• The speakers at this event will be local leaders in the fields of IT, security, government, and infrastructure.

    We look forward to hosting a range of speakers as they address the many topics pertinent to the UAE’s development into a leading international tech market.

    We are excited to give these speakers a platform to discuss these important issues, and we will announce the speakers as they are confirmed here and on our website and twitter page.



    • H.E Eng Abdulla Abdulla Al-Suwaidi

      H.E Eng Abdulla Abdulla Al-Suwaidi Director of Standardization ServicesAbu-Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority

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    • Ali Jaber Al-Yafei

      Ali Jaber Al-Yafei ICT and Business Improvement Expert

      With over 20 years of experience in ICT and Business Development, Ali Jaber Al-Yafei has conceptualized, designed and delivered strategic initiatives for the government and private sectors, having leveraged knowledge acquired from working with Tri-Cor (USA), GIBCA Data Systems, Public Works Department, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, C4 Advanced Solutions, Department of Municipal Affair’s and ITQAN. In 2013, Ali Al-Yafeai was appointed the Managing Director of ITQAN with a mandate of restructuring the company and building Sales, Pre-Sales and Delivery capability in addition to introducing new pro...

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    • Dr. Saeed Al-Dhaheri

      Dr. Saeed Al-Dhaheri ICT Expert and Independent Researcher

      Dr. Saeed has earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. For the past ten years, Dr. Saaed has been an academic professor at UAE University. His career has included consulting and advising several UAE government organizations in areas including IT systems development, e-government, finance and investment management services, and national ID systems. In 2004, Dr. Saeed was appointed Director General of the newly formed Emirates Identity Authority. He established and led the authority for two years. He has participated in intensive courses in I...

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    • Ahmed M. Al-Mutairi

      Ahmed M. Al-Mutairi Director of Technical ServicesGSO

      Ahmed M. Al-Mutairi works for the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) as Director of the Technical Services Department and also oversees media and awareness in GSO. He is a member of many committees such as the GSO Strategy Management Steering Committee and the Executive Committee for Managing Strategic Plan Execution. He is the Chairman of the Information Centers Steering Committee in GCC Member States. Ahmed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Postgraduate Diploma in E-Government and E-Commerce. He has many certifications such as Certified IT Manager, Certified KPI Professi...

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    • Saif Al-Siksek

      Saif Al-Siksek Deputy Chief Information Officer Corporate Information & Technology ServicesAbu Dhabi Health Services Company

      Saif is the Acting Group Deputy Chief Information Officer Corporate Information & Technology Services for SEHA and a key member of the executive management team in SEHA IT. This group provides operational support, consulting and solutions that enhance the performance of the extended enterprise using technology to streamline business processes, reduce costs, improve end user satisfaction and accelerate time-to-market in the rapidly growing digital economy. Saif is responsible for a delivery team spanning across the SEHA Enterprise and its Business Entities in excess of 300+ resources. Althou...

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    • Mohamed Al-Askar

      Mohamed Al-Askar Standards and Governance ManagerAbu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre

      Mohamed Al-Askar is currently the Standards and Governance Manager at Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre and leads the Governance and Service Modernization activities. He is mainly responsible for managing the development of Abu Dhabi Government ICT policies, standards, and guidelines, and also responsible for governing their implementation in the Abu Dhabi Government Entities. During his work at Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre, Mohamed has been involved in many ICT policies, standards, guideline developments, and governance roles. These jobs have been in different disciplin...

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    • Omar Al-Yazeedi

      Omar Al-Yazeedi Director of Research, Development, and Training National Center of Meteorology & Seismology

      He’s Also the Head of the development committee in charge of creating the web portal for the meteorological services for the Arab Gulf States. He holds a Bachelor degree in communications technology. He participated in courses in meteorology and cloud seeding processes and numerical programs used for weather prediction. He took part in many studies on "cloud seeding" in collaboration with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Wits in South Africa. He worked on several projects including creating and connecting the weather radar network in the UAE...

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    • LT Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al-Shimmari

      LT Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al-Shimmari Chief Information Security Officer Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

      Faisal Joined the Abu Dhabi Police in 1994, and has served in a number of locations and positions. He benefited from the Ministry Of Interior visionary and capacity building programs, he had a secondary school degree when he joined the force, and during his service he graduated from the UAE University with a bachelor degree in computer Science, and he holds two MSc Degrees, Master of Applied Sciences – Information Security from RMIT University, Australia and Master of IT– with focus on Cyber Security from Zayed University, UAE. • Studies and Technical Affairs Branch Manager, Abu Dhabi Police...

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    • Rashed Al Hebsi

      Rashed Al Hebsi Chief Executive OfficerEmirates Classification Society (TASNEEF)

      Mr. Rashed Mohamed Al-Hebsi, graduated from the University of Miami, USA with a B.S in Electronics Engineering and served in the UAE Navy for 22 years starting as a marine engineer officer on board various types of vessels for four years. Mr. Al-Hebsi was on job training with the French Navy and DCNS to develop the combat management system for the French Aircraft Carrier ‘Charles De Gaulle’ for two years. Mr. Al-Hebsi was the Project Manager for the upgrade of UAE Navy Tarif Project (Six Naval Ships) in Stockholm with the Swedish ‘SAAB’ for two years. Mr. Al-Hebsi was the Project Manage...

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    • Nizar Habash

      Nizar Habash Associate Professor of Computer ScienceNew York University Abu Dhabi

      Nizar Habash is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland College Park. He later joined Columbia University's Center for Computational Learning Systems where he co-founded in 2005 the Columbia Arabic Dialect Modeling group (CADIM) with Mona Diab and Owen Rambow. His research includes work on machine translation, morphological analysis, generation and disambiguation, and computational modeling of Arabic and its dialects. Professor Habash has over 100 publications includi...

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    • Dr. François Coallier

      Dr. François Coallier  Professor and CIOÉcole de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

      François Coallier is professor and CIO at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), one of Canada’s leading engineering schools, affiliated with the Université du Québec network. Specialties of Mr. Coallier include: IT Governance, IT Processes, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure Management, IT Procurement, IT Procurement due diligence, and Software and Systems Engineering standards. He was the chair of ÉTS’ Department of Software and IT Engineering from its creation in 2004 till 2010. He has nearly twenty-two years of industrial experience in one of Canada’s largest companies, whe...

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    • Dr. Donald Deutsch

      Dr. Donald Deutsch Chief Standards OfficerOracle

      A 30-year veteran of the Information Technology industry, Don Deutsch is Vice President, Chief Standards Officer for Oracle in Redwood Shores, CA. He is responsible for coordinating Oracle’s participation in technical standards and consortia forums across all business units and geographies. Don has chaired the US group responsible for developing SQL database language standards (now INCITS DM32.2) for over 30 years; he also chairs INCITS DM32 Data Management & Interchange and serves as Vice Chair of the INCITS Executive Board, the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC JTC 1. Inter...

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    • Dr. Walter Fumy

      Dr. Walter Fumy Chief ScientistBundesdruckerei GmbH

      Dr. Fumy is an active member of the international IT standards community. In addition to his role as the Chief Scientist at Bundesdruckerei GmbH, where he oversees research and development of the eID security program, Dr. Fumy serves as the chairman of ISO/IEC committee SC 27 on IT Security Techniques. With his extensive background in IT standardization and industry-best techniques, Dr. Fumy is certainly a perfect fit for Abu Dhabi: Defining Standards. ...

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    • Marina Guerin-Jabbour

      Marina Guerin-Jabbour Manager of IBM Solution Client Centers IBM

      Marina Guerin-Jabbour is the Manager of IBM Solution Client Centers for UAE and the Region, based in Abu Dhabi. She conducts the development of those centers through subjec matter experts and live business solution prototypes to meet customers’ expectations, covering main industries such as government, education, oil and gas, banking, and smart cities. Prior to this position, she was manager of the Government and Smarter Cities Center of Excellence at IBM Business Solution Center in France, where she led a dedicated team of experts to provide technical and sales support to IBM clients about ...

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    •  Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta

      Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta AdvisorAbu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

      Dr. Fawaz Hazza Abu Sitta has more than 15 years of experience in the field of e-Government Management. He is the co-author of the first edition of Dubai e-Government Excellence Award Criteria. Dr. Abu Sitta has participated in the assessment of the e-government performance for more than forty government entities in the region. He has also helped government entities to achieve the ITIL/ISO 20000, CMMI-DEV and ISO27001. Dr. Abu Sitta has worked as an Adjunct Professor at several Universities in UAE. During his career, he has received several International and Regional Awards and Recognitions...

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    • Dr. Yongjin Kim

      Dr. Yongjin Kim CTO/Executive Vice presidentMODACOM

      Dr. Yongjin Kim is an accomplished ICT professional with more than 30 year work experience in ETRI and MODACOM for network infrastructure, mobile communications, and sensor networks/M2M/IoT. He has been a concurrent Professor at KAIST in 2002 and at Yonsei University during 2006 ~ 2008. As the result of his research he has published more than 160 papers and 60 patents for communications and sensor networks/M2M/IoT. He has been awarded a medal of honor of industry in 2011 from Korea government for his excellence in the field of standardization. Now, he is the Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1/WG 7 fo...

