Advisory Board

Prof. Derek Woodgate

President - Future Labs, USA

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Schindler

Head of Artificial Intelligence in Production - BMW Group Munich

Since 01/2019 - Head of Artificial Intelligence in Production, BMW Group
01/2018 - 12/2018 - Product Owner for Artificial Intelligence in Production
01/2018 - 12/2019 - Interim Cluster Manager Virtual Planning and Commissioning
Since 01/2017 - Cluster Manager Data and Analytics, Department: Innovation and Digitalisation in the production system, BMW Group
03/2014 - 12/2016 - 3D-Digitalisation for the planning of brownfield integrations, Department: Industrie 4.0 (Assembly Planning), BMW Group
Latest key achievements in the professional field
2020 Connected Car Award (Auto Bild) for AI in Manufacturing
2019 Publication of AI algorithms used in production on Github
2019 Realisation of AI use cases with 100% robustness
2017 Achievements of Data Analytics in production

Vittorio Barraja

Chief Marketing Officer - Travelstart

Creative professional with more than eight years of multi-geography (International) experience and impressive accomplishments in delivering high-level marketing solutions while leading corporate marketing strategy and internal and external communications.
Proven track record of delivering significant revenue growth and quantifiable Marketing ROI, producing successful commercial strategies, building high-performing marketing teams, and improving brand positioning to drive growth, profitability, and long-term market sustainability.
Trained in preparing effective marketing strategies for enhancing brand image and driving digital marketing success. 
Skilled in introducing digital channels, delivering exceptional customer experience, and optimising ecommerce sites using content strategy and development, website design,  web analytics and attribution modeling. Visionary leader with aptitude to lead top-performing teams to generate optimal business results.

Frederik Bisbjerg

Executive Director - Digitalisation - Daman - National Health Insurance Company

Frederik Bisbjerg (born 1973 in Denmark) is a highly respected international business developer with expertise in digital transformation and business model innovation. His proven and numerous successes with worldwide business transformations comes from his belief in enabling and empowering people to execute on the change strategies
He is Executive Director, Digitization at Daman National Health Insurance company, one of the largest insurers in the GCC countries, where he oversees the company’s digital transformation initiatives, building a ‘digital-first’ flexible and resilient insurance company
Besides Daman, he holds the position as Head of MENA and Digital Transformation specialist with the Digital Insurer, the world’s largest knowledge base on digital insurance with more then 35,000 active member. With The Digital Insurer, he is part of the World’s first mini-MBA in Digital Insurance, where he lecturers in the topics of Strategy and Transformation, Big Data and Best Practice Tech Architectures
He’s been Executive Vice President for Qatar Insurance Group (QIC), the largest composite insurer in the MENA region and one of the largest insurers in Asia
Based in the Middle East since 2013, he’s a sought-after keynote speaker and expert for local and international business innovation and development, working with companies seeking to leverage digital opportunities
Before joining QIC, Frederik was running the worldwide operations of SOS International, then the World’s largest travel claims and emergency assistance provider
With SOS International, he established companies in China and expanded SOS International’s Asian operations, securing the company a consistent two-digit growth
Frederik has strong business acumen and is recognized for his ability to build businesses and create new, often previously unseen, alliances between business partners for mutual benefits; a skill refined and honed through many years of working internationally for a top-tier management consulting firm
He’s author of Insurance _Next, a practical guide on how to transform an incumbent insurer to a flexible, agile and resilient insurance company, prepared for the New Normal following the COIVD-19 outbreak

Shafique Ibrahim

Chief Digital Information Officer - Al Fardan Group

Shafique Ibrahim, an influential leader with 20 years of industry experience, spearheading advancements in Fintech and payments with expertise in payment solutions, cross-border remittances, mobile payments, blockchain, and digital transformation. He has worked with several Banks and Financial institutes globally, partnered with Fintech and Startups to enable digital payment services. He spearheads digital transformation and is responsible for the overall IT Operations at Al Fardan Group, a renowned family business in the Gulf region. A thought-leader and subject-matter expert, delivering IT projects combined with natural business acumen to provide leadership on critical growth initiatives within the payment industry. Shafique holds a master's degree in Information Technology. A member, advisor, and speaker on the innovations in digital payments and financial technology. He has received CIO awards at several forums and recognized as 50 Most Influential Payment Professional. 

Prof. Khaled Shaalan

Head of Programme – AI - The British University in Dubai

Prof. Khaled Shaalan is ranked among the top 2% scientists in 2019 according to a study led by Dr Ioannidis and his research team in Stanford University: He is a full professor of Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence at the British University in Dubai (BUiD), UAE. He is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK. Over the last two decades, Prof Khaled has been contributing to a wide range of research topics in AI, Arabic NLP, Knowledge management, health informatics, and educational technology. Prof Khaled has published 220+ referred publications. Prof Khaled’s research work is cited extensively worldwide and the impact of his research using GoogleScholar’s H-index metric is 40. Prof Khaled has been actively and extensively supporting the local and international academic community. He acts as the chair of international Conferences, journals & books editor, keynote speaker, external member of promotions committees, among others.

Garry Ure

Head of Data Governance - Eradah Capital

Garry is a passionate data management professional who has over 17 years of experience helping companies to better manage and leverage their data assets. Specializing in Data Governance and Data Quality he has worked with a number of leading Financial Services organizations both in the UK and the UAE. He is currently working in the Digital Banking/Fintech space leading the DG/DQ practice at a start-up digital bank.

Dr. Samar Shilbayeh

Assistant Professor in Business Analytics - Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM)

Dr Samar Shilbayeh is an assistant professor in Business Analytics program at Abu Dhabi School of Management. She worked as a director for Big Data and AI center at Abu Dhabi school of management, in addition to her previous experience as a senior data scientist and a head of research Centre at Cognitro analytics company. She is experienced in designing organization business insights in addition to extracting data, analyzing, findings and applying predictive modeling techniques, assisted in the development of an analytics framework for smart construction of a new type of predictive indictors “Cognitive Indicators”. She Developed active learning cost sensitive algorithms, and helped in developing expert intelligent solution that guides data scientists to optimize their models selection. Her research interests include machine learning and AI approaches, cost sensitive machine learning algorithms, applying machine learning solutions in health, finance, telecom and insurance. Dr Samar has a PhD in Machine learning and AI from the university of Salford, Computer science and Engineering department, Manchester, UK.

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath

Associate Professor in Data Science - Middlesex University Dubai

Dr. Krishnadas Nanath is an Associate Professor in Data Science at Middlesex University Dubai. He is also the Founder of Insights Lab- An applied data analytics hub with more than 450 active members in the club. In his previous role @ Majid Al Futtaim, he was responsible for leading the efforts of enhancing Analytics and Data Science capabilities @MAF as part of the School of Analytics & Technology (Leadership Institute). Before joining MAF, he was a Professor of Data Science, MIS and Cloud Technologies at Middlesex University Dubai, IMT Dubai and IIM Indore in the Information Systems Area. He has executed several corporate training programs and Data Science consulting assignments with prestigious firms in UAE (PWC, Landmark Group, National Bank of Fujairah, UAE Exchange and others). He has been the Keynote Speaker at several forums including Gitex Technology Week IIM Ahmadabad Data Science Summit, Smart Data Conference, Droidcon, Machine Learning Summit, Abu Dhabi Quality Council and several conferences.