Vice Minister ,Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
H.E. Eng. Haytham AlOhali
His Excellency, Haytham AlOhali, was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) in 2018. Prior to his appointment, the Vice Minister held a number of senior management positions with Cisco Saudi Arabia, finishing his time with the organisation as Managing Director.
While Managing Director for Cisco Saudi Arabia, His Excellency managed both public and private sector partnerships, playing an active role in client digital transformation journeys. In this role, His Excellency assisted clients from across the Government, Healthcare, Education, and National Security & Defense sectors. His Excellency was also a long-time member of Cisco Saudi Arabia’s CSR board.
Prior to joining Cisco in 2006, His Excellency was Deputy GM for the ECDL foundation in Saudi (2003-2006), where he focused on the education sector and helped establish an IT literacy program.
His Excellency holds a bachelor’s degree in Electric Engineering from Seattle University.
Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources
H.E.Eng. Osama Bin Abdulaziz Al- Zamil
Osama Al Zamil is the Vice Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON), a board member of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu as well as many board member in Government agencies and public companies.
Osama Al-Zamil began his career as a researcher in marketing management and analyst for business development at SABIC in 1998.
He then joined Al-Zamil Group in the year 2000 as Regional Manager of the Central Region. He was then promoted to the position of General Manager for Corporate Business Development (CBD) in 2002, Vice President for Business Development in 2013, Vice President of Zamil Group Company (Riyadh office) in 2016 and then President of Zamil Group Holding Company (Riyadh office) in 2018.
Advancing through a series of promotions, Osama’s leadership has expanded when he has devoted considerable amount of his time to other practices fulfilling other positions. These include the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Energy Development Company (TATWEER) and the Saudi German Company for Non-woven Products, member of the board of directors of Sahara Petrochemical Company, Al Waha Petrochemical Company and Bischoff and Klein Middle East Company.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh and the Board of Trustees of the Riyadh Economic Forum.
Osama is a member of the Family Business Committee, the International Relations Committee, the Advisory Committee of the Industrial Engineering Department at King Saud University, the Administrative Committee of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) bringing to this positions an extensive experience and a well-established background.
Osama Al-Zamil chaired the National Industrial Committee of the Council of Saudi Chambers, the Industry, Energy and Mineral Resources Committee, and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Center.
He has also attended and was a frequent keynote speaker at many conferences on topics such as family businesses, entrepreneurship, industrial investments and petrochemicals.
Osama Al-Zamil holds an MBA from the University of Houston in 1998 and a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995.
Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission
H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi
Governor of Digital Government Authority
H.E.Eng. Ahmed M. Alsuwaiyan
H.E. Eng. Ahmed bin Mohammed Alsuwaiyan has been the Governor and board member of Digital Government Authority (DGA) since May 2021. He also serves as a board member of the National Center for Government Resources Systems (NCGR), Saudi Business Center (SBC) and National Center for e-Learning (NCeL), and is an active member of many other boards and committees. HE. Holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Prince Sultan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. As well as many executive and professional certifications in leadership, management, business development, and technology.
Prior to his current role as the Governor of DGA, HE. held several executive positions in the public and private sectors. Alsuwaiyan contributed to the establishment of Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) and the launch of its commercial operations in May 2005, and rose in a number of positions until he was appointed as Executive Vice President for Application Planning and Development in March 2015, during which he supervised several programs and projects, as he worked on many products for postpaid, prepaid, network, and internet services for businesses and individuals.
In September 2015, Alsuwaiyan started his career in the government sector by joining the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Information Technology. He worked on developing the fund’s strategy by expanding the provision of financial products and services. Also, he led the Information Technology Transformation Program through improving infrastructure services, developing Enterprise Resource Management Systems, lending management, automating business services, and other internal systems. After a successful career in SIDF, he was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Finance for Technology and Development in March 2017, which coincided with the launch of a comprehensive digital transformation in the ministry. He had a clear impact by launching an integrated digital strategy that resulted in many achievements, most notably was the launch of (Etimad) platform in January 2018 that automate the entire procure-to-pay (P2P) process within the government sector. The system of disbursing financial wages for government employees (SARF) was launched as well, which is a central payroll system for about three million employees. In addition, the Revenue Collection System (Tahseel), which represents the main government payment gateway and revenue collection system, exceeding 300 billion riyals annually, was launched in 2019.The Deputyship of Technology and Development had significant growth in operations and exponential increase in the volume of business and services provided to government agencies and the private sector. Accordingly, Cabinet Decision No. (373) was issued on 16 February 2021, to transform the Deputyship of Technology and Development into a financially and administratively independent center under the name of National Center for Government Resource Systems (NCGR). To further uplift the Kingdom’s economy, Alsuwaiyan was appointed as the CEO in March 2021.
On Monday, 3 May 2021, Royal Decree No. (A/516) was issued to appoint Alsuwaiyan as the Governor of the Digital Government Authority in the excellent rank, shortly after the establishment of Digital Government Authority.
Principal, Global Blockchain Leader
Paul R. Brody
Paul drives EY initiatives and investments in blockchain technology across consulting, audit and tax business lines. He has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of internet of things, supply chain and operations and business strategy, working with many client organizations.
He led EY first blockchain strategy engagement, examining how digital services, payments and internet of things are coming together in new ecosystems, and building a strategy and technology road map for one of EY’s major clients.
He has 20 years of consulting and strategy experience in mobile and electronics. Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at a multinational technology company.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a certificate in African Studies, both from Princeton University.
Oracle’s Public Sector Industry Lead across MEA region
Sherif El Malt
Sherif is Oracle’s Public Sector Industry Lead, across MEA region, managing Oracle PS transformation strategy within Public Sector sub segments (Healthcare, Education, Central Gov. and Smart Cities)
With more than 25 years of professional experience in leading and executing mega transformation programs with a great track record. He is Passionate about building robust teams, creating innovative solutions and delivering customer centric values.
Sherif holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering specialized in (Digital Design & Microchips Architecture). He got a high diploma in Information Engineering Methodology in addition to Executive leadership program from Cranfield School of Management
Strong believer that “It’s all about people “
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM
Anthony is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Middle East and Africa and based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for leading IBM’s most complex technology and engineering projects across the region and helping clients to leverage emerging technologies, such as AI, quantum, and blockchain,to transform their organisations, ecosystems and industries. He was previously the CTO for IBM’s Software business in Middle East and Africa providing technical leadership across the entire software portfolio with specific focus on artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cloud. Prior to that, he was technical leader charged with leading the establishment of IBM’s Cloud and AI businesses in the region. Anthony has held multiple global roles, including leading the global transformation of one of IBM’s largest natural resources sector clients, consulting to a global payments provider on new forms of digital payment, and developing a set of services offerings around digital currencies and crypto-assets. He is a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology, founder and chairman of MEA’s patent development board, and was appointed by the IBM Chairman and CEO as a Distinguished Engineer in recognition of sustained technical leadership across the company and his contribution to advancing the body of knowledge in blockchain and cognitive technologies. He holds multiple patents in the fields of blockchain, mobile payments, artificial intelligence, and security; and holds a Masters of Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a thesis in distributed systems.
Managing Director, EMEA | Executive Lead, Metaverse
Appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s EMEA in late 2019, Sebastian is responsible for the company’s business in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, India and Africa. In early 2021, he was charged with the role of Executive Lead for the newly established Sotheby’s NFT department, thanks to his avid interest in and passion for the subject. Sebastian has since presided over Sotheby’s inaugural NFT sales, including the sale of the source code for the World Wide Web, and Sotheby’s ground-breaking Natively Digital sales.
Prior to his current appointment, Sebastian lived in Hong Kong between 2015 and 2019, where he served as Commercial Director, Asia, before assuming the role of Managing Director – Business, Asia in 2018. In this role he was responsible for leading the Company’s business director team, providing high value and complex transaction support, facilitating private sales, as well as overseeing the specialist departments of Modern Asian Art, Contemporary Art, Southeast Asian Art and Sotheby’s Gallery.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Sebastian was originally based in London as Senior Director of Auction Deals for Sotheby’s Europe and before this, Head of Sotheby’s Financial Services, Europe and Asia. By offering customised loans both for property consigned for sale and term loans secured against the value of a collection, Sebastian helped Sotheby’s global clients put their art collections and other valuable assets to work.
