2020 Speakers

2020 SPEAKERS LINE-UP


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  • Dezso Molnar

    Dezso Molnar

    Aeronautics Engineer, Inventor and Pilot Flying Car Racing League United States Built the first privately funded rocket ship for Truax Engineering, one the first companies in private space travel
  • H.E. Younus Al Nasser

    H.E. Younus Al Nasser

    Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai CEO, Dubai Data Establishment United Arab Emirates Leader who rolled out one the most comprehensive and ambitious data initiatives in the world.
  • John Cleese

    John Cleese

    Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter & Producer United Kingdom Arguably the most influential comedian alive – has repeatedly reinvented the genre and bridged generations from Monty Python, Fawlty Towers to a Fish Called Wanda
  • Bryan Seely

    Bryan Seely

    World Famous Hacker, Author & US Marine United States Possibly the only Celebrated Ethical Hacker who wiretapped the Secret Service and the FBI
  • Pablos Holman

    Pablos Holman

    Hacker, Inventor, and Entrepreneur United States Arguably the world’s most diverse technologist and inventor with a portfolio spanning a spaceship for Jeff Bezos; world’s smallest PC, AI for stock market trading, and a laser gun to shoot mosquitos in a project with Bill Gates aiming to eradicate malaria
  • Dr. Noah Raford

    Dr. Noah Raford

    Chief of Global Affairs Dubai Future Foundation United Arab Emirates Futurist-in-Chief” at DFF, and former advisor on futures, foresight and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s office who helped establish the country’s first national foresight unit, Dubai Future Foundation and the Museum of the Future
  • Dr. Seth Dobrin

    Dr. Seth Dobrin

    Chief Data Officer IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software, Vice President & Chief Data Officer, IBM Analytics IBM United States Established the Data Science Elite team that has grown to almost 100 data scientists around the world and has been deployed on more than 130 Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning projects
  • H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti

    H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti

    Head of Cyber Security, United Arab Emirates Government United Arab Emirates Gitex gives us an optimistic 2021: The UAE’s main goal is to build a digital transformation with all our new partners from around the world.
  • Khaled Aldharrab

    Khaled Aldharrab

    Vice President Infrastructure stc Saudi Arabia Eng. Khaled has also pioneered the launch of all major Mobile (e.g. 3G, 4G & 5G) broadband services covering the whole of the Kingdom with best possible quality and throughput.
  • Linnéa Kornehed

    Linnéa Kornehed

    CMO and Co-founder Einride Sweden The youngest CMO currently at any globally recognized startup selected by either TechCrunch and CB Insights.
  • Syl Saller

    Syl Saller

    President The Marketing Society United Kingdom WFA’s top 5 Global CMOs, Forbes 50 Most Influential CMOs, Ad Age’s Women to Watch, Marketing Week’s Vision 100 and Campaign’s Power 100
  • Joy Ajlouny

    Joy Ajlouny

    Co-Founder Fetchr United Arab Emirates Disrupting the status quo of women in business as co-founder of silicon-backed, Fetchr, turned investor having raised over $100 million in venture capital
  • Dee Deu

    Dee Deu

    CISO Xoserve United Kingdom The 50 Most Influential Women in Cyber-Security 2019
  • Jelena Matone

    Jelena Matone

    CISO European Investment Bank Italy Award-winning CISO with global multilateral private & public sector experience
  • Sean Reyes

    Sean Reyes

    Attorney General State of Utah United States Former Partner at Accelerate Ventures, GC for a tech company”, and founder of Regulator Tech Summit in San Jose. Current and past chair of several national committees on innovation and regulation.
  • Tiffany Chu

    Tiffany Chu

    CEO & Co-founder Remix United States 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) Tech Pioneer 
  • Harj Dhaliwal

    Harj Dhaliwal

    Regional Managing Director Virgin Hyperloop United Arab Emirates Leading the race to deliver the world’s first Hyperloop in India and the Gulf.
  • Christopher Thomas

    Christopher Thomas

    Co-Founder & CO-CEO Eureeca United Arab Emirates Dubai-based startup which has grown into a cross-continent equity crowdfunding platform, with international offices in Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and London
  • Dr Christopher H Cooper

    Dr Christopher H Cooper

    General Manager Data Center Group Lenovo, Middle East & Africa United Arab Emirates Helps customers accelerate their digital transformation journey enabling “Smarter Technology for all”
  • Sameer Sharma

    Sameer Sharma

    Global GM (Smart Cities and Transportation) Intel United States Leading deployment of solutions for the development of smart cities around the world
  • Piero Pelizzaro

    Piero Pelizzaro

    Chief Resilience Officer Department City Resilience, Milan Municipality Italy Global urban resilience specialist of leading Italian Smart City
  • Charity Wanjiku

    Charity Wanjiku

    Co-founder & COO Strauss Energy Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya Forbes Top 50 women in Tech, co-founded the award-winning energy enterprise in Kenya 
  • Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa

    Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa

    Founder and Executive Director Chil (Community Healthcare Innovation) AI Lab Uganda First Ugandan named Forbes Africa 30 under 30
  • Dr.Suraj Kapa

    Dr.Suraj Kapa

    Director, Augmented and Virtual Reality Innovations Group, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Mayo Clinic United States Leading AR & VR Innovation for the World's no 1 Hospital
  • Christopher P. Boone

    Christopher P. Boone

    Vice President, Global Head of Health Economics & Outcomes Research Abbvie United States Data Hippie, Top 100 Innovator in Data & Analytics
  • Tuncay Tuncer

    Tuncay Tuncer

    Executive Director, Group Online & Mobile Banking, Head Digital UAE Standard Chartered Bank United Arab Emirates Responsible for driving Online and Mobile Banking Initiatives and Platform Management across the Group
  • Filippo Maria Renga

    Filippo Maria Renga

    Director and Co-Founder - Digital Innovation Observatories School of Management, Politecnico di Milano Italy Co-founder of 5 start-ups with more than €30 million of turnover together.
  • Diego Perez

    Diego Perez

    Executive Director Abfin Techs (Fintech Association of Brazil) Brazil Managing Director of The Fintech Association of Brazil co-founder of an Investment-based Crowdfunding Platform
  • Chen Wei (Wilson)

    Chen Wei (Wilson)

    Senior Industrial Designer Segway Robotics United States Designed revolutionary robots and vehicles for Segway and Ninebot
  • Eleni Kitra

    Eleni Kitra

    Global Business, Head of Financial Services & Automotive Facebook United Arab Emirates Award-wining Digital & Social Media professional who is a founding board member of the Digital Industry associations IAB and EEDE
  • Robert Falck

    Robert Falck

    Founder & CEO Einride Sweden Fusing 5G and AI to for a single operator to control ten autonomous vehicles and currently the world’s first driverless truck in regular operation on public roads.
  • Dave Crane

    Dave Crane

    Host DaveCraneGlobal.com United Arab Emirates Former BBC-Host, award-winning motivational speaker, public speaking trainer and business coach
  • Jeff Maggioncalda

    Jeff Maggioncalda

    CEO Coursera United States Leading the eLearning platform founded by Stanford computer science professors, Andrew Ing & Daphne Koller, to a USD 2.5 billion valuation with over 48 millions people, and 2,000 companies as users, and classes taught by the world’s top instructors from Stanford and John Hopkins
  • Francis Davidson

    Francis Davidson

    Founder & CEO Sonder United States One of the “40 Under 40” at the helm of the next-generation hospitality brand that hit a USD 1.3 billion valuation in USD 170m Series E despite COVID-19 travel collapse
  • Vilhelm Hedberg

    Vilhelm Hedberg

    Founder eKar United Arab Emirates The man behind the Middle East’s biggest car-sharing company that saw COVID-19 as an opportunity to expand its business model
  • Sarah Jones

    Sarah Jones

    Founder & CEO Sprii United Arab Emirates From financier to founder who raised $8.1. million in Series A, reduced customer acquisition costs by 20 times, while increasing reach and click-through rate by 10 times each.
  • Neil Petch

    Neil Petch

    Founder & CEO Virtuzone United Arab Emirates Leading the first and largest company formation firm in the region with a vision to position the UAE at the heart of a borderless global economy to support the country’s transition to the 4th industrial revolution
  • Catarina Selada

    Catarina Selada

    Head of City Lab CEiiA (Centre of Engineering and Product Development) Portugal Portugal Award winning expert, leading the Smart City Index & the Portuguese Smart Cities Network
  • Marcus Bernestrom

    Marcus Bernestrom

    Co-Founder FundedByMe MENA United Arab Emirates Serial entrepreneur who has launched crowdfunding operations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia
  • Tony Sun

    Tony Sun

    Deputy Director, Blockchain Trade Finance (Trusple) Ant Group China Formerly Head of FinTech Research at Ant Group, now part of the new Blockchain Trade Finance Platform, Trusple
  • Rahul Vijay

