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Regional Advisor, Mental Health and Substance Abuse unit, Department of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health WHP
Dr Saeed is a consultant psychiatrist of more than 25 years standing, currently working as Regional advisor, Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean of WHO.
He is currently coordinating the work on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies in the region besides leading the work on scaling up mental health and strengthening public health response to the substance use problem in countries of Eastern Mediterranean region.
Top Executive Coach & the Co-Founder of the Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching Franchise
President Artificial Intelligence Society Bahrain
Dr. Haji is a veteran in the field Information and Communications Technology with over 3 decades of robust experience in implementing IT strategies to move applications/infrastructure, formulating vision, improving vision/culture, innovation and change management . With hands on expertise in reorganizing operations, managing core infrastructure including servers, storage, network, collaboration, application, middleware products. Deft in IT infrastructure management, management of heterogeneous networks, information security and service delivery as well as it regulatory compliance. Proven ability to affect transformational change across a range of operational areas and create a sustainable difference to a business’s operational performance.
Manage large scale delivery assignments for various platform technologies coupled with established credibility in providing domain support for managing operations round the clock while establishing command center and security operation.
He is continuously conducting research in Artificial Intelligence and Organizational Change, exemplified by his publications on latest technologies and how to be leveraged operationally and economically in organizations. He lead the entire Information Technology department in Gulf Air and implemented numerous cutting edge projects and technologies. He managed to achieve over 40 prestigious awards including 15 distinguished CIOs (Chief Information Officer). He formerly served on the board of directors of a leading hospitality and tourism technology provider in the Middle East and on SITA Council representing Middle East and North Africa. He has the ability to implement processes for improving IT Services entailing continual service improvement, service operations, service transition and service design & strategy.
CIO, Dubai Investments.
Venkatesh Mahadevan has over two decades years of progressive work experience in leadership positions with top Fortune 100 companies such as Motorola, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble. He has led Digital Transformation programs at global corporations and been a part of the Transformation leadership team. His background includes extensive exposure in managing Strategic initiatives, Planning, Establishing, Directing technology programs and leading IT functions spanning multiple geographies.
During his professional career across several industries, including FMCG, Telecom & Retail, he has held several leadership positions and been a member of the Executive Committee, serving on Leadership Boards. Prior to joining Dubai Investments, Venkatesh was in a Technology leadership position @ Motorola where he was instrumental in implementing key strategic technology initiatives across the APAC Region and a Key member of the Global Supplier Management Leadership Team, accountable for driving Strategic Relationships with Global / Strategic
vendors/Partners out of India. An MBA & a Research Scholar, he is the recipient of ‘CXO 50’ and several CIO leadership awards. He is also a recipient of the “Peter Drucker Award” for Outstanding achievements in the field of Management. He is an accomplished “ENERGY & Peak Performance” Speaker, and a “Premier Skills Coach”.
In addition to holding several prestigious certifications from accomplished international organizations, Venkatesh is also a Mentor at the “Columbia University” New York - Centre for Technology and Management. He is an Internationally Qualified Counsellor & a distinguished Guest Faculty at leading Management institutes, where he mentors Engineering and Management students.
Director IT, Dubai Healthcare City Authority
Results-oriented’ Technology Industry Leader with 25+ years of core IT experience in interconnected Information Management disciplines to deliver value-based programs with commitment, shared purpose, and achievement of enterprise goals. Passionate ‘Transformation-Agent’, assertively launching break-through technology initiatives leveraging business focused IT strategies to help organizations maximize today’s opportunities while preparing for the future. ‘Collaborative Leader’ with proven skills to foster a culture committed to driving ‘Business Value’, and in developing high-performance teams with diverse Business Technologists. Seasoned professional in managing Corporate IT Strategy & Budgets, Investment Planning, Charge-backs, Bench-marking, Cost Optimizations, & Business Value drivers. A ‘Steller Communicator’ with outstanding interpersonal abilities to present complex issues in both technical and business formats
Regional Chief Information Security Officer, Standard Chartered Bank
Dr. Erdal Ozkaya is a leading Cybersecurity Professional with business development, management, and Academic skills who focuses on securing the Cyber Space & sharing his real-life skills as a Security Advisor, Speaker, Lecturer, and Author.
Erdal is known to be passionate about reaching communities, creating cyber aware campaigns, leveraging new and innovative approaches and technologies to holistically address the information security and privacy needs for every person and organization in the world.
