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Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work ApplicationsGovernment of UAE United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama
has been appointed as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in
October 2017, and then was appointed as Minister of State for Artificial
Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications in July 2020.
His responsibilities include
enhancing the government performance levels by investing in the latest
technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in
Omar Sultan Al Olama is Spearheading
UAE efforts to be positioned as a global leader in Digital economy, With the
focus to enhance UAEs digital economy contribution to the GDP.
His Excellency is also focused on strengthening the UAE’s position as a global
reference in remote work applications.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama
is currently the Managing Director of the World Government Summit. He is also
a member of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation and Deputy
Managing Director of the Foundation. He is also Chairman of Dubai Chamber of
In November 2017, the UAE government announced
selecting HE. Omar Al Olama as a member of the Future of Digital Economy and
Society Council at the World Economic Forum.
During his work in the Future
Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, His Excellency participated
in developing the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy that aims to position the UAE
as the best country in the world. He also participated in developing the UAE
4th Industrial Revolution Strategy that aims to promote the UAE’s
status as a global hub for the 4th Industrial Revolution and
develop a national economy based on knowledge, innovation and future
technologies. Prior to his appointment, His Excellency worked on developing
the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, making it the first such strategy
of its kind globally.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama worked
in several sectors including the banking sector, telecommunications, private
enterprises and government. H.E. also worked on developing and executing
strategies, risk analysis, change management and scenario planning.
His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama holds
a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University
of Sharjah and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American
University of Dubai.
CEO EMEA & LATAMPalo Alto Networks United States of America
As CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin
America (LATAM), Helmut is responsible for all go-to-market functions across
EMEA and LATAM. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks in 2022, Helmut was CEO of
Orange Business Services (OBS), leading its global organization of 28,000
employees and supporting the digital transformation of enterprise customers
around the world. Prior to OBS, Helmut held leadership positions across Europe
at Avaya Inc., NextiraOne Germany and Alcatel Austria.
Helmut holds a Ph.D. from Vienna University for Economics and
Business (WU), and speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
Head of Cyber Security United Arab Emirates GovernmentUnited Arab Emirates Government
EVPDIFC Fintech Hive
Emarati Mental Health Specialist
DirectorSharjah Business Women Council United Arab Emirates
Mariam Bin Al Shaikh, Director
of Sharjah Business Women Council leads formulating strategic plans for SBWC,
and plays a critical role in determining new opportunities for the council and
steering the team towards achieving its mission and vision.
Al Shaikh’s talent and
application were rewarded with a membership to the Sharjah Consultative
Council in 2019. As
member of the Financial, Economic and Industrial
Affairs Committee, she is part of an elite team of professionals who advise on
policies, laws and legislation as well as services and public utilities.
Al Shaikh holds a
Bachelors’ degree in International
Studies from the American University
of Sharjah. She is also a graduate of
the Sharjah Leadership Programme and has attended several management and
leadership programmes conducted by leading international universities.
from her profession, Al Shaikh is passionate about social work,
having been a Board Member of the social organisation 1971 Team since
2014, She helps organise social charity events such as ‘Ela Jary’ and ‘Food
Drive’ and coordinates with the Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Happiness
throughout the year on initiatives to help the underprivileged.
CEOSharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Sheraa United Arab Emirates
Najla Ahmed Al-Midfa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center
(Sheraa), a government-supported entity launched in 2016, with a mandate to build the
entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sharjah, and support entrepreneurs as they build and grow
innovative startups that will contribute positively to the region’s economy.
To date, Sheraa has built a portfolio of over 122 startups, which have raised around $128m
in investment, created over 1400 jobs, and generated over $187m in cumulative revenue.
Sheraa also hosts the annual Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF), which has drawn
participation from 300 high-level speakers and over 13,000 attendees from around the
Prior to Sheraa, Najla held a senior position at Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development,
focused on SME financing, and was a consultant at McKinsey and Company’s New York
office, primarily serving clients across the financial institutions sector. Her previous
professional experience also includes roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers and Shell.
