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  • Meet the Initiators of Change | 70 Regional & International Speakers
  • Stand Taller at the Digital Showcase | The Digital Summit's Startup zone
  • Mingle and Connect | 1000+ Exclusive Attendees & 70 Exhibitors
  • Meet the Leaders at the MatchUp | 1-on-1 Exclusive Meetings

The Smart Economy Track by Smart Dubai Office

Enterprises and governments are investing heavily in digital and mobile integration to improve efficiency and deliver higher quality service. And for good reason: according to a study by McKinsey, corporates that turn their digital strategy into a competitive advantage enjoy 20% increased valuation over those who lag behind. ArabNet introduces the Smart Economy Track, in partnership with Smart Dubai, which explores how the public and private sectors are utilizing technology to transform how they work and engage with customers and citizens. The track will tackle Machine Learning; Internet of Things; Smart Cities; Open Data.

The Next Track by Starcom

Brands and agencies are striving to adapt to the needs and interests of customers in the digital age. As touch points between businesses and their customers are multiplying, agencies are working hand-in-hand with brands to help reshape the consumer experience – from product creation to customer service. The Next Track will explore how are banks, retailers, FMCGs and agencies are adapting, and the technologies they are leveraging to engage a more connected consumer. The Next Track features leading brands in discussions on Personalized Marketing, Business Transformation across sectors, and Investing in Media Technology.

Media and Marketing Innovation

As technology has become an integral part of everyday life, the role of the agency has expanded beyond marketing. The ArabNet Summit will feature international media and agency leaders from The New York Times, MEC, Ipsos, R/GA, and GoDaddy sharing their insights on helping clients innovate and reaching next gen consumers. It will delve into how agencies are changing internally to better serve the needs of the brands they work with. The Summit will also explore the latest trends in media – from native advertising to video content and distribution.

One Day Accelerator by 500Startups

For the second year in a row, ArabNet is collaborating with 500 Startups to bring Silicon Valley expertise to MENA entrepreneurs. The One Day Accelerator will host world-class investors and entrepreneurs in a full track dedicated to helping startups grow their businesses through workshops on negotiating legal terms, improving their PR reach, honing their pitch and raising funds. ArabNet will also host global VCs and regional corporate investors on the main stage to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in this space.

Meet the Digital Showcase

Tech entrepreneurship is booming in MENA, with more than $750M invested between 2013-2015. The Digital Showcase at the ArabNet Summit will bring together 35 of MENA most promising startups, who have strong products and traction and are looking to build client relationships and grow into new markets. This is a unique opportunity to connect with innovators, meet up-and-coming startups, and stay ahead of industry trends. The startups will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses on stage, and exhibit at the event. They will also participate in The MatchUp, a unique initiative that allows startups to book 1-on-1 meetings with potential investors and clients, with more than 250 meetings expected to take place this year.

Smartpreneur by Dubai Chamber

This year the ArabNet Summit will host the first edition of Smartpreneur, a competition organized by the Dubai Chamber in collaboration with Smart Dubai that will highlight technology startups supporting Dubai’s vision to become the smartest and happiest city in the world. Entrepreneurs with businesses focused on smart economy, living, mobility, governance, environment and people have been shortlisted, and finalists will pitch to a high-profile panel of private and public sector judges at the Summit.

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Aaron Fu
Managing Partner (Africa), Nest
Abdulla Ali Al Madani
Roads & Transport Authority - Government of Dubai, Roads & Transport Authority - Dubai Government
Adel Baraja
Director - Marketing & Public Relations, Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia
Alessandro Piol
Co-founder & Partner, Alpha Prime Ventures
Alex Saber
Chairman, Middle East and North Africa, Publicis Media
Alexander "Sasha" Galitsky
Managing Partner, Almaz Capital
Ali Nehme
Managing Director, Digital, Starcom
Alia Badreldin
IBM Cloud Ecosystem & Partnership Innovation Lead, Middle East & Africa, IBM
Andrea Barrica
Co-founder @inDinero & Venture Partner, 500Startups
Andrew Bradford
Chief Digital Officer, Ipsos Connect, Ipsos
Assem Hijazi
VP ICT & Smart City Division, Al Ahli Holding Group
Charbel Aoun
Chief of Sales & Strategy Officer, Enevo Inc.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi
General Director of Smart Services Department, Dubai Police General Head Quarters
Cristina Charles
Business Development Director, MENA, VivaKi, Starcom
Dani Afiouni
Head of Consumer Engagement & Media - MENA, PepsiCo
Danish Farhan
Founder, CEO, Xische & Co
Ed Spiegel
Entrepreneur in Residence / Mentor, 500Startups
Eng. Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri
Executive Vice President - Engineering and Smart City, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA)
Eyad Zarea
META Media Director, Mars
Fahad Al Shatti
Vice President Strategic Projects, Agility
Farshad Dabeshkhoy
Head of Business Development MEA, Criteo
Frédéric Bellier
Managing Director FR & SE-MENA, Radium one
Frédéric Oru
International Director, NUMA
Gary Stewart
Director - UK, Wayra UK
H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
Director General, Smart Dubai Office
Hanan Huwair
Executive Director - Smart Cities Program Management, Dubai Design District
Hussein M. Dajani
Chief Operating Officer, Hug Digital
Ian Manning
Regional Head of Agencies, MENAP, Facebook
Igor Ovcharenko
Regional Manager for CEE & MENA, Seedstars
James Temple
SVP - Executive Creative Director, MD, EMEA, R/GA
Jane Zavalishina
CEO, Yandex Data Factory
John Ekambi
Associate Digital Director Middle East & North Africa, MEC
Jonathan Bury
Head of Business Development | International, AOL
Kareem Abdel Aziz
Head Telecom, Media and Technology Investments, MENA, IFC - International Finance Corporation
Kelsey Cullen
Director of PR, 500Startups
Khalil Jessa
Founder & CEO, Salaam Swipe
Lana Y. Ghanem
Managing Director, Hikma Ventures
Marco Christiaan Janssen
Director - Smart Grid PMO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Mark Pilkington
Chief Executive Officer, Kamal Osman Jamjoom
Mohammed Shael Al Saadi
Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai, Department of Economic Development - Dubai Government
Nader Kobeissi
Managing Director, MENA, OnDeviceResearch
Neil Dugal
Corporate Legal Counsel, 500Startups
Nick Rockwell
Chief Technology Officer, The New York Times
Omar Christidis
Founder, CEO, ArabNet
Paul Morris
Director, Corporate Venture Capital, UKTI
Paul Papadimitriou
Innovation Scout and Founder, Intelligencr
Paul Thomalla
SVP Global Corporate Relations and Development, ACI Worldwide (PAY.ON)
Pedro Periera
Digital Innovation and Smart Cities Lead, SAP EMEA South – DGTAL Team, SAP
Philip Macartney
VP head EMEA, Affinio
Ramanathan Hariharan
CEO - MAX & Group Director & Board Member, Landmark Group
Rami Saad
Deputy COO, DMS
Raph Crouan
Managing Director & Founder, Startupbootcamp (IoT London)
Richard FitzGerald
Founder & Managing Director, Lovin Dubai
Rob Derderian
Director of Sales for the Video vertical, DMS
Rogier Croes
Chief Digital Officer, MEC Global
Samer Choucair
Vice President, Crescent Enterprises Ventures
Scott Amyx
CEO, Amyx+
Stefano Maruzzi
Vice President EMEA, GoDaddy
Steve Parker
CEO, Middle East, Publicis Media
Tarek Daouk
Regional Managing Director MediaVest MENA, Starcom
Thomas Cilius
CEO & Co-founder, Snaplytics
Tugce Ergul
CEO, Angel Labs
Victor Kim Heng Ho
Global Trade Marketing Manager, Dailymotion
Vikram Krishna
Head of Group Marketing & Customer Experience, Emirates NBD
Walid Hanna
Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Waseem Afzal
Executive Director, Integrated Solutions, OMD
Younus Al Nasser
CEO, Dubai Data Establishment
Zafer Younis
Partner, 500Startups
Ziad Matar
Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
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