First Time in the Region
SVP, International Secure PowerSchneider Electric Russia
Makarochkina is Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Secure Power Division at
Schneider Electric, leading more than 1000 seasoned professionals in delivering
innovative solutions to empower channel partners and support customers with
successful digital transformation projects and achieving sustainability goals.
Electric Secure Power Division provides complete physical infrastructure
solutions for data centers, distributed IT environments, and industrial
applications. As SVP, Natalya is responsible for business success within
multiple geographies - Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, South America and CIS.
is a passionate and charismatic executive with strong expertise within the IT
and Energy Management industries. Her previous leadership roles include senior
management and sales positions within major international technology companies
including HPE, Philips, Oracle, 3COM and others. She holds an Executive MBA
from the University of Antwerp, and Masters degree from the Higher School of
is a confident, credible and knowledgeable speaker, able to address a broad
range of topics from the digitalisation of sectors to emerging technologies
such as edge computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the decarbonisation of
data centers and IT services.
experience together with her time invested face-to-face with customers and
end-users in some of the fastest growing global economies, means she can speak
insightfully and at first hand to the challenges and successes of delivering world-class
digital infrastructure to meet the needs for speed, efficiency and
sustainability in the current age.
Director, Regulatory Policy Development Capital Market Authority
FounderMENA FINTECH ASSOCIATIONMENA
PartnershipsSharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Sheraa United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Head of Corporate InnovationChalhoub
Founder and CEOSpinny India
alumnus, Spinny Founder & CEO Niraj Singh is a seasoned serial
entrepreneur and investor. In 2007, Niraj established his first
venture, Locus Education – a test preparation and online education platform
start-up created to bridge the availability gap for aspiring students to gain
access to high-quality study material and training.
After successfully scaling
the business for four years, Niraj and the other co-founders began working
on their second venture, Tech Monkey – an internet-based content aggregation
and distribution company providing users curated information bytes suited to
their needs. By this time, Niraj was an active member of the sunrise start-up
ecosystem, engaged actively with many early-stage start-ups as an advisor and
Through these engagements, Niraj founded
Outbox Ventures – an early stage proprietary investment firm providing seed/idea
stage capital with a sector-agnostic outlook. During this period, he invested
in many next-generation start-ups, including Rapido, Drivezy (then JustRide),
Little Black Book, Tripoto, MyHQ and ShaadiSaga.
As an extremely
consumer-oriented personality, Niraj has always been keen on innovating businesses
as per the changing or evolving needs of consumers. Deep down, he wanted to resolve
a major trust deficit or pain point in the right way for a service that young
India badly ‘needs’. This happened to be in an industry that had always
attracted his attention after he had identified a clear mismatch in customer
expectations and the market service provided in the used-car segment.
Being an inveterate car
lover, he put his heart and soul into this opportunity. As a result, Spinny was
born to serve the need for quality preowned cars purchased via a delightful
buying experience. The absence of trust apart, Niraj noticed that a premium
experience was missing for people purchasing used cars, even though they spent a
significant amount in a transaction that remains highly emotional for them. For
most Indians, a car is one of the most aspirational purchases, second only to
buying a home. Therefore, with Spinny, Niraj is committed to reinventing the car-buying
experience with the right values, absolute rigour and, most importantly, pleasant
Executive Chairman and FounderMadfooatCom (JO)
EditorMEA Finance United Arab Emirates
CEO,IO Trust Chain
CEO/ FounderForus United Arab Emirates
Head of Business Development - MENABinance
Founder,Hungama Digital Media
Neeraj Roy is the Founder of Hungama Digital Media, India’s leading digital entertainment company. He has been at the forefront of the Internet revolution in India and has played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s digital entertainment landscape. Neeraj founded Hungama in 1999, at a time when the Internet ecosystem in India was still taking shape and has since led the organization to become one of the largest distributors and aggregators of digital entertainment content in South Asia. Since its inception, Hungama has touched over a billion lives and today, its services are available to users in more than 190 countries. Under Neeraj’s direction, Hungama has diversified its services allowing the company to interact with the consumers in more ways than one. Available on multiple platforms, its key offerings include Hungama Music – one of the most popular music streaming services in India, Hungama Play – Hungama’s video streaming service, Hungama Artist Aloud – a platform for independent artistes, Hungama Games – a publisher, distributor and marketer of mobile games, and Bollywood Hungama – the go-to destination for entertainment news. The rapid rise of the Internet ecosystem in India and the growth seen by the company under Neeraj’s leadership got several venture capital firms, domestic and international investors to invest in the company. This includes Rare Enterprises, Intel Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Xiaomi.
Neeraj also steered the organization towards original content creation. Available in both long-form and short-form, Hungama’s original content benefits from the company’s vast distribution network reaching a wide audience worldwide.