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    • Dan Kimball

      Dan Kimball Chairman JTC 1/SC 31SRA International

      Dan Kimball is the current Chairman of JTC 1/SC 31 responsible for the standardization of Automatic Identification and Data Capture technologies including RFID. He is employed by SRA international where he is a consultant to the US Department of Defense, Transportation Command. He chaired the JTC 1/SC 31 working group on RFID security and is a member of the EPCglobal UHF Working Group and the GS1 Identification Standards Maintenance Group. ...

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    • Dr. Angelika Plate

      Dr. Angelika Plate Director Strategic Security ConsultingHelp AG

      Dr. Angelika Plate joined Help AG in 2010 and heads the strategic consultancy division of the company. She is the only ISO expert in the MEA region and edits several standards in the international standards group SC 27. Dr. Plate has been an expert in the area of information security for over 15 years – including risk assessment and management, development of policies, procedures and technology solutions. She has been appointed editor of the ISMS auditor guidelines standard ISO/IEC 27007 and has also been appointed as editor for the revision of ISO/ IEC 27001.She chairs the UK mirror commit...

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    • Terry Landers

      Terry Landers Chief Standards Officer Microsoft

      Terry Landers Joined Microsoft in 2003, serving as Director Legal and Corporate Affairs for Northern and Central Europe. Currently Chief Standards Officer for Europe Middle East and Africa, working across a wide range of future and emerging technologies in the Information and Communications area, including Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Smart Grids and Health Informatics. He is a member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Chairman of NSAI’s ICT Standards Consultative Committee. Also serves on the boards of several Microsoft companies, and the Disability Charit...

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    • Erlend Øverby

      Erlend Øverby Chairman JTC 1/SC 36

      Mr. Øverby is a local leader in public sector IT standardization. As the Chairman of the JTC1/SC36 committee, he has helped to oversee Semicolon II project in Norway. This project was conceived in order to test and establish methods, tools and performance indicators to develop recommendations and standards for enhancing collaboration across the public sector in Norway. His knowledge and expertise of public sector IT standardization is most relevant, especially given Defining Standard’s focus on smart city and infrastructure development. ...

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    • Jay Taylor

      Jay Taylor Energy StrategistSchneiderElectric

      Mr. Taylor is an expert in energy industry standardization and best practices. He serves on several industry oversight bodies including his role as chairman of the JTC1/SC39 committee on Sustainability Of and By IT. Mr. Taylor boasts a 20+ year career of implementing and advising market players on industry standards, with a special focus on encouraging energy efficiency protocols. Through his many appointments to industry-oversight committees, he has developed expertise in advising and implementing sensible regulatory policies to promote growth. With his experience in regulation, over...

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    • Mohammed Younes

      Mohammed Younes ICT Division Manager Abu Dhabi Education Council

      As the ICT Division Manager for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Mohamed Younes develops and manages the implementation of ICT strategy, service delivery management systems, information security,PMO, enterprise applications, infrastructure services, quality assurance, and operations functions to more than 250 public schools and 250,000 users. View Presentation

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    • Asem Galal

      Asem Galal Managing PartnerGalal & Karawi Consulting

      Asem Galal is an entrepreneur, management consultant, and regional authority on business and channel development in the information technology sector in the Middle East. Galal held Middle East-wide product management and marketing responsibilities at Microsoft and HP from 1996 to 2002 and regional general management and sales responsibilities in HP and Mcafee from 2002 to 2008. Galal started as a lead developer and s/w project manager at IDSC in 1992. Galal has received HP’s president award for outstandingperformance in 2003 and Mcafee’s president outstanding performance award in 2005, 2006 & ...

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    • Dr. Krishnadas Nanath

      Dr. Krishnadas Nanath Faculty at Middlesex University, Dubai (Information Systems Area)

      Dr. Krishnadas Nanath is currently a faculty member at Middlesex University Dubai in the field of Information Systems. He is also the lead corporate trainer for Cloud Computing (GSTF) in Singapore and a visiting faculty member at IIM Indore. His did his doctoralwork at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) in the area ofGreen IT and Cloud Computing. He works with several companies in Dubai consulting on Data Analytics. He received his bachelor’s in Computer Science Engineering and has successful corporate experience with Microsoft Research and Honeywell. He was awarded the ‘...

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