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IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024

The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World

Grand Hyatt, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World


Over the past few years, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have begun to accelerate and reshape the digital journey. The emergence of generative AI (GenAI) has accelerated AI adoption, and many leading organizations are already exploring and investing in GenAI use cases. 

IDC believes that organizations need to be ready for an "AI Everywhere" world in the future. We forecast that, worldwide, annual spending on AI-centric systems will surpass $300 billion by 2026.

Today, the heat is on! In the era of GenAI-driven disruption, technology leaders are reassessing their approach to AI's pivotal role in the digitalization landscape. The transformative power of AI to significantly enhance digital innovation, customer experiences, operational efficiencies, and sustainability is propelling forward-thinking governments and digitally driven organizations toward an "AI Everywhere" mindset — making it a tech agenda priority to maintain competitive parity with early adopters.

As a result, today’s IT leaders increasingly find themselves in multidimensional, strategic, and collaborative roles, where reporting structures and mandates have evolved, elevating their prominence and expanding their responsibilities. With AI becoming increasingly embedded in services, products, and experiences, the technology is set to become intertwined with the lives of employees, customers, partners, and society at large. Indeed, AI will be everywhere — underpinning performance, growth, engagement, satisfaction, safety, security, governance, privacy, sustainability, ethics, wellbeing, payments, and more.

CIOs and IT leaders need to work on the readiness of their organizations for an "AI Everywhere" future. This will require a focus on key enabling elements such as building a data-centric platform, migrating to cloud infrastructure, governing cloud economics, redefining security and digital trust, and investing in skills.

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024 will provide an essential platform for empowering IT leaders. It will help them to better understand their new roles in today's AI-infused landscape and serve up expert guidance on achieving success while crafting innovative solutions for current and emerging challenges. Join us as we discuss a multitude of hot topics, trends, and challenges, providing technology leaders with the critical insights they require to adapt to shifting business landscapes, forge new business models, and scale massively in today’s dynamic digital economy.

Why Attend?

New Perspectives
Assess the progress of your team or your organization's growth while discovering what to do to correct common mistakes.

Professional Development
Learn new leadership skills that will set you apart and help you to advance in your career.

Peer-to-Peer Insights
Participate in immersive networking exercises and engage with your fellow leaders over lunch and dinner.

Persuasive Communication Techniques
Discover how to get you what you want when you need it.

New Product Offerings
Enhance your tech stack and strategy with exclusive access to the very latest services and solutions.



Filter Topics


Registration & Networking


Event Opening by Magical Hosts


IDC Welcome Address


Advisory Council Felicitation


IDC Opening Keynote: Rethinking Digitalization with GenAI for an AI-First World


Dubai Cyber Resilience: Navigating Generative AI Impacts and Security Trends


Charting the Future: The Revolutionizing Potentials of AI


Elevating Digital Business with Cloud: Beyond Optimization to GenAI and Sustainability


Preparing for Success in the Era of Artificial Intelligence


Developing Competitive Advantage Through Enterprise Intelligence


Accelerating Time To Value from Your AI Investments: From AI Spend to Business Impact


A Leader's Guide to Generative AI


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Technology Focus Group Session - Cluster 1 (Parallel Sessions)


Technology Focus Group Session - Cluster 2 (Parallel Sessions)


Summit Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Technology Focus Group Session - Cluster 1 (Parallel Sessions)


Technology Focus Group Session - Cluster 2 (Parallel Sessions)


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




Jyoti Lalchandani

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

Steven Frantzen

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

Dr. Bushra Al Blooshi

Advisor Chief Executive, Dubai Electronic Security Center (UAE)

Miguel A. Villalonga

COO, e& enterprise

Umashankar Kotturu

Global Practice Lead, Cloud Consulting & Advisory, Tech Mahindra

Dr. Abdulla Al Shimmari Show full profile linkedin

Dr. Abdulla Al Shimmari

Senior Director-Program Management, Core42

Adrian Pickering

Regional General Manager MENA, Red Hat

Maurits Tichelman

Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Communications Group, Intel Corporation

Jad Hammoud

Vice President–Go To Market Strategy, ZainTECH

Jonathan Allen

Director of Enterprise Strategy, AWS

John Mankarios

Vice President of IT, QInvest LLC

Nikunj Desai

Head of Cybersecurity, Commercial Bank of Qatar

Shahin Hashim

Associate Research Director (META), IDC

Srinivasan Sampath

Acting Group Chief Technology Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Wilson Xavier Show full profile linkedin

