Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2022

16-17 November 2022
Mövenpick Grand Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE


Series Speakers

Saeed Belhoul * |
Saeed Belhoul

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

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi * |
Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi

Artificial Intelligence Specialist Abu Dhabi Police

Jaleel Rahiman
Jaleel Rahiman

Director, Information Technology Prime Health Care Group

Ameet Jugnauth * |
Ameet Jugnauth

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

Eng. Isha Aljassmy *
Eng. Isha Aljassmy

IT Director Ministry of Energy and Industry

Ahmed Altarawneh
Ahmed Altarawneh

Senior Strategic Consultant Digital Transformation, Pioneering and Excellence Dubai Police

Salam AlSarayrah * |
Salam AlSarayrah

Project Manager - Ajman Integration Framework Department of Digital Ajman

Muhamed Noufel
Muhamed Noufel

Group IT Manager Continental Hotel and Suites

Sheeba Hasnain * |
Sheeba Hasnain

Head of IT Operations - Transportation Systems Department Government of Sharjah

Hessa Al Nahdi * |
Hessa Al Nahdi

Chief Information Security Officer Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism

Rick Allan * |
Rick Allan

Head of Delivery Capability Zurich Insurance Company – United Kingdom

Amer Sharaf *
Amer Sharaf

Director of Compliance, Support and Alliances Dubai Electronic Security Centre

Sam Tayan * |
Sam Tayan

Managing Director Zoom Video Communications

Jean-Francois De Sousa *
Jean-Francois De Sousa

Regional Director ME - Data Center Business Huawei

Sanjay Kumar Sainani * |
Sanjay Kumar Sainani

Global SVP & CTO - Data Center Business Huawei

Ajay Garg * |
Ajay Garg

Director of Global Business Development, Datacenter Solutions Intel

Spencer Sutton * |
Spencer Sutton

Solution Architect, MEA Rackspace

Dave Sterlace * |
Dave Sterlace

Head of Technology, Global Data Center Solutions ABB

Remi Pouchucq *
Remi Pouchucq

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

Stephen Bowes-Phipps * |
Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Senior Data Centre Consultant PTS

John Rippingale * |
John Rippingale

Director - MEA - APAC Sudlows DMCC

Abubakar Latif *
Abubakar Latif

Director of Cyber Security BNET

Saqib Chaudhry * |
Saqib Chaudhry

Chief Information Security Officer Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Hugues Kampe *
Hugues Kampe

Head of Architecture - IT Data and Cloud AXA Insurance

Jayakumar Mohanachandran * |
Jayakumar Mohanachandran

Group CIO Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali * |
Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali

Chief Information Officer AZIZI Developments

Noora Alahbabi *
Noora Alahbabi

Chief Information Security Officer Ministry of Economy

Zaid Al Husseini *
Zaid Al Husseini

Sr. Project Manager - IT Abu Dhabi Municipality

Somnath Sarkar * |
Somnath Sarkar

Global Head of Technology Infrastructure Mashreq Bank

Hariprasad Chede * |
Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer National Bank of Fujairah

Hussein Bahgat * |
Hussein Bahgat

Regional Information Security Officer (CISO) Africa and Middle East, UAE Standard Chartered Bank

Anshul Srivastav * |
Anshul Srivastav

Global CIO Confidential

Abdulrahman Khaiwi * |
Abdulrahman Khaiwi

Head of Information Technology Emirates National Schools

Rajendra Srivastava * |
Rajendra Srivastava

Head of IT IFFCO

Elham ElShehhi *
Elham ElShehhi

Head of Networks & Infrastructure Section Sharjah Economic Development Department

Mahmoud Yassin *
Mahmoud Yassin

Head of Infrastructure and Security Operation United Arab Bank

Mohammad Qattash * |
Mohammad Qattash

Cluster Director - Information Technology Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

Saeed Belhoul

Saeed Belhoul *

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

Saeed Belhoul has more than thirteen years’ experience in the information technology field.
He is an information security specialist with an experience in the financial industry for over ten years. Saeed holds a master’s degree in business from London Business School and a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Saeed is currently the Director of E-Government Operations in the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. His areas of responsibility are building and operating the Federal Electronic Network and the Cloud Services for the federal government of the UAE.

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi *

Artificial Intelligence Specialist, Abu Dhabi Police

Dr. Humaid has graduated with a PhD in Computer Engineering & Artificial Intelligence from Florida Institute of Technology (USA). He has an MSc in Computer Communication Networks from Brunel University London (UK). He joined the Abu Dhabi police work force in 2007 and over the years has served in a number of entities in the Strategic management and performance development.

