Think Summit Middle East and Africa October 13 – 14

#ThinkMEA Join and learn to lead in the era of hybrid cloud

  1. Watch on demand

Think Summit Middle East and Africa October 13 – 14

#ThinkMEA Join and learn to lead in the era of hybrid cloud

  1. Watch on demand
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New data is being created at an astonishing and ever-accelerating rate. The only way to harness this data and use it to drive digital transformation is through the agility of hybrid cloud and the insights provided by AI.

Watch the exciting sessions from IBM Think Summit Middle East and Africa to see how our open approach to cloud computing and our extensive AI capabilities can help you meet this challenge — no matter where your data lives.

Meet the thinkers and doers who are changing the world

Our speakers are visionaries, innovators and game changers. Hear from today's industry leaders and experts how data-driven AI can reshape how businesses operate, engage the world and deliver value.

Think Summit Sessions

Opening welcome: The world's platform for digital transformation

• Saad Toma - General Manager of IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Dr. Tomisin Fashina - Group Executive of Ecobank Transnational Inc.,
• Dr. Mohamed AlRedha - Director of Health Informatics Department at Dubai Health Authority

Building a sustainable enterprize

• Elisabeth Goos - Executive Partner, Head of Green2Grow Sustainability DACH and Head of Public Sector Strategy DACH,
• Paul Polman - Co-Author of Net Positive and former CEO at Unilever

Pushing Boundaries: From outer space to the middle of the ocean

• Rosie Lickorish - Software Engineer & Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM Research Laboratory UK,
• Major Tim Peake CMG - Astronaut,
• Brett Phaneuf - CEO at Promare

The virtual enterprise: Exploring six ways modern businesses can become more open and agile

• Jon O'Donnell - Managing Partner of GBS EMEA BTS Leader,
• Kristi Sweitzer - Senior Product Owner of Strategy and Business Planning Analytics at IKEA

AI-powered automation: technology transformation to emerge stronger and more resilient

• Emmanuel Treny - Sales Leader for Automation at IBM EMEA,
• Selina Ünal - Senior Expert Project/Program Manager at Turkcell,
Lorenzo Rossi - CEO at Autostrade per l'Italia

Drive security into the fabric of your organization

• Kaja Narum - Business Unit Leader Security at IBM Nordic,
• Shatssy Hassan - CISO at Commercial International Bank of Egypt,
• Tommi Hippeläinen - CEO and CTO at Hypercell

The Advance of the Sustainable Enterprise

• Sibusisiwe Makhanya - Research Scientist at IBM Research,
• Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi - CEO and Co-founder at Rebase Energy,
• Alejandro Blaas - General Manager at Plataforma Tierra SA, an initiative by Cajamar

Partnerships that deliver even better together – Cloud and AI

• Barbora Deckerova - Director of Ecosystem at IBM Technology Sales CEE,
• Rizwan Khaliq - CEO at Assima,
• Tigran Sarkisov - CDO at X5 Retail

Becoming Kyndryl

• James Rutledge - General Manager at GTS EMEA

Reskilling and upskilling: A strategic response to changing skill demands

• Sabine Holl - CTO and VP of Technical Sales at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Sidi Ali Maelainin - Corporate Citizenship Manager at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Oriette M Nayel - Project Executive, IBM Middle East and Africa Skills Initiative,
• Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem - Technical Sales Leader of Technology Sales at IBM Middle East and Africa

A discussion with Standard Bank: How to seize the untapped opportunity of the platform economy

• Pawel Stefanski - FSS Industry Leader at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Jonathan Lamb - Executive: Platform Business Lead, Wholesale Clients Digital, Standard Bank Group

Your cloud with an edge: Benefitting from the most secure public cloud

• Mohamed Emad El-Din - Business Leader for Public Cloud at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Jihad Nehme - Principal Consultant, Transformation & Workload Migration at Edarat Group

How to modernize your IT landscape with Red Hat

• Mohamed Bahiry - Leader of OCP Techical Elite, IBM Europe and Middle East and Africa,
• Hossam Seif El Din - Country General Manager at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Phil Andrews - VP and GM of Red Hat CEMEA