Neeraj was voted amongst the ‘Top Ten mobiThinkers’ and ‘50 Most Influential People in Mobile Entertainment’ globally. Neeraj was also awarded the Sun Microsystems – Economic Times Young Leader Award. He is an active speaker at various international forums such as Mobile World Congress, CTIA and World Handset Forum etc. and on several domestic and international committees advising on the global mobile and digital entertainment economy. In the past, he has served as the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum – Asia (MEF) and the President of International Advertising Association – India Chapter. A strong advocate of environmental issues, Neeraj actively supports foundations working to dissuade the use of plastics and building a greener Earth.
VP of Salesemt Distribution
DevOps EngineerSynapse Analytics Egypt
Executive Director and General Manager,Cybersecurity Solutions - Lenovo
Senior Principal Product Marketing ManagerRed Hat (Italy)
Co-writer of the GitOps Cookbook for O'Reilly
GMMicrosoft United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder and CEOMedtech Africa
Nelson Igbiriki is Co-Founder and CEO
of Medtech Africa, a health tech company with focus on Cardiovascular diseases.
He is a Biomedical Engineer with 8 years of Field experience in the
installation and maintenance of CT SCANS, MRI, X-rays and Linear Accelerators
for Cancer treatment in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan African Countries. Before
building Medtech Africa, he Lead the team of Radiology and Cardiology
Engineers at Stonymed, and managed over 300 Hospital projects.
He is focused on helping Clinics &
Physicians in Africa to monitor and treat heart diseased patients by using the
patient vitals (data) for early detection and to prevent any risk of heart
attack and stroke.
engineer, 8y experience in field installation & maintenance of CTs, X-Rays
and linear accelerators in Africa. Former radiology & cardiology
engineering team overseeing 300 hospital projects.
Former Senior Security Advisor to the U.K. Government, CISO MENA regionBinance
Professor at Parsons School of Design & Founder & CEOForbes Ignite United States of America
Co-Founder & CEO,Comtech Gold
Navin is an industry expert with over 20+ years of experience in financial and commodity markets, especially in the Exchange and Banking arena where he has been responsible for enhancing and implementing new processes.
He began his career with Deutsche Bank in Global Cash Operations, followed by the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE). During his stint as Director of Operations for Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), he was instrumental in operationalizing the launch of Shariah Gold Product and the implementation of DMCC Tradeflow warrants for DGCX physical Gold Deliveries. Before joining Comtech he spent 4 years as Head of Risk Management and Senior Vice President Post Trade Strategy for Dubai Financial Markets and was the key member in setting up the independent Clearing House and Depository.
Navin is now leveraging his experience at ComTech Gold as a CEO and Co-founder to bring strategic partnerships and operational efficiencies of tokenized gold. Navin has a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) degree from the CFA Institute, a Chartered Accountant degree from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and a Master's degree in Finance.
FounderTOUGHLOVE Advisors United Arab Emirates
Nigeria ExpertJICA - Japanese International Cooperation Agency Japan
Senior Consultant and Technical TrainerSpectrum Networks
Head of Global Marketing, Business Strategy, and Digital Endpoints BusinessRadisys
Executive Director - ARIE Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Chief Technology OfficerHelp AG
Technical ManagerAlpha Data
Chief Strategy OfficerAlgbra
Nizam is Chief Strategy Officer of Algbra, a values-focused, sustainable and Shariah-compliant Fintech headquartered in London and regulated in the UK. Nizam was previously the Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration at The Prince’s Trust. He is a 2019 Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University and a 2019 US State Department International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) participant.Nizam is currently Vice-Chair of the of SOAS, University of London Board of Trustees and a member of the Mayor of London’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group. He holds an MA in Public Policy from King’s College London and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list for services to social mobility and community integration.
Regional Business ManagerLenovo, UAE
Mr. Ismail joined Gulf Capital in January 2014 and focuses on all GC Technology and fintech investments. Nabil has 12+ years of experience in investment and private Equity. He sits on the board of investments in the tech & fintech space as well as a member of several audit, IPO, and operating committees. Prior to joining Gulf Capital, he was a senior manager at TECOM Investments where he was involved in real estate investments, corporate finance, building an incubation program, and divestments of real estate assets and companies. Prior to that, Nabilworked as Research analyst at the Executive Office in Dubai. He also served as a judge on several SME awards and an adviser for Emirates Foundation. Nabil is an avid golfer and had represented the UAE National team in the past. Mr. Ismail holds a Master of Science in Accounting & Finance from London School of Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College. Nabil is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Head of Project Group - New Economy and Blockchain TechnologiesMinistry of Economic Development and Technology
SVP & Executive Creative DirectorR/GA
Founding Executive, Futurist-in-Chief and Chief of Global AffairsDubai Future Foundation
Vice President and Head of Gulf Council Countries Ericsson Middle East & Africa
Senior Financial Sector Specialist,Arab Monetary Fund
Consumer Business LeaderHTC Vive (UAE)
Co-Founder, CPO, VP iMile Delivery
Founder & CEOEasyPay
CEO & Co-Founder?Crypto Camels Club?
Senior Vice President, Digital Partners and Enablers, EEMEAMastercard
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing OfficerSarwa United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder & CEOComtech Gold