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QITCOM Conference 2014: Innovating Today for the Future of Qatar

The QITCOM 2014 Conference will be held on 26th, 27th and 28th of May, 2014, at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

The conference epitomizes QITCOM's aim of tackling local and regional concerns in a global context. The conference will feature respected global ICT leaders and thinkers discussing global ICT developments, emerging technologies and opportunities in the regional market.

QITCOM 2014 will focus on Innovating Today for the Future of Qatar.

The three-day conference will feature riveting keynotes, talks and panels from global through-leaders, scholars, innovators and academics, across all ICT disciplines.

Day I: Building A Networked Society: Social Media for Social Impact
With the growing importance and use of social media in Qatar and the region, social media has made tremendous societal impact on the community at-large.
Day I speaks on this journey, not from an economic point of view per se, but from a societal point of view - how social media is impacting our lives and what we, as the ICT community can do to harness this potential.

Day II: The Cornerstone of Innovation in Broadband & Broadcast: Satellite's Impact on Society
Day II explores Qatar's various technological advancements in satellite, broadband and broadcast and it's impact on the media landscape, in terms of access and content.

Day III: Fostering Innovation: A Culture of Entrepreneurship
The final day of the conference is focused on our own startup culture and Qatar's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.
The day will feature local and international speakers speaking on tech entrepreneurship, digital startups and innovating towards ICT businesses.

Information about the conference schedule, speakers, panelists and keynotes will be updated shortly. Be sure to log on to www.qitcom.qa or our social media for all the updates.

Register for QITCOM 2014 conference here.

Why attend?

Previous QITCOM Conferences allowed industry leaders, businesspeople, government, students, consumers, and enthusiasts to connect. This engaging dialogue allowed for new ideas to develop, for exciting new technologies and approaches to be implemented in new ways, and for glimpses of the future to be experienced in a local present.

Qitcom Conference Schedule

Day 1
Building a Networked Society: Social Media for Social Impact
  Day 2
At the Cornerstone of Innovation in
Broadband & Broadcast: Satellite's Impact on Society

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  Day 3
Fostering Innovation: A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Time Programme
13:30
Keynote speaker
Kevin Eyres
(Former MD of LinkedIn)
Social Media for social impact
13:55
Speaker
Eddie Chau
(Founder & Executive Director of iSentia Brandtology)
Why is social media so difficult to handle?
14:05
Panel Discussion
Moderator:
Faisal Al Haithami

Panelists:
  • Aiman Erbad
  • Sarah Vieweg
  • Haris Alisic
  • Damian Radcliffe

Social Media for social impact
15:00 60 Minutes break
Programme
Karim Sabbagh
(CEO of SES)
Satellite's impact on society
Majid Al-Naimi
(Network Operations Director- Es'hailSat)
Satellites
Moderator:
Mohammed Al Sayed

Panelists:
  • Tony Thoma
  • Ibrahim Nassar
  • Bruno Dupas
  • Anthony Baker
  • Craig Moll

Satellite's impact on society
60 Minutes break
Programme
Jim McKelvey
(Founder of Square)
Fostering Innovation: A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Rishi Saha
(Regional Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies)
Shaping Government Policy to Grow the Tech Sector
Moderator:
Abdulaziz Yousef

Panelists:
  • Fatima Al Kuwari
  • Stephan Vogel
  • Fouad Mrad
  • Ibrahim Al Mannai

A Culture of Entrepreneurship
60 Minutes break
Time Programme
16:00
Keynote
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany
Brigitte Zypries (Parliamentary State Secretary)
Media Policy, ICT media landscape
16:30 Qatar National Library
Claudia Lux (Project Director)
Social media, broadband, smart cities - what do we need to build the information society of Qatar?
17:00 Microsoft
Ihsan Anabtawi (Regional Manager - Cloud Productivity and Enterprise Social)
A responsive organization works as a network + SME Toolkit Announcement
17:30 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Lamia Al-Saai (Research Analyst - Planning and Quality Department / ICT Trends & Indicators)
Qatar's ICT Landscape report 2014: Households & Individuals
18:00 EMC²
Mark Sear (Industry Specialist - Banking/Online Gaming/Web 2.0/Telecoms)
Transformations & Innovations in Smart Cities Services, powered by Big Data & Social Media Analytics
18:25 10 Minutes break
18:35 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Panel discussion moderated by Slawomir Klos (Head of Digital Inclusion Section in the Digital Society Department)
Bridging the Digital Divide
19:00 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Damian Radcliffe (Digital Impact & Emerging Technologies Section Head)
Attitude of internet users in the region to cyber safety - Digital Society
19:30 Ericsson
Andrea Petti (Head of Verticals and Indirect Channels of Ericsson)
Living in a networked Society
Programme
MEEZA
Chris Woods (Director Information Security)
IT Security Threats: Heart Bleed and the Global Consequences
Ooredoo
Wael Doukmak (Director, ICTE & Mega Projects Business Development)
ICT as an Enabler for Smart Living
SAP
Andreas Hauser (Global Head of Design and Co-Innovation center at SAP AG)
Innovating to build new solutions to establish new markets
Qatar Rail
Rafael Lucero (Manager, Survey and GIS)
Building World Class Railways through Advanced Technology and Innovation
Autodesk
Peter Gertler (Director, Infrastructure Strategy, Global Consulting Services)
Infrastructure Trends: How BIM Is Changing Business Practices
10 Minutes break
Ilsintech Co Ltd from South Korea
Hasan Ünsal (EMEA Sales Manager of Ilsintech Co Ltd from South Korea)
How to achieve the perfect splice in FTTH and long distance fiber backbones
MEEZA
Faisal Al Kuwari (Chief Technology Officer)
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
MEEZA
Fadi Nasser (Chief Alliances Officer)
How to Deliver Services on Smart City Infrastructure
Programme
Thomson Reuters
Philip Purnell(Neuroscience Scientometrics Consultant)
Innovation and Research in Qatar
QSTP
Mohammad Zebian (Acting Innovation Director)
Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Qatar
PWC
Fadi Al-Buhairan (Middle East Health Information Technology Lead of PWC)
E-Health & Innovation
IBM
Joel Waterman (Business Analytics Leader)
The Power of Analytics
CISCO
Anas Sawaf (Smart + Connected Communities Business Lead)
Driving Urban Innovations
10 Minutes break
Deloitte
Mark Lawrie (Lead partner at Deloitte)
Entrepreneurship and innovation in a Professional Services Environment
CSC
Diana Billingham (Global Solution Director - Application Modernization & Cloud)
Next Generation Innovation, How Qatar's Entrepreneurs can take Advantage of the Cloud without the Risks
Affno
Ayesha Ratnayake (Marketing Manager)
Augmented Reality for Business & Government

