The internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain technologies are helping reshape cities and transform the relationship between governments and their citizens. The ArabNet Summit will feature a full track exploring the smart economy - covering smart cities, smart governments, the future of cars and transportation, and the digital enterprise - as well as the blockchain and machine learning technologies that are driving this transformation.
10X - Building Dubai into the City of the Future Tomorrow's Transportation: Self-Driving Smarter Automobiles Big Data with Big Security Harnessing the Power of Blockchain
Abdulrahman Tarabzouni
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, STVentures
David Gilford
Senior Director, Intersection
Leading the Connected Communities practice at Intersection - largest municipal media company in the U.S. - with a background of multiple leadership positions with the City of New York, most recently as VP for Urban Innovation & Sustainability at the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri
Managing Director, Smart Cities NYC
Strategic Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration on Smart Cities, Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, Founder of Urban Data NYC and has served on the founding group of the UN’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network.
Tim Lea
Chief Executive officer of, Author of Blockchain Book
Blockchain entrepreneur/evangelist, and author of "Blockchain: Down The Rabbit Hole", all the while leading, a smart ownership and distribution platform for creative content producers, protecting them from theft and piracy.
Todd OBrien
Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Smart Cities
Wesam Lootah
Chief Executive Officer, Smart Dubai Government
Over 18 years of experience in strategic leadership positions, creating innovative channels and Smart Government infrastructure; including positions such as VP - IT at World Trade Centre, and Director - IT at Emaar Properties, all the while being an author with published research in Computer Security.
Chris Free
General Manager - UAE and Qatar, Uber
Daniel Merege
Founder, CityTech
With the goal to foster urban innovation in entrepreneurial ecosystems, CityTech Movement emerged in Brazil as a result of Daniel's Master's degree research on global smart city development, where he went through over 15 countries and visited 60 cities in Australia, Southeast Asia, India, ME and Europe.
Danish Farhan
Chief Executive Officer, Xische & Co
Investor, entrepreneur and strategist responsible for creating the brand identity for the Emirates Mars Mission 2020 and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Initiatives foundation, acts as Chief Brand & Strategy Advisor to the Smart Dubai Office and is co-author of their Happiness Agenda.
Shaikha Al Falasi
Engineer - Sustainable Energy Program, MBRSC (Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre)
Steve Plimsoll
Chief Digital and Data Officer - Middle East, PwC
Leading global digital transformation expert with 20 years of experience using data and technology to design and deliver customer centric digital disruption platforms; background includes CTO at WPP/Mindshare, CSO/VP Consulting and Marketing Services for Acxiom, and Global Head of Digital for FutureBrand.
Ussal Şahbaz
Innovation Leader - Turkey, GE
Bringing innovation to GE technology, with a background as Director of the G20 Studies Center, Program Manager at the Economics Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), advisor to the Turkey Venture Capital Industry Council, and consultant at the World Bank and Internationl Finance Corporation IFC.
Dan Hu
General Manager, Alibaba Cloud - Middle East and Africa, Alibaba
Jonathan Labin
Managing Director - Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Facebook
Rabih Dabboussi
Senior Vice President - Sales, Marketing & Business Development, DarkMatter
Ziad Matar
Senior Director, Business Development - Middle East and Central Asia, Qualcomm Technologies
Danny Abla
Founder, Rider Technologies

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