Tech for good: Leading by example and outperforming the market

• Maletsabisa Molapo - Research Manager at IBM Research,
• Sibusisiwe Audrey Makhanya - Research Scientist at IBM Research

Opening welcome: The next generation of architectural ownership

• Sabine Holl - CTO and VP of Technical Sales at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Hany Abdelhamid - Customer Success Leader at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem - Technical Sales Leader of Technology Sales at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Jennifer Lynn - Lead of X-Force IRIS at IBM Middle East and Africa

Scaling the Scientific Method: The Era of Accelerated Discovery

• Dr. Dario Gil - Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research,
• Professor Brian Cox CBE FRS

Creating the Quantum Future together

• Heike Riel - IBM Fellow, Department Head Science & Technology at IBM Research,
• Professor Dr. Oliver Ambacher

Accelerating innovation: modernising your IT landscape with Red Hat Openshift

• Nicola Losito - EMEA Red Hat Synergy Leader,
Mathieu Jobs - CEO at Circeo

Banking and crypto: No trade-offs between security and agility

• Michael Osborne - Manager of Security and Privacy at IBM Research Zurich,
• Adrien Treccani - CEO and Founder at Metaco

How Honda Pakistan built a stellar after-sales customer experience on IBM's IT infrastructure

• Sean Flanagan - VP of Technology Garage Leader & Server & Storage Technical Sales Leader at IBM,
• Muhammad Ali - General Manager IT at Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited,
• Amer Rasul - Sales Manager of Digital Infrastructure Solutions, GBM Pakistan

Call for Code: Technology solutions solving real-world challenges

• Rashik Parmar - IBM Fellow and Vice President Technology at IBM EMEA,
• Bente Acking - Founder and CEO at Heroloop,
• Timothy Wielink - Head of Product Development, Project OWL at Prometeo

Digitization and the cloud – Redefining the traveller experience for today and the future

• Mohamed Emad El-Din - Business Leader for Public Cloud at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Khaled Maddah - Innovation & Technology Director at Abou Ghaly Motors,
• Christian Sundell - TietroEvry

Accelerate business transformation with the right Hybrid Cloud Strategy

• Ralf Dannemann - Director Cognitive Sales Leader at IBM DACH,
• Klaus Fehlker - General Manager Unix and Cloud Platform at Finanz Informatik,
• Dominik Munchen - OEDIV

Build once and deploy anywhere with OpenShift

• Dr Mo Haghighi - Hybrid Cloud Build Leader at IBM EMEA

Unlocking data for your AI: your data fabric

• Islam Zeidan - Data and AI Executive at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Paul Morley - Enterprise Data Executive at Nedbank,
• Roshan Kooja - Chief Information Officer at Constance Hospitality Management,
• Tim Davis - Executive Director for Data and AI Architecture at IBM WorldWide

Let's co-create your solutions and jump-start your skills with hybrid cloud

• Nihal Yanmaz - Developer Advocacy Leader at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Abdo Gadmour - Business Lead of Partner Ecosystem Build at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Nauman Qureshi - Technology Partner Architect Leader for Technology Sales at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Pravin Burra - CEO at Analytics Engine,
• Yasir Ilyas - Global Head at Hysab Kytab

AI-powered automation: Driving Enhanced Business Performance

• Stephanie Mehta - Editor in Chief at Fast Company,
Dinesh Nirmal - General Manager of IBM Automation

Design your ''Re-emerge'' Experience using IBM Garage Design Thinking, Hybrid Cloud, and AI

• Mona Arishi - Client Center Leader at IBM Middle East and Africa,
• Nagy Fathi Mohamed - Technical Director at Tech Hub,
• Haytham Fikry Fadaly - Project Manager at Tech Hub

How to make the most of your clouds with emerging technologies

• Ahmad Farrag - Cloud Platform Technical Sales Leader at IBM Middle East and Africa