Dr. Humaid has a wide research interests including digital signal processing, machine learning, human computer interaction, computer vision, embedded systems and communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional origination dedicated to advancing technology for the benefits of humanity.

Jaleel Rahiman

Jaleel Rahiman

Director, Information Technology, Prime Health Care Group

Mr Jaleel Rahiman is an IT leader with over 25 years of experience in diverse organizations and has expertise in IT Service Management, Change Management, Project Management, Team Management, Solutions Delivery, and IT infrastructure design.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing from the University of Portsmouth and Master of IT Management from the University of Wollongong.

Currently heading the IT division of PRIME Healthcare Group, Mr Jaleel has also served in senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC).

He is a collaborative leader with a keen vision to understand business challenges and opportunities, cultivate effective communications, and influence business strategy and direction. He guides his teams to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure IT services and solutions aligned with both defined and emerging requirements.

Ameet Jugnauth

Ameet Jugnauth *

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

Ameet Jugnauth joined Lloyds Banking Group as the Head of IT Risk and Governance in 2019. Ameet began his career in Financial Services in 1998 and has held a number of risk and compliance roles since.

He settled in the work of Information Security and Technology Risk in 2007 when he joined Aviva, running several global security projects. In 2015 he joined Direct Line Insurance group where was the Head of IT and Cyber risk in the first line, leading several transformation initiatives.

Eng. Isha Aljassmy

Eng. Isha Aljassmy *

IT Director, Ministry of Energy and Industry

Eng. Isha Aljassmy is a Software Engineer who has graduated from the Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE.  Eng. Isha has joined the federal government of the UAE since 2008 however; she has experience in the private and local government of Dubai too.  She has also graduated from the Artificial Intelligence Program from Kellogg University one of Oxford Universities.
Mrs. Aljassmy has an excellent experience in Information Technology Management through her journey in working with different sectors of the Ministries including environment, public works and energy where she gained knowledge of three main related fields to her current position in the Ministry of Energy & Industry. She has Implemented Successful IT Strategies, Internal PMO, and managed successful high ranked portals and E-services.

Ahmed Altarawneh

Ahmed Altarawneh

Senior Strategic Consultant Digital Transformation, Pioneering and Excellence, Dubai Police

Ahmad Altarawneh started his career in Civil Engineering & Business Development in the USA and continued that journey in 12 countries across the MENA region. In his career Path, Ahmad has served several critical high level positions topped with serving the Irish Government Trade Agency “Enterprise Ireland” based in Dubai as a Senior Market Adviser and achieving verifiable metrics of over 180 Million Euros worth of Contracts, assisting 68 Irish Companies to set Global Strategies and globalize across the Middle East and Africa. In this role, Ahmad has won several Team & Innovation Awards.

Because of his passion for helping build Productive People & Organizations to Achieve, Excel & Innovate, Ahmad, and a pool of specialized Consultants started Cross Borders Development Consultants, where he served as the Managing Partner.

Ahmad has fulfilled over 200 Consulting, Training assignments and Business Transformation engagements across varied sectors & served clients such as Etisalat, Ajman Executive Council, Ajman MP, Noor Hosp, Khalifa M.C, A.D Police, Kuwait GCAA, Jordan Univ, Kabul Univ, Sharjah Roads & Transport , Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Saudi Council Of Ministries, Oman M. Of Educ, UAE Army HQ, FAHR, Min. of Labor, Dubai Health Auth.

Ahmad expertise is in areas of Digital Transformation, Blockchain use cases, Emerging Technologies bundling, Org. Excellence, Project Management, Customer Experience Design, Customer Insights, Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics, Innovation Strategy, Persons With Disabilities (CRPD & Universal Design), Leadership, & Strategy.

Salam AlSarayrah

Salam AlSarayrah *

Project Manager - Ajman Integration Framework, Department of Digital Ajman

Salam Alsarayrah, Senior Digital Transformation Consultant in the Department of Digital Ajman, Acting as a Project Manager® for Ajman Integration Framework solution with ten years of experience. Salam specializes in integration solutions and represents a unified communication platform for all anchor points focusing on improved efficiency, cross-functional collaboration, and reduced operational silos. It has had a positive impact on the residents of Ajman through many initiatives that made access to government services more efficient and easy. Salam Experienced in implementing integration solutions in government, telecommunication, and banking sectors.

Muhamed Noufel

Muhamed Noufel

Group IT Manager, Continental Hotel and Suites

Dynamic professional with over 14+ years’ experience across functions such as Cluster IT Manager and CIO/CISO. Graduate with strong management skill and experienced as Cyber Security Professional.

Expertise in the entire spectrum of IT infrastructure Management, Network Administration & Operations Management; ability to relate to people at all levels of business and management; Possess valuable insights, keen analysis, and a team approach to implement best practices to achieve business excellence.

As a Digital Transformation leader in Hospitality Industry, taking a strong role in the governance and project management aspects. Certified PMP holder who is participated more than three iconic luxury hotel brand’s pre-opening projects in various location of UAE.

Certified Sustainability Champion by Dubai Tourism & Commercial department, who is leading in current role to manage various automation projects in the industry; also automating hospitality daily operations to achieve an enthralling guest experience & business case.

Certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, who is consulting & supporting the operations of branded properties in various part of UAE and currently functioning as the Cluster IT Manager of Royal Continental hotels & Suites.

Sheeba Hasnain

Sheeba Hasnain *

Head of IT Operations - Transportation Systems Department, Government of Sharjah

Sheeba Hasnain's interest lies in learning and innovating with the pace of technology having 14 years of pioneering global experience in the information technology and business world. Presently she is working at the Government of Sharjah for the Transportation Systems Department.

She believes a highly influencing transformational style of leadership can obtain the best strategic IT-business alignment to attain strategic goals of organization (for any vertical). Her research interest lies in usage of cutting edge technologies to run the business with high pace technological growth.

Hessa Al Nahdi

Hessa Al Nahdi *

Chief Information Security Officer, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism

Hessa Salem Al Nahdi is the Chief Information Security Officer, and a member of senior management team in Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi. She leads DCT Abu Dhabi’s information and corporate security strategies and operations as she sets the directions of security programs, architecture, solutions, fosters innovation, to ensure that visitors of Abu Dhabi have secured, valuable, personalized and engaging experience.

To enable sustainable, scalable digitalized functions and integrations between entities, to enhance visitor experience and to position Abu Dhabi emirate as a world class destination, Ms. Al Nahdi performs intensive research to empower secure business transformation, as she is developing threat intelligence ecosystem.

Ms. Al Nahdi has previously played the role of Operations Manager, Service Delivery Manager and Security Operations Manager, Corporate Security Manager, Data Chief Officer in Aviation and Tourism sectors. She is one of the recognized Emirati females in defining and implementing Security strategies. In DCT Abu Dhabi, she has developed data and security strategies to enhance security and data management for the organization and provided expert advice for organization skills set to operate these functions.

Rick Allan

Rick Allan *

Head of Delivery Capability, Zurich Insurance Company – United Kingdom

Rick has been involved with IT change for nearly thirty years.  Mainly in Financial Services & Utilities, most recently for Zurich Insurance.  Having started out in mainframes he moved through PC applications & support into project and portfolio management.   After years of running IT projects, he moved into a global project delivery assurance role ensuring large, complex projects were in a good place.  

As he saw certain issues reoccurring, he changed role to become an evangelist for changing the way projects were delivered.   This focussed initially on increasing the use of Agile Scrum methodologies, tools and techniques.  This developed into increasing the use of DevOps & Cloud technologies.  While this started from a technical perspective, as time went on, it became clear organisational change was key to success.

Amer Sharaf

Amer Sharaf *

Director of Compliance, Support and Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Centre

Amer Sharaf is the Director of Compliance Support and Alliances at the Dubai Electronic Security Center based in the Emirates of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Amer has accumulated a diverse set of skills in his career in the Information Technology field successfully delivering key applications and infrastructure related projects. His experience also extends to deploying resilient and highly available data centers catering to key critical systems. Amer has considerable experience on city level systems and adopting several disruptive technologies and ensuring that key security principles and technologies are adopted.

Sam Tayan

Sam Tayan *

Managing Director, Zoom Video Communications

Sam joined Zoom in 2020, prior to the COVID crisis, as the first employee of Zoom in the Middle East.

Previously he has Managed a wide variety of software and technology companies across the middle east over a career spanning 30 years including VMware, Sage, Veritas Software and also worked for Salesfroce adn EMC in the UK.

A graduate in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, Sam is married with two adult sons.

Jean-Francois De Sousa

Jean-Francois De Sousa *

Regional Director ME - Data Center Business, Huawei

Jeff is the Regional director of Business Development for Data Center Solutions for the Digital Energy Business Unit of Huawei Technologies.

In his role, he is responsible for the Eco System Business Development & strategy for the Data Center & Mission Critical business solutions in Middle East.

He has more than 26 years of Data Center experience in Leadership roles, Business Development and Operations  across  Middle-East , Europe  & East Asia  Markets.

He is a recognized “Thought Leader” &“Trusted Advisor” to many customers, partners and influencers.

Sanjay Kumar Sainani

Sanjay Kumar Sainani *

Global SVP & CTO - Data Center Business, Huawei

Sanjay is the Global Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Global Chief Technology Officer for Data Center Solutions for the Digital Energy Business Unit of Huawei Technologies.

In his role, he is responsible for world-wide Business Development and driving innovation & strategy for the Data Center & Mission Critical business solutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in Leadership roles, Business Development and Start-ups across US, Middle-East & Asia Pacific Markets.

He is a recognized “Thought Leader” &“Trusted Advisor” to many customers, partners and influencers.

Ajay Garg

Ajay Garg *

Director of Global Business Development, Datacenter Solutions, Intel

Ajay Garg leads a worldwide team of sales and marketing for Intel DCM. Intel DCM provides real time power and thermal management at the device level across a wide range of data center devices such as servers, switches, PDUs. Provided as an SDK, Intel DCM middleware is integrated into Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Cloud infrastructure management consoles to increase data center power and thermal efficiency by as much as 40 percent, helping data center operations to better contain costs.
Ajay has been in the Software technology industry for last 15 years and has worked at Intel since 1999. He has diverse experience in the field of Product Sales and Marketing, Innovative Product development and R&D in various divisions within Intel. He has done extensive work in partner development programs and successfully completed business contracts with over 60 technology companies during his tenure at Intel. Ajay has expertise in exploring new ideas and converting them into products and develop a suitable business models in multiple regions for new product. He has 5 patents in area of networking and security.
Ajay earned his Masters of Science and Technology from OHSU and Masters in Computer Science and Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky.

Spencer Sutton

Spencer Sutton *

Solution Architect, MEA, Rackspace

Solution Architect Spencer Sutton has over two decades of IT and architecting experience. He joined Rackspace Technology™ in 2017.

Spencer plays a key role in the UK and UAE acquisition team. He provides technical expertise, develops robust technology strategy roadmaps and enhances the value proposition to deliver business outcomes. As an experienced technical multicloud architect, Spencer has a deep understanding of how technology infrastructures can solve complex challenges and experience of applying this to achieve business goals.

He is passionate about using his competencies in business, data, applications and architecture across both public and private cloud to help customers succeed. Driven by excellence, Spencer places great emphasis on development and working relentlessly for the multicloud mission.

Dave Sterlace

Dave Sterlace *

Head of Technology, Global Data Center Solutions, ABB

Dave Sterlace is the Head of Technology for Global Data Center Solutions with ABB, and brings 25+ years of industry experience.  Prior to his current role, Dave has held numerous positions at ABB including leading ABB’s Vertical Marketing in the U.S, Global Critical Power Segment manager, Global ABB key account manager, and regional business development and sales roles.

Remi Pouchucq

Remi Pouchucq *

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

Remi Pouchucq has spent close to 7 years in the Data Center industry with APC by Schneider Electric. He was previously based in Singapore where he held various positions looking after the South-East Asian market. He is now based out of Dubai and is in charge of the Edge computing applications, working with both end-users and partners to bring awareness about the challenges and opportunities brought by this latest trend.

Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Stephen Bowes-Phipps *

Senior Data Centre Consultant, PTS

Steve Bowes-Phipps has over 25 years of operational systems management experience. After five years managing Financial Services Data Centres and IT operations in the UK and Ireland, joined ambitious web hosting company Global Center who were expanding from the US into Europe. Sitting on the senior management team, he oversaw the building of five internet Data Centres in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris until Exodus Internet bought the company in 2001. There, moved into a more strategic role, dealing with blue chip customer issues and relationship management, process improvement and building a culture of continuous improvement.
Spent four years in Visa Europe managing strategically important projects and processes. In 2007, joined his Alma Mater, Hertfordshire University, to become their head of Data Centres and worked with the UK’s Higher and Further Education IT funding arm, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), to assist in embedding Green IT in UK HE and FE institutions, and throughout the EU. In 2010, the University of Hertfordshire became the first European university to become a Participant of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres, and has won in categories at the European Datacentre Leaders Awards 2010, the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT (GEITTM) 2011 and the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2011.
Steve joined PTS Consulting as their Senior Consultant on Data Centres in January 2015 and has presented at many conferences at home and abroad on reducing DC investment risk, Best Practices in Green IT and exemplar case studies.  He represents PTS on the Board of Advisors of the Data Centre Alliance and is also involved in various industry bodies forming new international standards and metrics for IT and Data Centre efficiency. Stephen is currently a part of the Data Centre Alliance Advisory Board Member.

John Rippingale

John Rippingale *

Director - MEA - APAC, Sudlows DMCC

A proficient, technically skilled and commercially conscious mission critical professional. John is a determined individual who has a strong knowledge of the fast-paced critical environments/data centre industry. Having accumulated a wide range of technical and commercial skills gained through various roles within design, project delivery and commissioning, has provided John with a life-cycle appreciation, and holistic approach of data centre design and build projects, and the critical infrastructure industry. John founded the UAE Operation for Sudlows and has been architectural to the success of Sudlows in the region. Under Johns management, the Sudlows operation in the region has developed from a small team, to a prestigious data centre consultancy.


  • Equinix – 2.4MW
  • Gyron Maylands
  • G42 – 12MW
  • Khazna Data Centres – 15MW
  • McLaren
  • FAB – 2MW
  • Gyron Slough
  • GDH DSO – 3MW
  • DEWA – 2MW
  • Towers Watson
  • GDH KIZAD – 12MW
  • NTT – 25MW x 2

Abubakar Latif

Abubakar Latif *

Director of Cyber Security, BNET

Cyber Security Strategist with 14 years of international experience in Cyber Security strategy development, data privacy, and CERT design and implementation.
As an Advisor to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in Bahrain, Abubakar has led the Cyber Security policy and strategy for the Telecom Sector. Abubakar has played a leading role in drafting the Telecom Data Privacy regulations and Telecom Cyber Security Regulation in Bahrain.
In his current role, Abubakar is the Director of Cyber Security in a leading Telecom Operator in Bahrain. He is also an international speaker on Cyber Security, digital transformation and Data privacy. Abubakar is a part of board in ISACA Bahrain Chapter. He was also awarded IT person of the year while representing Bahrain in the Future IT summit 2018 held in Dubai.

Saqib Chaudhry

Saqib Chaudhry *

Chief Information Security Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Saqib Chaudhry is a futurist and a leader with more than 17 years of experience in cyber security, compliance, internal audit, data privacy, business resilience, risk management and IT infrastructure. Mr. Chaudhry is currently Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Chief Information Security Officer and his responsibilities include managing and implementing the informational security program. He also manages the Unified Communications, the IT Network Infrastructure, and the Planning & Development functions. Currently, Mr. Chaudhry is earning his Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Information Management Systems at Harvard University.

Mr. Chaudhry finds Digital Transformation, data privacy, and Digital Transformation rewarding and challenging. He is involved in protecting the clinic from threats such as Zero Days and Advanced Persistent Threats as well as the medical devices that need network connectivity. He keeps up with the challenges involved with regulatory compliance.

The Abu Dhabi clinic is a hospital owned by the government and established due to an agreement between the United States based Cleveland Clinic and the Mubadala Development Company. The clinic supports the economic vision of Abu Dhabi to create an excellent system for healthcare in the emirate.

Mr. Chaudhry believes the industry of healthcare is being cyber-attacked because the industry’s approach to Cybersecurity is outdated. He feels adequate measures have not been put in place to protect the industry from cyber activities and insider threats. The data retrieved by the cyber-attacks is either encrypted and sold at an exorbitant price back to the facility or sold on the black market.

Medical records contain more personal information than those from other industries. This can include credit card data, insurance, email addresses, social security numbers, medical history and employment information. This data is used by cyber criminals to steal medical identities, commit fraud and launch cyber-attacks.

Mr. Chaudhry admits the clinic may be at risk on a global basis due to its affiliation with the United States. He also believes a greater risk comes from the fact the United Arab Emirates are the second most targeted country for cyber criminals with the United States being the first.

