Dr. Saud Aldajah
Professor Saud Aldajah is a profound expert in the areas of tribology and nanotechnology. His work has led to various patent applications in carbon nanotube production and nanocomposites. Prof. Aldajah graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2003. Prof. Aldajah was hired by Abu Dhabi Polytechnic (ADPoly) in 2014 and is presently the department chair of the Electromechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program. His previous affiliations include Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago Illinois where he worked as a Research Associate in the Advanced Materials Section/Tribology for 5 years. Thereafter, he joined the United Arab Emirates University in 2004 as an Assistant Professor. In 2009, Prof. Aldajah was promoted to an Associate Professor and was appointed as the Director of the Engineering Materials Graduate Program. His work has led to more than 30 journal publications and 30 conference proceedings. He has licensed a couple of US patents in the area of Carbon Nanotube development. Prof. Saud served on the editorial board for more than a dozen international journals. He also chaired and attributed in many international conferences locally and internationally. Currently, he is leading the creation of a graduate engineering program at ADPoly. A list of his credentials is shown below.
Raphael Hallenbarter is a widely experienced Supply Chain professional in the FMCG area with a strong track record. He was with Mars for 6 years in the role of Market Supply Chain Director in the UK. Before joining Transmed Raphael worked with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company for 6 years in senior roles and 1 year as member of the executive board for Dataphone a Swiss logistics software company.
Stuart Harrison has over 27 years experience in a range of technical, operations and senior business roles, across a variety of projects in facilities management, construction and engineering, including managing services in critical environments, such as international gateway airports, hospitals and healthcare.
Stuart is a Chartered professional and is also a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and CMI Chartered Manager (CMgr).
In 2017, Stuart oversaw implementation of the first Energy Performance Contract (EPC) pilot project in the UAE, which succeeded in achieving average building energy savings of over 26% and subsequently won ‘Engineering Service of the Year” at the 2017 fmME Awards. In the same year, Stuart also developed the first NICEIC-accredited electrical training course in the UAE, which was introduced at Emrill to further raise electrical contracting standards in the Middle East.
Stuart’s strengths as CEO are his ability to effectively manage large teams and complex technical projects, and to deliver world-class solutions whilst balancing the commercial and financial needs of both the business and clients alike.
Matin heads the Data and Analytics practice at KPMG Lower Gulf, leading consulting and implementation engagements across a wide range of industries. His expertise includes customer analytics, big data, information management and the Internet of things. Combining his skills and experience, Matin assists organisations to shape objectives and develop capabilities supported by data in order to generate competitive advantage.
Matin’s experience, ranging from analytics strategy engagements to implementing innovative digital solutions powered by analytics, provides clients with insights and guidance into complex and cutting-edge industry developments.
Marouan Aouri is a Director Digital Transformation for Cognizant. He leads Digital transformation teams delivering key Technologies and business initiatives driving change within large organizations (+5,000 employees). I deliver solutions to a variety of domains (Airlines, Healthcare, Utility, Education, Telecom, Marketing, and Government) to generate revenue, unlock growth, increase efficiency, and increase profitability.
With a top tier management Consulting Background, I develop and implement End to End digital transformation strategies for organizations in Canada and in Gulf including a conglomerate of 45 subsidiaries and verticals (e.g universities, healthcare clinics, Research fund, science and Technology Park, telecom, research institutes, +600 systems)
Marouan is particularly experienced in business, data, application, and integration architectures including strategy definition, architecture, management, modelling, design, analysis, documentation and standards development.
Amer Hussain, Vice President/ Seasoned Integrated Supply Chain Leader/ Coca-Cola/ Strategy/LEAN/ Digitization/Manufacturing/Logistics
Integrated End to End Supply Chain professional with 18 years of experience at The Coca-Cola Company.
Responsible for Leading end to end supply chain, which includes Amer Hussain, VP, Integrated Supply Chain, Hindustan Coca-Cola, revealed how his plan to automate a bottling plant, based in the Indian state of Gujarat, has had immediate, measurable results in greater efficiency and a reduction of costs – turning the plant into a benchmark for digitization across the F&B manufacturing sector.
Alexander is leading AECOM’s regional Digital Project Delivery group in charge of the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other digital technology as well as supporting BIM delivery on major projects. He has over 17 years of professional experience in both traditional and BIM roles including 9 years in the United Arab Emirates. He holds a Mechanical Engineer degree and a Project Management Professional qualification. Alexander has worked in Europe, Australia and the Middle East on some of the largest developments, holding engineering and management positions within major international companies. His previous roles have included project management, design and construction coordination, site management, inspections and supervision.