He is an award-winning technical expert & speaker: His recent awards are: Cyber Security Professional of the year MEA , Hall of Fame by CISO Magazine , Cybersecurity Influencer of the year (2019) ,Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club (2017), NATO Center of Excellence (2016) Security Professional of the year by MEA Channel Magazine (2015), Professional of the year Sydney (2014) and many speaker of the year awards in conferences.
He also holds Global Instructor of the year awards from EC Council & Microsoft. Erdal is also a part-time lecturer at Australian Charles Sturt University. Erdal has co-authored many cybersecurity books as well as security certification courseware and exams for different vendors.
Erdal has the following qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy in Cybersecurity, Master of Computing Research, Master of Information Systems Security, Bachelor of Information Technology, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant, ISO27001 Auditor & Implementer, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Ethical Instructor & Licensed Penetration Tester.
CDO at GEMS Education
Krishnan Gopi is the Group Chief Disruption Officer at GEMS Education. He is currently leading the charge to disrupt from within to challenge the status-quo and create agile, scalable and future-ready technology capabilities for the education needs of ‘Education of Today & Tomorrow’. In this journey, he is leading multiple strategic initiatives globally such as Digital Transformation, EdTech, IP Building, Disruptive Innovation, Enterprise Mobility, Process Engineering & Automation, Data Analytics and Technology Consolidation & Standardization, Education Digital Eco-system rationalization resulting in huge customer satisfaction, control improvements, increase in process efficiencies and reduction of operational costs.
Mr. Krishnan is a Strategic Technology Leader with two decades of International experience and successful track record of spearheading Technology led Business Transformations for Fortune 100 companies. His prior work experience includes successful stints at large corporates such as Al Hilal Bank, QIB Group, BankMuscat, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Fidelity Investments and Citigroup. He has been awarded recently as “Digital Disruptive Leader of the Year” by MIT Sloan / Khaleej Times at DIGITRANS 2019 & 2018 and voted as "Digital Disruptor of the Year" at CDO Conclave 2018 in addition to his numerous honors and awards.
Group IT Manager, Safeer Group
Information Technology professional with a Degree in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering and a Masters in Operations Research & Management. Experienced Enterprise Consultant with a
demonstrated expertise of working in the Retail industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Operations Management, Infrastructure Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Business Process Management. Carrying an industry experience of over 26 years. Winner of the Transformation Maestro Award, CXO-50 Award, CIO-100 Award and The Titans Badge of Honor.
Regional Sales Director, Saudi Arabia, Nutanix Middle East
Mohammad has been in the IT industry for the past 15 years, witnessed & participated in major IT digital transformations. Joined Nutanix as the country manager for Saudi & Bahrain two years ago, to lead the Datacenteroperational transformation in this region toward simpler, agile and much more cost effective choices.
Group IT Director, Park Hotel Group
Randall is a strategist with a knack in harnessing the potential of technology to drive corporate business strategy across different industries for more than 10 years. At Park Hotel Group, he leads the charge in transforming the business through IT innovation; optimizing, integrating and implementing new technology that benefit guests and team members across the expanding portfolio. His wide breadth of experience with global technology companies includes leading various game-changing business transformation initiatives, as well as providing business consultancy to businesses on how to better leverage systems and technologies to improve business processes and bring further technology value to the business.
Chairman of RosettaNet Singapore (GS1 digital commerce Standards)
Recipient of Digital transformation leadership legendary award Top 5 in Singapore and global CIO200 in December 2019
Senior IT Executive with over 20 years’ experience in leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver innovative technological solutions that align with globalstrategies and roadmaps across diverse world-class organizations globally.
As a former CIO of APAC for Ingram micro I did championed the digital commerce roadmap, achieving 250% year-on-year growth across B2B and 150% across B2C over 3 consecutive years based defining the digital customer journey using agile methodology. As a spin off from the Stanford Executive Program, appointed in a 5-member global IoT team to define and make recommendations to establish IoT business unit across startup, ISV, telco and high tech MNC with recommendations for next 3 years for Ingram micro.
On Mergers & Acquisition front, streamlined product lines, standardizing business processes and consolidation of IT systems which includes Digital to Compaq, Compaq to HP and Stats to Stats ChipPAC and acquisitions in Ingram Micro.
As Chairman of RosettaNet Singapore on voluntary industry best practice digital commerce roles I represent Singapore in promoting RosettaNet as best practice for GS1 digital commerce standard across industry, government, SME’s and educational institutions globally for over 15 years.
My passion is to share industry best practice experiences and help industry to adopt Smart technology.