Mr. Chaudhry has completed a Cybersecurity course at Harvard and is in the process of earning his Information Management Systems degree. He says an education from Harvard is state-of-the art and recommends it to any professional in the cybersecurity field. He believes education and passion are essential ingredients to achieve growth in any field and necessary for success.

Hugues Kampe

Hugues Kampe *

Head of Architecture - IT Data and Cloud, AXA Insurance

As Head of Architecture for AXA Insurance Gulf B.S.C. (c), Dr. Hugues KAMPE is responsible for Technology, IT Data and Move to Cloud across the region. He enables AXA Gulf Digital and Data Transformation while scoping and designing IT Solutions for Business and Customers.

Dr. Hugues KAMPE provided his expertise in defining AXA Gulf’s Future Data Center Strategy that led to a Move to Cloud Transformation, with a continuous focus on Business Enablement, Performance and Simplicity for Customer and Partners. He is providing Technical and People Leadership in executing the Strategy, including the implementation of a Business Oriented Cloud Analytics Platform, a Partner Enabling API Platform, as well as Core Insurance Business Platforms.

Hugues earned a Master’s Degree from ENSICAEN, a PhD from University of Caen-Normandie, and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Before AXA Gulf, Dr. Hugues KAMPE held the roles of Innovation Engineer at Philips Semiconductors, Avionics Integrator for Airbus / Safran, and Integration Architect at AXA Family Protect to set up the Information System for a pan-european Direct Protection adventure. He is recognized for ensuring that the IT Foundations are in place for the Business Evolutions, while building Trust and Collaborating Transparently on Successes and Challenges.

Jayakumar Mohanachandran

Jayakumar Mohanachandran *

Group CIO, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

Results driven technology leader, with 18+ years of experience in IT Operations, ERP Implementations, Project Management and hands-on experience in managing major transformation programs. Business Savvy Management Professional with expertise in driving the transformation of IT as a Business Enabler. Competent to bring in the benefits of IT to solve the business issues while managing costs and risks.
A business technology executive with sizeable global corporate experience and a track record of driving business results through organizational, process and technology innovation. Adept at developing and motivating large, diverse business technology organizations with experience in major transformation initiatives and Governance. Demonstrates a deep understanding of Manufacturing, FMCG & Retail business acumen across the value chain.

Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali

Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali *

Chief Information Officer, AZIZI Developments

DR. SYED MAHSUD ALI is the Chief Information Officer at Azizi Developments. He has 23 years of proven record of Enterprise IT Governance and Management, Cyber Security, Corporate Leadership, Enterprise Information Management, Strategy Management, Process Improvement, Quality Management and Technology Project Management at multicultural environment in a diverse-industry. He obtained his Ph.D./DBA in Information Management concentrating on Digital Transformation from Apollos University, USA; and MS/BS from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh.

His CV reads of impressive organizations like Telecom (Etisalat/ TSIGlobe), Financial Services (Azizi Group), international Voluntary Organizations (UN/ World Vision) and Pharma (GlaxoSmithKline).

Noora Alahbabi

Noora Alahbabi *

Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy

Noora Al Ahbabi holds the position of Information Security in the IT department at Ministry of Economy, UAE government, where she is contributing to improving, developing, and raising the security level in the ministry.
Noora holds a bachelor degree in information security and network technology in 2016. Graduate of Zayed University, UAE. She is certified in introduction to Networking CCNA1 (IT Essentials), in CCNA Exploration (Network Fundamentals), in CCNA Exploration (LAN Switching and Wireless), and in CCNA Routing and Switching (Routing Protocols). She is also ISO certified in information security from Merit for training and consultancy, 2018.
Noora’s aim is to implement HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE’s vision of creating a secure electronic space and to help consolidate the UAE's position among the world's safest countries in cyberspace and harnessing technology to create a new reality and a life of opportunity and a model for development and e-security worldwide.

Zaid Al Husseini

Zaid Al Husseini *

Sr. Project Manager - IT, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Zaid is an information technology expert with solid experience in project management, digital transformation, and emerging technologies. He has over 12 years of continuous work experience in the IT industry across the Government sector.

Zaid is currently holding the position of Senior projects manager at Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi Municipality. He was able to effectively lead the IT team to the successful execution and delivery of multiple transformational projects. He has made tangible contribution to the advancement of the organization through the successful projects delivered under his supervision.

Zaid hold a degree of Bachelor of Engineering, Computer & Communication Engineering.

Somnath Sarkar

Somnath Sarkar *

Global Head of Technology Infrastructure, Mashreq Bank

Somnath is a IT professional with 29 years of experience across multiple geographies, diverse background in financial services.

