Dr. Mohamad Zainuddi bin Mat Taib

Director of ICT Consultancy Divison, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), Government of Malaysia

Dr. Mohamad Zainuddi bin Mat Taib has been serving as an Information Technology Officer of the Government of Malaysia since 1983.  Throughout the period, He has been dedicated in various capacities at the ICT divisions of several agencies of the Federal Government of Malaysia.

He also sits as a member of advisory panel of Faculty of Computing, School of Informatics and Information Science at various prominent public universities in Malaysia.

His present position as the Public-Sector Principal ICT Consultant (Strategic) enables him to involve in the implementation of various initiatives under the Government Digital Transformation Agenda. It is particularly related to his fields of expertise such as Information Management, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, IT Governance, Enterprise Architecture and Big Data Analytics.

Hamad Al Mehyas

Chief Process Officer, National Health Insurance Company - Daman

Mr. Hamad Al Mehyas is Daman’s Chief Process Officer. He is responsible for the company’s operational processes including medical claims management, after-sales operations, the company’s 24-hours Customer Care Centre in addition to relevant special projects. Mr. Al Mehyas is considered one of the first UAE Nationals specialising in forensic medicine; a field in which he received the Government Excellence Award for an Innovative Initiative. He held a number of senior roles in federal and local Government entities and worked on a GCC and regional levels. He has also represented the UAE in a number of international organisations. During his career he led number of nation-wide initiatives, most notably heading the Office of UAE National Biosecurity Committee. His most recent role being Director of Laboratories and was in charge of the Food Safety Department at the Ministry of Environment & Water.Mr Hamad Al Mehyas holds a Master’s degree in DNA Profiling from University of Central Lancashire and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Medicine from Glamorgan University, both from the United Kingdom. He has been awarded a number of honorary medals and certificates of appreciation from a number of Government and international organisations. He is a licensed Forensic Medicine Specialist, a member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, Germany, and an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed journal, World Agriculture. Al Mehyas was a member of the UK Forensic Science Services.

Dr. Jamal N. Al-Karaki

Head, Information Security Engineering Technology, PhD., Computer Engineering, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic

Dr. Jamal Al-Karaki is an accomplished Information security and technology expert with 15+ years of versatile IT experience and expertise in corporate systems and network security architecture and management along with IT projects management, network and IT infrastructure design and implementation, and change management throughout the project life cycle in public and private sectors. He has also been working with various governments helping them identifying their security needs concerning sensitive assets and national manpower.

He actively participates in all major security events regularly. in 2012, He joined Abu Dhabi Polytechnic to establish the Information Security Engineering Technology department where he currently mentors national Emirati youth in this vital field.

Dr. Al-Karaki is the Co-Founder and Division Head of information Security Engineering Technology- Abu Dhabi Polytechnic (ADPoly), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Before Joining ADPoly, He served as the Dean of Information Technology College, at the Hashemite University, Zarka – Jordan. Dr. Al-Karaki obtained his Ph.D. from Iowa State University where he was awarded the research excellence award on his pioneering work on wireless ad hoc networks.

His main research interests include all aspects of Network Computing including wireless networking and mobile computing with special emphasis on wireless LANs, Mobile Ad hoc Networks, and Wireless Sensor Networks. He is also working heavily on network security, cyber security, and web-based education and e-learning.

Irene Corpuz

Section Head - Planning & IT Security, Al Dhafra Region Municipality

Irene is the Head of the IT Security Section and acting CISO at the Western Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi.  She is responsible for the execution of the ADSIC and NESA Information Security Programme, Security Governance, Risk & compliance to IT Security Policy. She offers 27 years of combined and diverse experience in IT (Security, Operations and Strategy), Quality & Excellence. She has worked in various industries and region and led strategic initiatives in Asia, Middle East, Europe and America. An emerging seasoned speaker on Information & Cyber Security Conferences, Irene has spoken in a number of conferences in Asia, Middle East and Europe in areas of GRC, emerging threats and solutions & reducing the gender gap in IT.  Irene acquired her Masters of Science in IT from University of Wales, and holds the following certifications: ITIL V3, PMP, ISO (QMS and 27k) Lead Auditor and EFQM Assessor.

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi

Director of Centre for Cyber Security and Interdisciplinary Studies, NYU – Abu Dhabi

Hoda A.Alkhzaimi is currently a research assistant professor in New York University and the Director of Center of Cyber Security in NewYork University AD. She served in different posts for research and development in Cyber Security and Cryptology for the past years. She headed the Department of Research and Development for Cyber Security and Cryptology in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with her associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally.

