Why attend?

The COVID-19 pandemic delivered an abrupt shock to organizations across Saudi and the whole world. The ever-changing pressures of lockdown have emphasised the criticality of areas including remote working, business agility and digital customer engagement.

We invite you to join this year's Cloud and AI Forum by IBM, an online event showcasing how businesses can adapt and evolve to new ways of doing business in challenging times.  Alongside your fellow peers and industry experts, learn how to adopt a holistic hybrid cloud architecture with IBM and Red Hat. Helping you to more easily build and modernize your applications and deploy AI throughout your business.

Three major shifts


The modernization of critical workloads to build scalable applications at speed


The adoption of Kubernetes to orchestrate applications flexibly across any environment

AI and edge

The growing use of operational AI and edge applications to create data-driven insights that shape business outcomes

IBM and Red Hat

Unlock the full potential of Cloud and AI with IBM and Red Hat

We invite you to see for yourself how we’ve architected our hybrid multicloud and public cloud offerings with modularity, open source standards, and secure distributed cloud management fit for the enterprise. We will show you how to adopt a holistic, hybrid multicloud architecture, where you can more easily build and modernize applications and deploy AI throughout your business. With IBM and Red Hat, you can unlock the potential of cloud and AI. Deploy on the most open and secure public cloud for business, modernize applications to reduce costs and achieve digital readiness, ensure business continuity while accelerating transformation, and scale the value of your data and accelerate the journey to AI.

Cloud and AI Forum – Unlock the full potential of Cloud and AI

09:15 - 09:30 AM

Local Welcome Note


09:30 - 10 :00 AM

Smarter Business with IBM Hybrid Cloud

Rakesh Parshotam, Technical executive HCI MEA

  Modernize & Automate your business Data & AI Security, Compliance & Edge Computing
10:00 - 10:30 AM

Build & Modernization applications for cost reduction

Varun Bijlani,  GM and Managing Partner IBM Services for Cloud Strategy

Your Journey to AI - Unlocking the true value of your Data

Dr. Chawki Tawbi, Data&AI Technical Executive - MEA

Hyper Protect your sensitive data and workloads in the IBM Cloud

Rohit Badlaney, Director, IBM Z - as a Service

10:39 - 11:00 AM

AI Powered Automation & Robotic Process Automation

Ahmed Sleem, KSA HCI Technical Specialist

Driving Smarter, Data-Driven Decisions by Integrating all of your Data.

Adly Amin, Data & AI Architect, KSA

How Financial Services Maintain Security, Compliance and Control of Regulated Workloads

Joseph Brown, Sr. Architect & Strategist IBM Cloud

Dale Hoffman, Director Offering Management Vmware Solutions

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Watson AIOps

James Moore, Offering Manager IBM AIOps

Catalog, understand, govern, analyze and deliver business-ready data to your data citizens.

Mashael AlMuhanna, Data Ops Technical Sales - KSA

How to Insure Ethics and Trust in AI

Dr. Ahmad El-Sayed, Data Science Technical Sales, KSA

11:30 - 12:00 PM


Rashid Aljohani, KSA HCI Technical Specialist

Build and scale AI with trust and transparency on a single AI Platform.

Hissah Al Muneef, Data Science Technical Sales, KSA

Edge Computing

Akash Agrawal, Red Hat Synergy Leader, Middle East & Africa

Featured speakers

Adly Amin

Data & AI Architect

Ahmad El Sayed

Chief Data Scientist

Ahmed Sleem

Hybrid Cloud Automation Specialist

Akash Agrawal

Business Strategy and Execution Plan Lead

Dr. Chawki Tawbi

Data and AI Technical Leader for Gulf&Levant and Saudi Arabia

Marwan Dardounh

Business Unit Executive of IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software Technical Sales in Saudi Arabia

Mashael AlMuhanna

IA Technical Specialist, Cloud & Cognitive, IBM Saudi

Rakesh Parshotam

Hybrid Cloud Integration Technical Leader for Middle East and Africa

Rashid A Aljohani

Technical professional in Cloud and Cognitive technology

Salah EL Etreby

Senior IT Specialist