For the last eight years, he has been heavily involved in management and implementation of Building Information Modeling and digital technology for design consultancies, construction companies and developers. His experience includes the development of organizational strategy and implementation, project methodology and BIM Execution Plans, design coordination, design management, setting up BIM for scheduling (4D), costing (5D), and Facility Management (6D).
Alain Kaddoum is the General Manager of Swisslog Middle East, an intralogistics provider that delivers robot-based and data-driven automation solutions for customers across a wide range of industries including F&B, retail, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, spare parts as well as third-party warehouses and distribution centres.
Having worked for Swisslog for more than two years, and in the engineering industry for almost a decade, Kaddoum brings with him a wealth of experience and industry expertise.
Prior to joining Swisslog, Kaddoum has worked for Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the UAE where he led a research team and worked on the development of advanced non-destructive testing and inspection protocol for the Aerospace industry.
Kaddoum aims to directly drive and support sales and business teams and develop strategies to support the uptake of the company’s automation solutions for forward-thinking customers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and bordering regions. His goal is to establish Swisslog as the leader in warehouse and distribution solutions throughout the region.
Alain Kaddoum holds a Master’s degree in automatics, informatics and decisional systems from INP Toulouse, France, and B. Eng. in electrical and automation from the INP-ENSEEIHT, in addition to other academic accomplishments and certifications. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Adam is a multi-award winning CIO and Digital Transformation and Information Security Strategist. Amongst many achievements, he led the development of the GCC’s first production-grade Supply Chain Blockchain platform. In his varied career, he worked for one of the UK’s oldest high street chains tasked with a Y2K driven phase-out of old IBM AS/400 mainframes, before working on an automation project for 150 stores across the UK that provided real-time sales data from each outlet.
Later, he worked as the IT Manager for Europe and the Middle East for the steel trading subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal (Macsteel) before joining ESHIPS as Head of IT & Administration – working on projects that included the early adoption of various cloud-computing technologies. He moved to Tristar as a result of their US$90 million acquisition of ESHIPS in March 2016. At Tristar, Adam led the implementation of the region’s first production Blockchain SCM solution as well as the Group’s various Digital Transformation efforts.
Having spent over 20 years helping to transform the companies he worked for, Adam decided to create lalani.at so that other organisations and individuals can benefit from his knowledge and experience. Adam is a certified ITILv3 Expert, a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner, a Member of the British Computer Society and holds an MSc in Computer Network Management (Distinction).
Eng. Abdallah Obeikan
Eng. Abdallah Obeikan is CEO of the Obeikan Investment Group (OIG). He joined OIG in 1987 and earned roles in positions of increasing responsibility until he became CEO in 2000. He is Chairman of the Board for Obeikan AGC Co. Ltd and for joint ventures Integrated Packaging Systems and Elopak Obeikan. He is also a Member of the Board for SIG Combibloc Obeikan, OIG, Laureate Obeikan, the Public Education Evaluation Commission, Saudi Export Development Authority, Obeikan Glass, the Arabian Shield Co., the National Water Company, the Social Development Bank, and MESC. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from King Saud University.
A global change manager and project leader in the supply chain and logistics industry with 15+ years of experience, Thabani Ndlovu, Regional Operations Excellence Manager - MEA – Lean, Quality & HSE from CEVA Logistics is a process improvement expert using Kaizen & practical problem solving techniques (Six Sigma certified Black Belt), with a wide depth of industry experience. He has mentored Lean change agents to successfully meet business goals and has a proven record in delivering substantial process and cultural changes with significant financial impact.
He specialises in - Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, Ensures delivery of operations excellence targets (Kaizen, Efficiency gain, HSE, Site classification), Improves the quality of country operations by implementing LEAN methodology driving high impact Kaizens in process improvement.
Dr. Wael Bazzi
Wael Bazzi is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the American University in Dubai. He completed his PhD degree in optimum resource allocation for wireless ad hoc networks at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research and consultancy experience is centred on modelling and optimization of interference limited wireless communication systems. In 2011, he instigated the application of AUD’s school of engineering to become the first academic member of the International Telecommunication Union in the UAE and has been serving as the ITU focal point with AUD since then.
Born and bred in Russia, educated in Japan, got a PhD from the Waseda University in 2008. Worked as a business consultant for several years before being hired by Daifuku in January of 2012 as an account manager. The realm of responsibilities spans from warehousing and intra-logistics consulting to marketing and direct sales activities.
With over 25 years of experience, Firas has a plethora of experience within Building Energy Management & Optimisation Systems (BEOMS). Firas is the founder of Smart AE’s sister company SatchNet Electronic Systems in Jordan, where he still acts as Chairman of the company.
Previously President of the Jordanian Energy Chapter and until recently a Board Member at the Green Building Council of Jordan, Firas holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Major in Electrical Power from the University of Al - Balqa' Applied University (BAU) in Jordan. Graduating in 1994, went on to further his training in Building Management Systems in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Germany.
A Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LonMark Certified Professional, Firas also enjoys the accolade of a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP). He also during his career has had the opportunity to speak at National, Regional and International conferences, including the European Union conference on energy consumption, International Think Green Conference, Green Business Day and Horizon 2020.
Firas is a regular trainer at the Jordan Engineers Training Centre and has conducted training courses in the BEOMS field ensuring education and awareness on the concepts and applications of Advanced Building Control Systems and Energy Management Systems.
Firas is passionate about Building IOT (BIOT), Big Data & Machine Learning for Buildings and believes if AI is well utilised it can have a positive social, economic & environmental impact on millions of people around the globe.
Federico Ruiz is an Industrial Engineer with a masters degree in Automotive Industry and Executive MBA in ESADE Business School. He works as Supply Chain Manager for EMEA region in Valmont Industries, the world leader in precision irrigation segment. Being one of the youngest managers in his company he has participated in speeches about Leadership and Operational Excellence in several events. He is also an active member of an Investor Club in Spain by participating and leading some start-up projects. He loves music and sports but as he says, the best time is always when you spend time with people, especially if you laugh with them.
Strohmeier is instrumental in supporting customers in the region to build increasingly digitalized infrastructure for smarter, safer and more energy-efficient buildings. Between 2009 and 2017, Strohmeier was the CEO of Siemens LLC in the Sultanate of Oman, responsible for developing some of the company’s most significant projects in the country. This includes delivering key components to the country’s newest petrochemical projects, and handing over the three most efficient combined-cycle power plants, Sohar 2, Barka 3 and SUR, additionally secured with long-term service contracts. Strohmeier also oversaw significant contracts for security systems and more than 100 landmarks controlled by Siemens Building Technology.
Strohmeier began his career with Siemens in Germany in 1990 for Public Communication Networks, and his assignments have led him to Libya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and China. He went on to head the Mobility and Energy Management Divisions in Siemens Indonesia, in addition to his role as Board Member of the same organization. During his tenure as CEO of Siemens LLC in the Sultanate of Oman, he was directly heading the Divisions Power and Gas, Building Technologies, Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives. Strohmeier is an Electrical Engineer and graduated from Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt in Klagenfurt Austria."
Tulika Saxena is Associate Vice President and leads the Technology Business Advisory vertical at Aranca. In this role she is responsible for advising clients on their digital strategies across verticals including industrial, energy, retail, transportation and logistics etc. Through multiple advisory engagements, she has provided actionable insights on how organizations can harness today’s most disruptive technologies (Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence etc.) to enhance operational efficiencies and identify new revenue opportunities and thus build sustainable competitive advantage.
Mazen joined Delta Group in 2014 and his main focus was to grow Industrial Automation business in Middle East & Africa region , also expand business with current and new distribution channels for new products and solutions.
Berley M. Rajan
Berley Rajan is a Technical Sales Specialist at Beckhoff Automation, one of the leading Automation Solutions provider globally. He is an experienced Automation Engineer with a demonstrated history of technical support and project implementations for more than 5 years. He is skilled in Control Systems Design, Process Control, SCADA, HMIs, PLCs, and RTU systems. He is currently focusing on proactively developing opportunities for PC based Control and exploiting the advantages of Open Automation technology with IIoT.
Berley is based in the UAE and holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Automation and Communication from The Manchester Metropolitan University in UK. He started his Engineering journey with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation from University of Kerala in India.
Jonathan is PROCENTEC’S Global Sales Manager, and is a certified profinet and profibus engineer. Jonathan joined PROCENTEC in January 2018 and started as the UK sales manager opening PROCENTEC’s UK office before moving to HQ in July 2019 to become the global sales manager. Before PROCENTEC Jonathan spent 9 years in Korea where he got his MBA from Seoul National University and worked in international sales and business development for a global leading chemical company.
Marcel works as Area Sales Manager and is based at Beckhoff Automation headquarters in Verl, Germany. He is overlooking and developing the Beckhoff activities in several regions worldwide, amongst them the Near East Region. He has been working for Beckhoff for nine years and started as a Student Trainee in Technology and Product Management before joining International Sales and Business Development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Automation Technology and a Master’s of Business Administration and Engineering.