    Rahul Vijay

    Head of Global Connectivity, Technology Supply Chain & Operations Uber (US) United States Managing tech deals and introducing new technologies enhance the competitive advantage of world's largest gig-economy company
  • Naeem Altaf

    Naeem Altaf

    CTO - Space Tech & Quantum Ambassador IBM (US) United States Spearheading IBM technology used for exhibitions to Mars
  • Eric Aquaronne

    Eric Aquaronne

    Worldwide Systems Strategy IBM France Pioneering the IBM AI Autonomous Mayflower ship
  • Peter Tavener

    Peter Tavener

    CFO & COO Beehive United Kingdom Part of the team that launched the first The first regulated P2P lending platform in MENA
  • Saqr Ereiqat

    Saqr Ereiqat

    Consulting Leader - Government & Public Sector IBM United Arab Emirates Led complex projects for IBM across 23 Countries in Europe, Middle East & Africa. 
  • Elisabeth Braw

    Elisabeth Braw

    Visiting Fellow AEI United States Interviewed by the BBC alongside Eric Schmidt on geopolitics in tech, contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Policy and the Times
  • Mats Granryd

    Mats Granryd

    Director General GSMA United Kingdom Represents the interests of its global members uniting more than 750 operators and 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem including handset and device makers and software companies
  • Harri Santamala

    Harri Santamala

    Founder & CEO Sensible4 Finland Won the RTA Selfdriving challenge in 2019 and currently engaged to roll out the first autonomous busses in regular service in Dubai
  • Firdosh Sheikh

    Firdosh Sheikh

    CEO & Co-Founder drife India Co-founded a decentralized ride-hailing platform without the existence of a central entity.
  • Mariam Al Muhairi

    Mariam Al Muhairi

    Project Manager Dubai Future Foundation United Arab Emirates Heads the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE, a collaboration between Dubai Future Foundation and the World Economic Forum
  • George Akhras

    George Akhras

    Chief Information Officer Academia Management Solutions International (AMSI) United States Leads the Information Technology and Innovation strategy at AMSI, the organization responsible for launching the first K-12 blockchain credentials in the world
  • Mohamed Jawabri

    Mohamed Jawabri

    Co-Founder & COO Lendo Saudi Arabia Led more than 20 innovative government projects for Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program in Saudi Arabia
  • David Magård

    David Magård

    Advisor - Division for Digital Development Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure Sweden Head of blockchain for the Swedish Ministry of Infrastructure | Current Swedish representative in the European Blockchain Partnership
  • Jyoti Lalchandani

    Jyoti Lalchandani

    Group Vice President & Regional MD, Middle East, Turkey & Africa IDC United Arab Emirates Spearheaded the development of IDC offices in Johannesburg, Istanbul, Riyadh, Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Cairo.
  • Helal Ismail

    Helal Ismail

    Head of Technology CAFU United Arab Emirates Leading technology for the region’s first Petrol Delivery and Car Ownership platform
  • Marco Tempest

    Marco Tempest

    Cyber Illusionist Switzerland Executive Director NYC Magic Lab, a science consortium exploring illusion and digital technology. Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and a creative consultant at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Dr. Mohamed Madkour

    Dr. Mohamed Madkour

    VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions Huawei China Leads the 5G expansion for Huawei in the MENA region.
  • Dotun Rominiyi

    Dotun Rominiyi

    Blockchain Strategy - Emerging Technologies LSEG United Kingdom Founder of praedia.io, former CTO of BlockEx and Cofounder and Head of Technology of Ownage
  • Sandy Grigsby

    Sandy Grigsby

    Founder BrioFIVE United States Host of the Podcast Life in Focus
  • Jean-Baptiste Gérard

    Jean-Baptiste Gérard

    Data Engineer & Product Manager Louis Vuitton - LVMH France Developed innovative projects for Louis Vuitton and worked on AI at IBM.
  • Yariv Cohen

    Yariv Cohen

    Founder & CEO Ignite Power Israel Developer and financier of safe clean energy providing nation-scale interventions in a sustainable way around Africa
  • Mansoor Hanif

    Mansoor Hanif

    Executive Director Engineering Technology & Digital NEOM NEOM Saudi Arabia Former CTO of the UK regulator OFCOM and currently delivering the communications infrastructure of what will become the most advanced city in history
  • Ritchie Mehta

    Ritchie Mehta

    Founder Learn Et Al & School of Marketing United Kingdom A pioneer in digital marketing studies, who has impacted 100,000 learners, a top level consultant for Fortune 500 companies to hire future CMOs
  • Paul Lalovich

    Paul Lalovich

    Founder Agile Dynamics United Arab Emirates Super popular with Emirati businesses to restructure business architecture
  • David Balfour

    David Balfour

    Co-founder - Lightblue Board Member | Vice Chairman - Tribe Global United Arab Emirates Featured in Event Magazine's ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in the Industry: 2016 & hitting no.17 in 2017'. The Drum's top 30 under 30.
  • Mimi Nicklin

    Mimi Nicklin

    International bestselling author & an Empathy Advocate, Creative Director RAPP United Arab Emirates Hosts a breakfast show, Empathy for Breakfast, that reached an audience of nearly 100,000 in its first two seasons and has a successful podcast, Secrets of The Gap.
  • Sudhir Syal

    Sudhir Syal

    CEO, Middle East Book My Show United Arab Emirates Launched the longest running live streaming show getting 60,000 visitors a week
  • Cristina Covello

    Cristina Covello

    Head of Strategic Growth Fooditude United Kingdom The woman responsible for one of the highest growth levels on media penetration with podcasts, social and radio in UK
  • Magnus Djaba

    Magnus Djaba

    Global President, CEO Publicis Groupe UK Creative Practice , Panel – Premier League Saatchi & Saatchi United Kingdom Between 2011 and 2017 under his leadership, grew Saatchi & Saatchi London by 50% and welcomed clients like Direct Line, HSBC, Expedia and BT. Also sits on the English Premier League Equality Panel.
  • Mark Evans

    Mark Evans

    Managing Director – Marketing & Digital Direct Line Group United Kingdom Demonstrated bravery by hiring infamous gangster, Winston Wolfe (of Pulp Fiction fame),  to be the UK insurer’s spokesperson
  • Erica Kerner

    Erica Kerner

    SVP, Head of Marketing Strategy & Partnerships, Commercial, ONE Championship Board Chairman, Singapore & South East Asia, The Marketing Society Singapore Leads marketing at the world’s most popular MMA promotion with online viewers. At adidas, she and her team won China’s first-ever Cannes Gold Lion for their Beijing 2008 Olympics campaign.
  • Maya Makanjee

    Maya Makanjee

    Non Exe Director at AIG, Tiger Brands & Chairman of Ethics South Africa Launched the first incentive model for agencies in South Africa whilst at Nestle
  • Paloma Azulay

    Paloma Azulay

    Global CMO Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen United States One of AdAge Europe’s 2018 ‘Women to Watch
  • Brendan Michael Vyner

    Brendan Michael Vyner

    Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment University of Wollongong Dubai United Arab Emirates Despite the cancellation of 50+ in-person events that are long-standing conversion drivers, staged a remarkable digital campaign that yielded the highest summer enrolment in seven years
  • Henry Windridge

    Henry Windridge

    Brand Director Middle East & Africa Discovery United Arab Emirates Made Fatafeat #1 in digital footprint
  • Aimee Peters

    Aimee Peters

    Group Head – Marketing & Communications Mashreq bank United Arab Emirates Named on Top 100 B2B Marketing Leaders in Europe in 2019
  • Claudia Navarro

    Claudia Navarro

    VP of Marketing Eurasia and Middle East Coco Cola Canada Led Coca Cola's campaign for the 2012 London Olympics, 2018 FIFA World Cup, that led Coca Cola to its first ever mobile Cannes Lion trophy in 2019
  • Henry Rosas

    Henry Rosas

    Partner & Senior Director TalkCircle United Arab Emirates Used an online digital marketing platform for a small company to grow, connects licensed therapists to international clients for organizational mental health
  • Rami Zahran

    Rami Zahran

    Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Saudi German Hospitals United Arab Emirates Named on VMF Marketing Powerlist 2018 for being one of the Middle East’s top marketers, now credited with transformational results to brand awareness and equity, as well as financials at the Saudi-headquartered healthcare group
  • Peter DeBenedicts

    Peter DeBenedicts

    Chief Marketing Officer Middle East & Africa Microsoft United Arab Emirates An Effie award judge, is leveraging AI to drive the marketing strategy and overall bravery culture at Microsoft
  • Manav Sethi

    Manav Sethi

    Global CMO Octro India Launched 20+ original shows, acquiring 4M+ paying users within 18 months of launch
  • Marwa Kaabour

    Marwa Kaabour

    Group Head - Marketing & Corporate Communication Al Masaood Group United Arab Emirates Delivering services to a diverse portfolio of global and regional brands such as Nestle, Kraft, Emirates, Pizza Hut, Al Hilal Bank and the Government of Abu Dhabi.
  • Shaddy Gaad