In his CISO role, Somnath visualized the changing landscape of digital cyber-security and was instrumental in enabling disruptive technologies to grow in the evolving market place, introduced effective digital security, system designs and data and helped his organization to take calculated risks and transform as a market leader.

As CIO in VPBank FC, he led transformation programs for credit card & core banking, data analytics, contact centers, BPM & CRM, robotics, enterprise mobility & STP. Working with Big-4 consultants, he launched a digital banking platform, data governance processes and several COE across the country.

Previously, as Technology Head for Citigroup, Hong Kong, he pioneered smart banking architecture for retail, integrated solutions across e–channels, built new Data Centers and “follow-the-sun” helpdesk, & led IT virtualization saving millions of dollars. He drove several quality programs viz. ISO & Leeds certification for green Data Center.

Prior to Hong Kong, Somnath was with Citigroup, Singapore, where he managed IT finance, forecasting models, product-rate cards. He also served as Projects Head for core banking, infrastructure and integration of systems across countries.

Somnath’s formative years were in Citibank, India where he spent 15 years in Technology operations & Data Center. During this time, he expanded the customer touch points across the country and managed a global support unit to support 36 countries.

Somnath holds a Master’s in Statistics & has successfully completed leadership programs. He is an active speaker in CIO seminars and a member of computer societies. In Hong Kong, as a member of e-Banking team he represented the association of banks to frame IT policies for country regulators.

Specialties: IT Security, Digitization & Automation, Enterprise architecture, Operating strategy, Data governance, Analytics, Process re-engineering, Project management, IT Infrastructure, Business consulting and Outsourcing.

Hariprasad Chede

Hariprasad Chede *

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank of Fujairah

Hariprasad Chede joined the National Bank of Fujairah as its Head of Information Security in June, 2011. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the bank's information security programme. This includes establishing and overseeing the bank's security architecture, ensuring data privacy, overseeing regulatory compliance and developing and implementing security-related policies to mitigate any operational risks.

With over 16 years of experience, Hari has substantial expertise in information security, consulting and risk management that is specific to the financial services sector. He has earned a number of prestigious certifications for information security and assurance from leading organisations like ISACA and (ISC) 2. Additionally, Hari has been associated with the ISACA UAE Chapter since 2006 and is currently its vice president. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Hussein Bahgat

Hussein Bahgat *

Regional Information Security Officer (CISO) Africa and Middle East, UAE, Standard Chartered Bank

Regional Information and Cyber Security risk Officer  (CISRO)- Africa and Middle East and Pakistan , Hussein has more than 25 years of experience in Banking and information security, graduated from Solvay Brussels School in Belgium, managed Information security in multiple financial organizations where he has assisted to develop Information security improvement programs and implement security standards such as PCI-DSS, ISO27001, NIST, NESA, COBIT and SWIFT Customer security programme., Hussein is a member of various information security forums and regulatory bodies , Hussein believes in fighting cyber crime through transparency and collaboration within the financial sector and globally.

Anshul Srivastav

Anshul Srivastav *

Global CIO, Confidential

A leader with major operating tenets as driving technology transformation through thought leadership, design thinking, innovation, analytics & delivering value to stakeholders. Anshul is a global technology leader and change practitioner who has been instrumental in driving technology transformations for businesses in the range of multi Billion USD as revenues.
Experience has been around taking up strategic technology initiatives, architecting, delivering and managing it at an enterprise level.
Anshul has several notable career accomplishments, wherein he has led, created and launched the key Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud, ecommerce, mobile and business intelligence initiatives for various Financial Institutions across the world.
Currently in a leadership role as Chief Information Officer Information Technology and Digital Officer in Dubai, leading the IT Strategy, Technology Transformations, Analytics, software delivery, architecture and Cloud for Union Insurance (UAE, Oman and Bahrain) across all lines of Business (Life, General (P&C) and Health Insurance) Creating and Driving big strategic Initiatives aligning IT transformation to deliver business value. Major Cloud transformations impacted the bottom line of Union by multimillion AED in the first year. Transformation on Digital added multimillion revenues in Life, P&C and Health lines of business.

Abdulrahman Khaiwi

Abdulrahman Khaiwi *

Head of Information Technology, Emirates National Schools

Heading the Information Technology Department of Emirates National Schools. Responsible for the technologies in the organization. Dealing with the cost curve of technologies, working very closely with the business meeting the needs of various business units and facing the challenges of HR, finance and market place protecting the business through technology.