Sebastian joined Sotheby’s in 2004 after having graduated from the London School of Economics.
Senior Advisor to the Deputy Governor of IT and ET at CITC
Dr. Abdulaziz Albatli
Dr. AlBatli is the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Governor of IT and ET at the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, and a Founding Board Member of the Saudi Cloud Computing Association.
He has over a decade of hands-on experience in IT and Emerging Technologies both in public and private sectors, working previously for Google, Kearney, MCIT, and a number of science-oriented NGOs, etc.
He led, for the past years, a nationwide awareness exercise on Cloud Computing. Along being a mentor as a personal passion, he joins forces on national KSA initiatives, such as localizing technologies and talent, as well as empowering and enabling market’s supply and demand.
Assistant Professor at King Abdulaziz University in the field of Information Security
Dr. Suaad Alarifi
Information Security and Risk Management Specialist working in academia, research, training and consultation in the field of security, risk management, and privacy regulations.
Member of the Shura Council
Dr. Latifa Al-Abdulkarim
Assistant professor of Computer Science at King Saud University
Latifa is an assistant professor of Computer Science at King Saud University, and a visiting researcher at the University of Liverpool, with more than 15 years of experience in applied research, including Data and AI governance research. She has also worked as Artificial intelligence Advisor to the Saudi Government, working on the first national strategic direction of AI and AI governance, and as a contributor to G20 AI policy.
Globally, Latifa has worked as a global AI ethics and policies advisor with different international organisations including the OECD and ITU. She was also a member in the UNESCO Ad hoc Expert Group (AHEG) who prepared the recommendation on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence, and an expert Member at the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity.
Latifa obtained her Ph.D. in AI and Law from the University of Liverpool, and earned her M.Sc. degree (with distinction) in the domain of dialogues in multi-agent systems (autonomous systems) and a PGD in Software Engineering from the same university.
She received a number of international awards and published number of research papers in her domain. Recently, She has been selected in MIT Technology Review as one of the top 30 leading Arab experts in AI. She was also on the list of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics for 2020, and one of the women defining the 21st century AI movement in Forbes list.
GM of IT at Communications and Information Technology Commission
An advocate and ambassador for Saudi Arabia IT Enablement, Abdulaziz joined CITC as the General Manager of IT Enablement, bringing a wealth of experience with over 20 years in leading local and global IT companies.
Through strategic and visionary direction, he continues to inspire and build highly effective leadership teams to execute challenging strategies in a competitive industry. With his experience as a Board Member, Regional Director, Senior VP & Secretary-General, Abdulaziz has set global benchmarks in some of Saudi Arabia’s and regional most desirable companies such as NTG, IDC & ARISPA. He also brings critical insight that contributes to building the technical standards and regulations that preserve and protect the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia’s markets through his role as the Chairman of the IT Committee in SASO.
Abdulaziz has executed crucial and industry-leading commercial strategies that have successfully launched new products and services into the market. Setting industry and global standards within the KSA in roles such as the Senior Vice President, Head of Telecommunications and Cognitive, General Manager of Business Sales, and Manager of Products and Marketing in prestigious organizations such as Arabic Computer Systems, IBM, IDC, GO Telecom, and AwalNet.
He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from King Saud University, alongside multiple industry-specific certifications.
Director , Global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in Global Information Technology of SABIC
Mr. Ahmed Almalki has served in several managerial positions globally in diverse fields ranging from technical,
functional, business process and governance.
Currently, he is Director of Global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) at SABIC Global Information Technology,
which entails oversight of various activities of enterprise technology, business enablement, and delivery of ERP
solutions across business networks and operations globally.
During his career with SABIC, Mr. Almalki served in Internal Audit as Director of Information Technology and
Technology Operation, T&I, Joint ventures and Human Resources jurisdictions.
Earlier, he was program manager for FANAR Plus strategic transformation project to enable SABIC global
operating model, bringing all businesses to one platform underpinned by standard processes and bringing
SABIC acquisitions to a common platform to users across three regions (USA, Europe and APAC).
Almalki sits on several business enablement steering committees. He holds a Bachelor
s Degree in Computer
Science from King Abdulaziz University and a Master s Degree in Business Administration (Executive MBA) from
TRIUM Program (NYU Stern School of Business New York, London School of Economics and HEC Paris).
CEO Consultant at Saudi Export Development Authority
Saud Hamad AlGublan
Prior to his current position, he worked for the Arab National Bank in the Information Technology sector in 2009. Later, he attained various leading positions in Consulting and Information Technology at IBM between 2011 and 2021. With his rich experience and deep understanding of the industry, he was appointed Financial Sector Senior lead at Dell Tech in 2021 to 2022.
Saud holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from King Saud University besides a number of professional certificates in Management and Consulting.
stc Group Local Content GM
Balegh M. ALNasser
Balegh M. ALNasser is local content development GM at stc group leading local content strategy execution. Holding Bsc. in Computer science with multiple of executive educations and certificates during 22 years experiences in ICT sector.
General Manager of Emerging Technologies at the Communication and Information Technology Commission
Dr. Khalid Alshathri
Dr. Khalid Alshathri the General Manager of Emerging Technologies at the Communication and Information Technology Commission. He applied his extensive experience in developing and enabling the digital market of the Kingdom to reach sophistication and attraction globally. Dr. Khalid advanced the adoption of various technologies and delivered impactful results creating an innovative environment for the Kingdom. Moreover, he established adoptions models of Internet of Things, Smart Cites, Connected Vehicle…etc. Ultimately, his ambition with vision 2030 to drive the KSA Digital Market among top 10 countries globally.
Dr. Khalid holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, a Master Degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with First Honor.
General Manager of Technology Market Development and Local Content - Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Raif is the GM of Technology Market Development & Local Content at the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology with the mission to develop a trusted and expanding market able to position the Kingdom as a leading technology hub. Prior to this role, Raif was the KSA Country Leader & Digital Transformation Director at BakerHughesC3.ai, a global enterprise AI software provider, where he partnered with clients to strategize for their digital transformation roadmaps and deploy AI solutions.
Prior to that, Raif served as the Local Content Director at Baker Hughes, leading the creation of its localization strategy and overseeing the execution of its investment portfolio in the Kingdom. Before joining Baker Hughes, Raif was part of General Electric’s leadership acceleration program in Digital Technology, where he designed, built and deployed technical solutions to address key business problems. Before this, Raif had worked in strategy & innovation consulting at The Futures Company in New York, NY.
Raif holds a bachelor’s in Electronic & Electrical Engineering with a thesis in Nanotechnology from University College London (UCL) and a master’s in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He also holds a certificate in Business & IT Management from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, in addition to other certificates from Columbia University, Cornell University, and University of Cambridge.
Digital Business lead for Aramco Industrial Investments Program
Srrah S. Algheithy
Srrah Algheithy is Digital Business Lead for the Industrial Investment Program, where she is responsible for driving the development of digital investments that diversify the Saudi economy and localize technologies such as AI, Low Earth Orbit Satellites, Metaverse services, among others. She is responsible for facilitating the execution of digital investments through partnerships with leading international companies with a focus on increasing the GDP and creating high-skilled jobs. She has more than 10 years of experience within Saudi Aramco related to data center management, digital product development, and industrial investments. She holds a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a MSc in Renewable Energy from Pennsylvania State University. She has completed the Global Leadership Program for Sustainable Energy Systems with Tokyo University and MiSK Foundation. She has previously held the position of Vice-Chairperson of Publications for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Founder & CEO at T2
Technology Consulting Director at PwC
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer of CasperLabs
Mrinal Manohar is co-founder and CEO of CasperLabs. Mrinal Manohar has an extensive career as both a computer programmer and a finance professional. Before founding Casper, Mrinal was a principal and the technology/media/telecom sector head at Sagard Capital, a ~$1b long-only hedge fund. Mrinal also previously served as a private equity associate at Bain Capital in Boston, and as an associate consultant at Bain & Company. Mrinal has been personally investing in the blockchain industry since 2012 as a seed investor in Ethereum, Blockstack, Basis, Maker, Filecoin, and more. Mrinal holds a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Head of Blockchain Tech at Brú Finance
Abhishek is a Co-founder and Head of Blockchain Tech at Brú Finance - India's only blockchain native fintech platform. He's a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and a 3-times Entrepreneur, Author, and a regular Speaker of Blockchain Tech. At Bru, he's bringing Blockchain to farmers to save their income, covering 1,400 warehouses & 18,000+ farmers and US $300 Million in committed TVL and now connecting them to global DeFi lenders, supported by United Nations Development Programme, IIM Ahmedabad and MassChallenge USA. He's also a Blockchain Educator and has taught 6,000+ faculty, PhDs, and students globally.