    Shaddy Gaad

    Senior Marketing Manager - MENA Guinness World Record United Arab Emirates One of the highest mall based activations done in 2020
  • Talal Omar

    Talal Omar

    Director – MENA Guinness World Records United Arab Emirates One of the highest mall based activations done in 2020
  • Rami Al Kadhi

    Rami Al Kadhi

    Commercial Director Anghami United Arab Emirates
  • Hussein Kandil

    Hussein Kandil

    Regional Marketing Director Hardees United Arab Emirates Known for Lighting in the Bottle campaign a revolutionary product design approach
  • Sevgi Gur

    Sevgi Gur

    Director Customer & Consumer Experience Michelin United Arab Emirates is An award-winning global marketer, a digital evangelist
  • Saleema Vellani

    Saleema Vellani

    Innovation Strategist - World Bank Adj. Professor Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking - The Johns Hopkins University United States Led a startup education program through an Upwork-WeWork partnership to help businesses hire and manage remote teams online; At the age of 21, launched Brazil's largest and top-rated language schools
  • Sophie Devonshire

    Sophie Devonshire

    CEO The Marketing Society United Kingdom Author of ‘Superfast: Lead at Speed’, shortlisted in the Business Book Awards & reached No.1 on Amazon Business Book Bestsellers in Change Management.
  • Darine El Khatib

    Darine El Khatib

    Sr. Director – Creative Strategy & Brand Development Warner Media United Arab Emirates Leading the content and brand teams for developing the Warner Media editorial strategy. Host & producer for the shows My World To You & Star Chef
  • Alastair Sherriffs

    Alastair Sherriffs

    VP Marketing & Growth Property Finder United Arab Emirates Launched digital live viewings that improved visibility of sales
  • Austyn Allison

    Austyn Allison

    Editor Campaign Middle East United Arab Emirates The editor for the region’s top magazine in the advertising and creative community
  • Manjyot Sandhu

    Manjyot Sandhu

    Regional Head - Marketing & Content Licensing Zee Entertainment United Arab Emirates Conceptualized & executed India’s largest youth event with over 50,000 participants
  • Rashid Al Awadhi

    Rashid Al Awadhi

    MEPRA Board Member CEO - New Media Academy United Arab Emirates 40 Most Influential Emiratis Under 40
  • Joyce Baz

    Joyce Baz

    MEPRA - Board Member Head of PR and Communications - Google MENA United Arab Emirates Leading Google and YouTube’s regional communications efforts across corporate and  consumer
  • Nada El Barshoumi

    Nada El Barshoumi

    MEPRA - Youth Board Member Senior Manager - Weber Shandwick, MENAT United Arab Emirates Founded MENA region’s first vegan food blog in 2010.
  • Lisa Welsh

    Lisa Welsh

    MEPRA - Vice Chair Managing Director - Hill+knowlton strategies United Arab Emirates One of the world’s most influential PR professionals in the 2016 PR Week Global Power Book
  • Richie Santosdiaz

    Richie Santosdiaz

    Head of Strategy Rise Group United Arab Emirates Creator of Fintech Power 50, American Expat Youth
  • Azhar Sayeed

    Azhar Sayeed

    Senior Director, Global Telco Technical Development Red Hat United States Holds nine patents and is the author of the book "MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization".
  • Ziyaad Ahmed

    Ziyaad Ahmed

    Co-Founder & COO Spotii United Arab Emirates Founder of the buy now, pay later pioneer in the UAE that focuses on Millennials and GenZ using sophisticated Machine Learning Algorithms, AI and targeted Digital Marketing to drive consumers to Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle brands
  • Thomas Zakrzewski

    Thomas Zakrzewski

    Founder and Managing Partner EgisData United States Visiting Technologist Fellow at National Security Institute (NSI)
  • Ryan Den Rooijen

    Ryan Den Rooijen

    Group Head of Data Chalhoub Group United Arab Emirates An advisory board chair of MSc/DPhil in Social Data Science contributing to the development of the Oxford Internet Institute’s newest degrees
  • Professor Olinga Taeed

    Professor Olinga Taeed

    Visiting Professor Birmingham City University United Kingdom Director Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise & Governance of Blockchain Lab, leads cutting-edge government projects in the UAE, China and Saudi Arabia
  • Dina El-Shenoufy

    Dina El-Shenoufy

    CIO Flat6Labs Egypt The MENA region’s leading startup accelerator responsible for the first MENA matchmaking company acquisition, Harmonica
  • Walid Hanna

    Walid Hanna

    Founder & CEO Middle East Venture Partners United Arab Emirates 19 years in the VC field with 50+ VC investments in past decade and most recently teamed up with Huda Beauty Investments on a $11 million venture
  • Matthew Yarger

    Matthew Yarger

    Head of Mobility and Automotive IOTA Foundation United States Works on Smart City Data policy and project and product design and development for city of Austin
  • Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

    Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer Dubai Blockchain Center United Arab Emirates Founded the region's first innovation hub for blockchain technology
  • Ted Hwang

    Ted Hwang

    CEO Danal Fintech Korea, Republic of 27 year veteran in payment systems and consumer finance, delivering credit card solutions for Hyundai and Samsung.
  • Chrissa McFarlane

    Chrissa McFarlane

    CEO Patientory United States Revolutionizing the way doctors and patients interact and gain access to information, cutting out all layers and processes that currently are stumbling blocks in care coordination.
  • Tim K. Mackey

    Tim K. Mackey

    Associate Professor, UC San Diego, School of Medicine and Director - Healthcare Research & Policy & Director Global Health Policy Institute United States A consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of Justice, the US Department of State and others. He is also a principal faculty at the BlockLAB at the San Diego SuperComputer Center
  • Waqas Mirza

    Waqas Mirza

    Founding CEO Avanza United Arab Emirates Two decades of experience in delivering cutting edge software solutions to over 300 customers across 45+ countries
  • Kirsi Ekberg

    Kirsi Ekberg

    Founder & CEO Vilike Finland Advisor to StuDisco and leads edtech startups making social impact via educational games and new age technology including Blockchain and AI.
  • Aly Madhavji

    Aly Madhavji

    Senior Blockchain Fellow INSEAD Canada Has lived and worked across 4 continents with PwC, PayPal, Microsoft, Bloomberg, and INSEAD.
  • Justas Pikelis

    Justas Pikelis

    Co-founder Monetha Lithuania "Forbes" 30 under 30 in two different categories ("Finance" and "Big Money")
  • Lacina Kone

    Lacina Kone

    Director-General Smart Africa Secretariat Rwanda Leads Smart Africa- a commitment from African Heads of State and government to accelerate Africa into a knowledge economy through the adoption of ICT-driven initiatives in cities.
  • Professor Martin Spraggon

    Professor Martin Spraggon

    Dean School of Business and Quality Management at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University United Arab Emirates Practiotioner passionate about Smart teaching and experiential learning 
  • Iain Colledge

    Iain Colledge

    Principal Raha International School United Arab Emirates "Leading Taaleem’s award winning School, rated ‘Outstanding’ by (Abu Dhabi Department of Education & Knowledge) ADEK "
  • Prof Dr Mohamed Yousif Baniyas

    Prof Dr Mohamed Yousif Baniyas

    Higher Education Advisor & Director Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education (UAE) United Arab Emirates "Working collaboratively in securing and developing the quality of higher education in the UAE "
  • Nadim Abdulrahim

    Nadim Abdulrahim

    Global Government Industry Scientist Enterprise Business Group Huawei Middle East United Arab Emirates Global Government Industry Scientist
  • Hon. Michael Onyango

    Hon. Michael Onyango

    Thought Leader - Transformative Technologies-Member (Blockchain) & Artificial Intelligence, Taskforce Government of Kenya Government of Kenya Kenya Thought Leader on the Future of Work – 4th IR, works around emerging technologies in Africa and globally
  • Steve Bambury

    Steve Bambury

    Director Digital Inception United Arab Emirates Multi-award-winning educator and the first person to host professional development inside VR
  • Professor Shafi Ahmed

    Professor Shafi Ahmed

    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon BARTS Health NHS Trust United Kingdom Multi award winning surgeon & futurist, the most watched surgeon in human history who used  Snapchat spectacles to record and teach surgery which had over 100,000 downloads, 2 million+ views
  • Dr Vèna Arielle AHOUANSOU

    Dr Vèna Arielle AHOUANSOU

    Founder Kea Medicals Benin Forbes Africa 30under30 – Technology
  • Safder Nazir

    Safder Nazir

    Senior Vice President Digital Industries Strategy Huawei Middle East United Arab Emirates Recognized industry thought leader promoting innovative use of technology to drive business outcomes
  • David Cunha

    David Cunha

    Advisor for Information Technologies and Digital Transformation Lisbon Municipality Portugal Smart(er) Cities enthusiast & Urban Intelligence supporter, leading citizen centric smart city strategy for Lisbon
  • Dr. Juergen Rahmel

    Dr. Juergen Rahmel

    Chief Digital Officer, AI & ML Advisor HSBC Germany Served as the Head of AI in the Applied Innovation Team of HSBC Hong Kong, worked on ethical frameworks for AI and is a frequent lecturer and speaker about Applications of AI in Finance.
  • Dr. Souma Alhaj Ali

    Dr. Souma Alhaj Ali

    Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering, Artificial Neural Network and Robotics, Director of Excellence and Governance, ICDE Focal Point on Quality in the Arab Region Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University United Arab Emirates HBMSU‘s smart learning ecosystem incorporates many AI based platforms and technological solutions including Smart Campus, Smart Advising, Smart Portfolio, IT Support Chatbot, and an AI based smart reference service
  •  Geoffrey Alphonso

     Geoffrey Alphonso

    CEO Alef Education United Arab Emirates Launched AI powered Alef platform to reach 196 public schools in UAE by Dec 2020
  • Debbie Botha

    Debbie Botha

    Executive Information Architect, IBM Women in AI Ambassador for UAE, Women in AI United Arab Emirates Built 20 data warehouses and data lakes globally and is a key developer of the data & BI mapping and integration strategies
  •  Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

     Dr. Hoda Alkhzaimi

    President of Emirates Digital Association for Women Director of Centre for Cyber Security, New York University Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Is an accomplished expert in cryptology, constructing and validating security hardware and software components.
  •  Yasmin Al Enazi

     Yasmin Al Enazi

    Leadership & Communications Lead of Women in AI & Director, Projects and Customer Happiness, Mechatronic Engineer DGWorld United Arab Emirates The best 100 faces representing Emirati women” by the Emirates Women's Union and Al Bayan newspaper
  •  Andrea Gallego

     Andrea Gallego

    Managing Director and Partner Boston Consulting Group United States Named by Forbes in the list of Top Women defining AI in the 21st century and Is the founder of BCG GAMMA’s premier AI and ML software
  • Arunima Sarkar

    Arunima Sarkar

    Artificial Intelligence Lead Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution India Leads WEF fourth industrial revolution initiatives for India
  • Tom Bicknell

    Tom Bicknell

    Partner Pinsent Masons United Arab Emirates Works in partnership with DIFC Academy to design the UAE digital payments strategy in a move towards cashless economy
  • Vivek Zakarde

    Vivek Zakarde

    Head of Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse Reliance General Insurance India A CIO100 winner of 2019 by IDG, the first person in India to implement AI enabled damage estimator for claims settlement in Auto Insurance
  • Hisham Al-Falih

    Hisham Al-Falih

    CEO Lean Tech Saudi Arabia The developer of simple APIs in a complex financial ecosystem, that provides access to financial data and payment initiation
  • Dr. Aviv Zeevi

    Dr. Aviv Zeevi

    VP Technological Transfer Division Israel Innovation Authority Israel Part of OECD team of One AI Wonk, leading the framework in Israel for Joint National Infrastructure for Computing and Storage
  • Dr Norberto Andrade

    Dr Norberto Andrade

    Global Policy Lead for Digital and AI Ethics Facebook United States His AI ethics research has been replicated across in India, the Asia Pacific region and Africa.
  • Natasha Dsouza

    Natasha Dsouza

    Journalist and Contributing Writer Harvard Business Review United Arab Emirates A journalist a speaker, a firebrand.
  • Karim Ibrahim

    Karim Ibrahim

    CEO RobocomVR Lebanon Karim Ibrahim is the CEO for RobocomVR. Winning 2019’s Hasbro’s Game Changer Awards and being selected for Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2020
  • Ivan Jakovljevic

    Ivan Jakovljevic

    Chief Development Officer Saudi Technology Ventures (STV) Saudi Arabia Former Google exec hired to help the largest venture capital fund in the Middle East region with more than $500m in assets under management
  • Shane Shin

    Shane Shin

    Founding Partner Shorooq Partners United Arab Emirates Forbes 30 Under 30, Kauffman Fellows, Founding Partner at Shorooq Partners, Shane spearheads the firm along with Partners Mahmoud Adi and Kunal Savjani
  • Katie Golding

    Katie Golding

    Director – Marketing & Communications Sky News Arabia United Arab Emirates Leads the marketing and communication for Sky News Arabia. Leveraging digital and data learning to drive reach and attract audiences from all over the region
  • Sunny Landeros

    Sunny Landeros

    Former Global Brand & Communications Director, Jetex Official Member, Forbes Communication Council United Arab Emirates Behind placement of the first life-sized private jet mock-up inside Dubai Mall giving Jetex and HondaJet over 23M digital impressions
  • Alex Malouf

    Alex Malouf

    Corporate Communications Director Schneider Electric United Arab Emirates Garlanded as ‘The first communications innovator from the Middle East’ by The Holmes Report; known for transforming marcomms into revenue streams
  • Katie Traxton

    Katie Traxton

    Chief Communications Officer Formula E United Kingdom When working at WeAreFearless reached an organic social reach of 2.3 billion in one weekend
  • Nalin Chandna

    Nalin Chandna

    CEO National Gas Company Oman Led the organization to become the largest LPG provider in Oman and UAE and an experienced leader hired by MNCs to train their staff in executive leadership programs
  • Hameed Yousuf

    Hameed Yousuf

    Digital Media Evangelist @HamiVlogs United Arab Emirates One of the early proponents and advocates of social media licensing in the region
  • Nasser Al Buhairi

    Nasser Al Buhairi

    TL Organizational Resilience (Fire Group) Kuwait Oil Company Kuwait The man responsible for crisis communication and reputation management for the company that delivers 80% of Kuwait's GDP
  • Colin Lewis

    Colin Lewis

    Marketing Week Columnist, Author eCommerce Best Practice, Educator and Speaker, Multiple award-winning marketer, Investor, Advisor CMO, OpenJaw Technologies Ireland One of UK’s top 100 CMOs, ran his first eCommerce website, turning over $100m
  • Henry Chilcott

    Henry Chilcott

    Chief Brand Officer Formula E United Kingdom Previously at McLaren, his most recent creative project was adopted as F1’s # campaign, a symbol of diversity and inclusion.
  • Amrith Gopinath

    Amrith Gopinath

    Senior Marketing Director Adidas United Arab Emirates Heads brand marketing for the best sports brand in the world, with over 18 years of experience across Retail, Technology and FMCG industries.
  • Khaled Ismail

    Khaled Ismail

    VP Communications - Europe, Central Asia, Middle East & Africa Region Tetra Pak United Arab Emirates Named a 'dude' in '10 Dudes Shaping Middle East’s Marketing Comms Landscape’
  • Matthias Schranner

    Matthias Schranner

    CEO and Founder The Schranner Negotiation Institute Germany An expert in high pressure negotiations, worked with the German police and FBI for a number of years, is a highly sought after consultant by Fortune 500 companies, governments and political parties.
  • Chris Babayode

    Chris Babayode

    Managing Director – EMEA Mobile Marketing Association United Kingdom Runs association that taps the fastest growing segment of marketing - mobile marketing globally
  • Andrew Campbell

    Andrew Campbell

    Managing Director - Middle East Brand Finance United Arab Emirates Formerly at Etisalat, where he was responsible for the marketing strategy and operational performance of fixed and mobile operations in 15 countries
  • Sherilyn Shackell

    Sherilyn Shackell

    Founder & Global CEO The Marketing Academy United Kingdom Runs one of the most sought after scholarship programs in Sydney and New York funded by Salesforce, Facebook, KFC, Mars, Google, Accenture etc
  • Souad Al Serkal

    Souad Al Serkal

    MEPRA Strategy Board Member & VP Corporate Communications Tabreed United Arab Emirates Oversees the strategic positioning of Tabreed, implementing the communication strategies, programs, initiatives, media events planning, employee engagement events, CSR campaigns, coordinating with external PR, events management agencies.
  • Aloysius Cheang

    Aloysius Cheang

    Chief Security Officer Huawei UAE United Arab Emirates Globally recognized cybersecurity expert, helping build a safe and secure intelligent connected digital economy
  • Faisal Sibai

    Faisal Sibai

    Vice President CISO Withheld Saudi Arabia
  • Uday Deshpande

    Uday Deshpande

    CISO Larsen & Toubro India As CISO for Larsen & Toubro, one of India’s largest private sector companies with annual revenue worth over USD 21Bn per year
  • Adel Alhousani

    Adel Alhousani

    CISO Dubai Customs United Arab Emirates Listed amongst top 50 young leaders in Cybersecurity in GCC & CISO of one of the oldest government departments in UAE
  • Abdulla Al Sayari

    Abdulla Al Sayari

    CISO Government of Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
  • Hafiz Farooq

    Hafiz Farooq

    Global Security Architect Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia Responsible for moving Saudi Aramco forward from orthodox cyber security to Machine Learning using the MITRE attack framework and Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Kill Chain.
  • Hessa Al Nahdi