International Speaker & Counselor Inner - Self Transformation Specialist
Ektaa is a renowned Gifted Energy Healer, an International Meditation Expert, award winning Inner-Self Transformation Specialist, International Speaker and a Counselor. Ektaa works by
transforming individuals on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level bringing the body, mind and soul into balance and harmony; while making it stronger and empowering.
She has for over a decade been promoting Mindful Meditation, Spirituality, and Holistic Well-being in all dimensions. Ektaa with her instinctive ability to connect with diverse sects of people gives her an extra edge as an effective Coach, Guide and a Mentor. A postgraduate in Human Resources, she began her career as a Learning & Development Specialist. She is also a certified Wellness and Life Coach and a Master Practitioner & Trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) approved by American Board of NLP. She has had several events in India and abroad across Europe & UAE. She recently represented India in the field of Inner-Self Transformation and Meditation at “The World CIO 200 Summit” in Dubai for a global audience from 3 Continents, 15 Countries. Ektaa was also invited, this February 2020, to conduct her Masterclass on “Spiritual Fitness” at “The Soul Project” – India’s biggest wellness festival hosted by DLF; which was then followed by “World Marketing Summit- March 2020” at Vigyan Bhawan – New Delhi, where she was invited as Guest of Honor and spoke upon Spirituality, Sustainable Development & Mental Health and Combating Stress. She is listed among "Top 50 Global Leaders & Transformation Champions" by Business Transformation Publication USA/UAE.
Ektaa is on the Expert Panel of BPositive (India’s leading Health and Lifestyle, Wellness publication by Apollo Life) as a Spiritual Healer and an International Meditation Expert and also on the Expert Panel are Sadhguru, Sri Sri Ravishankar.
As an Inner self Transformation Specialist, Wellness and a Life coach Ektaa has transformed many Individuals, Business Leaders, Professionals, Top Level Executives (cxo's), Industrialists and Political leaders.She combines her understanding of coaching while creating wellness in all facets of their life be it personal or Professional
Unit Head – Governance Sharjah E-Government
Business leader with unique 14+ years of techno-functional experience in Information Security Governance, IT Service Management, Risk & Compliance, BCP/ DRP, Managed GRC, Consulting & Advisory, and GDPR. As Governance Unit Head at Sharjah E-Government, his work entails designing and maintaining tailored IT governance & management framework for the enterprise, ensuring compliance with regulatory directives and driving improvements in IT processes and services. Experienced in implementing a comprehensive and innovative governance, risk, and compliance framework in IT for organizational maturity. Proven ability to translate business needs into technology requirements that supports company’s business objectives, technology strategy, road-map and to successfully manage all phases of IT projects.
Group CIO, Regulus Capital
A self-motivated and goal-oriented ‘C’ level IT Management professional and PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner with ITIL® 2011 Certification. Solid experience in Application Management, ERP Implementation, IT Infrastructure Management, Business Analysis, Project Management, Delivery Management, Service Desk Management, Change Management, & Software Development in the areas of sales and Distribution, Supply Chain, Marketing and Finance in Pharmaceuticals, Multinational FMCGs, Banks, Logistics and Entertainment industries.
GM, IT Innovation Tata Starbucks
I am an IT professional with 16 plus years of experience across Information Technology and Retail organizations. Currently moved as General Manager - IT innovation at Tata Starbucks. In my previous capacity as Head –IT, Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd. I have worked extensively on the company’s transformational projects, Cloud & Mobility Platforms, Retail Analytics, Enterprise systems and Security & Information management systems.
Prior to Trent Hypermarket, I have worked with Cybage Software as a Solution Architect in the retail CoE focusing on digital and e-commerce solutions. Having worked with companies such as Future Group, Wadhwan Retail and Zensar Technologies has also given me vast techno-functional experience. In my career as a technology consultant, I feel extremely passionate about using the latest in technology to provide business solutions to accelerate growth.
The areas that challenge my interests are Artificial Intelligence, ML, Blockchain and robotics and I am always keen to enhance processes to up the customer experience in my organizations.
Data Management Business Unit Manager at Datacentrix
John started with Datacentrix in 2010 and heads up the business’ data management business unit. He combines his experience with ICT, business and his in-depth understanding of modern technology solutions to support clients in achieving sustainable business value and quality outcomes. Working closely with management teams and customers, John drives return on investment, helping to ensure customer success. He has a strong track record of working with multi-national companies.
Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Country Manager Veritas Technologies
Veritas East Europe, Africa and Levant Regional Director
Vice President IT, Jazeera Airways
Influential IT Management Executive with 25 years of achievement in leveraging the business understanding and technology to drive organizational growth, performance and profitability through digital transformation. Excellent all around understanding of Airline domain with 20 years managerial experience. Winner of multiple awards such as DX Inspire Award for Inspiring Customer Experience, CIO200 Legend 2018 and 2019, IDC CIO Excellence Award for Business Operations Transformation, CXO50 and The Titans Badge of Honor.
