Event Agenda

07:30

Registration, Badge Collection & Networking Coffee Break

07:30

08:45

MC Welcome remarks / brief of the day

08:50

WELCOME NOTE

Mr. Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom REVIEW & CEO of Trace Media

08:50

08:55

OFFICIAL OPENING KEYNOTE

Dr. Eesa Bastaki, President, University of Dubai

09:00

KEYNOTE

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global represented by Mr. Mike van den Bergh, the Chief Global Strategy and Marketing

09:00

09:15

KEYNOTE: Making 5G a commercial success

Mr. An Jian, President of Carrier Business Group, Huawei Middle East Region

09:30

DEBATE: 5G serving societies

Mr. Hatem Dowidar, CEO, Etisalat International
Mr. Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom REVIEW & CEO of Trace Media

09:30

10:00

THE TELECOM LEADERS’ PANEL: The game has changed

Panel outline:
  • Riding the ICT/digital wav
  • Adopting a new approach to embrace changes
  • Leveraging new technologies to generate new revenue streams
  • What’s next for telcos?

Panelists:
  • Mr. Hazem Metwally, CEO, Etisalat Misr
  • Mr. Jacek Passia, Regional Executive, Vodafone Partner Markets
  • Mr. Ahmed Mekky, CEO, Fiber Misr
  • Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary-General, AICTO

Moderator: Mr. Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN

11:00

Networking coffee Break

11:00

11:30

KEYNOTE

Mr. Patrick Sullivan, Group Vice President – International Sales
(APAC, EMEA, and LATAM), Verizon Partner Solutions

11:45

KEYNOTE

Mr. Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN GlobalConnect

11:45

11:55

KEYNOTE: Building a digital Middle East

Ms. Jane Rygaard, Global Head of Dedicated Wireless Networks, Nokia

12:05

PANEL: The year of 5G deployments: From planning to reality

Panel outline:
  • 5G economics and use cases
  • Lessons learned from initial 5G deployments
  • 5G serving the next wave of traffic growth
  • Importance of fiber backbone in 5G deployments
  • The gaps and solutions for a complete commercial deployment

Panelists:
  • Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS
  • Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP Global Wireless Networks Marketing and Solutions, Huawei
  • Mr. Hazem Galal, Partner, PwC
  • Mr. David Erlich, Consulting Director for B2B and Strategic Marketing, Sofrecom
  • Mr. Aji Ed, CTO, Nokia MEA
  • Mr. Femi Oshiga, Vice President of Service Providers for the Middle East and Africa, CommScope
  • Dr. Kamal Shehadi, Chief Legal and Regulatory Affair Officer, Etisalat International

Moderator: Mr. Johannes Hummer, Principal Partner Manager, Middle East, Vodafone Partner Markets

12:05

13:15

Networking lunch

14:15

VIDEO PRESENTATION

Benya Holding

14:15

14:20

PRESENTATION: Smiles UAE: Success with smart partnerships

Mr. Antonio Riccardi, SVP/ Consumer Intelligence & Engagement, Etisalat

14:35

PRESENTATION: Vienna’s 5G strategy

Mr. Robert Pataki, Arthur D. Little

14:35

14:45

OPENING KEYNOTE

Mr. Hazem Galal, Partner, PwC

14:50

PANEL: Infrastructure planning in smart cities

Panel outline:
  • Role of FTTH in smart cities
  • Pillars of smart cities
  • Infrastructure-related requirements for establishing smart cities
  • Role of AI and blockchain in smart cities
Panelists:
  • Mr. Jihad Tayara, CEO, Evoteq
  • Mr. Roland Montagne, Business Development Director, Broadband & FTTx Principal Analyst
  • Ms. Fatima Mohd. Saleh, Vice president of Fixed Access Network, Etisalat
  • Mr. Yousef Khalili , GM and Partner, NXN
  • Mr. Imad Kreidieh, Chairman and Director General, Ogero Lebanon
  • Mr. Hazem Galal, Partner, PwC

Moderator: Mr. Fadi Sidani, Managing Partner, Governance Dyamics

14:50

15:45

PANEL: Capacity planning in the 5G data era

Panel outline:
  • Managing the huge amounts of data generated in the 5G era
  • Aligning capacity planning with 5G digital services plans
  • The role of satellites in guaranteeing the transfer of data

Panelists:
  • Mr. Hassan Jaber, COO, MTN IranCell
  • Mr. Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, Etisalat 
  • Mr. Vaneet Mehta, Head of Middle East, Central Asia & Africa region, Tata communications
  • Mr. Henry Yep, Senior Consultant, Cloud & AI, Huawei Middle East
  • Mr. Imran Malik, Vice President, Global Sales Fixed Data, SES

Moderator: Dr. Amine Mcharek, International Consultant on economic and policy issues for digital transformation

16:45

Networking coffee Break

16:45

17:00

PANEL: The future tech landscape and digital transformation

Panel outline:
  • How smart can the world actually get?
  • How is digital transformation affecting the whole ecosystem?
  • Boundaries and ethics
  • Challenges brought about by the new technologies

Panelists:
  • Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS
  • Mr. Rui Frazao, CTO, B-yond
  • Mr. Jose Luis, Director of Open Innovation and IoT Partnerships Program, Etisalat
  • Mr. Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President Digital Industries Strategy, Huawei
  • Mr. Ghazi Atallah, CEO, NXN
  • Mr. Jan Holzberg, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone Oman

Moderator: Mr. Jay Srage, CEO, Centrigent

18:00

PANEL: Cybersecurity: Anticipation measures and security challenges

Panel outline:
  • Security challenges in the digital era
  • 5G and cybersecurity: is a new approach required to secure 5G networks?
  • Ensuring secure networks for mission-critical applications - for public & private sectors
  • Role of regulations in cybersecurity

Panelists: 
  • Mr. Nan Jianfeng, Director of Cyber Security Affairs, Huawe
  • Mr. Cyrus Salesse, CEO, Krypton
  • Mr. David Bain, Vice President, Standards, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  • Mr. Ilia Abramov, VP, GM, Security Business Unit, Mavenir
  • Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor, Secretary-General, AICTO
Moderator: Mr. Jeff Seal, Managing Partner, Telecom Review North America

18:00

CLOSING KEYNOTE

19:00

19:05

Networking Reception

19:05

19:30

Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner