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Welcome to a new world— of living, working, and co-existing.
An overwhelming number of tools, technologies, trends and techniques dominated 2020 as more and more organizations moved towards a remote or hybrid workforce model. Automation gained pace, and as humans were forced to withdraw from the physical offices we saw an increased influx of machines in the premises. From manufacturing to retail, healthcare, logistics and supply and much more.
In spite of all this, one thing was certain, there is no isolation possible. The human factor was still intact and it was evident that machines cannot replace humans, neither vice versa.
The IT industry, led by the CIOs bravely and solution providers strategically, in 2020 has been a testament of the fact that agility, adaptation and transformation are the only way forward. The Future IT Summit 2021 will showcase leading players in the arena of the digital and hybrid workforce and how their solutions will create a winning business strategy for the end customers by bringing in the best of the world of humans and machines. Meanwhile, leading CIOs from UAE will present their business outlook and agenda for 2021 and beyond setting the stage for the IT vendors and partners to build upon.
Join us in the tech extravaganza.
Since you missed it so much, we have brought it to you…… Bigger, Better, Broader!
The much awaited ‘Future IT Summit and Catalyst Awards 2021’ – the region’s most important and largest gathering of IT senior executives and decision makers is coming to you as a Live WebSummit. Widening our horizons, the event will be held on a virtual platform with the participation of over 1000+ unique IT decision makers, global technology vendors and suppliers, and C-level executives from over 10 countries.
Delegates can witness an amalgamation of Core tech, Trending Tech and Future Tech1
Join the partner/exhibitor/sponsor bandwagon and get access to the Networking Lounge.3
Promoters wearing your logo branded Tshirt will conduct onsite surveys.2
Dedicated exhibition booth and space to put your best solution forward. With our special ticketing service for the exhibitors.4
Industry’s most coveted title and favourite awards ceremony is all set to recognize and honour the trailblazers in the industry who have been uplifting the brand and reputation of their respective organizations in these difficult times with various cutting-edge initiatives, platforms and market-penetration and truly acting as ‘CATALYSTS’ in the ever-changing market landscape.
The Top Ten Best IT Companies to Work for in 2021” is a one of its kind recognition in the region for the IT Fraternity that would celebrate the ‘Exuberance’ of the people working in an organization. This special recognition felicitates and recognizes both fast-growing & established companies in UAE that offer tremendous career advancement opportunities together with leading-edge employee perks and benefits and most importantly valuable employee engagement.
Ronak Samantaray, C0-founder and CEO, GEC Media Group
Hanan Huwair, Executive Director - Business Technology, Dubai Holding Asset Management
Arul Jose Vigin, Head of Information Technology, DIFC Courts
Charbel Zreiby, Channel PreSales Director MERAT, Dell Technologies
Dr Tom McCarthy, Chief Technology Officer, ASPIRE
Samer Semaan, Channel and Alliance Manager, ME, Pure Storage
Other than managing and taking the IT organization to the highest level, how can CIOs truly drive innovation inside the enterprise
Elie Kamel, Regional Channel Lead, NetApp
Thomas Gigi Mathew, Group Head-IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment
Mario M. Veljovic, General Manager, VAD Technologies LLC
Zaid F. Ghattas, Commercial Lead, META AMD
Manal Allam, IT Head, Merck Group Middle East
Ali El Kontar, Founder and CEO, Zero&One
Shrenik Jain, CIO, Senior Vice President IT, Siemens
Debbie Botha, Global Chief Partnership Officer, Women in AI
Pratap Patjoshi, CIO, Mercedez India | Binita Prasad, Head of IT, Sany Heavy Industry India Pvt Ltd.
Digital Transformation Advisor
Ahmad Almulla has over 32 years of experience in IT and business with international exposure and is considered one of the leading figures when it comes to innovation and creative thinking. He is one of few who have combined experience in Information Technology and Supply Chain Management coupled with strong leadership capabilities. This combination has enabled Ahmad to play a crucial role in the success of Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). Ahmad has served as a member of the executive'committee for over 15 years.
Ahmad is credited as one of the driving forces behind the IT revolution at DUBAL/EGA, and a visionary leader who has ushered in an era of technological change in the company. During his over 30 years of service at DUBAL/EGA, Ahmad has been at the helm of various strategic initiatives envisaged to position DUBAL/EGA as a leader in technology and information-based infrastructure; and supply chain management. His experience and knowledge in Cyber Security domain has shielded DUBAL/EGA domain and information assets. Ahmad has also led DUBAL/EGA Information Technology division to win many international and regional awards.
During his career, Ahmad has been a frequent keynote speaker at many IT conclaves and symposiums; and has led many initiatives that have resulted in DUBAL/EGA receiving several prestigious awards. He has been a pivotal member of the Executive Management Team at DUBAL/EGA for several years, at which level he has contributed strategic expertise in global information systems, information system architecture, supply chain strategy and automation procedures.
Drawing on his insight into technology management and ability to create highly effective IT frameworks, Ahmad has effectively leveraged IT as a key catalyst for DUBAL/EGA’s exponential growth over the past two decades. This has been achieved through optimizing operational proficiency via innovative use of technology.
For instance, by innovating the supply chain process, DUBAL/EGA has saved millions of dollars in outlay while simultaneously creating a framework for procurement on its major expansion projects. Having an MBA combined with business experienced enabled Ahmad to play the leading role in securing raw materials at competitive prices and was a key figure in concluding long term contracts for major raw materials with favourable pricing and payment arrangements. He also managed to optimize raw materials specs and inventory and helped lower the working capital of EGA.
Ahmad also has led the vision for a transformation program through the implementation of SAP in DUBAL/EGA and later the integration of multiple SAP system. The latter system not only revolutionized the way
DUBAL/EGA business departments’ function by using world class best practices, but also positioned them for future growth.
As part of community support, Ahmad has founded the CIOMajlis (A platform for CIOs to network and discuss IT related topics) and was the founding chairman. He also served as the vice chairman of Dubai Quality Group (DQG), In addition, He is a board member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACME) Middle East Chapter.
He holds an MBA from the University of New England and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. He has also been a frequent nominee for international training sessions at prestigious institutes such as the IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently, he advises board of Directors, CEOs, and CIOs on IT strategy, cyber security, and IT governance, IT led innovation. He also serves as a board member of CIOMajlis, and a member of IDC advisory council.