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Key Sessions

Anshul Srivastav

Keynote: Blockchain and AI in the Cloud

Union Insurance

Akshay Lamba

Keynote: The C in CIO is Cloud


Apr 10
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09:00 - 09:25 25 mins
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Registration and coffee
09:25 - 09:30 5 mins
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Opening remarks from the Chair
  • Dr. Dhrupad Mathur - Astt. Dean - Executive MBA, Associate Professor - IT Mgt, S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai
09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
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Cloud Competitiveness Index in MENA: Update
  • Omid Mahboubi - Founder, Middle East North Africa Cloud Alliance (MENACA)
09:50 - 10:10 20 mins
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Keynote: Blockchain and AI in the Cloud
  • Anshul Srivastav - CIO, Union Insurance
10:10 - 10:30 20 mins
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Keynote: The C in CIO is Cloud
  • Akshay Lamba - Chief Information Officer, Partner, Deloitte
10:30 - 10:50 20 mins
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Cloud migration within a Media environment
  • Damian O'Gara - Vice President of IT, OSN
  • Our motivation to migrate to the cloud
  • The scope and timescales of migration
  • Our approach and early learnings
  • Organisational impact and partnerships
  • Monitoring and metering the Cloud
  • Cloud maturity and the future
10:50 - 11:40 50 mins
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11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
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11:40 - 12:00 20 mins
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Battery in the Cloud
  • Tacis Gavoyannis - Head of Smart Cities and IoT, A.T. Kearney
  • How the Cloud and Big data has changed the models for Electric vehicles
  • Ability to model journeys and Usage and use the EV storage for grid balancing
  • Big data and monetisation of the Cloud for the benefit of EV owners
  • EV ownership subsidy by the Grid
  • Examples of case studies from the UK and EU
12:00 - 12:40 40 mins
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Panel: How is Cloud transforming the aviation industry?
  • Panel moderator George Eapen - Regional Chief Information Security Officer, General Electric (GE) MENAT
  • What have been the key lessons learnt from implementing Cloud in aviation?
  • Exploring the details with using Cloud in aviation
  • What should Cloud not be used for in aviation?
  • How is Cloud transforming the CIO's role?
12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
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Case study from Pegasus Airlines: A Cloud AI project for optimising onboard food sales prediction
  • Baris Findik - CIO, Pegasus Airlines
  • Overview of the Cloud AI project: Timelines, goals, key achievements
  • Overcoming the challenges with Cloud and AI
  • Benefits for our customers as results of the project
  • Future projects with the Cloud
13:00 - 13:20 20 mins
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Case study: Cloud in the oil and gas industry
  • Overview and needs of the oil and gas sector
  • IoT world and the Cloud: How Cloud is allowing us to be more efficient
  • How we're able to cut the investments with the Cloud in terms of infrastructure and man power
  • Addressing cyber security in the Cloud
  • Plans for moving forward with the Cloud in our industry
13:20 - 14:00 40 mins
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14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
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Case study: Digital e-learning SaaS platform at Open University - Creating an ecosystem with a positive impact on student progress
  • Abid Butt - Former CIO, Senior Consultant
  • Introduction to the project, University, stakeholders and goals
  • Cloud as a tactic, not a strategy: Steps towards Cloud, migration, roadmap and frameworks
  • Comparisons to on premise and benefits of the Cloud platform
  • Overview of features, including gamification, recording, flipped delivery, telepresence, IoT compatible endpoints and more
  • Key values of the digital e-learning platform for positive impact on student progress
14:20 - 14:40 20 mins
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Evolutionary optimization in Cloud problems
  • Dr. Mohammad Hamdan - Associate Director of Research, MACS, Heriot-Watt University Dubai
  • Overview of evolutionary algorithms in computer science as they relate to AI and machine learning
  • Cloud technology problems such as workflow scheduling
  • Overview of workflow scheduling in the Cloud
  • Solving workflow scheduling using evolutionary algorithms
14:40 - 15:10 30 mins
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Panel: The future of education in MENA with Cloud
  • Abid Butt - Former CIO, Senior Consultant
  • Dr. Mohammad Hamdan - Associate Director of Research, MACS, Heriot-Watt University Dubai
  • The possibilities of remote education using the Cloud with virtual campuses and other online platforms
  • How education has changed in MENA with the introduction of the Cloud: Availability and reliability
  • The importance of Cloud for the education sector in MENA
  • Considerations for public, private and hybrid Cloud
  • Student interaction with the help of the Cloud: Case studies
  • Cloud security for universities
  • The potential of value-added business apps for education, on Cloud ecosystems
15:10 - 15:20 10 mins
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Afternoon Break
15:30 - 17:00 90 mins
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WORKSHOP: Cloud security for SMEs and start-ups
  • Fabio Cerullo - Managing Director, Cycubix
  • Cloud 101 to Cloud advanced – what you need to know about cloud security
  • Private vs. public vs. hybrid Cloud up close
  • Overview of the process for Cloud adoption and management from the security perspective
  • The relevance of Cloud legislation in the MENA region
  • Security advice for start-ups and small and medium companies
  • Cloud, DevOps and Cloud native – What’s important for your business
  • Tips for Cloud implementation and security as your business grows
17:00 - 17:05 5 mins
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