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Money Forum

The future of financial services and money is being reshaped by the mass adoption of emerging technologies and increase in connectivity. The Money Forum, powered by NextMoney, will explore the trends and opportunities in financial technology, banking, and transactional businesses. It will also dive into the transformations created by artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, and the practical opportunities available for banks and financial services providers.

Smart Economy Forum

The internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain technologies are helping reshape cities and transform the relationship between governments and their citizens. The ArabNet Summit will feature a full track exploring the smart economy - applications of blockchain technology, driving progress through big data, and the evolving role of digital enterprises. It will also propose visionary outlooks for creative cities of the future.

Investment Forum

Digital Startups in the MENA region have raised more than $500M in equity investments in 2017, and the number of startups acquisitions has grown 180% YoY. The year has also witnessed increased interest from international investors and rise of regional angels. The ArabNet Digital Summit will feature dedicated discussions for investors about startup investing and venture capital as an asset class, the future of alternative funding and global technology trends. It will also delve into fund closures, governance and initiatives supporting the growth of the investment ecosystem.

Media & Adtech Forum

Data management platforms, attribution and targeting technologies have risen to the spotlight as demand for measurable outcomes increases. The ArabNet Summit will feature two full tracks covering the latest trends in digital media and advertising, including the AdTech Showcase - a convergence of new advertising and media technologies from around the world to improve the impact and efficiency of campaigns, and help publishers maximize revenues.

Real Estate Tech Forum

According to CBInsights, Property Technology (PropTech) has been on the rise since 2013, with more than $5.5B invested in startups over 4 years. Technology is entering multiple parts of the property value chain: 3D modeling for development and customization, virtual reality and immersive technology for sales, IoT for maintenance and energy efficiency, and apps for managing the relationship with tenants and developing community. More broadly, new co-working and co-living models are emerging, offering millenials a value proposition based on flexibility, shared facilities, on-demand services, and a sense of community. This forum will discuss how technology is impacting the real estate sector, helping developers facilitate their operations and keep tenants happy.

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H.H. Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman, INJAZ UAE
His Excellency Abdul Baset Al Janahi
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai SME
Aaditya Sarna
Managing Director, United World Infrastructure
Aarti Tandon
Executive Director, Smart Cities New York
Abdulla Al Wahedi
Senior Director of Emaar Facilities Management, Head at Emaar District Cooling
Aby Thomas
Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
Ahmed Soudodi
Head of Brand - Chevrolet, General Motors
Ahmet Kayhan
President & Co-Founder, REIDIN
Alex Perez-Fragero
Director of Strategic Partnerships, what3words
Ali Qudah
Digital Transformation Senior Advisor, ADXP Consultancy
Alvaro Abella
Executive Director Private Equity, Gulf Capital
Amit Patel
Partner, Owl Ventures
Aref Boualwan
Manager MIS & Business Process Re-Engineering at CCC, Executive Board Member of CCT
Arihant Jain
Business Head - Middle East and Africa, Freshworks
Bashar Kilani
Region Executive - Middle East, IBM
Bassam Rizk
Director - Measurement & Platform Solutions, OMD
Benjamin Ampen
Managing Director - MENA, Twitter
Bob Sorensen
Director - Innovation and Strategy, PwC Middle East
Boye Balogun
Managing Director, Future Tech Media
Bruno Bianchini
Head of MENA Global Partnerships - EMEA Emerging Markets, Google
Bulent Tekmen
Co-Founder , Colendi
Burt Reynolds
Business Director - Response Client, MediaCom
Christopher Kiew-Smith
Head of FinTech Strategy, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market
Crystal Worthem
Marketing Director - Middle East and Africa, Ford
Dan Maccarone
CEO, Charming Robot
Danish Farhan
Group Chief Executive Officer, Xische
Darelle Paniora
Digital Planning Director, OMD
David Parker
Executive Director of Financial Services, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Deniz Devrim Cengiz
Group Director of Digital Banking, Türk Ekonomi Bankası (Turkish Economy Bank)
Emile Cubeisy
Managing Partner, Silicon Badia
Erik Tammenurm
Co-Founder and CTO, NEXD
Eyad Latif
Senior Associate, Latham & Watkins
Fadi ElSolh
Consultant, Dubai Future Foundation
Fadi Hindi
Chief Executive Officer, Takaful Emarat
Fadi Khater
Founder and Managing Partner, Netizency
Fadi Maktabi
General Manager - MENA, Hearts & Science
Fadi Nwilati
Chief Executive Officer, Kaizen Asset Management
Fahim Al Qasimi
Partner, AQ&P
Faisal Zaidi
Head of Marketing, Cavendish Maxwell
Farshad Nowshadi
VP of eStrategy at Saman Bank, VC at Level39 FinTech-London
Gary Neal
Chief Operating Officer, Smartology
Gary West
Head of Future Mobility - Africa & Middle East, General Motors
Ger Baron
Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam
Ghela Boskovich
Head of Fintech & Regtech Partnerships, Rainmkaing Innovations - home of Startupbootcamp, Founder of FemTechGlobal
Gonçalo Salvador Fernandes
Vice president IOT M2M, du
Guido Ghedin
Chief Marketing Officer - Global , Cifnews 雨果网
Gustavo Montero
Chairman of Agar Development, Former CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Switzerland
Heba Sayed
Marketing Manager, Watson Customer Engagement - Middle East & Africa, IBM
Herbert Fuchs
Chief Information Office, ASGC
Hubertus Thonhauser
Founding Partner, Enabling Future
Hussam El Hage
Digital Marketing Manager, AW Rostamani
Hussein M. Dajani
GM - Digital and Customer Experience, Nissan Motor Co.
Imad Sarrouf
Commercial & Technology Director, DMS
Jan Gloncak
Managing Director - Consulting Services, Teambase
Jayash Patel
Head of Liv, Emirates NBD
Jesse Middleton
General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Jihad Tayara
Vice President - Business Development and Partnerships, du
John Hensel
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Securrency
Jonathan Nelson
Managing Director of Hack Fund, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders
Jonathan Schmitt
Chief Mobility Strategist - Middle East and Africa, Ford
Julien Cavailles
Regional Business Director, Buzzeff Middle East
Justin Hadgkiss
Chief Risk Officer, Securrency
Kais Al Essa
Founding Partner & CEO, Vision Ventures
Karim Hodeib
Principal Solution Architect, GE Digital
Kaushik Sanyal
Analytics Lead, Accenture
Kavita Gupta
Founding Managing Partner, ConsenSys Capital
Labib Matta
Chief Business Officer, NXN (Formerly neXgen)
Lina Hediah
Executive Director - MENA, ConsenSys
Linda Gibbs
Principal at Bloomberg Associates, New York City Ex-Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services
Lisa Nestor
Director of Partnerships, Stellar.org
Lynnette Abad
Director - Research & Data, PropertyFinder
Mansour Salemeh
Head of Omni-channel Retail, MENA, Facebook
Martin Sabbagh
CEO - Middle East, JC Decaux
Matthew Gardiner
Founder, Catch London
Matthew Robarts
Head of MENA, Narratiive
Maud Mouawad
Managing Director, Maddict
Maya Hojeij
Event Moderator,
Melissa Moubarak
Strategy and Data Director - MENA, UM
Mo Mirza
CEO of Cranium Creations, Managing Director at Snagreport
Mohamad Itani
Managing Director, Platform5 - An MCN Company
Mohamed El Deeb
Senior Director - Integrated Facilities and Communities Management, IMKAN Properties
Mohammad Abdulla Al Awadi
Director Business Development - Smart City, du
Mohammad AlSaraira
Business Development Director - New Business & Innovation, du
Mohammed Shael AlSaadi
CEO - Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, Department of Economic Development - Government of Dubai
Navin Gupta
Managing Director, South Asia & MENA, Ripple
Nicolai Strøm-Olsen
Author and Founder, Startup Migrants and Kunstforum
Omar Al-Madhi
Senior Managing Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Investments
Omar Christidis
Founder and CEO, ArabNet
Patrick Vosgimorukian
Managing Partner, Digital Spring Ventures
Peter Fancy
Senior BID Manager, Multiplex Middle East
Peter Smith
Managing Director, Head of Policy and Strategy, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Racha Ghamlouch
Senior Program Manager, ArabNet
Rachid Abu-Hassan
Director of Design, WeLive - Wework
Raja Al Mazrouei
Executive Vice President- FinTech Hive, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC)
Richard FitzGerald
Founder and Managing Director, Augustus - Publishers of Lovin Dubai & Lovin Saudi
Rick Cordeiro
Senior Account Director - EMEA, Brightcove
Rita Makhoul
Editorial Publisher, ArabNet
Rizk El Haddad
General Manager, ATL Media - Zee Entertainment
Ronit Ghose
Managing Director - Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research
Roy Armale
Chief Experience Officer - EMEA, Geometry, and Founder of Solouq
Ryan Fix
Founder, Pure House
Samer Zabian
Director - Residential & Commercial Property, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate
Samvit Kanoria
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Shankar Narayanan
Co-founder and COO, active.ai
Sharifa Albarami
Managing Director, Oman Technology Fund
Shyam Sunder
Sr.Head of Marketing & Ecommerce - Centrepoint, Landmark Group
Sofiane Haddadi
Head of Media - Middle East, L'Oreal
Sridhar Iyer
Head of Mashreq NEO (Digital Bank) and Marketing, Mashreq bank
Stefan Kimmel
Executive Partner Financial Services, IBM
Stephan Degenhart
Managing Director - Middle East, Drees & Sommer
Stonly Baptiste
Co-Founder and Partner, Urban Us
Tammer Qaddumi
Partner, VentureSouq
Tanaz Dizadji
Founder and CEO, BrandRipplr
Tarek Nasr
Todd OBrien
Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Dubai
Tom MacDonald
Managing Consultant and Financial Services Practice Lead, Global Growth Markets
Tony Graham
Director, Financial Services Retail Banking Advisory MENA Leader, EY
Walid Mansour
Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
Waseem Afzal
General Manager - Transact, OMD
Youmna Borghol
Head of Data, Choueiri Group
Zachary Finkelsein
‎VP of Corporate Development, Careem
Zubair Ahmed
Chief Information Officer, Emirates Islamic bank
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