A world-class speaker line-up

DEC speakers listed alphabetically. Download full profile and abstracts of presentations.


Abdulla Al Hamed
Managing Partner
, Intermid

Abdulla Al Hamed is Managing Partner at Intermid and a Board Member of I-Harbour. His track record includes establishing and leading the e-Commerce directorate at the Ministry of Industry & Commerce, which acts as a regulator in Bahrain, taking part in establishing the US- Bahrain Free Trade agreement as member of the negotiation team(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Ali Mohammed Al-Khouri
CAEU Advisor and Chairman of AFDE

Dr. Ali Al-Khouri is Advisor to the Arab Economic Unity Council and Chairman of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy in the League of Arab States providing strategic intelligence and supporting the digital transformation in the Arab countries. He is also working as a Director General in the Ministry of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Mohamed Ismail Al Rabea
Secretary General, Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU)

Mohamed Ismail Al Rabea
is Secretary General
of the 
Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU). The Council was founded by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen on May 30, 1964, to organize and consolidate economic relations among the States of the Arab League.

Tarek Amer
Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE)

Tarek Amer has been Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) since November 27, 2015. He joined the CBE with 27 years of banking experience.
Amer was First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt from 2003 until 2008, when he became Chairman of National Bank of Egypt.

Professor Birgitte Andersen
CEO, Big Innovation Centre

Professor Birgitte Andersen (PhD Economics) is CEO of Big Innovation Centre, a London based think-tank and innovation hub that promotes open innovation via challenge-led taskforces, All Party groups in UK Parliament on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and an AI Global Governance Commission. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Vincenzo Aquaro
Chief of Digital Government Branch, DPIDG, UN DESA

Vincenzo Aquaro has been leading a team of experts on the flagship UN e-Government program and on the e-Government Survey since 2010. Part of his functions are also to assist governments to advance public sector reform and improve the quality of public service delivery using innovation and ICT.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Gino Baldi
Professor of Digital Transmission, Sapienza University Rome

Dr. Gino Baldi is a Professor of Digital Transmission at Sapienza University of Rome. Recently, he was involved in the following applied research fields: Machine Learning, HR management optimization based on computational intelligence algorithms and crowdfunding based on Islamic finance principles.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor
Secretary General, Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization

Elected Secretary General in 2015, Mohamed Ben Amor has over 25 years of experience in the use and evolution of information and communication technologies for development, previously as Special Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Technologies, Minister of ICT and Minister of Higher Education Scientific Research in Tunisia (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Prof. Ahmed Bounfour
Chair Professor, European Chair on Intangibles, Paris-Sud University

Ahmed Bounfour, Chair Professor at Université Paris-Sud, is a world recognized expert in intangibles and digital transformation. He is leading several European research projects on digital, cybersecurity and intangibles and a major international research program on digital transformation and the future enterprise.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Sophie Boyer de la Giroday
President of Wise Media, Organizer of DEC

President of Wise Media, Organizer of the Digital Economy Conference, Sophie Boyer de la Giroday is an investor in publishing and media companies. As of year 2000, she founded a number of media and consulting businesses in Europe and the US and sold a number of event formats to Frankfurt Exhibitions in 2011(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Utpal Chakraborty
Head of Artificial Intelligence and Executive Vice President, Yes Bank

Utpal Chakraborty is an eminent data scientist and AI researcher having 21 years of experience, including working as a Principal Architect in L&T Infotech, IBM, Capgemini and other MNCs. Currently EVP at Yes Bank (India), he is an expert in machine learning, deep learning and other cutting edge AI & cognitive technologies(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Gregory G. Curtin
CEO, CivicConnect and member of Future of Urban Development Advisory Board, WEF

Gregory C. Curtin, PhD, JD, founder and CEO of CivicConnect, pioneered the use of technology and data to transform the public sector. He is accredited for his work as a Senior Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and serves as a Charter Member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Thierry Delville
Former Ministerial Delegate for Fight against Cyberthreats, Ministry of Interior, France

Thierry Delville has been ministerial delegate for the security industry at the Ministry of Interior, France since 2014, leading the coordination of the fight against cyberthreats. As of November 2018, he is Partner at PWC. Thierry Delville graduated from the National Police Academy of Lyon in 1994 and from the FBI National Academy in 2014(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Hesham O. Dinana
Key Researcher, Arab Digital Economy Strategy; Professor, American University in Cairo

Dr. Hesham Dinana is Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications at the American University in Cairo and has taught MBA & DBA courses in Strategic & International Marketing at Arab Academy for Science & Technology. His focus is on Digital Marketing and the use of the Internet-of-Things in Marketing.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Peter Diry

Minister Counsellor for Digital Policy, EU Delegation to the UAE

Before taking up his current post of Minister-Counsellor for Digital Policy in the Delegation of the European Union to the United Arab Emirates, Peter Diry has worked for the European Commission in the design, rollout and implementation of European cooperation programmes on Research and Innovation, such as eTEN, FP7, CIP/IST-PSP and Horizon 2020.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Professor Muhammad Othman Elkhosht
President of Cairo University
Professor Muhammad Othman Elkhosht is President of Cairo University. He previously was Vice President of Cairo University for Education and Student Affairs and Egyptian Cultural Advisor at the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh and Head of the largest educational mission abroad in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Chris Ferguson
Director, National, Intl & Research, Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service, UK

Chris Ferguson is one of the original senior management team that built the UK’s Government Digital Service. In 2011 he was brought into the Cabinet Office to take on the digital identity challenge. He is the chair of the cross-government Digital Leaders network and head of the digital profession within HM Government.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Ravi Gupta
Founder Publisher, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia

Dr Ravi Gupta, a social entrepreneur, has been promoting innovations in various sectors for the development of society for two decades through research, advocacy, conferences, publications, and workshops in several countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann
Federal Armed Forces Germany; Dep. Commander NATO Rapid Reaction Corps France

Major General Hagemann is the Deputy Commander of Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps in Lille, France. Created in 2005, with around 450 military personnel from fifteen different nations, HQ RRC-FR is a French NATO certified headquarters able to command a national or multinational force of between 15,000 and 60,000 personnel.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Atef Helmy
Former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Atef Helmy served as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt from January 2013 to March 2015. He is currently Senior Advisor for Orange, Middle East & Africa. As Minister of CIT, Eng. Helmy Chaired the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Wyatt Kash
Senior Vice President Content Strategy, Scoop News Group

Wyatt Kash is an accomplished business media executive, award-winning editor and journalist, and a digital content specialist helping organizations develop digital strategies to connect with senior executives.
 He currently leads content development and online initiatives for the government and technology sectors(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Eric Kavangh
CEO  and Co-Founder of The Bloor Group

Eric Kavanagh is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Bloor Group, a hybrid Media / Analyst firm that closely tracks the world of enterprise computing. A career journalist, he helped evangelize the need for transparency in federal spending and is respected as an expert in Big Data, Open-Source Software, Open Data and Open Government(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Richard Kerby
President, Richard Kerby LLC

Richard Kerby is a senior strategist with a successful track record of advising national administrations across the world at the levels of Heads of State, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister and Director Generals on ICT for Development, focusing on topics such as financial and technical value. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE).

Dr. Driss Kettani
Professor of Computer Science, Alakhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

Driss Kettani holds a PhD in Computer Science from Laval University in Canada. He is Member of the United Nations Experts Group in e-Government, and Observer in the UN Experts Group in Public Administration. Dr. Kettani's work has been recognized through several distinctions and awards(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Suvi Lindén
Former Minister of Communications and Minister of Culture, Finland

Suvi Lindén was Minister of Communications for Finland responsible for media and telecommunications in 2007-2011 and previously Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, 1999-2002. She was Member of Parliament for 16 years and has a long experience of the Oulu City Council. She is Board Member for Telit Communications(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Stefano Manservisi
Director-General, DG for Intl. Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Stefano Manservisi is Director-General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission since May 2016.
An Italian national, he previously served as Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Geert Mareels
Director, Digital Archive Flanders, Government of Belgium

Geert Mareels led CORVE, the eGovernment service of the Flemish Region in Belgium that built the “MAGDA” platform for sharing data across all government agencies on the Flemish and city level and with Federal data from 2004 till April 2016. He is now head of division and building the Digital Archives of the Flemish public sector (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)


Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen
Fellow, Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance, United Nations University

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen is a fellow at United Nations University, Operating Unit for Policy-Driven Electronic Governance and a researcher and PhD student at Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in Estonia. He works on the digital transformation of society and eGovernment strategy development and evaluation (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Gianluca Misuraca
Member of the Expert Group, Arab Digital Economy Strategy

Gianluca Misuraca is Senior Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, where, since 2009, is leading research in the area of Digital Governance and Social Innovation. He is currently coordinating research on Digital Government Transformation as part of the Digital Economy Unit of the Directorate for Growth & Innovation.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Iain Patterson, Former Director of Common Technology Services UK, Chief Digital Officer at UKCloud Health

