IDC CIO Summit Agenda

The event's dynamic agenda will take you through a series of presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and dedicated industry tracks, giving you a bird's eye view of the current market situation, the latest technological innovations, and strategies for propelling your organization to meet the unique challenges of these unprecedented times.
Time Event & Speakers

Networking and Platform Familiarization / Early Bird Raffle at Networking Lounge


Welcome Address

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Making the Distributed Workforce a Reality
(This session will be available throughout the day in the lobby)

Stevan Jovanovic

Senior Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Digital Resiliency: Navigating through the Winds of Change

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

The COVID-19 pandemic illustrated why organizations need to be able to rapidly adapt and respond to business disruptions. But this will not be the last disruption they face. The digital economy — which relies heavily on the continued flow of goods and services around the globe, as well as on transformational technology platforms and business innovation — will create more cycles of disruption to business operations and models than any other economic period. Organizations looking to succeed in the digital economy will need to employ a new C-Suite agenda if they are to become masters of pivoting rapidly, capitalizing on change, and driving innovation in times of uncertainty. This session will outline the new digital enterprise agenda and explain how organizations can develop digital resiliency.


Shifting Digital Transformation into High Gear: Enabling Business Outcome at the Speed of Innovation

Travers Nicholas

General Manager-Qatar, Dell Technologies

Build the Future of Business

Aarti Mohan

Director Business Development ERP - ECEMEA, Oracle

Rewiring Security Operations

Hadi Zakhem

District Manager, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa - Cortex, Palo Alto Networks
Security teams face too many alerts, tools, and missed attacks; today’s siloed security solutions can’t keep up with evolving threats. Even when security teams deploy dozens of tools, they still lack the enterprise-wide visibility and deep analytics they need to stop attacks. Faced with a shortage of security talent, teams need a radical new approach to detection and response.


The Time Is Now: Recapture Growth by Expanding the Possibilities of Cloud

Osama Al-Zoubi

Chief Technology Officer (Middle East & Africa), Cisco
Leading companies are responding to uncertainty by utilizing the power of the cloud to build resilience, agility, and continuous innovation. The cloud solutions they are seeking should be designed to be secure at all layers and completely integrated with applications, platforms, and infrastructure. The high-performance solutions should also be specifically architected for enterprise needs and built to lower costs and ease migration of on-premises applications. This session will highlight how businesses can run crucial enterprise applications cheaply and at scale in global public cloud regions or within their own datacenters.


Best Practice Session (Parallel Sessions)

Best Practice 1: The New Normal Requires Zero Trust
Moderated by: Uzair Mujtaba, Program Manager, IT Services, IDC

11:50 - 11:55

IDC Overview

Frank Dickson

Program Vice President, Cybersecurity Products, IDC Worldwide
11:55 - 12:10

The New Problem of Alice and Bob

Bilal Issa

Technical Leader, Trend Micro
12:10 - 12:25

Increase Security with Zero-Trust Access

Sammy Elyan

Business Development Manager, Fortinet
12:25 - 12:50

Fireside Chat: Digital Business Demands Data Resiliency and Business Continuity

Saqib Chaudhry

Head of Digital Innovation and Development, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Tim Youngblood

Former CISO, McDonald's (USA)

Mike Towers

CISO, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International (USA)

Rasha M. Abu AlSaud

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Leading Bank in Saudi Arabia

Best Practice 2: Being Ready for What’s Next!
Moderated by: Harish Dunakhe, Research Director, Software & Cloud, (META), IDC

11:50 - 11:55

IDC Overview

Rory Duncan

Research Vice President, Cloud Service Providers, IDC
11:55 - 12:10

The Role of Digital Process Automation in Qatar National Vision 2030

Islam Ahmed

Enterprise Account Executive, Nintex
12:10 - 12:25

The Post-Pandemic Evolution of the Future of Work

Sreeram Iyer

Chief Operating Officer (Institutional Banking)- ANZ Banking Group
12:25 - 12:50

Fireside Chat: Future of Work: Technology, Policy, and Process Support for the Hybrid Workforce

Dr. Jihad Mohaidat

VP, Education Technologies, Higher College of Technology (HCT) (UAE)

William Braun

CIO, Chevron Corporation (USA)

Vipin Gupta

CIO, Toyota Financial Services (USA)

Louise van der Bank

CIO, AfriSam (South Africa)

Technology Focus Group Session (Parallel Sessions)

Technology Focus Group A: Next-Generation Security & Resilience
Moderated by: Uzair Mujtaba, Program Manager, IT Services, IDC
12:50 - 13:05

The Battle of Algorithms: How AI is beating AI at its own game

13:05 - 13:20

Implementing Your Zero-Trust Security Model

13:20 - 13:35

Scale up Security with Cloud IT Management and Future Trends

Technology Focus Group B: Artificial Intelligence: A Slow-Motion Explosion
Moderated by: Mark Walker, Associate Vice President South, East and West Africa, IDC
12:50 - 13:05

The Future Is Now With Hyper Vision

13:05 - 13:20

AI for CX and EX - A Reality in Qatar

13:20 - 13:35

Maximizing Operational Efficiency Using The Right Technology to Leverage Organizational Data

Technology Focus Group C: Leveraging Cloud in the Digital Era
Moderated by: Harish Dunakhe, Research Director, Software & Cloud, (META), IDC
12:50 - 13:05

Build it Fast, Right, and for the Future

13:05 - 13:20

Unleash Your Data in Your Modern Datacenter and MultiCloud

13:20 - 13:35

Cloud Data Management for SaaS, On Prem and Hybrid Environments

Technology Focus Group D: Automation and Open Source - The Future of Productivity
Moderated by: Nagia El-Emary, Country Director (Egypt) & Senior Consultant (META), IDC
12:50 - 13:05

6 Actions to Adopt on the Trajectory to Resiliency

13:05 - 13:20

Leading Your Organization into the Digital Future

13:20 - 13:35

The Reimagination of Work: Culture, Space & Augmentation


Networking and Gamification


Close of Event

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