Accelerating Investments towards the National Vision with Intelligent Innovation 

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27th & 28th January, 2024

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Summit Overview​

Oman AI Summit is the largest annual technology exhibition and gathering for all Industry professionals and experts in the Sultanate of Oman to discuss, innovate, and discover and accelerate investments, discover the latest applications, best practises and trends evolving in the space of Artificial Intelligence in the region and globally.

With over 9,000+ Visitors and 100+ Exhibitors, Oman AI Summit is the largest exhibition in the Sultanate of Oman bringing together world-class AI Solution providers to meet and connect with Omani Enterprises, Government entities, MSME’s , Educational Institutes, and all Industry sectors. The Summit will attract world renowned speakers sharing the sharpest thought leadership with though-provoking Industry Keynote presentations and Panel discussions. Hear directly from experts and high-level figures on the future of AI and it’s current impact in The Sultanate of Oman.

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Dear Omanis,

As we realize the importance of the small and medium enterprises sector and the entrepreneurial sector, especially projects that are based on innovation, artificial intelligence and advanced technologies, training young people and enabling them to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this vital sector, to Be a basic building block in the national economy system, our government will work to follow up progress in this field. We will give all attention, care and support to the development of a comprehensive national framework for employment, as it is a basic pillar of the national economy, which requires continued improvement of its environment in the public and private sectors, reviewing and developing employment systems in the government sector,

His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, The Sultan of Oman

Under the Patronage of:

His Highness Dr Kamel bin Fahd Al Saeed

Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers

Key Topics to be Covered

The summit presents themes and topics that discuss the impact of artificial intelligence in all sectors, and the policies that follow in line with technical progress and human civilization.

The impact of artificial intelligence on decision making

What is the impact of artificial intelligence on national national security and cyber security?

Strategic and technological shifts for national security

The impact of artificial intelligence on national national security and cyber security. What are the opportunities and advantages in this sector?

Legal challenges associated with the use of artificial intelligence

Discussing legislation and ethics in developing the economy, protecting individuals and companies, and determining civil liability when using artificial intelligence.

The impact of artificial intelligence on innovation processes and scientific research

How can artificial intelligence facilitate innovation processes and stimulate the transformation of traditional models into smarter ones?

Artificial intelligence and transformations in the logistics sector

Support automation in logistics through robots and smart vehicles, and apply artificial intelligence in improving supply chain management and logistics management.

Enhancing the link between technological progress and a sustainable environment

How can artificial intelligence help identify potential environmental threats and develop new solutions?

The role of artificial intelligence in developing the financial sector

Improving financial risk management in banks and financial institutions, improving trading operations in financial markets and assisting in making investment decisions.

Investment in artificial intelligence and its impact on the digital economy and development

The importance of investing in artificial intelligence and its role in developing economies, and the potential risks of investing in artificial intelligence, and dealing with them.

Exclusive workshops

Oman AI Summit will be accompanied by a space for workshops. The workshops cover a variety of effective fields in artificial intelligence and its applications in the business world.

Artificial intelligence leadership

Cloud Computing

Cyber ​​security

artificial intelligence

Developing smart phone applications

Data science and machine learning

User interface and experience design

Development and programming of electronic games

Metaverse Technologies

Manufacturing and digital design

Android programming

Drone programming

Information science and quantum computing

The digital economy

Management and analysis of electronic platforms

Database management

Digital transformation management

Managing artificial intelligence projects

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Oman AI Summit the largest technology expo in the Sultanate of Oman. Position your brand, connect and meet your Ideal customer profiles, hear directly from Industry experts, and discover the latest trends and cutting edge innovation AI has to offer today

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Benefits of exhibiting at Oman AI Summit 2024

Demonstrate your ability to provide the latest AI solutions in an ecosystem that is primed for change

Meet the leading distributors, consultants, contractors, dealers, traders, integrators and government officials within the MENA’s and Oman’s technology sector

Take advantage of the MENA region’s enviable geographical position for access to the markets of Europe, Asia and Africa 


Launch and showcase your latest products and services that are set to transform the region’s technology industry, driving the digital transformation and growth.

Guarantee your place as a preferred vendor for some of the Oman’s and MENA region’s leading technology projects and investments at the live show and place yourself above the rest


Access and connect with government authorities, public & private sector companies that are looking to accelerate their digital transformation projects


Seek new contacts among 9,000+ visitors for future business and update your trade and business contacts at the live show


Raise your company profile and promote your brand as among the market leaders that are guiding the region through the energy transition

Meet Your Speakers

H.E. Engineer: Omar Hamdan Al-Ismaili

TRA Executive President

H.E Sheikh Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Rawas

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

H.E Munther Al Busaidi

Vice-Chairman of the Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-up Unit

HE Dr. Ali Al Shidhani

Undersecretary for Communications and IT at Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology – Oman

HE Dr. Ahmed Al Ghassani

Chairman (Mayor) of Dhofar Municipality

Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili

Director, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies Projects Unit atMinistry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology

Rebecca Olson

CEO at Oman American Business Council (AmCham Oman)

Mr. Talal Alsaadi

Director of the Undersecretary’s Office
Ministry of Interior – Oman


Azzan Al-Kindi

CEO & Co-Founder at Rihal

Dr. Jassim Haji

President at Nasser AI Research and Development Centre

Saud Al Zakwani

Head of Digital Transformation
Petroleum Development Oman

Hassan Fida Hussain Al-Lawati

National Program Head – for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies

Laila Al Hadhrami

 MD, C3 Advisory Org: Smart  Sustainable Cities Advisor

Joerg Bienert

Co-Founder and Chairman at German AI Association

Dr. Saeed Salem Jaaboub

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation at UTAS – Oman

Ibrahim Al Hosni

Chairman of the Digital Economy Committee at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Khalid Ahmed Alhosni

CEO | Chief Data Scientist at KA Consultants LLC

Ott Velsberg

Government Chief Data Officer at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications – Republic of Estonia

Kadriye Ercikan

VP of Research

Thuraya Al Harthi

Acting Director for the Government Digital Services Unified Portal
Ministry of Transport, Communication and IT

Eng. Ahmed Al Ghadani

Co-founder & CEO at byanat


Harith Al Muqbali

CEO at Otaxi

H.E. Eng Belal Al-Hafnawi

 Technology and Digital Transformation Leader- Commissioner – TRC 

Sanjeev Madavi

Group Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Khimji Ramdas LLC

Dr. Hamed Al Hinai

CEO of Knowledge Resources & Chairman of Al Muheet Institute

Eng. Said Al-Mandhari

at ITHCA Group


Dr. Noha bint Awad Al-Daroudi

Head of the Department of Planning and Studies, Diwan
Royal Court – Sultanate of Oman

Dr.Amjed AlThuhli

CEO & Co-Founder,
Future for Technology and Development (FutureTech)

Hawraa Al Lawati

Head of Customer Experience
Al Mouj Muscat SAOC

Maha Al Habsi

of Blockchain Club & Open source

Rudy shoushany

at DxTalks

Abdullah Al Moshyqari

Founder and Managing Partner
Abdullah Al-Moshyqri Advocates and Legal Consultant

Ahmed Amur Qatan

IT Manager
Dhofar Municipality


Dr. Essam Hussain Al Lawati

Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer
University of Technology and Applied Sciences

Mustafa Hazam

Founder & CEO


Ashish Gupta

Head – Digital Banking & Channels
Bank Dhofar

Kunio Hara

Ho-Me-I-Ku Group – Japan

Faisal Chareuf

Managing Director
Sharef & Co

Alharith Alatawi

Chief Executive Officer
Shaffra Technology Labs Ltd

Ahmer Inam

Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer at Relanto
Strategic Advisor at SK Gulf Integrated LLC

Mac Malkawi

Founder & President of
Borderless Labs Inc

Ghaya Al Barwani

Certified Executive Organizational Culture, Leadership and Team Coach & Certified Mentor Coach (ICF)


Haider Al-Lawati

Senior Manager – Artificial Intelligence
Oman Data Park

Sharifa AlBarami

Alumni Board Member at Royal Academy of Management

Andrew Forson

Head of Growth
The Hashgraph Group

Dr. Muntazir Mehdi

Founder and CEO
Elile AI Corporation

Dr. Ibrahim Almosallam

Senior Researcher & AI Expert

Speaker Profile

Dr. Eng. Awad Saeed Al-Saadouni

Experienced Digital Technical Information and Senior Researcher

Rana Gujral

CEO at
Behavioral Signals

Kamal Youssefi

President of The Hashgraph Association


Ziad-Alexandre Hayek

President of the World Association of PPP Units & Professionals

Mona Al Shanfari

Sr. Strategy and Transformation Expert in the Banking Industry

Strategic Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partner


Society Partner

Associate Partner

Transportation Partner

Latest News and Articles

You can read the latest news and the most trending articles in artificial intelligence. The articles cover the areas related to artificial intelligence in the business world, health, education, and e-governance.

H.E. Engineer: Omar Hamdan Al-Ismaili






H.E Sheikh Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Rawas

Faisal bin Abdullah al Rawas has been elected the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the term 2022-2026.

To be the youngest president of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he represents the public shareholding companies, who were allocated seats for the first time at the OCCI.

He is a member of the board of directors of Oman Packaging Co, a representative of Al Baraka Financial Services, and a member of the board of directors of Salalah Mills, Al Rawas Holding LLC, Kunooz Oman Holding, and Al Baraka Investment Co.

H.E Munther Al Busaidi

Mr. Munther has backgrounds in finance, accounting and behavioural economics that are gained through experience and a passion to learn. He has undertaken leadership positions at Sultan Qaboos University, Ministry of Economy and their company “The Firm for Business & Economic Consulting”. He looks forward to contribute with his leadership positions as the Vice-Chairman of the Vision 2024 Implementation Follow-up Unit to add value and make an impact to the society and the Sultanate overall.Mr. Munther provides consulting and capacity building training in various business disciplines and skills. These include Finance for Non-Finance, Behavioral Economics, and up-skilling in different business skills.He has also dealt a lot with SMEs via coaching and training programs. What drives him is his passion to learn and become a better version of myself.

Dr. Ali Al Shidhani

Dr. Ali Al Shidhani is a result-oriented thought leader and industry shaper with a proven track record of success in academia, government, and the private sector. With a passion for fostering a positive attitude, I firmly believe that every challenge presents an opportunity for growth. I am dedicated to leveraging technology and innovation to drive economic advancement, both within Oman and globally.

Throughout my career, he has gained invaluable experience across academia, government, and the private sector. I have spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at nurturing Oman’s knowledge-based economy, which has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the country’s innovation ecosystem.

Currently serving as the Undersecretary for Communications & Information Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, I am leading efforts to architect a Digital Economy that contributes to Oman’s prosperity. In my previous role as Group VP Technology for Asyad Group, he was responsible for formulating and executing the organization’s technology and innovation strategy. Prior to that, he served as the director of Research Centers & ICT Research at The Research Council of Oman, where he successfully managed research centers and pioneered national-level initiatives in research and innovation. Additionally, as an Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University, he imparted knowledge, conducted cutting-edge research, and mentored undergraduate and postgraduate students.

He has a strong academic background, with a B.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University, a Master of IT in Data Communications from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

He is a positive and optimistic person who believes in the power of technology to shape a brighter future for Oman and the world at large, firmly believing that it can only be achieved through unwavering dedication and hard work.

Dr. Ahmed Al Ghassani

A rich mix of industrial and academic experience in areas of engineering, higher education, business, and Entrepreneurship. Member of several Boards, Professional Bodies, and high-level committees.

Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili

Dr. Salim is an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys a challenge and achieving personal goals. His present career aim is to work within eGovernment strategic planning and business development for transforming the services to eServices and mServices because he is passionate about working with technologies.

Rebecca Olson

Rebecca Olson leads the team at OABC. Hailing from Upstate New York, Rebecca brings to OABC more than 20 years of experience serving nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Rochester, Boston, Nairobi, Ramallah, and Muscat. After completing her Master of Science (MS) in Communications and Global Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rebecca worked with various social development and humanitarian organizations in Boston, pitching urgent press releases to large media outlets and writing speeches for use at international events, UN panel presentations, and US congressional hearings.


After moving to Muscat in 2013, Rebecca founded Olson LLC, a writing and editing company that specializes in web content, information architecture, marketing plans, and other professional materials for a diverse clientele.  Rebecca joined OABC as Executive Director in 2017, helping to double the organization’s membership and number of events annually. Promoted to CEO in 2023, Rebecca is passionate about serving OABC members, facilitating more trade between Oman and the U.S., and helping to make Oman an easy place to do business. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys learning Arabic, traveling, music, and spending time with her three boys exploring the most beautiful parts of Oman.

Mr. Talal Alsaadi

Mr. Talal Al-Saadi currently holds the position of Director of the Office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior in the Sultanate of Oman. His keen interest in government organization and governance makes him passionate about practically implementing them in current government procedures to achieve efficiency and flexibility in governmental workflows. In addition to his enthusiasm for government digital transformation, he has successfully automated all services provided to citizens. He has a strong desire to see the evolution of management and leadership methods and apply them in real-world scenarios.

With a long 20-year experience in the Ministry of Interior, Al-Saadi worked within a specialized team to update legal legislation for the elections of Shura Council members and municipal councils in the Sultanate of Oman. This effort contributed to aligning electoral laws with modern election technologies. He currently serves as a member of the digital transformation team at the Ministry of Interior. His extensive experience in organizing electoral processes in Oman includes chairing the main committees for Shura Council and municipal elections, as well as the board of directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During this time, he witnessed the gradual adoption of modern technologies for organizing electoral processes, culminating in the use of artificial intelligence technologies to verify voter presence through mobile applications and analyze voter data by categories throughout the voting day.

Mr. Talal also possesses significant expertise in drafting legislation and working in specialized legal committees. He was a member of the technical committee studying United Nations agreements on combating corruption, organized crime, and cybercrime nationally and participated in numerous periodic meetings and expert teams at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna and The Hague. He was a long-time member of the government expert team to implement the requirements of Oman’s accession to the Anti-Corruption Convention.

His passion for legal work at all levels led him to be a member of the disciplinary committee in the Omani Football Association and later chair the appeals committee until 2022. Talal’s specialties include strong skills such as training, media speaking, problem analysis and solving, leadership development, analytical skills, attention to detail, legal opinions, litigation, and management.

عزان الكندي

بدأ عزان مسيرته المهنية في الهندسة والتكنولوجيا في سن مبكرة، وتحديداً عندما أتيحت له فرصة الالتحاق بمدرسة فنية وهندسية في سن الحادية عشرة في مدرسة رويال جارد عمان التقنية. ثم واصل تعليمه في جامعة السلطان قابوس كمهندس ميكانيكي ثم انتقل إلى الخارج لمتابعة مهنة واعدة في إحدى الشركات الرائدة في مجال الخدمات النفطية.

دفعني شغفه بالتكنولوجيا نحو ممارسة مهنة في مجال ريادة الأعمال وبدء رحلة مع المؤسسين المشاركين. نشأت رحال نتيجة لاحتياجات العمل والمضايقات اليومية، حيث قدمت حلولاً مخصصة لتلك التحديات. سرعان ما أصبح رحال اسمًا مألوفًا مرادفًا للجودة وخفة الحركة وسرعة التسليم.

Dr. Jassim Haji

Dr. Haji is a veteran in the field Information and Communications Technology with over 3 decades of robust experience in implementing IT strategies to move applications/infrastructure, formulating vision, improving vision/culture, innovation and change management . With hands on expertise in reorganizing operations, managing core infrastructure including servers, storage, network, collaboration, application, middleware products. Deft in IT infrastructure management, management of heterogeneous networks, information security and service delivery as well as it regulatory compliance. Proven ability to affect transformational change across a range of operational areas and create a sustainable difference to a business’s operational performance.

Manage large scale delivery assignments for various platform technologies coupled with established credibility in providing domain support for managing operations round the clock while establishing command center and security operation.

He is continuously conducting research in Artificial Intelligence and Organizational Change, exemplified by his publications on latest technologies and how to be leveraged operationally and economically in organizations. He lead the entire Information Technology department in Gulf Air and implemented numerous cutting edge projects and technologies. He managed to achieve over 40 prestigious awards including 15 distinguished CIOs (Chief Information Officer). He formerly served on the board of directors of a leading hospitality and tourism technology provider in the Middle East and on SITA Council representing Middle East and North Africa. He has the ability to implement processes for improving IT Services entailing continual service improvement, service operations, service transition and service design & strategy.

Saud Al Zakwani

With a robust foundation of over 15 years in data science and artificial intelligence, Saud is at the forefront of spearheading the digital transformation initiatives at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the nation’s preeminent oil and gas exploration and production company. In his current capacity, he is entrusted with the critical responsibility of developing and implementing a comprehensive roadmap for digital transformation. He is also an Ai practicioner taking credit of introducing various Ai models and automation within the organization.

Hassan Fida Hussain Al-Lawati

Hassan Al Lawati has more than 20 years of work experience in the sectors of Petroleum, Telecommunications, and Information Technology, with a qualification of MBA degree in Business Administration from University of Bedfordshire (UK). He aims to convert the Omani ICT industry from a technology consuming to a technology producing culture. He worked previously in Omantel, Shell Oman Marketing Company, and Information Technology Authority. He is currently working as the National Program Head for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies in the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and IT. He is working on a mission to establish the artificial intelligence and advanced technologies ecosystem in Oman by implementing the Oman’s National AI Strategy which been prepared under his supervision to support the national future direction for bridging the cooperation between the government entities, private firms, SMEs, community, and academia in order to enhance the productivity of the economic diversification sectors and their contribution to GDP.

Laila Al Hadhrami

Laila is a visionary and global futurist leader with over 20 years of experience in the government and private sector. She is the Managing Director of Communities Connect Cities (C3), a leading advisory company in smart and sustainable cities that empowers organizations to achieve their goals and create positive impact. She is also a recognized expert and advisor in metaverse, digital transformation, innovation, and tourism, with multiple publications and awards in these fields.

With a strong focus on the Middle East, Laila has been instrumental in shaping the smart cities agenda and strategy for various governments, UN organizations, and consulting firms. She is the founder of the Smart Cities Ambassadors program, a global initiative that nurtures and mentors individuals to become leaders in the field. She is also a sought-after global keynote speaker and author, who shares her insights and vision on the future of smart and sustainable cities, metaverse, and tourism. Laila is passionate about creating a better world for everyone through technology, collaboration, and innovation.

Joerg Bienert

Joerg Bienert is co-founder and chairman of the German AI Association (Bundesverband Künstliche Intelligenz – Germanys largest network of AI companies) and Chief Product officer at Alexander Thamm GmbH. After studying computer engineering and several engagements in the IT industry, he founded ParStream, a big data startup based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired over by Cisco in 2015.

Dr Said Jaboob

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dean University of Technology and Applied Sciences, PhD, MSc,BSc First Class Honors, University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, Oxford Brookes University

Ibrahim Al Hosni

Ibrahim Al Hosni is a results-oriented, self-motivated, and resourceful CEO with a passion for managing costs and establishing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships with clients, vendors, service providers, and stakeholders to ensure sustainability and profitability. Proficient in creating strategic alliances with organizational leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. Exceptional at building and retaining high-performance teams, with a proven ability to nurture and strengthen skilled professionals to optimize profitability and efficiency. Experienced in leading and expanding all sectors of a business, transforming it into a dynamic and progressive organization.
Career Index
• 25 years of local and international executive experience.
• Chairman of the Digital Economy at OCCI.
• Chairman of the SME Committee at OCCI.
• Founder and Chairman of the Oman Food Bank (Non-Profit Organization).
• Board Member of the ALWAQF Committee at the Ministry of Endowments & Religious Affairs.
• Board Member of the Oman Fencing Committee @mcsyom.
• Board Member at AL Khabourah Investment & Development Company.
• Board Member of ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc).
• Board Member for SME Definition with Sharakah.
• Board Member at Technical Industrial Colleges in MOMP.
• Member of OICC in the Industrial Committee.
• Member of the Investor Challenges Committee in MOC & OCCI.

Khalid Ahmed Alhosni

Khalid Alhosni is a seasoned C-Suite professional with experience in multiple industries including financial information, oil & gas logistics, facilities management, and online marketplaces. He was a member of the global internet society and the original steering group that created the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers in 1998

As a Chief Data Scientist, he is driven by the need for leveraging data to solve real-world business
challenges. He excels in crafting effective business use-cases and is a proponent of generative AI to extract crucial Customer / User behavioral insights from unstructured data like images, videos, audio, emails, reviews, and feedback. Khalid’s strength lies in simplifying complex machine learning models into straightforward business solutions that seamlessly fit into and enhance existing ERP and Digital Management systems.

Recognizing the untapped potential of large language models in leveraging Customer Leadership, Khalid has pioneered innovative approaches that have revolutionized the way organizations engage with their clientele. His task-specific language models are designed to offer unprecedented levels of customer personalization, creating a more intuitive and responsive interface that adapts to individual user needs. He has also developed predictive models that integrate seamlessly into existing systems, boosting
productivity by +40% or more, using real-time data analytics to optimize workflows, automate routine
tasks, and predict customer behavior, thereby enabling organizations to allocate resources more

Ott Velsberg

Dr. Ott Velsberg is a renowned Estonian IT specialist and government official, known for his expertise in data governance and data science. As the current Chief Data Officer (CDO) of Estonia, he is responsible for driving the country’s data policy and initiatives related to the use of data in the public sector. Velsberg has a wealth of experience in coordinating data governance and data science, with a focus on domains such as artificial intelligence, open data, citizen-centric data governance, data management, and digital transformation. Under his leadership, Estonia has gained a reputation as a trendsetter in data governance, open data, and artificial intelligence. With his passion for technology and data, he is making significant contributions to Estonia’s digital transformation and shaping the country’s future in data governance.

Kadriye Ercikan

Kadriye Ercikan, Vice President of the Research division at ETS and Professor Emerita at the University of British Columbia, plays a pivotal role in overseeing ETS’s foundational research, applied research, and the execution of national and international large-scale assessments. Her dual roles as an ETS executive and a respected academic underline her commitment to unbiased, rigorous research, ensuring that her insights transcend institutional interests and prioritize educational excellence. More information:

Thuraya Al Harthi

Thuraya is working as Acting Director for the Government Digital Services Unified Portal in the Ministry of Transport, Communication and IT. She is an expert in emerging technology, Open data and digital transformation with more than 12 years of professional experience. Thuraiya has also worked as a mentor and judge in different hackathons and competitions and she is a great motivator for startups. Besides her volunteer efforts in sharing knowledge in Oman and globally, she has participated in various conferences globally as a keynote speaker. This journey exposed her globally to be awarded for her AI contribution, leadership in digital transformation and Woman in Technology and Business.

Currently, she is a founded member of the World Metaverse Council. She was also a board member of the Smart City platform and the National Youth Committee in Oman.

Eng. Ahmed Al Ghadani

Eng. Ahmed Al Ghadani is a tech-serial entrepreneur with honours mechatronics engineering degree from Glasgow Caledonian University. His work in research has been published by organisations such as the
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), won IEEE awards, and sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.

Harith Al Muqbali

Harith Al Muqbali, the innovative CEO of Otaxi, Oman’s premier ride-hailing app, founded the platform in 2017. His visionary approach has revolutionized transportation in Oman, positioning Otaxi as an industry leader with unparalleled standards of reliability and customer satisfaction. Beyond reshaping the transportation landscape, Harith is dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurship and inspiring the next wave of innovators in Oman.

H.E. Eng Belal Al-Hafnawi

Technology and Digital Transformation Leader

H.E. Eng Belal Al-Hafnawi is an ICT executive leader experienced in technology, management, leadership, regulatory and strategy. Currently working as Commissioner and full time Board Member at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC).

His Excellency Belal has 20 years’ experience in technology, telecommunications, information technology and digital transformation. He has worked with several international mobile network vendors and service providers including Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and STC.

He has wide work experience in various telecommunications fields, which include management, advisory, strategy, technical consulting, managing complex programs and projects, operation management and quality.
He holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Telecommunications from the University of Jordan, and holds executive certification in Management and Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United states, which focused on business implications in Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things and platform strategies.

He is a technical writer, author and international speaker.
– Internet of Things Community USA, Advisory board member
– Jordan Engineers Association; DigiEng Committee; expert member.
– Princess Sumaya University for Technology, engineering Industrial Advisory Committee (EIAC), board member.
– German Jordanian University, Council of the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies; member with specialization and experience; Technology and leadership
– Mentor in MIT (Massachusetts institute of technology) for seasonal Hackathons

Sanjeev Madavi

Sanjeev Madavi has over 27 years of global experience in Digital transformation, Innovation, New business ventures and Operational Excellence across multiple industries. He speaks regularly at forums on innovative business ecosystems and is a recognized leader in turning businesses into digital enterprises curating his global experience in business and technology leadership, Strategy & Governance, Process Excellence, Operational Leadership and Business Entrepreneurship.

As the Group Chief Digital Transformation Officer for Khimji Ramdas LLC, he has built the ‘5 To Thrive’ business transformation roadmap that includes innovation, digital models and 4IR emerging technologies for the groups diverse business lines.

He has received several recognitions including the 2023 AchieversX CDO Award from the Royal family of Abu Dhabi, 2022 IDC CIO Award, 2022 IDC CISO Award, 2021 Legend CIO Award from World CIO Forum and the 2019 Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Leader of the Year award.

Sanjeev is a Civil Engineer from COEP with an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and has completed several executive leadership programs, including Harvard’s Building Capability with PDIA, Stanford GSB LEAD program in Corporate Innovation and Wharton’s Corporate Governance and Boardroom Credentials.

He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from Swiss Business School on the topic ‘Building Digital Agility for Organizational growth in middle east Enterprises.’

Dr. Hamed Al Hinai

Dr. Hamed Al-Hinai is a consultant and expert in the field of information technology and digital transformation. He has several achievements in leading business and IT organizations. In addition, he is well known in leading complex IT, digital transformation, and training projects to successful implementation. A number of these projects included the introduction of computerized information systems for the first time and the radical transformation from manual systems to fully automated and digitally transformed solutions. Dr. Hamed’s current interests are consulting, training and management of digital transformation and information technology projects. Academic and professional qualifications.

