Panelists

Ahmed Yahya

Ahmed Yahya

Chief Information Officer , American Hospital

Ahmad is the CIO at the American Hospital Dubai, UAE. He has been assigned the task of re-aligning AHD digitization strategy to match or exceed leading facilities in the region. The digital transformation goals should provide the foundation for AHD to excel in its innovations and forward thinking.

Amr Jaber

Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Education

Andy Turner

Andy Turner

Head of Education Technology & Innovation, Aldar Academies

Andy has over 17 years’ experience in teaching and training in a plethora of differing sectors including: K-12, Vocational and Higher Education Institutions. He is currently the Head of Education Technology and Innovation for Aldar Academies and oversees all technology related to teaching and learning.

Dr Daniel Daoust

Chief Officer – Education, Training, Special Projects & Artificial Intelligence, Higher Colleges of Technology – UAE.

Dr. Daniel Daoust is also a former Military Officer & Commander with an illustrious career and impressive accomplishments in handling diverse management functions while displaying versatility in accepting responsibilities in the areas of contingency and emergency management plans, legal and regulatory governance, training programme development, loss/risk containment and operational support for operational units of up to 5000 individuals (comprising civilians & military personnel). He is also Executive Director of Special Projects with Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group, the commercial entity for training and education activities aimed at developing training programs for both Government and Commercial Sectors regionally & globally.

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Professor & Department Head | Computer Science & Engineering /Director | HP Institute American University of Sharjah

Dr. Fadi Aloul is a Professor & Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering, the Director of the HP Institute, and the Interim Director of the High Performance Computing Center at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, respectively, and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. His research and industrial interests are in Cyber Security, Mobile Applications, and Design Optimization. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the founder of several cyber security awareness initiatives in UAE including UAE’s Cyber Academy.

Dr Fareed AlAmiri

Acting Director, Student Ecosystem Division - Education Affairs Sector, Department for Education and Knowledge (ADEK)

Fareed demonstrated success in designing and delivering nationalization /capability building projects, organization excellence, knowledge management, and innovation management.

He also was a co-founder of Khalifa Innovation Center; a joint venture incubator established by Mubadala, Tawazun, Khalifa University, and Khalifa Fund, aiming to support entrepreneurial ventures. Fareed has also experience in scholarship management as well as managing the performance of Higher Education Institutes through the Department of Education and Knowledge in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Osama ElHassan

Dr Farooq Wasil

Global Head, Affordable Schools, GEMS Education Dubai

Dr. Farooq Wasil, a practicing educator epitomizes lifelong learning and is the author of several textbooks on early years and Education . He holds a doctorate in education and is the recipient of the President's Best Teacher award, India 2007and the GEMS fellowship award to pursue leadership management at Cambridge.

Dr. Wasil’s long and illustrious career spans more than four decades and he has carved a significant niche in the educational landscape of UAE, India and recently in Africa too. His repertoire of leadership competencies encompasses a range of portfolios that include Executive Principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah UAE, Deputy Head of GEMS Asian curriculum schools, Director of Asian schools GEMS Education, Senior President and Chief Academic officer- Everon GEMS India. He is currently Global Head of Affordable Schools - GEMS.

Dr Osama ElHassan

Dr Osama ElHassan

Head of eHealth, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Dr. Osama is the Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society and the Head of eHealth section at Dubai Health Authority where he leads the implementation of the Health Information Exchange project of the emirate of Dubai (NABIDH). Dr. Osama joined Dubai Health Authority in Oct. 2012 to take the responsibility of devising and executing DHA's e-Health vision and to establish Dubai's Health Data Standardization initiatives.

Dr Yousef Alhammadi

Expo Live Evaluation Committee member, Expo 2020; Chief Intelligence Officer, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

With more than 19 years of experience across multiple functional roles, I have had a lifelong passion for everything around the data, analytics and technology ecosystem. As CIO of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 , I lead a team to undertook unprecedented digital transformation for the largest humanitarian and sport event in the world. Initiatives such as “data for good” and “AI for good” were utilized to service thousands of athletes, volunteers , spectators, workforce ,...etc and insuring the best customer journey across 12 venues and 24 sports. The First UAE National from Abu Dhabi to have a Phd in Statistics and Machine Learning.

Khurram Qureshi

Khurram Qureshi

has 19 years of experience in managing diverse multi-functional teams to deliver complex technology portfolios into private and government sectors. He has successfully delivered multi-billion dollars strategic projects for the private organizations, Airports, military and civil government organizations.

Prior to working in Dubai, he has worked with Boeing, NASA and Federal Aviation Administration in the USA.

Mr. Qureshi holds a Masters degree in Air Transportation Systems Engineering from George Mason University and Professional Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University, USA. He is a published author of many research papers.

Noora AlAhbabi

Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy

Noora Al Ahbabi holds the position of Information Security officer in the IT department at Ministry of Economy, UAE government, where she is contributing to improving, developing, and raising the security level in the ministry. Noora’s aim is to implement HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE’s vision of creating a secure electronic space and to help consolidate the UAE's position among the world's safest countries in cyberspace and harnessing technology to create a new reality and a life of opportunity and a model for development and e-security worldwide.

Rinaldo R de Oliveira

Rinaldo R de Oliveira

Head of Information Security & Governance, Mashreq

Saqib Chaudhry

Saqib Chaudhry

Chief Information Security Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Saqib has over 17 years of global leadership experience in Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk Management, IT Governance, Business Resilience, Data Privacy, IT Internal Audit and Compliance. In his current role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), Saqib is responsible for the implementation and management of the overall Information Security program including; Strategy, Policy Development, Cyber Defence, Threat/Risk Management, Resilience, Regulatory Compliance and Operational Maturity. In additional to Information Security, Saqib is also tasked with managing Network Infrastructure, Unified Communications, and Infrastructure Planning & Development areas at CCAD.

Saqr Alhemeiri

Saqr Alhemeiri

Chief Innovation Officer & Director – Training and Development Center, Ministry of Health and Prevention - UAE

Saqr Alhemeiri is a seasoned professional with proven success and demonstrated expertise throughout his career. In a multi-faceted career spanning over two decades, Saqr has solidified himself as one of the most skilled, experienced, and well-regarded professionals in his industry.

Saqr currently serves as The Chief Innovation Officer and Director of The Training And Development Center with the Ministry of Health & Prevention. Since 2015, Saqr has dedicated all of his time to his professional endeavors, working to provide thoughtful leadership as the Ministry planned to open and implement a new training and development center in Sharjah. In addition to designing a new approach and strategy for the healthcare innovation agenda.

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