EmTech MENA 2019 Announces Speakers List

ArabNet Team
Oct 22 2019
EmTech MENA 2019 Announces Speakers List
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For the second year running, leading local and international technology experts will gather for EmTech MENA on the 4th and 5th of November in Dubai to discuss the latest developments in the emerging technologies sector that will create a categorical change in the future of the global economy, regionally and worldwide.

Short for ‘Emerging Technologies’ MENA, the event recently announced its list of 31 high profile international speakers, comprising experts from a diverse range of sectors and disciplines - including government officials, researchers, academicians, entrepreneurs, and futurists. Those include:


  • Solomon Assefa, Vice President, IBM Research - Africa & Emerging Market Solutions
  • Vishal Chatrath CEO & Co-Founder, Prowler.io
  • Emmanuel Fombu, Director, Digital Medicine & Innovation, Johnson & Johnson
  • Kevin Hu, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantifai
  • Ramzi Jaber, Partner, eConstruct

Additionally, a number of academicians from MIT will be present at the conference, including Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, MIT Energy Initiative; Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab; David Rose, Spatial Computing Expert, MIT School of Architecture; and Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT.

Participants will discuss a variety of topics, including AI and the future of work, the future of digital health, future cities; computer created reality, and the future of energy and sustainability.

The conference will also feature talks by:


  • H.E. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
  • H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment
  • H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq, Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet
  • Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Founder and CEO of “Alliances for Global Sustainability”

To view the full list of the speakers, visit EmTech MENA.

Furthermore, the event will include the “Innovators Under 35” awards, which will highlight achievements by Arab youths in the MENA region and recognize their contributions to finding new solutions in different areas such as artificial intelligence, medical technology, computing, entrepreneurship, energy, the Internet and other vital fields.

“EmTech MENA represents a global platform that allows innovative Arab youths to be active agents of change and participate in designing future solutions to the variables of the rapidly changing age,” explained Abdulaziz Al Jaziri, Deputy CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation.

The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation in cooperation with MIT Technology Review.