Speakers


Decision-makers, thought leaders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) come together for a purpose. That purpose is to think, debate and crystal-gaze the future of cybersecurity, what it’s like on the work table and the impact it has on global citizens. REINVENT Conference 2018 features acclaimed speakers who are known for setting agendas annually for their organizations and institutions.

Dr. Hichem Maya

Head of Industries and Digital Transformation at SAP

Dr. Maya leads a number of Smart City projects for SAP and has contributed to the development of SAP Smart City app and connected cars initiative. Dr. Maya and his team work with organizations and governments to define and deploy smart government platforms. He also advises oil and gas companies to develop digital oil fields and retailers to get a single customer view and improve sales efficiency. Dr. Maya, over the years, has acquired extensive experience in technology-driven transformations.

Prof. Christopher Abraham

CEO & Head, SP Jain Global School of Management

With three Post Graduate qualifications in HRM, Business Administration (Marketing), and Labor & Administrative Law, Prof. Abraham is a PhD Scholar in Positive Psychology. He is a Certified Design Thinker from IDEO/Stanford and has thirty-two years’ experience in management consulting, marketing, and management education in India, Canada, Singapore and the UAE.

Prof. Abraham has been a visiting Professor at leading universities in Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore and the UK. Earlier in Dubai, he headed the Executive MBA Program of XLRI, Jamshedpur, one of Asia’s top business schools.

His areas of competence are Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Innovation, Neuroscience of Decision Making, Future of Education, Science of Happiness and Design Thinking.

A much sought after TEDx and keynote speaker, he has successfully presented in global forums.

 

Dr. Jassim Haji

Director Information Technology at Gulf Air

Dr Jassim Haji has management and executive experience in Aviation, Hospitality, Technology and Telecommunications for over 30 years. He has served on the board of directors of a leading hospitality and tourism technology provider in the Middle East and on SITA Council representing Middle East and North Africa. Furthermore, he has been part of the Bahrain Centre of Excellence, which is over-looking excellence in the public sector.

Dr. Haji has been instrumental in implementing some key innovations at Gulf Air’s IT systems and processes in recent times, most notably, the introduction of advanced technology for Gulf Air World Wide Contact Centre, Cloud Computing, Business Intelligence, Disaster Recovery Centre, Green Technology, In-house Oracle R12 upgrade, Big Data, Electronic Flight Bag and deploying tablets to cabin crew for on-board services plus ISO 27001, 9001, 20000, 240001, 22301, 55000 and 50001 certifications that have helped further improve customer interface services as well as cost efficiency to the company. He managed to achieve forty three top Middle-Eastern technology awards, including four CIO distinguished awards.  

He participated as a key speaker and chairman in over 50 technology conferences in Middle-East and Europe to cover latest technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, Information Security and Business Intelligence. He also published articles in relation to the above topics. Additionally, Dr. Haji is part of several advisory boards of key technological events in the Gulf and he is participating in several judging panels for reputable technology awards. Furthermore, he has featured on 19 international technology and aviation magazines cover pages with over 80 interviews.

Dr. Haji received his Doctorate in Business Administration (PhD) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK in 2010. He has completed his Master degree in Management of Information Technology from the University of Sunderland, UK and graduation in telecommunications from the famed Cable and Wireless College, Cornwall, UK.  

He started his career with Sprint Telecommunications in London before joining Gulf Air in 1985 as a network engineer and moved to Sabre – an airline IT solutions company – to whom Gulf Air outsourced its IT services. He then moved to EDS as an Executive Director, another American IT solutions company with global presence, then in 2008 to Gulf Air as the Director of Information Technology Division. He is recently been working as President of Artificial Intelligence Society Bahrain plus Aviation Technology leading expert, consultant and executive Director.

Dr. Ravichandran Krishnamurthy

Associate Professor and Director of Experiential Learning, New York Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi Campus, UAE

Dr. Ravichandran is an Associate Professor and Director of Experiential Learning at the New York Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi. He has over 22 years of experience in operations, business development, academics and institution building. Notably, he received the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution towards Education 2016 & 17’ from the World Sustainability Council at Dubai. Dr. Ravichandran has consulted with the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange and is presently working on a prestigious ‘application development project’ for the United Nations.

He holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Madras, India. His area of expertise includes corporate finance, behavioral finance and company analysis. Dr. Ravichandran has to his credit 25 international journal publications and 12 books, out of which four are text books.

Dr. Deepak Kalra

Head of Academics – Information Technology, and Associate Professor, Skyline University College

Dr. Kalra works with Skyline University College as Associate Professor and Head of Academics - IT. He holds a PhD in Management (IT) from Banasthali Vidyapith, India. He has also done his MBA from University of Lincoln, U.K. & B.E. (Computer Technology) from MIET, Nagpur, India. He has over 18 years of academic & industry experience.

Dr. Kalra’s experience has been in managing technology business and Infrastructure for large scale organizations. Apart from teaching, he has vast industry experience as an Entrepreneur, as a Consultant and has worked at senior positions in corporates. He has been a Consultant for well-known corporates, advising them on Business Process Mapping, ERP Development & Cost.

He has developed several ‘Process Automations’ and ‘Security Softwares’ for various Government entities in the UAE such as DSOA, DPG, Ejadah, ADNOC, EMGAS, SEC, etc. His research interest is in the field of ERP, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce and Technology.

 

Raunaq Dubey

Faculty & Head of Incubation Centre, Amity University Dubai

Mr. Dubey is a faculty at Amity University Dubai and heads its Incubation Centre. Equipped with Corporate, Entrepreneurial and Academic experience, Mr. Dubey evangelizes Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

As a strong advocate of Innovation, Mr. Dubey believes ‘Innovation is a mindset - Perform or Perish is an idea of the past; the current era of disruption is about Innovate or Evaporate’. He sees innovation as a differentiator between a leader and a follower. He is passionate about student innovations, visions and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Dubey holds an MBA++ from the University of Pune. He has lectured at various universities in the UAE, India and has designed curriculum for a Diploma course in Management for the Disabled Army Personnel at QMTI, Pune.

He frequently speaks at global conferences as a Keynote Speaker and a panelist. He holds an extended expertise in curating periodic events such as TEDxAmityUniversityDubai, Youthopia (E-Week), Eureka, Pulse, Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp, Coffee with CEO at Amity University Dubai.

Mr Venkat Srinivasan

Country Manager, ETIGENCE India

Mr. Venkat started his career as a Business Intelligence consultant and, after progressing through senior technical and commercial roles for 10 years, currently heading Entigence Corporation - India. During his career at Entigence, Mr. Venkat has successfully led several BI and Analytics Projects in industries such as Supply Chain, Higher Education, Cable, and Banking. Under his assistance, Entigence R&D Team is currently building innovative IOT Applications, Artificial Intelligence and Block chain solutions for various industries.

Mr. Venkat also led innovative Product "Lyterati". Lyterati is a cloud- and subscription-based faculty information system that captures the intellectual research, teaching, and outreach contributions of university faculty. It supports unique administrative HR processes like annual review, promotion and tenure. Lyterati was voted number 1 as the most innovative idea in the consumer and enterprise software category in a Washington Post poll conducted as part of Hot Tickets 2016.

Dr. Monica Gallant

Associate Professor, SP Jain School of Global Management

Dr. Monica has worked in the education sector in Dubai for the past 22 years at the Higher Colleges of Technology as the Associate Dean of Business and more recently as President and CEO: The College of Fashion and Design and Dean: Esmod Dubai, French Fashion Institute. She enjoys bringing creativity, technology and authentic learning experiences into the classroom and finding ways to actively engage students.

Dr. Monica qualified as a Chartered Accountant from Canada with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master’s in Education Technology and a Doctorate in Education. She began her career at Deloitte as a Senior accountant/auditor and then found her passion for teaching as a community college instructor.

Dr. Monica’s areas of interest include educational excellence, intercultural intelligence, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and Emiratization.

Dheeraj Singh

CEO, DOTS

Dheeraj Singh is the CEO of DOTS, an Internet of Things (IOT) Services Company.

