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MIDDLE EAST DIGITAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT - UAE SPEAKERS

Dr Bushra AlBlooshi, Deputy Director of Information Services Department, Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC)

Dr. Bushra Al Blooshi is the Research and Innovation Manager in Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC). Prior joining DESC, Al Blooshi was a research assistant and a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), UAE. AI Blooshi has a master’s in information security from KUSTAR and another master’s in public administration from Mohammed Bin Rashid College in collaboration with Harvard University. Dr. Bushra’s research interests include cloud computing, cyber security, forensics, and cryptography. She is one of the inventors for “Volatile Memory Erasure by Controlling Refreshment of Stored Data” patent submitted to US Regular Patent. AI Blooshi also published and participated in many national and international conferences.

Meshal Abdulla BinHussain, Information Technology Director, Ministry of Finance

Eng. Meshal is veteran in Information Security Management & Technology Transformation and is driving digital transformation and cyber security initiatives across the Ministry of Finance and Federal Government by adopting the latest emerging technologies such as robotics, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence in line with UAE’s Vision & Strategies.
Previously Eng. Meshal managed Information Security and technical operations at Dubai Holding Group and across its entities and was also a member in the UAE mGovernment Committee in charge of the transformation into a Smart Government. Throughout his prolonged experience in leading cyber-security incident handling across the UAE government as well as other sectors, Eng. Meshal’s tenured expertise in the information Security & Technology field has enabled him to continuously progress and contribute tremendously in this subject of matter.  His responsibilities covered heading the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) where he was leading the cyber-security incident response, digital forensics initiatives, and awareness campaigns across the UAE government.
Having started his career with ETISALAT as an Internet Security Engineer, Eng. Meshal has received his Bachelors in Communications Engineering and Master’s Degree in Information Security from Khalifa University (KU).

Binoo Joseph, CIO, EMAAR

Binoo Joseph is the Chief Technology Officer at Emaar PJSC. He heads the Group technology function and runs multiple technology transformation initiatives across Emaar Properties, Malls, Hospitality, Entertainment and International. In previous roles he led large scale retail and enterprise technology transformation programs in China, Central Europe, UK and Singapore. Prior to moving to Dubai he headed technology for an online venture company in Singapore. He is an experienced change leader and has extensive experience in omnichannel retail, e-commerce, marketplaces and emerging tech. With over 16+ years’ experience in the technology industry he will share his ideas and experience on next generation Datacenters and how CIOs can plan for the future.

Faisal Ali, Group CIO, Gargash

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

Manish Mohan Misra, Group Head – HR Transformation & Special Projects, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)

Manish is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council. He had the privilege of working across multiple industries in start-ups, the established organizations in the Middle East, India & SE Asia with organizations like TATA STEEL & Consulting firm – Hay Group managing several large-scale transformation projects. Manish has 25 years of experience as HR consultant and leader. Armed with MBA – HR from Symbiosis, Pune and Post Graduate in Digital Transformation from Purdue University. He is a trainer and keynote speaker on FOW and Digitization of HR. As a consultant, he was involved in supporting over 70 organizations in BFSI, Govt., Infrastructure and Oil & Gas sector, developing HR strategy, operating model, HR transformation & change agenda. In his current role, he is driving the HR transformation, has been involved in M&A for the group. Manish’s key expertise lies in aligning & transforming end to end HR with business strategy. He is very passionate about digital HR, transformation & analytics.

Kate Barker, Chief HR Futurist, Future of Work Expert, NEOM

Kate Barker is a highly-regarded Futurist with a passion for advancing the Future of Work. She is currently serving to advance Fortune 500 companies around the world giving clients confidence in their future on how to stay competitive & minimise risk through leading-edge Future of Work Strategies, Leadership for the 21st Century, human-centric Organizational Cultures and innovative Digital Workforce Transformations.

She has extensive global experience in partnering with Boards, C-Suite Executives, Prime Ministers & Sheikhs to bring to life the most relevant industry trends impacting the future of work, workforce and workplace. As a Futurist for $500b Futurist-City, NEOM in Saudi Arabia, to an Executive Advisor to His Highness (UAE) to leading global consulting teams for SAP & PWC in Asia, and Ernst & Young based in New York globally across 150 countries, Kate has garnered great respect.

Dr. Morad Lutfi, Senior Manager – Industry Relations, Higher Colleges of Technology

Morad Lutfi is an educationist, research-based, and business-oriented professional with a proven record for taking organisations and individuals to the next level. Morad is an expert in developing and implementing business strategies, strategic and sustainable projects, strategic partnerships and networks with national and international organisations from the government and private sectors major players. Throughout his career with leading organisations, he managed many industry-based, innovative, and transformational projects. He created smart & dynamic partnerships system that supported the senior management to make informed decisions based on market and future directions and, at the same time, offered careers with lifelong learning opportunities. The core of his expertise for more than 21 years includes National and International Partnerships, Training and Development, Transformation and Change Management, Public Innovation Management, Research, and Excellence and Services Management.

Sachin Chandna, SVP, Head of Customer Intelligence & Engagement (CIE), Emirates NBD

Banking Analytics professional with a successful track record in key leadership roles with the aim of inculcating data driven culture to drive profitability, reduce risk and inefficiencies, enhance CX and adopt digital transformation among constantly changing customer behavior.

Leading a team of data scientist, analysts and marketing technologists with the aim of maximizing Customer Lifetime Value & Profitability across each of the three levers: Acquisition, Engagement and Retention. Driving collaboration for research and analytics projects and ensuring their success by functioning as a pivot among multi-dimensional cross-functional teams. Assesses and improve, systems and tools to reflect best in class Marketing Technology Ecosystem & Business Process Lifecycle.

Launched and managed large customer of Personal Finance, Mortgages, SME Loans. Set up and managed large direct and alternate distribution infrastructures. I have also worked as an Architect, Valuer and Property planner.

Wail Saleh, Head of Digital ,Digital Transformation and Innovation, Du

Wail a seasoned leader in the wireless and digital industry, held international senior management roles in marketing, product management and digital transformation in companies over 4 continents , recognized as “key turnaround professional” credited with the execution of 100’s of products and services around the globe. Worked with leading Telco operators like Orange , Veon, WIND and currently heading the Digital channels in du.

Dr. Lt. Col Hamad Khalifa Swuidan Al Nuaimi, Head of Telecommunication Division, Information Technology Center, Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters

In 2002, Dr. Lt. Col Hamad joined Abu Dhabi Police and started working as a Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. Thus, I worked hard in parallel and earned my HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET ( computer Network Engineering Tech ) from the HCT ( Higher College of Technology ) AlAin city , as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking. In 2009, he moved to New York State and applied for SU (Syracuse University) where he completed his Master Degree in Telecommunication Network Management. In 2018, he has earned my higher degree in PHD Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

Tamer Hamed, CIO, Dubai Cable Company – Ducab

Diverse international experience in solving complex business problems in multinational firms. Proficiency in dealing with senior executives and management at the organization and intergovernmental level. Business and technology strategy development using an analytical and hypothesis-driven approach. Organizational redesign to support business start-up and transformation. Business-technology alignment and governance. ICT effectiveness and efficiency improvement. Project management, ICT Operations and Service Delivery expertise.

Mohamed Shawky, Senior Platform Owner – Unified Communications & Cloud Collaboration Services Workplace Digitisation, Group Information Technology, Emirates NBD

Fayaz Ahamed Badubhai, Group IT / Digital Director, Al Yousuf Group

Uday Jose, Managing Director – Enate APAC, Enate Ltd.

Uday Jose heads the Asia Pacific business for Enate, a UK-headquartered Process Orchestration company. He is helping some of APAC’s largest organizations in scaling up their process automation & digital transformation initiatives through Enate. These organizations are at different stages in their automation journey – some have a human-only workforce, others feature a mix of humans and RPA bots, and still, others are creating a foundation to adopt new bot technologies such as AI and other digital agents. He is a firm believer in the productive coexistence of robots and humans in the corporate workforce and is striving to facilitate the same under the aegis of Enate.

