Elie Aad

Director – Solution Sales Support, Sigfox

Mr. Aad is the Director – Solution Sales Support at Sigfox, which is a Global IoT network provider based on Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) Technology. Prior to joining Sigfox, Mr. Aad served as Director of Product Development for M2M/IoT at Etisalat Group, where he was in charge of developing M2M/IoT strategies across the group’s footprint, which spans across 19 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Aad has extensive experience in the telecommunication field and holds master’s degrees in the management of new technologies and telecom strategies.

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Sania Abbas

Business Unit Executive, Watson IoT Middle East, Africa and Turkey, IBM Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Member of the IBM Faculty Academy

Sania Abbas has been with IBM for over 16 years in a variety of leadership roles, first in the UK with the last 9 years in Middle East & Africa based out of Dubai. Sania is responsible for Watson Internet of Things Business Unit for MEA & Turkey that helps clients on their digital transformation journey through market leading offerings in Connected Operations and Connected Products that drive operational efficiency, creating new business models/value and delighting end customers. Prior to this Sania was leading the Enterprise Content Management Business for MEA which helps clients gain visibility and control of the 80% of information residing inside the firewall in unstructured format enabling the information to be part of crucial business processes, reporting and therefore decision making. Banks, Governments, Healthcare, Energy, Oil and Gas all need images, videos, voice, social content to be infused within their structured, censor data to take informed action.

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Walied Albasheer

Founder & CEO, Inbound

Visionary Entrepreneur, Global 50 most Impactful Social Innovators (WSC 2016, Mumbai, India), 100 Most Sustainable CEO (World Sustainability Conference 2017, Dubai, UAE). Walied is an Intrapreneur turned entrepreneur after several years of experience in eGovenment , he established INBOUND LLC in 2011 as Intelligent Mobility Startup, since then INBOUND LLC have been serving the region most mission critical entities to solve their mobility challenges ranging from Government Postal Service, Aviation Companies, eCommerce Startups, Taxi Service Providers as well as Transportation Operators.

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Wael Alkadamani

General Sales Manager, Trakker Middle East

As a technology enthusiast and a General Sales Manager at Trakker Middle East, Wael Alkadamani has a strong background in application development, research and development, and commercial sectors of the automotive. 

With over 12 years of experience and dedication to the telematics industry, Wael is visionary team player, handling a sales team at TME, with 20 individuals focused on market and business automation through GPS tracking.

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Charles Azrak

Regional Business Development Manager, Location Solutions

Charles Azrak is the Regional Business Development Manager at Location Solutions, the telematics and M2M technology provider and integrator in the region with over 12 years experience in the GCC and MENA. Charles is effectively managing the projects of various scales, from M2M to Smart Cities, thus combining the R&D and technical potentials of his team to address the needs of local authorities, industry and automotive players. During his previous tenures in multinational finance sector, Charles played a pivotal role as a financial risk manager.

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Mohamed Bebars

Project Manager, Drivers Licensing Department, RTA

Mohamed Bebars is a talented Project Manager known among his colleagues as a highly creative young leader who can always be trusted to come up with a new approach and innovative Ideas that nominated him to be a member of RTA Self Driving Transport Scientific Team and licensing innovation team. He worked and delivered some of the most important and sensitive projects related to government services in RTA, such as the Vehicle Safety Service, which created unique Telematics module targeting heavy commercial vehicles to enhance road safety in Dubai and many other projects, which is under a part of Dubai Smart City Strategy. He is also working on new projects that is marked as first of its kind in the region to utilize the latest technologies such as Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to improve drivers training and examination services and enhance drivers behaviors and Roads Safety in Dubai.

 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Smart Track System

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Dominique Bonte

Vice President, Verticals/End Markets, ABI Research

Dominique Bonte is responsible for ABI Research's global automo tive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT. Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies, assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software. He holds an MS in electronics engineering at the University of Leuven, and has earned several marketing and business degrees.

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Hicham F. Chatila

President, Transpo Group

Hicham is the President of Transpo Group a USA based consultancy. He has over 30 years of “hands-on” experience in smart transport technologies. Hicham has managed transport technology and smart city projects in the USA, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. He also serves as a subject matter peer review expert for mega technology initiatives worldwide. Hicham also provides strategy and technical support to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Business for Transpo Group globally.

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Hamadou Hamidou

IoT Consultant for Africa Countries

Hamadou a computer engineer who has been working for more than 15 years in the field of computer science and Internet of things. His high experience in sub-Saharan Africa places him as one of the pioneers of technology Machine 2 Machine, connected car, location technology, fleet management and intelligent transportation systems in Africa.

 

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Ksystof Korbutovic

Chief Business Development Officer, Teltonika

MS degree in IT and electronics systems from 2005.

Ksystof, heading Teltonika business development is focused on the new markets and project development in worldwide IOT market as well as in Telematics as big part of the IOT. 

With long term background of successfully developed projects of telematics solutions, he was one of the leaders making Teltonika growth and expansion of Fleet management business worldwide.

He started his career in 2005 R&D as Project Manager of pioneer solutions of Telematics systems, during next 9 years leading projects for successful deployment in the market being head of R&D. In 2014, he took over the responsibility as Chief Production Officer in Teltonika. In 2016, he started Chief Business Development Officer position and full of enthusiasm is realizing Teltonika vision “Easy Key to IOT”.

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Dr. Jörg Monschau

Senior Consultant, Mercedes-Benz Consulting

Jörg has been working as a market researcher and consultant for more than 18 years and has vast experience in acquiring and managing multi-stage international and multinational projects. Before joining Mercedes-Benz Consulting in 2016, Jörg was CEO of an Automobile Market Research and Consultancy Institute in Germany. His field of expertise comprises the development of qualitative market research methods and the conceptual design and moderation of workshops, seminars and lectures on qualitative market research with a special focus on customer insights and trend research.

