First Time in the Region
VP Global Innovation Policy and Communications Amazon United States of America
is Amazon.com’s Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and
Communications. An Amazon VP for over 22
years, Paul has long participated in Amazon’s history, culture, and methods of
sustained, customer-obsessed innovation guided by the company’s Leadership
Principles. He frequently represents
Amazon to external organizations and internal colleagues worldwide.
The founder of
Amazon’s global public policy organization, Paul built and led the team and
served as the company’s Vice President for Global Public Policy from February
2000 to May 2016. Paul has testified before the United States Congress over 30
times and dozens of times before other policymaking bodies around the world. He
has met hundreds of times with political leaders, heads of state, cabinet
ministers, US Representatives and Senators, US governors and mayors, and has
negotiated policy agreements with many of these governors.
Paul is both an
engineer, scientist, and attorney and has brought his expertise to advise
numerous policy and technology organizations during his career. He served as
Senior Legal Advisor to a commissioner of the US Federal Communications
Commission; co-founded and led the computer industry’s Internet Access
Coalition, which successfully blocked the imposition of telecom access charges on
Internet access; and chaired the technical subcommittee of the US Federal
Aviation Administration’s advisory committee that recommended allowing
commercial airline passengers to use portable electronics during taxi, takeoff,
Paul serves on the
board of a number of organizations in the US, advising on economic development,
technology, education, and public affairs. He lives with his family outside of
Washington, D.C. in the United States.
MD East Africa Norrsken Rwanda
Executive Vice President – Cards & Payments Al-Futtaim
Honourable Cabinet Minister, Government of Orissa Startup Odisha India
Managing Director & Founding Partner Xtellus Advisors United States of America
Founder and CEO, Gummy
Host Business of Esports
Head of the School of Social Sciences & Edinburgh Business School Dubai; Academic Director Heriot-Watt University United Arab Emirates
Senior DevOps Engineer Technology Innovation Institute United Arab Emirates
Scale Lead PwC
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Government of Nigeria Nigeria
Chief Blockchain Engineer Blockchain Council India
Co Founder, CEO, Creator Anaconda Inc United States of America
Co-founder & CEO Predixa
As CEO and joint founder of Predixa, Paula
draws on a wealth of experience from over 30 years in large blue-chip firms,
SMEs and as an entrepreneur.
An innovative thinker and experienced
speaker, with an excellent ability to lead and inspire at all levels, Paula
brings wide-ranging skills, complemented by deep knowledge in design, retail,
manufacturing and supply chain management.
For all of her career Paula has been
passionate about Sustainable Business – i.e.
organisations that make a profit whilst making changes for good, positively
impacting the environment and/or society.
Paula has ‘walked
the walk’ with practical examples, advising organisations in business
transformation - including issues surrounding DEI, CSR and ESG since before
many of the terms were invented!
Paula believes creativity and originality
are the cornerstones to bringing prosperity to any business. She brings her
considerable business transformation experience, natural leadership and a passionate
belief that diverse and inclusive cultures drive innovative thinking with
tangible business benefits to the bottom line, resulting in people-centred
change to create sustainable, profitable organisations.
CTF: 30y experience across large blue-chip
firms, SMEs & entrepreneurialism. Passionate about sustainable business and
diversity for enhanced innovation. Natural leader and frequent speaker.
Energy & Utilities & Global Co-Head of Crypto Economy, Roland Berger
Web 3.0 Specialist & Head of Partnership Development Arsenal Football Club United Kingdom
Associate Vice President Novac Technology Solutions
Professorial Fellow Oxford University
VP of Strategy & Partnerships Chipper Cash United Arab Emirates
Founder and CEO Fingpay India
Co-Founder & CEO, Finblox
Peter Hoang is the Co-founder and CEO of Finblox, a gamified digital asset platform where users can trade and earn crypto assets. Before Finblox, he Co-founded of Gotrade, a Y Combinator-backed stock trading startup.
CEO and Founder, VIPASO
COO, Emirates Insurance Company
Senior Executive Officer, Head of Commercial Insurance, Middle East Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Peter Englund developed a passion for emerging markets early in his career. Being an active ambassador for growth and development – and in setting high standards for himself and people around him – he has led numerous businesses in both dynamic and challenging environments. Together with his high performing teams, he constantly looks for ways to bring out the best in himself and people around him – a trait originating from his time as squad leader in a Swedish Attack Diving unit.
The Middle East & Africa region has a special place in his heart, and is also where he has spent most of his professional career. He is currently based in the Dubai International Financial Center, where he heads up Zurich’s regional commercial activities. In addition to his current role, Peter also remains active in giving back to a region that has been good to him and his business. He mentors start-ups and InsureTech companies; is an active speaker and contributor at industry specific and regional events; and also gives frequent lectures to foster Middle Eastern talent development.
Peter brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the areas of commercial insurance and reinsurance, investment management, financial lines propositions and Middle Eastern geopolitics. He is a Swedish national and holds a Master’s Degree from the Royal Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Stockholm School of Business
Founder SmartStart Fund
Chief Content Officer & Lead Developer Advocate Google
CISO Careem (Uber Company)
Tech Friend of Elon Musk, Software Developer & System Engineer Tata Consultancy Services
Physicist & Software Engineer - R&D Python Infrastructure Bloomberg
Advisor, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH)
Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Chief Researcher
Chief Scientist Red Sea Farms (KSA)
Director Growth, Epsilon (UAE)
Chief Infrastructure Engineer ,MENA Region Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, US
Founder Agility Ventures India