We have once again teamed up with our strategic partner IBM at The Largest Tech and Startup Event in the World, GITEX Global 2023.
GITEX Global is the world's largest tech and startup event, known for its role in shaping the future of technology. Bringing together the brightest minds of AI innovators, developers and changemakers, this year's edition promises to be a remarkable experience. We are thrilled to be back and showcase our innovative solutions embracing the theme AI & Sustainability. The event will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 16th to 20th, 2023.
At GBM, we are dedicated to shaping the future through sustainability and technology, and GITEX Global 2023 will be our platform to share our vision. In light of COP28, GBM will continue to discuss sustainability and how our strategic partner IBM and our team can support our clients in achieving their ESG goals and their digital journeys.
Also, experience the future with us as we demonstrate cutting-edge solutions that will shape your business.
Discover how data-driven insights and artificial intelligence are transforming industries and learn how GBM can help you harness the power of your data.
Explore how we're helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint while staying competitive in a rapidly changing world.
Gain valuable insights into business transformation strategies, highlighting how they assist organizations in adapting, innovating and thriving in today's digital age.
Stay ahead of cyber threats with our advanced security solutions and learn how we're safeguarding your digital assets.
Dive into the world of hybrid cloud computing and learn how GBM is enabling businesses to benefit from its flexibility and scalability.
Discover valuable insights as GBM's Subject Matter Experts lead engaging sessions through a diverse range of topics, from cutting-edge technology to business transformation and innovation. Our engaging sessions offer deep insights and practical knowledge, providing you with valuable takeaways to stay at the forefront of innovation.
Unlocking the power of AIOps
The IBM AIOps is a game-changer for ITOps teams, revolutionizing incident management and propelling organizations toward operational excellence in the modern age of IT operations. With the power of AI and ML, the IBM AIOps solutions empower ITOps teams to streamline incident management processes, optimize IT operations and deliver enhanced customer experiences
Speaker: Essam Yousri – Senior AIOps Consultant
Asset management, monitoring, and optimization
According to an IDC business value report, using an AI-driven enterprise asset management solution such as IBM Maximo helped enterprises achieve 8.5 million USD in total equipment cost avoidances annually. Interested to see how you can achieve this for your enterprise? Join this session to learn about our integrated cloud-based platform that uses AI, IoT and analytics to optimize performance, extend asset lifecycles and reduce operational downtime and costs.
Speaker: Ahmed Makady, Enterprise Applications Architect
Speaker: Pallav Agrawala, Regional Presales Leader – Storage
Managing threats on the digital front
This session delves into understanding and dissecting emerging threats, emphasizing end-toend coverage of the attack surface for all digital assets through a centralized lens. Discover key strategies and insights to fortify your defense against evolving cyber threats in today’s dynamic landscape, with a modern Security Operations Center (SOC) approach.
Speaker: Muhammad Arsalan Nasser, Security Analytics SME
Intelligent hybrid cloud management with integrated FinOps
Explore the realm of intelligent hybrid cloud management seamlessly integrated with FinOps. This session emphasizes the importance of automating routine cloud activities while maintaining a real-time view of commercial objective fulfillment throughout the cloud journey. Discover how achieving an end-to-end perspective, from automation to cost analysis, enriches organizational financial decision-making in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape.
Speaker: Somas K Balasubramanian, Client Techncial Advisor
Revolutionize your organization’s approach to ESG modeling and forecasting. In this session, we’ll discuss ways to simplify the capture, consolidation, management, analysis and reporting of your environmental, social and governance (ESG) data, and provide you the pathway to carbon reduction.
Speaker: Joy Paul, Regional Leader – Analytics, AI, Risk & ESG
Data security and privacy laws landscape in Gulf countries
The data explosion drives businesses; however, it also necessitates the implementation of appropriate data security controls and adherence to data privacy laws to safeguard it. These data security controls must align with the large scale, heterogeneous, and hybrid data repositories. Acquaint yourself with the latest data security controls, as well as current and upcoming data privacy laws in Gulf Countries
Speaker: Aniket Vekhande, Security Consultant – Data Security
Pay as you use than pay as you provision – A right strategy for your Hybrid Cloud journey
Discover the advantages of ‘Pay as You Use’ over ‘Pay as You Provision’ in your Hybrid Cloud journey. Join us as we explore how this strategy accelerates Hybrid Cloud automation by aligning costs with actual usage rather than projected provisioning. Gain insights into optimizing cloud costs and enhancing operational efficiency through a flexible and costeffective approach to cloud resource allocation.