Alkhzaimi has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products for the respective industries.

Hoda A. Alkhzaimi obtained her PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University. Her current research interests include Space, Aerospace and UAV security, constructing and analyzing cryptographic primitives, validating and investigating links between different cryptanalytic approaches and utilizing cryptographic primitives in different cyber security architectures as in Internet of Things and big data analysis among others.

Dr. Mahmoud Al Hader

Head of Asset Information, Al Ain Distribution Company – AADC

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hader has over 14 years of experience in the information technologies specially related to satellites and civil engineering applications. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering from University of Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan in 2003. Master of Science in GIS and Geomatics Engineering (Honor Degree 3.92 out 4.0) from University of Putra Malaysia (2007), “Scholarship from Bahrain Center for Studies & Research - Bahrian” and PhD in GIS and Geomatics Engineering (Honor  Degree 4.0 out 4.0) from University of Putra Malaysia (2011), “Scholarship from Dubai World- UAE”. Since then, he has been working as a researcher in Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research in Bahrain for 4 years. During this period, he was a part of the research and development team in the field of GIS, Information Technology & Engineering services mainly for underground utilities for water, electricity and communication networks. In 2009, he joined the Asset Management Directorate as an.

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hader has several awards in R&D and in Excellence Performance, Project Management, Technical Development; he has three PATENTs and invented several applications & tools in different aspects of the Geomatics Engineering and information technologies.

Bala Murali

Senior QA Analyst, Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority

Bala’s expertise is in developing and driving the culture Corporate Quality, Strategy, Business Continuity and Excellence by playing vital role in Business Planning, Corporate Strategy, Governance systems, Quality Improvement Initiatives, Business Continuity Management, Performance management, Continual improvement, Business Excellence profiling, Integrated Management Systems(IMS) ADWEA and the subsidiary companies (ADDC, TRANSCO, AADC, ADWEC, AMPC, TAQA, ADSSC).

Expertise in setting up a workable Quality culture in the sector by aligning with organizational Strategic vision, values and priorities by ensuring adequate Quality Planning, Process Management, KPI, Performance monitoring and trend analysis through best IMS practices, Budget planning and cost optimization in projects. Effective Continual improvement through Monitoring, Process Re-engineering and bench marking.

Major Mohammad Al Obaidly

Deputy Director Digital Transformation & Systems Developement, Abu Dhabi Police

Major Mohammed Obaidli is a Technocrat with years of experience in Modernizing the ICT with Government Specifically within Abu Dhabi Police. He is currently the Deputy Director of Digital Transformation Department within police and has pioneered in setting up the advanced research facilities and the Center of Excellence at Abu Dhabi Police.

He is an ICT professional with years of experience in ICT innovation, he holds many credits under his belt for implementing Innovative tools and techniques in ADP which also includes being part of strategic management and numerous modernization teams and groups. He has a good knowledge of e-enablement and automation of systems as well as initiatives like advance analytics /Cognitive Computing and Data pools these initiatives have been widely acclaimed earning him prestigious recognitions locally and internationally by large corporates.

Major Mohammed Obaidli has a Post-Graduation in ICT security from George Washington University and also hold a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Zayed University. He is an acclaimed project management expert with accreditation in Project Management from George Washington University as well as Process expertise in ITIL /EFQM.

Anas Haddad

Smart Government Advisor and Consultant,

Alison Florence Hawksworth

Director, Thought Leadership Practice, Cisco Digitization Office

Alison has more than 20 years of experience helping Technology & Services Providers (TSPs), enterprises, and public sector organizations achieve their transformation goals. She works with organizations to build ‘disruption management practices’ and to develop digital business agility. Previously, she led a team that designed and developed a method for building and maturing professional disciplines in a professional practice context.

Alison is the innovator behind Cloud and Digital Practice Accelerators. Working with management consultants, business leaders, academics, and software developers, she created this automated, consultant-led assessment tool. The assessment determines a TSP’s current business capabilities against a specific Target Operating Model. It also produces a capability gap analysis and an actionable plan to achieve the target state. Alison has also pioneered the development of an automated organizational digital skills assessment.

Alison is the visionary and primary author of the award-winning Business Architecture Transformation Program, and co-author of various publications on Enterprise and Business Architecture, and on Digital Business Transformation.

A frequent speaker on Digital Business Transformation, she is a member of the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center), a joint initiative between the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Cisco. The DBT Center brings together learning and innovation for the digital era, while acting as a global research hub for diverse viewpoints from a wide variety of organizations, from start-ups to incumbents. The DBT Center’s purpose is to identify new approaches, best practices and disruptive thinking in digital business transformation. The DBT Center is located on IMD’s campus in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Anna Piperal

Managing Director, e-Estonia showroom/Enterprise Estonia

Anna is an export branding and marketing professional as well as inspirational speaker.

Anna who has been involved in the e-Estonia and e-governance and ICT export related marketing activities for over 6 years, is holding a Managing Director position at the e-Estonia Showroom, an executive briefing center and an innovation hub. This busy Center is focused to introduce global policy makers, political leaders, corporate executives, investors and international media transformational story of Estonia.

Having public administration, technology governance and cyber security background Anna is dealing with e-Estonia brand building and communications, leading Showroom activities and helping other countries choose the transformation path. Inspired by technology and innovation she is also Estonian national expert for World Summit Awards.

Education: Public Administration, Tallinn University of Technology, BA Technology governance, Tallinn University of Technology, MA Marketing Institute, Tallinn

Alaa Mahgoub

M.Sc. Eng. Data Management Senior Expert, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport

Alaa Mahgoub is a Data Management Senior Expert at Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, with decades of insightful experience in Transportation, Utility, Oil & Gas and Defense at various governmental and private sector organizations. His experience across the MENA & Far East regions includes leading programs and providing consultancies and training in UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Malaysia and Singapore. He has been active in the areas of Enterprise Information Architecture (EIA), Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) for over 17 years and has been a leading contributor to the EIA, EIM and IACS Programs in Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (TRANSCO), Abu Dhabi Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO) and Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from the Military Technical Collage (MTC) and Cairo University respectively. He lectured, published and reviewed numerous research papers in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre) and the Arab Union of Electricity. Alaa’s current research interest is Real-time Operational Intelligence and Information of Everything (IoE).

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri

General Manager, Maqta Gateway LLC

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri is the General Manager of Maqta Gateway LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports. Dr. Noura assumed leadership of Maqta Gateway PCS Project from its inception in 2014. Since then, she has activated the development of the PCS system and led its transition from an implementation program to a fully operational company, and is now spearheading its market expansion.

Dr. Al Dhaheri has helped usher in a seamless transition into a totally digitalized way of conducting trade, creating a bridge between data and the port’s business operations, while aligning with the Abu Dhabi 2030 economic vision of optimizing port processes. She has been appointed as the digital transformation leader of Abu Dhabi ports to participate in directing and implementing its digital strategy.

Dr. Noura holds a BSc degree with Honor in Software Engineering and an MSc with Honor in Engineering Systems and Management. She has completed her PhD with high distinction from Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her scientific research papers have been published in renowned international Journals in the fields of logistics, sustainability, supply chain optimization, and ports operations and she was recognized with numerous prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions in the field of information technology, including the “Best Pipe Inspection Robot” Award presented to her by Schlumberger.

Another accolade has been a letter of recognition from Bill Gates who praised her innovative approach in designing a mobile learning device for which she and her team won the first prize in a regional competition – Imagine Cup 2007. Dr. Al Dhaheri serves as Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports Women Committee and takes a leading role in supporting women career development and education advancement.

Samer Chidiac

Futurist & International Expert on Strategic Innovation & Digital Transformation,

A Futurist and an International Expert on Strategic Innovation & Digital Transformation with an extensive regional experience of more than 18 years covering 20 countries in the Middle East & Africa working with & advising multi-national corporations, the private and public sector on topics related to transformation strategies using innovation.
Holding 10 International Awards, publisher of 6 books and Living an influential life where his thoughts, visions, and teachings reach more than 500+ thousand followers from around the world on a daily basis through Books, Articles, Quotes, Podcasts and Social Interactions, along with International Public Speaking Engagements.

Dr. Adel Al- Ajaji

Founder, Dialogue Consulting

Dr. Adel A. Al- Ajaji is an Organizational Alignment & Whole System Transformation Specialist, founder of Dialogue Consulting. He partners with CEOs & Executives to passionately achieve Alignment between middle management and frontline leadership towards organizational vision, strategy, and objectives.
Dr. Al- Ajaji is a Human Resources Development & Process Improvement Consultant with over 37 years of experience. He spent 20 years with Saudi Aramco where he previously held the position of the Administrator of Management Training & Leadership Center, he Initiated & led the Operational Excellence & Improvement Consultant Programs. He also held various management positions within Saudi Aramco, and led key projects with Ministries, Saudi Universities. He is also licensed to deliver a variety of leadership & management workshops.
Dr. Al- Ajaji received his BSc in Business Administration from "The University of Tampa", Florida, and received his Master’s in Human Resources Development & Doctorate in Administration of Higher Education from "The George Washington
University", Washington D.C. USA.
He was a member of the Saudi Educational Board and participated in the Administrative Reform Seminars and Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad Government Excellence Award. He has also participated in the Government of Dubai Excellence Program.

