Conference Day Two: Thursday, 18 June 2020

8:00 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN OPENING REMARKS

DATA: THE FOUNDATION FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Data infrastructure is necessary to obtain real AI and ML capabilities. Any application of AI and ML will only be as good as the quality of data collected. Adopting AI and ML is a journey, not a silver bullet that will solve problems in an instant. It begins with gathering data into simple visualisations and statistical processes that allows you to better understand your data and get your processes under control. 

  • Understanding organisations’ data assets: Let us understand the basic questions such as how many databases exist within the organisation, which database contains what information, or how data is collected in the first place?
  • What is the urgency of this challenge, which is obstructing the efficient use of AI and Machine Learning?
  • Improving data management skills: What is the main challenge with the data science teams being small or growing data science expertise is not yet matched with equally mature AI and ML project expertise?
  • How does training data pose as broad challenges to project success?
  • Why is securing and labeling the amount of data needed to support algorithm development for AI strategy continues to be a “pain-point” for many organisations?
Panelists: 

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Khaled Abou Samak

Head of Data Science and Analytics
Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UAE

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Abhishek Shah

Co-founder and CEO
RSA Logistics

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Anuj Kaushik

Head of Data Engineering and AI/ML
Axiom Telecom

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Pablo Olivera Brizzio

Senior Innovation Manager
Abu Dhabi Ports

  • Using unstructured or structured data source types in AI process
  • Using internal or external data source type in AI process
  • Using cloud solutions or on-premise solutions for data storage
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Guillaume Thfoin

Head of Data and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence Ethics, Advisory Board Member
Majid Al Futtaim Holdings, Smart Dubai

10:30 am - 10:50 am FINDING THE RIGHT STORAGE: Cloud, On Premise Or Data Centre?

10:50 am - 11:30 am COFFEE BREAK & TECH DEMO @ EXHIBITION HALL

ROADBLOCKS TO AI IMPLEMENTATION

Organisations in the Middle East do not always know where to start with AI/ML implementation. The main concern for the implementation of AI/ML solutions are available
business-case, available data, integration of the technology into existing infrastructure and skill sets. With so many AI solution options to choose from, it is likely that organisation and decision-makers face a challenge in choosing the best option for their AI journey. The wrong decision to whether buy endto-end externally, build in-house, or collaborate leads to an expensive, costly and negative publicity experiment, one that no organisation would want to have.

  • Availability of Staff with AI expertise
  • Identifying where to begin (e.g., specific use cases)
  • Improving data governance and management (e.g., data readiness)
  • Upgrading IT infrastructure
  • Selecting the right AI tools, software or platform
Panelists:

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Sajeel Bashiruddin

Deputy Head of IT & Head of Innovation
National Bank of Oman

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Sumit Puri

Group CTO
Evercare

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Malik Al Madani

Director of Strategy and Future Department, Chief Innovation Officer
Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE

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Dr Jassim Haji

President
Artificial Intelligence Society, Bahrain

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS
Attendees will need to pre-select the interactive discussion groups they would like to join at 12:15am and 12:55pm. Everyone will rotate between their two (2) choices, in back-to-back 30-minute intervals. There will be a ten (10) minute transitional break at 12:45pm. All conference attendees must pre-register for their sessions upon registering for the event. Registrations will be on a first-come-first-serve. If you do not pre-register, we will have to assign seating based upon demand and availability.

AI STREAMLINING AND DISRUPTING BUSINESS PROCESSES
In every organisation there is inconsistency in the business functions where AI is being used. It is very important to streamline the organisations’ requirements and deployment of AI with the right business solution. Different business processes are being disrupted for end-to-end application of AI technology.

WHICH OF YOUR COMPANY’S BUSINESS FUNCTIONS IS IN NEED OF AI?

Round One

Call-centres attract new technologies such as chatbots and robo-advisors to deal with first-line customer requests as well as using smart automation to deal with outcome activities post a clients’ interaction, leaving operators free to engage the next customer.

  • How to speed up AI adoption in customer-facing interactions and move beyond AI application in back-end functions?
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Samih Abutaleb

Group Head Digital Transformation
Ahli United Bank, Bahrain

IT and digital functions are by far the most prevalent domain in implementing AI – senior IT experts within any organisation are aware of different emerging technologies but often hesitant to explore the most of the innovative solutions.

  • How to implement AI carefully without unraveling your old systems?
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Wassim Al Khayat

Group Director, Technology and Digital Innovation
Axiom Telecom

AI has the potential to accelerate the volume of attacks as automation of tasks and enhancement of malicious services further reduce barriers to entry and execution of attacks.

  • Can you bullet-proof your organisation from AI cyberattacks?
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Frederik Bisbjerg

Chief Digital Acceleration Officer
Noor Takaful

IDG Four

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm OPERATIONAL TASKS
Pablo Olivera Brizzio - Senior Innovation Manager, Abu Dhabi Ports
Most sectors are in tough economic conditions and operation executives are under pressure to increase productivity and efficiencies in all operational functional areas. Can this be achieved by leveraging on AI technology? 
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Pablo Olivera Brizzio

Senior Innovation Manager
Abu Dhabi Ports

12:45 pm - 12:55 pm TRANSITION BREAK

Round Two

IDG Five

12:55 pm - 1:25 pm AUTOMATING DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES
Repetitive tasks such as invoice processing, payroll and insurance claims can gobble up massive back office hours for employees jumping between spreadsheets, databases and email.

Now, AI-powered software bots can open these applications and handle it all.

IDG Six

12:55 pm - 1:25 pm PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS AND MACHINE LEARNING FOR GENERIC DRUG DEVELOPMENT
  • Predictive analytics and natural language processing for searching through databases of brand-name drug compounds to find similar compounds scientists can use to make generic drugs.
  • Determining how the shapes of drug compounds will react to certain methods of manufacturing and other drug development processes

IDG Seven

12:55 pm - 1:25 pm FUTURE WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT
AI will provide many opportunities in shaping the workforce of the future and there are many organisations that are set to welcome this change.

  • How can organisations prepare for a future that few AI leaders can define?
  • How can AI help recruit, manage and engage talent for an organisation?

1:25 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm AI START UP PITCH COMPETITION

Displaying the most creative global tech entrepreneurs, this pitch platform will demonstrate some of the most exciting investment opportunities through innovative new solutions with 10-minutes pitches from each start-up.

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE