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Arif Amiri Is The Chief Executive Officer Of DIFC Authority Where He Is Responsible For Setting The Strategy And Growth Direction Of The Authority. Under His Leadership, DIFC Has Emerged As A Powerful Catalyst For The Financial Services Sector, As Well As The Leading Global Financial Centre In The Middle East, Africa And South Asia (MEASA) Region.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
BSC in Finance, MIS, and Master’s in E-Commerce, Boston University. Formerly: founded the Belhoul Investment Office. Currently, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Future Foundation
Bob currently serves as the firm’s 10th managing partner and chairman. As chair for Kearney’s Middle East and Africa region from 2015 to 2024, he sustained growth in the MEA region, led the firm’s strategic growth initiative, Mars, and spearheaded the acquisition of top Middle East transformation specialist MSE.
Managing Partner & Chairman
Dr. Ott Velsberg is a renowned Estonian IT specialist and government official, known for his expertise in data governance and data science. As the current Chief Data Officer (CDO) of Estonia, he is responsible for driving the country’s data policy and initiatives related to the use of data in the public sector.
Chief Data Officer
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Cerebras Systems
A serial entrepreneur whose AI-powered composable software platform that allows every business and entrepreneur to become digitally powered,, has raised over $450M since 2018.
Founder and Chief Wizard
Since joining Emirates in 1988, Mr Al Redha has been a pivotal player within the operations team in various capacities. He has progressed his career and widened responsibilities with the growth of the company. His experience over the years has covered all aspects of operations and logistics which includes engineering, flight operations, service delivery, airport services, network operations and aircraft procurement.
Deputy President
IC Chief Data Officer
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa.
Executive Chairman
Head of WW BPS Category
Chief Data Scientist for the New York City Council. Head/founder of R&D (data science and software engineering).
Chief Data Scientist
New York City Council
Maja Pantic is an AI Scientific Research Lead in Facebook and a Professor of Affective and Behavioral Computing at Imperial College London, working on machine analysis of human non-verbal behaviour and its applications to human-centric AI.
Generative AI Research Director
Abdulrahman AlJiffry is a Partner at 500 Global, a VC firm with more than $2.7b in AUM with a truly global portfolio of active programs and companies. Abdulrahman is focused on the MENA Accelerator Fund, helping scale MENA most promising startups in a rapidly growing and maturing market.
500 Global
Founder of Astra Tech
CEO of Botim
Mohammad Alblooshi is the Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Innovation Hub. His passion for encouraging the growth of FinTech and emerging technologies in Dubai has made him a strong advocate of fostering innovation within the DIFC start-up ecosystem – DIFC Innovation Hub. Mohammad has also been a foundational driver in building DIFC’s reputation as a FinTech hub across the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore and India.
Chief Executive Officer
DIFC Innovation Hub
Rodrigo is CEO and co-founder of SambaNova Systems. Prior to joining SambaNova, Rodrigo was responsible for SPARC Processor and ASIC Development at Oracle. He led the engineering organization responsible for the design of state-of-the-art processors and ASICs for Oracle’s enterprise servers.
Co-Founder and CEO
SambaNova Systems
Chief Data & Analytics Officer
United Nations International Computing Center(UNICC)
Executive Director, AI & Machine Learning
Srinivasan Sampath is the Chief Information Officer at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). Sampath has the responsibility for driving the Group’s Technology and Transformation Strategy to ensure that FAB is ready for the next generation of Digital Banking services.
Group Chief Information Officer
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Chief Executive Officer
Nader Albastaki is a Managing Director of the Dubai Future District Fund, an evergreen venture fund of funds and direct investment vehicle of the emirate of Dubai. The fund is anchored by Dubai Future Foundation and the Dubai International Financial Centre to invest in the Future of Finance and Future Economies with the aim of bolstering economic development in Dubai, the UAE and the broader region.
Managing Director - Strategy & Development
Dubai Future District Fund
Mr. David Tan is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Development Group) of JTC, Singapore government agency championing sustainable industrial development in Singapore.
Assistant Chief Executive Officer
JTC Corporation
Undersecretary for Policy
US Department of Homeland Security
Antoine is a technology investor and a visionary entrepreneur, starting in the deep Artificial Intelligence space as early as 1998. Since 2017 he is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Alpha Intelligence Capital firm investing in Artificial Intelligence companies globally.
Founder and Managing Partner
Alpha Intelligence Capital
Chief Digital Investment Officer
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Chris is COO at the NEAR Foundation, a Swiss-based non-profit supporting the ongoing growth and development of the NEAR Protocol. Prior to joining the NEAR Foundation, Chris was a partner at Web3 accelerator Outlier Ventures. Chris is a qualified solicitor (England & Wales) and has been advising and working with Web3 and other technology projects for several years.
Chief Operating Officer
Near Foundation

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