Founder - Blockchain Won't Save the World Podcast
Anthony helps organizations to understand the benefits of using exponential technologies like Blockchain to create commercially viable digital transformations and disruptive new businesses. He has held leadership roles focused on development and deployment of Blockchain in Deloitte, IBM and more recently supported founders, start-ups and enterprises working with Substrate, Polkadot and Kusama for Parity Technologies. He is also the host of the Blockchain Won’t Save the World podcast.
Principal at Blockchain Founders Fund
Tobias Bauer is the Principal at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Startup Mentor for 500 Startups, APX, PlugAndPlay, NUMA New York, Alchemist Accelerator, and a Venture Partner of Republic. In the past, he has lived in 9 different countries across 15 cities and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English and German.
General Manager Corporate Strategy & Business Planning at Mobily
Eng. Tahnoon A. Alzuanidi
Eng. Tahnoon A. Alzuanidi is heading corporate strategy and business planning at Mobily; A technology passionate and new businesses explorer. He has diverse expertise in engineering, strategy development, and financing where he started his career at Yokogawa Electric Corporation working on gas and oil projects after that moved to management consultation where he worked on critical initiatives in the vision 2030 before leading the file of alternative financing; executing the first ECA green project financing for government with total financing of a value exceeded SAR 12 bn.
Tahnoon earned his MBA from the University of San Diego and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals
Head of Strategy, Nuqtah NFT
Dr. Majid AlMansouri
Assistant Professor - Blockchain Founder, Researcher, Investor & consultant
Board Member, Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board (BEPAB)
Head of Digital Lighouse at KPMG Saudi Arabia
Mazhar leads KPMG's Digital Lighthouse practice for Saudi Levant, a Centre of Excellence for Data, AI and Emerging Technologies, with over 25 years of industry experience, with the last 12 focused on Digital and Innovation. Maz specializes in helping clients drive breakthrough innovation through Digital investments. Helping his clients prioritize their digital investment portfolios to focus on business performance priorities - taking ideas from experimentation to full-scale implementation, ensuring end-to-end value is realized.
Before moving to the GCC region, Mazhar led KPMGs UK Digital, Analytics & Innovation practice. He also leads Imperial Business Analytics with KPMG, overseeing the firm's strategic partnership with Imperial College London and Head of Global Insights Centre, KPMG's global network of visualization studios.
In his 25 years of experience as a business consultant, Maz has built his reputation as a thought leader who champions Digital Innovation that empowers clients to achieve their vision. He has a track record of delivering high-value, high-impact products and solutions for FTSE leadership teams, 'turbocharging' speed-to-value and magnifying returns across a broad spectrum of business objectives. Maz's expertise ranges from creating a compelling vision and developing strategy and high-impact solutions to securing stakeholder buy-in and improving operational effectiveness. He is curious to understand how the data that we collect can accelerate decision-making abilities and drive increased business performance in a disrupted digital economy.
Co-founder of Oumlapay
Mohammed Aljasser is a passionate software engineer who is specialized in blockchain technology and has been in this field since 2014.
Co-founded Oumlapay which is a payment gateway that specializes in cryptocurrency payment.
VP of Digital Transformation, Microsoft