Wilson Xavier

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

Harish Dunakhe

Senior Research Director, Software & Cloud (META), IDC

Yogesh Gupta

Editorial Director - Events, India & META, Foundry

Jebin George

Senior Research Manager, Software, Cloud, and Industry Transformation, IDC MEA

Tony Zabaneh

Manager Systems Engineering, South Middle East, Fortinet

Saif Alrefai

Sales Engineering Lead for METAP and CIS, OPSWAT

Tyler Munger

Vice President, Analytics, Global Operations, Rimini Street

Ahmad Saad

Regional Sales Manager, Liferay

Lee Caswell

SVP, Product and Solutions Marketing, Nutanix

Sathya Srinivasan

Area Vice President, Solutions Consultant, Appian

Swati Varma

Director-Sales, Kore.ai

Dr. Balaji Muthusubramanian

Head of Data Practices, StackNexus

Farida Montasser

CX Consultant, IST Networks

Yeshwanthi Ramesh

AI Evangelist, ManageEngine

Aaron Hambleton

Regional Director, SecurityHQ

Anique Hakkim

Sales Engineer, Alteryx

Karthik Chandra Akula

Regional Sales Head, Freshworks

Dr. Dani Abu Ghaida

Chief Digital Officer (MEA), Crayon

Farid Najjar

Partner Leader, NetApp

Islam Afifi

Regional Presales Manager, Veeam Software

Mihails Balonuskovs

Digital Solutions Architect, Iron Mountain

Nicolai Solling

CTO, Help AG, An e& enterprise company

Rabih Choucair

Channel Manager, Ivanti

Wilco Leenders

Architecture Solution Team Lead, Mendix

Sandeep Sachdev

Director Sales, Enterprise Cybersecurity & MSS, Tata Communications

Haseeb Budhani

CEO & Co-Founder, Rafay Systems

Fahim Ghaffar

Vice President, Sales Engineering, Datadog

AbdulRahman Mahgoub

Territory Manager, SER

Ayman Darwish

Enterprise Account Executive Middle East, Confluent

Paul Potgieter

Director, Technology & Digital Platforms, NEOM

Kenneth Lindegaard

Group CIO, Etihad Rail

Roman Spitzbart

Vice President of Solutions Engineering, Dynatrace

Dr. Alexey Sidorov

Chief Evangelist, Denodo

Ahmad El Sayed

AI Practice Lead, Google Cloud

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President Conferences (META), IDC

Beshoy Fouad

Digital Solutions Manager, Iron Mountain

Ahmed A. Omer

Senior Director Cloud Communications, e& enterprise

Pawan Pachori

Associate Director Sales, Enterprises Customer Experience, Tata Communications

George Harrak

Chief Information Officer, Al Hilal Bank (UAE)

Dr. Ali Al Sanousi

Executive Director, Clinical Information Systems, Hamad Medical Corporation

Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili

Director, Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Technology Projects Unit, Oman's Ministry of Transportation & Information Technology

Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi

Director of Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity and AI, Abu Dhabi Government

Dr. Ammar H. Al Husaini

Acting Director General, Central Agency for Information Technology (Kuwait)

Eng. Ali Alwehaibi

General Manager, Planning & Digital Excellence, Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development

Jason Roos

Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KSA)

Saket Saith

Group Chief Technology & Data Officer, RAKBANK

Ahmed Al Zarouni

VP Head of IT, Government Entity

Majid Jan Show full profile linkedin

Majid Jan

Chief Information Officer, Petromin Corporation

Mohamed El Sabbagh

CIO, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Binoo Joseph

Chief IT Officer, Cenomi Group

Dr. Faisal Al-Nasser

CIO, Al Marai Company

Sandeep Chouhan

Group Chief Operating Officer, Network International (UAE)

Georges de Moura

Group Vice President, Information Security & CISO, Edge Group

H.E. Mubaraka M. Ali Ibrahim

Acting CIO, Emirates Health Services Establishment (UAE)

Jayesh Maganlal

Group Chief Information & Digital Officer, ROSHN Real Estate (KSA)

Saud Al Dhawyani

Chief Platform Officer, Emirates NBD (UAE)

Mamoun Alhomssey

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Ajman Bank (UAE)

Mhd Wail Khachfa

CISO, Department of Digital Ajman

Sufiyan Chikhalia

Associate Director of IT, Sunbulah Group

Ayman Alqudsi

Chief Information Officer, United Arab Bank

Pillairkulam Parthasarathy

Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Leading Bank in GCC

Ahmed AlRifai

Group IT Director, Al Muhaidib Group

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cybersecurity Council for the UAE Government

Hadi Anwar

Executive Director–Strategic Programs, CPX

Emad Mustafa

Partner in Digital Services, PwC Middle East

Youhanna Sidrak

Regional Sales Manager, OutSystems

Tarek Abbas

Sr. Director, Systems Engineering, Palo Alto Networks

Alan Flower

Global Head of Cloud Native & AI Labs, HCLTech

Ram Chakravarti

CTO, BMC Software

Padam Kafle Show full profile linkedin

Padam Kafle

Head Of Information Technology & Automation, Aster Hospitals

Jebin George

Program Manager, Industry Solutions, IDC

Lulwa Abdulla

Team Leader, Applications, Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC)

Tamer Hamad

CIO, Dubai Cable Company

Eshan Walia

Head of Digital Transformation, Sharaf Retail

Ilya Ovchinnikov Show full profile linkedin

Ilya Ovchinnikov

Regional Sales Director, Infinidat

Ravi Makhija

Principle Architect, SymphonyAI

Ahmed Mounir

Solutions Go-To-Market Manager, Link Development

Walid Salem

IT Lead Middle East, Zurich Insurance

Ahmad M. Almulla

Digital Advisor, ENEC

Shilpi Handa Show full profile linkedin

Shilpi Handa

Associate Research Director, Security (META), IDC

Subhashish Roy

Partner Consulting Services, Easy Data Integration (EDI)

Morey J. Haber

Chief Security Advisor, BeyondTrust

Bhawani Singh

Principal Solution Architect, Checkmarx

Abba Gopalakrishnan

Sales Manager, Qlik

Nidal Azba

CTO, Kyndryl (Middle East and Africa)

Feras Aljabi

General Manager, ITQAN

Bader Shaath

Senior Solutions Engineer, Cloudflare

Saeed Ahmad

Business Unit Manager, EMEA EMG Markets, One Identity by Quest

Krishnan Gopi

Group Chief Disruption Officer, GEMS Education

Dr. Devid Jegerson

Chief Operating Officer, Invest Bank

Glenn Wilkinson

World-Renowned Security Expert

Andrea Benito Show full profile linkedin

Andrea Benito

Editor, CIO Middle East, Foundry

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