09 - 10 September, 2019
Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE

Conference Day One

8:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast Registration

8:30 am - 9:00 am CXO Closed Room Breakfast Briefing One

8:30 am - 9:00 am CXO Closed Room Breakfast Briefing Two

9:00 am - 9:30 am Conference Registration and Networking

9:30 am - 9:40 am IQPC’s Opening Remarks

9:40 am - 10:00 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Seth Adler - Editor, AIIA Network

Seth Adler

AIIA Network

With spending’s on AI and cognitive solutions to rise from $37.5m in 2017 to $100m in 2021 in the Middle East alone,
the 32% growth indicates the region’s strong commitment towards implementing and adopting AI technologies.
Though the adoption has been slower, it is clear that AI is here and it is here to stay with partner selection being a key challenge.

10:00 am - 10:20 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE OPENING: Evaluating business, societal and human benefits of the ultimate buzzword - AI

With AI having said to have an impact of 14% on UAE’s GDP and 12.4% of Saudi Arabia’s GDP by 2030, there is no doubt that the Middle East is going to lead the race in the AI revolution. From government operations to healthcare, to finance and almost everything we do going forward, AI will change the way businesses operate

Key question: Are we ready to move into a world influenced by AI?
  • Do we need AI and which industries really need it?
  • How do we evaluate ROI and how fast you need to implement this?
  • Do we have what it takes to govern and control AI?


Mohammed Shael Alsaadi

CEO - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector,
Department of Economic Development


Her Excellency Dr. Maryam Matar

Founder and Chairperson
UAE Genetics Diseases Association


Dr. Sabri Al-Azazi

Executive Director
Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship


His Excellency Mohammad Hassan

Executive Director of Data & Statistics Sector
Federal Competitiveness and Statistic Authority

10:40 am - 11:00 am INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Trustworthy Human-AI Partnership: A journey towards safe, trusted and explainable AI and how businesses can benefit from it

Dr. Daniele Magazzeni - Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence, King’s College London, Co-Director, UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training In Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Daniele Magazzeni

Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence, King’s College London
Co-Director, UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training In Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

Almost everyday, multiple stories of successful deployment and use of AI technologies across the world arise. However, what we don’t see are the unsuccessful trials and the numerous struggles to deliver the promises this hyped-up technology offers. Learning from each other and understanding the reasons behind others failures is crucial to understand the best possible strategy.

Key question: How to identify where to implement AI and where it can bring maximum returns?
  • Understanding needs, drivers and priorities to identify areas requiring attention
  • A clear direction is key to the value proposition
  • Do you have the right set of people for it? Does your board believe in what you aim to achieve with AI?


Dr. Bernd van Linder

Commercial Bank of Dubai


Jalil Mekouar

Senior Advisor, Hospitality


Ravi Madavaram

Head of Artificial Intelligence


Alya Zaid Mohammed Harbi

Director, Statistics and Research Center
Ministry of Health and Prevention UAE


Dr. Mohaymen Abdelghany

Al Zahra Hospitals, Dubai

11:30 am - 11:50 am LEAD TECH TALK: Many organisations are not ready yet, is yours? Aligning needs with capabilities to maximise ROI

Are you just planning to implement AI because other organisations in the same industry are doing so? Are you following the trend without making sure your organisation is ready for it? Ensuring that adopting AI will cater to a real business need and that your organisation is capable of implementing it is imperative and crucial for you to maximise the ROI.

Key question: How do you ensure you need it, have a ready infrastructure to deploy it and know what business benefits you can reap from AI?
  • The race is not about who gets it first, but about who exploits it the most
  • A realistic return on investment is key to a success story. Not all results require revolutionary numbers!

11:50 am - 12:10 pm Refreshments and Networking

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Speed Networking Session

Get your business cards ready and make connections that matter! Step onto the red and green lines and follow the instructions to ensure you and the rest have a fun networking session!

There is a direct correlation between digital readiness and AI readiness. Understanding your requirement and matching it with the infrastructure it needs is crucial to avoid failures and gain maximum benefits from the applications you deploy. Understanding the differences between narrow, general and strong AI and understanding your organisation’s capabilities enables decision makers to choose whether to build, buy or collaborate for successful AI adoption.

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm THE AUGMENTED AGE: Automation vs. Augmentation: Embracing what AI applications can do for and with humans in organisations and societies

Ravi Madavaram - Head of Artificial Intelligence, Axiata
AI was made to enhance, not replace humans. Though more complex than other machines, AI is all about helping and enhancing human processes instead of surpassing them. Ensuring organisations, governments and societies find a balance between both human minds and the machine becomes imperative to get the best out of each other.

Key Question: How do you transition to a workplace of the future without setting off alarm bells in your current workforce
  • Creating workspaces where humans and AI thrive
  • How AI supports cost saving strategies, empowers employees and can help in enhancing customer experiences
  • Reaching organisation objectives by combining both forces, not replacing them

Ravi Madavaram

Head of Artificial Intelligence

With so many options to choose from, it’s likely that organisations and decision makers face a challenge in choosing the best option for their AI journey. The wrong decision to whether buy end-to-end externally, build inhouse, or collaborate leading to an expensive, costly and negative publicity experiment, one that no organisation would want to have.

Key Question: How do you ascertain the readiness of your organisation to leverage data science?
  • Understanding one’s true internal data science capability to assess the direction needed. Do you have a capable data scientist team in your organisation? If not, do you have the capability of bringing in data scientists in your current line of businesses?
  • Finding the right vendor to cater to your needs and understanding each others capacities, approaches and mindsets

Sidharth Balakrishna

Former Head of Strategy and Innovation and Executive Director
Essel Group


Dr. Mishal Al Kasimi

Capital Health (ADCG Healthcare Platform) Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital Health Shield Medical Center


Jorge Sanz

Analytics & Data Director
ADS Securities

Artificial Intelligence is a threat to cyber security, but if used right, can also be a strong solution to use against the rising and ever-advancing nature of cyber threats organisations face today. Using ML and AI can potentially help organisations and the cyber industry to identify threats more efficiently than other software-driven approaches. With massive funding’s and investments being done in AI-specific cyber security companies, and large-scale cybersecurity firms investing millions of dollars in AI and ML research, using AI for your cyber infrastructure does look like a good gamble after all

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm THE CISO SPOTLIGHT: AI and Security: Future Directions

Awadh Hassan Almur - Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)
  • Using machine learning and AI to identify anomalies and adapt to changing behaviour in real time for protecting your infrastructure
  • Fighting fire with fire: Using AI to fight growing AI powered hacks
  • Overcoming challenges of building scalable systems to handle large datasets that organisations gather every single day

Awadh Hassan Almur

Chief Information Security Officer
Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Networking Lunch Break

Understanding the difference between data integration, data engineering and data science and knowing where your organisation stands in their journey is crucial to create strategies for the future and know the gaps in current infrastructure that need to be filled before you plan your data science team.
  • Leveraging data and analytics to optimise key business and operational processes
  • How data scientists can mitigate risks of security and compliance
  • Why you need one and how to maximise your organisation data internally

Dr. Hany Hossny

Data Science Project Manager
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank


Dr. Mazin Gadir

Senior Consultant
Dubai Health Authority

From healthcare to government functions, finance to ecommerce, marketing to urbanisation, energy to retail, cognitive technologies have been disrupting the news for almost all industries. Though not all industries have fully exploited the potential of AI, the finance sector, healthcare sector, energy sector and governments have already felt what such technologies can bring.

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: HEALTHCARE: International Case Study: Delivering next generation hospitals and healthcare using AI, chatbots and more

Dr. Masood Ahmed - Senior Sector Advisor, DigitalHealth.London
  • Innovation challenges when engaging with the NHS
  • Current AI enabled projects and how successful they have been so far
  • Revolutionising patient care, safety and experience using AI across operations

Dr. Masood Ahmed

Senior Sector Advisor

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: FINANCE: A Ted styled talk on the use of AI in the banking sector, challenges, methodology, compliance and ROI

Ramin Mobasseri - Global Artificial Intelligence Lead, Wells Fargo
This Ted styled talk will cover the below areas:
  • Many financial organizations are struggling with an effective methodology and framework to deliver AI within banking meta-use cases.  
  • How can AI “must haves” be delivered efficiently whilst complying  with data governance and guidelines
  • Can AI always help? How can you prove the conclusively proactively and in an exploration mode before investing on expensive projects?
  • Got Big Rocks? Where can you start the prioritization of meta-use cases to optimize ROI in revenue, cost avoidance and savings
  • Real to life examples, successful deliveries and some lessons learned in the areas of
- Data Science hypotheses delivery (DSHD)
- Application of Design Thinking and DSH
- AI Delivery stages, from Data Discovery to Business as usual (BAU), including model monitoring requirements (MMR’s)

Ramin Mobasseri

Global Artificial Intelligence Lead
Wells Fargo

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: ENERGY: Making predictive maintenance a reality using machine learning

Dr. Saud M. Al-Fattah - Corporate Consultant, Saudi Aramco
The annual loss of machine downtime according to the International Society of Automation is $647 billion globally. Businesses over the years have overhauled maintenance processes to alleviate downtime and improve effectiveness. However, how to use the data to reach optimal efficiency is still a matter of confusion
  • With so much data being generated and gathered in real time, how should businesses be leveraging data to predict and prevent problems before they happen?
  • Machine learning models to extract value from large and messy data is the way forward for predictive maintenance
  • How the oil and gas, utilities and manufacturing industries use ML applications to drive down costs and enhance efficiency

Dr. Saud M. Al-Fattah

Corporate Consultant
Saudi Aramco

PwC reports that AI could contribute $320bn to the Middle East’s economy by 2030, equivalent to 11% of its GDP, showing just how well AI can leverage its potential, if done right. UAE and Saudi Arabia are said to gain the most from these technologies but the potential of increasing GDP and economies in the rest of the region are exponential too. Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman are said to gain more than $80bn through AI as well. From retail to healthcare, to e-commerce and government, every country has already started leveraging AI and the below showcases just a few stories from the region.

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT: SAUDI ARABIA: Case Study: An effective implementation of AI in smart cities

Dr. Ammar Alanazi - Director of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Technology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
  • The use of AI in Virtual Traffic Lights in making safer roads
  • Enhancing traffic flow and urban development by using and analysing data

Dr. Ammar Alanazi

Director of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Technology
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm Reserved for Regional Representative

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Close of Conference Day One

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Drinks