Where Technology Transforms Lives Through AI & CLOUD
Join us at our flagship technology event, FUTURE IT Summit & CATALYST AWARD 2022, to transform lives through innovation and emerging technology such as AI, CLOUD, BIG DATA and IoT, and futureproof your business and organization.
After a period of intense disruption due to the pandemic, the “new normal” presents an incredible opportunity. If we were to focus on the demand for social and technological change, we can reimagine and achieve a better, more prosperous, more equitable and sustainable future for all.
As we look forward, there are even greater challenges for our world to overcome. The ongoing social, economic, environmental and ethical issues we face are rather challenging to say the least. The issues are undeniably complex, yet if we confront them with tech-driven ambition, we can not only improve our lives but protect our interests and futureproof our business models against the disruption. There are many valuable lessons to be learned, and FUTURE IT SUMMIT is thrilled to be collaborating with leading tech innovators and pioneers from across industry, as well as government bodies, and common interest groups.
The summit features enterprise use-cases, inspirational keynotes, panel discussions, tech-talks, AI fireside chats, and awards with agenda enlisted key industry leaders to bring you stories of their successes, failures and to reveal the insights you need to embrace impactful technological change right now.
Since you missed it so much, we have brought it to you…… Bigger, Better, Broader!
The much awaited ‘Future IT Summit and Catalyst Awards 2022’ – 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.
Delegates can witness an amalgamation of Core tech, Trending Tech and Future Tech1
Join the partner/exhibitor/sponsor bandwagon and get access to the Networking Lounge.3
Promoters wearing your logo branded Tshirt will conduct onsite surveys.2
Dedicated exhibition booth and space to put your best solution forward. With our special ticketing service for the exhibitors.4
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.
The Top Ten Best IT Companies to Work for in 2022” 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.
Ronak Samantaray, C0-founder and CEO, GEC Media Group
Hanan Huwair, Executive Director - Business Technology, Dubai Holding Asset Management
Arul Jose Vigin, Head of Information Technology, DIFC Courts
Charbel Zreiby, Channel PreSales Director MERAT, Dell Technologies
Dr Tom McCarthy, Chief Technology Officer, ASPIRE
Samer Semaan, Channel and Alliance Manager, ME, Pure Storage
Other than managing and taking the IT organization to the highest level, how can CIOs truly drive innovation inside the enterprise
Elie Kamel, Regional Channel Lead, NetApp
Thomas Gigi Mathew, Group Head-IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment
Mario M. Veljovic, General Manager, VAD Technologies LLC
Zaid F. Ghattas, Commercial Lead, META AMD
Manal Allam, IT Head, Merck Group Middle East
Ali El Kontar, Founder and CEO, Zero&One
Shrenik Jain, CIO, Senior Vice President IT, Siemens
Debbie Botha, Global Chief Partnership Officer, Women in AI
Pratap Patjoshi, CIO, Mercedez India | Binita Prasad, Head of IT, Sany Heavy Industry India Pvt Ltd.
CTO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa
Mohammad Al-Jallad is the CTO for Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa
In his role, he drives business, develops and manages long term strategic relationships with executives and business managers and works on shaping corporate strategies to accelerate digital transformation leveraging a technology portfolio spanning edge, cloud, data and services. Mohammad has an extensive geo and global experience in various sectors
He is ambitious passionate for customers and has a rich experience and a track record of success in geo and global roles encompassing consultancy, business development, sales and management
Mohammad holds a first honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer
Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and is a member
of Jordan Engineers Association (IEA) and Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE)
Founder and CEO, Sawwad
Sawwad is a character driven fashion brand, built on the latest hi-tech and sustainability methods.
It introduces a new breed of fashion companies born out of the changes in the current socio-economic needs. The brand’s mission is to create a digitally influential fashion universe which transforms the way of promoting Middle Eastern design via AI/AR technology built around an Arabian Sci-Fi comic storyline journey through powerful illustrations, sustainability messages, cutting - edge tech and music – all interacting simultaneously with the end user to create a cohesive universe.
The founder, Salma Awwad is the first Arab Editor In Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, with 20 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the luxury and design industries.
She was responsible for the ground-breaking covers featuring three generations of the Kardashians, Nadine Labaki’s reflections of an Artist, & Will.I.am standing alongside 2 Arab Woman who lead the AI industry globally - titled “Robotics Revolution” - where she led her team towards pioneering the discussion in the luxury media industry around the dialogue between man vs. technology and sustainability in the Middle East.
A graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design, she went on to work as a fashion designer for some of the world’s leading design houses in New York, including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang and Narciso Rodriguez.
Her wealth of fashion expertise inspired her to create and locally manufacture Sawwad, an experimental 3D capsule collection focusing on the future of fashion and redirecting the language of fashion start-ups in the region.
Shifting from the corporate lifestyle to the reality of being a passion entrepreneur, her versatile background strongly places her as a thought leader in the Arab Fashion Industry, with immediate access to a global celebrity network and collaborations with industry leaders.
Commercial Lead, META AMD
Zaid Ghattas is the Commercial Lead at AMD. In this role, Zaid is responsible to drive AMD revenues from the Middle East, Turkey & Africa commercial, enterprise, and public sector end users & Solution Providers.
Zaid has had the rare privilege of working across many of the top global Information technology portfolio vendors including VMware, Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard (HP), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), EPSON and OKI Printing solutions, and executed many technologies infrastructure projects in over 20 different markets, from opportunity creation through to execution.
Additionally, Zaid had completed a job rotation at Intel Head Quarters in the Silicon Valley, where he worked as a Global Sales Manager as part of the global Oracle account team. Zaid is a highly qualified, passionate entrepreneur & driven professional with a strong experience across almost all aspects of business including building successful sales & marketing strategy, Leadership & People management as well as product management and development.
Prior to starting his career, Zaid spent 7 years of his journey in Sydney, Australia where he worked & received his higher Education in Information Technology, Network Engineering from TAFE New South Wales in addition to completing a diploma in Machine Learning ML from Data to Decision at Massachusetts Institute of Technology- MIT.
Zaid is passionate about Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, HPC and has extensive knowledge in this area which uniquely positions Zaid as a thought leader within the information & communication technology domain.
CIO, Senior Vice President IT, Siemens
Digital Transformation & Strategy, Cloud Adaptation & Analytics initiatives for Siemens Middle East
Trusted advisor and partner for CxOs for Technology Strategy and Business Transformation with over 13 years experience of Project Management, Consulting, Digital Strategy & Data Analytics.
Hands-on practical experience in designing IT Road-map, build and delivery of transformation projects, working with experienced professionals across different geographies.
Experience in Integrated technology Projects for operational efficiency & cost reduction.
Advisory for IT, Compliance and Operational topics like Project Management, Process review, Technology strategy.
Specialties: Cloud Adaptation, Enterprise Systems, Outsourcing Advisory, ERP/ SAP Audits, Post and Pre implementation reviews. IT Governance and Sourcing.
Digital Transformation Advisor
Ahmad Almulla has over 32 years of experience in IT and business with international exposure and is considered one of the leading figures when it comes to innovation and creative thinking. He is one of few who have combined experience in Information Technology and Supply Chain Management coupled with strong leadership capabilities. This combination has enabled Ahmad to play a crucial role in the success of Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). Ahmad has served as a member of the executive'committee for over 15 years.
Ahmad is credited as one of the driving forces behind the IT revolution at DUBAL/EGA, and a visionary leader who has ushered in an era of technological change in the company. During his over 30 years of service at DUBAL/EGA, Ahmad has been at the helm of various strategic initiatives envisaged to position DUBAL/EGA as a leader in technology and information-based infrastructure; and supply chain management. His experience and knowledge in Cyber Security domain has shielded DUBAL/EGA domain and information assets. Ahmad has also led DUBAL/EGA Information Technology division to win many international and regional awards.
During his career, Ahmad has been a frequent keynote speaker at many IT conclaves and symposiums; and has led many initiatives that have resulted in DUBAL/EGA receiving several prestigious awards. He has been a pivotal member of the Executive Management Team at DUBAL/EGA for several years, at which level he has contributed strategic expertise in global information systems, information system architecture, supply chain strategy and automation procedures.
Drawing on his insight into technology management and ability to create highly effective IT frameworks, Ahmad has effectively leveraged IT as a key catalyst for DUBAL/EGA’s exponential growth over the past two decades. This has been achieved through optimizing operational proficiency via innovative use of technology.
For instance, by innovating the supply chain process, DUBAL/EGA has saved millions of dollars in outlay while simultaneously creating a framework for procurement on its major expansion projects. Having an MBA combined with business experienced enabled Ahmad to play the leading role in securing raw materials at competitive prices and was a key figure in concluding long term contracts for major raw materials with favourable pricing and payment arrangements. He also managed to optimize raw materials specs and inventory and helped lower the working capital of EGA.
Ahmad also has led the vision for a transformation program through the implementation of SAP in DUBAL/EGA and later the integration of multiple SAP system. The latter system not only revolutionized the way
DUBAL/EGA business departments’ function by using world class best practices, but also positioned them for future growth.
As part of community support, Ahmad has founded the CIOMajlis (A platform for CIOs to network and discuss IT related topics) and was the founding chairman. He also served as the vice chairman of Dubai Quality Group (DQG), In addition, He is a board member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACME) Middle East Chapter.
He holds an MBA from the University of New England and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. He has also been a frequent nominee for international training sessions at prestigious institutes such as the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently, he advises board of Directors, CEOs, and CIOs on IT strategy, cyber security, and IT governance, IT led innovation. He also serves as a board member of CIOMajlis, and a member of IDC advisory council.