Event Agenda

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07:30

Registration, Badge Collection & Networking Coffee Break

07:30

08:45

MC Welcome remarks / brief of the day

08:50

WELCOME NOTE

Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom REVIEW & CEO of Trace Media

08:50

08:55

OFFICIAL OPENING KEYNOTE

H.E. Eng. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General for the Telecommunication Sector, TRA UAE (V)

09:10

VISIONARY DEBATE

  • Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Strategy & Corporate Governance Officer, Etisalat Group (P)
  • Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA (P)

09:10

09:25

KEYNOTE

Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN GlobalConnect (P)

09:40

KEYNOTE

AnJian, President of Carrier Network Business Group, Huawei Middle East (P)

09:40

9:50

VIRTUAL VISIT

Live demonstration from Shenzhen Huawei Galileo 5G Exhibition

10:10

THE TELECOM LEADERS’ PANEL: A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE

Panel outline:
  • New investment opportunities
  • Leveraging emerging technologies to generate revenues
  • Revamping strategies

Panelists:
  • Hazem Metwally, CEO, Etisalat Misr (V)
  • Dr. Ahmed Sindi, CEO, Dawiyat (P)
  • Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO, Benya Holding (V)
  • Sultan al-Deghaither, CEO, Zain KSA (V)
  • Osman Sultan, Chairman & CEO, Fikra Tech and Chairman of the Transformation & Restructuring Committee- Board Member Smile Telecom (P)
  • James Kirby, Senior Vice President & Head Of EMEA, CSG (V)

Moderator: Elias Saab, Chief Commercial Officer, Sofrecom (P)

10:10

11:10

Networking coffee Break

11:30

KEYNOTE

Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO, Benya Group (V)

11:30

11:45

KEYNOTE

Dr. Ahmed Sindi, CEO, Dawiyat (P)

12:00

PANEL: THE ERA OF 5G: SPECTRUM ALLOCATION

Panel outline:
  • Delay caused by COVID-19
  • Allocating frequency bands
  • FTTx impact on 5G rollout
  • Front haul fiber impact
  • Edge data center impact
  • Role of regulators in accelerating deployment

Panelists:
  • Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Etisalat International (P)
  • Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj, Senior VP of Technology and Operations Unit, stc (V)
  • Paul Michael Scanlan, CTO of Huawei Carrier Business Group (V)
  • Femi Oshiga, VP Sales, Service Providers MEA, CommScope (V)
  • Aji Ed, CTO, Nokia (P)
  • Azhar Sayeed, Sr. Director - Global technical development – Red Hat (V)
  • Mounir Ladki, President and CTO, MYCOM OSI (P)

Moderator: Johannes Hummer, Regional Head of Middle East, Vodafone Partner Markets (P)

12:00

13:10

Networking lunch

14:10

KEYNOTE: Why augmented reality matters

By Leslie Shannon, Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting, Nokia (V)

14:10

14:20

PANEL: TELCOS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Panel outline:
  • How COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation
  • Network transformation and management
  • Digital transformation of customer experience
  • Data-driven decision making: capacity, investment, products
PANEL OPENING KEYNOTE: Rewarding your customers throughout his digital customer experience journey by Rabih Farhat, Managing Partner, Related (P)

Panelists:
  • Hatem Bamatraf, CTO, Etisalat (P)
  • Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN (P)
  • Hazem Galal, Partner, Global Leader for Cities & Local Government, PwC Middle East (P)
  • Martin Creaner, Chief digital transformation strategist for the Huawei SPO Business Research Lab (V)
  • Henrique Vale, Nokia Software VP MEA, Nokia (P)
  • Philippe Vogeleer, group head of external affairs, Vodafone (V)

Moderator: Rabih Farhat, Managing Partner, Related (P)

15:20

KEYNOTE: A Hybrid Approach to Advancing Global Connectivity

Samer Halawi, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Intelsat (V)

15:20

15:30

PANEL: WHOLESALE AND CAPACITY: MANAGING THE EXPLOSION OF DATA TRAFFIC

Panel outline:
  • How the wholesale and capacity industry played a major role amid COVID-19
  • Impact of the pandemic on data traffic
  • Challenges brought about by COVID-19

Panelists:
  • Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global (V)
  • Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat (P) 
  • Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN GlobalConnect (P)
  • Vaneet Mehta, AVP & Region Head – MECAA at Tata Communications (P)
  • Imran Malik Khan, Global VP Fixed Data, SES Networks (V)
  • Patrick Sullivan, Area Vice President for APAC, EMEA & Latam, Verizon (V)

Moderator: Stephen King, Lecturer in Digital Media, Middlesex University Dubai (P)

16:30

Networking coffee Break

16:30

16:45

KEYNOTE: Preparing your Business Support Systems for 5G

Sabri Ali Yehya, Chief Information Officer, Etisalat (P)

16:55

PANEL OPENING

Hazem Galal, Partner, Global Leader for Cities & Local Government, PwC Middle East (P)

16:55

17:05

PANEL: TECHNOLOGY LEADS THE BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19

Panel outline:
  • Role of emerging technologies in the fight against the pandemic
  • How E-health gained momentum
  • Introducing a new era of technological advancements

Panelists
  • Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA (P)
  • Jihad Tayara, CEO, Evoteq (P)
  • Hazem Galal, Partner, Global Leader for Cities & Local Government, PwC Middle East (P)
  • Yousef Khalili, Head of Smart City & Smart Government Practice & the UAE General Manager, NXN (P)
  • Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS (V)
  • Dimitris Lioulias, VP of Corporate Strategy, stc (P)
Moderator: Dr. Chafic Chaya, Regional Communications Manager, RIPE NCC (P)

17:45

PANEL: REGULATING DATA PRIVACY IN A VIRTUALLY CONNECTED WORLD

Panel outline:
  • Highlighting data privacy following the new normal imposed by COVID-19
  • Data privacy and the surge in video communication applications
  • Securing communication in a virtually connected world

Panelists
  • Khaled Hegazy, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Etisalat Misr (P)
  • Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Technologies USA (V)
  • Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU (V)
  • Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN (P)
  • Marcel Rizcallah, Senior Director, EMEA Consulting Security Domain Leader, Oracle (V)
Moderator: Mr. Hani Obeid, Partner, NXN (P)

17:45

18:30

CLOSING DEBATE

  • Hatem Dowidar, Acting CEO, Etisalat Group and CEO, Etisalat International
  • Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom REVIEW & CEO of Trace Media

19:00

Reception followed by Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

19:00

N.B.:

(P) refers to physical presence

(V) refers to virtual participation