Piyush Chowhan is a digital evangelist with a passion for transforming businesses with the use of technology. With over two decades of experience working with global consumer and retail companies, he has an excellent track record of delivering results and creating value across organizations. His vision is creating innovation-focused digital strategies to maximize today’s opportunities and prepare organizations for future disruptions. His passion for working with startups and innovation-led companies has given him the edge to create digital assets for organizations with the use of the latest technologies like Analytics, Cloud, and Artificial Intelligence. He has been a widely recognized leader in digital transformation and has been a much-wanted speaker at over 100 global events. He is an avid writer and his thought leadership is published in multiple magazines and portals.
George Eapen is currently the Group CIO for Petrofac, one of the worlds largest O&G EPC Companies with 12000 employees with annual revenue of $5B in 2019 as well as Global Board of Advisor for IBM Security. George was previously Chief Information Security Officer for Petrofac .
diverse domains (Software development, Quality, Auditing, Infrastructure, Operations & Cyber
Executive MBA from MIT Sloan.
As a proven leader in information technology with over twenty-five years in the field, Ahmad Yahya has been helping organizations transform and grow their technological capabilities with keen insight on creative ideas. Ahmad is a recognized technology leader known for crafting strategic vision to achieve business goals and offers a unique blend of executive acumen, team building and IT solutions, credited with strong operational improvements. Ahmad builds responsive IT organizations that consistently deliver results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, with substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.
He is currently the Chief Operating and Information Officer at the American Hospital Dubai and is responsible for overseeing the digital transformation journey as well as assessing the internal technological capabilities. He has put forward several key initiatives to support the business growth and strategy with focus on best outcomes and streamlined operations through technological innovations and transition.
The primary technical responsibilities for his office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology focus which include but limited to:
American Hospital Information Technology provides support for clinical automation, business operations, delivery of secure & compliant IT infrastructure & services, and client support service
Mario Foster is the Group Chief Information Officer at Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses. An accomplished, multi CIO and CISO award winner and highly competent Chief Information Officer, Mario joined Al Naboodah Group Enterprises in March 2015 as a Group CIO to lead the Group IT organisation, restructure IT systems and to set strategic plans to take the Group’s IT function to the next level.
He brings over 27 years of international experience leading complex IT business transformation projects, system enhancement solutions, information security, and infrastructure development solutions including private and public Cloud based solutions. Mario is also very competent with the latest technologies such as Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Business Intelligence (BI), Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Printing, SaaS and EaaS.
Since being with ANGE Mario has transformed Group IT from a support function into a business enabler. His ultimate goal is to build a responsive IT organisation that constantly delivers results, by aligning technology initiatives with business goals to deliver substantial improvements to service delivery, standardisation, and business/systems performance.
Mario has won multiple CIO and CISO awards, and his latest recognition was for the ‘Best CIO Award’, ‘Best MENA CISO Award’ and the ‘CIO Catalyst Award for the MENA Region for Real Estate & Construction Industry’ for the fourth year in a row. Mario was also selected by ITP publishing house as one of the ’Top 20 Technology Leaders for the MENA Region’ in 2017. He holds an MBA, CRISC, CISM, CISSP, RSA Eng., MCSE, CCNA, and is a Gold Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) since February 2007. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Cloud MENA Annual Conference, and the National Advisory Council of the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University.
Rituja Dwivedi, Director IT, P&G Femcare and Corporate Trial/Consumer Acquisition, APAC, Middle East and Africa. Rituja started with Procter & Gamble in 2008 and her prior assignments have been in Sales IT Project
Delivery (2013-2015) in India and Singapore; Service Operations Manager for Global Business Reporting Service and Digital Presence in (2009-13); Product Manager for Global Media Services and Solutions. For past two years her focus has been on how our Brands reach our consumers with winning consumer propositions and experiences using Technology. Rituja is passionate about organization capability building and Equity & Inclusion. She has been
driving this across her roles in India, Singapore and Dubai. An engineer & MBA by qualification, Rituja is married to Rohit Batra and they have two daughters Miraya and Mishka and they are residing in Dubai. Outside of work she enjoys travelling and investing and nurturing technology startups.
Damir has spent most of his career in the engineering and construction industry as a technology professional. Hehas over 20 years of experience in creating value at the intersection of business insight and technology, leading transformation initiatives across Asia-Pacific, USA, UK, and the Middle East. Damir leads the technology Division in KEO International Consultants, and prior to this appointment, he headed up Middle East IT operations in Mott MacDonald, responsible for the technology strategy and service operations. Before that, he served in a variety of technology management positions in WSP and others. He was accountable for many digital transformation initiatives, from leading delivery of innovative solutions to clients to directing back-office corporate initiatives - winning and delivering work. Throughout his various roles, Damir has successfully created environments where staff are able to grow and achieve personal development. His leadership style emphasizes integrity and strong service orientation. A proud father of two daughters and the husband of environmental sustainability aficionado, Damir is a strong advocate of diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace. Damir holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia.