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THE LEADING TECH FESTIVAL FOR EMERGING MARKETS

Future Track

The Future Track features the latest in future of transport and autonomous tech, smart cities, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Telcos, city planners, automotive companies, and startups gather to discuss what life will look like by 2050.

What We Cover

Artificial Intelligence
Boosting efficiency, data use, and decision making.
Sustainability
Carbon emission, climate change, regulations and government policies.
Electric Vehicles
Electric grids, charging stations, mechanics, and talent.
Cloud
Security, and infrastructure.
 

2023 Future Track Speakers

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Laila Bin Hareb ALmheiri

Alive Holistic

Laila Bin Hareb ALmheiri

Alive Holistic

Laila Bin Hareb Almheiri is an Emirati serial entrepreneur, the founder & CEO of Alive Group, a keynote speaker, and an expert on multiple disciplines with more than three decades of experience in transforming the aviation, cybersecurity, public transportation, and holistic healthcare sectors. She used her knowledge of organic leadership, organizational transformation, and digital innovation to contribute immensely to the development of the UAE.

Jimi Ibrahim

OasisX

Jimi Ibrahim

OasisX

Web3 builder with a background in entrepreneurship and real estate development. A strong advocate of decentralization and empowerment of talented individuals paving the path to the future through emerging technologies.

Shameer Thaha

Accubits Technologies

Shameer Thaha

Accubits Technologies

Shameer Thaha is a serial tech entrepreneur, angel investor and strategist, bringing a wealth of experience mentoring over 80 startups and building multiple ventures. He is the Chief Strategy Officer at Accubits Technologies, a multiple award-winning global leader in Digital Transformation focused on deep technologies with over 8 offices globally. He holds an MBA and a bachelors in Computer Engineering. Shameer was instrumental in leading key transformation projects with Dubai government and launching a pandemic management platform during the covid outbreak. He is also a published author, a speaker at global conferences and an advisor to the Global Skill Development Council. His areas of interest include Web 3, Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability and Climate Fintech. He is also an investment committee member at Helion Ventures.

Sharad Agarwal

Cyber Gear

Sharad Agarwal

Cyber Gear

Sharad is the Chief Metaverse Officer of Cyber Gear. He started the first digital agency in the Middle East, Cyber Gear at cyber-gear.com in 1996. In 2010, Cyber Gear started offering AI, Big data and other Fourth Industrial revolution technologies at cyber-gear.ai In 2019, Sharad launched ONLYwebinars.com, which hosts corporate and community webinars and podcasts (ONLYpodcasts.io) for a global audience. Cyber Gear entered the metaverse space in 2021 and is offering solutions in the areas of Web3 and NFTs at cyber-gear.io Sharad’s latest ventures are Meta Shapers community at meta-shapers.com, Meet the Metapreneur at meetthemetapreneur.com and Impact Leaders at impactleaders.io Sharad is also a Speaker at many international conferences on topics related to Metaverse and Web3.

Mounir Kabbara

PwC

Mounir Kabbara

PwC

Senior Manager at PwC’s Cities and Local Government Sector advisory practice. Formerly, Senior Sustainability Engineer for SEE Nexus, consultants for The Sustainable City, Dubai responsible for Water, Waste, Mobility. Previously, Assistant Manager, City Development & Operations at Emaar Economic City, master developers of King Abdullah Economic City responsible for strategic Water, Power, Transportation, Sustainability & Innovation projects and initiatives. Member of the ESG Foundation. Former Senior Advisor for Local Pathways Fellowship initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering and Master’s of Engineering Design in Sustainable Infrastructure.

Avinash Sharma

ElectricPe

Avinash Sharma

ElectricPe

Recognized as a FICCI Young Leader in 2019, Avinash is a curious entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and electric mobility. With an MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, Avinash dived deep into the world of cleantech, and played a pivotal role in building the EV and Mobility ecosystem in India. He worked to build an ecosystem ensuring that commutes and deliveries were cost-efficient, sustainable, and connected. In May 2021, Avinash co-founded ElectricPe along with Raghav Rohila, with an aim to build India’s most trusted EV charging platform. Together, the duo have been working to make the adoption of electric mobility more efficient by enabling easy access to charging across India. Avinash has a rich experience of over 11 years in tech-based startups, shared mobility, and EVs. He was the country head of multiple mobility businesses at OLA and previously worked with brands like HT Media, Asian Paints, and Godrej.

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani

Silkhaus

Aahan Bhojani is the CEO and Founder of Silkhaus, a proptech startup on a mission to power short-term rentals across Asia. He leads Silkhaus’ diverse team of technologists, operators, and business builders, and has raised seed funding / one of the MENA’s largest seed rounds from leading global venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Prior to Silkhaus, Aahan led Product at Lola.com, an enterprise SaaS travel technology startup based in Boston. His earlier career experiences span management consulting with Bain & Company (Dubai), technology investment banking (M&A) with Barclays (New York), and an advisorship with the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. Aahan is also deeply passionate about education, and has previously founded an international school based in Dubai. Aahan is an Indian citizen, born and raised in the UAE. He is passionate about the intersection of travel, real estate, and technology, and is excited to leverage his experiences to build a company that disrupts one of the world’s largest asset classes in the emerging markets. Aahan holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science (Honors) from Yale University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was born and raised in Dubai.

Aneesh Mitra

SMSRC

Aneesh Mitra

SMSRC

Aneesh serves as the Vice President of Strategy at SMSRC, Chief Strategy Officer and Director at Synaegis Healthtech, and Non – Executive Director at Medclin. He is a second generation professional from the family that created and developed the pioneering market and legacy of Rx data-based market research for the pharma sector in the world. Since joining SMSRC in 2019, Aneesh has spearheaded several strategic and intrapreneurship initiatives in SMSRC. Aneesh has worked on several data based live strategic consulting projects related to Go to Market strategies and M&A in the Indian Pharma Industry. He has used his skills as a data visualization expert to transform the output of SMSRC data analytics-based consulting presentations. Currently, along with his tech team, Aneesh is driving development of a first of its kind data big data engine and analytics tool for the Pharma Industry.

Joseph Wehbe

DAIMLAS

Joseph Wehbe

DAIMLAS

Joseph Wehbe is an expert in artificial intelligence ecosystem building. He Led the #1 winning team of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Challenge (knowledge-economy) in 2020. Joseph is a World Economic Forum AI and entrepreneurship expert. He’s also an RFI contributor to the White House Office of Science and Technology National AI Research Resource. On the entrepreneurial side, Joseph is the VP Community for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels (Globally). An ambassador for Stanford Women in Data Science in Canada. He earned an artificial intelligence master’s degree, and AI training under a Canadian National AI strategy Government program where the AI research center of excellence that recognized his degree has Prof. Geoffrey Hinton (the Godfather of AI) as the Chief Scientific Advisor.

Ayman Alashkar

overwrite.ai

Ayman Alashkar

overwrite.ai

Ayman Alashkar is a real estate economist and AI strategist, with +20years’ experience as a real estate asset manager, investor, developer and banker. Ayman began his career in London before moving to Dubai in 2003 where he played a role in the city’s growth from an ambitious regional hub to a global economic powerhouse. He is the Founder and CEO of overwrite, the best-in-class Generative AI real estate content creation app.

Lorenzo Rosettani

HCOMM and Art In Space

Lorenzo Rosettani

HCOMM and Art In Space

Lorenzo Rosettani is an Italian visionary entrepreneur, CEO of HCOMM and ART IN SPACE, and a spin-off of HSIGN, an Italian interior design and architecture company for 40 years. HCOMM has patented WORLD OF SENSATIONS, an immersive multisensory technology resulting from 12 years of research and development on the interaction of people and their living spaces. ART IN SPACE is the world’s first five senses immersive gallery open in downtown Dubai, an immersive digital art revolution.

Asmaa Naga

STUCK

Asmaa Naga

STUCK

Asmaa Naga is a language expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. She was the British Council Academic Manager and has recently transferred her expertise from the corporate world into building a startup that aims to support businesses with all their language needs. She was a keynote and plenary speaker at several international conferences and aims to add value in the world of education and communication in its most advanced form.

Munish Mehta

Stornest

Munish Mehta

Stornest

I have over 15 yrs of Global Risk Management experience and I am a 2nd time founder. Originally from Silicon Valley but have worked in different parts of the world. My career has been mostly around managing risk but for the past 2 years I have had the opportunity to build new products, find market fit and protect the future for individuals. Currently at Stornest I lead the startup with a fun team and look at securing people’s legacy via the blockchain.

Ahmad Mushtaq

Sohoby

Ahmad Mushtaq

Sohoby

Ahmad is the founder of Sohoby, IT Consultant & Trainer for Web, Mobile, Al & Blockchain technologies. He founded his company 2 years ago and is successfully servicing Saudi businesses with his agency’s innovative IT capabilities.

Srijith Nair

Careem

Srijith Nair

Careem

Dr. Srijith Nair is a consummate cyber and information security leader with expertise across multiple domains. His career has spanned industry verticals (tech, telecom, security), geographies (Middle East, Europe, USA), and sizes (hyper-scale, startups, MNCs). He is the holder of several patents, a contributor to industry standards, a distinguished speaker at conferences, symposiums and roundtables, and the author of several journal articles and conference papers. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Security in the area of Computer Security.

Baha Hamadi

Keel Comms

Baha Hamadi

Keel Comms

Baha Hamadi is Founder & Managing Director of Keel Comms, VP Communications of Deep Knowledge Group, Board Member of the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA MENA) and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Community of ESG Practitioners. He also serves as a mentor for Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business.

Amir Soleymani

NFT Art Gallery Co. L.L.C.

Amir Soleymani

NFT Art Gallery Co. L.L.C.

Amir ‘Mondoir’ Soleymani is a forerunner in the global NFT and digital art space, and is well-renowned and respected as a collector, gallerist, and art advocate who has nurtured and raised the NFT space right from its infancy. He is also an activist and a philanthropist who has organised and hosted notable charity events. He is also an Advisory Board Member on the 2117 project, which is an immersive metaverse experience that focuses on the UAE’s vision to establish a colony on Mars by the year 2117. He owns two NFT art galleries, one in the UK and one in the UAE; and his private collection consists of several notable NFT art pieces, as well as widely known NFT collectibles. He hosted one of the most unique NFT exhibitions ever in his gallery in Liverpool.

MELDA AKIN

D14.AI

MELDA AKIN

D14.AI

Melda Akin is the CEO and the founder of D14.AI, an award-winning bootstrapped AI company born in MENA focused on using AI in scheduling software applications. She was selected as ‘New Entrepreneur of the year 2020’ by Gulf Capital. Selected to Top 10 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2021 list by Forbes Middle East. Melda Akin is a mentor in United Nations & Nama Women Empowerment organization. Recently selected to Top 20 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2022 list by Forbes Middle East. And won the ‘Women Entrepreneur of the year award, 2022’ in November.

Anna Tutova

Coinstelegram

Anna Tutova

Coinstelegram

Anna Tutova is a public speaker, Fortune.com journalist and expert in public relations and business development, featured on CNBC Arabia TV, Forbes Middle East, Nasdaq, Finance Yahoo, Gulf News, Cointelegraph. Anna is CEO of Coinstelegram, crypto-media group and PR-consulting agency. Furthermore Anna is a Partner at Fintech company https://kyc-pay.com/ , marketplace for direct matching business with financial and legal providers. Furthermore, Anna is a co-producer of a documentary film “Encrypted” on the new era of digital economy, featuring El Salvador’s Vice President and government officials, UAE government officials, CZ, Founder Binance, the biggest crypto currency exchange in the world(Binance took 200M$ stake in Forbes), Sandeep Nailwal, Polygon Founder, Charles Hoskinson, Founder Cardano, Justin Sun, Founder Tron, Sebastien Borget, co-Founder Sandbox, Chairman DMCC, Head of Dubai blockchain center etc.). and other key industry leaders.

Paul Dawalibi

Holodeck Ventures

Paul Dawalibi

Holodeck Ventures

Paul Dawalibi is a technology entrepreneur, investor, futurist and gamer, with over 20 years of venture capital and startup experience. He is currently the CEO of Holodeck Media – the leading global media company focused exclusively on metaverse, gaming and crypto. This combination of skills and experience allow him to understand and communicate the business opportunity around gaming and metaverse in a unique way. As “The Profit””, Paul hosts the largest gaming industry show in the world – the Business of Esports, as well as Game Changers – a groundbreaking new gaming and metaverse business show on CNBC Arabia reaching 50M homes in the Middle East. “”The Profit”” is a frequently requested speaker at metaverse and gaming conferences all around the world. He also consults family offices, governments, venture funds, and global companies on the gaming and metaverse opportunity. Paul is also the creator of the world’s 1st esports NFT and founder of the 2020 fastest growing company in Canada. His core belief is that gaming is the future of fun™.

Miro Fok

Vita Virtues

Miro Fok

Vita Virtues

Born and raised in California, Miro moved abroad 14 years ago to pursue a career in insurance. After years of insurance and technology consulting Miro decided to make a change to develop technology solutions to revolutionize the individual medical insurance industry.

Jeremiah Owyang

RLY Network

Jeremiah Owyang

RLY Network

Jeremiah is the Chief Marketing Officer of RLY Network

Imad Hammad

CarSwitch

Imad Hammad

CarSwitch

Imad Hammad founded CarSwitch.com in early 2016. A seasoned executive with over 10 years of management consulting and line role experience across +10 developed and emerging markets. Imad currently oversees operations, business development, and overall execution of CarSwitch.com strategic agenda. Imad also held a line role as the Regional Director of Sales & Pricing at OSN where he led product and promotion decisions across 8+ markets and sales operations from footprint optimization to target setting and incentive design. A pragmatic leader with a collaborative approach to problem solving and rigorous analytics, Imad has worked with host of senior leaders and lead diverse teams across 3 continents to deliver tangible results.

Andrea Giannini

Exovolar

Andrea Giannini

Exovolar

Andrea Giannini was born in Bari, Italy, the 25th of April 1994. He received the Bachelor degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering in August 2015 from Politecnico di Bari after working at CERN for the TOTEM experiment. He then received the Master degree in Electronic Engineering in December 2017 from Politecnico di Torino. He was a PhD candidate at ETH Zurich, working on ultra-low power architectures for deep learning on chip solutions up to August 2018. After that he worked as lead digital hardware design engineer in Fathom Computing, a startup located in Palo Alto, California, developing Domain Specific Architectures for machine learning applications, integrating optics with digital designs. Since August 2020 he works as Chief Technology Officer of Exovolar Industries Corp., driving the decisions of the next generation of air mobility systems.

Hind Sergieh

ARKUB INTERACTIVE

Hind Sergieh

ARKUB INTERACTIVE

Founded in 2013, ARkub is one of the first companies specializing in augmented and virtual reality – conceptualization and development – in the UAE. ARkub has integrated these technologies into multiple companies strategies schemes and facilitated the clients transition into the virtual worlds. Hind is also behind VR Sports — the first all-sports virtual reality arcade in the region —  launched in 2018 in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council and EMAAR Entertainment. As a natural progression from VR, Hind’s expertise expands to Metaverse and NFTs content creation and development, as well as educational. Hind has served Canadian Government Corporations as a Board Member, such as Via Rail Canada and Quebec Consumers Protection Office, and actively supports youth development programs in the UAE as a speaker and a mentor.

Karthee Madasamy

MFV Partners

Karthee Madasamy

MFV Partners

Karthee is a Founder and Managing Partner at MFV Partners, an US-based, early-stage deep-tech venture fund targeting technology startups that are disrupting traditional industries like Automotive, Manufacturing and others. Karthee invests in frontier-tech startups in robotics, 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Alternative Energy, Climate Tech, Quantum Computing, Autonomous Platforms, and Internet of Things. He represents MFV Partners’ investments in PsiQuantum (Quantum Computing Hardware), Agility Robotics (Humanoid Robotics for Manufacturing), Sun Mobility (EV Tech platform), Rescale (High Performance Computing) among others. Before MFV, Karthee spent 11 years as a Corporate Vice President and Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures where he invested across the US, Israel, and India. He started Qualcomm Ventures’ investment activities in both Israel and India. Some of his notable investments include Waze (acquired by Google), MapMyIndia (NSE: MAPMYINDIA) and Validity Sensors (acquired by Synaptics) among others. He continues as an independent director at MapMyIndia. Karthee has a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Karthee holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Karthee is also a Kauffman Fellow.

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