First Time in the Region
Director, Atal Innovation Mission
Chief AI Scientist Huawei Cloud China
Dr. Qi Tian is the Chief Scientist
in Artificial Intelligence of Huawei Cloud, an IEAS Academician, and IEEE
Dr. Tian joined Huawei in 2018
as the Chief Scientist in Computer Vision at the Noah's Ark Laboratory and
later joined Huawei Cloud.
In his over 20 years of
research career, Dr. Tian focuses on image content understanding, which is a
core area in computer vision. He has contributed to a series of influential
research in areas such as large-scale image retrieval, person re-identification,
automated machine learning, and pre-trained large models.
Dr. Tian has published more
than 650 international peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and won the
Best Paper Award/Best Student Paper Award at eight major international
conferences. As of April 2022, Dr. Tian's scientific works have been cited over
37,300 times by scholars worldwide, with an H-index of 91 and an I-10 index of
Vice Chairman & President XPENG China
Gu joined XPeng Motors (XPENG), a leading Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer
and technology company, as Vice Chairman and President in 2018. Brian has held
various leadership roles concerned with XPENG's business, investment, and
international expansion strategies.
is a veteran M&A banker with 20 years of investment banking experience; he
has previously served as J.P Morgan's Managing Director, Chairman of Asia
Pacific Investment Banking, and a member of its Global Strategic Advisory
CEO Technology Innovation Institute (TII) United Arab Emirates
Dr. Ray O. Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of the
Technology Innovation Institute (TII), which aims to be a leading global
research center dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. In this role,
Dr. Johnson will work on shaping the strategic direction of the Institute and
lead the execution of its growth strategies to achieve operational excellence.
Dr. Johnson brings to TII more than four decades of
experience in global technology leadership, making strategic investments in
disruptive technologies, and developing business strategies that resulted in
several new billion-dollar lines of business. He also holds outstanding
networking capabilities and has met with leaders in the highest echelons of
government, industry, and academia. He is frequently sought after as a speaker
at global forums on business, strategy, innovation, and education.
Prior to joining TII, Dr. Johnson was an Operating
Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a top-tier American venture capital
company that has been part of 130 IPOs in the last 50 years. Founded in 1911,
Bessemer Venture Partners is the oldest venture capital firm in the USA. Earlier, he was Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Technology
Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, in Maryland, USA, where he was
responsible for operational performance and the associated board-reportable
metrics. He led Engineering and Technology, Production Operations, Global
Supply Chain, Program Management, and Logistics and Sustainment, while managing
more than 72,000 people working on over 4,000 programmes. He also led the
Advanced Technology Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a profit and loss
(P&L) centre focused on generation-after-next technologies.
Previously, Dr. Johnson was Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer at Modern Technology Solutions, Inc, where he developed
business strategies, implementation plans, and executive-level metrics to
refine the company’s strategic direction and vision. Prior to that, he was
Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager at SAIC, a premier
Fortune 500® technology integrator and leader of US digital transformation
efforts. In this role, he turned around and realigned four entities within the
company and led and won a competitive multi-year US$800 million program.
Dr. Johnson holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical
Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, USA. He earned
a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,
Oklahoma, USA. He is a Full Academician of the International Academy of
Astronautics, and a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering
and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Global Innovation Officer & SVP CISCO Systems Inc. United States of America
Dr. Guy Diedrich is a Senior Vice President and the Global
Innovation Officer at Cisco, where he is responsible for its Country Digital
Acceleration (CDA) and Networking Academy programs. In this role, Dr. Diedrich collaborates
closely with government and industry leadership around the world to drive
mass-scale digitization initiatives that help increase GDP, create millions of
next-generation jobs, and develop sustainable innovation ecosystems. CDA
operates in over 40 countries and has more than 1200 active or completed digitization
projects since its inception in 2015.
Cisco’s Networking Academy operates in 180 countries and has trained
more than 13 million students in networking and cybersecurity skills over the
past 25 years. Dr. Diedrich continues to grow and evolve the programs into new
markets, and build trust with government, industry and academic stakeholders.
Prior to his current role at Cisco, Dr. Diedrich was a Vice
Chancellor at the Texas A&M University System where he was responsible for
research, commercialization, strategic initiatives, federal and state
President, EEMEA Mastercard United Arab Emirates
Dimitrios Dosis is president of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) at
Mastercard and a member of the company's management committee.