Enterprise risk management
Are you getting the expected return on investment from your governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solution? Simplify data governance, risk management and regulatory compliance with a highly scalable, AI-powered, and unified GRC platform.
AI in digital identity security
Transforming the management of individual identities, scalable, secure, and trusted digital credentials are reshaping the landscape. In a world where businesses are embracing AI, cyber attackers follow suit. Security plays a pivotal role as the safeguard standing between evolving technology and potential threats.
Speaker: Alabhya Goel, Practice Lead – Identity & Access Governance
Smart supply chain management
To succeed today, your supply chain needs to be dynamic, responsive, and interconnected to your ecosystem and processes. IBM Sterling solutions and offerings provide provenreliable connectivity, end-to-end visibility, real-time insights to turn potential disruptions into opportunities for customer engagement, growth, and profit.
Adopting DevOps to accelerate digital transformation
DevOps is an essential enterprise capability for continuous software delivery and security that enables organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. A full adoption of DevOps allows teams to create releases quickly and deploy these updates more frequently. To achieve the benefits of Agile and keep up with market trends, businesses need to adopt a DevOps approach.
Speaker: Rahul Jaini, Practice Leader – DevOps, Multi-Cloud and AIOps
Modernize your applications with container optimized infrastructure solutions
Accelerate time to value by leveraging a cloud-native infrastructure and application data services platform designed for Red Hat OpenShift.
Speaker: Pallav Agrawala, Regional Presales Leader – Storage
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Sr. Director & Chief Security Officer
Palo Alto Network
Mr. Haider Pasha is Sr. Director and Chief Security Officer for EMEA & LATAM at Palo Alto Networks. Prior to this role, Mr. Pasha spent 5 years at Symantec working as CTO and Systems Engineering Director for Emerging Markets. He has been partnering with CISOs across the industry, executing together on a multi-year architecture strategy across the geography including Cloud Transformations, Autonomous SOC, and Application-Centric Networking. He is a trusted advisor to Palo Alto’s strategic customers and partners, helping them become more competitive and innovative while enhancing their Cyber Resilience Strategy. A key area of specialty for Mr. Pasha is around architecting Security Operations Centers (SOC), designing Threat Intelligence Platforms, and helping customers adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and local government regulations. Prior to joining Symantec, Mr. Pasha spent 15 years at Cisco covering various senior positions in Silicon Valley and as CTO for Cisco Africa.
Mr. Pasha completed his MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA. Mr. Pasha’s successes come from being able to bind advanced technical concepts to commercial, people and process requirements, while maintaining a balanced perspective with the business objective in mind. He is also Palo Alto Networks go-to public Security spokesperson.
Director – Compliance & Support Alliances
Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC)
Amer Sharaf is the Director of Compliance Support and Alliances at the Dubai Electronic Security Center based in the Emirates of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Amer has accumulated a diverse set of skills in his career in the Information Technology field successfully delivering key applications and infrastructure related projects.
His experience also extends to deploying resilient and highly available data centers catering to key critical systems. Amer has considerable experience on city level systems and adopting several disruptive technologies and ensuring that key security principles and technologies are adopted.
General Manager, GBM Abu Dhabi
As the General Manager for GBM Abu Dhabi and Yemen, Miguel Khouri has a track record for strengthening and enriching relationships with a wide-range of customers and industries.
With over two decades in IT Consultancy, Business Management, and Business Development across the GCC, Khouri’s leadership has consistently delivered business growth for GBM Abu Dhabi. His guidance in value-added IT and business solutions provides tangible results for a host of public and private clients in the government, banking and finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, education and retail sectors.
As General Manager, Khouri has nurtured GBM Abu Dhabi local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, and has helped to develop a collaborative network of offices across the region that enables clients to benefit from best-in-class IT consultancy.
Prior to joining GBM Abu Dhabi as General Manager in 2011, Khouri was the Director of GBM’s Intelligent Networking Solutions (INS) for the entire region.
Earlier to that, Khouri worked for 8 years with Saudi Business Machines.
Miguel holds a Bachelor degree from University of Balamand in Lebanon, where he majored in Computer Engineering.
Senior Cybersecurity Director – EMEA
Service Providers and Middle East & Africa
Global Security Sales Operations, Cisco
As Senior Cybersecurity Director for EMEA SPs and MEA, Fady’s role is to focus on delivering Cisco’s vision of integrated cybersecurity for Cisco’s customers and partners, overseeing the day-to-day business and driving growth plans across the region.
Fady focuses on empowering customers, including Service Providers, Government and Private entities, to securely create and deliver value as every country, city and company becomes increasingly digital and migrates to the cloud.
Fady is a Cisco veteran with a proven track record of delivering sales across the region for more than 17 years. He has worked in several roles including East Region Operations Director for Cisco Middle East, General Manager for Cisco UAE, Enterprise Sector Regional Sales Manager and Service Provider Sector (Telcos) Regional Sales Manager.
Prior to joining Cisco, he was Regional Manager at Nortel (MEA), and Product Manager at Ericsson and held international long-term assignments in Sweden, Greece, Indonesia and Egypt.
Fady holds a BE degree in Computer & Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Regional Technology Director | Middle East & Turkey
Melih Kirkgoz is the Regional Technology Director covering Middle East & Turkey Regions and based in Fortinet Dubai Office.
He is the technology evangelist and spokesperson within the region.Also a member of the elite “Office of the CTO” consultants group led by Fortinet President and CTO Michael Xie himself since 2015.
In this prestigious role he helps to shape company core technologies roadmap acting as a bridge between the field and Fortinet R&D and Product Management.
His highly focused and advanced Cyber Security Career (22+ years) is spread over different roles requiring diverse skills:
VP Security Sales, IBM MEA
Head of Cyber Security
United Arab Emirates Government
Dr. Al Kuwaiti is appointed into the Cabinet as the Head of the Cyber Security for the UAE Government since 2020. As the Head of the Cyber Security, his mandate includes being the Chairman of the UAE Cyber Security Council as well as Managing Director of the National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security. As the Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government by investiture, Dr. Al Kuwaiti has legal authority over all aspects pertaining securing the cyberspace for the entire Nation.
In his current role, Dr. Al Kuwaiti is tasked with the responsibility of charting a cyber security strategy for the Nation that not only ensuring that the UAE will be entering into the digital era with fully capable of dealing with the new threat landscape brought about by the pandemic, but also to ensure UAE’s leadership in cyber security globally towards establishing the UAE as the world’s leading trusted digital hub supporting the Nation’s digital transformation agenda and the digital future of all residents who made UAE their home. Towards that end, he led the Council to put together an implementation plan to protect the UAE cyberspace through emerging technologies such as Cloud, Big Data and AI in a wholeof-government approach coordinating and orchestrating efforts between Emirates or government entities via a unified platform built and managed by the Council.
Founder & CEO
Coordinates Middle East
Tarek is the Architect and CEO of Coordinates – A leading Cybersecurity Managed Detection & Response firm in the Middle East, now part of GBM.
Powered by machine learning, automation & orchestration, Cor, Coordinates’ platform enables the seamless integration of any technology to provide defense-grade services to enterprises of all sizes.
The company platform enables Automation and Orchestration of the entire cybersecurity lifecycle across Monitoring, Detection, Response & Remediation.
Between 2004 and 2014, Tarek was the Managing Director at Cisco, where he led the strategic direction, investment, and overall execution of Cisco’s total business in the region.
Before Cisco, Tarek had a career with Schlumberger and 3Com in various executive leadership roles.
Tarek has been voted twice as the top Networking and Communication Executive in MENA and MENA’s 6th most powerful technology executive.
General Manager, GBM Dubai
Ossama El Samadoni is the General Manager of GBM Dubai. He has over 30 years of experience working in the region. He has a prominent track record in strengthening business growth in an increasingly competitive market, while supporting organizations of all sizes to navigate digital disruptions and IT transformation challenges.
Samadoni holds a B.Sc. in Engineering and MBA in Marketing, is fluent in Arabic and English, and is the Vice Chairman of SNIA Middle East.
Vice President of Digital Infrastructure Solutions,
Hani Nofal is an ICT executive with more than 25 years of industry and leadership experience in the region. He held several roles in global organizations including Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, 3Com and Cisco Systems.
Hani joined GBM in January 2012. Since then, he’s been part of the executive team and currently leads GBM’s Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security business across the Gulf and Pakistan. He’s responsible for the development of regional and global alliances delivering solutions that support organizations to realize their digital transformation agendas and protect them from cyber threats.
Prior to joining GBM, Hani was Cisco’s Senior Regional Manager. During his tenure at Cisco, Hani supported the company’s rapid growth and expansion in the UAE and Gulf and was responsible for several strategic successes in the region, achieving significant agreements and milestones.
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