About Forum

Over the years, the UAE has firmed its position on the international playing field as a leader in innovation, collaboration and technology advancement under the vision and foresight of the UAE government.

Bearing in mind the UAE government’s ambitious agenda to promote a digital economy and its commitment to improve the lives of its citizens through economic, social and sustainable development, etisalat by e& is pleased to host a forum that will focus on harnessing innovation and new technologies within the public sector.

The Government Innovation Forum will build on our efforts to empower governments by bringing together policymakers, government representatives and industry peers to share their insights and discuss areas of collaboration on a powerful platform.

Event Agenda

09:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Coffee and registration

10:00 AM –  10:10 AM

Welcome Remarks

Rania Ali


10:10 AM –  10:20 AM

Opening Remarks

Abdulla Ebrahim Al Ahmed

Sr. Vice President/Government Sales, etisalat by e&

10:20 AM –  10:40 AM

e& enterprise & the journey to government’s digital transformation

Salvador Anglada

Chief Executive Officer, e& enterprise

10:40 AM –  11:00 AM

5G & next-gen networks – a leap into the future


Haitham Abdulrazzak

Chief Business Officer, etisalat by e&

11:00 AM –  11:20 AM

Cybersecurity Keynote

HE Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti

Head of Cyber Security Council UAE Government

11:20 AM –  11:50 AM

Fortifying Society’s Future: The Criticality of Cybersecurity

Nicolai Solling

Chief Technology Officer, Help AG

11:50 AM –  12:20 PM

See Beyond Tomorrow

John Sanei

Innovation Speaker

12:20 PM –  12:40 PM

Coffee Break

12:40 PM –  01:00 PM

Enabling better connected societies

Mohannad Samara

Sr. Director/Business Development, etisalat by e&

01:00 PM  –  01:25 PM

5G’s role in accelerating the 4th industrial revolution

Zakaraya Alashek

Sr.Director/5G connectivity, etisalat by e&

Zoran Lazarevic

CTO – Middle East & Africa, Ericsson

Mahmoud El-Banna

Head of Digital Industries Sales, Nokia

Onur Ozdemir

Technology strategist, Media & Telecommunications Industry, MEA, Microsoft

Wissam Elassaad

Technology Innovation Principal Director, Accenture

01:25 PM –  01:50 PM

AI Ecosystem Session

Kamran Ahsan

Sr. Director/AI & Smart Data, e& enterprise

Abdelkader Es Slami Houssine

Director/AI, e& enterprise

Ahmed A Omer

Sr. Director/EngageX, e& enterprise

Andre Balleyguier

VP, International Applied AI Experts, DataRobot

Mahmoud Moussa

Senior Cloud solution Architect, Data and AI, Microsoft

01:50 PM –  02:15 PM

Sustainability Fireside Chat

Goncalo Fernandes

Sr. Director/Solution Marketing, e& enterprise

Mohammad Saif Siddique

Senior Manager/Solutions Marketing – Smart City, e& enterprise

02:15 PM –  02:25 PM

Closing remarks

Abdulla Ebrahim Al Ahmed

Sr. Vice President/Government Sales, etisalat by e&

02:30 PM –  03:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

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