✓ Dr. Hamed received his PhD from the University of Sunderland, UK, in 2012, entitled “A Dynamic Model to Prepare and Assess Stakeholders’ Readiness for ERP Implementation (Developed in Omani Context)”.

✓ He received his Master of Science degree “Managing Information Technology” from the University of Salford, UK, in 2003.

✓ He received his Bachelor of Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1990.

✓ He gained professional certifications in the fields of programming, service management and project management.

✓ He has attended dozens of specialized training programs and global conferences in the fields of leadership, strategic planning, digital transformation management, project management, service management, team leadership, programming, and information systems analysis.

Work Experience He has 32 years of experience in the field of information technology and management of commercial institutions, including 28 years at an IT Services in the Ministry of Defense, Sultanate of Oman, where he held several positions starting from a computer programmer in 1990 and retired as Assistant Head of Information Technology Services. He has been Leading Knowledge Resources L. L. C. since 2013, which has contributed in development, upskilling and capacity building of Omani human resources, especially in the IT and Digital Transformation Fields.

Eng. Said Al-Mandhari

Said Al-Mandhari has started his role as a CEO of ITHCA Group on October 2019 after having more than 20 years of experience in the ICT sector. Prior to working for ITHCA Group, he was the CEO of Oman Broadband Company for about 6 years, managing more than 180 professionals in the IT & Telecommunication sector. He worked before that for multiple entities in the public and private sector. He was involved in multiple national projects related to the e-government initiatives.
In addition to his current full-time job, Said is currently involved in multiple committees and working groups related to ICT strategies, national capacity building, SMEs and digital economy. He is also a member of multiple company’s board of directors and Industry Advisory Boards in different universities and colleges.
Said holds a master’s degree in computer engineering, and Computer Systems Engineering degree from Kent University in 2000. He is also a graduate of Executive Management Program from Berkeley University in 2018.

Dr. Noha Bint Awad Al-Daroudi

Dr. Nuha holds a doctorate in planning Strategic human resources She works at the Diwan of Royal Court as department head Planning and studies are professional and certified trainer. The Ministry of Higher Education implemented many Programs in management and human resources. Dr. Nuha Enjoys planning and artificial intelligence with high leadership and supervisory abilities and skills In dealing with different secrets and scale wide .

Dr.Amjed AlThuhli

▪ 22+ years of experience in ICT sector
▪ Consultant, National Space and AI Center, (2020 –2023)
▪ CEO & Founder of FutureTech

▪ PhD in Computer Science, SQU, Oman, 2019.
▪ Master in Project Management, University Of Southern Queensland – Australia, 2011
▪ Bachelor in Computer Science, SQU, Oman, 2001

Relevant Experiences (Selection)
▪ World Economic Forum Experts – member(2019-Present)
▪ Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry –Digital Transformation Committee –member(2023-Present)
▪ ICT “In-Country Value” Committee – member
▪ GCC E-Commerce Committee – member(2019-2021)
▪ National E-Commerce Committee – member (2019-2021)
▪ World Trade Organization – member (2019- 2021)
▪ Oman College Industry Advisory Board –member

Hawra Al Lawati

Hawraa AlLawati stands as a dedicated and accomplished professional leader, bringing over 15years of expertise to the dynamic realm of customer experiences. Her illustrious career has seen her leave an indelible mark across diverse sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, and the automotive industry.

Armed with a robust skill set, she showcases proficiency in various areas such as customer relationship management, performance improvement, strategic planning, innovation, and system implementations. Hawraa’s commitment to excellent customer service and delivery transcends professional obligations; it reflects her deeply ingrained values and work ethic, cultivated through extensive functional and job experience.

Demonstrating a commitment to professional growth and knowledge sharing, Hawraa has actively participated as a keynote speaker in numerous Customer Experience Summits and Conferences throughout the MENA region. Recognized as a Female Leader, Hawraa was featured in #MuntadaAlMara,earning a place among the top 52 successful women in leadership during the launch of the inaugural edition of the prestigious book, AlMara_ Oman.

Recognized with Prestigious Industry Awards:

-Oman’s Woman Leader at the Oman Leadership Awards 2023 by CMO Asia World Women Leadership Congress.

-Silver Award in the Best Contact Centre category at the International Customer Experience Awards 2023.

-Best CX & Operational Excellence Award In the MENA Region in 2022.

-Best Customer Contact Centre Award in the MENA Region in 2022.

-Best Voice of Customer Award and Best Customer Journey Mapping Awardnin the Real Estate and Hospitality category across the MENA Region in 2021.

-CX Leader of the Year Award in 2021.

-Best Call Centre Award in the Automotive Category at Dubai Insights in the MENA Region in 2016.

-Customer Service Executive of the Year award in Oman in 2012.

Maha Al Habsi


Maha Mohamed Al Habsi, currently serving as the President of the Blockchain Club & Open Source, leveraging my leadership skills. hold an MBA in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Database Management, and a “Training for Trainers” certificate. As a former Lecturer at Middle East College and a Project Manager, I seamlessly blend education and project leadership. A standout achievement was securing the second position in YouthX Uniperneeur at Gitex Dubai. Additionally, I am a dynamic public speaker on Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation. Notably, I am the first Omani to attain certificates in Blockchain technology and Ethereum development from the Kerala Blockchain Academy. Nominated as one of the best omaani women in all fields in elite magazine for the year 2023


Rudy Shoushany

Award Winning International Keynote speaker, Technology strategist in Digital Governance, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity with a focus on Digital Transformation.Member of Forbes Technology Council.Founder of DxTalks & CryptoTalks The Digital Leaders Platform | Founder of BCCManagement Consultancy | Mentor | Advisor | Investor.

Over 23 years of experience in the Technology Field assisting organizations to transform.

Specialties in ICT Governance, Cybersecurity, & Financial Technologies (Fintech)Digital Transformation Strategies.

Graduated from UNISA South Africa with certifications from Stanford University and Boston University.

Certified professional with many achievements and awards skilled in executive leadership by PWC.

Founder, Host, and Moderator of the DxTalks Series, a Digital Transformation talk show.

Founder of BCCManagement Strategies Consultancy.

Coach and mentor for different NGOs, startups and hackathons helping entrepreneurs Excel.

Trainer in MENA region on Emerging technologies, Fintech, Digital transformation, ICT Corporate Governance and blockchain.

Recently selected as top 50 Global Thought leader and Influencer in Technology and Top 100 Leaders in Governance in digital transformation innovations.