Qitcom Conference Speakers

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Kevin Eyres
Former MD LinkedIn Europe
Kevin is a seasoned technology executive with extensive startup, hyper-growth and international expansion experience. Currently he is a consultant to high growth companies on conscious leadership for hyper-growth and international expansion as well as a board member to Essentia Analytics and active angel investor.
Most recently Kevin started and ran LinkedIn Europe from his spare bedroom in 2007 to the IPO in 2011. Kevin was the founding mentor to the UK government's Tech City UK initiative support UK digital entrepreneurship by lowering barriers to success and building a thriving ecosystem.

During his 13 years in Europe Kevin has been responsible for international operations for three Silicon Valley companies (AltaVista, SideStep(Kayak) and LinkedIn). Wired UK Magazine named Kevin #22 in the "Wired 100".

Kevin is active in youth education technology charities as a board member of Apps for Good, a social enterprise focused on changing the way young people are exposed to and learn about technology.

A US national, Kevin holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Texas in San Antonio and holds six patents in communication technology.
Day 1: 13:30 - Social Media for social impact
Karim Michel Sabbagh
President & CEO of SES
Mr. Sabbagh is the President & CEO of SES, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of SES ASTRA, and is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Risk and Audit Committee of O3b. Additionally, he is a member of the Yahlive Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of SES from April 2011 until August 2013 and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of SES for the same period.

Prior to joining SES, Mr. Sabbagh was a Senior Partner and a global practice leader for communications, media & technology at Booz & Company. At Board and Chief Executive levels, he has shaped and served the strategic agenda of global players in the communications, media and satellite sectors.

Mr. Sabbagh is a visiting professor in technology and innovation management and member of the Academic Council for the School of International Management at Ecoles des Ponts et Chaussees ParisTech (Grandes Ecoles) in France.
He holds a BBA with Distinction from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from the American University of Beirut, a PhD with Honors in strategic management from the American Century University in New Mexico, and a Doctorate in international business management from the International School of Management.
Day 2: 13:30 - Satellite's Impact on Society
Jim McKelvey
Co-founder of Square
Jim McKelvey is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur, and is most widely known as the co-founder, along with Jack Dorsey, of Square.
This is a revolutionary new mobile payment platform which enables anyone with a mobile device to accept credit cards anywhere.

The idea was borne out of Jim's glass blowing company and the lack of being able to accept credit or debit card payments.
Jim began blowing glass as a teenager, wrote an instructional textbook and ended up with his company - Third Degree Glass Factory - hosting a global glass conference. The demand for Jim's work, which was not originally for sale, was so great Jim moved onto forming another company called Glass Faucet, to sell them.

Jim is General Partner of an early stage venture capital company as well as being Co-Founder of an enterprise which helps pair developers with mentors to fill programming jobs. In addition to this he is Managing Director of another venture which hooks up financial technology companies with not only mentoring and money, but access to the ecosystem of financial institutions.
Day 3: 13:30 - Fostering Innovation: A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Brigitte Zypries
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Brigitte Zypries studied law in Giessen and qualified as a lawyer in 1980. She started her professional career in the legal division of the State Chancellery of Hesse, followed by a three-year residence as a Research Assistant to the Federal Constitutional Court.

From 1991 to 1995, she held leading positions at the State Chancellery of Lower Saxony, Hanover and eventually became State Secretary at the Ministry of Women, Labour and Social Affairs of Lower Saxony in 1997.
From 1998 to 2002 she was State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin. From 2002 to 2009, Brigitte Zypries was Federal Minister of Justice. Since 2005, she has served as a directly elected member of the Bundestag for the constituency of Darmstadt, Hesse.

Following the last election, she was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with special responsibilities in the fields of IT policy and foreign trade. In addition, she is the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.
Day 1: 16:00 - Media Policy, ICT media landscape
Chris Woods
Director - Information Security of MEEZA
Chris Woods is the Information Security Director at MEEZA and has 16 years of practical, architectural and management experience within Information Security having worked across a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities for Multinational corporations.

Chris started his career in penetrating testing then has held positions such as Chief Security Officer at European Space Agency, Security Practice Lead at HP and undertaking Cyber Security roles within Government military intelligence.

