Meet Our Speakers

Explore the brilliant and leading minds at Dubai AI & Web3 Festival

Meet Our Speakers

Explore the brilliant and leading minds at Dubai AI & Web3 Festival

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His Excellency Essa Kazim Is The Governor Of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Chairman Of Borse Dubai, Deputy Chairman Of Supreme Legislation Committee In Dubai, And A Member In Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee.
Governor
DIFC
Chief Executive Officer
TONOMUS
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
Kearney
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
DIFC
As a Minister of State in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Minister Calleary is responsible for promoting responsible and sustainable trade, ensuring fair and better regulation for all businesses, and that markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole. He also has a specific focus in the continued digital transformation of enterprise and ensuring Ireland maintains or improves its position of 5th in the DESI, and remains a digital frontrunner at the heart of Europe. He represents the Irish Government at the EU Competitiveness Council which works to enhance competitiveness and increase growth in the EU, as well as the D9+ forum and OECD Digital for SMEs Global Initiative. A native of Ballina, Dara Calleary has been a TD for Mayo since first being elected at the 2007 General Election.
Minister of State for Trade Promotion and Digital Transformation
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, founder and CEO of KBW Ventures, is a globally-renowned venture capitalist, with a storied portfolio of first-mover emerging technology investments.
Founder & CEO
KBW Ventures
IC Chief Data Officer
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
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
Emirates
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
Wamda
Faisal Juma Khalfan Belhoul is an entrepreneur and investor in the private market with 25 years of experience. He is the Chairman of J&F Holdings, which is his private family office.
Vice Chairman of the Dubai Chamber
Chairman of J&F Holdings
As Chief Technology Officer, Craig shapes Cohesity’s technical vision-and defines and executes a strategic roadmap for the company’s future. Craig brings extensive industry and public sector experience and expertise in AI and ML to his role
CTO of Cohesity
Former Chief Digital and AI Officer for the U.S. Department of Defense
Issam Kazim is the CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), which was established in December 2013 as an affiliate of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems. He is an entrepreneur dedicated to pushing boundaries in the compute space. Prior to Cerebras, he co-founded and was CEO of SeaMicro, a pioneer of energy-efficient, high-bandwidth microservers.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Cerebras Systems
Hasan Fardan Al Fardan, CEO of Al Fardan Exchange, guides the strategic direction of the organisation, currently spearheading its digital transformation, to optimise efficiencies and broaden digital revenue streams. Before joining Al Fardan Exchange, Hasan Fardan Al Fardan held various key positions within the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
CEO
Al Fardan Exchange
A serial entrepreneur whose AI-powered composable software platform that allows every business and entrepreneur to become digitally powered, Builder.ai, has raised over $450M since 2018.
Founder and Chief Wizard
Builder.ai
H.E. Younus Al Nasser is a globally recognized leader in planning and implementing city-wide digital transformation and building holistic data ecosystems.
CEO, Dubai Data & Statistics Establishment
Dubai Digital Authority
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
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
Head of WW BPS Category
HP
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
Meta
Founder of Astra Tech
CEO of Botim
Quentin is the founder and CEO of HyperFusion, the largest private GenAI GPU computing cluster in the GCC region, based in Dubai, UAE. HyperFusion was built under the umbrella of Alpha Praetorian Capital, a tech private investment fund he co-founded in 2021.
Founder and CEO
HyperFusion
Abhinav Shashank, cofounder and CEO of Innovaccer, is an industry visionary who created Innovaccer to accelerate healthcare innovation and digital transformation to improve clinical, financial, and experiential outcomes in U.S. healthcare. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.
Co-Founder and CEO
Innovacer
Chief Data & Analytics Officer
United Nations International Computing Center(UNICC)
Executive Director, AI & Machine Learning
LinkedIn
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
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
Saket Saith is a seasoned professional at the forefront of digital transformation, specializing in the convergence of strategy and execution. Currently serving as the Group Chief Technology and Data Officer at RAKBANK, UAE, Saket has over 25 years of experience in leading technology and data initiatives, ensuring the delivery of innovative and customer-centric solutions.
Group Chief Technology & Data Officer (CTO)
RAKBANK
Chief Executive Officer
Crystal Intelligence
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
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
Pascal Gauthier is currently the chairman and CEO of Ledger, an industry leader in protecting critical digital assets. He is committed to driving ownership and security in the cryptocurrency industry. He also engineered Komainu: the joint venture between Nomura, Ledger and CoinShares, that safeguards BTCs and other cryptocurrencies on behalf of financial institutions (of which he is board member).
Chairman & CEO
Ledger
On Lee is a renowned expert in ABCD (AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Data) digital technologies, providing digital solutions across various industries, such as financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, e-commerce, travel, media, entertainment, and more.
CEO & CTO at GDP Labs
Senator for Industrial Helix at KORIKA
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.
Partner
500 Global
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
Lidija Ljumovic coordinates the processes that is very essential for the European Integration, all competences of the Government of Montenegro concerning non governmental organisations. She covers the responsible position of contact for Montenegro in the world initiative for OGP – Open Government Partnership which runs portals for openness and transperancy.
Director General
Ministry of Public Administration
Dr. Yeshurun Alemayehu ADDE is a highly accomplished professional with extensive experience in the field of Engineering, space science sector and leadership. Currently serving as the State Minister of ICT and Digital Economy Sector at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology in Ethiopia. He plays a crucial role in driving the country’s digital transformation and fostering innovation.
State Minister, ICT and Digital Economy Sector
Ministry of Innovation and Technology

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