Abdullah Al Moshyqari

Mr. Abdullah Al-Mushaikri, a lawyer and a legal advisor with Legal experience for over 10 years, and has filled many prominent and complex issues in different Domains. He founded the Abdullah Al-Mashqari office. He joined the law firm in 2016 for a period of time. The story of the establishment of the office on the trust of His uncle and built a wonderful foundation in the Law sector firm. Abdullah is a distinguished lawyer qualified to plead before all courts of first instance and appeal circles where he enjoys a wide range of various fields of law.

He has no experience in litigation before the judiciary ordinary, but he had a reputation in the judiciary administrative officer, where he worked on hundreds of cases administration and was known for his efficiency and eloquence Pleading and writing legal memoranda’s , Won many cases, in addition, Therefore his work in the field of arbitration has

It started and continued since 2013 AD and was appointed recently as an arbitrator in a case due to the has experience.

Given the office founder’s Endeavor to provide Legal services with all professionalism and efficiency. He was keen to appoint an elite group of lawyers and specialists in legal work where Abdullah Al-Mushaikri’s office is proud of its staff

Ahmed Amur Qatan

Mr. Ahmed Qatan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Dhofar University.

He served as head of the technical support department for several years.

– Director of the Service Development Department.

– Manager of Information Technology.

Participated in many regional workshops and conferences in the field of technology.

– Member of the digital transformation team in Dhofar Municipality

Head of several teams, including the unified municipal system team and the change management team in the Dhofar Municipality.

Dr. Essam Hussain Al Lawati

Dr Essam Hussain Al Lawati (PhD, MSc, MCIM , CPM -AMI , AAAI) An Expert in the field of management, innovation, marketing, entrepreneurship, and Business professional with a PhD in Management and an MSc in Marketing, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM),a member of the association for the Artificial intelligence (AAAI), and a Certified Practitioner of Marketing (CPM) from the Australian Marketing Institute. He is currently the Head of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences – Muscat, as well as the Founder of Hexa-edge Business Consultancy with expertise in entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, transportation, education, Tourism, Banking, Oil & Gas and others. He is a Certified Entrepreneurship Educator with an SMEF program in Oman. He is specialized in management, innovation, marketing, and entrepreneurship and have published several papers. He was the Head of Business Studies Department at UTAS -Nizwa and the head of Entrepreneurship cell at UTAS -Muscat . He obtained a PhD in Management that focuses on entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial culture and intention. He is a reviewer of internationally reputable journals in Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, as well as he had reviewed several programs and courses related to marketing, entrepreneurship, amd Business.

Mustafa Hazam

Mustafa Hazam, Founder and CEO of Grambell

A seasoned stalwart with 15+ years under his belt, Mustafa’s contributions at giants like Infobip, Syniverse, and Sinch have predominantly focused on serving MNOs and enterprises worldwide. Leading Grambell, his mission is transformative and clear: usher in an era where AI, Omni channels & telecommunications are no-code and open to all.

Ashish Gupta

Ashish Gupta, an accomplished professional with a rich background in digital banking, is a distinguished MBA graduate in Marketing from IMT, India. With an impressive tenure spanning over 19 years, Ashish has honed his expertise in Digital Product Development, proficiently steering Profit Centre Operations, and cultivating robust business relationships.


Currently serving as the Head of Digital & Acquiring Business at Bank Dhofar in Oman, Ashish brings a wealth of knowledge to the forefront of the rapidly evolving digital banking landscape. His strategic leadership and innovative approach have been instrumental in shaping the digital banking ecosystem, making a significant impact on both technological advancements and business growth.

Kunio Hara

Kunio Hara is a president of Ho-Me-I-Ku group. He invented his educational method “Ho-Me-I-ku” from Japan, spreading around twenty countries and over one million people.

He started his job career at one of the major consulting firms in Japan. However, to become one of the top consultants, he quit his job and switched to a job washing dishes at a restaurant. He had lived upstairs of the restaurant for 4 years and became a store manager. Through this experience, he combined education, which he studied from his tries and errors, with the technologies of brain science and psychology, and “Ho-Me-I-Ku” was born. Ho-Me-I-Ku has been installed in over five hundred companies and even educational institutes including early childhood education. He also supports entrepreneurs. Kunio hosts the Ho-Me-I-Ku online salon where he applies in session with its contents of the harmony of any kind of relationship.
His activities are not limited to Japan. The Ho-Me-I-Ku is also attracting a great deal of attention overseas such as the USA, China, India, Singapore, and Thailand. He published thirty books (they were translated into English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai). His activities have been covered by many media outlets.

He is the only person who presented his speech in TEDx talk three times, and his talk was chosen as the world’s most popular talk in 2022 (based on the number of views). His TEDx talks are listed below.

Faisal Chareuf

Managing Director at Shared and Company, Faisal is a charismatic Management Consulting Director and Advisor with over 15 years of global management consulting experience across the public and private sectors . He brings extensive knowledge and experience in strategy, operations and business transformation with a solid track record of successful projects delivered in the UK and MENA region. Clients have included Central Bank of UAE, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Digital Authority, ADNOC, TAQA Group, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Municipality, FAB, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and ARAMCO to name a few.

Alharith Alatawi

Alharith Alatawi is a prominent figure in technology investment and digital transformation, boasting over 15 years of significant experience. He currently excels as the Co-founder and CEO of the award-winning Shaffra, an innovative company specializing in AI Workforce and Corporate Metaverses. Shaffra is renowned for its advanced AI solutions and proprietary rendering engine, providing unique Metaverse experiences that enable clients to maximize AI’s potential across diverse business sectors. Under Alharith’s strategic leadership, Shaffra has emerged as a key influencer in integrating AI and Metaverse technologies within major corporations and government entities. Recognized in the “Future 100” companies list by the UAE government, Shaffra stands at the forefront of economic transformation in the GCC, Middle East, and globally, setting new benchmarks in the deep-tech industry with a client portfolio that includes STC in KSA and Omantel. Alharith’s entrepreneurial prowess is further exemplified by his co-founding roles in “Skiplino” and “ONEGCC,” both acknowledged by Forbes Middle East as among the top 15 most innovative and influential tech companies in the region. He also led Skiplino, a global digital transformation company, to collaborate with world-class organizations such as Harvard University, Delta Airlines, and the United Nations in Geneva.


As the Chairman of the Bahrain Chambers Technology and Digital Economy Committee, he not only founded the BCCI Annual Technology Summit but also played a crucial role in attracting international investments to Bahrain’s technology sector. His regional impact is underscored by his selection as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Arab Pioneers by the UAE’s Ministry of Youth and his appointment as a Youth Ambassador by the Arab Thought Foundation in

KSA. Embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Alharith co-founded Level Z, MENA’s first Start-up Factory, launching successful projects like Skiplino. Before delving into tech entrepreneurship, Alharith contributed to managing a multi-billion-dollar investment fund in Bahrain, KSA, and the UAE, showcasing his diverse expertise in both financial and technological realms. He is a proud alumnus of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. This educational foundation, coupled with his real-world experiences, has been instrumental in shaping his visionary approach to technology and business leadership.

