Future IT Summit 2021

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Date : 22 March 2021

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About the Event

Welcome to a new world— of living, working, and co-existing.

An overwhelming number of tools, technologies, trends and techniques dominated 2020 as more and more organizations moved towards a remote or hybrid workforce model. Automation gained pace, and as humans were forced to withdraw from the physical offices we saw an increased influx of machines in the premises. From manufacturing to retail, healthcare, logistics and supply and much more.

In spite of all this, one thing was certain, there is no isolation possible. The human factor was still intact and it was evident that machines cannot replace humans, neither vice versa.

The IT industry, led by the CIOs bravely and solution providers strategically, in 2020 has been a testament of the fact that agility, adaptation and transformation are the only way forward. The Future IT Summit 2021 will showcase leading players in the arena of the digital and hybrid workforce and how their solutions will create a winning business strategy for the end customers by bringing in the best of the world of humans and machines. Meanwhile, leading CIOs from UAE will present their business outlook and agenda for 2021 and beyond setting the stage for the IT vendors and partners to build upon.

Join us in the tech extravaganza.

Attractions Marketing

Since you missed it so much, we have brought it to you…… Bigger, Better, Broader! 

The much awaited ‘Future IT Summit and Catalyst Awards 2021’ – the region’s most important and largest gathering of IT senior executives and decision makers is coming to you as a Live WebSummit. Widening our horizons, the event will be held on a virtual platform with the participation of over 1000+ unique IT decision makers, global technology vendors and suppliers, and C-level executives from over 10 countries. 

Technology Showcase

Delegates can witness an amalgamation of Core tech, Trending Tech and Future Tech


Focused Networking Sessions

Join the partner/exhibitor/sponsor bandwagon and get access to the Networking Lounge.


Onsite Lead Generation

Promoters wearing your logo branded Tshirt will conduct onsite surveys.


Solution Showcase

Dedicated exhibition booth and space to put your best solution forward. With our special ticketing service for the exhibitors.



Industry’s most coveted title and favourite awards ceremony is all set to recognize and honour the trailblazers in the industry who have been uplifting the brand and reputation of their respective organizations in these difficult times with various cutting-edge initiatives, platforms and market-penetration and truly acting as ‘CATALYSTS’ in the ever-changing market landscape.

Top Ten Best IT Companies to Work

The Top Ten Best IT Companies to Work for in 2021” is a one of its kind recognition in the region for the IT Fraternity that would celebrate the ‘Exuberance’ of the people working in an organization. This special recognition felicitates and recognizes both fast-growing & established companies in UAE that offer tremendous career advancement opportunities together with leading-edge employee perks and benefits and most importantly valuable employee engagement.

  • 08:45 AM

    Registration & Networking

  • 09:30 AM

    Welcome Note

    Ronak Samantaray, C0-founder and CEO, GEC Media Group

  • 09:40 AM

    Summit Opening Keynote

    Hanan Huwair, Executive Director - Business Technology, Dubai Holding Asset Management

  • 10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

    The TITANS Badge of Honor Ceremony

  • 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

    Future IT Landscape - The launch of a specialized court for the digital economy by DIFC

    Arul Jose Vigin, Head of Information Technology, DIFC Courts

  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

    Simplify Your Edge

    Charbel Zreiby, Channel PreSales Director MERAT, Dell Technologies

  • 11:00 AM

    21st Century Challenges and How Technology is Being Used to Solve Them

    Dr Tom McCarthy, Chief Technology Officer, ASPIRE

  • 11:15 AM

    Technology Keynote

    Samer Semaan, Channel and Alliance Manager, ME, Pure Storage

  • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    Expert Panel: Driving Innovation Inside the Enterprise

    Other than managing and taking the IT organization to the highest level, how can CIOs truly drive innovation inside the enterprise

  • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

    Unleash the power of Data to successfully transform your IT and meet business demand

    Elie Kamel, Regional Channel Lead, NetApp

  • 12:45 PM - 01:30 PM

    Expert Panel : Reducing complexity in your security environment and switching to automation as a solution to skills shortages

  • 01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

    Lunch & Networking

  • 02:15 PM

    A CIO Outlook to Technology Landscape in 2022 and Beyond

    Thomas Gigi Mathew, Group Head-IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment

  • 02:30 PM

    Freshworks | VAD Technologies Keynote Session

    Mario M. Veljovic, General Manager, VAD Technologies LLC

  • 02:45 PM

    Panel Discussion : Benefits and challenges of integrating IT in an entrepreneurial strategy

  • 03:15 PM

    AMD Cloud Momentum: enabling boundless innovation and scale.

    Zaid F. Ghattas, Commercial Lead, META AMD

  • 03:30 PM

    How AI and IOT will advance medical devices and how this will improve people’s quality of lives

    Manal Allam, IT Head, Merck Group Middle East

  • 03:45 PM

    5 Cloud Migration Pitfalls

    Ali El Kontar, Founder and CEO, Zero&One

  • 04:00 PM

    CIO Keynote

    Shrenik Jain, CIO, Senior Vice President IT, Siemens

  • 04:15 PM

    Delight your Customers and Super Streamline your Operations with a Cognitive Enterprise".

    Debbie Botha, Global Chief Partnership Officer, Women in AI

  • 04:45 PM

    The Global CIO Manufacturing Forum - Launch

    Pratap Patjoshi, CIO, Mercedez India | Binita Prasad, Head of IT, Sany Heavy Industry India Pvt Ltd.

Event Speakers 2021

His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi

CEO, Sharjah Research, Technology and Investment Park

Mansoor Hanif

Executive Director Technology and Digital Infrastructure, NEOM

Ahmad Almulla

Digital Transformation Advisor

Samer Semaan

Channel and Alliance Manager, ME, Pure Storage

Venkatesh Mahadevan

CIO, Dubai Investments

Anshul Srivastav

CIO, Emirates Post

Nithin Thomas

Head of Information Technology | Amity University Dubai

Aliasgar Bohari

Director IT, Zulekha Hospital

Abdul Rahman Jaroudi

Head Distriution Channels and e-Channels, Aafaq Islamic Finance

Nikhil Sanghavi

Director & ME Region Head, Arcon


Partners Technical Manager, Pure Storage

Saurabh Jain

Channel Solutions Director, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Huawei

Tim Chen

Senior Channel Business Development Manager, Alibaba Cloud

Ronak Samantaray

Co-Founder & CEO, GEC Media Group

Anushree Dixit

Global Head - Content and strategic Alliances, GEC Media Group

Arun Shankar

Editor, GEC Media Group

Event Speakers 2020