    Hessa Al Nahdi

    Chief Information Security Officer UAE Department of Culture and Tourism United Arab Emirates Setting innovative, agile and resilient information security strategies  and cultures to support businesses and sub-entities
  • Nathan Swain

    Nathan Swain

    Former Security Advisor UK Government United Kingdom Former Security Advisor at UK Government with over 2 decades of cyber experience in both physical & digital
  • Viktor Polic

    Viktor Polic

    CISO International Labour Organization Switzerland Actively contributing to inter-organizational working groups for establishing policies, standards, and guidelines
  • Dr Erdal Ozkaya

    Dr Erdal Ozkaya

    Regional CISO Standard Chartered Bank United Arab Emirates Winner of ‘Global Super Hero CISO’ award and author
  • Kashif Khan

    Kashif Khan

    Head of Information Security Risk and Strategic Projects Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company United Arab Emirates Accomplished tech officer directing multi-national teams and administering multi-million dollar budgets
  • Remo Marini

    Remo Marini

    Chief Security Officer - Head of Group IT Operations Risk & Security Generali Italy CSO of Generali 2nd largest insurance group in the world with a total revenue of over 65 Billion Euros
  • George Eapen

    George Eapen

    CIO Petrofac United Arab Emirates One of the only Global CISO’s to take on CIO role, protects the information security for the whole Petrofac group which has an annual revenue of US$7.9 billion
  • Muhittin Hasancioglu

    Muhittin Hasancioglu

    CISO Petronas Malaysia Renowned International Cyber Risk & Security & Information Technology Executive, with 30 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies
  • Anatolii Vovniuk

    Anatolii Vovniuk

    Former Head of IT Naftogaz of Ukraine Ukraine
  • Dr Fadi Aloul

    Dr Fadi Aloul

    Professor and Department Head of Computer Science American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates Award winning Information Security Expert, winner; Khalifa Award for Higher Education, Sheikh Rashid Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers amongst many others
  • Nadine Mezher

    Nadine Mezher

    CMO & Co-Founder Sarwa United Arab Emirates Named MENA Achieving Women 2019 by Entrepreneur Magazine, and Top Woman founder 2019 by SME10X.
  • Gary West

    Gary West

    Managing Director OnStar Middle East and Head of Future Mobility General motors United Arab Emirates Strategic planning and implementation of GM’s Future Mobility technologies in the Middle East, in line with the company’s vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
  • Majid Al Shehry

    Majid Al Shehry

    GM for Enterprise Architecture at National Information Centre & Strategic Advisor Saudi Arabia Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) Saudi Arabia Championing to elevate Saudi Arabia’s position as a leader in data driven economies by regulating the data sector and enabling innovation
  • Nour Al Atassi

    Nour Al Atassi

    Director -Service Providers-AMEA Avaya United Arab Emirates Helping organisations leverage collaborative technologies, former Middle East MD of world’s most valued AI Startup
  • Dr. Ali Loveys

    Dr. Ali Loveys

    Managing Partner- Health Group & Chief Health Privacy and Security Officer BTblock United States Led the US Healthcare Blockchain for Ernst & Young and was the Foundation Relationship and North America Market Lead at ConsenSys Health
  • Krishnan Gopi

    Krishnan Gopi

    Group Chief Disruption Officer GEMS Education United Arab Emirates Digital Disruptive Leader of the Year on a mission to disrupt & create efficient, sustainable, scalable and future-ready technology capabilities for education today and tomorrow
  •  Fadi Hani

     Fadi Hani

    VP of Middle East, Africa and Turkey Avaya United Arab Emirates A long-standing veteran of the Middle East IT industry, promoting customer-centric, outcome-based approach to achieve digital transformation
  • Miroslav Kafedzhiev

    Miroslav Kafedzhiev

    VP & GM Honeywell SPS MERTA United Arab Emirates Leads growth strategies across MERTA, improving hospital operations and patient experience through digital transformation
  • Noor Sweid

    Noor Sweid

    General Partner Global Ventures United Arab Emirates Enabler of disruptive technology companies and their emerging market founders to solve real problems while changing the world with measurable impact
  • Tushar Singhvi

    Tushar Singhvi

    Deputy CEO & Head of CE-Ventures Crescent Enterprises United Arab Emirates Heads up corporate development and investment and irresponsible for evaluating and executing new investments
  • Hans Tung

    Hans Tung

    Managing Partner GGV Capital United States #10 on Forbes’ The Midas List: Top Tech Investors 2020 with a portfolio of six major IPOs, eight acquisitions and 14 private-valued billion-dollar startups that includes AirBnB, ByteDance and Peleton
  • Louise Gutteridge

    Louise Gutteridge

    CIPD Trainer PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association) United Arab Emirates Certifies people within a range of sectors from retail to government across the UK and the UAE
  • Avi Eyal

    Avi Eyal

    Managing Partner Entrée Capital Israel #12 on Forbe's The Midas List Europe: Top Tech Investors 2019' - cofounder and managing partner of Entree Capital, a firm with operations in the U.S., U.K. and Israel
  • Abdulqader Ali

    Abdulqader Ali

    Chief Executive Officer Smartworld United Arab Emirates Chairman of Board of the UAE Internal Auditors Association and was nominated to Chair the Federation of Arab Institutes of Internal Auditors
  • Anna Juusela

    Anna Juusela

    CEO & Founder Encourage.fi Finland Using Blockchain in 'We Encourage', a fundraising agent for NGOs empowering women and girls through education
  • Fadi Pharaon

    Fadi Pharaon

    Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area Middle East & Africa Ericsson United Arab Emirates Leads the Market Area Middle East & Africa, serving customers in the Middle East and Africa with Ericsson’s innovative technology and services
  • Dr. Jonathan Reichental

    Dr. Jonathan Reichental

    CEO, Human Future, former CIO for the City of Palo Alto Human Future United States "Named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world "
  • Vikas Aggarwal

    Vikas Aggarwal

    Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise INSEAD France Entrepreneur, Academician & Researcher exploring startup adaptation & innovation in fast-moving market setting
  • Dara Latinwo

    Dara Latinwo

    One Young World Ambassador (UK) Deloitte United Arab Emirates is a One Young World (OYW) ambassador who attended her first OYW summit in Bogotá, Colombia during 2017.
  • Massimo Cannizzo

    Massimo Cannizzo

    CEO and Co-Founder GELLIFY Middle East United Arab Emirates Senior advisor, executive & entrepreneur unleashing technology innovation & renewed mindfulness across industries
  • Mohammed Hanif Al Qassim

    Mohammed Hanif Al Qassim

    Managing Partner & Founder The Manor Hotel United Arab Emirates An Emirati businessman, who with a staff of 35 is effectively managing a property of 200+ rooms by leveraging AI in the hotel
  • Damien Drap

    Damien Drap

    Co-Founder & COO Nomad Homes United Arab Emirates An early Uber employee who was involved in launching developing company’s business in different parts of Europe before launching and leading Uber Eats across the Middle East
  • Sebastian Reis

    Sebastian Reis

    EVP Global E-Commerce Checkout.com United States Founded in 2012, Checkout.com bootstrapped until its record-breaking $230M Series A in May 2019 and catapulted to nearly $2B valuation and represented Europe’s largest Series A fundraise ever and the third largest Series A globally
  • Eyas Hawari

    Eyas Hawari

    Regional Director, Cloud & AI Business Group Huawei Middle East United Arab Emirates Empowering Saudi Arabia by contributing to recognise Arabic language and character using AI technology and with the help of researchers from the kingdom
  • Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD

    Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD

    Hon. Minister for Communications Nigeria Nigeria Spearheading the trials and development of 5G in Africa
  • Nektarios Liolios

    Nektarios Liolios

    Co-Founder & MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech Founder, The Future Farm United Kingdom Co-Founded Startupbootcamp FinTech to address the relationship between corporates, startups and investors on a global scale now working to improve the lives of people making a difference in the world
  • Yael Tamar

    Yael Tamar

    CMO, and PartnerTamar SolidBlock Israel Yael is a regional co-chair at FIBREE, the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise.
  • Shady Makhlouf

    Shady Makhlouf

    Head of Governments and Cities Segment – MEA Nokia United Arab Emirates Tech & innovation enthusiast, a startup investor, empowering the digital transformation of cities and government agencies
  • Ayman Elnasher

    Ayman Elnasher

    VP and Head of Technology Planning Du United Arab Emirates ICT professional with 20+ years expertise building and leading robust systems and start-up operations in competitive industries
  • Musab Abdalla

    Musab Abdalla

    Director, Business Development, Information and Communication Technologies Bahrain Economic Development Board Bahrain Contributed in launching the first Open Banking product in MENA, which initiated a mindset shift that is driving financial institutions to embrace a new world of financial services
  • Michele Giordani

    Michele Giordani

    Managing Partner & Founder GELLIFY Italy A data scientist, specialized in software B2B and in particular in big data analytics and machine learning
  • Christian Kunz

    Christian Kunz

    Head of Group Strategy and Innovation DIFC United Arab Emirates Leading the intersection of financial services, technology and innovation, recently released the framework and rules for actual processing of payments, digital transformation and open banking
  • Prof Christopher Abraham

    Prof Christopher Abraham

    CEO SP Jain School of Global Management United Arab Emirates A TEDx speaker, is an expert in connecting neuroscience & behavioural science with marketing and is a sought-after expert by World Bank, Dubai Executive Council, Emirates Airlines, DHL, SEWA, Reckitt Benkiser, P&G etc
  • Fuad Siddiqui

    Fuad Siddiqui

    Executive Partner & Vice President Nokia Bell Labs United Arab Emirates Authored ‘Future of Enterprise’ chapter of Bell labs Future X Network book
  • Khaled AbdulRahman Al Awadhi

    Khaled AbdulRahman Al Awadhi

    Director Transportation Systems Department Public Transport Agency Roads & Transport Authority, RTA United Arab Emirates Part of the team which supervising the implementation of the Dubai’s Autonomous Transportation Strategy
  • Zul Javaid

    Zul Javaid

    CEO UAE Trade Connect United Arab Emirates Financial leader in Etisalat UAE since 2010, and prior to that has held CFO and CEO positions in telecom and IT companies
  • Anirudha Panse

    Anirudha Panse

    Managing Director & Head of Trade Product Management First Abu Dhabi bank United Arab Emirates Responsible for management and development of Trade products and solutions globally for FAB
  • Reda Ezzat

    Reda Ezzat

    Senior Vice President, Head of Trade & Structured Finance, Global Transaction Banking Mashreq Bank United Arab Emirates Looks after the digitization of Trade Finance from Receivables, Supply Chain, and Commodity in addition to Structured Solutions
  • Devid Jegerson

    Devid Jegerson

    SVP Head of Customer Experience and Platform Development National Bank of Fujairah United Arab Emirates Responsible for spearheading the digital transformation within the bank and work agile alongside teams to leverage emerging technologies
  • Altaf Ahmed

    Altaf Ahmed

    Director/Retail IoT Channels & Payments Etisalat United Arab Emirates co-founded Remitr, an award-winning digital cross-border payments Fintech startup
  • H.E. Mohamed Bin Taliah

    H.E. Mohamed Bin Taliah

    Chief of Government Services United Arab Emirates Government United Arab Emirates Oversees the Emirates Government Service Excellence Program aiming to raise the efficiency of government services by focusing on customers
  • Rami Kichli

    Rami Kichli

    Vice-President, Gulf and Levant Software AG United Arab Emirates Leading the organisation's Middle East expansion as the leading provider of digital business platform solutions
  • Tony Lteif

    Tony Lteif

    Head of Education EMEA Amazon Web Services (AWS) United Kingdom Entrepreneur and Tech leader passionate about disrupting technologies that bring innovation to educational institutions
  • Claude Schück

    Claude Schück

    Regional Manager - Middle East Veeam Software United Arab Emirates 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, joined Veeam 3 years ago heading up the Africa Business and has relocated to Dubai to lead the Middle East team.
  • Dr. Muneer Zuhdi

    Dr. Muneer Zuhdi

    Partner – MEA Region Nokia Bell-Labs United Arab Emirates More than 20 American patents and has led R&D for Technology Strategy, Network & Digital Transformation for Smart City Solutions
  • Clemence Dutertre

    Clemence Dutertre

    CEO Hala United Arab Emirates CEO of Middle East’s first unicorn and ride hailing company
  • Thomas Barta

    Thomas Barta

    Author and Researcher Marketing Leadership Keynote Speaker Germany Co-written the #1 leadership book for marketers: The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader (McGraw Hill)
  • Islam Eldessouky

    Islam Eldessouky

    Head of Integrated Communications Coca Cola United Arab Emirates The driving force behind some of Coca-Cola’s most successful and impactful campaigns ever produced in the region, including 3 of the 10 most viewed Coca-Cola films of all time, globally.
  • Sarah Mohamed

    Sarah Mohamed

    Director of Operations Quill Communications United Arab Emirates Communicate’s top 15 women to watch in the GCC
  • Sophie Stanton

    Sophie Stanton

    CMO IBM MEA United Arab Emirates Before moving to MEA in Q3 of 2020, smashed P&L targets in IBM France managing a technical team of over 600 people and a winner of the prestigious Gerstner award
  • Simon Harrison

    Simon Harrison

    SVP & CMO Avaya United Kingdom Not only a Karate blackbelt but also behind the triple digit growth in Avaya Space collaboration app since its launch in January 2020 corrected CTF
  • Anisha Patel

    Anisha Patel

    Managing Director - Head of MENA Push United Arab Emirates Anisha has over 13 years experience in Digital Performance, leading agencies and media departments in both London and Dubai
  • Steve Hyde

    Steve Hyde

    Co-Founder & Joint CEO Puch United Kingdom Instrumental in Push winning more Google awards than any other EMEA Premier Partner, and regularly features at key industry events at Google's offices internationally.
  • Ricky Solanki

    Ricky Solanki

    Co-Founder & Joint CEO Push United Kingdom He has set up the base processes and thinking for Google, Facebook and Microsoft
  • Joe ElSebaaly

    Joe ElSebaaly

    Director of Product Alef Education United Arab Emirates Today, more than 400 Public and Private schools in the UAE are using the innovative AI-powered Alef Platform
  • Ahmed Al-Hujairy

    Ahmed Al-Hujairy

    Senior Board Advisor Bahrain Technology Companies Society Bahrain Founder and Secretary General of the Arab ICT Union
  • Raed Hijer

    Raed Hijer

    Principal Technologist – AI, ML & DL Specialist MEA Dell United Arab Emirates An AI specialist holding multiple patents in automatic computing, PCB design and image processing
  • Ralf Glabischnig

    Ralf Glabischnig

    Founder & Board Member Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) Switzerland A founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and an initiator of the Swiss Blockchain Federation
  • Dr. Abdullah Sahyoun

    Dr. Abdullah Sahyoun

    Head of Data Analytics & AI APCO Worldwide United Arab Emirates An accompalished expert in integrating analytics and AI into the digital PR & Comms practice
  • Gaurav Singh

    Gaurav Singh

    CEO Verloop India Verloop is the world's leading customer support automation platform. It helps businesses deliver delightful support experiences to their customers, across channel
  • Dr. Angelika Eksteen

    Dr. Angelika Eksteen

    Director & Founder AI Directions United Arab Emirates AIDirections' value proposition is based on the development of use cases across a number of industries, a technology neutral approach that leverages the substantial investments of platforms of global companies to bootstrap local efforts through Proof of Concept
  • Jozef Balaz

    Jozef Balaz

    CEO & Co-Founder iERP Slovakia Serial entrepreneur and an AI expert who started coding at the age of 7
  • Rachel Yarcony

    Rachel Yarcony

    Founder & Co-CEO myAir Foodtech Israel Rachel is the Founder and CEO myAir food-tech, a former C-Level executive at Teva Pharmaceuticals and Nestle with a proven track record in creating and marketing consumer goods.
  • Nader Kabbara

    Nader Kabbara

    Management Consultant AI Directions United Arab Emirates Developed the framework and methodology for a modular predictive maintenance technology
  • Ramit Harisinghani

    Ramit Harisinghani

    General Manager MENA b8ta United Arab Emirates Leading the MENA region for award winning software-powered retailer making physical retail accessible for all
  • Rohit Garg

    Rohit Garg

    Head of Business Banking and NEOBiz Mashreq Bank United Arab Emirates At the helm of the 1st digital Business Banking platform in the UAE exclusively for SMEs & start-ups
  • Faysal El Chamaa

    Faysal El Chamaa

    Founder & CEO RoboAds United Arab Emirates
  • Francisco Salcedo

    Francisco Salcedo

    Senior Vice President Etisalat Digital United Arab Emirates Driving digital transformation by enabling enterprises and governments become smarter through the use of the latest technologies
  • Bilal Ashgar

    Bilal Ashgar

    GM Digital & Business Services PTCL Pakistan Telecom guru & creative strategist with over two decades of expertise, leading digital business for largest largest ICT company of Pakistan
  • Ahmad Yahya

    Ahmad Yahya

    CIO American Hospital United Arab Emirates Recognized technology leader overseeing the digital transformation journey of the regional ‘Superbrand’ Hospital
  • Hani Khalaf

    Hani Khalaf

    CTO - IoT and Digital Cities Dell EMC, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) United Arab Emirates Leads IoT and Digital Cities business, passionate promoter of IoT as a key disruptive technology driving the Digitization of the business & cities
  • Ahmed Mahboub

    Ahmed Mahboub

    Executive Director of Customers Service, Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector RTA United Arab Emirates Dynamic Young Emarati leader responsible for implementation of Dubai Government Excellence Program and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Program for Smart Government
  • Mohammad Al Zarouni

    Mohammad Al Zarouni

    Director Policies and Programs TRA United Arab Emirates Young Visionary who ensures achievement of the information and e-government strategy in line with TRA’s strategic objectives
  • Oleksandr Bornyakov

    Oleksandr Bornyakov

    Deputy Minister – Digital Transformation, Ukraine Ukraine Bornyakov was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation in October of 2019 and has been boosting the growth of Ukraine’s IT industry.
  • Ayesha Al Falahi

    Ayesha Al Falahi

    Senior Director – Professional Licensing Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR) United Arab Emirates Oversees the licensing of all healthcare professionals and clinical operators in Dubai Healthcare City
  • Fahem Al Nuaimi

    Fahem Al Nuaimi

    CEO Ankabut United Arab Emirates Former Vice President of the Technology Strategy and project management at Etisalat
  • Jorge Sebastião

    Jorge Sebastião

    Founder & CTO DeFiX Finance Author of Book “La Face Cachée du Crédit”
  • Dr Maria Papadaki

    Dr Maria Papadaki

    Managing Director - The Dubai Center for Risk and Innovation Management The British University in Dubai United Arab Emirates Implemented the Digital Smart certificates pilot at BUiD
  • Heimo Grasser

    Heimo Grasser

    Regional Head of Security Medtronic United Arab Emirates Leading on all physical security aspects for Medtronic across the Middle with prior experience in the Austrian military with multiple deployments to hostile environments
  • Abdullah Abu-Sheikh

    Abdullah Abu-Sheikh

    Founder & CEO RIZEK United Arab Emirates Among the youngest entrepreneurs who disrupted the market with unique ideas and conceptualised a future tech unicorn
  • Ahmed Tameemi

    Ahmed Tameemi

    Co-Founder & CEO  Outreal XR United Arab Emirates Leading the launch of a new product for virtual events to make them as realistic as possible to help people exhibit and network from anywhere during and after COVID19 without the need of VR headset
  • Prof. Eugene Kandel

    Prof. Eugene Kandel

    CEO Startup Nation Central Israel Dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems
  • Riad Thoumas

    Riad Thoumas

    General Manager - Middle East WeWork United Arab Emirates Working to revolutionise the way people and companies work by providing flexiblesharing workspaces for technology startups and services
  • Shaker Zainal

    Shaker Zainal

    Head Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund  United Arab Emirates Head of non-profit UAE Government backed innovation enabler that seeks to collaborate with those who tackle the world’s biggest challenges
  • Tom Savage

    Tom Savage

    Founder (not a CEO) United Kingdom The Bristol native who started a half-dozen companies and initiatives in his 17 years as an entrepreneur that has now taken the world by storm by breaking the taboo on a subject few founders have been willing to wade in on: Tom is a founder, not a CEO
  • Luke Eley

    Luke Eley

    Co-Founder & Managing Director Cander Group United Arab Emirates Recruitment vet part of the leadership team that grew James Harvard to a 43 million GVP exit now specializing in hiring world class technology and digital talent across the GCC
  • Dimitris Tsouroplis

    Dimitris Tsouroplis

    Director of HR Crescent Enterprise United Arab Emirates Responsible for the optimization of Crescent Enterprises human capital by implementing numerous employment schemes and performance enhancement programmes
  • Hussein Wehbe

    Hussein Wehbe

    CEO Fetchr United Arab Emirates Logistics veteran with 20 years of experience in the sector including over 15 years with Aramex serving it in different leadership roles is now tasked with leading Fetchr forward
  • Badr Ward

    Badr Ward

    Founder & CEO Lamsa United Arab Emirates Founded the Edtech brand and platform working towards democratizing access to Early Childhood Education, to drive mastery of knowledge and skills for children to reach their full potential
  • Amine Staali

    Amine Staali

    Co-Founder & Chief R&D Officer ProvenMed United Arab Emirates Co-founded fast-growing medical device startup that has redefined the urinary catheter industry by its unique and patented wearable device ActivGoâ
  • Avinash Lakshman

    Avinash Lakshman

    Co-Founder & CEO Hedvig United States Founded Hedvig in 2012 after coinventing Dynamo while at Amazon and Cassandra at Facebook
  • Kris Fade

    Kris Fade

    Founder of Fade Fit and Host of The Kris Fade Show Kris Fade Kids United Arab Emirates The radio phenomenon hosting the biggest breakfast show in the UAE rocks the stage with his startup story
  • Alpesh Patel OBE

    Alpesh Patel OBE

    Dealmaker Department for International Trade United Kingdom UK government dealmaker covering Asia and Middle East who worked with UK Prime Minister and in Congress for Hon. Eliot Engel to advocate for policies for wealth creation
  • Jonathan Machedo

    Jonathan Machedo

    Investment Director Samsung Next Ventures  Israel Former investor at one of Israel’s largest and most successful venture funds to Samsung NEXT leading health investment thesis and the global investment strategy
  • Hebah Fisher

    Hebah Fisher

    Co-Founder & CEO Kerning Cultures United States Co-founder of the first venture-backed podcast in the Middle East 
  • Jonathan Medved

    Jonathan Medved

    Chief Executive Officer OurCrowd Israel An investor, serial entrepreneur and one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists who was named by the NY Times as one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel
  • Sebastian Alberto Delgado

    Sebastian Alberto Delgado

    Vice President/Internet of Things and Digital Payments Etisalat Digital United Arab Emirates CTO, Advisor, Executive Board Member, Global Blockchain Association
  • Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy

    Correspondent CNBC United Arab Emirates
  • Colonel Saeed Al Hajri

    Colonel Saeed Al Hajri

    Director Cyber Crime Department Dubai Police United Arab Emirates Trailblazer combatting cyber and financial fraud related crime, protecting both private and public interests
  • Nicolai Solling

    Nicolai Solling

    Chief Technology Officer Help AG United Arab Emirates Veteran leading design, deployment, and operation of many challenging network & security infrastructures for enterprise customers across industry sectors
  • Jason Steer

    Jason Steer

    Director of EMEA presales Recorded Future United Arab Emirates Has worked with both the EU and U.K. governments on cybersecurity strategy
  • Amer Sharaf

    Amer Sharaf

    Director - Compliance, Support and Alliances Dubai Electronic Security Centre United Arab Emirates Highly skilled on city level systems & adopting several disruptive technologies, ensuring that key security principles and technologies are adopted
  • George Hojeige

    George Hojeige

    CEO Virtuzone United Arab Emirates Leads the first and largest company formation firm in the region with a vision to position the UAE at the heart of a borderless global economy to support the country’s transition to the 4th industrial revolution
  • Fuad Al Ansari

    Fuad Al Ansari

    Vice President, IT&GS Al Dhafra Petroleum (ADNOC) United Arab Emirates Contributed remarkably to the visioning and leading ADNOC Refining in its Digital Transformation journey
  • Ahmed Al Zarouni

    Ahmed Al Zarouni

    Vice President Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) United Arab Emirates Adding value to all IT and Happiness releated matters
  • Omar Hassan

    Omar Hassan

    Founder - Global Growth Hub Managing Partner - MENA Technology Fund United Kingdom
  • Simon Willgoss

    Simon Willgoss

    Head of Managed Cyber Security Services Help AG United Arab Emirates One of his professional highlights has been spearheading the successful transition from build to operations of ICT security infrastructure for a $2.5B all-digital hospital
  • Wallon Walusayi

    Wallon Walusayi

    CEO & Co-Founder 3 Data United States Serial Entrepreneur & XR Evangalist
  • Dr Humaid Alshamsi

    Dr Humaid Alshamsi

    Representative Of Artificial Intelligence Section Abu Dhabi Police United Arab Emirates
  • Sudhir Menon

    Sudhir Menon

    VP - Product Management & Strategic Alliances Help AG United Arab Emirates Founding member of Etisalat Digital’s foray into cyber security, played a key role in the successful Etisalat Digital - Help AG Integration, to build Help AG’s future foundation as the de facto Cyber security player in the region
  • Manja Kuchel

    Manja Kuchel

    Senior Product Marketing Manager Solarwinds Germany Security product marketing manager who has invested time in tech companies, developing agencies, and start-ups
  • Cyril Voisin

    Cyril Voisin

    Chief Security Advisor, Cybersecurity Solutions Group Microsoft EMEA France Responsible for the overall conduct of Microsoft’s technology and security strategy in the Gulf
  • Ahmad Darwish Ali Al Emadi

    Ahmad Darwish Ali Al Emadi

    Department Head – IT and Cyber Security Operations Nakheel United Arab Emirates
  • Saad Ouchkir

    Saad Ouchkir

    Head of Customer Engineering for Middle East, Turkey and Africa Google Cloud United Arab Emirates Googler, Tech Leader, Innovation Catalyst, Head of Cloud Customer Engineers for META region
  • Maaz Sheikh

