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SPS Automation Middle East
September, 2021

2020 Webinar Programme

Our webinars are crafted to help provide a practical point of view on how to effectively leverage the growing trends of the Automation process and more.  The webinars are held live and can be viewed on-demand after the live stream.

Date & Time Webinar Topic Speakers & Panellists
07 May, 1 pm (GST) Future of Automation
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Arun Prasath
Senior Consultant, Industrial Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Lt. Colonel. Dr. Hamad Khalifa Al Nueimi
Head of Telecom Division, Infrastructure Dept., ICT Center, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

Eivind Larsen 
Business Development & Solution Director Middle East, DHL

Ahmed El Sobky
ICT Expert, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)

Krishna Ramachandran
Global Head of R2R & Lead RPA, Philips

Joe Moran (Panel Moderator)
Senior Project Manager, Distribution & Logistics, Almarai
04 June, 11 am (GST)

Future of Automation for Oil and Gas & Energy and Utilities
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Lamine Selmane
Solutions Architect – Energy Sector, Dell

Mark Gerrard Douglas
Group Operations Manager, Schlumberger

Farrukh Hasan
Executive VP, Process Automation Middle East, Siemens

Yasser Ahmed
Head of MEA Sales - Enterprise Software, ABB

Hassan Alhajji (Panel Moderator)
Co-founder and Business Director, Automation and Digital Transformation Co.
15 June, 3 pm (GST) Mitigating cyber security risks emerging from COVID-19
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Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy
Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton

Stefan Woronka
Director for Industrial Security, Siemens

Ahmed El Sobky
ICT Expert, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)

Dragan Petkovic
Director Security Solutions – EMEA, Oracle

Hassan Alhajji (Panel Moderator)
Co-founder and Business Director, Automation and Digital Transformation Co.
25 June, 1 pm (GST) Developing Automation Talent: Overcoming Skills Shortage
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Krishna Ramachandran
Former Global Head of R2R & Lead RPA, Philips

Dr. Wael Bazzi
Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, American University in Dubai

Ivan Palomino
Founder & Managing Partner, Bessern

Elizabeth Donnelly

Chief Executive Officer, Women's Engineering Society (WES)

Fadeel AlFahoum
SHRM-SCP, SHRM Faculty

Joe Chalouhi
Senior HR Director, McDermott International
09 July, 1 pm (GST)
Uncovering your Return On Investment in Automation
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Khaled Al Blooshi
Vice President, Digital Projects & Innovation, ADNOC

Alain Kaddoum
General Manager, Swisslog Middle East

Stefaan Mestdagh
Vice President, Head of Business Development Middle East & Turkey, DHL

Nedal Sror
Strategic Account Director, Emerson

Hassan Alhajji (Panel Moderator)
Co-founder and Business Director, Automation and Digital Transformation Co.
18 August, 3pm (GST) Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0
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Dr. Jassim Haji
President, Artificial Intelligence Society Bahrain

Leonard Thangavelu
Country Manager (Asia Pacific), Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry – International Representative Office in Singapore

Rami Al Ashqar
Business Development Manager, Bosch

Tulika Saxena
Associate Vice President, Aranca

Mehrdad Mohasses
Acting Dean of School of Management and Commerce, Amity University Dubai
17 September, 1pm (GST) Industry 4.0 : Discovering the future with AI, IoT and Cloud Computing
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Marcus Oates
Head of Digitalization and Water Projects, Siemens Middle East

Hassan Khawaja

Digital Transformation & IR 4.0 Strategy Consultant

Tim Shelton

Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead – Middle East, Arcadis

Sumit Sontakke
Engineer – PIMS (Digital Twin, Assets Performance Management), Emirates Global Aluminium 

Dr. Hadj Batatia

Associate Professor - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Dubai
15 October,
1pm (GST)
Revolutionizing the Oil & Gas and Energy Sectors
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Amro Suleiman
Digital Expert

Uwe Troeger

Senior Executive Vice President Digital Industries Middle East, Siemens

Bart Cornelissen

Managing Partner, Head of Energy & Resources Middle East, Monitor Deloitte

Tim Shelton
Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead – Middle East, Arcadis

Susan Chang

Channel Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa Channel, AIntercon, IIoT Group, Advantech

Sameer Mudhalwadkar
Sales Director, Red Lion Controls

Upcoming Webinars

Revolutionising the Oil & Gas and Energy Sectors

15 October 2020 | 1pm GST

Companies in all parts of the oil & gas and energy sectors are adopting digital tools to make production operations faster and efficient. Digitalisation and automatization enable businesses to improve performance and achieve outcomes that go beyond human capabilities. While the benefits can be significant, the approach to technology adoption may seem overly complicated. Faced with the new technologies and complexities of transforming the business, companies may find it difficult to pave the way for a successful automatization and digitalization journey.

The Webinar will provide an overview of the following points:

  • How AI is revolutionising the Oil & Gas industry?
  • How IoT will reshape the Energy sector?
  • How can the Energy sector leverage Data Analytics?
  • What has been the impact of Covid-19 on investments in the Digitalisation of the Oil & Gas industry?
  • How have behaviors changed in the industry?
  • What will be the main areas of focus for investments going forward? 

Join the Webinar to learn how critical industries can benefit from intelligent automation to reduce costs and increase revenue. 

 

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Past Webinars

Industry 4.0: Discovering the future with AI, IoT and Cloud Computing

17 September 2020 | 1pm GST

Technologies like AI, IoT and Cloud Computing are changing the manufacturing industry. Adopting digital tools makes production operations faster, efficient and much more - the potential for smart manufacturing is enormous. But what makes the IoT and AI so special? How to use cloud computing to optimise industrial processes? How these technologies will drive the 4th Industrial Revolution in the Middle East?

Join our webinar to learn on how you can reduce risk, boost efficiency and drive down costs with AI, IoT, Cloud Computing and more.

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Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0

18 August, 2020 | 3pm GST

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising the way manufacturers compete. The digitisation and automation opportunities offered help upgrade factories or build new systems to improve quality, reduce costs and increase revenue. While the benefits can be significant, the approach to technology adoption may seem overly complicated. Faced with the new technologies and complexities of transforming the business, companies may find it difficult to pave the way for a successful digitisation journey.

This webinar will discuss the key challenges of embracing Industry 4.0 and explain why business transformation projects are often failing, along with concrete ideas on how to make your investment pay off.

Uncovering your Return On Investment in Automation

9 July, 2020 | 1pm GST 

 

Automation can potentially increase productivity and product quality, cut operating costs, reduce human error and shape new business models. However, to get the most out of any automation implementation, tech leaders must conduct a detailed analysis prior to starting the project to determine the ROI and justify the investment in technology.

Join the Webinar to learn from the top industry experts on how to achieve the highest ROI for your automation project. This Webinar will provide an overview of the following points:

  • What return should you expect on your investment?
  • How to capture efficiency gains and generate a positive return on investment in 12 months?
  • How to stay within the budget while making a quantifiable operational impact?
  • Scalability & Standardisation: Roadmap to success

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Developing Automation Talent: Overcoming Skills Shortage
25 June, 2020 | 1pm GST 

Engineering skills shortage is crippling manufacturing, oil & gas, energy, logistics, and many other industries. Apart from that, the engineers of today are not being imparted the appropriate skills to operate in a highly technological work environment. Businesses need to take control and invest in closing the skills gap to solve the talent crisis.

This Webinar will provide an overview of the following points:

  • Why does engineering skills crisis exist and how to overcome it?
  • What certification programs for engineers exist in the local market?
  • Creating a talent development strategy for training, mentoring and coaching.
  • Role of women in manufacturing.

 

Mitigating cyber security risks emerging from COVID-19
15 June, 2020 | 3pm GST

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has caused an increase in targeted cyber-attacks on industrial automation and control systems all around the world. Cyber attackers innovate continuously, and organisations should significantly improve emergency response and contingency plans so that they can effectively tackle new threats and recover from cyber breaches during the crisis.

Major points of discussion in this webinar:

  • How is COVID-19 creating data breaches?
  • How to manage the cyber-risks of COVID-19?
  • What are the most effective strategies to recover from damage caused by cyber breaches?
  • Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems: Innovative solutions and technologies

Official Event Partners

Future of Automation
7 May, 2020 | 1pm GST

GCC plans to invest billions of Dollars in Artificial Intelligence and Automation till 2030, as the technologies have an increasingly significant role in the Digital Transformation of the Middle East. In some ways, the COVID-19 epidemic accelerates the transition to automation. This is the time for companies to take on much-needed reforms towards adopting automation solutions in their processes and think critically about how they may be better prepared in the future.

This webinar session will provide a practical point of view on how to effectively leverage the growing trends of Automation by answering questions like:

  • What are the common Automation challenges?
  • What are the main Automation industry trends nowadays?
  • What are the most exciting innovations in Automation nowadays?
  • What is the future for the Automation Industry in the post-COVID-19 paradigm?

Future of Automation in Oil and Gas & Energy and Utilities
04 June, 2020 | 11am GST

Companies in all parts of the oil and gas, energy, and utility sectors have been severely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the outbreak is forcing automation acceleration across the industries, and this is the time for companies to take on much-needed reforms towards adopting automation solutions in their processes and think critically about how they may be better prepared in the future.

Join the Webinar to learn how critical industries can withstand this challenging environment and even benefit from greater built-in resiliency during the crisis.

Key points of discussion will include:

  • Automation trends and challenges in the Oil & Gas and Energy & Utilities sector.
  • What is next for the Automation industry post the COVID-19 situation?
  • Innovative ideas and solutions to minimize the impact of the current economic situation. 

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