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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.
 

PREVIOUS Future Track Speakers

Sajjad
Kamal

AlemHealth

Sajjad
Kamal

AlemHealth

He is the co-founder and CTO of YC-backed AlemHealth, Ltd. Sajjad also co-founded Beneple and was the Chief Technology Officer, and is a Healthcare Transformer at StartUp Health. He is currently the CTO of Thakaa Centers, a network of tech innovation centers in Saudi.

Nabeel
Alzaka

Surface Mobility

Nabeel
Alzaka

Surface Mobility

Smart Mobility, Big Data Analytics and Disruptive Technologies as they apply to Transportation keeps Nabeel busy during the week. His hobbies include outdoor activities such as swimming, cycling and taking his boys camping. Nabeel successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity, and in his spare time, practices playing the guitar.

Vilhelm
Hedberg

ekar

Vilhelm
Hedberg

ekar

Vilhelm Hedberg is the co-founder and CEO of Ekar. Vilhelm was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Norwegian parents. After spending his adolescence in England, his family later moved to Florida in 1993 where he attended high school and later graduated with a BBA from the University of Florida.

Ali
Hashemi

GluCare.Health

Ali
Hashemi

GluCare.Health

Managing Director of Polymath Ventures, Co-Founder of GluCare.Health, Founder of Amana Healthcare (exited to Mubadala). Active investor/founder with a focus on deep tech, both in healthcare and the movement of people and things.

Daniel
Avdagic

AV Living Lab

Daniel
Avdagic

AV Living Lab

Daniel Avdagic is the CEO of AV Living Lab, Elected Member of City Council, The City of Ljubljana, and Member of the Slovenian National Digitalization Council. As the founder and CEO of AV Living Lab, Daniel Avdagic is focused on Autonomous and Electric Mobility, Artificial Inteligence, Digital Twins and Urban Air Mobility.

Tameka
Vasquez

Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet)

Tameka
Vasquez

Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet)

Tameka is a strategist, educator, and futurist, with over a decade of experience working with global technology startups and enterprises. She is currently the Head of Marketing at Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company focused on urban innovation. Tameka is also a graduate school professor and lecturer who has taught at institutions including Baruch College, St. John’s University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Tameka has spoken at conferences and events across the globe, sharing her evolving philosophies on future society and social innovation. She has been featured by Udemy for Business, IBM Think Leaders, the Content Marketing Institute, CMSWire, and the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute. Tameka was a 2020 Fortune Magazine Fellow and is an award recipient for work done exploring social impacts of artificial intelligence and other spaces of disruptive innovation. Tameka holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications from Baruch College and a M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University.

Salwa
Radwi

NuqtahNFT

Salwa
Radwi

NuqtahNFT

Art Enthusiast | Blockchain Advocate | Innovative Thinker | Community Builder Salwa is currently ceo to Nuqtah NFT, pioneering NFTs to the Saudi region to breed a new line of art investors & enabling creators towards the wildest opportunities. With a passion & vision to create a genuine community of art enthusiasts, blockchain advocates & passionate individuals, the end goal is to skyrocket the a hollistic creative economy in MENA at the pedestal it shouldn’t be at with the power of tech!

Ajith
Nayar

CamCom Technologies

Ajith
Nayar

CamCom Technologies

Ajith is CEO & Co-Founder of CamCom, an award winning AI platform for visual inspections. Previously he was Vice President-AugRay and Global Practice Head at Wipro Technologies. He led the teams that created: • The first Open Travel Alliance (OTA) standards compliant web booking engine in the world • An award winning carbon footprint monitoring solution • The first Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented reality (AR) showcase for a tourist destination in India He is a featured speaker at several conferences and has published papers in leading journals and magazines. He holds a MS degree in Information Management from the University of Delaware, USA. Ajith is a history and politics junkie with a passion for travel ‘off’ the normal road. He is a part time psephologist and still trying to figure out if ‘Java’ refers to good coffee or software.

Jihad
Sadiq

FortyGuard

Jihad
Sadiq

FortyGuard

Jihad has more than 16 years of experience as a general business director and external operations professional. Most of his career was dedicated to International Business practices while he offers skillful knowledge in business development and marketing, communication and cross-cultural management. A three times founder to Emirates Diyar, CutWallet.com and now FortyGuard. His entrepreneurial journey allowed him develop strong strategy, public relationship and sales skills. He is distant for his high-energy with young- inspirational skills and creativity, while being results-oriented and experienced in diversified sectors. He led major marketing activities to multinational clients, engaged with decision makers, and worked closely with government officials. Jihad is ranker by Entrepreneur Magazine as the Youngest Executive in the Middle East, 2015.

Hrvoje
Cindric

Buro Happold

Hrvoje
Cindric

Buro Happold

Hrvoje is an urban planner and designer, wit a passion for cities and desire to understand what forces shape the places we live, work and play in. He has worked on project across the globe, ranging from strategic plan to tactical placemaking, and leads Buro Happold’s middle east planning team. Hrvoje is a proponent of placing the human experience first when planning and designing cities, and is committed to raising awareness about and searching for a better way to business as usual practices.

Abdullah
Mutawi

Al Tamimi & Co

Abdullah
Mutawi

Al Tamimi & Co

Abdullah is a seasoned international corporate lawyer with more than 27 years experience in technology transactions ranging from early stage venture capital all the way through to exits via strategic acquisitions and IPOs. He has led technology transactions in more than 35 countries including the US, Europe, MENA, South and South East Asia. He is also a co-founder and Chairman of the region’s best-known micro-VC: Dubai Angel Investors.

Shaker
Zainal

MBRIF

Shaker
Zainal

MBRIF

Shaker Zainal is the Business Finance Director at Emirates Development Bank. He is leading plans to enhance the bank’s offering as part of EDB’s new strategy to become a key engine for growth of the UAE’s economy and the post-COVID recovery, emphasizing on  entrepreneurship and innovation, adopting advanced technologies, generating In-Country Value as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is also Head of MBRIF, on behalf of Emirates Development Bank, who have been appointed by Ministry of Finance to host and operate the fund. Mr Zainal holds an executive MBA from HULT International Business School (Boston, USA) and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the UAE University.

Haris
Aghadi

Helium Health

Haris
Aghadi

Helium Health

Haris is Head of Product for Helium Health (YC S17) – a health tech solution provider. He leads their B2C products in GCC and Africa. He was previously the Founder/CEO of Meddy (500 MENA) – the largest doctor booking platform in Qatar and UAE which was acquired by Helium Health.

Cornelius
Matthes

Dii Desert Energy

Cornelius
Matthes

Dii Desert Energy

Cornelius is a well-respected leader and investor in the renewable energy industry and built several successful clean energy businesses and start-ups within Middle East and Africa. He has extensive board level experience from 10 years in Deutsche Bank (among others, youngest board member in Deutsche Bank Italy Group) and several leading renewable energy organisations and associations via pro bono work as well as different startup companies. By building the international shareholder and partner network of Dii (Desertec Industrial Initiative), he was at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution in North Africa and the Middle East. A keen entrepreneur and investor in emerging markets with recognitions such as “Solar Pioneer 2015” for the Middle East, he is lecturing at several universities including St. Gallen and is a regular speaker at international conferences. He holds an MBA (Dipl. Kaufmann) from University of Passau, and speaks German, English, Italian, French and Russian.

Lynn
Chouman

LinkedIn

Lynn
Chouman

LinkedIn

Lynn is a business journalist and media professional. As a News Editor at LinkedIn, she works with a team of 80+ journalists around the world to give professionals the news and views they need to stay informed and to build their voices.

Ahmed
Al Naqbi

EDB

Ahmed
Al
Naqbi

EDB

Appointed in May 2021, Ahmed is set to lead and execute EDB’s strategy to transform the bank into a key enabler role to support the UAE’s economic diversification plan, industrial growth and adoption of advanced technologies. Ahmed is driving the transformation of EDB from a mortgage lender to becoming a corporate & SME development bank. He is driving the organization to focus on innovation and digitization, enhancement of products, services and capabilities along with promoting technology solutions, delivering best-in-class customer experience, and easing access to finance for individuals, small & medium enterprises and corporates in priority industry sectors. Ahmed is uniquely positioned to lead EDB due to his background. He served in multiple Managing Director roles across both retail, corporate & investment banking. He has also been a pioneer in digital innovation in banking in the UAE. Ahmed is an alumni of Harvard Business School and Virginia Tech’s school of architecture and urban studies

Ahmad
Khwile, PhD

Google MENA

Ahmad
Khwile,
PhD

Google MENA

Dr.Ahmad Khwileh is a Solutions Architect, Ads, Data science at Google MENA HQs in Dubai, UAE. Dr. Khwileh currently leads the technical efforts with a mission to transform the marketing and ads ecosystem in the MENA region using AI technologies. Dr. Khwileh has been working at Google data science teams for more than a decade. Prior to Google MENA, Dr. Khwileh worked at Search and ads engineering teams at Google developing world-largest AI solutions. Dr. Khwileh holds a PhD in Information Retrieval and Artificial Intelligence from Dublin City University in Ireland, Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science from Yarmouk University in Jordan. Dr. Khwileh is actively conducting part-time research and reviewing for many scientific journals specialized in areas including Arabic Natural language processing, Information Retrieval and Data Science. His research contributions were published in multiple top tier peer-reviewed conferences and AI Journals such as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and others.

Mohamed
Amine Belarbi

Project Cypher

Mohamed
Amine
Belarbi

Project Cypher

Mohamed is an author and technology entrepreneur in the cybersecurity space. He is the founder & CEO of Project Cypher, a cybersecurity company that works with public and private entities across the Middle East, Africa and North America in order to strengthen their resilience to cyber attacks and breaches using world class ethical hackers and advanced cybersecurity R&D. Mohamed recently launched cybersecurity platform Cypherleak which indexes the world’s largest datasets of leaked passwords and dark web data in order to notify companies whenever their corporate data is compromised, in addition to attack surface management and vulnerability scanning.

Cezanne
Maherali

Uber

Cezanne
Maherali

Uber

Cezanne Maherali is the Head of Policy for Uber for Middle East and Africa at Uber, leading the team responsible for our public policy efforts across 15 countries in the region. Cezanne joined Uber in 2016 leading policy for East Africa. Previously she worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company based out of Kenya and South Africa. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore. Cezanne is passionate about economic development and the ability of technology to deliver impact.

Karim
Khashaba

Yodawy

Karim
Khashaba

Yodawy

The #1 health and well-being app in Egypt. Shop thousands of pharmacy products, access your health insurance benefits, talk to doctors and more

Rudy
shoushany

Dxtalks

Rudy
shoushany

Dxtalks

speaker in the MENA region. He is an expert in ICT Digital Transformation, Governance, Compliance, Strategies, and CyberSecurity. He is the Founder, Host and Moderator of the DxTalks Series, Digital Transformation talk show, Rudy is Listed among the top 50 Global Thought leader & Influencer in Technology and Top 100 Leaders in Governance in the digital transformation innovations. Rudy had been lately selected to be on the Forbes Technology Council.

Hasan
AlHosani

Bayanat

Hasan
AlHosani

Bayanat

Hasan Al Hosani is a technology and business leader with over 20 years of experience. As the CEO of Bayanat, Hasan spearheads the development of the Company’s expansion into the Geospatial AI domain. Prior to joining Bayanat, Hasan was a key contributor to G42’s strategic growth, working with the merger and acquisition team. In 2016, Hasan co-founded SECUIRA, delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to both the public and the private sectors. Prior to that, Hasan was a founding member of the Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Center (ADMCC), and also served in various leadership positions with Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS/ATS). Hasan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical / Electronic Engineering, and is currently working towards his PhD.

Susheel
Sethumadhavan

Kearney

Susheel
Sethumadhavan

Kearney

Susheel is a Partner with Kearney, and leads their Advanced Analytics practice in the Middle East and Africa. With over a decade of experience in Analytics across the globe, Susheel has guided his clients through the transformational journey from BI to AI. Focusing on Build-Operate-Train-Transfer, Susheel is helping his clients in the region navigate and scale to their aggressive AI goals, while laying their strong foundations and data culture.

Victor
Dalmau

Volkswagen Middle East

Victor
Dalmau

Volkswagen Middle East

Victor was appointed Managing Director on July 2019 to lead Volkswagen’s Middle East operations from the automotive manufacturer’s regional headquarters in the UAE. He is responsible for all markets in the Gulf as well as Jordan and Lebanon. Prior to joining the Middle East, Victor led the successful re-launch of the Volkswagen brand in Latin America, reinvigorating the brand and increasing the product portfolio in the market.

Frank
Noppel

blueflite

Frank
Noppel

blueflite

Frank is the CEO of blueflite, a company solving the modern-day challenges in the logistics industry. blueflite offers a unique platform featuring aerial delivery robots which enable significantly faster deliveries at a much lower cost compared to conventional transport. The blueflite logistics solution allows for integration into an all-automatedi supply chain to for high-speed deliveries at scale. Frank is a serial entrepreneur with a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Cranfield University, and has also gained experience in the corporate world when he worked at McKinsey & Company as strategy consultant.

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Altibbi, the leading Middle East digital health provider. His domain covers Operations, Marketing, Business Development & Business Intelligence to assist the company’s growth and sustainability. Prior to his Co-Founder role at Altibbi, Ayman was a Vice President at IMENA Group, an internet investor and operator. His area of focus was corporate development, which revolved around fund raising on the investment side; strategy, business intelligence and monetization on the operations side. Ayman also founded his own telehealth company in the US in 2011. The company aimed at bridging the gap of healthcare quality between the US and the rest of the world through its global telehealth platform. Ayman holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, he speaks Arabic natively and Spanish proficiently and enjoys playing squash on a regular basis.

Frank
Noppel

blueflite

Frank
Noppel

blueflite

Frank is the CEO of blueflite, a company solving the modern-day challenges in the logistics industry. blueflite offers a unique platform featuring aerial delivery robots which enable significantly faster deliveries at a much lower cost compared to conventional transport. The blueflite logistics solution allows for integration into an all-automatedi supply chain to for high-speed deliveries at scale. Frank is a serial entrepreneur with a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Cranfield University, and has also gained experience in the corporate world when he worked at McKinsey & Company as strategy consultant.

Rachel
McArthur

Digital Ink Media

Rachel
McArthur

Digital Ink Media

Rachel McArthur is a Dubai-based journalist, editor, and MC/moderator, with 15+ years of experience in digital, print and broadcast media. She is the founder and managing editor of Digital Ink Media, a publisher that curates exclusive content – including editorial copy, photography, and video – for some of the region’s best-known media outlets and brands. Having edited/been published in titles including The Washington Post, T Emirates: The NY Times Magazine, Thomson Reuters, and Wamda, Rachel covers a variety of subjects. However, healthcare journalism is at the core of her reporting. A qualified medical journalist, Rachel has a keen interest in latest research, digital health, and healthtech. She is a member of the Medical Journalists’ Association (UK), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (USA). Rachel is fluent in English and Arabic.

Samar
Ibrahim

EY

Samar
Ibrahim

EY

Samar’s exposure encompasses both government and private sector, and has been versatile in roles, skills, sectors and regions. With experience across various aspects, from building sustainability strategies and redesigning the future of cities and government services, to developing change management approaches and public relations campaigns, she has worked across the GCC as well as in the US. She has earned her BA from the University of Michigan, and her Masters from the University of Cambridge, and has carried roles with the likes of the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, KPMG, and Saudi Aramco, amongst others.

Ziad
Traboulsi

Meta

Ziad
Traboulsi

Meta

Ziad Traboulsi leads Global Partner Engineering for Mobile & Connected Devices at Meta (formerly Facebook) where he has been employed since 2010. His teams work at the intersection of Mobile, Connectivity and Growth to deliver technology solutions that enable Meta’s partners and community to thrive across all its platforms. He is responsible for developing and implementing technical solutions to integrations with Meta’s most strategic partners, working with cutting-edge technology. The majority of Ziad and his team’s focus are now geared towards building various ecosystems for the Metaverse within the Reality Labs division of Meta.

Anne
Marie Thodsen

The Umbrella Institute

Anne
Marie
Thodsen

The Umbrella Institute

A serial entrepreneur, Anne Marie, has worked in the area of sustainability & corporate responsibility for more than a decade. She has been involved in business transformation at the operational level, as GM of a Middle Eastern construction company, owner of a clean tech storage facility in Denmark, and Managing Director of The Umbrella Institute, and Sustainability & ESG advisory in the UAE. She is passionate about empowering leaders taking innovative action in their organizational based on triple bottom line impact – And advocating the effects of the change to other business leaders. Her work is based the firm knowledge that companies who share openly and act responsibly, drives greater engagement and ultimately have a more loyal customer base and sustainable income for the long-term.

Salim
Essaid

Independent

Salim
Essaid

Independent

Salim Essaid is a Dubai-based journalist, host, and moderator who covers innovation, business, technology and global human stories from the Middle East. Over the past decade, Salim has covered breaking news and features for outlets including TIME Magazine, CNN, NHK World, Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (AP). Until the end of 2020, Salim was the lead reporter on Euronews’ weekly Inspire Middle East, and later the host of Sci-Tech. He produced more than 120 episodes exploring the latest happenings in the MENA region’s technology, business, and cultural scene. As a moderator and host he has led panel discussions about how fintech is empowering young Arabs to save and invest, cryptocurrencies’ potential to liberate migrant workers, and how to effectively report from the Middle East for a global audience.

Nour
al hassan

Tarjama

Nour
al
hassan

Tarjama

Nour, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Tarjama, a leading language service provider based in the MENA, with offices across the region. Tarjama’s embraces a socially responsible business model, training and employing the largest network of Arabic speaking female translators in the world.. Building on Tarjama’s success, and recognising the need for a more flexible model for sourcing linguistic talent, Nour launched Ureed, an online platform designed to become the region’s official editorial marketplace for linguistic and editorial services. Nour has recently completed an Executive Programme at Singularity University, focusing on innovation and technology, and holds a Bachelor degree in law from the Al-Ahlia University in Jordan. She is an Aspen Fellow, a certified life coach, and a member of the advisory board at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. She is an angel investor, mentor to start-ups and spends time coaching entrepreneurs and empowering the ecosystem in MENA. She is also involved in other start-ups in Jordan. Nour’s vision is to create sustainable businesses that have a social impact, particularly advocating women’s empowerment.

Mossab
Hussein

spiderSilk

Mossab
Hussein

spiderSilk

Mossab started exploring hacking at the age of 13. In 2009 he landed his first official white-hat hacking job with Souq (now Amazon.ae). For most of his career, he’s been building software and products by the day (namely at Careem in 2015), and hacking software in the night. He’s been Co-founder and Chief Security Officer at spiderSilk since 2019, a cybersecurity tech company headquartered in Dubai with backing from Global Ventures and STV.

Jeremy
Crane

Yellow Door Energy

Jeremy
Crane

Yellow Door Energy

Jeremy Crane has been leading the global energy transition for 20 years. He founded Yellow Door Energy in 2015 to combine his energy expertise with his passion for supporting businesses in emerging markets. He is currently helping businesses reduce energy costs, increase energy reliability, while lowering their environmental footprint. Under Jeremy’s leadership, Yellow Door Energy rapidly became the leading distributed solar developer in MEA, with over 120 megawatts of solar assets in the UAE, Jordan, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. The company’s prestigious shareholders include the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank), Mitsui, Equinor, and APICORP. Jeremy’s passion for renewable energy was fueled by his experience working on wind farms and power plants in the United States and Central America. He further honed his solar experience by starting a business that developed $40 million worth of rooftop solar projects in Canada. He also developed, financed and commissioned $250 million of utility-scale solar in Europe and Asia for a private equity company. As an industry thought leader, Jeremy regularly speaks at conferences and leading media outlets to raise the profile of the clean energy industry and share in-depth renewable energy insights. Jeremy is a mechanical engineer by training, having graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He completed his MBA from INSEAD in Paris, France.

Haider
Al-Zaabi

Mays

Haider
Al-Zaabi

Mays

Haider Al-Zaabi, Entrepreneur & Tech Enthusiast. Co-Founder of Mays, an Electric Cars Manufacturing and Design Company. Building the world’s 1st road legal superhero cars. With a disruptive vision of democratizing the car industry.

Bei
Wang

Straight Fire

Bei
Wang

Straight Fire

Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Straight Fire. After working as campaign officer at Greenpeace, Bei was Editor-in-Chief and Head of the Chinese Department at Dutch broadcaster RNW Media. She then launched the digital China department at RNW and represented the Netherlands in China during the International cultural & media exchanges. Bei co-founded with Christiaan FIVE group, is a frequent guest speaker on cultural communication and has developed the Digital China minor at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Bei is cofounder and Board Member of Pan Asian Connections (PAC), an aspiring Dutch broadcaster, is on the jury of the Mobius Advertising Awards and keynote speaker at Advertising Week Europe.

Carolina
Brandao

Buck

Carolina
Brandao

Buck

Carolina Brandão is an all-around producer that went from her home country Brazil to NY and Los Angeles before landing at BUCK in Amsterdam. From Hollywood to Fashion Week, she has previously worked on feature films, – the Tribeca award-winning Saturday Church and the yet to be released directu debut from Charlie Day’s El Tonto – cooking shows, documentaries and many fashion campaigns with stars like Gisele Bundchen and Milla Jovovich. In advertising, she produced the Google Cloud Docu Series in partnership with NASA and the first-ever fully digital VR convention, Facebook Connect, besides other major projects with clients like Google, Apple, Amazon, L’Oreal, Johnny Walker and many more.