    Maaz Sheikh

    Co-Founder & CEO Starzplay United Arab Emirates Founder and CEO of MENA’s leading video streaming service that is based out of Dubai and delivers its service from Marrakesh to Karachi across 21 countries in 5 languages.
  • Illyas Kooliyankal

    Illyas Kooliyankal

    CISO Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) United Arab Emirates Visionary, multi-award winner, IDC CISO of the year, cybersecurity transformation leader & Author
  • John Salomon

    John Salomon

    Director – MEA FS-ISAC, Spain Spain Multinational information security executive solving complex security challenges for over 2 decades
  • Roland Daccache

    Roland Daccache

    Team Leader, META CrowdStrike United Arab Emirates Expert Advisor on the latest in the threat landscape, and helping customers build threat intelligence and endpoint protection programs
  • Nour Fateen

    Nour Fateen

    Presales Manager, UKI & META Recorded Future United Arab Emirates Worked in helping some of the largest businesses in the world improve their security posture using security intelligence
  • Guy Bejerano

    Guy Bejerano

    Founder & CEO Safebreach United States Exemplary security leader, founder of groundbreaking platform that provides a "hacker's view" of an enterprise's security posture to proactively predict attacks, validate security controls and improve SOC analyst response
  • Elad Lavi

    Elad Lavi

    Co-Founder and CTO Sixgill Israel Co-Founder of a leading cyber threat intelligence company that covertly and automatically analyzes Deep and Dark Web activity
  • Yuval Ben-David

    Yuval Ben-David

    Cyber Intelligence Analyst Sixgill Israel Cyber Intelligence Analyst in the cyber threat intelligence space by way of experience in journalism and emerging markets business intelligence
  • Nadim Khater

    Nadim Khater

    Director Professional Services Digital Shadow Expert who has helped customers implement the Digital Risk monitoring solution SearchLight. Experience in Digital Risk detection, analysis and mitigation across all sectors
  • Vicente Diaz

    Vicente Diaz

    Threat Intelligence Strategist Virus Total Spain Specialist in Threat Intelligence and Threat Hunting, responsible for the APT Intelligence Reporting service
  • Paula Januszkiewicz

    Paula Januszkiewicz

    CEO and Founder CQURE Inc. and CQURE Academy United States World class cybersecurity expert & Author consulting customers all around the world
  • Nasar Sadiq

    Nasar Sadiq

    Senior Regional Manager, MEA Rapid 7 United Arab Emirates Award winning Cybersecurity expert transforms data into insight, empowering security professionals to progress and protect their organizations
  • Palo Stacho

    Palo Stacho

    Co-founder and Head of Operations Lucy Security Switzerland Entrepreneur & business developer in the IT industry for over 3 decades, co-founder of globally recognized IT security awareness company
  • Matt Alridge

    Matt Alridge

    Principal Solutions Architect Webroot BrightCloud United Kingdom Technical specialist and veteran of the cybersecurity and networking industries
  • Jeremy Bennett

    Jeremy Bennett

    Head of Corporate Security SWIFT Poland Head of Corporate Security for SWIFT creating a joint structure with information and physical security to protect the worldwide proprietary communication platform for money transfer
  • Sreedevi Jayachandran

    Sreedevi Jayachandran

    Information Security Specialist MIG Holdings United Arab Emirates A certified ethical hacker and ISO 27001 lead auditor, Sreedevi manages security operations for MIG holdings, one of the UAE’s leading insurance groups including ACE and DAMANA insurance
  • Christina Lekati

    Christina Lekati

    Social Engineering Security Specialist Germany Psychologist & a social engineer, particularly interested in human dynamics, passionate about social engineering & helping people defend against it
  • Ayesha Mohammad

    Ayesha Mohammad

    Senior Cybersecurity Expert DESC United Arab Emirates Works on the research & innovation to develop & deliver cybersecurity standards in line with the latest technology trends as per the needs of Dubai government entities
  • Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic

    Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic

    VP- Business Development Help AG United Arab Emirates
  • Christopher Painter

    Christopher Painter

    Commissioner Global Commission on the Stability of Cyber Security United States Former top US Cyber Diplomat who has initiated, helped drive, or advised on virtually every major U.S. cyber policy for over a decade, globally recognized expert on cybersecurity, cyber policy, cyber diplomacy & combatting cybercrime
  • Ankit Satsangi

    Ankit Satsangi

    Global Advisory Board Member – Incident Response EC Council
  • Tymour Fisher

    Tymour Fisher

    General Manager NOMAD Homes United Arab Emirates Former Head of Operations at Uber Eats growing the business threefold, now doing the same for property technology startup, Nomad in the Middle East
  • Rachel Dunn

    Rachel Dunn

    VP Corporate & Consumer Weber Shandwick United Arab Emirates Her broad experience encompasses corporate, B2B and consumer-facing communications across multiple audience touch points and geographies, with current clients including Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, MEED, General Motors and Coty
  • Manal AlShamlan

    Manal AlShamlan

    Director – AI DEWA United Arab Emirates Joined DEWA since 2014 currently heading Artificial Intelligence department.
  • Sunil Gupta

    Sunil Gupta

    Co-Founder & CEO QNu Labs India Founder of India's first & only quantum cybersecurity products startup
  • Taras Humeniuk

    Taras Humeniuk

    Chief Specialist of the Expert Group for the Development of Virtual Assets of the Directorate of Digital Economy Ministry of Digital Transformation Ukraine one of the first lawyers who assisted cryptoprojects in structuring and their IP/IT rights protection
  • Mo Ali Yusuf

    Mo Ali Yusuf

    Regional Manager Checkout.com United Arab Emirates Mohammed Ali Yusuf (Mo) is the Regional Manager at Checkout.com, responsible for driving growth across the MENAP region. Checkout.com is a global fintech enabling digital payments for businesses.
  • James Bernard

    James Bernard

    European Business Development Representative DMCC United Arab Emirates More than 14 years experience in commodities, logistics and global trade, specialising in big data, predictive analytics and distributed ledger technologies.
  • Thamim Ahmed

    Thamim Ahmed

    Researcher UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies Ralf United Kingdom Thinking about Radical New Markets for the Digital Economy bought about by Distributed Technologies
  • Colin Judd

    Colin Judd

    Senior Director of Government Relations Careem United Arab Emirates
  • Alasdair Hall-Jones

    Alasdair Hall-Jones

    Head of Global The Marketing Society United Arab Emirates Liaising closely with regional Chairs and our non-exec boards, working collaboratively with the other members of the leadership team and leading the global team
  • Amit Jain

    Amit Jain

    Managing Director (Singapore) Sequoia Capital India Former Head of APAC for Uber - where he led one of the fastest growing regions for the company.
  • Maria Gedeon

    Maria Gedeon

    Marketing Director Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas United Arab Emirates Oversees marketing promotions and design for VOX Cinemas, Ski Dubai, Magic Planet, Dreamscape, Yalla Bowling, iFLY Dubai, Little Explorers
  • Mike Fairburn

    Mike Fairburn

    Vice Chairman of The Marketing Society & GM Sony Music Entertainment Middle East United Arab Emirates An entertainment and music executive with over 20 years’ experience, Mike has led the Sony Music Middle East business since 2014, working across a vast market comprising Egypt, Levant, GCC, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the areas of artist development, music marketing & promotions and business development.
  • Sam Tayan

    Sam Tayan

    Manager Zoom Video Communications – MENA
  • Daniel Korski

    Daniel Korski

    Founder & CEO Public.io United Kingdom
  • Saleem Alblooshi

    Saleem Alblooshi

    Chief Technology Officer Du United Arab Emirates Responsible for driving the company’s transformative network strategy into the digital age, Saleem built one of the first IMS infrastructures in the region, and accelerated the roll out of du’s mobile and fixed network across the UAE
  • Brett King

    Brett King

    Founder & Executive Chairman of MOVEN Bestselling Author on banking, Radio Host and TV Commentator United States Godfather of Fintech as the founder of one of the first neo banks
  • Nolan Bushnell

    Nolan Bushnell

    Founder of ATARI United States Founding father of the video game industry creating the first commercially successful video game console with interchangeable cartridges and the arcade game Pong
  • Ken Rutkowski

    Ken Rutkowski

    Award winning Talk Show Host of “Business Rockstars” United States Co-Founder of the #1 business radio talk show in America
  • Haifa Al Kaylani

    Haifa Al Kaylani

    Founder & Chairman, The Arab International Women’s Forum & Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative ILO United Kingdom The only Commissioner from the Arab world invited to serve on the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work (2017-2019)
  • Prof. Dr. Regiane Relva Romano

    Prof. Dr. Regiane Relva Romano

    Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Brazil Leading Multi award winning Smart Campus FACENS that is driving innovation
  • Jawad Abbassi

    Jawad Abbassi

    Head of MENA GSMA United Arab Emirates Represents the telco industry’s key stakeholders across the Middle East
  • Trevor Martin

    Trevor Martin

    CEO Mammoth Biosciences United States Fortune40under40, Founder of novel genetic search engine

 

 

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