Bringing Together the Who’s Who of Digital!

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2018 brings you the “behind-the-scene” initiators of change from across the world.
Over 90 speakers will join us this year as we pave the way for the latest in digital.

Aarti Tandon Executive Director, Smart Cities New York

Aarti Tandon is the Executive Director of Smart Cities New York (SCNY), North America's leading global conference to highlight the innovations and investments being deployed by governments, business leaders, NGOs, and academia to make cities around the world more sustainable. She has overseen the tours of the world’s most famous Bollywood stars and organized high-level sports and entertainment delegations for the U.S. State Department in advance of the 2014 World Cup. She spent over a decade representing clients ranging from Grammy-nominated artists to emerging songwriters, filmmakers, producers and more.

Ahmed Soudodi Head of Brand - Chevrolet, General Motors

Over the last 20 years Ahmed Sodoudi has established himself as a highly effective Marketing & Sales executive working with Fortune 10 companies including General Motors, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and McDonald's in the Middle East, Africa and the United States. He is described as a driven marketer who delivers results through human and data driven insights, root cause analysis and systematic improvements using structure and process, leading the Chevrolet brand with a focus on profitability, share, brand health and footprint growth in the Middle East.

Amit Patel Partner, Owl Ventures

Amit Patel is a Partner at Owl Ventures. He’s worked closely with several education companies, including PresenceLearning, Revolution Foods, TenMarks (acquired by Amazon), Raise.me, MasteryConnect, LearnZillion, Accelerate Learning, DreamBox Learning and EdSurge. Amit serves on the board of directors of Lingo Live, Securly and is a board observer for Panorama Education and Director of Technology for Success Academy Charter Schools. Before Owl, he founded Personal Academic Trainers, an after-school tutoring company, and created the quality assurance program and institutionalized sales training for Mathnasium Learning Centers.

Antoni Vives CEO of the City Transformation Agency, Barcelona Ex-Deputy Mayor

Antoni is an international consultant, political advisor and policy analyst with 25 years of experience. He created the City Transformation Agency – Barcelona, and under his leadership, Barcelona received the 2014 European Innovation Capital (European Union), the 2014 Challenge Award Mayor Bloomberg Philanthropies (Vincles Project) and 2015 Juniper Research Ranking 1 Global Smart City. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Vice-president of the Metropolitan Area and Vice-president of the Port of Barcelona. As the Secretary of the Cabinet Office of the Catalan Government, he created the first e-Government Consortium in Spain.

Benjamin Ampen Managing Director - MENA, Twitter

Boye Balogun Managing Director, Future Tech Media

Bruno Bianchini Head of MENA Global Partnerships - EMEA Emerging Markets, Google

Bruno leads Google Publishers business across Middle East and North Africa with the main goal to empower publishers to thrive in a digital future. He works closely with partners on their most challenging objectives and brings the best of Google to guide them on their digital transformation path. Having previously been responsible for the Telecoms business across Emerging Markets in EMEA and News publishers and Broadcasters in Italy, Bruno has a wealth of digital experience at Google.

Deniz Devrim Cengiz Group Director of Digital Banking, TEB (BNP Paribas JV)

Ger Baron Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam

Ghela Boskovich Head of Fintech & Regtech Partnerships, Rainmkaing Innovations - home of Startupbootcamp, Founder of FemTechGlobal

Ghela is a regular fintech industry speaker and contributor to publications, specializing in dynamic pricing and customer centricity, having spent the last ten years focused on core insurance and banking system solutions. Ghela also founded FemTechGlobal to bridge the gender gap in the financial services industry and was named one of Brummell Magazine’s 2016 “30 Inspirational Women Innovators”, and included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016. Ghela is Head of Fintech/Regtech Partnerships at Rainmaking, home of Startupbootcamp.

Guido Ghedin Chief Marketing Officer - Global , Cifnews

Hani Enaya Partner, STVentures

Harsh Saxena VP Sales, Datami

Harsh Saxena currently leads global growth for Datami as VP of Sales. Harsh joined Datami in 2016, and he has over two decades of rich experience in Telecom with Airtel and Tata Teleservices, Bharti Walmart (retail), UTV Interactive (media and ecommerce) and Godrej GE (Consumer Goods). His experience includes managing key roles in Sales, Marketing and Business Operations as well as incubating new businesses in Mobile Advertising and mCommerce.