He is an Automation industry veteran with an experience of more than 21 years. His key technology expertise includes Distributed Computing, Big Data, AI and Industry 4.0.

During his career, Mr. Singh has led several innovative IOT programs in industries such as manufacturing, retail, commercial buildings, airports, data centers, utility, healthcare and hospitality segment. He is one of the pioneers in design and delivery of IOT platforms, programs and applications on a large Smart City scale.    

He has spearheaded numerous technology public private partnership programs in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Anthony Carson

AI Scientist

Anthony Carson, a published author in the field of Artificial Intelligence, has researched human behavior for over 3 decades. His work in cognitive science and brain development on several species has led to the creation of the ‘BANNERS Project’ otherwise known as ‘Neural Morphing’.

His research on Brain Adaptive Neural Network Electrical Revision Stimulation has shown a new frontier of human brain development. It is based on the Tactioception region located in the Somatosensory Cortex whose neural density in an average person is between 3-7 % packed neurons. However, in blind people the corresponding figure is over 9 times higher.

The world record of reading Braille is 28K words per minute. This is because blind people have higher density of neurons in their Tactioception region due to their developed touch receptors connected to their memory cortex. They learn through vibrations.

Anthony is also the founder of YaPanda Software and is a software developer writing in 16 computer languages developing applications in AI, User interfaces for automation, chip firmware with A.I. NEP (Natural Event Processing), which controls automation through human interaction and decision making. He is the original inventor of Google+ US Patent US20100205179A1 and has written over 150 Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights with products manufactured in five countries and sold in 77.

Jaytirtha Diddigi

co-founder and VP, Forcespot

Jaytirtha Diddigi is an Information/Cyber security practitioner for over 20 years. Having worked across the industry verticals, Mr. Diddigi has assisted several organizations in enabling secured business environments, developing security architecture, blueprints and security governance assessments.

He is the co-founder and VP of Forcespot, a security services company in the Middle East having its headquarters in Dubai.

His current area of focus is Security Strategy, Security Governance assessment and implementation, security metrics and dashboards.

He is a Master of Science in Information Assurance, CISSP and ISO 270001 amongst other certifications including SABSA (Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture).

Jorge Castellote

Founding Partner, innoway ME

Jorge Castellote helps big corporations in the Middle East build their innovation capabilities. He also collaborates with incubators in the UAE to help startups on their business challenges.
As a founding partner of innoway, Mr. Castellote works closely with top management professionals in big corporations in the Middle East to embed innovation in the development of their corporate strategies.

Mr. Castellote, following the value proposition of innoway, helps organizations improve their innovation results following the lean startup approach.

He has worked for large corporations across different industries in Europe (Philip Morris, MAPFRE, Iberdrola), Middle East (Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Water and Electricity Authority, Emirates Identity Authority, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority, amongst others) and Africa (Central Bank of Nigeria, Standard Bank).

Mr. Castellote is also the co-organizer of Lean Startup Circle Dubai (1000+ members) and mentor for startups to help them address their business challenges. He collaborates pro bono with Grow Movement, a Non-for-Profit organization that helps entrepreneurs in East Africa.

Murali Krishna M

COO, Baqalo

A Researcher and Technopreneur, Mr Krishna has worked in the Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Retail and Textile industries. As a startup enthusiast, he had brief stints in prominent startups such as Healthapp and Cloudiotv.

Mr. Krishna graduated with a Research Masters Degree in Biomaterials from the Greenwich University, London. As a PhD candidate he worked on a Research Project in Materials Sciences at University of Surrey & St Mary's University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Ms. Anna Tarabasz

Assistant Professor of Digital Marketing, SP Jain School of Global Management

Dr. Ms. Anna Tarabasz is an Assistant Professor at SP Jain School of Global Management specializing in Marketing, Digital Marketing and eCommerce. She is particularly interested in online communication, Internet of Things, wearables and cybersecurity.

Having obtained her PhD from the University of Lodz, Poland, Dr. Tarabasz has direct experience with website content managing, marketing campaign visualization, media plan creation and choice of internet tools. She has had successful marketing stints in Banks and Organizations with teaching experiences in Dubai, France and Kazakhstan.