Ahmer Inam

Ahmer Inam is the Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer at Relanto, USA, a global firm specializing in business process transformation and enterprise resiliency and an Dula Role as Strategic Advisor to SK Gulf Integrated LLC, Oman. Before this, Ahmer had the dual role of Chief AI Officer and Chief Product Strategist for Pactera Edge (now Centific), a globally leading human-first digital intelligent platforms and solutions firm that powered up the world’s leading AI-first brands. With over two decades of experience, Ahmer has a proven track record of driving organizational transformation through the implementation of intelligent digital solutions. He has held leadership positions at renowned firms such as Nike, PwC, and Wells Fargo.

Ahmer’s expertise extends beyond his professional roles. He serves as an official ambassador and a global visionary at XPRIZE, an esteemed position that recognizes his contributions to advancing AI-centric solutions for high human impact. He also acts as a Data & AI expert with the International Institute for Analytics, contributing his knowledge and insights to the field. Notably, Ahmer played an active role in shaping responsible AI practices as a member of the joint World Economic Forum and Responsible AI Institute task force responsible for designing the world’s first responsible AI certification program.

Ahmer’s involvement with prestigious institutions extends further. Ahmer is also a Strategic Advisor to Sustain Chain, a UN initiative under the Deputy Secretary General. He is also a founding member of the Decentralized Society Lab at MIT Media Labs, where he contributes to exploring the societal impacts of emerging technologies. Additionally, Ahmer serves as a mentor and advisor to the MIT AI for Impact Innovation Venture Studio, lending his expertise to foster innovation in the AI space. His contributions to the technology industry have earned him a position as a member of the Forbes Technology Council, where he actively participates in shaping technology-related conversations. Ahmer’s passion for AI startups also drives him to provide guidance and advisory services to promising ventures in the field.”

SK Gulf integrated LLC (SKG), an Omani Company focusing on development of Technologies across the MEA region in chosen business segment within Environment sustainability, Biodiversity, Regenerative Farming, Industrial Automation and Artificial intelligence Exponential Technologies. SK Gulf being Ambassador to XPRIZE in Oman and ME region endeavor to maximize the engagement of exponential Tech developments in the local region.


Mac Malkawi

Mac Malkawi is a Jordanian American:

. Business Man
. Learner
. Science Communicator
. Space nut
. Philanthropist
. Explorer
. And Science Fiction Fan

On a mission to create online educational STEAM content for underserved communities in untapped languages worldwide while bringing access to Space through inspiration by building science clubs, maker spaces, Analog Astronaut experiences and space camps for underutilized communities.

Ghaya Al Barwani

Ghaya Al-Barwani, MCC, ACTC, CMC, MBA (Fin) is an “Ambitions Ambassador” and “RESULTS Whisperer”. She is not your typical master certified coach or your typical advanced certificate in team coaching holder. With over 20 years of experience in business development and management, financial planning and people management before becoming a coach, she brings a wealth of expertise to her clients. Through including mental fitness and emotional culture, Ghaya has helped organizations, team and executives embrace the changes and challenges they face and thrive! Her superpower focuses on enhancing revenue and performance in the face of the changes and challenges her clients are facing, while creating systems that enable delivering them with empathy, compassion, ease and joy! Whether it’s improving the bottom line, increasing productivity, or achieving personal growth, Ghaya’s coaching expertise can help you unlock your true potential as a leader and executive enabling you to achieve radically successful results on what matters most with heart.

Haider Al-Lawati

Haider Al-Lawati is a Senior Manager – Artificial Intelligence at Oman Data Park, drawing upon more than 13 years of dedicated experience within both the telecom industry and academia. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded diverse projects encompassing network planning, strategic and operational planning, project management, and innovative network solutions. His academic journey led him to achieve a Ph.D. from the prestigious University of Toronto in Canada. Following his Ph.D., Haider delved into cutting-edge AI research, contributing to both academia and industry in Canada. His recent transition to Oman Data Park reflects his commitment to driving AI initiatives and projects.”

Furthermore, Haider shares his knowledge and passion of AI by teaching machine learning courses at the Modern College of Business and Science.

Sharifa AlBarami


Start-up growth catalyst, tech expert, Angel investor, entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, founder & media personality.

Biomedical Scientist by academic education, she leveraged her knowledge in the field of technology Entrepreneurship as a career. She played a pivotal role in entrepreneurship education in Oman while being a member of the supreme council of education for eight years (2012-2020),

A great believer in blockchain technology, and the evolutionary power of Web3. An NFT & Crypto evangelist and community builder.

Previously, Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund, spearheading the establishment of US $15M seed fund and accelerator program aimed at investing in technology startups at the seed stage (2016-2018).

Sharifa was also Co-Founder and CTO of MarkeetEx, Oman’s first e-commerce marketplace and delivery App that offers grocery as well as retail products (2018-2022).

She is a member of the board of directors at Awasr Telecommunications Company.

Also previously, Founder of the BizHub Entrepreneurship Centre ( Previously, the primary consultant hired to design, execute and manage Oman’s first start-up accelerator & seed fund initiative, the “CELL”, a CSR initiative for OMIFCO, an Oman Oil Company Subsidiary (2012-2015).

She also spearheaded the set up and launch of the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute for AMIDEAST in Oman in 2010-2011, as Business Consultant, Programs Manager & Trainer.

-Graduate from the National CEO Program (Oman), IMD
-An MIT Entrepreneurship Certificate holder.
-Associate member of the Accredited Association of Small Business Consultants.
-An Affiliate member of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN).
-Member of the International Network of Small & Medium Enterprises (INSME).
-Member of the Education Council, Oman.


Haider Al-Lawati

Andrew Forson is Financial Engineer and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) who has been active in the web3 space since 2018. Although his background and training is in the creation of structured financial products and financial risk engineering, he has years of experience as a software developer in the enterprise application development field with projects ranging from ERP systems implementation to decentralized application development. Andrew’s Web3 journey has culminated in his most recent assignment as the Head of Growth of the Hashgraph Association, the commercialization arm of the Hedera Distributed Ledger Ecosystem. There he works to grow the footprint of Hedera through the Hashgraph Ventures, their Venture Capital arm, and the Hashgraph Group, their productization and commercialization arm.