Hatem Elmohandes Director of Solution Architecture, GE Digital MENA

Jesse Middleton General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Jonathan Nelson Managing Director of Hack Fund, Founder and CEO of Hackers / Founders

Jonathan Nelson is the managing director of Hack VC and the founder and CEO of Hackers and Founders, the largest group of tech founders globally with 200,000 members in 118 cities in 44 countries. Jonathan has had a dizzying career path: Trauma nurse, software engineer, advisor for the SEC on small businesses investment and advisor for development banks on emerging technologies.

Julien Cavailles Regional Business Director, Buzzeff Middle East

Julien is the Regional Commercial Director of Buzzeff Middle East Africa, a leading online video advertising platform helping brands and advertisers to achieve effective digital communication strategies. He is advocating throughout the region for brand safety and viewable advertising on high quality online environments.

Lina Hediah Executive Director - MENA, ConsenSys

Linda Gibbs Principal at Bloomberg Associates, New York City Ex-Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services

Lisa Nestor Director of Partnerships, Stellar.org

As Director of Partnerships, Lisa leads the growth of Stellar.org's network of financial partners. Lisa travels the world collaborating with diverse financial institutions, from Central Banks to Money Service Businesses (MSBs), on how they can improve their financial infrastructure and lower the cost of cross-border payments using Stellar.org's open-source blockchain network. Her dream is to bring low-cost financial services to all, including the underbanked.

Mohammad AlHajeri Chief Private Equity & Direct Investment Officer at KFH Capital Investment Company, Director of KISP Ventures

Murray Newlands Founder and CEO, Chattypeople.com

Murray Newlands FRSA is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He’s founder of Chattypeople.com, a chatbot builder tool company and Sighted.com, an online invoicing company. Newlands is an adviser to the Draper Nexus Network of Things Fund that invests in IOT companies. He gained his Green Card by being recognized by the US government as an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Newlands is the author of “Online Marketing: A User’s Manual” published by John Wiley & Sons. Murray contributes to Forbes and Entrepreneur.

Nisha Patel Head of MENA, Xaxis

Omar Al-Madhi Board Member of Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), Co-Founder and Venture Partner at Iliad Partners

Rachid Abu-Hassan Director of Design, WeLive - Wework

Ronit Ghose Managing Director - Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research

Ronit Ghose is Global Head for Banks in Citi Research. He’s the lead author of Citi's GPS FinTech report series - the 2016 edition has had c250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi. Since joining Citi, Ronit has analysed banks in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He’s an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Shankar Narayanan Co-founder and COO, active.ai

Shawn Kanungo General Partner, Queen & Rook Capital

Soufiane Haddadi Head of Media - Middle East, L'Oreal

Tariq Al Osaimi Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank of Kuwait

Tom MacDonald Managing Consultant and Financial Services Practice Head, Global Growth Markets

Tom MacDonald is a market intelligence practitioner and business consultant specializing in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other emerging marketshas l. He’s led dozens of assignments for many of the world’s most successful financial services and technology companies. Currently Managing Consultant and Financial & Business Services Practice Lead at the research and advisory firm Global Growth Markets, Tom leads the company’s work on digital payments, e-commerce and payments investment advisory. His work has been cited in publications including the China Daily.

Waseem Afzal General Manager - Transact, OMD

Youmna Borghol Head of Data, Choueiri Group

Youmna Borghol has over 10 years of business experience with a solid background in data and marketing analytics. She started her career at National ICT Australia as a Data Scientist specializing in data, analytics and predictive models for social media. She then moved to Mediacom Australia as the Director of Business Science. Today, she heads the Data department at Choueiri Group, where she oversees all aspects of the data team and data-related product solutions on both the buy and sell sides.

Youmna Naufal Producer and Host, Y Chats

Youmna Naufal is the Producer and Host of “Y Chats,” Lebanon’s first up close and personal discussion show in English. Previously, she was the Head of the English News at Future Television. To date, Naufal has interviewed more than 500 figures including WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, US Senator John McCain and UN Special Representative for Iraq Nikolay Mladenov. She’s also the Beirut Correspondent for China’s CGTN and the Beirut Correspondent for Turkey’s TRT World. Prior to this, she launched the English segment of ECONEWS.