Isam Omran

Director of Products, Injazat Data System

Isam Omran has an in-depth digital transformation and adoption expertise in the GCC with a breadth of experience across the Public sector, Banking, Media, Telecommunications and Healthcare industries.
Isam is a digital guru of his time who has written many articles and is very charismatic speaking in public about digitization, how it’s fundamentally changing the way companies create and market products and Services that enables customers to achieve their vision.
Currently he is Director of Products at Injazat Data System, moved from Cloud – IBM after years of experience in product and could
Omran also worked as Senior Associate in Booz Aleen Hamilton for Middle East north Africa and Mena Enterprise Infrastructure and Cloud capabilities lead 2013 to 2016. He has worked with private and government in his field extensively in last decade starting in this region as Senior Program Delivery Manager Musanada -Abu Dhabi Government in 2008
Omran has Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Computer and Information Sciences from University of Portsmouth- UK

Carlos Vargas

Territory Manager, NetApp EMEA

Carlos Vargas is a Territory Manager for NetApp EMEA. He delivers consulting to NetApp EMEA sales teams across a wide geographic area and provides technical advice to product marketing, service and engineering. Carlos is an expert in cloud infrastructure and has spoken at several large-scale industry events on the topic while still working for VMware and now in NetApp. In his spare time, he writes a storage blog - Virtual Vargi - where he posts updates on the latest news and information in the area of virtualization and has be awarded vExpert 2016-17 alongside his VCAP-DCD.

Shams Hasan

Infrastructure Solutions Manager, Dell EMC

Shams Hasan is the Infrastructure Solutions Manager for Dell EMC, covering Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META).  He is responsible for business and technology product knowledge, thought-leadership, and strategic programs.  In this role Shams works closely with CxOs on their Digital, IT, Workforce, and Security transformation agendas aligned to the business.  Shams also handles media relationships and responsibilities for the region and is an active industry spokesperson in external business forums.  He has over a decade of experience in digital technology leadership and strategy roles as a Customer in startups and large enterprises with multiple data centers.  Most recently Shams has served as the Head of IT (CIO) for Carnegie Mellon University, a world-renown research and education institute.  Shams has MBAs with honors and distinction from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

Feras Al Jabi

Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology Consultancy LLC

Feras Al Jabi is a winner of the “Feigebaum Leadership Excellence Award” and has garnered this coveted award for his accomplishments and feats witnessed throughout his tenure in many leading ICT firms. The award is commissioned from the Virtual Executive Club, an entity dedicated to enhancing leadership and professional skills in the Dubai professional community, and is under the patronage of Hamdan bin Mohammed e-University. Feras has led ITQAN to strong and powerful relationships with major organizations in the region. His strengths in sales and business development have contributed significantly towards the growth through his career journey, from e-commerce to e-gov. to e-healthcare to smart gov. Prior to ATC Feras was the General Manager for ITQAN

Hitendar (Hiten) Sethi

Manager for Thought Leadership, Cisco Digitization Office

Hitendar (Hiten) Sethi is a Manager for Thought Leadership in the Cisco Digitization Office, where he works on Cisco’s digital transformation initiatives and programs that guide the future of digitization for the company, and its customers. He is also a researcher at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative, where he co-produces industry leading thought leadership on digital disruption and its impact on industries. Hiten is often involved in developing digital transformation roadmaps, conducting workshops on digital disruption and working with companies seeking to remain competitive and create new models of digital business.

With 13+ years of experience in technology research, business and strategy consulting, he possesses a strong background in helping companies remain competitive in a world where technology is constantly evolving and disrupting the traditional ways of doing business. He started his career with Evalueserve, Inc., a research and analytics provider leading the technology research practice in delivering large-scale research engagements for global technology companies.

Hiten holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from SMU India.  He currently lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children. He is very interested in understanding how technology will transform the lives of future generations.

Raymond Chabab

Territory Manager, NetApp

Raymond Chabab – Territory Manager at NetApp – is a Master degree holder from Notre dame University with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry.

Raymond has spent many years in the GCC market working with large enterprises / Banking / Govt and oil & gas sectors, looking after Management and Security for various organizations. During his career , he had lots of engagements related to Intrusion detection, Gap analysis , ethical hacking, cyber security, CCTV, Big Data analytics, Business Continuity, and Data Management and Security.