Najla is a member of the Board of Directors at United Arab Bank, Emirates Development
Bank, and Dana Gas. She was previously on the board of the Emirates Schools
Najla is Vice-Chairperson of Young Arab Leaders, and a board member of Endeavor
UAE. She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Leadership Initiative, as well as an
Eisenhower Global Fellow.
Najla holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Managing Director & Chief Executive OfficerEmirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)
Director GeneralKnowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA)
AdaptiKa & Lecturer, Stanford UniversityCEO of Tech United States of America
Managing Partner+VC Bahrain
Program and Partnerships Manager - Industry 4.0Plug and Play Tech Center United Arab Emirates
Founder & CEOSDG Global United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder , Member of the Executive BoardIslamic Coin
Senior Systems Engineer, Middle EastProofpoint
Planning & Portfolio Management DirectorMajid Al Futtaim
Heba is a certified project management specialist (PMP Certified) with 18+ years of experience leading Global, Regional and Local Technology & Digital Transformation Programs across different industries; mainly Retail, Public Sector, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas and Banking.
Currently located in the UAE, leading the Technology Project Management Office at Majid Al Futtaim as the Planning & Portfolio Management Director. Heba has worked on several projects and programs as a system analyst covering different industries in several countries. Her exposure to different cultures, technologies and businesses sparked her interest to specialize in managing technology projects and programs.
Since 2007, Heba has focused on managing technology programs and projects across different platforms [Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and Service Now] and she progressed to setting up project management offices across different organizations, whether for IT service providers, governments, pharmaceuticals and now at Majid Al Futtaim; one of the largest lifestyle conglomerates in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.
Managing DirectorEmvigo Technologies Africa & BPO
CEO & Co-FounderFACEKI
InstructorLe Wagon United Arab Emirates
Sr. Global Cybersecurity Technical Specialist,Microsoft – EMEA, UAE
Senior Director of DIEZDubai Integrated Economic Zones (DIEZ)
Hans holds a BA, MBA and is studying
for his PhD. For 10 years he’s been contributing to building the entrepreneurial
ecosystem in Dubai, creating the largest tech hub in MENA, with 1000+ start-ups
from 75 nations, attracting 1$billion+ in FDI, specialising on incubation,
acceleration, venture capital investment, corporate innovation and knowledge. Previously,
Hans founded 3 start-ups, raising $10m+ from renowned VCs, and pioneered
corporate incubation in Europe.
10 years building Dubai’s
entrepreneurial ecosystem creating the largest tech hub in MENA,1000+ start-ups,
attracting $1B+ in FDI. Specialises in incubation, acceleration, VC, corporate
innovation. Previously, founded 3 start-ups, raising $10m+ and pioneered
corporate incubation in Europe.
Hema is an engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned investor. Hema is a
founding partner at Five35 Ventures, a pan-African VC fund investing in women
in tech. She is also the co-founder & CEO of WomHub, a boutique pan-African
incubator and the first co-working space for female-founders in STEM in Africa.
WomHub is a spin-out of her global, award-winning non-profit WomEng which
provides interventions for girls and women at every stage of the engineering
skills pipeline. Over the past 15 years Hema has built the full ecosystem of
interventions supporting women in STEM from talent pipelining, venture
building, incubation, acceleration through to investment.
Hema has a diverse and unique set of skills ranging from being a trained
engineer, having practiced locally and abroad; to being a social entrepreneur,
leading and growing a global social enterprise; as well as being a certified
ontological coach and a noted international speaker and facilitator. She is an
avid gender advocate and also serves as a diversity & inclusion specialist,
providing advisory and informing policy at various levels. Hema has recently
completed her Executive MBA at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Hema is also an angel investor with Dazzle Angels, a female-focused angel fund
in South Africa.
Her passion for the work she does
has resulted in a number of accolades in recognition of her leadership. These
include being awarded the South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Engineering
title, branded as a “Change-Maker” by Oprah Magazine, named as one of the Top
200 Young South African’s by Mail & Guardian and being selected for the
Fortune Global Women’s Mentorship Exchange. She is a Vital Voices Global Leader
and a member of the African Leadership Network, a community of dynamic and
influential leaders in Africa. She has been named as a finalist for the CEO
Most Influential Woman in Africa Awards and Trust Women Hero Award. She been
named as one of South Africa’s Inspiring Fifty Women in Tech, a fellow of
prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship, and winner of the
Fortune/Goldman Sachs Global Women Leader’s Award. Hema is a scholarship holder
of the SoGal Diversity Scholarship for the VC Unlocked programme run by
Stanford and 500 Start-ups. Hema is also board member of Ping Lady and ALA
Student Enterprise Program. However, it is not these accolades that define her,
but rather the impact that she has through her work.
CTF: Engineer, entrepreneur,
investor. Oxford University Saïd Business School EMBA
graduate. Fortune/Goldman Sachs Global Women Leader’s Award, South Africa’s
Most Influential Woman in Engineering, named a “change maker” by Oprah Magazine
& part of Fortune Global Women’s Mentorship Exchange.
CEOSiemens Middle East
CEOThe Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum United Arab Emirates
Global Chief Marketing Officer OKX
CEOPioneer Investors International Oman
I am an
ENTREPRENEUR with a background of Electronics Engineering and Firmware
development and a demonstrated history of working in smart metering and IoT
industries. As a Business Development STRATEGIST, I have valuable experiences
in Water and Energy Resource Management, Health, 3D printing and ICT
industries. Finally I became a VENTURE CAPITALIST, since I was interested in
ChairmanGhaf Capital Partners
CEOBayut & Dubizzle United Arab Emirates
Chief Strategic Planning Officer,Warba Bank Kuwait
CEOSensible 4, Finland
PartnerDeloitte Digital Middle East
Vice Chairman - Al Salam Banks, Managing Director & CEODubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance - AMAN
Hussein Mohammed Al Meeza is an acclaimed award-winning banker with over 45 years of experience spanning the Islamic banking, finance and insurance sectors. A founding member of Emaar properties, Amlak Finance, Emaar Industries & Investments, Emaar Financial services, Dubai Islamic Insurance & Reinsurance Company (AMAN), Nawat, he was named Best Islamic Banking Personality in 2006. His professional career began in 1975 at the Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), where he spent over 20 years developing the bank’s services, and still serves as Executive Director.
As an emerging star of Islamic banking, he is the founder of Al Salam Banks in Sudan, Bahrain and Algeria, where he serves on various positions including Board Member, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee since 2015. He is also the Chairman of Al Salam Bank - Seychelles, Chairman of Top Enterprises L.L.C., Chairman of Lycée Francais Jean Mermoz L.L.C. Hussein Al Meeza excelled as CEO and Managing Director of Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Company (AMAN), Chairman of LMC Bahrain, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Islamic Trading company in Bahrain, Board Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee in Amlak Finance Dubai and Chairman of Emaar Financial Services Dubai, Vice Chairman of Emirates Cooperative Society Dubai. He also served as Board Member of the General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions, Chairman of the Founding Committee of Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Companies. He also held the position of Board Member of the Emirates Society for Insurance. Mr Al Meeza served as Chairman at Nawat Investments and Amity Health in Dubai, as well as Board Member of Al Salam Bank Bahrain and Chairman at Al Salam Bank Seychelles. Hussein Al Meeza is a graduate of the Beirut Arab University and holds an MBA degree from La Jolla University, USA.
Principal Engineer and Head of AnalyticsVerizon
General Manager Apollo Autonomous Driving USA
Partner, Global Smart Mobility LeaderPWC
Global Account Manager ?CoinTelegraph
Director of Business & OperationsAutoX Technologies
CEODubai Govt HR Dept
Tourism guide and Person of Determination
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