About Digital Transformation Summit 2018

With global spending on digital transformation technologies (hardware, software, and services) expected to be nearly $1.3 trillion in 2018, an increase of 16.8% over the $1.1 trillion spent in 2017, government, businesses and cities around the world continues update their ICT assets and knowledge to keep pace with daily innovation in smart technologies that can help them accelerate their digital transformation, smart government and smart city agenda.

Building on the success of the inaugural first edition of the Digital Transformation Summit in 2017, the 2nd edition will yet be another must attend event.

The Digital Transformation Summit 2018 will bring together top – tier information executives (CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, COOs, IT Directors, Digital Transformation Experts and Consultants) from various industries to interact and engage in high level content and discussions on current trends and developments disrupting the digital ecosystem and how this will impact their business digital strategy and competitiveness going forward.

The summit will provide a platform for C-suite and director level executives from government and business enterprises leading this drive to interact and engage with one another exchanging ideas and demonstrating thought leadership and present case studies on latest trends and global best practices that is driving their digital transformation strategy and agenda.

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Excellent Opportunities for the Digital Transformation & ICT Services Sector

Did you know?
  • The digital market could add USD 95 billion per year to Middle East’s annual GDP by 2020
  • In 2018, the leading segments driving IT spending growth in the region are banking and securities growing at 3.6 per cent, insurance at 2.9 per cent and retail at 2.8 per cent
  • Digital transformation is predicted to boost the UAE's GDP by almost $14 billion by 2020.
  • A recent study reveals IT spending in the banking sector is driven by its move into digital business and the corresponding investments in technologies such as analytics, blockchain, and AI
  • The Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region’s IT spending is projected to reach $155 billion in 2018, a 3.4 per cent increase from 2017, according to the latest forecast from research and advisory firm Gartner

Top Reasons to attend

  • Meet government, businesses and private sector experts driving the digital transformation initiative of Abu Dhabi
  • Learn first-hand how digital transformation will make your business and organization more agile, improve your performance and service delivery
  • Discuss challenges and explore opportunities and solutions available to help businesses enterprise adopt and implement digital transformation programs in a cost-efficient manner
  • Explore how to successfully implement integration of systems and processes through latest solutions and technologies
  • Hear international case studies from leading countries in digital innovation and smart government
  • Identify lucrative business opportunities and establish valuable partnerships
  • Discover innovative data management solutions to improve data correctness and utilisation for and enhanced and informed decision making

2018 Advisory Board

  • Graham Colclough


  • Umar Saleem

    Chief Transformation Officer
    Al Jaber Group

  • Dr. Akram Awad

    Project Leader
    The Boston Consulting Group & Visiting Professor, IE Business School

  • Jean-Luc Scherer

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Mohammed Roushdy

    Former CIO
    Al Hilal Bank

  • Dr. Mohammad Khaled

    Government Expert – Cyber Security and Digital Transformation

2018 Speakers

  • Major Mohammad Obaid Al Obaidly

    Deputy Director Digital Transformation & Systems Development
    Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

  • Abdulwahed Amiri

    Head of IT strategy and Commercial
    Abu Dhabi Airports

  • Anshul Srivastav

    Chief Information Officer & Digital Officer
    Union Insurance

  • Tansel Kilicarslan

    Chief Transformation Officer
    Al Futtaim Group

  • Delel Chaabouni

    Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    PepsiCo Middle East and North Africa

  • Mohammed Roushdy

    Former CIO
    Al Hilal Bank

  • Yousuf Mohammed Al Shaiba

    Director of Smart Services Development Department
    Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

  • Fady Sleiman

    Group Head of IT
    Al Waha Capital

  • Dr. Adel A. Al- Ajaji

    Organization Alignment & Whole System Transformation Specialist
    Dialogue Consulting

  • Akram Awad

    Project Leader
    The Boston Consulting Group & Visiting Professor, IE Business School

  • Graham Colclough


  • Jean-Luc Scherer

    Founder & CEO

  • Umar Saleem

    Chief Transformation Officer
    Al Jaber Group

  • Sherif Gomaa

    Obeikan Printing & Packaging

  • Krish (Gopi Krishnan) (Gopi Krishnan)

    Group Chief Disruption Officer
    GEMS Education

  • Mahesh Mirchandani

    CIO International Markets IT, MENA,
    CIGNA Insurance

  • Geoffrey Alphonso

    Chief Executive Officer
    Alef Education

  • Dr. Mohammad Khaled

    Government Expert - Digital Transformation

  • Mario Foster

    Group Executive: IT (Group CIO)
    Al Naboodah Group Enterprises

  • Kumar Prasoon

    Group Chief Information Officer
    Al Safeer Group

  • Mamdouh Nada

    Head of IT
    United Foods Company

  • Ziad El Maamoun

    Head Strategy & Performance Management
    Higher Colleges of Technology (CERT)

2018 Sponsors and Partners