He is responsible for driving the company’s global strategy across 80+ markets and
leading Mastercard’s journey to bring new payment solutions and services to the
region, spanning safety, security, data, artificial intelligence, as well as advancing
social progress and inclusive growth. Under his leadership, Mastercard is advancing
its ambitions as the only true multi-rail technology company, collaborating with a
diverse range of public and private sector partners to enhance the region’s digital
Dosis was previously president of Mastercard Advisors, the company’s services arm,
where he accelerated the use of predictive technologies to advance the company’s
industry-proven problem-solving skills and leveraged data-driven insights and
analytics to help retail and banking customers solve pressing business issues.
Dosis has more than 20 years of experience in technology, transaction banking and
management consulting, and serves on the Board of Directors for ATHEX (Athens
Stock Exchange). He holds an MBA and PhD from the European Business School, as
well as a Master of Economics from the University of Hagen
Co- Founder BYJU’S India
Divya Gokulnath is the
co-founder of BYJU’S – the world’s leading edtech company. As a teacher
and member of the board, she is a firm believer in curiosity-led learning and
putting students in the driver’s seat. After playing a key role in
setting up and expanding brand BYJU’S in the Indian market, Divya is now
actively building and scaling BYJU’S international business across multiple
A strong supporter of
women at work, and mother to two young children, Divya strikes the delicate
balance between work and life perfectly.
Featured on Fortune 40
under 40 entrepreneur 2022 list, and winner of Fortune Most Powerful Women
(2022, 2021, 2020), Express AWE Awards - Woman Entrepreneur of the Year,
Education (2022), MAKERS Women Entrepreneur of the Year (2021), ASU GSV Power
of Women (2021) award, Business Today's Most Powerful Women (2019, 2020, 2021)
award, LinkedIn Top Voices in Education (2019,2020) (India and Global) and
Forbes Asia’s 25 Most Powerful Women (2020), Divya is a strong advocate of
cherishing childlike curiosity.
Minister CIT, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Egypt Egypt
With over 30 years of solid experience in the IT and telecom industry, implementing working strategies for the provision of innovative digital technologies, Talaat was tasked with a chief mission to lead Egypt’s Digital Transformation Initiative, 2020. Talaat is confident of what immersive technologies can offer to serve as a strong arm to empower vital sectors of the economy and realize the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030. Talaat’s endeavor aims to oversee the implementation of several strategic projects, that include developing and securing the country’s IT & telecom infrastructure, creating a generation of professionals specialized in advanced digital technologies, spurring innovation and improving government performance and quality of services offered to the citizen-as a main objective of the government’s digital transformation mega program. A strong believer in the power of youth as active participants in the socio-economic development of the nation, Talaat led a number of digitally-based empowerment initiatives to engage professionals to support such belief. Throughout his career, Talaat succeeded in materializing exceptional investments, merges and acquisitions to attract and nurture Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country and create the value-add. Under his leadership, before joining the Government of Egypt, Talaat spearheaded IBM Egypt’s expansion plans, ensuring the creation of unique job opportunities and the establishment of centers of excellence to export digital services. Throughout his career at IBM Egypt, he held various leadership roles till he headed the firm. Talaat was an Adjunct Professor at Cairo University with teaching experience in market and sales strategies and tactics, organizational behavior and strategic management. He was an honorary member at the ICT Board at Cairo University, member of the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and the Chairman of ICT Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce. Talaat earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Paris - Paris School of Business and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and holds an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School, France. He is a graduate of Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering.
CEO Be Mobile Africa
Co-Founder oxford analytica
Head of Sector Development - Digital Economy at Luxinnovation GIE Government of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Anchor & Correspondent CNBC United Arab Emirates
Délégation Générale à l’entreprenariat rapide des femmes et des jeunes Senegal Senegal
Having always had a passion for
humans and driven by a desire to support and transform territories, Mame Aby
Seye turned early on to sociology and demography. With a doctorate in
Sociology-Demography, she joined the NGO ENDA Tiers-Monde in Senegal in 2004,
an experience that made her able to apprehend and work on issues specific to
Senegalese territories. After a few years in France in consulting positions,
Mame Aby Seye joined the Senegalese Caisse des Dépôts et de Consignations as
Project Manager for two years, then Head of the Territorial Development
Division for two more years.
In 2019, Mame Aby Seye was
appointed by H.E. President Macky Sall as Executive Director of the Fonds de
Financement de la Formation Professionnelle et Technique (3FPT), where she
carried the voice of vocational training in Senegal for almost three years and
reinforced the country's leadership at the pan-African level.
In 2022, Mame Aby Seye was
appointed by H.E. President Macky Sall as General Delegate for Rapid
Entrepreneurship of Women and Youth (DER/FJ), where she accompanies women and
youth in entrepreneurship, guided by a constant and sustainable focus on social
inclusion and territorial equity.
Founder and CEO FirstFounders Inc. Nigeria
Global Lead Endeavour Catalyst United States of America
CEO Mirradical United Arab Emirates
A leading expert in the field of government customer service
development for the last one and half decade. I have a PhD in public
administration and policy, and have a Master’s degree in Executive Business
Administration. Also, I have wide local and federal level experience in leading
projects in areas of service desing, innovation labs, accelerators, customer
satisfaction, happiness and needs research, mystery shopper, customer
relationship management, partnership programs, service process re-engineering, service
standards, and service strategy. My Key success factor is creativity, were I
see myself as an entrepreneur working in a government who is professional,
dedicated, and innovative team player.
CEO VELMA ESG Poland
Expert in energy efficiency and ESG. Laureate of a research grant at the
Massachussetts Institute of Technology in Boston and the European Institute of
Innovation and Technology EIT Climate KIC. Lidia gained experience in the field
of energy in the USA, Germany and Poland. She advises corporations and
companies in the area of CO2 emissions and sustainable development strategies.
Independent expert on energy in the projects of the European Commission.
Chief Researcher, Directed Energy Research Center Technology Innovation Institute (TII)
UAE's first aircraft engineer
Chief Design Officer VinFast ( Vietnam)
Director, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Khalifa University Center for Cyber Physical Systems (C2PS)
Lead Data Scientist Emirates Airlines United Arab Emirates
Chief Partnership Officer Women in AI United Arab Emirates
Enterprise Client Success Director Meltwater United Arab Emirates
Chief Research Officer, Secure Systems Research Centre Technology Innovation Institute
Chief Visionary Officer, Blockchain Recruiters
David James has always been the “Job Guy”. It just came to him naturally. He would see a void and had the uncanny ability to get the right person for the right situation. Everyone has their one unique gift or strength. In David’s case, recruiting and empowering people to reach their maximum potential using their specific skill sets is his innate God given talent. David made his first placement when he was 14, when he received $5 for convincing a nomadic cattle hand in a small Wyoming town to talk to a guy in a bar about throwing in as a sheepherder. As an enthusiastic wrestler on his high school team, David convinced a tuba player in the school marching band to join the wrestling team for one day, after some persuasive articulation, the musician was issued a uniform, weighed in later that day and went out to the mat that evening in the gym to be granted a 6-point decision due to forfeiture by the other team. When David entered the workforce, he was offered a job as a recruiter at a prestigious executive search firm. He knew from his first day on the job that he had found his calling. He placed the first candidate he recruited at the first company he ever developed as a client his first week at work....a remarkable and unprecedented feat. David learned early on that empowerment was the key to successful recruitment. The formula was simple. Find “A” players who are on “B” teams, identify their corporate wounds and satiate them from there. David continues to fall in love with recruiting every day more and more since he entered the profession in 1988. David also saw the power of blockchain technology and knows that when we get past the wild wild west of it, and when it comes to be for the masses, that there will be an intensive need for operators and innovative talents that speak and think all things web3. For that reason, David and his partner Dave Hampton have put all their effort and accelerant into Blockchain Recruiters. “What we do is simple, we aggregate all the smartest blockchain talent worldwide, and store it in our database for future contact. When the clients call in dire need for people with excellence and mastery in the space. We know who they are and where they are.” This is a technique that most recruiters ignore, let alone master like David has with BlockchainRecruiters.net When David first learned about recruiting, he literally said to the person interviewing him “wait you get paid for this? I would help someone get a job for free!” The key to anything job related is loving the work.
Chief Operating Officer Deel United Kingdom
Director Government & Defence EMEA, CyberArk, UK
Co-Founder and Chairman Techstars
Global Head of Strategy- Risk intelligance London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
Vice President ,Cybersecurity Affairs National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority NTRA
CEO & Co-Founder, RXXO
Co-Founder and CEO, Digitap
Director, Mid-Market EMEA, Chainalysis
Diederik currently heads the Mid-Market Sales Team at Chainalysis, working with up and coming cryptocurrency businesses and financialinstitutions. He previously studied Politics with International Relations at the University of York before moving to business development roles inother tech startups in Berlin and Vancouver. He has been with Chainalysis since March of 2018 and is based out of London.
Global Head of WEB 3 & Metaverse Services, RRD GO Creative
Rolando Zubiran is an expert in exponential technologies and has been immersed in high performing ecosystems for the most part of his life. Innovation and emerging technologies specialist with 15 years of professional experience in both government and enterprise, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Economic Policy, Rolando is a Deep Tech Investor and a WEB 3 & Blockchain Business Ideation Consultant. His professional experience has revolved within the entire entrepreneurship and corporate ecosystem, now focused as an impact investor and scale-up consultant, particularly in developing economies. He is an Emerging Tech and Innovation advisor to several multinational corporations and high performing organisations Active member of MENSA International´s High IQ Society, He has been awarded multiple distinctions from several organizations including the Star Partner Award by the United States Department of Commerce. He is a certified Skipper and a Karate JKA Black Belt. MBA from University of Oxford Singularity University EP in Emerging Technologies Master of Economics and Public Administration from the London School of Economics Master in Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris PhD in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy of Monterrey Tec ITESM. Pro-Bono he chairs the MIT Sloan Management Review Mexico Professor of Digital Business and Entrepreneurship – ISDI Mexico Professor of Public Entrepreneurship, Blockchain and Decentralization – Monterrey Institute of Technology Iberoamerican Commission for Human Rights – Commissioner Former Minister of Economic Development of Nuevo Leon Mexico Former Director General – National Institute of Entrepreneurship Mexico -Strategic Sectors & Regional Development
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Smart Africa
Director - Centre for General Studies Royal University for Women Bahrain
Metaverse and XR producer Decentraland United Kingdom
Professional Services Consultant Axiomatics
Director of the Al-Cross Center Unit Technology Innovation Institute (TII) United Arab Emirates
Group CEO We Deliver
Founder and CEO Psyonic United States of America
Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology Emirates Hospital Services (EHS) United Arab Emirates
Advisor to DOH Chairman and Digital Health Lead Department of Health - Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Chief Marketing Officer Huawei Carrier BG
Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine, US
Executive Director Research and Innovation Center Department of Health-Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
AI Leader PwC United Arab Emirates
Policy Advisor for Cybersecurity Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria
Head of Cybersecurity, Building Automation, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Switzerland Switzerland
Saeed Alhassan is an associate professor in the department of chemicalengineering and acting senior director of the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University;and founder of Manhat, DeepTech start-up based in Abu Dhabi, the United ArabEmirates focusing on natural water distillation. Dr. Saeed has served as director ofGas Research Center for six years from 2013 to 2019 and he oversaw the growth ofthe Center that provided technical solutions to ADNOC Gas Processing.
Dr. Saeed is the first recipient of the inaugural Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid medal ofscientific excellence (2017) and two times recipient of the Sheikh Rashid Award forScientific Achievement (2008, 2012). Dr. Saeed has 105 journal articles, 2 bookchapters, and 6 patents.
He holds B.Eng., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from VanderbiltUniversity (2003), Colorado School of Mines (2006), and Case Western ReserveUniversity (2011), respectively. His research expertise is on water, colloids, polymericmaterial, and surface sciences with a focus on developing applications based on thesedomains in the areas of nanomaterials, enhanced oil recovery, and sulfur-basedmaterials.
Dubai Government Advisor, Dubai Police
Dr. Sid Ahmed Benraouane is a thought leader with more than 20 years of experience in government innovation and technology implementation. He led the US ISO Working Group on Innovation Management System Standard, and currently he is a member expert of the ISO/SC 42 Join Committee in charge of developing a set of ISO Standard on Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Benraouane advises Dubai Government on innovation and digital transformation. He is a speaker at the World Government Summit (UAE) and BAIDEC/MEMTEC conference in Bahrain. In his latest book, Dr. Benraouane addresses the new ISO innovation management framework set by the ISO Standard 56002:2019 and provides a step-by-step planning process to help government leaders design an ecosystem that engages and empowers innovators and creative minds. Dr. Benraouane holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota
Founder M Glory Holding LLC United Arab Emirates
Stratigic Advisor Digital Dubai Authority
Dr. Marwan Alzarouni is an internationally recognized blockchain technology advocate, keynote speaker and strategic advisor. Dr. Alzarouni is the CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center (DBCC), an impact business and a strategic partner to Dubai Future Foundation. The center was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum under the Area 2071 initiative in May 2018. It aims to create a fertile ground and a holistic ecosystem for blockchain companies and projects to thrive in. DBCC regularly hosts a number of blockchain startups within Area 2071 and also conducts educational classes and seminars around blockchain use cases in government and private sector. Dr. Marwan is currently heading the Digital Asset Task Force (DATF), a research and advisory team that reports to the Dubai Future Council for Blockchain. The purpose of the task force is to conduct a comprehensive study to provide clear guidance on how digital assets can be encouraged and regulated. The council establishes Dubai as a global blockchain capital, offering a prominent platform for decision-makers from various local and international governments and private sector entities to explore futuristic, blockchain-based solutions.
Head of Data Analytics & AI Google
Head of Ecosystem, Flare Network
Managing Director, Middle East BMW Group
Legendary Hip-Hop Artist Co-Founder, RUN DMC
CEO MENA, Amber Group
CEO and Co-founder Crypto Index Series
Executive Chairman Startup Odisha India
Dr. Omkar Rai is the Executive Chairman of Startup Odisha prior to this,
he was DG STPI. Under his leadership, the IT/ ITES/ ESDM industry witnessed a
Massive growth. He has played a seminal role in disbursing the IT / ITES/ SDM
industry to Tier- 2/3 cities in India and revolutionising the take startup Eco system in India He has
been a Protagonist of Software product nation and spearheaded the establishment
of 20 CoEs in emerging take he is actively involved in policy formulations
Senior Specialist for Human Resources DEWA
Evangelist Startup Odisha India
Leading the Startup Odisha initiative
of Government of Odisha in promoting innovation, entrepreneurship towards
building a robust startup ecosystem across the State. Before joining Startup
Odisha in 2021, Dr. Sanjukta Badhai has worked in various capacities in a
leading incubator for the last 12 years. As a COO, she was leading the
incubator operation, fund management , and start-up mentoring process
ensuring quality deliverables of the incubator Program. During her tenure at
the incubator, she has been able to position the incubator as one of the top
in the country and among global key leaders as well. She is phenomenal in strategizing,
building efficient processes, and developing best practices for successful
and sustainable incubation. She has worked with NCERT, New Delhi and WNS,
India office. She has received her Master degree and MPhil in Life Sciences
from Sambalpur University and PhD from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack.
She was one of the Super Mentor to Incubators in Venture FastTrack (VFT)
program of Wadhwani Foundation for mentoring Incubators, supported by Niti
Ayog Government of India. She holds an international patent of her PhD
Head of Ecosystem Flare Network
GM Annalect MENA (an Omnicom Media Group company) United Arab Emirates
Managing Director Oxford Analytica
Founder and CEO Guzo Technologies Ethiopia
Officer in Capacity Building, ENISA - European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, UK
Founder and CEO EdVentures Egypt
Cyber Security CoE Leader Ingram Micro Inc.
Founder and Chief Executive ARRIVAL - UK United Kingdom
CEO XOS Trucks, US
Chief Digital Officer - MEA Crayon
Global Thought Leader in Cyber Security & Technology, Energy Sector Founding Partner & Board member, Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast (WiCSME), Kuwait Kuwait
Dr. Reem is a Global Thought leader in Cyber Security and Digital Transformation, A Certified Innovation Leader (CIL) and a Fellow in the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE), A Fellow in the UK-Gulf Women in CyberSecurity, A Global Mentor in the UN’s ITU Women in Cyber Mentorship Program. First United Nation’s Civil Society Stakeholder's Representative from Women in CyberSecurity Groups who delivered an official Statement at the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Security 2021-2025 located in United Nations Headquarters, New York (Copy of Statement available on UN's OEWG website provided above).
With more than two decades of experience, She had excelled in leading significant changes to the maturity of CyberSecurity and Digital technology in Energy sector on various levels which is closely linked to Kuwait’s National CyberSecurity posture and Digital Oil Fields transformation journeys.
She is a Passionate, Empathetic, and Servant leader whose valuable contribution to cybersecurity and technology is quite recognized at national, regional and international levels. She promotes Diversity as she is the Head of Gender PMO in Kuwait’s Oil Sector Council of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She is Founding Partner and Board member of Women in CyberSecurity MiddleEast (WiCSME) with more than 1800 members.
Having a number of Academic and Professional degrees such as Engineering, MBA, PhD and Harvard’s Business School Executives Program provides her with a great mixture of technical and management skills that enrich her current Leadership role.
Dr. Reem represents her country in a number of regional and global program and forums, and is recognized as an “Innovator” and “Wild Card” who continues to ‘push the envelope’ to get to the most optimum outcome on an initiative or a project. She is an Awards winner of various national, regional and global accolades such as Global EWF’s Regional Leadership Award, ranked #1 at IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security & Fire, MESA’s Women Security Leaders Award, IDC’s Top 50 Women Achievers (Business and Digital Transformation Leader), and The Arab CISO of the Year.
She’s a very active contributor to Cyber Security Community promoting collaboration via sharing of knowledge “#StrongerTogether”, organizing various CyberSecurity related workshops/events and forums, as well as participating in various national, regional, and international forums as Judge in various Prestigious Awards, as Civil Society Stakeholder at United Nations' Open-ended Working Groups Forums, an Advisory Board member and a Keynote Speaker. She contributed as Co-Author various publications including SPE Articles, MIT Review Articles, CyberSecurity Books and PhD researches. Dr. Reem is a community member in the World Economic Forum’s Program “Cyber Resilience in Oil & Gas”, and in the “Women in Security & Resillience Alliance (WiSCERA). She’s a TEDx Speaker where her TEDx Talk is titled “Let your passion lead the way” to inspire others to follow their dreams.
She is a true inspiration to a number of young Women to strive for more. As she strongly believe that when any Woman Rise, we ALL as women Rise along with her.
Director SustainabilityDirector Sustainability PwC Middle East
Founder and Managing Partner Novamed United Kingdom
Chief Researcher, Cryptography Research Center and Autonomous Robotics Research Center, Technology Innovation Institute
Dr. Najwa Aaraj is the Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Center at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). Dr. Najwa leads the research and development of cryptographic and quantum communication technologies, including post-quantum cryptography (PQC) software libraries and hardware implementations, lightweight cryptographic libraries for embedded and RF systems, cryptanalysis, quantum key distribution, quantum random number generation, and applied machine learning for cryptographic technologies.
Dr. Aaraj earned a PhD with Highest Distinction in Applied Cryptography and Embedded Systems Security from Princeton University (USA). She has extensive expertise in applied cryptography, trusted platforms, security architecture for embedded systems, software exploit detection and prevention systems, and biometrics. She has over 15 years of experience with global firms, working in multiple geographies from Australia to the United States.
Before joining TII, Dr. Aaraj was Senior Vice President of Products & Cryptography Development at DarkMatter, a cyber-security leader based in the UAE. She was formerly at Booz & Company, where she led consulting engagements in the communication and technology industry for clients globally. She also held a Research Fellow position with the Embedded Systems Security Group at IBM T.J. Watson Security Research in New York State, and with the Intel Security Research Group in Portland, Oregon, where she worked on Trusted Platform Modules and contributed to an early prototype of a TPM 2.0 based firmware. She also was a Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Aaraj has written multiple conference papers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) journal papers and book chapters, and received patents on applied cryptography, embedded system security, and machine learning-based protection of Internet of Things (IoT) systems.
She is a Board Member and adviser to multiple security and Machine Learning start-ups.
Head of Sales for Mobile Networks in Middle East & Africa Nokia
Partner, OurCrowd Gulf
Financial services executive with 24 years of senior experience in investments, credit, risk, and treasury management. Strong operational experience supports my investment skills and leads to operational value creation via revenue growth and margin expansion. Entrepreneurial leader who designs strategies and manages teams to face business challenges, including deploying new business and executing transformations and turnarounds. Underpinning my investment and operational skills is a broad corporate governance experience, both in training and certification by the Institute of Directors, UK, as well as 22 years of experience with a variety of companies as a non-executive director of the board.
Cheif Aviation Specialist Xpeng AEROHT
Founder and CEO Enerwhere Sustainable Energy United Arab Emirates
Co-Chair Health Committee VR/AR Association (VRARA) Bahrain
World-renowned DJ, performer and educator Tribe XR United States of America
President and Professor Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence United Arab Emirates
Digital Training Expert PwC Academy
Co Founder Space Runners Turkey
President Thumbay Group United Arab Emirates
Founder and CEO Babylon Health United Kingdom
Medical Doctor and Health Advocate Namibia Namibia
Anchor & Producer Kitco News
Director, Intelligent Automation, V Labs SLK Group
Head of Learning Alef Education, UAE
Global Digital Leader Spherex Global
Computational Scientist & Associate Director BCG
Keynote speaker for PyCon Vvents & Senior Python Trainer KDM Training
VP Strategic Programs The Linux Foundation United States of America
Board Member Linux AI Foundation, Chairman of the German-Chinese Association of AI, Founder & CEO Jina AI
MD EMEA The Exco Leadership Group
CEO Women in AI
Global Partnership Officer Women in AI
CEO & Co-Founder StoreDot
Myersdorf co-founded StoreDot in 2012 with the mission to develop extreme
fast charging (XFC) battery technology to overcome a major barrier to electric
vehicle adoption – range and charging anxiety. Prior to
founding StoreDot, he served as Senior Director of SanDisk SSD Business Unit
(NASDAQ: SNDK). Previously, he was VP Flash and Operations of msystems, a flash memory global leader. Myersdorf’s diverse
record also includes being the Founder and CEO of InnerPresence, a Silicon
Valley security software company, and Co-founder and VP Business Development of
Siftology, a pioneer in interactive media search. Earlier, as a Partner at
Tefen – Semiconductor Operations Management, he managed West Coast US Operations.
Doron holds a PhD in R&D Management (1994), a MSc in Information Systems
(cum laude, 1991) and a BSc in Industrial Engineering Management (cum laude,
all from Technion – Israel Institute of
Co-Chair & Swedish Government Representative European Blockchain Partnership
Owner at Paragon Consulting & Professor of Strategic Management Monarch Business School Switzerland
President & Founder, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), US
Co-Founder & CFO Open Financial Technologies India
Co-Founder Women in AI
CTO Digital Twin Consortium
Co-Founder & Co-CEO Uplandme, Inc.
Principal Dubai Future District Fund United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEO Fintech 4Longevity
Director of Policy Research, MBRSG AI Ethics Advisory –Digital Dubai
Senior Program and Partnerships Manager Plug and Play Tech Center (AE)
Founder Agility Ventures (IN)
, Assistant Dean - Global Executive MBA program, ) SP Jain School of Global Management (UAE
Founder & CEO EZ-Robots
Chief Information Security Officer Indian Oil Corporation
Deputy Director General, Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
Lead Applied Scientist Microsoft
currently a Lead
Applied Scientist at Microsoft, and Instructor at Stanford University.
He is a
former Data Scientist at Apple and previously worked for Samsung, Bosch,
General Electric and UCLA Research Labs.
a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside.
Mohammad is the author of the book, ‘Applications
of Mining Massive Time Series Data’. He has also been a keynote speaker
at more than 55 Data Summits/Conferences around the globe.
taught at Stanford
past 6 years and is very fortunate for training more than 1200 students in the
Data Science and Machine Learning field.
Partner & Vice Chair Deloitte LLP, UK
Director of the Department of Public Health and Prevention Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE
Chief Governance Officer American Hospital Dubai (Mohamed & Obaid Almulla Group) United Arab Emirates
Director, Technology Transfer Office, Innovation & Entrepreneurship HUB, University of Sharjah
President, Arab Academy for Management Banking and Financial Sciences (AAMBFS)
President Dubai Youth Council
1st Female Emarati Aircraft Engineer
Regional Officer SDSN Youth (UN)
CEO Trade Group United Arab Emirates
CEO Robosculptor India
Founder KEYSS (KSA)