IDC DX Forum

Digital Leaders for the Digital Era

Dubai, November 15, 2022


Digital transformation (DX) itself is changing, ushering in a new chapter where organizations and their CEOs are reprioritizing their agendas. Winning in the new era means addressing new customer requirements, developing new capabilities, and building digital infrastructures that support resilient operations and pervasive experiences for the new digital economy.

Digital leaders that can make change happen quickly and effectively are in high demand as they make it possible for organizations to transition from surviving to thriving. The increasing pervasiveness of DX initiatives is compelling business leaders to develop a clear understanding of how they can effectively leverage emerging technologies to maximize value for their organizations.

At the same time, the IT organization must transform into an innovation source for internal clients so they are better positioned to serve external customers and partners. Linking IT resources to business outcomes is essential for driving successful partnerships between IT and lines of business. As such, IT and business leaders must closely examine where their businesses are now, and where they want them to be in the future.

With all this in mind, the IDC DX Forum 2022 will provide you with all the access you need to become a key element in enabling the digital goals of organizations' development plans, strategies, and visions.


Time Event & Speakers

The first 50 delegates to arrive will receive a complimentary ticket to the Museum of the Future!


Registration & Networking


Welcome Address

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

IDC Keynote: Building a Resilient Digital Business to Navigate the Storms of Disruption

Wilson Xavier

Research Director, Telecom & IT Services (META), IDC


Empowering Everyone for a New Era of Work

Zubin Chagpar

MEA Business Group Leader, Modern Work & Security, Microsoft Middle East & Africa

Q & A (Ask Question and stand a chance to win gifts)


Modern Data Security for the Zero Trust World

Lakhwinder Singh

Pre-Sales Manager, Cloud Protection and Licensing, Thales
Organizations are adopting cloud services while making the most of existing IT infrastructures. They are also adapting to the challenges of a hybrid or remote workforce. This means the notion of a defined security perimeter is increasingly difficult to enforce. To operate securely in today’s mobile and cloud-first world, organizations must protect their data and control who has access to it. Thales is a global leader in data protection, access management, and authentication. We help the world’s most trusted organizations simplify security for the cloud, achieve regulatory compliance, and reduce risk.


Panel Discussion: Mapping the Unique Characteristics and Challenges that Define the UAE Digital First Organizations

Sheridan Moodley

CIO & CTO, Masafi

Faisal Ali

Group Chief Information Officer, Gargash Group of Companies

Shaily Verma

Head of Digital & Data, DAMAC Properties Co. LLC

Hammad Sharif

CIO & Head of Data, Procter & Gamble (UAE)

Mohammed Rasol Al Saidat

Director of Information Technology Center, University of Sharjah
This panel discussion will address the unique characteristics of UAE’s digital first organizations and the challenges they face on the road to transformation. A host of UAE top technology executives will discuss emerging technologies, the IT organization’s expanding role within the business, and how they leveraged the acceleration of technology implementation for their organizations to enhance resiliency and business outcomes.


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


The Future Reimagined: Seeding Digital Innovation In Organizations

Gigi Mathew Thomas

Group Head IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment

With new requirements from internal lines of business, external customers, and business partners coming to the fore every single day, the need for IT organizations to transform themselves is clear. This session will provide CIOs with a strategic framework and set of practices, grounded in usable metrics, that they can use to stay ahead of their daily challenges. It will provide guidance on enabling IT infrastructure modernization, automating IT operations, and taming the exploding volume of data with new systematic data-optimization strategies. It will also explain how organizations can exploit new artificial intelligence and machine-learning options and deliver an achievable and compelling transformation road map that resonates with general business leaders. Attendees will leave the session with new insights into practical ways to manage their ongoing challenges and a renewed sense of optimism about the future.


Panel Discussion: The Future of Work: Demystifying the New Era Workplace Strategy

Wassim Ghadban

Vice President, Global Innovation & Digital Engineering, Kent

Taha Tkito

CIO, Americana Foods

Vishal Anand

Senior Director of IT, Dubai Holding Hospitality (Jumeirah Group)

Dr Kalthoom Mohammed Al Blooshi

Chief Innovation Officer & Director of Training and Development Center, Emirates Health Services (EHS)

Aus Alzubaidi

Director of IT & Media Management, MBC Group

A few years into the adoption of distributed work environments, major trends have emerged for workplace management as organizations step back to assess and fine tune their overall workplace strategies, increasingly relying on digital solutions to make decisions around physical workplaces, solve new use cases, and support remote and hybrid workforces.


Thought Leadership – Digital Transformation

Venkatesh Mahadevan

Chief Information Officer, Dubai Investments PJSC


Demystifying Digital Transformation

Mohammed Tarik

Head of IT Business Management, IT Services & Quality, Emirates NBD


Award Partner

Tariq Salameh

Solutions Engineer Manager, Middle East & Africa, Cloudera

DX Awards

Lunch & Networking


Strategic Partner
Gold Partner
Silver Partner
Awards Headline Sponsor
Media Partner
Media Partner

General Information

Museum of the Future

Tuesday, 15th November 2022

08:00 am (Dubai Time)


Museum of The Future

Museum of Future

IDC Future Enterprise Awards


Best in Future of Customer Experience

This award recognizes the organization that is able to rethink and effectively transform the way customer-related initiatives are done in the organization (e.g. customer engagement, customer experience, customer service).
Submission form ->


Best in Future of Digital Infrastructure

This award recognizes that a large percentage of a digital enterprise's revenue depends upon the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of the infrastructure deployed within its own facilities and its ability to take advantage of third-party provided and operated infrastructure resources delivered as a service.
Submission form ->


Best in Future of Operations

This award recognizes the organization that is able to rethink the way operations is managed.
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Best in Future of Digital Innovation

This award recognizes the organization that best transforms itself from mere software consumer into full-blown, large-scale software innovator.
Submission form ->

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