IT Director (June 2009) and Acting Chief Information Officer (March 2012) leading Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. SKMC is a Joint Commission accredited 586-bed Acute Care Hospital, 14 Outpatient Specialty Clinics, and a Blood Bank facility. Additionally, the Medical City includes 125-bed Behavioral Science Pavilion, 88-bed Rehabilitation Center, 6 Ambulatory Clinics, 2 Dental Clinics, and 2 Urgent Care Centers.

    Ahmad was assigned the role of overhauling the whole technology landscape for SKMC which was critical for the roll out of the EMR, he also worked with various managers in putting the proper framework for IT Service Management, Policies, Processes and Project Management.

    Prior to working at SKMC, Ahmad worked in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), Dubai, UAE as the Senior Infrastructure Manager, where he was assigned various technical responsibilities for a number of Green Field projects like a new teaching Hospital, Medical Graduate School, Hotel, and other clinical facilities. He also was part of a core team for the implementation of an EHR across DHCC.

    Before moving to the UAE, Ahmad was a consultant at El Paso Corporation (a fortune 500 energy company) in Houston, Texas. He was responsible for various infrastructure projects for the enterprise, which included Gas transportation, Marketing, Exploration and Production, Refining and retail.

    Ahmad is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he earned a Masters of Computer Science and also a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Jordan. He has over 20 years of technology experience in both Healthcare and Oil & Gas Information Technology.

    Ahmed Al Madani, Dubai Customs


    Head of IT Pleanning & Enterprise Architecture

    Ahmed Al Madani has been heading the IT Planning & Enterprise Architecture function at Dubai Customs for last three years and transformed the organization by implementing the practice of Enterprise Architecture. He owns the Enterprise Connected View, which is considered the only source of truth about Dubai Customs. Before heading the IT Planning & Enterprise Architecture Ahmed was the IT Director of Value Added Tax (VAT) initiative at Dubai Customs. Ahmed also has worked in the telecommunication and power sectors in the field of IT management. He is also leading the Service Improvement Government Network on behalf of Dubai Customs to improve service delivery standards in Dubai.


    Alfonso De Gaetano, Google


    Industry Head - Gulf

    Alfonso de Gaetano works at Google as Industry Head for the Gulf Region. In his role, he is in charge of Sales activities and supporting business development activities for Google Gulf across all sectors (E-Commerce, Telecom, Media, Technology, FMCG, Financial Services, Government) excluding Travel.

    Before Google, Alfonso was a Principal at Booz & Company in Dubai. He spent more than 7 years in Management Consulting and he was part of the Telecom practice of Booz & Company, specialized in Corporate Finance, Investment Strategy, Business Development, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

    He lead one of the largest Synergy Program of a large Telecom conglomerate and was responsible of several successful Due Diligence and Acquisitions of Telecom operators in Asia, Middle East and Africa

    Alfonso also spent almost 2 years as Vice President of the SWF Dubai Group, mainly focusing on M&A and post acquisition activities for Financial Service companies. He holds a Materials engineering degree from Federico II University in Napoli, and a MBA from Stoa’ Business School in Napoli


    Andy Baul-Lewis, Frost and Sullivan


    Head of ICT Practice MENA

    Andy heads the Information and Communications Technology Practice in the Middle-East and North Africa region for Frost and Sullivan. He joined Frost and Sullivan’s ICT team in 2012 and is responsible for all the regional research and consulting activities of the practice.

    With over 20 years experience in the Telecom and IT Industries, Andy has run and setup teams with a wide-variety of functions in European and Global roles as well as within the MENA region.

    Broadly encompassing Marketing planning and strategy in the Technology area, these roles have included the following functions; Market and Technology analysis, Business Planning, Market and Product forecasting, Target/Partner selection, Customer Experience Strategy, Performance Management, KPI Development, Customer Behaviour analysis, setting up Research & Planning teams and Strategy Development.

    Most recently he was responsible for the Commercial planning of an LTE roll-out within the GCC. Prior to joining Frost and Sullivan, Andy worked for Nawras (QTel Group’s Operator in Oman), Nokia MEA, Vodafone’s Group and UK organisations and Microsoft UK. He has also spent time with IDC and Gartner as an analyst for the PC markets in Europe.

    Ashraf Koshry, Ajman Bank




    Bobby Kakar, Saudi Investment Bank


    Head of Marketing & Product Development

    Bobby Kakar is the Head of Marketing and Product Development at the Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB), Riyadh, and is responsible for developing the Bank’s Islamic Banking product offering and leading its foray into digital media. At SAIB he was instrumental in launchings its new social media integrated website ( and maintaining its very active presence across Facebook and Twitter.  Bobby is a seasoned marketing and consumer banking professional with over 15 years experience in Consumer Banking spread across the Middle East and South Asia. He has led numerous product and brand launches in the Middle East and India, including the regions’ first online savings proposition, eSaver from HSBC. He has extensive experience in development of E channels especially with respect to digital marketing, social media, internet banking strategy, E propositions development, customer online journey design and transaction migration to automated channels. Bobby is also a member of the MENA advisory board of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) council, an affinity group of Chief Marketers worldwide.

    Caroline Doussot, Gemalto


    VP & Head of Marketing


    Daniele Catteddu, Cloud Security Alliance

    Dave Brooke, Dell

    Dr. Abdulqader A. Habiballah, Riyadh Military Hospital

    Dr.Jassim Haji, Gulf Air

    Dr.Mohammed Saeed Al-Kahtani, Salman Bin Abdulaziz University

    Ed Gabrys, TAQA

    Fayza Mohamed Amin, Telekom Malaysia

    Fayyaz Alam, Emirates Group

    Hazem Awni Jarrar, King Faisal Foundation

    Ian Cook, Oman Insurance Co.

    Jacob Kuriyan, Khalifa University

    Jan Ursi, Infoblox

    Jean Claude Michaca, Oracle

    Jonathan Chapman, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

    Jonathan Labin, Facebook

    Joseph Nettikaden, ESOL

    Khalid Owaida, Kuwait Finance and Investment Company

    Leif-Olof Wallin, Gartner

    Loay Al Nakhal, Dubai Municipality

    Luis Perfetti, Oasis Hospital

    Matthew Kirkman, ADMA Opco

    Mats Ericsson, F5 Networks


    Director, Field Systems Engineering EMEA

    Mats Ericsson joined F5 Networks in 2003 and has headed up F5’s Field Systems Engineering function in Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2009.   Mats primary responsibility is to lead F5’s pre-sales team within EMEA, focusing on enabling customers and partners to understand and take full advantage of F5’s technology, products, and solutions.

    Mats joined F5 as a sales manager focused on F5's Nordic telecom customers, where he increased sales by over 350%. Before this, Mats ran his own consulting firm, and also spent seven years at 3Com in a variety of roles, the last one being European pre-sales manager for a team of 200 presales engineers.



    Majed Al Shangiti, Ma'aden Phosphate Company, Saudi Arabian Mining Company

    Moataz Hassouna, Emaar Properties, Egypt

    Mahmood Shaker, Qatar First Investment Bank

    Mohammed Al-Sharafi, ICT Service Development Expert

    Mohammed Al -Suhebani, Head of National Comittee for ICT Budgeting

    Mohamed Roushdy, Bank Nizwa

    Mohammed Shah, Knowledge Economic City

    Mohammed Younes, Abu Dhabi Education Council

    Nigel Hattersley, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

    Peter HJ van Eijk

    Peter Job, Intergence

    Rajen Lakhani, Du Media Lab

    Ross Maclean, Ernst & Young

    Saud Sulaiman Al Dhawyani, Dubai Courts

    Shams Hasan, Carnegie Mellon University

    Simon Lee, Sapience Capital Partners

    Stephane Niango, Gartner

    Tareq Alemadi, Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser

    Terry Cane, Jumeirah Group

    Thameem Rizvon, Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group

    Todd Thibodeaux, COMPTIA

    Tony Milan, Wipro Limited

    Yousef Tuqan Tuqan, Flip Media

    Other speakers include:

    Ahmed Nassef  Yahoo! Middle East
    Anwar Bakhashwain  Saudi Post
    Bilal Al Sabbagh  Deloitte & Touche Middle East
    David Angwin  Wyse
    Eng. Ahmed Al-Osaimi  King Abdullah Medical City
    Farid Farouq  Dubai World Trade Center
    Galal Eltahan  Dubai World Trade Center
    Hosam El Sokkari  Yahoo! Middle East
    Ian McKenzie  Emirates College for Advanced
    Maher Shirah  RTA
    Mohamad Al Agha  Abu Dhabi Airports Company
    Saji Oommen   Albatha Group
    Shailesh Rao  Google Enterprise


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