In addition, Jörg regularly gives lectures on trends and future topics at events of renowned companies. Last year, Jörg lectured Customer Experience Management at the University of Pforzheim

Jörg holds a PhD in English and Spanish literature and linguistics. He studied at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and University College Galway / Ireland.

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Botan Osman

Managing Director, Restrata

Botan Osman became Managing Director at Restrata in February 2017. Previously responsible for Business Development, Sales and Marketing, he originally joined the organization in 2013 as Country Director Kurdistan & North Iraq.

 

He previously served as Head of the KRG Department of IT and IT Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. Appointed to create the department from the ground up, he led on several important initiatives including the establishment of a state of the art Regional IT Academy, the KRG Biometric Electronic ID Card System, and the design of the cloud based regional data center.

 

Botan holds a BSC in Software Engineering from Manchester University, and has completed executive programmes at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, US National Defence University and the UK Defence Academy.

 

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Boris Pankov

Founder & CEO, Omnicomm

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Boris graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1986 and since that time his professional occupation is tightly related to information technology. After working in both technical and managerial positions for some high-profile Russian companies, Boris decided to start his own business.

In 1998 Boris founded Omnicomm, the company specializing on development and manufacturing of highly accurate and reliable fuel-level sensors and fleet management software.

Boris invented the digital data transmission protocol that has become the de-facto industry standard in fuel-level measurement. Under Boris leadership Omnicomm quickly extended product portfolio and customer base, moving outside the home market in Russia.

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Stefan Schnitzler

Management Consultant, Mercedes-Benz

Stefan was for a decade as a managing director in charge of a global personal and organizational development consultancy. His various projects and global key account responsibility led him to the commercial vehicle sector. After many years being on project assignments across the Middle East Stefan joined from 2014 to 2016 with a business development assignment a German heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer in Dubai. In his tenure he was also an in-house benefit realization consultant for a telematics solution. In autumn 2016 he moved back to Europe and now heads the consulting unit Wholesale Consulting at Mercedes-Benz Consulting. In this capacity he supports and consults mainly general distributors in business development topics – in the passenger car as well as in the commercial vehicles sector. Besides this he volunteers as a chairman for an audition board at a local chamber of trade and industry in Germany and was a proud volunteer for INJAZ a youth-centered non-profit organization headquartered in Dubai for the UAE. Here he taught school and university students how to become an entrepreneur.

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Aliaksandr Smirnou

Business Development Director Middle East, Gurtam

Aliaksandr Smirnou is the Business Development Director at Gurtam, the global provider of GPS tracking solutions with 15 years of experience in vehicle telematics. He works in Dubai office catering for the interests of the growing Middle Eastern Wialon community. With expert knowledge of GPS tracking and fleet management that comes from his experience as a Wialon trainer at Gurtam, he is leading the company to join the top projects in telematics and smart initiatives. His team builds strong partner relations with the clients and supports them in implementation of complex projects. He is also responsible for handling the most important industry events in the region.

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Volha Smirnova

Business Development Associate, Location Solutions

Volha Smirnova is a Business developer with 6 years of experience in commercializing fleet management solutions worldwide. Prior to her role at Location Solutions as a Business Development Associate, she was engaged with Gurtam as a Chief Marketing Officer and a Business Development Manager. 

Volha's strong background is communications, PR and marketing has helped to develop profound knowledge of the industry, and apply her gains sufficiently in the the GCC. Presently she's in charge of building a network of telematics players and vendors, along with research and development of new verticals at Location Solutions.

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Jakub Turan

Sales and Business Development for MEA, Sygic Enterprise Solutions

Jakub, heading Sygic’s business development in the Middle East and Africa, is on a mission to engage clients from the region and help to enhance their telematics solutions. Trained in Marketing and Sales at Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Jakub collected project management and business development experience across Europe. Having worked for UBS Switzerland, largest global Wealth Manager, Jakub always strives for client focus, precision, and top of the class delivery. Jakub is a strong believer of connected technologies and is always on a look how to bring a disruptive innovation into telematics industry.   

 

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Juan Uruburu Alonso

Head of Sales for Commercial Vehicles Tyres, Continental Middle East

Juan Uruburu Alonso is the current Head of Sales for Commercial Vehicles Tyres at Continental Middle East. Uruburu holds a  University Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration by Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (Spain). He started his career at Shell Royal Dutch Co. in Spain within Global Operations field.  During next 7 years he worked at WABCO (Supplier of Commercial Vehicles Components) as OE Product Sales Manager in the area of Electronic Braking and Suspension Systems. In 2005 he joined Continental Tires Spain (Legal Entity of Continental AG, Global Supplier of Automotive Technologies), as Customer Service Manager for Spain & Portugal. In 2008 he took over the responsibility as Head of Sales Truck Tire Business in Spain. After 8 years he moved to Continental Middle East in Dubai as Head of Sales Truck Tire Business in the Region.

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Dr. Ismail Zohdy

Chief Specialist/Program Manager of Self-Driving Transport, RTA

Dr. Ismail Zohdy has 12 years of experience in traffic engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart Mobility solutions and, Autonomous/Connected Vehicles technology. He is currently chief specialist and program manager for Self-Driving Transport in Dubai. He previously supported many federal clients, including Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation and ARPA-e (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) US Department of Energy. Dr. Zohdy is an author of many publications in Connected/Autonomous vehicles and a recipient for multiple research awards due to his work in this field. Dr. Zohdy is also providing training sessions about the “future of transportation” across the world.

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