Chris was at the forefront in creating and launching the first Certified Commercial Security Operation Centre in Qatar. Chris merges extensive hands-on experience with innovative leadership that drives teams towards excellence.

He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a number of security related certifications and frequently contributes to the Security community in Qatar and GCC.
Day 2: 16:00 - IT Security Threats: Heart Bleed and the Global Consequences
Philip Purnell
Neuroscience Scientometrics Consultant, Thomson Reuters
Philip Purnell held a research post at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany. He then joined the pharmaceutical industry and subsequently the scientific, technical and medical publishing field.
Within Thomson Reuters, Philip has advised academic and governmental research institutions and funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on strategies to manage and evaluate their research output and performance.
He has supported the scientometrics research community to advance their studies of scientific output and impact and continues to play a key role in this field.
Day 3: 16:00 - Innovation and Research in Qatar
Eddie Chau
Founder & Executive Director, iSentia Brandtology
Eddie Chau formed Brandtology in 2008 after successfully incubating e-Cop, a company he founded in 2000, to a market leader in Info-Security Industry. e-Cop was acquired in 2007 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holding Pte Ltd..

iSentia Brandtology is the leader in Business & Brand online intelligence services. Using proprietary technologies and proven process, combined with trained and experienced analysts, Brandtology helps companies analyse online conversations in the social media and make strategic decisions for their brands in a timely manner.

In February 2011, iSentia Group (formerly known as Media Monitors) with HQ in Australia acquired majority stake in Brandtology. In 2011, Eddie co-founded V-Key with a key objective to make all mobile devices and applications more secured with cutting edge patented technology, and in 2012, co-founded TNF Ventures with several ICT entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, to incubate early stage ICT start-ups.
Before founding Brandtology, Eddie was the Founder & CEO of e-Cop. He brought to the organisation his extensive experience in the ICT.

Before founding Brandtology and e-Cop, Eddie held senior positions in IBM and Computer Associates Inc..
Eddie has also appeared on CNBC Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Intelligent Enterprise, MIS Asia and Network Computing Asia, among others.
Day 1: 13:55 - Why is social media so difficult to handle?
Dr. Majid Al-Naimi
Network Operations Director of Es'hailSat
After graduating in 1991 as an Electrical Engineer, Dr. Al-Naimi has joined Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) in Communication & Electronics Division.
With 12 years of experience in radio communications, Electronic Warfare (E.W.), and Radars with QENF, Dr. Al-Naimi has pursued his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at George Washington University (GWU)-D.C. in 2003.
In 2011, Dr. Al-Naimi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from GWU. During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Al-Naimi has published Conference and Journal papers. His field of interest is "Reconfigurable Add/Drop Multiplexers in WDM".

In 2012, he has joined Al-Jazeera Children Channel (JCC) as Deputy of Broadcast & Technical Director. He was managing the Transmission, Broadcast, Postproduction, Studios, and out-side facilities Departments. Dr. Al-Naimi was the Project Leader of the newly launched Jeem HD channel.
In addition to that, Dr. Al-Naimi became (to present) a member in the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) committee of Electrical Department-Qatar University.

In 2013, Dr. Al-Naimi has joined the Qatar Satellite Company-Es'hailSat as Network Operations Director (NOD). Es'hailSat Teleport, Capacity Management Center (CMC), Capacity Manager (CM), and Solutions Architect are the four Sections that fall under NOD responsibilities.
Along with the technical operations & service provisioning, Dr. Al-Naimi is working closely with Sales Department to support the commercial team and provide solutions to customers.
With the highest level of priority, Dr. Al-Naimi is currently, with the Satellite Project Director, working in developing the requirements for Es'hailSat Teleport.
Day 2: 13:55 - Satellites
Rishi Saha
Regional Director, Middle East, India, Africa & Turkey of Hill + Knowlton
Rishi Saha is Regional Director, Middle East, India, Africa & Turkey, and is responsible for the delivery of key strategic communications campaigns across this broad region, with a particular emphasis on digital.

Rishi joined H+K in August 2011 from the Prime Minister's Office in the UK, where he was David Cameron's Director of Digital Communications.
He oversaw the total rebuild of the Number 10 Downing Street website, was responsible for digital policy and communications to over 2 million people on Twitter and Facebook, managed crisis response via social media, and became the most senior digital communications adviser in the British Government.

Prior to entering Downing Street, he was the multi award-winning Head of New Media for the UK Conservative Party, leading all aspects of new media strategy, communication and engagement, working alongside every Conservative member of the UK Cabinet.

Rishi is a campaigning communications specialist and has extensive experience in brand management, content production, polling and analysis and creative direction.
He has spent more than a decade building deep expertise in politics, government, NGOs and business relations, with a focus on stakeholder relations, audience profiling and targeting.

In 2010-11,Wired magazine rated him the 6th most influential person in Britain's digital economy for his pioneering work in communications and campaigns
Day 3: 13:55 - Shaping Government Policy to Grow the Tech Sector
Dr. Claudia Lux
Project Director of Qatar National Library
Prof. Dr. Claudia Lux is Project Director of Qatar National Library (since 2012), the most innovative National Library in the Region, to support the development of Qatar's vision 2030 to become an information society.

