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Achieving 2035 Vision Through Digital Transformation

2022 Supporting Partners

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Interior

Ministry of Health Kuwait
Electronic & Cyber Crime
Kuwait International Bank
Kuwait National Bank
Weyay Bank
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Why Digital Transformation
Kuwait Conference?

With digital transformation as a key pillar for Kuwait Vision 2035, the country is focusing on adopting smart and digital technologies to innovate its services, drive the economy, and improve quality of life, while increasing operational efficiency and performance of key sectors. This goal has pushed for greater investment in Kuwait’s ICT market which is expected to reach 10B USD by 2024 (Global Data).

In line with this, the Digital Transformation Kuwait Conference was hosted on 2-3 November 2022, in collaboration with the Central Agency for Information Technology – CAIT, providing a national platform for Kuwait’s digitalization stakeholders and ICT experts, game changers, and leading international solution providers and consultants, who discussed the latest plans and innovations in the country’s digital transformation journey, global best practices, and innovative solutions to overcome challenges faced and ensure a successful and secure digitalization.

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Key Conference Elements

2-Day Cutting-Edge Conference Program

A high-level international forum addressing key advances and pressing challenges in Kuwait digital transformation through opening speeches, presentations, panel discussions, and more

VIP Majlis

A high-level international forum addressing key advances and pressing challenges in Kuwait digital transformation through opening speeches, presentations, panel discussions, and more

2-Day Exhibition of the Latest Technologies and Solutions

Showcasing the latest advances in digital transformation

Media and Live Broadcast Area

Coordinating media interviews between international, regional, and local channels, VIPs, speakers, sponsors, and delegates.

Awards Ceremony

Prestigious ceremony to honor the event partners

Event Key Themes

Advisory Board

Dr. Ammar Alhusaini
Dr. Ammar Alhusaini
Dr. Rami Al-Sahhar
Dr. Rami Al-Sahhar
Tamer Charife
Tamer Charife

Speakers

Haya Al Wadaani
Haya Al Wadaani
Dr. Mishaal AlShaheen AlRubaie
Dr. Mishaal AlShaheen AlRubaie
Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi
Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi
Eng. Ahmad A. Ghareeb
Eng. Ahmad A. Ghareeb
Dr. Ammar Alhusaini
Dr. Ammar Alhusaini
Essa Al Moosa
Essa Al Moosa
Dr. Rami Al-Sahhar
Dr. Rami Al-Sahhar
Tamer Charife
Tamer Charife
Sulaiman Al-Homoud
Sulaiman Al-Homoud
Abdullah AlNajjar
Abdullah AlNajjar
Nabeel Al-Obaidi
Nabeel Al-Obaidi
Mai Al Owaish
Mai Al Owaish
Ajai Thomas
Ajai Thomas
Lieutenant Colonel Ammar Al Sarraf
Lieutenant Colonel Ammar Al Sarraf
Muhammad Altura
Muhammad Altura
Eng. Ahmed Baioumy
Eng. Ahmed Baioumy
Husain A. Alnakkas
Husain A. Alnakkas
Dina Subuh
Dina Subuh
Jameelah Al Otaibi
Jameelah Al Otaibi
Dr. Rajesh Gupta
Dr. Rajesh Gupta
Ahmad Safar
Ahmad Safar
Dr. Dheeraj Bhardwaj
Dr. Dheeraj Bhardwaj
Badih Hakim
Badih Hakim
Amin Shokri
Amin Shokri
Sameer Abdu
Sameer Abdu
Mohammad M. Al-Ansari
Mohammad M. Al-Ansari
Lawyer Lina Adlouni
Lawyer Lina Adlouni
Sourabh Sharma
Sourabh Sharma
Tariq El Yassouri
Tariq El Yassouri
Shaheela Banu A Majeed
Shaheela Banu A Majeed
Amal Al-Duwaisan
Amal Al-Duwaisan
Hadla Alfedaghi
Hadla Alfedaghi
Ahmad MarouF
Ahmad MarouF
Izzat Abou Amarah
Izzat Abou Amarah
Mohamad Abulhouf
Mohamad Abulhouf
Bilal Issa
Bilal Issa
Dr. Saad Alnahedh
Dr. Saad Alnahedh
Sandrine Moustafa El Khodry
Sandrine Moustafa El Khodry
Hady Medhat
Hady Medhat
Dr. Magd Donia
Dr. Magd Donia
Anas Merza
Anas Merza
Hala Dairy
Hala Dairy
Mohamad Hammouda
Mohamad Hammouda
Khaled Owaida
Khaled Owaida

Agenda

 

Time

Activity
08:00Registration, refreshments, and networking 
09:05Opening remarks by Great Minds Group
09:10Welcome address and opening remarks by Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
09:15OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH

Central Agency for Information Technology
09:45 – 10:30

Opening panel discussion: Driving Kuwait’s vision to transform into a digital society and economy

  • Overview of Kuwait Vision 2035 and digital transformation journey
  • Role of digital transformation as a key pillar in development and sustainable projects
  • Achieving proper e-management in official government agencies in the process of achieving a successful digital transformation Journey
  • Balancing various aspects to serve the Kuwaiti youth in the direction of digital transformation
  • Advancing the healthcare sector through digital and e-service project implementation

Panelists:

  • Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi, Secretary-General of The Supreme Council for Planning and Development – Kuwait
  • Dr. Ammar Al Hussaini, Deputy Director General, CAIT
  • Dr. Mishaal Al Shaheen AlRubaie,Director General and Board Member, Youth Public Authority
  • Engineer Ahmad A. Ghareeb,Assistant Undersecretary- Digital Health Affairs, Ministry of Health


Moderator:

  • Nabeel Al-Obaidi, Technology Consultant & Researcher
10:30 – 10:45Presentation: Toward upgraded, connected digital world

Speaker:
  • Essa Al Moosa, Executive Director- Business and Consumer Sales division, Ooredoo Kuwait
10:45 – 11:00

Presentation: Role of emerging technologies in advancing the digitalization journey

  • Exploring Kuwait’s key digital requirements to advance public and private sectors’ services and operations
  • Discussing the main challenges faced in implementing digitalization plans and role of advanced technologies in overcoming them
  • Identifying the right technologies and solutions to successfully execute your digitalization strategy


Speaker:

  • Dr. Rami Al Sahhar, Executive Director- Technology Consulting, Protiviti
11:00–11:15PRESENTATION: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - TRANSFORMING PERSPECTIVES

Ahmad Marouf, Managing Partner, Diyar
11:15– 11: 20PRESENTATION – AI DOCTRINE
11:20 –12:00Ribbon cutting, VIP tour and networking break  
12:00– 12:25Innovation technology session

This session will highlight latest technologies in digitalization. The session consists of 10-minute back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of digital innovations.
  • 12:00 –12:10 PRESENTATION: SUSTAINABLE SMART GOVERNMENT

    Badih Hakim, Managing Director, SAP
  • 12:10 – 12:25 PRESENTATION: ACCELERATING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - THE LOW CODE DIGITAL FACTORY

    Dr. Magd Donia, General Manager, KASP
12:25 – 12:35

PRESENTATION: REINFORCING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE SYSTEM

  • Implementing a legal framework to regulate the adoption and integration of smart solutions and advanced technologies
  • Emphasizing the role of the government in law development to drive the public and private sectors digital transformation
  • Developing effective cyber security policies, guidelines, and strategy implementation to secure the digital transformation journey

Lawyer Lina Adlouni, Founder- Adlouni and Partners Law Firm - Head of Investments and Business Committee Kuwait Law Society

12:35 – 13:20

Panel discussion- Improving healthcare delivery through digital transformation

  • Introducing a new electronic health record (EHR) system to provide quick access to the patients’ records
  • Advancing healthcare sector in Kuwait through AI and ML solutions for robotic surgeries
  • Role of e-health technologies in supporting remote consultation
  • Role of cyber security to protect the healthcare infrastructural database and overall patient safety


Panelists:

  1. Abdullah Al Najjar, Corporate Director – Information Technology, Health Assurance Hospitals Company (DHAMAN)
  2. Eng. Ahmed Baioumy, Head of Digital, New Mowasat Hospital
  3. Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Digital Transformation, Taiba Hospital
  4. Sulaiman Al-homoud, planning & Demand Director- Enterprise Division, Ooredoo Kuwait
  5. Hala Dairy, Head of Microsoft Unit, CCI Kuwait


Moderator:

Tamer Charife, Risk Advisory Partner & Cyber Leader for Kuwait & Qatar, Deloitte

13:20–13:35Keynote Presentation: The impact of culture on digital transformation

Speaker:

Sandrine Moustafa El Khodry, Vice-President Middle East & Africa, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
13:35–13:50Session reserved - NTEC- Impulse

Speaker:

Izzat Abou Amarah, CEO & Vice Chairman, Impulse International for Telecommunications
13:50 –14:30

Panel discussion - Digitalization of the banking and financial sector – from digital services to open banking, and future payments 

  • Accelerating the development of electronic banking and mobile banking solutions
  • Driving business transformation through prioritization of customer experience and of data utilization and analytics
  • Risk management, changing business models, regulations – what is the biggest challenge facing the digital finance services sector?
  • Supporting fintech collaboration with traditional banking services
  • Exploring latest technologies for banking and financial sector digitalization
  • Exploring the future of BFSI in Kuwait with neo and open banking


Panelists:

  • Ajai Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, Kuwait International Bank
  • Mai Al Owaish, Chief Data and Innovation Officer, Gulf Bank
  • Sameer Abdu, Head of IT Security Operation, Executive Manager, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P.
  • Amal Al-Duwaisan, Deputy Head -Weyay -Consumer Banking Group, National Bank of Kuwait


Moderator:

Dr. Saad Alnahedh, Assistant Professor, Finance and Financial Institutions Department - College of Business Administrations, Kuwait University

14:30PARTNER RECOGNITION CEREMONY
14:40Closing remarks by Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
14:45Networking lunch and end of day one 
Time
Activity
08:30 Registration, refreshments, and networking 
09:30 Welcome address and opening remarks by Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
9:30 – 10:15 Panel discussion - Government digital transformation - Innovative and intelligent solutions to enable efficient operations and services
  • Developing efficient and secure public authorities’ access to necessary customer information to reduce service complexity and delivery time, improve quality, and increase customer satisfaction
  • Implementing ERP and process automation systems and tools to improve and streamline government operations
  • Delivering online governmental services and platforms that are user-friendly for a better digital experience
  • Implementing system integration between governmental platforms to improve digital service delivery
  • Utilizing advanced computing and data analytics to support government leaders in taking informed decisions and improve public service

Panelists:
  1. Mohammad Altura, Chief, Market Regulation & Competition, CITRA
  2. Hussain AlNakkas, CIO, General Assembly
  3. Mohammad M. Al-Ansari, CIO - IT Center, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
  4. Hady Medhat, Country Manager - KSA, Bahrain & Kuwait, Nexthink
Moderator:
Sulaiman Al-homoud, Planning & Demand Director- Enterprise Division, Ooredoo Kuwait
10:15 – 11:00 Panel discussion - Delivering an enhanced customer experience in a digitalized era
  • Exploring the steps to deliver a secure and user-friendly customer experience
  • Utilizing chatbot and live chat technologies to increase the speed of customer interactions in real-time
  • Predicting customer behavior through advanced analytics for enhanced service delivery

Panelists:
  1. Anas Meerza, Group CEO, National Technology Enterprises Company
  2. Dr. Dheeraj Bhardwaj, Group CEO, City Group Co. KSCP
  3. Dina Subuh, Director, Technology Capability Management, Ooredoo
  4. Jameelah Al Otaibi, Head of Platform Committee, Kuwait Youth Assembly

