Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. EmTech MENA 2018, is the region’s version of the most prestigious tech conference, organised by MIT Technology Review Arabia, in partnership with Dubai Future Foundation.
The inaugural EmTech MENA will focus on how to achieve a securely connected world (Security and Telecom), supported by Intelligent Machines, regulated by the Governments of the Future (Sustainability, infrastructure, smart government, energy transformation), and fueled by the year's emerging technologies. The event will also be a celebration of the inaugural award Innovators Under 35 for the MENA region.
- Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines
- Augmented Reality
- Internet of Things
- Social Media
- Smart Governments
- Energy Transformation
For discounted and privileged access members can use the coupon: OMANBF when registering the tickets on this link: https://emtechmena.com/emtech-mena-2018-tickets/
Registration & Breakfast
CEO and publisher, MIT Technology Review.
Dr. Prof. Christoph Meinel
President and CEO. Hasso Plattner Institute
Prof. Fiona Murray
Professor of Entrepreneurship & Associate Dean of Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management
Break & Networking
Prof. Carlo Ratti
Professor of Urban Technologies and Planning, MIT
Prof. Carolina Osorio
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), MIT
Founder & CEO, Blippar
Keynote Sponsor Presentation (DEWA)
Lunch and Prayer Break
Prof. Donald Sadoway
John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, MIT
Prof. Fikile Brushett
Raymond A. and Helen E. St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Dr. Lin Wen Hu
Director, Research and Services MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory
Break & Networking
Platinum Sponsor Presentation
Prof. Una-May O'Reilly
Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, MIT
Ms. Noor Shaker
Co-Founder and CEO, GTN Ltd
A Look Ahead - Fireside with H.E. Omar Alolama
Meet the Innovators Under 35
Registration & Breakfast
Prof. Munir Nayfeh
Professor of Physics, University of Illinois
Prof. Adah Almutairi
Director of UCSD's Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine, UCSD
Break & Networking
Dr. Stefano Zanero
Associate Professor Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Polytechnic University of Milan
Director for Cyber Intelligence & Analytics, Darktrace
CTO, IBM's blockchain business in Middle East and Africa
Dr. Rida Hamza
Vice President, Global Business Development, Parsons
Lunch and Prayer Break
CIO, Government of Estonia
Dr. Saleh Alhashemi
Break & Networking
COO - Udacity (Sponsor Presentation)
Meet the Innovators Under 35
A Look Ahead - Fireside with H.E. Mohamed Algergawi
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.
Donald R. Sadoway, Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy from the University of Toronto, is John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The author of over 170 scientific papers and holder of 26 U.S. patents, he is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Metal. Viewed almost 2 million times, his TED talk is as much about inventing inventors as it is about inventing technology. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Lin Wen Hu
Dr. Lin-wen Hu is an international expert with more than 20 years of experience in nuclear systems design, safety, and nuclear technology applications. She is a senior research scientist and director of MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory’s research and irradiation services division, which consists of reactor experiments, neutron activation and elemental analysis, neutron beam applications, and reactor physics groups. Dr. Hu is the Technical Lead of the MIT Reactor (MITR) as a partner facility of Idaho National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) and is an expert in a wide range of nuclear applications including advanced nuclear fuel and materials irradiation tests, radioisotope production, licensing, and safety analysis of nuclear reactors. Dr. Hu’s group is leading the development of a transportable Fluoride salt-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR) with an innovative demonstration strategy through integrated subcritical facility. She currently leads several research projects including MITR LEU fuel conversion feasibility study; (FHR) design, modeling and safety analysis, fluoride salt and materials irradiation testing; and Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) instrumentation design. Dr. Hu is author or co-author if over 200 technical publications.
Khalfan Juma Belhoul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF). Prior to his current role, Belhoul was a Vice President of Strategy at Dubai Holding, where he was responsible for formulating Dubai Holding’s strategic direction and enhance its investments and its role in the diversification of Dubai’s non-oil economy. Before joining Dubai Holding, he founded the Belhoul Investment Office, responsible for rolling-out a sophisticated asset allocation strategy spanning private equity, alternative investments, real estate and conventional assets. Belhoul holds a BSc in Finance, M.I.S and a Masters in Ecommerce, all from Boston University.
Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum. Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences. Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant. Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
Fikile BrushettRaymond A. and Helen E. St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering MIT
Fikile Brushett is Associate Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development of transformative electrochemical technologies that enable a sustainable energy economy. He is especially fascinated by the fundamental processes that define the performance, cost, and lifetime of present and future electrochemical systems. Fikile received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and, from 2010-2012, he was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Electrochemical Energy Storage group at Argonne National Laboratory. He has received several awards from his research and teaching including being named one of Chemical & Engineering News’s Talented 12 in 2017.
Anthony is the leader and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM’s blockchain business in Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for leading engagements with clients across the region and helping them to leverage distributed ledger technologies to transform their organisations, ecosystems and industries. He was previously the CTO for IBM Cloud in Middle East and Africa providing technical leadership across cloud, blockchain, and cognitive portfolios; and helping clients understand how emerging technologies can be used to unlock new forms of value. Prior to this, he held multiple global roles, including leading the global transformation of one of IBM’s largest natural resources sector clients, consulting to a global payments provider on new forms of digital payment, and developing a set of services offerings around mobile payments. He is a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology, chair of MEA’s patent development board, and was appointed as a Distinguished Engineer in recognition of sustained technical leadership across the IBM company and his contribution to blockchain and cloud technologies. He holds multiple patents in the fields of blockchain, mobile payments, artificial intelligence, and security; and holds a Masters of Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a thesis in scheduling in distributed systems.