Prior to Dr. Claudia Lux's appointment to Qatar National Library, her executive role was Director General of Central and Regional Library Foundation in Berlin, one of the biggest and most visited public libraries in Europe for more than 15 years.
Dr. Claudia Lux lead the process to unify the libraries of East and West Berlin to one powerful library organization, representing different integrated library functions from research to public.
She was Director of the Senate library, a special library for Berlin's administration, where she introduced an integrated library system and web-services in 1995. She started her library carrier at the East Asian department of the State library in Berlin. Before she came to libraries she worked as a freelancer in market and media research.

Dr. Claudia Lux was President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2007 - 2009 and has served on IFLA's boards for several years. She was a member of the advisory committee for the Global Libraries Program of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and for the Library of International Literature in Moscow.

From 2005 - 2013 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Library and Information Research, Washington. In Germany she was elected as president of the umbrella association of library and information in Germany, was Chair of the German Library Association, and was appointed to the Board of the German National Library, the National Library of Economics, and others.
Day 1: 16:30 - Social media, broadband, smart cities - what do we need to build the information society of Qatar?
Wael Doukmak
Director, ICTE & Mega Projects Business Development of Ooredoo
Wael Doukmak is Director of ICTE and Mega Projects Business Development at Ooredoo and was appointed in March 2011. He leads a team responsible for designing ICT solutions that are mapped to business objectives across all industry verticals including smart solutions for mega projects and smart cities.
His ICT experience dates back to the mid-eighties when he wrote software programs for different market segments.

In 1995, Wael launched an ISP operation in the USA and transformed it into a Managed Services Provider before moving to Saudi Arabia to lead the Managed Services practice at Cisco. He shares Ooredoo's dedication to enhancing the experience of its customers and emphasizing quality of service across all phases of the sales and delivery cycles.
Wael has spoken in many ICT events and participated in panel discussions on the topic of Cloud, ICT and Smart services.
Day 2: 16:30 - ICT as an Enabler for Smart Living
Mohammad Zebian
Innovation Manager and Acting Innovation Director at QSTP
Mohammad is the Innovation Manager and Acting Innovation Director at QSTP. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the Western University, followed by an MBA from Ottawa University.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University, focusing on enhancing Science and Technology based Innovation Systems in the GCC.
Previously, Mohammad worked as a Technology Consultant in the United States and a Director of Solution Delivery in Canada.
Day 3: 16:30 - Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Qatar
Ihsan Anabtawi
Regional Manager, Cloud Productivity and Enterprise Social Microsoft Corporation, Gulf (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman)
Ihsan Anabtawi is responsible for driving Microsoft's productivity strategy for information workers, with a focus on cloud services and enterprise social.
Anabtawi oversees the business and marketing functions for a wide range of productivity products and services across both business and consumer segments, including Office 365, Office, Yammer, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio.

Anabtawi joined Microsoft in 2004 and has served in several roles in Microsoft's sales, marketing and services organization in the field. Previously, he served in the same capacity covering the North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Pakistan region.
He also served as the marketing manager for the Microsoft subsidiary in Jordan, and before that as a technology strategist in both Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Day 1: 17:00 - A responsive organization works as a network + SME Toolkit Announcement
Andreas Hauser
Global Head of Design and Co-Innovation center at SAP AG
Andreas is Global Head of the Design and Co-Innovation centre at SAP AG.
His team is driving customer & strategic design projects through Co-Innovation and Design Thinking. Before he was Vice President of User Experience at SAP AG for Cloud Solutions. Andreas has more than 13 years' experience as UX manager and gained a lot of experience in setting up large global User Experience organisations.

Before he worked at SAP AG as Development Manager, Product Manager and Project Manager in the area of Product Lifecycle Management. He studied Business Information Technology at the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim and is working at SAP since 1991.
Day 2: 17:00 - Innovating to build new solutions to establish new markets
Dr. Fadi Al-Buhairan
Middle East Health Information Technology Lead of PWC
Dr. Al-Buhairan has over 14 years of IT experience within the health care industry. His experience spans across administrative, financial and clinical information systems developments and implementations within the health care industry (providers and payers) on a global-level.
In specific, he has developed expertise in the areas of IT/business strategy, health consumer, provider and payer informatics, persuasive technologies with an emphasis on social media, and project management for large transformational projects.

Academically, Dr. Al-Buhairan obtained his PhD in Health Information Systems and Technologies (Claremont Graduate University - USA), and has 2 Masters degrees; one in the field of Information Studies (University of Toronto - Canada), and the other in Information Systems and Technology (Claremont Graduate University - USA). Dr. Al-Buhairan's PhD course work was primarily focused on the domains of IT Management/Strategy and Health Informatics/Information Management. His research on the other hand, was focused across the domains of persuasive technologies, disability informatics, and health informatics.
Day 3: 17:00 - Mobile technology drives innovation in the Healthcare sector
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Lamia Al-Saai
Research Analyst at ICT Trends & Indicators section at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR)
Lamia Al-Saai is a Research Analyst at ICT Trends & Indicators section at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR).