An innovation champion with a focus on developing flexible, scalable solutions for consumer and organizational problems
Diverse experience in high-growth, start-up, and turnaround environments and regrowth stages with extensive knowledge of the Airline industry
Dynamic management career with strong leadership, problem-solving, planning, team-building and project management skills
Specialties: Having professional Certification on CISA, CISSP and PMP gives added advantage in understanding information security, compliance requirements and complete project management. Finance specialization in Business Administration gives an added edge in understanding everything from business and finance perspective.
Technology Consultant, Egypt | Veritas Technologies LLC
Full Name: Mohamed Youssef Mohamed
Date of Birth: 15 March 1980
Education: Bachelor of Science: Electronics and Communication, Zagazig University - Faculty of Engineering
Title: Technical Sales - Veritas Technologies, Cairo, Egypt
Senior Technical Consultant at Share Technologies
He leads Security Technical Team, with a role of consultancy also in Veritas availability product (Enterprise Vault) With more than 10 years of experience in IT field, A proven track record in the delivery of large and small projects, from designing, Implementing and support the solutions which are provided.
Technology Solutions Manager at Share Technologies
where He leads Technical Team including Veritas technical consulting services ,With more than 15 years of experience in IT field, A proven track record in the delivery of large and small capital projects, from conception to operational deployment, managing change impacting at all levels of the business” .
Senior Project Manager , Head of PMO at GIG TSME
Samer Othman Manasrah has more than 9 years of experience in Software and Portals industry. Samer is a SharePoint Projects Lead from Jordan-Middle East. Samer is a Microsoft SharePoint certified with more than 6 certificates and has extensive experience in different areas (Portals managing, Business analysis, Presales, project management and solutions development).
Digital Workforce Evangelist
Sumeet has 20 years of experience in top tier global banks.Over the course of his career, Sumeet has led major functions and projects covering financial, digital and core banking products with team spread across multiple geographies. An avowed evangelist of Software Automation, Sumeet has lead implementing Automation strategy and execution in finance industry. Sumeet has built Automation CoEs in multiple banks and is a thought leader in the field of intelligent automation.
Chief Business Officer at Finesse
Eljo JP serves as the Chief Business Officer (CBO) at Finesse. With his expertise and professional experience in the field of Technology and Business Development, he has successfully acquired strategic clients in the region. Eljo thrives for excellence and is a visionary with thorough understanding of the market and client requirements. Finesse has delivered numerous successful projects under his guidance and has a lot more prominent projects in the ever-growing pipeline. He has a wide knowledge of technology solutions including RPA, Blockchain, BI & Analytics, Chatbots, CRM/CEM and much more.
Delivery Head - Emerging Technologies
Bobby Thomas serves as Delivery Head for Emerging Technologies at Finesse, Dubai. He is an RPA evangelist with Automation Anywhere certifications and an avid follower of Blockchain Technology as well. He has managed various implementation projects using renowned technology solutions. He is an accomplished, resourceful and results-driven senior at Finesse with over 20 years of professional experience.
Territory Sales Manager, TSME
Omar has 17 years of experience in IT Solutions and digital transformation, he is TSME’s Territory Sales Manager.
During his career, Omar was responsible for helping clients to adopt IT solutions and to change their way of thinking by reengineering, analyzing, digitalizing and automating business processes.Omar believes automation is the success key to agile companies.
Area Vice President EMEA & APAC, Solutions Consulting
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Account Executive, Middle East | Appian
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Solutions Consultant – Middle East for Appian
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Arun Shankar is a well experienced technology journalist and editor in the region. He is the Editor of Enterprise Channels MEA and Business Transformation brands published by GEC Media Group. As part of GEC Media Group, he continues to moderate webinars, round table discussions, and panel discussions.
Overall, Arun has been a high-level content writer and content provider, covering business, technology and financial industries. He has experience of managing online business based on high value content, social media engagement, integrated reader experience through text, images, videos. He is well experienced in content workflow models, online sales strategies, online business development, online pricing, online marketing outreach.
He has a wide base-line of working in the print publishing and print journalism business and has worked in multiple African, GCC countries, and India. He has experience in marketing communication, media relations, public relations, event management, point of sales. He is a graduate in physical sciences with post graduate diploma in advertising, and management of technology.
Arun has over twenty-five years of work experience, across multiple Middle East, Africa, and India in the area of digital content, journalism, business analysis, marketing communication, public relations, sales, account management, supplier management.
Global Head - Content and strategic Alliances
Anushree has over a decade's experience in content curation and strategic business relationship. She also has an extensive background in event management and relations. Prior to joining GEC Media Group, Anushree has handled key positions in Datamatix and few other companies in India. Her core strength are business content development, Relationship building, Event management and forging strategic alliances on regional and global level. In her current role, she is responsible for driving the content and group's strategic partnerships and alliances globally, covering key regions - META, SEA and the US.
District Manager, English Africa and Indian Ocean Island
Tosin Odukoya is a strong ICT Sales Manager with good Services oriented background. He has developed and demonstrated the competencies required in areas of ICT sales/services strategy - operations and organizational related issues, proven tracks of successful high-valued customer relationships and engagements. He currently manages the business for VERITAS for English Speaking Africa, a role which has held for over three and a half years
Tosin is a graduate of Computer Science and holds a Master’s in business administration; With over 17 years of very challenging experience covering; customer service, service management, Sales and Executive management.
Executive Director , Global CIO Forum - South East Asia
Malavika pushes for Adapt2LEAD Business and People Transformations. Her career embodies and signifies milestones that have made her a strong advocate for Adaptability.
Malavika has a successful track record of about two and a half decades in Sales, Service Delivery, Customer Experience, Change, Culture development for influencing success of executives to drive business excellence. She inspires people with her engaging style. She has coached and conducted programs in Leadership, Service, and Sales for Business Transformation across industry domains of IT, Telecom, Logistics, Pharmaceutical, Aeronautic, Finance and Banking, Hospitality and Manufacturing.
She has lived and worked in China, US, Singapore, and India. She has versatile corporate experience in conceptualizing, developing and executing Sales, Key Account Management, Marketing and Service and Change Management strategies across varied industry giants; like Reliance, DHL and Essar.
She is a certified Management Consultant for Service Excellence, also a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP Master, and a Certified Language and Behaviour Profiling Consultant
Malavika is founder, Areta Biz Solutions, a boutique Leadership and Service Consulting firm, with Clients in Asia-Pacific and Middle East. As President, GEC Media Group, Malavika pushes for a next generation media that stands strong to be committed, responsible and passionate
Executive Director Global CIO Forum USA
Derrick is a seasoned IT leader with numerous successes in guiding strategic direction and enterprise implementation of retail, transportation and accounting systems with emerging technologies to ensure maximum operational impact.
Derrick has been with RaceTrac for more than 18 years and has held a number of positions, where he showcased his talent for managing risk, anticipating business needs, and working through process developments to achieve change. He is now the Executive Director over all Applications, Business Intelligence, Tech Support, and QA.
An expert presenter, negotiator and communicator. Derrick believes in forging solid relationships with stakeholders, executive leaders and partners for developing innovative direction and building creative business solutions.
Derrick attended Georgia Southern University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Information Systems. Prior to joining RaceTrac, he was with MCI Telecommunications as well as consulting on his own. Professionally, he is a huge fan of Agile delivery and rapid change to make organizations more competitive. He is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan and enjoys spending his time with his two children.
Dr. Yan Chow is Global Industry Leader for Health Careat Automation Anywhere, which isan industry leader in intelligent automation software. Intelligent automationrelieves humans of manual, repetitivetasks better done by computers,and leverages next-generation capabilities like natural language processing and machine learning.
Formerly, Dr. Chow was Medical Director for Digital Medicine at Amgen, where he led strategy and implementation of digital initiativesin clinical trials.
Dr. Chow was alsonational Director oftheInnovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT) at Kaiser Permanente.IAT assessedover 2,000startups, ran a successful innovation grant program, and worked with KP’s award-winning Garfield Innovation Center.
Dr. Chowco-founded a venture-funded NLP analytics startup, has 3 U.S. patents, and has been an invited speaker at industry conferences.In 2014 he was recognized by Healthcare IT News as one of the top healthcare innovation leaders in thenation.
Dr. Chow earned his A.B. from Harvard, M.D. from UC San Diego, and MBAfrom UC Berkeley.
Chief Mentor, ARCON
Known as Technologist, Futurist and Dreamer. Anil is now an early investor in high-growth technologies. As an investor and mentor he works in tandem with an array of early-stage technology companies which focus on mitigating new generation risk. He has innovated several cyber security solutions which protects some of the largest Data Centres in the world. In his spare time, he particularly enjoys reading up on the IT Security and Internet of Things (IoT).
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