7 - 8 May 2018 |
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Conference Day One: Monday, 7 May 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, coffee and networking

9:00 am - 9:05 am Opening remarks from the Chairman

OVERVIEW OF REGIONAL AND GLOBAL TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES IN NETWORK VIRTUALISATION

9:05 am - 9:20 am Opening keynotes and awards ceremony

  • Gain insight into the strategic plans for the top telecommunication operators and large enterprises in the region
  • Learn what they are doing to keep up with the latest regional regulations and global standards
  • Understand their preparations for the newest advances in technology such as 5G, IoT/IoE, augmented and virtual reality, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence
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Hamed Al Mukhaini

Enterprise & Infrastructure Support Team Leader
Oman Telecommunication Company

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Jasim Al Awadi

Vice President - Network Infrastructure & Services
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Ron Parker

VP of Technology/Chief Architect
Affirmed Networks

10:00 am - 10:30 am Regional leading practice: Etisalat’s Cloudification Journey

Ali Al Kaff - Senior Director - Emerging Technologies & Innovation Etisalat, UAE
  • Gain insight into how telecommunication providers can embark on the cloudification journey and implement virtualisation technologies such as cloud, NFV and SDN
  • Understand how these can be used to progress from the current market state towards the ideal scenario
  • Hear the challenges to be addressed throughout the journey
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Ali Al Kaff

Senior Director - Emerging Technologies & Innovation
Etisalat, UAE

10:30 am - 11:30 am Networking coffee break

GLOBAL BENCHMARK: THE KEY ROLE OF NFV AND SDN IN SMART DUBAI 2021

 
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Ron Parker

VP of Technology/Chief Architect
Affirmed Networks

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Ahmed Ibrahim

Technical Sales Manager Cloud & Communication Service Providers
Intel

  • Understand the role smart cities play on citizen happiness and future accelerations
  • Gain insight into the as networking architecture required for the successful implementation of such cities
  • Learn the step forward for networking life cycle implementations of artificial intelligence for smart, safe cities
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Dr. Major Hamad Al Nuaimi

Head of Networking and Telecommunications
Abu Dhabi Police

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Dr. Mohammad Khaled

IT Compliance & Digital Transformation Specialist
Regulation and Supervision Bureau, UAE

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm SD-WAN – The future of wide area networks

Khaled Al Samahi - Director - IP Network Infrastructure Planning Etisalat, UAE
  • Learn what SDN means for wide area networks
  • Understand how SD-WAN can be used to better connect enterprise networks over large geographical distances and maximise data flow efficiency to increase access speed to critical applications and information
  • Gain insight into the biggest challenge of implementing SD-WAN interoperability
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Khaled Al Samahi

Director - IP Network Infrastructure Planning
Etisalat, UAE

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking lunch break

TO THE CLOUD - EMBRACING THE POWER OF CLOUD ADOPTION IN THE MENA REGION

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm DTEC – Promoting the potential of cloud in the region

Hans Henrik Christensen - Director DTEC & SOF Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
  • Understand the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre’s entrepreneurial eco system in reference to the cloud
  • Learn about the Create@Alibaba cloud start-up contest (hosted by DTEC in 2016) and what this means for cloud implementation in the region
  • Gain insight into the Cloud Report 2017 and what this means for navigating the cloud as a Dubai start-up
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Hans Henrik Christensen

Director DTEC & SOF
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

  • Learn what industry trailblazers in the MENA region are doing to fast track their cloud adoption
  • Understand the massive advantages the cloud can bring to large enterprises and digital businesses alike in this region
  • Realise the biggest challenges in the cloud journey, especially as they relate to security and connectivity
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Hans Henrik Christensen

Director DTEC & SOF
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

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Levente Rozsahegyi

SaaS Lead
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3:15 pm - 3:15 pm End of conference day one