Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2021

3-4 February 2021
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE


Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 3rd February 2021
08:20 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:35


09:35 - 09:40

Welcome address by Diamond Sponsor

09:40 - 09:45

Welcome address by Platinum Sponsor

Fang Liangzhou, Vice President Network Energy Product line, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Fang Liangzhou
09:45 - 10:05

IT & Cyber Risk Management – The Need to Modernise Operational Risk Management for Cloud and New Technologies

  • How has risk management changed with Technology evolution
  • Risk as a business enabler – Avoid just ticking a box
  • What can risk see that you can’t?

Ameet Jugnauth, Head of IT Risk & Governance, Lloyds Banking Group – United Kingdom

Ameet Jugnauth
10:05 - 10:25

An outlook of datacentre cooling technologies - latest trends and developments

  • Lowering utility bills and creating environmentally friendly datacentres with more advanced and efficient cooling technologies – achieving success in hot and dry environments
  • Meeting the rising demand for eco-friendly and cost-effective cooling solutions in the region
  • Addressing key challenges like installation & maintenance costs, carbon emissions and electricity consumption

Reserved for Diamond Sponsor

10:25 - 10:45

Next Generation Megatrends - Incorporating New Technologies for Future Datacentres

  • Driving the Future - Artificial Intelligence, Flash storage and Edge Computing. What more and what’s next?
  • The urgent need for an upgrade - what are IT Heads considering while integrating the right technologies with sustainable investment strategies
  • What changes can senior management expect in their IT infrastructure while leaping into the realm of quantum computing?

Fang Liangzhou, Vice President Network Energy Product line, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Fang Liangzhou
10:45 - 11:05

Overview of the data center and the cloud compute sector within the UAE

  • The UAE federal government effort in establishing community cloud
  • The partnership with the private sector in creating cloud services marketplace

Saeed Belhoul, Director, E-government Operations, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

Saeed Belhoul
11:05 - 11:25

Green Datacentres - Environmentally Sustainable IT Infrastructure

  • Need for greening up the datacentre - understanding the impact of the digital world on the planet
  • Retaining efficiency whilst reducing environmental impact – why is green technology important?
  • THE GREEN PLAN – are solution providers promising datacentres to run on renewable energy and what’s in it for you?

Mohammed Ali Alawadhi, Director IT Department, Roads and Transport Authority

Mohammed Ali Alawadhi
11:25 - 11:45

How to Better Manage Your Cloud Infrastructure

On-premise or off, you have powerful tools available to maximize the value of your infrastructure and you demand more visibility and operational control. Fortunately, data center management tools keep a vigil on memory contestation, power, thermal consumption, server health, and utilization, allowing better control no matter your cloud’s shape. In this session, learn how Intel software tools enable real-time monitoring and precise management to lower operational costs and optimize infrastructure for today even as you’re forecasting for tomorrow.

Jeff Klaus, General Manager, Data Center Management Solutions, Intel

Jeff Klaus
11:45 - 12:15


12:15 - 12:55

Interactive Panel Discussion: Choosing the Right Datacentre Suitable for your Business – Who’s the Best Judge?

  • How do datacentres cater to the needs of different businesses and who makes the final call?
  • Ensuring reliability, viability, scalability and network connectivity before moving your infrastructure to the datacentre in a hustle
  • Overcoming the trust barrier - choosing the right datacentre provider and how they can help you house your critical infrastructure within their facility

Hayat Ahmed Alhammadi, Head of IT Service & Support, Dubai Health Authority
Khaldoun Al Khaldi, VP - Head of IT Infrastructure & Security Operations, Noor Bank
Mahmoud Yassin, Head of Infrastructure and Security Operation, United Arab Bank
Mubarik Hussain, Director of IT, Bloom Holding
Rajendra Srivastava, Head of IT, IFFCO
Stephen Bowes-Phipps, Senior Data Centre Consultant, PTS Consulting

Khaldoun Al Khaldi Mahmoud Yassin Mubarik Hussain Rajendra Srivastava Stephen Bowes-Phipps
12:55 - 13:15

Businesses are Faced with Different Challenges Based on Maturity when Adopting Cloud

IT has seen a revolutionary transformation over the past decade, with cloud computing changing the way organisations work and how they serve customers. But adopting and managing the cloud is a challenge, not only migrating complex workloads, but more importantly changing your business model. If you do not change your business model or recognise that public is a continuous IT transformation you will fail.

  • Common challenges encountered in cloud migration
  • Discuss our you shift your business and operating model
  • Performance management and service integration in multi-cloud environment

Simon Crawley-Trice, VP Global Solutions & Services - Global Professional Services, Solution Architecture and GM for MEA, Rackspace

Simon Crawley-Trice
13:15 - 13:35

Smart Data Center Needs Smart Power

  • Safe, smart and sustainable solutions for data canter electrification and control
  • ABB, your data center partner – Integrating renewables, power, automation and services
  • The ABB Data center proposition – Smart, Safe and Sustainable

Kent Chow, Data Center Segment Leader, AMEA,, ABB

Kent Chow
13:35 - 14:35


14:35 - 15:15

CIO Panel: IT Infrastructure in the Age of Datacentre and Cloud – Addressing the 3c’s “Concerns, Challenges, and Costs”

  • The Future of Datacentre and Cloud - Integrating modern technologies to support evolving infrastructure
  • Ensuring the safety and security of data and obtaining data ownership while migrating the infrastructure to cloud
  • Responsibility of CIO - taking a helicopter view of the organization and bringing technology into the business strategy
  • Working across various functional and departmental barriers to assemble the nuts and bolts


Anshul Srivastav, Chief Information Officer, Emirates Post Group
Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali, Chief Information Officer, AZIZI Developments
Eng Eman Mohamed Al Khayyal, Chief Information Officer, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority
Mahmoud Kamal, Chief Information Officer, Habtoor Group
Ronald D’sa, Chief Information Officer, OSN
Younis Othman, Chief Information Officer, Dubai Customs

Anshul Srivastav Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali Eng Eman Mohamed Al Khayyal Mahmoud Kamal Ronald D’sa Younis Othman
15:15 - 15:35

Colocation Datacentres on the Rise - Turning Hype into Reality

  • Will co-locating your IT infrastructure mean giving up the security of your datacentres into someone else’s hands?
  • Evaluating desired colocation facilities before moving the database and IT infrastructure
  • On-premise datacentres vs colocation datacentre – identifying the right fit for your business strategy

Abubakar Latif, Head of Information Security, Batelco

Abubakar Latif
15:35 - 15:55

Are we optimising the efficiency of Data Centres in Operation?

  • With data centres predicted to use 20 percent of all the world’s electricity by 2025 and emit up to 5.5 percent of all carbon emissions, data centre operators and clients are conscious of the need and responsibility to minimise this as much as possible.
  • An efficient design can be negated if the building is not commissioned and operated correctly
  • How BIM can be used to assist in both design and commissioning to avoid on site delays and optimization of energy use
  • How the “Digital Twins” concept using the Gemini Principles can assist during the Operation of the building to ensure efficient operation and energy use is minimised

Barry Wormald, Director Building Performance, AESG

Barry Wormald
15:55 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


Day 2 - 4th February 2021
09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

The Human Journey to Cloud

  • Why people are the biggest issue to this type of change
  • What are the organisational challenges that cause this type of initiative gets derailed
  • How to formulate strategies to prevent that happening

Rick Allan, Head of Delivery Capability, Zurich Insurance Company – United Kingdom

Rick Allan
10:00 - 10:20

Transforming Cities into Safer Places

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Smart Management
  • Smart Decision

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Abu Dhabi Police

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi
10:20 - 10:40

Entering the Era of a Circular Economy - Creating a Sustainability Paradigm

  • How can organizations embrace the circular economy approach in keeping with the pace of ever-changing technology?
  • Strategizing the 3R’s - Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle to efficiently manage the electrical waste?
  • Restoring and regenerating the products to avoid exhausting the planet’s resources more than it can provide

Ziad Doleh, Deputy General Manager, Electronic Government Authority, RAK

Ziad Doleh
10:40 - 11:00

Edge Computing’s Impact on the Development of Data Centre Infrastructure in the Near Future

  • New technologies and changing consumers behaviors are pathing the way for enterprises to dramatically rethink their processes, operations, and customer experience journey.
  • Edge Computing’s role in resolving increasingly complex and hybrid computing environments where challenges such as latency, bandwidth, and security are paramount

Remi Pouchucq, Business Development Manager - Edge Computing, Small & Medium Data Center – MEA, Schneider Electric

Remi Pouchucq
11:00 - 11:40

CISO Panel: Evolving the Cybersecurity Landscape to Respond to Growing Threats

  • Role of cybersecurity professionals to conduct due diligence assessment while migrating to cloud and datacentre
  • What are the new challenges to improve resiliency and protect datacentres and cloud in end-to-end cybersecurity?
  • Enforcing new standards for devices in a network - aiming at critical services rather than critical infrastructure.

Hariprasad Chede, Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank of Fujairah
Hussein Bahgat, Regional Information Security Officer (CISO) Africa and Middle East, UAE, Standard Chartered Bank
Noora Alahbabi, Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy
Saqib Chaudhry, Chief Information Security Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Venu Sriraj, Chief Information Security Officer, UAE Exchange

Hariprasad Chede Hussein Bahgat Noora Alahbabi Saqib Chaudhry Venu Sriraj
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Hyperscale Datacentre - Making Real-time Decisions Using Unrivalled Quantities of Data

  • Exploring hyperscale datacentre - catering the needs of increasing data production and storage requirements
  • Addressing the increased demand for Cloud – how hyperscale datacentres are invading the ecosystem?
  • Addressing the largest operational expense in most datacentres – how hyperscale datacentres maximize cooling efficiency?

Eng. Isha Aljassmy, IT Director, Ministry of Energy and Industry
Mazen Muzhir, Head of IT Infrastructure & Security Operations, Abu Dhabi City Municipality
Partha Banerjee, Chief Information Officer, Al Safeer Group
Rashid Saeed Sajwani, Head of IT Section, Ministry of Health & Prevention
Samuel James Smith, Senior Technical Manager, Sudlows DMCC
Somnath Sarkar, Global Head of Technology Infrastructure, Mashreq Bank
Taif Muhsin, Vice President of Technology Integrated Operations - Innovation & Future Technologies, Expo 2020 Dubai

Eng. Isha Aljassmy Mazen Muzhir Partha Banerjee Rashid Saeed Sajwani Samuel James Smith Somnath Sarkar Taif Muhsin
12:50 - 13:10

Increasing Data Centers Efficiency

Farooq AlJwesm, Head of Datacenter, Saudi Aramco - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Farooq AlJwesm
13:10 - 13:30

Reshaping the Datacentre Model with Edge Network and IoT

  • Edge Intelligence - building the last pillar of artificial intelligence combined with edge computing
  • Mitigating the workload of datacentre - achieving zero latency at the edge
  • Reducing network bandwidth and cloud storage cost by processing IoT data at the edge

Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO, ANKABUT

Fahem Al Nuaimi
13:30 - 13:50

Cloud Expansion - Agility & Speed with Your Data in the Cloud

  • Virgin Mobile MEA’s journey into a hybrid cloud data architecture
  • Opportunities for using the cloud to be able to adapt new data technologies and architectures (streaming, serverless)
  • Challenges and risks, and how to address them (regulatory, people, control/security)

Mats Carrgard, Senior Vice President, Business Performance, Virgin Mobile

Mats Carrgard
13:50 - 14:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Exploring the Market Dynamics Behind the Move towards Cloud Technology

  • Are enterprises transferring their administrative burden to the cloud for benefits beyond infrastructure?
  • Leveraging network boosts to optimize IoT connectivity on cloud – exploring advantages & gains
  • How enhanced cybersecurity helps confront privacy issues – how do we shift the focus from detection to prevention?

Abdulrahman Khaiwi, Head of Information Technology, Emirates National Schools
Elham ElShehhi, Head of Networks & Infrastructure Section, Sharjah Economic Development Department
Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Head of IT, Precision Group
Krishan Kant Srivastava, Head of IT Infrastructure, Operations & Application, Landmark Group
Shahbaz Ansari, AVP - Cloud, Daas and Messaging, Emirates NBD

Abdulrahman Khaiwi Jayakumar Mohanachandran Krishan Kant Srivastava Shahbaz Ansari
14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:10


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3-4 February 2021

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
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