Being the catalyst of change as a strategic business partner my role is not limited to operations excellence and efficiency but exploring possibilities for revenue creation, driving innovation growth improving business offerings and demonstrate the ability to evolve maintaining the credibility of the role.

Taking advantage of the unprecedented velocity of change in technology to bring to the table new possibilities on how to leverage technologies exploring the opportunities for improved business plans.

Rajendra Srivastava

Rajendra Srivastava *

Head of IT, IFFCO

Rajendra is the Head of IT at The IFFCO Group of companies. He is responsible for managing global Information Technology infrastructure, security, support and projects. Experienced Information technology executive with 27 years of IT experience in multiple industry domains, leading technology, infrastructure, services, applications development, projects and global technology support. 20+ years of IT management experience in IT strategies, budgeting, planning, implementing technology solutions, driving business process re-engineering, leading complex projects, setting up offshore support center, managing data center operations, leading IT audits, IT security, B2B integrations, designing BCP and DR solutions.

Elham ElShehhi

Elham ElShehhi *

Head of Networks & Infrastructure Section, Sharjah Economic Development Department

Eng. Elham ALShehhi received Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Sharjah and is currently heading Infrastructure and Networking Section at Sharjah Economic Development Department.  A strong advocate for Governance Processes and cutting-edge technology, she involves her team members in dozens of projects related to ISO standard, Networking and Information Security, and Storage and Computing.  Her professional interests focus on assuring that Confidentiality, Availability, and Integrity are provisioned and maintained by complying to ISO 27001, ISO 22301, and ISO 20000-1 processes, and  her current projects include Securing the network by adapting Scalable and Secure VDI solution.  In addition, she serves as Emergency and Continuity Manager for Sharjah Economic Development Department, and is a member of IT Change Advisory Board.  She was recently honored with The Excellence Award of the Distinguished Head of Section for her contributions to aachieving ISO 22301 Certificate in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Mahmoud Yassin

Mahmoud Yassin *

Head of Infrastructure and Security Operation, United Arab Bank

Amongst his professional networking groups are the (ISC)² UAE Chapter and he held the seat of UAE Chapter President elected and hired by ISC2 (2013 -2016 )board members. Mahmoud initiated the chapter in UAE membership of the ISACA COBIT 5 review member group and he has had articles published with InfoSec Island; a reputable group for information security community.
Mahmoud has also had many articles published in ISACA like mobile Security, BYOD hacking 9 magazine.
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He has contributed to several Information Security related events in the UAE and he is member of various security groups such as the UAE AAA, ISACA, (ISC)² and the Identity Management Institute just to name a few.
Mahmoud has 16 years of experience in the Infrastructure Field, having worked over 10 years as Infrastructure Security Architect for multinational organizations such as Microsoft and Fujitsu.
Mahmoud owns a BSE from the University of Cairo and a Master’s degree in Information Security from the University of Fairfax.
During his extensive career Mahmoud has obtained professional certificates such as CISSP, CISA, CRISC, ,C|CISO , ,CISSPISSA , PMP, COBIT, ITIL, MCSE, ISO27001 2013

Mohammad Qattash

Mohammad Qattash *

Cluster Director - Information Technology, Fairmont The Palm, Dubai

I am responsible in ensuring IT Brand Standards, relation management  with General Managers and HODs in Fairmont the Palm, Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, Th8 (House of Originals) – preopening.

I enjoy working on New Technology and latest Gadgets. I like to keep myself updated with the latest in technology trends by researching and reading books and magazines. Also, I like to deal with HODs at hotel level and understand their concerns to see how I can make their work easier through use of Technology.

My biggest accomplishment in the last 12 months was to build a strong relationship with all GMs and HODs.  I also enhanced relationship with the vendors for better support and pricing for products. I have presented several projects to the owners and have got approvals and executed many complex projects. I have also been Winner as Best IT Audit Of the Year 2019 for Accor MEA.

I am currently working on many exciting projects like IPTV upgrading with virtual remote, Door Lock mobile key, Sun system upgrade on cloud base, Opera Cloud, Band network & systems Integration and File Server on  Cloud.

Technical skills

  • BSc. Computer Information Systems.
  • ECornell University – Understanding Team Dynamics, Strategic Thinking, Executive Decision Making and project Leadership.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) in 2008


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