Justin Fier is the Director for Cyber Intelligence & Analytics at Darktrace, based in Washington D.C. Justin is one of the US’s leading cyber intelligence experts, and his insights have been widely reported in leading media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Washington Post, and VICELAND. With over 10 years of experience in cyber defense, Justin has supported various elements in the US intelligence community, holding mission-critical security roles with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and Abraxas. Justin is also a highly-skilled technical specialist, and works with Darktrace’s strategic global customers on threat analysis, defensive cyber operations, protecting IoT, and machine learning.
As the Managing Director of Krypto Labs, the CEO of Algorythma, the Chairman of Integrated Securities and the Chairman of Integrated Capital PJSC. Dr. Alhashemi brings a wealth of experience from working in senior leadership positions across businesses, government, and academia. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Environment at the General Secretariat of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council. During his tenure at the Executive Council, Dr. Alhashemi was instrumental is advising the government in restructuring key infrastructure projects and state-owned commercial enterprises to improve the use of sponsor capital and financing to better align these initiatives to the long-term interests of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In 2001, he led the development of the Petroleum Institute where he helped open several innovation and research centers within the ADNOC complex. Dr. Alhashemi holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in the United States. He is a patented inventor and a published author in several peer-reviewed academic journals including Science Magazine.
Christoph MeinelPresident and CEO Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam
Christoph Meinel is CEO and Scientific Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) as well as Dean of the Digital-Engineering Faculty at the University of Potsdam, where he holds the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems. He teaches courses on IT Systems Engineering in the HPI Bachelor and Master Degree programs and in the MOOC platform developed by his team: openHPI. His research currently focuses on security engineering, knowledge engineering, and Web 3.0–Semantic, Social, Service Web. He is also scientifically active in research on the innovation method Design Thinking. Earlier scientific work concentrated on efficient algorithms and complexity theory. Christoph Meinel is author or co-author of more than 25 books, anthologies, as well as numerous conference proceedings. He has had more than 550 (peer-reviewed) papers published in scientific journals and at international conferences and holds a number of international patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality and computer vision (AI). Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world. With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of AR. In 2016, Mitra was named UK Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Mitra was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Ambarish is an active private investor in the field of AR, AI, food tech and genomics. Listed amongst industry experts, Mitra is often invited to keynote sessions on pioneering innovations and entrepreneurship at esteemed institutes and events including TED Talks, Mobile World Congress, CES, DLD and SXSW.
Munir Nayfeh is an atomic physicist renowned for groundbreaking work in nano-science and technology. He received his BSc from AUB and PhD from Stanford. He was a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a lecturer at Yale, and is currently professor at University of Illinois. He authored Electricity and Magnetism, and Fundamentals and Applications of Nano Silicon, and co-edited three books on lasers. He uses the trademark “Dr. Nano,” to simplify nanotechnology for children. He holds 23 US patents in nanosilicon, and founded – NanoSi Advanced Technologies, NanoSilicon Solar, Parasat-Nanosi (Kazakhstan), and Reach-NanoSi (Palestine) – promoting high-tech devices with diverse applications from solar energy and lighting to early detection-treatment of acute disease. Nayfeh is on the advisory board of KFUPM, Saudi Arabia and SHTP, Vietnam. He is an IAS fellow, and president of the Network of Arab Scientists and Technologists Abroad. He received the Beckman, AT&T, Industrial 100, and Energy 100 Awards.
Una-May O’Reilly is a Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, MIT. Her research focuses on computational intelligence – particularly machine learning and adversarial dynamics. Her PhD dissertation was one of the world’s first on the AI topic of Genetic Programming. She received the EvoStar Award for Outstanding Achievements in Evolutionary Computation in Europe. She is recognized by ACM SIGEVO for Outstanding Contributions (ISGEC Fellow, elected 2004). She has applied algorithms to health care, online education, energy and cybersecurity.
Carolina Osorio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and in the Operations Research Center (ORC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work develops operations research techniques to inform the design and operations of urban mobility systems. She was recognized as one of the outstanding early-career engineers in the US by the National Academy of Engineering’s EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, and is the recipient of a US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an MIT CEE Maseeh Excellence in Teaching Award, an MIT Technology Review EmTech Colombia TR35 Award, an IBM Faculty Award and a European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO) Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Before co-founding GTN, Noor was an assistant professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen working on machine learning with a special interest in generative models. She has more than 50 publications and 1100+ citations and has co-authored a book on generative methods. She has won a number of grants and awards for her research.
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic development initiatives and regulation in areas digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.
Dr. Anas Tawileh in the Executive Director of EmTech MENA. He is the managing director of Systematics Consulting Inc. A seasoned digitization strategist and digital transformation architect, he led and successfully delivered several transformation projects for major telecom operators around the world. Dr. Tawileh published extensively in industry and scholarly journals and publications. He holds a PhD in Information Assurance and an MSc in Strategic Information Systems from Cardiff University, UK.