She has rich experience in Qatar's ICT market research including development of indicators, quantitative and qualitative research, benchmarking and data management.
Lamia leads Qatari components of research initiatives. She is also an expert group member of UN-ITU.
Day 1: 17:30 - Qatar's ICT Landscape report 2014: Households & Individuals
Rafael Lucero
Manager, Survey and GIS
Rafael is currently the Manager of the Survey/GIS department and is leading Qatar Rail's BIM initiative. Holding a B.Sc in Geomatics Engineering and an M.Sc in Geographcal Information Management, he has been involved on numerous Mega Projects worldwide, using technology as a platform for driving innovation and change. Rafael has been with Qatar Rail for two and a half years.
Day 2: 17:30 - Building World Class Railways through Advanced Technology and Innovation
Joel Waterman
MEA Sales Leader Business Analytics Portfolio of IBM
Joel Waterman is the Regional Director responsible for Middle East & Africa for IBM Software Group's Business Analytics Brand.
Throughout his long and varied international career, Joel has worked at country, region and global levels and gained hands-on experience doing business in Europe, USA, South America, Middle East, Japan and Asia Pacific.
He has worked in IBM Silicon Valley Lab on search and text analytics products and has extensive experience with Business Analytics, collaboration and social software solutions whether these are delivered on-premises or via Cloud computing models.
Joel holds a Master's degree in International Law from the Royal University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and currently lives in Dubai, UAE.
Day 3: 17:30 - The Power of Analytics
Mark Sear
Industry Specialist - Banking/Online Gaming/Web 2.0/Telecoms
Mark is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with broad-based experience ranging from bootstrapping startups through to major multinationals.
His career highlights include achieving results as a visionary tech innovator and "blue sky" thinker as well as consistent delivery of both strategic and tactical solutions.

For EMC Greenplum his role is architecting and designing "big data" solutions across multiple industries using the Greenplum MPP database and MAD analytics.
Day 1: 18:00 - Transformations & Innovations in Smart Cities Services, powered by Big Data & Social Media Analytics
Peter Gertler
Director, Infrastructure Strategy, Global Consulting Services at Autodesk
Peter Gertler leads strategic program business development and practice building for Autodesk Consulting services in the infrastructure market worldwide.
With 23 years' experience in public transportation and program management across the globe, Gertler is engaged in several significant rail related projects for Autodesk in the Middle East, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining Autodesk, Gertler held various leadership positions in major US based engineering consulting firms and with the Bay Area Transit District (BART) leading major rail projects and programs in the US and globally. Most recently, at HNTB he served as Sr Vice President and Director of their Rail and Transit Practice.

Named in the 2010 CE News Power List of the 15 most prominent people in civil engineering, Peter is a Board Member of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and the Vice Chair of APTA's High Speed and Intercity Rail Committee.
He is one of the founding members and a former Chair of the Association for California High Speed Trains, and has served on various committees, testified before governmental agencies and bodies on the high-speed and intercity rail.
Day 2: 18:00 - Infrastructure Trends: How BIM is Changing Business Practices
Anas Sawaf
Smart+Connected Communities Business Lead of CISCO
With over 16 years of experience in ICT industry, Anas Sawaf is responsible for Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities business in the State of Qatar. Anas is focused on driving urban innovations programs and technology solutions to address communities and cities challenges.
Anas support and work closely with government bodies, real-estate developers, telecom service providers, and technology vendors in the planning and execution of smart cities' strategies and initiatives.

Over the last 8 years, Anas engagements and experience in the Smart+Connected Communities practice included projects in Middle East, Europe and in Emerging Markets, advising executives on the role and importance of ICT solutions, and enabled citizen services.

Anas Sawaf was a member of Cisco's Emerging Markets organization responsible for S+CC large projects engagements and Go-To-Market strategy for Smart Cities.
In 2006, Anas was one of the founding members of Smart+ Connected Real Estate practice, where he supported the establishment of Cisco's value proposition in this field. Anas joined Cisco in 2002, where he led Systems Integrators Partnership program in GCC.

Prior to Cisco, Anas held various management positions and was the co-founder of two ICT start-ups; Trion Technologies and ProtechMedia in the United States.
Anas is a holder of Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and Master of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, from Ohio University - USA.
Day 3: 18:00 - Driving Urban Innovations
Slawomir Klos
Head of Digital Inclusion Section in the Digital Society Department of The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Klos is the Head of Digital Inclusion Section in the Digital Society Department of The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
He is in charge of the implementation of the Digital Inclusion strategy of the Ministry. He is internationally exposed ICT development expert with extensive experience in practical application of change management methodologies. Slawomir has worked also for the European Commission on implementation of international projects in the area of ICT and lifelong learning.
He completed his MA degrees in Information Technology and Business Administration from University of Technology in Gdansk, Poland.
Day 1: 18:35 - Bridging the Digital Divide
Hasan Ünsal
EMEA Sales Manager of Ilsintech Co Ltd from South Korea
Mr. Hasan Ünsal, EMEA Sales Manager of Ilsintech Co Ltd from South Korea, has a 9+ year track record in the fiber optics industry.
He is an expert on passive fiber optic networks with specialised knowledge in fusion splicing, datacentres, FTTH deployment and OTDR measurement. He is a Turkish national and an alumni of University of Manchester.
Day 2: 18:35 - How to achieve the perfect splice in FTTH and long distance fiber backbones
Mark Lawrie
Partner at Deloitte Consulting
Mark has 18 years experience in the consulting industry and 13 years as a partner in Deloitte Consulting in the UK, delivering complex IT, strategy, financial management and organisational design/change projects.
He joined Deloitte in the UK in 1996 as a management consultant where he built a successful PPP/Capital Projects business.On promotion to Partner in 2001 he led the firm's pan-European eGovernment Transformation practice.

His most recently he has acted as adviser to some of the largest and most complex outsourcing contracts in the UK, led large teams delivering major cost reduction focused business process transformation projects in a number of multi-£billion public sector bodies and implemented back -office shared service projects centred on Oracle HR Finance and Payroll.

He is currently on secondment to Deloitte's Middle East firm where he leads Deloittes Consulting practice in Qatar and Quality & Risk Management lead Partner for the Consulting business across the region.

He is Global Lead Client Service Partner for the Qatar 2022 World Cup project.

Between 2004 and 2008 He was part of the UK Graduate recruitment and development faculty for the UK firm
Day 3: 18:35 - Entrepreneurship and innovation in a Professional Services Environment
Damian Radcliffe
Section Head, Digital Impact & Emerging Technologies at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Damian Radcliffe is Section Head, Digital Impact & Emerging Technologies at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR), an Honorary Research Fellow - and PhD scholar - at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies; and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

He currently leads ictQATAR's "Rassed" research program, which studies the impact of the Internet and ICT on society; and the potential of emerging digital technologies. Prior to this he was a Policy Manager for the UK Communications regulator, Ofcom, and an award-winning content creator who spent 13 years' working for the BBC and other UK media providers.
Damian holds a BA and MA from the University of Oxford
Day 1: 19:00 - Attitude of internet users in the region to cyber safety Digital Society
Faisal Al Kuwari
Chief Technology Officer MEEZA
Faisal is an experienced and innovative CTO with a proven track record in creating technology designs that deliver strategically aligned results.
He is able to deliver leading edge technology transformations from proof of concept to product realization through agile management practices. Faisal heads up the MEEZA service portfolio design and architecture teams driving service excellence for clients.

Faisal has over fourteen years experience in IT at leading Commercial and Government entities like the Ministry of Education and Qatar Gas.
He later held multiple supervisory and management roles at KAHRAMAA in IT Operations and Systems Support until appointed Head of Networking and Telecoms. Before joining MEEZA in 2010, Faisal led the managed services product development at QTEL.
Day 2: 19:00 - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Diana Billingham
Global Solution Director - Application Modernization & Cloud at Computer Sciences Corporation
Diana has over 25 years experience in the IT services industry, gained amongst tier one providers and customers. She has had in depth exposure across the full range of services in consulting, transformation, SI and outsourcing. Gained diverse knowledge and experience in business development and growth, global partner management, delivery, commercial and operational management.

She has gained significant international experience particularly in market and business development. She has developed profitable technology consulting practices in the UK, Europe and US and has solid experience in executive business management.
Business experience spans energy and utilities, government, automotive manufacturing and financial services
Day 3: 19:00 - Next Generation Innovation, How Qatar's Entrepreneurs can take Advantage of the Cloud without the Risks
Andrea Petti
Head of Verticals and Indirect Channels at Ericsson
Andrea Petti has over 20 years' experience of shaping corporate strategies and delivering business growth in the Communications, Media and Technology Industries at Director and Board Level with leading companies across Europe, Eurasia, Turkey and Middle East..
Before joining Ericsson Andrea served as Principal with Booz & Co. (2008-2010), where he advised major holdings on operations turnaround and M&A. Prior to Booz & Co. he has served as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer with Avea (2001-2007), a Telecom Italia Mobile Company in Turkey, where he contributed to successful launch of operations achieving positive cash flow before the company was sold to Saudi Oger Group (2006).

Prior to Avea, Andrea served as Controller with Netscalibur, a pan-European internet startup funded by JP Morgan, and Wind the first convergent operator in Italy.
Day 1: 19:30 - Living in a Networked Society
Fadi Nasser
Chief Alliances Officer MEEZA
Fadi is responsible for MEEZA's ecosystem development, partnerships and joint venture alliances. He started his career working for Nortel Networks and Alcatel in North America.
Fadi has a long track record in telecom, networking, wireless and virtualization companies across the Silicon Valley. A founding member in a number of successful hi-tech start-ups, he is passionate about technology and risk management, delivering quality and value to the end user.

Prior to joining MEEZA, Fadi was responsible for the product line management of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) platform at VMWare. His experience spans hands-on engineering through strategic advising and executive product marketing positions.
Fadi has a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and Masters in Business and Engineering management.
Day 2: 19:30 - How to Deliver Services on Smart City Infrastructure
Ayesha Ratnayake
Marketing Manager at Affno
Ayesha Ratnayake is the Marketing Manager at Affno, the e-government and m-government specialist. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM UK.
Ayesha has extensive exposure into the mobile sphere, having overseen several mobile initiatives in the international arena. She has seen the power of mobile in action and is a strong believer in its potential to transform the world of business and government as we know it.
Day 3: 19:30 - Augmented Reality for Business & Government
Faisal Al Haithami
Founder and General Manager of Qatar Spots
Faissal Alhaithami, A Digital Media specialist at Enterprise Qatar. Certified trainer and speaker.
A co-presnter in Tawasol Show at Qatar TV. Founder and general manager of Qatar Spots And a mass communication student at QU.
Day 1: 14:05 - Social Media for Social Impact
Dr. Aiman Erbad
Assistant Professor at Qatar University
Dr Aiman Erbad is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University and R&D Expert in Qatar Mobility Innovations Center.
He obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Computer Science in Embedded Systems and Robotics from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington.

He received the Platinum award from HH The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Education Excellence Day (PhD Category).
Dr. Erbad research interests include cloud computing, mobile computing, distributed systems and multimedia.
He regularly serves as a technical program committee member in international and regional conferences related to multimedia systems.
Day 1: 14:05 - Social Media for Social Impact
Dr. Sarah Vieweg
Scientist, Social Computing, QCRI
Sarah Vieweg is a scientist in the social computing group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. Her research focuses on various dimensions of social media use and microblogging during mass emergency and humanitarian crises.
She studies what-and how-people communicate in disasters and crises to better understand such situations at a micro level. Her research works to inform the development of tools that help stakeholders gain relevant information in time-sensitive situations.