Iain Patterson is currently Chief Digital Officer of UKCloud Health. Before joining UKCloud in July 2017, he was Director of Common Technology at Government Digital Service, where he was responsible for working with departments to provide the right technology that helps the public sector deliver great services.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)


Marc Ribes
Expert in ICT and e-Government development strategies

Over the last 20 years, Marc Ribes has been involved at different levels in the digital and strategic transformation of public and private entities. In the public sector, he has covered different fields developing strategies for ICT and e-Government, with a track record in Europe, North Africa, Middle East(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Michel Rogy
Practice Manager Digital Development for Africa and the Middle East, World Bank

Dr. Michel Rogy is the World Bank’s Practice Manager Digital Development for Africa and the Middle East. Before 2011 he was a Partner with TERA Consultants, advising the European Commission DG InfSo as well as regulatory authorities and operators throughout EMEA on policy, strategic and regulatory issues in the ICT sector

Dr. Nagwa Samak
Head of Economic Dept., Faculty of Economics & Political Science, Cairo University

Nagwa Samak is a Professor of Economics, Head of the Economic Department and former Director of CEFRS at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. Previously, she occupied various positions in different universities, including Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)


Gérald Santucci
Ambassador, Interop-VLab

Gérald Santucci is an internationally recognised expert on Internet of Things and Enterprise Systems, with specific interest in privacy, cybersecurity and ethics. He has worked in the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, and chaired the Internet of Things Expert Group(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Khaled Sellami
Director General, E-government Unit, Presidency of the Government of Tunisia

Khaled Sellami is Chief Engineer in Computer Engineering and Director General of the e-Government Unit at the Presidency of the Government of Tunisia since January 2011. He is in charge of the elaboration and follow-up of the national e-government and open government strategy « Smart Gov 2020 » (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Siim Sikkut
Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

Siim Sikkut is the Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government in Estonia. Siim Sikkut is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency program.  (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Lara Srivastava
Head of New Initiatives and Emerging Technology, Standardization Bureau, ITU

With a diverse professional background spanning the public sector, business and academia, Dr. Lara Srivastava focused on new technologies and their impact on telecom regulation, economics and market structure for over 20 years. topics range from AI and machine learning to future networks, intelligent transport and blockchain(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Deniz Susar
Governance and Public Admin. Officer, Digital Government Branch, DPIDG, UN DESA

Deniz Susar is a staff member at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). He is currently serving as Governance and Public Administration Officer in the Digital Government Branch (DGB). His main work areas include digital government and preparation of the biannual ‘United Nations E-Government Survey'(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Dr. Hany Torky
Chief Technical Advisor, Knowledge Project, UN Development Program (UNDP)

Dr. Hany Torky joined the Knowledge for All Project of UNDP in 2010, an important and credible initiative on ‘knowledge’ and ‘development’ in the Arab region. He is currently the Chief Technical Advisor of the project. He led the production of the Global Knowledge Index 2017, the Arab Reading Index 2016, and the Arab Knowledge Index of 2015 and 2014(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Prof. Stan Uryasev
George & Rolande Willis Endowed Professor, University of Florida

Stan Uryasev is George & Rolande Willis Endowed Professor, director of the Risk Management and Financial Engineering Lab at the University of Florida. His research is focused on efficient computer modeling and optimization techniques and their applications in finance and DOD projects. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)


João Ricardo Vasconcelos
Digital Government and Open Data Unit, Public Governance Directorate, OECD

João Ricardo Vasconcelos is a digital government policy analyst at the Reform of the Public Sector Division, Public Governance Directorate of the OECD. His work focuses on the analysis of digital government development, supporting the governments of the OECD member and partner countries. (DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Gareth Warner
Director, Sigma Solar Africa / IOTconnect

Gareth Warner has been involved in the digital environment and renewable energy industry for the past 16 years and has established sound relationships with key stakeholders and government organizations in several countries. As a renewables project developer, he negotiated a number of engineering build and operate contracts(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)

Zhanat Zhakhmetova
Deputy Chairman, Zerde National Infocommunication Holding

Zhanat Zhakhmetova is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of “Zerde” National ICT Holding JSC, where her main responsibilities involve development of the regulatory framework for digital technologies in Kazakhstan, coordination the work of the Advisory Board on Digitalization, and regulation of support for the domestic IT market(DOWNLOAD PROFILE)


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