11:00-11:05 AM

OPENING REMARKS | Verve Management

ROHAN SHARMA | Chief Growth Officer, Verve Management – UAE

11:05-11:10 AM


DR. ALEXEY SIDOROV | Chief Evangelist Middle East & Eastern Europe, Denodo – UAE

11:10-11:40 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION | How to build a Successful Data Governance Strategy

• Setting up an effective data governance framework to ensure transparency and integrity
• Using the right mitigation tools while building the data governance structure to minimize the risk
• Challenges associated with data governance and how to deal with them?

DR. ALEXEY SIDOROV | Chief Evangelist Middle East & Eastern Europe, Denodo – UAE

GABRIELE OBINO | VP Southern Europe & Middle East, Denodo – ITALY
AIDAN MILLAR | Chief Data and Analytics Officer | DnB (Den norske Bank) – NORWAY
HESHAM SAAD | Group Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Abdul Latif Jameel – KSA
MOHAMMAD NAVEED MEMON | Programme Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics, Emirates – UAE

11:40-11:50 AM

PRESENTATION | The future of data integration and data management | Denodo

DR. ALEXEY SIDOROV | Chief Evangelist Middle East & Eastern Europe, Denodo – UAE

11:50-12:00 PM



Aidan Millar
Chief Data and Analytics Officer | DnB (Den norske Bank) – NORWAY

Aidan Millar is passionate about the positive disruption of technology and advanced data analytics on the financial services industry. He has over 30 years of professional experience partnering with senior executives to implement large-scale IT change and data related initiatives to drive competitive advantage; a ‘Positive Disruptor’ with the courage to make things happen! He has been very fortunate to work all over the world experiencing different ways of working and thinking – including Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New York, Hawaii and most recently California. He is now employed by DnB (Norways largest Bank) as their Chief Data Officer, where he is applying his passion for data to deliver enhanced Customer experience.

Aidan’s wife, Chi Chi and their two little boys Jack (13 years old) and Matt (12 years old) help to maintain balance in his life. In his spare time Aidan enjoys the arts, family adventures and socializing with friends.

Dr. Alexey Sidorov
Chief Evangelist Middle East & Eastern Europe | Denodo – UAE

Dr. Alexey Sidorov was born with the “Passion for Data” programmed in his DNA. He started his career 27-years ago building volumetric model of radioactive pollution of Chernobyl nuclear disaster Zone with Russian Academy of Science and since, then he earned his reputation as the strategic adviser in all aspects of Data Management.

Prior joining Denodo as Chief Evangelist, Dr. Alexey built and managed enterprise-wide Data Integration platforms for industry giants like Nokia and Deutsche Bank. In the last 15 years he has been helping many companies across 3 continents to Digitally Transform their business with the edge-cutting Data technologies from Teradata and Informatica.

Gabriele Obino
VP Southern Europe & Middle East | Denodo – ITALY

A manager and business expert with over 35 years ICT market, Gabriele Obino is the Vice President Southern Europe & Middle East at Denodo. Gabriele’s focus is on helping customers on their Digital Transformation journey, delivering the expected value. Before joining Denodo, Gabriele has launched Pegasystem in Italy, and previously worked for Business Object, Ascential Software and Informix working in multiple leadership roles. His experience covers a multitude of clients in the BFSI, Telecommunications, Government, Retail, Energy and Transportation. He holds a Mechanics Engineer Laura “cum Laude” from University of Rome. He is a proud father of 2 daughters and 1 son, a tennis player, fan of sports and music.

Hesham Saad
Group Chief Data & Analytics Officer | Abdul Latif Jameel – KSA

Hesham Saad Al Ghamdi is the Group Chief Data & Analytics Officer, leading the data, analytics, and AI at Abdul Latif Jameel. He has over 24 years of experience in several leadership roles including Advanced Analytics, Digital Transformation, IT Director, and Customer Service Leadership with diverse experience in executive leadership, technology background and customer service.

Mohammad Naveed Memon
Programme Director, Enterprise Data and Analytics | Emirates – UAE

Mohammad Naveed Memon is an outcome driven technology leader with hands-on experience in creating data and analytics center of excellence, cloud ERP strategy and implementation blueprint, business applications, enterprise architecture and program management. He is a pragmatic hands-on executive with unique ability to conceptualize a vision, strategize, deliver, deploy and operationalize. Naveed has had a series of leadership roles at Emirates, culminating in his current role as leader of the Data and Analytics program. Before Emirates, Naveed had a long history of success working in Fortune 500 Companies as a consultant: Oracle, VMware, Google, Intuit and for Government / Public Sector State of CA.


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