Vieweg incorporates theories and methods from sociology, linguistics, and human-computer interaction in her work.
She received a BA in economics and French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in linguistics, and a PhD in technology, media, and society-both from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Day 1: 14:05 - Social Media for Social Impact
Haris Alisic
Senior Analyst - Social Media at Al Jazeera
Haris Alisic is a Senior Analyst - Social Media at Al Jazeera Media Network. Before joining Al Jazeera he worked at several major European companies as intelligence analyst and consultant in the fields of communications and business development.
He received a BA in Media and Communication from the University of Lund, Sweden. He has also conducted intensive studies in the fields of Intelligence Analysis, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship.
Day 1: 14:05 - Social Media for social impact
Mohamed Al Sayed
Senior Satellite Project Engineer at Es'hailsat
Mohamed Al Sayed is a Senior Satellite Project Engineer in Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailsat). He is responsible of the technical part including monitoring Es'hail-1 satellite progress and test phases from the beginning until the end.
As well as writing the specifications and requirements for our future satellites in terms of design and procurement.

Mohamed spent the last two years supporting Es'hailsat Project Management Office in Palo Alto, California. He was selected to join an intensive internship program lasts for 26 months with our satellite manufacturer Space System Loral (SS/L). This program covered the design, manufacturing, integration and test of communication satellite, and all aspects of the commercial satellite industry.

In 2010 Mohamed graduated with a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University (Kansas, USA). He immediately joined Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat) as satellite project engineer.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's Impact on Society
Tony Thoma
Sales Director of Arianespace
Tony THOMA is graduated in Business Administration from Toulouse Business School.
After a first experience as a Consultant in Strategy within Ernst & Young, he joined Airbus Group in 2001 as Marketing and Strategy Manager for international business.
Tony THOMA moved to a commercial export function and settled in Chile, then in Madrid where he worked for Airbus Defense and Space division.
Tony THOMA joined Arianespace in 2008 as Regional Sales Director in charge of the Middle East and Latin America.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's Impact on Society
Ibrahim Nassar
Manager of RF & Teleport Engineering Department at Al Jazeera
Ibrahim Nassar is the Manager of RF & Teleport Engineering Department at Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar. He received his Bachelors' Degree in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University in 1996 and eventually earned his spot as Manager of RF and Teleport at Aljazeera Media Network October 2013.

He is the key stakeholder for broadcast distribution technology, acting as the principle point of reference in all aspects of availability, quality of services and systems' performance within the Aljazeera's Teleport Technology Group.
?With his eighteen-year experience in the field of satellite and broadcast engineering, he is responsible for Aljazeera Media Network Satellite Contribution and Distribution services worldwide from a technical perspective, through engagement with the industry of international satellite operators and service providers to promote closer co-operation regarding the strategic satellite infrastructure required by Al Jazeera to build its capabilities and extend its reach out to the rest of the world.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's impact on society
Bruno Dupas
President of Kratos Integral Systems Europe
Bruno has spent the last 30 years in the aerospace industry. After spending 10 at Matra Marconi Space, Mr Dupas created Integral Systems Europe in 2000 which is now integrated in Kratos Defense and Space, a US corporation being a leader in defense and national security systems.
After Graduating from Ecole des Mines in France, Mr DUPAS started as a software engineer in the defense industry. He then has spent the vast majority of his career in building ground segments for all kinds of satellites: Earth Observations, Military and Communications satellites.
With Kratos Integral Systems Europe, Mr DUPAS started developing the company business in the GCC area in 2004 before the economies started the boom we know well these days.
Kratos Integral was the first company introducing the usage of Commercial Off The Shelf products in the space industry. The company has provided systems to control more than 200 satellites.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's impact on society
Craig L. Moll
Director of Marketing and Sales of SSL
Craig L. Moll is a Director of Marketing and Sales for SSL, a full-service provider of commercial communications satellites and systems.
He is responsible for the marketing and sales of communications satellites and systems in the Middle East region. Mr. Moll has more than 25 years' experience with international communications satellites and services including television and telecommunications.

He began his career in the U.S. Department of Commerce (NTIA) focusing on satellite policy issues before joining PanAmSat in 1993 and eventually leading their Indian Ocean Region marketing efforts as Managing Director based in London.
In 2003, Mr. Moll founded Sequitur Group, Inc. to provide market entry strategies for technology companies focusing on the Middle East including satellite operators, systems integrators and service providers of IPTV, broadcast, and telecom solutions.
He has provided consulting services for companies including Arabsat in Saudi Arabia and Globecomm Systems.

Mr. Moll earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Texas State University, San Marcos, and his master's degree in international communications from the University of Texas, Austin.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's impact on society
Anthony Baker
Chief Strategy Officer at Es'hailSat
Anthony Baker is Chief Strategy Officer at Es'hailSat - The Qatar Satellite Company. Anthony has over 20 years' experience in the satellite business with roles in both commercial and government organizations.

Prior to joining Es'hailSat, Anthony Baker held the position of Vice President at SES and at New Skies Satellites where he led a range of activities including space development, satellite procurement, spectrum management, and business development.
He has also worked for AsiaSat in Hong Kong and NATO in Europe. Mr. Baker holds an Executive MBA, a Master's degree in Satellite Communications and Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
Day 2: 14:05 - Satellite's impact on society
Abdulaziz Yousef
Cartoonist
Abdulaziz is a cartoonist with passion for cartoons in every single aspect and style.
He believes that cartoon can make us understand math and reach great heights one day. His Cartoons try to explain the bubble he lives in to make life funny and easy to handle.
Therefore he uses his cartoons in the small square space that is given to him by al Raya newspaper to express himself through fine art pieces, sculptures, and animation.
Abdulaziz was part of creating "wransade", a cool driving and safety animated.
Day 3: 14:05 - A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Fatima Al Kuwari
Co-founder and Marketing Director of Girnaas
Fatima is a technology lover, social media passionate and communication professional who believes in continuous learning and self-development.
She is an entrepreneur, co-founder and Marketing Director of one of the first gaming companies in Qatar, Girnaas.

She holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Liverpool and a B.S. in Computer Science from Qatar University.
With more than 8 years of experience in the telecommunication industry with Ooredoo and a track-record of success in Product Life-cycle Management from the initial conceptual idea phase to the go-to-market strategies and post-launch management, vendor relationship management and branding & marketing communications.
Day 3: 14:05 - A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Stephan Vogel
Principal Research Scientist at QCRI
Dr. Stephan Vogel is leading the Arabic Language Technologies group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute.
In this role, he is helping to define the overall research agenda of QCRI and of the ALT team in particular.

His own research focus is on machine translation, especially the so-called statistical machine translation (SMT), where statistical modeling and machine learning techniques are used to learn from existing (human) translations how to translate new sentences.
The team works on fundamental questions like optimization in SMT, integrating morphology, novel reordering models, etc, but also how this can be turned into useful applications to support real-live multilingual communication and information access.

Before joining QCRI Dr Vogel was research scientist at CMU, Pittsburgh, where he advised many PhD and Master students, also visiting students from other universities, and led or participated in a number of research projects funded by NSF and DARPA, including TIDES and GALE.
Day 3: 14:05 - A Culture of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Fouad Mrad
Executive Director, ESCWA Technology Centre
Dr. Fouad Mrad joined the United Nations in December 2009 and is currently the executive director of ESCWA regional center for technology in Amman, Jordan.

He received his Ph.D. and Masters in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and a BSc in electrical and computer engineering from State University of New York, Buffalo.

Dr. Mrad was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the American University of Beirut from 1993 to 2009. Prior to his academic post in Beirut, he worked for IBM in the division of magnetic storage in Rochester, Minnesota, USA from1990 to 1993.

Dr. Mrad held positions as a consultant of technological innovation for several local and international organizations, including the TV program "Stars of Science", sponsored by the Qatar Foundation, the Industrial Research Institute in Lebanon, the Euro-Lebanese Center for Industrial Modernization, and Indevco.
Dr. Mrad also worked as advisor for the Lebanese Minister of Industry, the Modern Electronic Industries Co, and the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon.

He authored several publications on various specialized fields in professional journals and contributed to international conferences on innovation, manufacturing, industrial equipment and robotics. He co-authored the book "Applied Mechatronics" with Oxford University Press, New York 2008.
Day 3: 14:05 - A Culture of Entrepreneurship
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Amna Al-Mejali
Spectrum Management Specialist at the CRA (Communications Regulatory Authority), Ministry of Information and Communications Technology
Amna Nasser Almejali is a Spectrum Management Specialist at the CRA (Communications Regulatory Authority), Qatar.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Qatar University, year 2012. Before joining the CRA, she worked in the Ministry on Information and Communications Technology as an ICT Industry Engagement Specialist.
Day 1: Day 1, Day 2 - Session 2 - Master of Ceremonies
Thani Al Malki
Senior Sales Engineer at Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailsat)
Thani Al-Malki is a Senior Sales Engineer in Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailsat). He is helping the commercial team in closing deals with customers interesting in using our satellite for TV broadcasting or other communication needs. Also he will help the customers with after sales support.

Thani spent the last two years supporting Es'hailsat Project Management Office in Palo Alto, California. He was selected to join an intensive internship program lasts for 26 months with our satellite manufacturer Space System Loral (SS/L).
This program covered all aspects of the commercial satellite industry. Also, he joined the team for the Launch and In-Orbit-Test for our first satellite. In 2008 Thani graduated from the University of Leeds (UK) with an Electronic and communication bachelor degree (BEng) and worked for Barwa Media for two years in their leadership program and then joined Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat).
Day 2: Day 2 - Session 1 - Master of Ceremonies
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Mohamed Al Yafei
Business Development Manager at Qatar National Broadband Network (Qnbn)
As Business Development Manager at Qatar National Broadband Network (Qnbn), Mohamed Al-Yafei focuses on revenue generation and ICT solutions development for the government sector.
As part of his role, Al-Yafei is committed towards promoting network-solutions, whilst ensuring the delivery of state-of-the-art next-generation fiber optic broadband infrastructure for government entities across Qatar.

Prior to joining Qnbn, Al-Yafei assumed the role of manager of ICT Sector Development at The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT), or what was formerly known as ictQATAR, where he was tasked with developing and growing a sustainable and innovative ICT sector in Qatar.

Al-Yafei has extensive experience when it comes to developing national ICT Strategies and Solutions and has worked on developing the ICT Development Investment Strategy for Qatar.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from Qatar University and is currently completing his Master Degree in Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
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