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IDC Qatar CIO Summit 2023

Enabling the Digital Economy's Leaders

In 2023, we are going further, together!
Join us for the 4th Edition.

The digital economy continues to expand in scale and sophistication at an unprecedented rate, driving the transformation of citizen, customer, and employee experiences and the rise of digitally enabled services such as remote healthcare, distance learning, remote work, and mobile banking.
Hot on the heels of hosting the FIFA 2022 World Cup, Qatar has seen the implementation of unprecedented technological innovations within the country, ranging from the enablement of cloud operational excellence and development of agile infrastructure to initiatives aimed at supporting application modernization, process automation, and security.

The result has been the emergence of new digital business models and ecosystem partnerships that, post FIFA World Cup 2022, will serve as a catalyst for driving Qatar’s digital economy and expanding its ICT ecosystem, ideally positioning it to attract investments in emerging industries, spur innovation, and showcase itself as a digital-first country.

Strong leadership, an appetite for innovation, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations are key to driving Qatar’s future digital agenda, disrupting supply chains across numerous industries, and fueling growth in areas such as ecommerce, direct-to-consumer services, digital payments, and cloud kitchens. With the metaverse and Web3 paradigms on the horizon, further disruption is expected to individual, enterprise, and industrial digital experiences.

The IDC Qatar CIO Summit 2023 will bring together the region's foremost IT and telecom leaders, digital government pioneers, and industry thought leaders. Hosting some of the region's most prominent ICT decision makers, the event will explore today's unprecedented rate of technological innovation and its role in creating a more competitive, diversified, and productive digital economy that is positively impacting citizens, customers, employees, and operations alike. It will also examine the key challenges that need to be overcome and present proven best practices and strategies for driving future success.
Why Attend?
• Receive critical insights from leading industry experts
• Discover solutions to pressing business challenges
• Get hands on with the industry's latest innovations
• Interact with the brands and specialists on your short list
• Engage in workshop-based technology discussions
• Participate in dedicated one-to-one meetings
• Share knowledge and network with your peers
• Take part in a series of fun, exciting, and memorable activities


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Wednesday November 15, 2023

Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


IDC Keynote: Strategies for the CIO and Enterprise Innovation in the Age of AI Everywhere


Beating the Odds: Overcoming OT Security Challenges


Q&A (Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win Raffle Prizes)


Unified AI for Customer Experience


Q&A (Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win Raffle Prizes)


Reimagine and transform your applications with generative AI


Q&A (Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win Raffle Prizes)


Why is Generative AI Critical for Enterprise and Governmental Entities, and Why Should You Have an AI Strategy?


Tea/ Coffee & Networking Break


Platinum Partner Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Tea/ Coffee & Networking Break


Evolution of the Human Species


Technology Focus Group Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


For The CIO - By The CIO Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Summary & Close


Mega Raffle Winner Announcement (Apple iPhone 14)




Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Steven Frantzen

Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director (EMEA), IDC

Anand GP

OT Security Technical Engineer, TXOne Networks

Roland Boulos

Director of Solutions Consulting, Sprinklr

Mohamed Afifi

Head of Sales - GCC and Levant, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Ashley Woodbridge

Chief Technology Officer for MEA, Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group

John Mankarios

Vice President of IT, QInvest

Amr Metwally

Assistant Executive Director, Itqan Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center, Hamad Medical Corporation

Bilal Issa

Manager, Technical, GC & Support Lead, MENA & Gulf & Emerging Markets, Trend Micro

Adrian Pickering

Regional General Manager MENA, Red Hat

Layale Hachem

Senior Solutions Engineer, BeyondTrust

Pedro Jacinto

MEA SE Senior Manager, Dynatrace

Poovana Kokalera

Regional Sales Director, GCC, Verint

Iheb Marzougui

Lead Solution Engineer, VMware

Daoud Abou Diab

Regional Channel Lead, NetApp

Neil Harbisson

The World’s First Officially Recognized Human “Cyborg”

Jyoti Lalchandani

Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director (META), IDC

Firas Georges Khalil

IT Director, Baladna Food Industries

Talal Al-Saif

Regional Executive Director (Central Gulf & Egypt), Nutanix

Mohamed ElShanawany

Cloud Infrastructure & Software Sales Leader (MEA), Cisco

Ammar Fayoumi

Senior Solutions Engineer, Cloudera

Ahmad Chehime

Cyber Security Specialist, Cisco

Abdulrahman Hassan

Head of IT Operation, Infrastructure, and Security, Qatar Free Zones Authority

Dr. Ali Al Sanousi

Executive Director, Clinical Information Systems, Hamad Medical Corporation

Dr. Joseph George

Group Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO), Doha Bank

Abdulsalam Al Yafei

ISIT and Engineering Group Manager, Qatalum

Justin Kenny

Chief Operating Officer, CQUR Bank

Elyas Zyoud

Vice President of IT Applications, QInvest

Jeffrey Kersting

Director of Innovation and Technology, American School of Doha

Muhammad Qais

Senior Manager BCM, Cyber, IT & Digital Risk, Commercial Bank of Qatar

Anoof Asker

Head of IT, Lesha Bank

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Contact Us

Ronita Bhattacharjee

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

+971 4 391 2747

Taher Hamdan

Sales Director – Events, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa

+971 50 659 1320

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