Dr. Muntazir Mehdi

Dr. Mehdi is the Founder and CEO of Elile AI Corporation, an early-stage startup in the energy management space. A serial entrepreneur and innovator, he was part of the founding team of three other startups including Analytical Monkey, Intralinks and Quanttus, where he built an early wearable that measured blood pressure and raised funding with Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Mehdi then spent almost a decade at Microsoft where he was a founding member of Azure Cloud, Director of Autonomous AI and designed the first infrastructure architecture of Open AI, enabling the training of ChatGPT. In 2021, Mehdi joined Amazon as a General Manager in the AI AdTech and Media Planning group. Additionally, he is technical advisor for United Nation’s Sustain Chain Initiative, technical expert on MIT AI-based Venture fund C10 Labs and advisor for xPrize.

Dr. Ibrahim Almosallam

Dr. Ibrahim Almosallam holds a PhD degree from the University of Oxford in Artificial Intelligence. He also worked as a visiting researcher in the Artificial Intelligence lab at Stanford University and as a researcher at the National Center for Artificial Intelligence in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. Later, he served as a consultant in AI and Quantum Technologies for the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE). Among his interests are the governance of artificial intelligence and quantum technologies, their legislative solutions, and their intersection with the field of information security. Dr. Almosallam is also a researcher and activist in the field of quantum computing, he published a number of journal articles, patents, and reports, most notably he authored a report titled “Governance of Artificial Intelligence”, and contributed to global reports with the World Economic Forum on the governance of quantum technologies and the secure digital transformation for the post-quantum era.

Rana Gujral

Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and CEO at Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that excels at distinguishing behavioral signals in speech data with its proprietary deep-learning technology. As a thought leader in the A.I./technology space, he often leads keynote sessions and joins panel discussions at industry events such as the World Government Summit, VOICE Summit, The Next Web Conference, LEAP, DeepFest, and Blockchain Economic Forum.

In 2014, Rana founded TiZE, a cloud software for specialty chemicals, and held the role of CEO until its acquisition in 2016. Prior to TiZE, He was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first-of-its-kind, innovative product for the DIY community and prompted the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a short span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc., where he was responsible for the development of best-in-class products generating billions in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations.

Rana is an active investor and an advisor to several startups. He’s a contributing columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and has been recognized as ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine, awarded ‘US-China Pioneer’ by IEIE, listed as a ‘Top 10 Entrepreneur to follow’ by Huffington Post, and an ‘A.I. Entrepreneur to Watch’ by Inc Magazine.

Kamal Youssefi

Kamal Youssefi is The President of the Board of The Hashgraph Association. He founded Swisscom Blockchain AG, and sits on the boards of multiple companies leveraging the potential of emerging technologies.

His previous projects dealt with structuring tech-enabled business transformations, designing trusted ecosystems for digital assets, and developing enterprise-grade blockchain applications. This includes over a decade in Europe at the Big 4 advisory firm EY and the Swiss Telco Giant Swisscom building digital platforms for enterprises and large corporates.

At his current position, Kamal works closely with startups, enterprises and government entities in Europe and in the Middle East to structure and implement national DLT/blockchain initiatives. 

In 2019, Hayek was nominated to be President of the World Bank. He has managed multinational teams in both the private and the public sectors and has lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Latin America.

As an investment banker, he held senior management positions at Citibank, Salomon Brothers, Banque Indosuez, and Bear Stearns. He traded foreign exchange, fixed income instruments, and derivatives, before going on to structured finance, securitization and, later, corporate finance. He led highly visible IPOs and fixed income capital markets placements and advised on M&A deals and infrastructure projects valued at more than US$15 billion.

Hayek is an international expert on public-private partnerships. He founded WAPPP, was Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Party on PPP, External Advisor to Bain & Co. and Kearney, and Secretary General of Lebanon’s High Council for Privatization and PPP. He helped attract investment commitments of more than US$12 billion to Lebanon, has financed PPP deals in Latin America and Europe, and has advised the Chinese and other governments on PPP strategy and legislation. He worked extensively with UN entities, the World Bank, IFC, EBRD, EIB, and many strategic and financial investors.

His board experience includes membership of the boards of multinational companies, banks, professional associations, civil society NGOs, and a university. It also includes chairing board audit committees and being involved in risk management, strategy validation, succession planning, company divestiture and the corporate governance of state-owned enterprises.

Hayek is a science and technology enthusiast, and is certified in Ai. He is an experienced entrepreneur, who has started and exited three ventures.

He studied in Lebanon, Mexico, and the USA. He holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, did an executive course at Harvard University, and is registered as CEO of a financial institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Hayek is conversant with 11 languages and is a citizen of Lebanon, the UK, and the USA.

Ziad-Alexandre Hayek

Hayek has 42 years of experience in investment banking, international finance, board membership, corporate management, infrastructure, emerging markets, public policy, and government relations. He is currently the President of WAPPP (The World Association of PPP Units & Professionals), Co-Founder of Earth64, and strategic advisor to HyperCycle Ai.

In 2019, Hayek was nominated to be President of the World Bank. He has managed multinational teams in both the private and the public sectors and has lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Latin America.

As an investment banker, he held senior management positions at Citibank, Salomon Brothers, Banque Indosuez, and Bear Stearns. He traded foreign exchange, fixed income instruments, and derivatives, before going on to structured finance, securitization and, later, corporate finance. He led highly visible IPOs and fixed income capital markets placements and advised on M&A deals and infrastructure projects valued at more than US$15 billion.

Hayek is an international expert on public-private partnerships. He founded WAPPP, was Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Party on PPP, External Advisor to Bain & Co. and Kearney, and Secretary General of Lebanon’s High Council for Privatization and PPP. He helped attract investment commitments of more than US$12 billion to Lebanon, has financed PPP deals in Latin America and Europe, and has advised the Chinese and other governments on PPP strategy and legislation. He worked extensively with UN entities, the World Bank, IFC, EBRD, EIB, and many strategic and financial investors.

His board experience includes membership of the boards of multinational companies, banks, professional associations, civil society NGOs, and a university. It also includes chairing board audit committees and being involved in risk management, strategy validation, succession planning, company divestiture and the corporate governance of state-owned enterprises.

Hayek is a science and technology enthusiast, and is certified in Ai. He is an experienced entrepreneur, who has started and exited three ventures.

He studied in Lebanon, Mexico, and the USA. He holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, did an executive course at Harvard University, and is registered as CEO of a financial institution by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Hayek is conversant with 11 languages and is a citizen of Lebanon, the UK, and the USA.

Mona Al Shanfari

A certified compliance & anti money laundering expert overseeing Oman, Saudi Arabian, UK and Swiss Regulations, with 20+ years’ experience in the largest local organizations and A+/A rated international UK & Swiss banks, has managed many other roles including Country Operation Manager, Strategy Officer, and Project Manager to the Government of Oman on various projects. Mona holds an Executive MBA fromthe number 1 ranked business school in the world,INSEAD.