Gigi Thomas, Group Head – IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment LLC

Muhammed Raza Jessani, SVP. Head of Strategic Planning & Business Analytics, Dubai Islamic Bank

A seasoned banker and senior executive Muhammad Raza Jessani has enjoyed a career in financial services spanning more than 25 years. As the Senior Vice President – Strategic Planning & Business Analytics at Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), he has been instrumental in the bank’s recent success, contributing to several strategic bank wide initiatives and transformations. He currently spearheads the banks strategic planning, performance management, BI and advanced analytics functions, playing a key role in assisting the wider executive team in their strategic and tactical decision making. Prior to joining DIB, he held various roles and headed the finance department of a multinational NBFI with geographical presence of 102 offices across 32 countries.

Vaishnavi Soundarrajan, Head of Marketing, MEA, Zoho

Vaishnavi Soundarrajan is the Head of Marketing at Zoho, Middle East and Africa. With an overall experience of 16+ years, she has been with Zoho for 7+ years now. In this role, she is responsible for creating and accelerating Zoho’s marketing strategy and brand recognition across the Middle East and Africa region. She has significant experience in event management, lead generation, branding, strategic planning, and content marketing. Vaishnavi focuses on driving Zoho’s culture and products across the MEA region, working closely with local offices. A champion for women’s leadership, she has strong cultural competence in leading teams across cultures and borders.

Francis Arul, Director Digital Technology – IT, AlShaya

Francis is an experienced technology leader in driving digital strategy and transformation programs across the global and regional enterprise. Bring technical, process and strategic leadership as well as a service-oriented mindset in pursuit of creating value to stakeholders and customers. Known for ability to transcend barriers between technology and business by aligning and engaging effectively with executive management and project delivery teams to deliver state of the art capabilities accelerating ambitious growth and revenue goals. Highly skilled at managing cross functional, geographically distributed teams whose work impact positively all levels of the company. Experienced in working within a global environment, in MNC’s & Start-up culture embodying cultural sensitivity and embracing diversity.

Giovanni Everduin, Head of Strategy & Transformation / Chief of Staff, Commercial Bank International

Gio is a Strategy, Transformation and People specialist with 20+ years of international, cross cultural leadership experience, across Europe, the US and the Middle East. Through his career he learned that he strongly prefers (re)building, growing or transforming over maintaining Business As Usual.Throughout his career, Gio has worked in a variety of senior industry, consulting and advisory roles with Fortune 500 firms, regional banks, and start-ups. He currently serves as Head of Strategy & Transformation at CBI where, next to Customer Experience and Business Intelligence, his portfolio also includes Innovation: Fintech partnerships, Web3, Metaverse and Digital Assets. Outside the Bank he works as a mentor with 60 Day Start-ups, a first-time female founder accelerator and is an advisor to Metamind Labs, a UAE based Metaverse & Web3 start-up.

Tino Jiftajian, Regional Commercial Director – Government, Energy & Education, Iron Mountain

Tino has helped many large organizations in the public and private sector in the MENAT region overcome their information related challenges and build robust Information Management programs supporting them to be compliant, resilient while assisting them in their digital transformation journeys.
Having worked in the Records and Information Management industry since 2007 with local, regional and global leaders such as InfoFort, Endless Archiving and Iron Mountain, he is a trusted advisor to his customers and with his expertise on solutions for information lifecycle management, electronic and paper records and document management as well as information governance, physical to digital conversion, and many others.

Sreejit Chakrabarty, Director of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence , GEMS Education

Kifaya Thallam, HR Expert- Organization Design & HR Transformation, Confidential

Kelly Luker, Chief People Officer, tabby

Susana Correia, Head of Staffing MENA, LinkedIn Talent Solutions

Susana has over 18 years of leadership experience predominately in Europe and the Middle East. Having worked across numerous fields and industries , she has gained invaluable knowledge of the Human resources and tech industries and has strong experience of managing and working with multicultural teams. Susana currently heads up the Search & staffing division at LinkedIn

Fara Siddiqi, Chief Human Resources Officer, Aster DM Healthcare

Fara Siddiqi has over 20 years of multi-national experience in strategic human resources, talent acquisition and retention, performance development and succession planning, leadership development and driving organizational transformation. She has a great track record of building influential partnerships with business lines and key stakeholders while developing high performance teams. She has experience working in various sectors beyond Healthcare including Education, Financial Services, Business Services, Retail and Telecommunications in the US, MENA and Asia. She is the Group Chief HR Officer with Aster DM Healthcare and played an instrumental role on becoming a more people centric organization with the recent IPO listing. She has a BA Degree from Purdue University and has completed the HR Management Professional Development Program at Rice University and HR Executive Suite at Harvard Business School Executive Education. Fara also is a member of Women’s Angel Investor Network (WAIN) which helps women entrepreneurs in the Middle East with their startups. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is Design for Six Sigma certified.

Ben Ralph, Vice President Digital Transformation, NMC Healthcare

Aslam Ali Kherawala, Head of Information Technology, IMG Worlds of Adventure

Mohammed Asif Adam Galsulkar, CTO-IT Leadership-Emerging Technologies-Application Modernization, Dubai Financial Market

Despo Michaelides, Chief HR & Diversity & Inclusion Officer, AXA Gulf

Despo Michaelides is the Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer for AXA Insurance Gulf and also manages the Business and Regulatory role function simultaneously. She began her career in the legal field specializing in Labour and Family law and subsequently became involved in the HR Field. She is an experienced C-level Director with 20+ years large commercial Board and Executive Committee experience. A Senior Strategic Global Human Resources Professional offering HR leadership and talent management expertise coupled with a strong generalist background with experience across diverse industries — legal, telecommunications, insurance and in a variety of business environments, including Mergers & Acquisitions, operating model transformations, high-growth and start-up environments, global expansion and downsizing. She has over 22 years’ experience working within large on-shore and off-shore multi-national organizations and excels in collaborating with the business to provide HR strategy and consulting.

Rohit Bhagat, Future of Work Facilitator, Abu Dhabi Government Entity

A qualified Engineer & MBA-HR; with 17+ years of exhaustive international experience across HR Leadership, Consulting and Change Management roles in diverse sectors of Technology, Telecom, Real Estate, ICT Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Outsourcing

Prabhat Pathak, Director of IT – Infrastructure and Cyber Security, Confidential

Prabhat is currently working as IT Director at GMG. He handles technology and Cyber security division. Along with that, he has overall 20+ years of experience in IT , Cloud, Cyber security, ERP Transformation, Digitization in multiple Businesses

Riasat Ali, Group IT Services Manager, RAK Ports Group

A seasoned leader in information technology with more than twenty years of experience in the field, Riasat has been helping companies grow their technological capabilities with keen insights and structured approach. At present, he is heading the IT department in RAK Ports group since September 2019 and is responsible for all aspects of IT. He is currently leading a four-track digital transformation program for RAK Ports; encompassing Port Community System (PCS), Port Operating System (POS) integrated with Enterprise Assets Management system and IoT based Equipment Operations Center. He has led ISO27001/NESA compliance program for the group besides overseeing the complex IT infrastructure and operations spread over five ports located in Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Rakesh N, Director of Strategic Operations, Kissflow

Rakesh is the Director of Strategic Operations at Kissflow, a LowCode and NoCode Work management platform. Kissflow has more than 10,000 customers across 160 countries. Rakesh is a skilled operations practitioner who writes extensively on topics like operations, workplace technologies, and work management. He also actively contributes to various business and technology platforms.

Addel Al Ameri, Vice President Strategy & Excellence, Higher Colleges of Technology

Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi, Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Services, Khalifa University

Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2008. Additionally, he has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde. As SVP of Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Shoaibi leads a variety of initiatives to promote successful learning outcomes for students and improved student retention. He leads the identification and recruitment of high quality students, supports their transition into university and works collaboratively with faculty, librarians, staff and administrators in initiative and policy implementation designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom. Additionally, Dr. Al Shoaibi promotes the support of faculty and staff to enhance teaching and learning so that students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become successful 21st Century engineers and scientists.

Ahmad Altarawneh, Senior Consultant – Digital Transformation, Dubai Police

Ahmad is currently the senior strategic consultant digital transformation, pioneering and excellence at dubai police hq. He is a digital transformation, emerging technologies use cases, excellence & business expert; a business data science professional; a professional business developer; a civil engineer & a project management practitioner. Total quality management and lean six sigma professional. Market strategy, business analysis, global trends, and benchmarking.

Sumit S Bathla, Executive Director IT, Dubai Holding

Karen Beggs, CHRO, The Entertainer

Seham Elbehissy, Former General Manager Digital & Connected Cars – Middle East, Groupe Renault

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