Moderator:
Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
11:00–11:35 Innovation technology session
This session will highlight latest technologies in digitalization. The session consists of 10-minute back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of digital innovations.
  • Keynote presentation: Threat intelligence in a cyber defense strategy
    Speaker:
    Amin Shokri, Senior Security, Kaspersky
  • 11:15 – 11:25 Industry insight: Operationalizing cyber risk in the digital transformation era: Practical guidelines from the field
    Speaker:
    Bilal Issa, Technical Leader, Trend Micro
  • 11:25-11:35 Presentation: Driving digital transformation with a cloud – Smart ecosystem
    Speaker:
    Mohamad Hammouda, General Manager – Oplee Services – Member of CCI Holding
11:35 – 12:00 Executive Networking break
Developing the required infrastructure and capabilities for Kuwait’s digital journey
12:00 – 12:40 Panel discussion - Oil and gas digital transformation in the fourth industrial revolution age
  • Overview of Kuwait’s oil and gas industry’s digitalization journey in the IR4.0 era
  • Role of efficient digital transformation strategies to increase plant optimization and unlock the industry’s potential
  • Capitalizing on key intelligent technologies to enhance operation and productivity, maximize plant output and assets lifetime, and gain a competitive advantage
  • Implementing predictive analytics to generate accurate insights on complex operations and enable fast and informed decision making
  • Implementing a robust cyber security system to ensure a secure and successful digital transformation

Panelists:
  • Ahmad Safar, Team Leader - Information Technology, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company
  • Shaheela Banu A Majeed, CISO, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company
  • Hadla Alfedaghi, Sr. Virtualization and Platforms, KIPIC Official
  • Sourabh Sharma, Partner Cyber Security, Kuwait Cyber security Leader Ernst & Young, Kuwait

Moderator:
Tamer Charife, Risk Advisory Partner & Cyber Leader for Kuwait & Qatar, Deloitte
12:40– 13:25 Panel discussion: Cloud computing adoption to increase storage capacity and enable digitalization
  • Identifying the steps needed for a successful cloud computing adoption and integration
  • Capitalizing on cloud benefits without compromising information privacy and security
  • Implementing effective security practices to ensure the security and integrity of data
  • Developing and implementing a robust cloud regulatory framework and ensuring compliance

Panelists:
  • Mohammad Altura, Chief, Market Regulation & Competition, CITRA
  • Mohamad Abulhouf, GM & Regional Director - Emerging Markets, Nutanix
  • Khaled Owaida, Executive Vice President - IT & Online Trading, National Investment Company

Moderator:
Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
13:25– 14:10 Panel discussion: Securing and safeguarding the digital infrastructure from cyber threats
  • Fostering a culture for cyber security by training employees on key risks to prevent vulnerabilities
  • Implementing effective cyber security solutions such as web Application firewalls, SIEM solutions and vulnerability scanning technologies to predict, detect and prevent malicious attacks
  • Developing and enforcing cyber security policies to ensure maximum protection and detection of cyber threats
  • Strengthening response vulnerability management analysis

Panelists:
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ammar Al Sarraf, Cybercrime Officer, Acting Head of Supportive Services Section, Ministry of Interior, Kuwait
  • Sourabh Sharma, Partner Cyber Security, Kuwait Cyber security Leader Ernst & Young, Kuwait
  • Sameer Abdu, Head of IT Security Operation, Executive Manager, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P

Moderator:
Shaheela Banu A Majeed, CISO, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company
14:10 RAFFLE DRAW
14:15 Wrap up, recommendations, and closing remarks by
Aws Al Ansari, Innovation Strategist, Gulf Bank
14:20 NETWORKING LUNCH AND END OF CONFERENCE 

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Raise Your Brand Awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project owners achieve their targets.

Generate Strong Leads

Learn about the digitalization requirements of key government entities and large companies, influence decision-makers, and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming projects.

Get in Front of Your Target Market

Get access to key digital transformation stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming projects in Kuwait and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.

Increases Your Competitiveness

Learn about the challenges faced by Kuwait’s key public and private organizations and identify how you can provide them with customized solutions to help them overcome these challenges.

Gain Project Insights

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current projects from across the country and spot opportunities.

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