Advisory Board

Graham Colclough

Partner, UrbanDNA

An international leader with a wealth of cities experience, who is driving the global smart cities agenda through positions within the EC Smart Cities & Communities Innovation Partnership (EIP); UK Ministerial Smart Cities Forum member; moderator for the ‘6-Nations’ Smart Cities Forum; City Protocol Society; chair of the ISO Smart City Strategic Advisory Group; and an active member of the BSI Smart Cities Advisory Group (steering board of Planning Guide; Smart Cities Overview). And brings considerable international city-specific experience.

With previous executive roles with Capgemini and Shell, Graham is well-networked and a recognised thought leader on issues of public services futures, city governance, customer-centric service transformation, urban mobility, technology enablement and the like. He is an active shaper of new smart city and eGovernment thinking, and a regular speaker and chair of conferences and workshops.

Umar Saleem

Chief Transformation Officer, Al Jaber Group

Mr. Saleem is a C-level Executive, Advisor and Board Member with 27 years of progressive experience in corporate finance, restructuring & turnaround, operations management and consulting services across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, real estate, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, technology and diversified family conglomerates.

Mr. Saleem is a strong multi-faceted leader, skilled in operational excellence, people management, relationship building and timely delivery of complex solutions, with an eye on detail. He has gained extensive international and regional experience by working in Canada, UK, UAE and KSA amongst other MENA countries. Mr. Saleem is a Board and Committee member of several public and private companies. He is frequently invited as guest speaker/panelist at finance related conferences across the Middle East region.

Mr. Saleem has successfully led a number of operational and financial restructurings and transformation initiatives resulting in enhanced shareholder value.

Dr. Akram Awad

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

Strategist with the Boston Consulting Group (Project Leader); Visiting Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at IE Business School; Co-Founder of findme; Inventor with several registered patents in smart networks and mobile technologies.

With BCG, Akram is actively involved as a Project Leader in shaping tech & digital agenda for diverse group of leading CGG clients, focusing on driving innovative and futuristic national and business transformations and building entrepreneurial ecosystems.

As a Visiting Professor with IE, Akram engages with young future entrepreneurs on the role of technology in shaping the future society, from creating digitally innovative business models, to promoting impactful and sustainable innovation culture.

Jean-Luc Scherer

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Innoopolis

Industry thought leader with 20+ years Experience in the Mobile industry, I have a solid track record in sales and marketing. Over the years, I have also developed a passion for innovation and became an innovation coach a few years back. I am now combining that skill with the sales and marketing experience I gained at Ericsson to help startups and corporates to innovate and grow their new businesses. I have recently founded Innoopolis, A Digital Innovation Factory, with the ambition to help enterprises to get more out of their innovation initiatives: from idea to concept, designing and developing, selling and scaling.

Specialties: Sales, Strategy, Innovation, Leadership, Startups, SME, Digital Transformation.

Future Communications, M2M, Internet of things, bigdata.

Mohammed Roushdy

Former CIO, Al Hilal Bank

A continuous achiever, self motivated, and results-driven Chief Information Officer with more than 22 years of demonstrated success directing business and technology operations to optimize bottom line productivity and achieve its goals:

More than 12 years experience as a CIO in Financial services industry leading big IT organizations. Worked and gained solid experience for different industries and business segments, Financial Services (Conventional / Islamic Banking), Conglomerate and Software Services. Built the IT Organization and systems of the biggest Islamic Bank in UAE taking the bank from scratch to Go live in 4 months (unique and unprecedented achievement).

Led the IT team on the first ever conversion of conventional bank into Islamic Bank (National Bank of Sharjah to Sharjah Islamic Bank).

Experience in developing and implementing IT strategy and managing budgets. Strong expertise in Business Process Management , Banking Applications, ERP, Software Development Life Cycle , Software development tools , Network Infrastructure , Operating systems , Data Base Management , Data Center Operations , Information Security, Management, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning.

Mohamed is also a  Speaker at major IT conferences and Forums in the Gulf and Europe in a wide IT and business topics: Fintechs , Digital Transformation , Cloud computing, Core banking implementation and Islamic Banking.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled

Government Expert – Cyber Security and Digital Transformation,

Dr. Mohammad Khaled is the Futurist, Digital Transformation, Information Security Experts, and Corporate Excellence with responsibility for Digital Transformation, Information Security, Excellency and innovation.He worked in IT and services transformations along with the Information Security at several mega government organizations, including Department of Energy, Regulation & Supervision Bureau, ALROWAD IT Solutions, Subsidiary of the Privatizations Group of Ministry of Interior), Department of Finance and Abu Dhabi Police. Notable is his 16 years as transformations for previous company & description. He received PhD first of its domain and aligned with , special training, study abroad in discipline or field from British University in Dubai.Dr. Mohammad Khaled professional interests focus on Artificial Intelligent, Block chain, Smart Safe City, Cyber Security and Resilience, Future Accelerations, Future foresight and Innovation, and he handled recognized projects and publications on IT and business field.