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MEET OUR SPEAKERS: MIDDLE EAST DIGITAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT

Ghanim Al Falasi, Vice Chairman of the Smart City Project Committee, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Ghanim Al Falasi was appointed in 2011 as the Senior Vice-President of People Happiness and Innovation and Client Success of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA). Ghanim brings with him extensive knowledge and know-how in the ICT sector through his previous role as Vice-President of the ICT Unit at Dubai Airports where he provided executive, technological and enterprise administrative leadership employment. In his earlier association with Dubai Airports, Ghanim successfully established an ICT directorate for DCA based on a study conducted to identify and enhance Dubai Airports ICT infrastructure and ICT services required for the delivery of outstanding performance. Al Falasi also worked for several governmental organizations including the UAE Ministry of Defence, UAE Armed Forces, and the Central Military Command Heading two departments in DSOA, including: People Happiness & Innovation; Al Falasi was mandated to develop and drive strategic plans for People Happiness as well as innovation across the organization. In 2013, Ghanim was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Smart City Project Committee at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.Ghanim holds a BS degree in Computer Science from California State University of Hayward, USA. Moreover, he is also holding a Chief Innovation Officer “CCInO” Certification from LEAD, Organization & Relation Systems Coaching Certification from ORSC, and most recently a certification from Neurolink-USA for being a Brain & Emotional Intelligence Practitioner.

Laila Abdullah AL Hadhrami, Smart Cities Development Manager, National Energy Center

She has 15+ years’ experience in Different National and global projects. She has Lead “Oman Smart Cities and Governorates Project”. Along with that, she is a member of the National Program for AI and Advanced Technologies, MTCIT. She was also the recipient of the Oman Woman Award of the Year 2020 in Innovation & Technology.

Sultan Altukhaim, CISO, The Saudi Investment Bank

Sultan Altukhaim (CISO) leads and oversees all activities aimed at developing Cybersecurity measures in The Saudi Investment Bank. He has distinguished technical and leadership certifications from Harvard, INSEAD, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), London Business School, and others.

Ekta Kamran, General Manager, ALDO, Apparel Group

Ekta Kamran heads the business for Apparel Group’s portfolio of flagship brands – Aldo, Aldo Accessories & Call It Spring for the GCC region, as the General Manager. With retail experience spanning 20 years, and having worked across multi retail formats such as Departmental stores, specialty retail, hypermarkets and travel retail, Ekta has worked with some of India’s largest conglomerates such as Future Group India, as Chief of Strategy. In her previous roles, she was instrumental in formulating, conceptualising & developing the branded, private label and omni-channel businesses for the group. An entrepreneur at heart, Ekta has cracked the code of creating sustainable business environments and setting up robust business ecosystems.

Dinesh Chandra, Regional Vice President, Automation Anywhere

Faisal Ali, Group CIO, Gargash Group

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.”

Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Vice President Learning & Development, Etihad Aviation Group

Andrew is a HR Professional with more than thirty years of senior Human Resources Management practice in Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and Aviation. Prior to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Aviation Group he worked for seven years with Alshaya Group as Head of Learning supporting the career development of more than 90,000 team members in 19 countries. Before joining Alshaya Group Andrew worked with Peninsula and Orient (P&O) in the South Pacific supporting their international Cruise fleet and Hilton International Group as the People and Development Director responsible for HR delivery and Management training within Europe supporting over 500 Hotels.

Rahul Bhageeradhan, Global Director – Digital Architecture, Kissflow

Rahul leads a global team which develops the digital architecture for Kissflow’s suite of products & solutions. He has more than a decade’s experience in helping enterprises reach their digital transformation goals using Low-code and No-code platforms. Prior to Kissflow, Rahul has worked closely with large brands such as Outsystems and Kony Inc. in the Middle East. Rahul leads the company’s product development team to ensure relevant and impactful features and functionalities are incorporated into Kissflow’s solutions portfolio.

Imtiaz Ahmed Armar, Business Manager -Digital Transformation, Seven Seas Technology

Huw Jones, Director Solutions Consulting, Verint

Huw leads the WFM Solutions Consulting team across EMEA region who are responsible for product awareness, partner sales and pre-sales enablement and translating customer requirements into solutions. Huw has over 20 years of experience in product management and consulting on WFM solutions globally from a Silicon Valley start-up to Verint’s current market leading position. His role involves working with customers on their strategies, how these evolve with a hybrid workforce and focus on employee engagement.

Kate Barker, Chief HR Futurist & Senior Advisor, UAE Federal Government

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.

Santosh Kher, Managing Director – Human Resources, MEISA, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa

Santosh Kher is the Managing Director Human Resources at FedEx Express, MEISA. He is currently responsible for Health and Safety, Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness for MEISA and HR Services, Learning and Development, and Compensation and Benefits for MEA. He is a 2 times Five Star award winner which is the most prestigious award in FedEx Express, and three times HR Global award winner in FedEx. He was recently awarded with CHRO of the Year at Global HR Excellence Awards 2021 presented by World HRD Congress. Santosh has 17 years of HR experience across Logistics, Telecom and Banking industry and especially led various Mergers and Acquisition across MEISA countries. He holds an MBA in HR, Diploma in HR, and Bachelors degree in Science (Majors in Statistics). He is also a certified MBTI practitioner, certified in Hay Group’s Job Evaluation method and Korn Ferry Leadership Architect. Recently in last 2 years he has completed program on Talent Builder from IE Business school and Leadership Development Program from UCLA. He continues his learning journey with an Executive Leadership program from Vanderbilt University.

Leon Chang, Director, Strategy & Innovation, AT&T

Abdullah AlSalem, IT Director at Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia

Accomplished and result-driven professional with versatile experience in various facets of business development, business process analysis, and providing need-based solutions. Proven expertise in developing and implementing robust processes, road maps, and plans to optimize working efficiency and business performance. Instrumental in streamlining processes, achieving desired results, and uncovering areas for improvements. Known for realignment of IT strategy with business strategies to meet core objectives. Strong leader recognized for establishing, supervising, motivating, and enabling teams to achieve goals across complex and evolving environments. Proven expertise in coordinating internal resources and third parties & vendors to execute projects within tight budgetary and time constraints. Articulate and refined communicator; expert at forging and nurturing professional relationships with clients and stakeholders at all levels. Thrives in competitive and challenging markets and adapts to the ever-changing demands of IT industry.”

Ali Abdulla Hassan, Head of IT, National Oil & Gas Authority Bahrain

17+ Years of experience in the Information Technology Field. Working in the National Oil & Gas Authority in Bahrain as Head of IT. Working with Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, Cloud Transformation, and passionate with IT Service Management frameworks.

Hussein Wehbe, CEO, Fetchr

Hussein is a Public and Private sector leader with more 20 years of experience in the service and logistics industry, He is currently the CEO of Fetchr, and his prior experience includes UPS where he served as the Managing Director for the Middle East.

Taha Tkito, CIO, Americana Foods

Yazan AlMasri, Global Information Security Director, Aramex International

Tiago Costa, COO – Outsourcing & Permanent Placement, Dulsco

As the COO of People & Outsourced staffing solutions at Dulsco, Tiago Costa is leading all aspects of Outsourcing business, permanent placement, and major tenders at Dulsco. With a degree in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and a wealth of experience in Professional Staffing, Tiago took on leadership roles with global flagship names such as Adecco, Hays and Fircroft both in Europe and in the GCC. It is worth mentioning that Dulsco is a home grown Emirati organization with 86 years in the manpower business and over 11,000 staff operating across the UAE. Dulsco is also at the forefront of Environment solutions business and is the Official Waste Management Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai

Satyen Vyas, CEO, Symphony SummitAI

Eng. Abdulaziz N. Alkhlaif, Chief Information Officer, Dr.Abdulrahman Al-Mishari Hospital, Riyadh-KSA

“Eng. Abdulaziz N. Alkhlaif is a veteran of 24 years working in the IT and information management field. with 13 years in the HIT. The latest challenges he took over are implementing ERP and HIS System for hospitals in various stages of operation. He has worked on the logistics and the architect of the system delivery that suits the organization’s objectives. keeping current and updated with the latest technologies with E-learning and online content and contributing and being a member of the local and international interest groups and institutions. working with local and brand names solution providers to fulfill the goals of digital transformation for Hospitals.”

Shumon A Zaman, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Ali & Sons Holding L.L.C.

Shumon is an MIT graduate with over 20 years’ experience in digital disruption and transformations. He has led global projects across Europe, US and the MENA region and is currently leading Ali & Sons digital transformation in AD.

Khalid Rashid Moh’d Jalal, Senior Group ICT Manager, GARMCO

Rohit Manucha, Chief Human Resources Officer, Aujan Coca Cola Beverages Company

Mohamed Shawky, Senior Platform Owner – Unified Communications Services- Workplace Digitisation, Emirates NBD

Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Director, Digitalisation & Innovation, Daman National Health Insurance Company

Executive Director, Digitisation, Daman National Health Insurance Company. Overseeing the digital transformation initiatives for one of the largest insurers in the GCC

Saqib Chaudhry, CDO – Head of Digital Innovation & Development, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

A thought leader with over 20 years of experience in Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Resilience and Data Privacy. In his current role as the Chief Digital Officer (Head of Digital Innovation) at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Saqib is responsible for nurturing, scaling and accelerating Digital Innovation across the organization by leveraging various disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, Augmented Reality, Mobility, Cloud, etc.

Fady Sleiman, CIO, Mantracgroup

Recognized as a top ten CIO by leading publications in MENA, Fady is an executive leader with 18 year’s of experience who has been instrumental in business transformation for General Electric MENA operations. Fady is a regular keynote speaker at conferences that cover topics related to Innovation, Business Transformation, Fintech and Blockchain. Fady has a proven history of successfully executing leadership & management roles within IT, Operations, Business Strategy, M&A, JV’s & ‘green field’ business builds & business turnarounds.

Ramakrishnan Natarajan, VP – IT, Emirates Hospital Group

An IT thought leader with over 16 years of experience in various spheres of Solution Delivery, Operations Management, Enterprise Architecture, Information Security within multiple industry sectors including Healthcare, System Integrators, Aviation, Banking and Government.
Currently he is spearheading Information Technology for Emirates Hospitals Group including 2 hospitals, around 40+ clinics, pharmacies, day-surgery centres and rehabilitation facilities with focus on Strategic Planning and initiatives, Organizational Development, IT Roadmap and Infrastructure Planning, Application modernization, ROI-Focused Rapid Large-Scale Deployments and System Architectures Modernization among others.

Tamer Hamed, Chief Information Officer (CIO), 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

Abdullah Amiri, Chief Enterprise Architect and CIO Advisor, Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ Qatar

25+ years of in depth experience and knowledge in enterprise architecture, digital transformation, data science, data governance, information security, portfolio/program management, smart grid and smart city.

Sanjeev Madavi, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Khimji Ramdas LLC

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