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Asha | Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:06:11 +0000 | GSMA Press Releases

Mobile Industry to Convene in Dubai to Discuss the Future of Mobile in the Arab States

London: The GSMA has confirmed the full speaker line-up and agenda for the upcoming Mobile 360 Series – Middle East conference to be held in Dubai, 20 – 21 October 2015. For the third year running, the event will bring together a world-class conference programme comprising representatives from mobile operators, vendors, vertical industries, governments and other industry experts to discuss the future of mobility across the Arab States of the Middle East and North Africa.

Confirmed Mobile 360 – Middle East speakers include:

  • Gamal Hegazi, Regional CTO and Technical Lead, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Mohammed Al Shawwa, Research Manager, Arab Advisors
  • Iyad Kamal, COO, Aramex International
  • Laurent Viviez, Partner, AT Kearney
  • Ashish Sidhra, VP, Digital Commerce and Emerging Services, du
  • Samee Zafar, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
  • Tarek Saadi, Head of Sales, Region Middle East and East Africa, Ericsson
  • Hatem Bamatraf, CTO, Etisalat Group
  • George Held, VP, Commerce, Etisalat Group
  • Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO, Etisalat Group
  • John Hoffman, CEO and Director, GSMA Ltd
  • Janne Jutila, Director, Government and Ecosystem Outreach, Personal Data, GSMA
  • Yanqing Lin, VP Strategy and Marketing, Huawei Middle East
  • Safder Nazir, Regional VP Smart Cities and IoT, Huawei
  • Bob Fox, Global Industry Leader, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, IBM Global Business Services
  • Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Scott Sedlik, VP EMEA, INRIX Inc.
  • Henri Winand, CEO, Intelligent Energy
  • Matt Hatton, Founder and CEO, Machina Research
  • Sanjiv Purushotham, Senior Business Leader, Business Expansion, Non-Traditional Business, MEA, MasterCard Worldwide
  • Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, EVP, Government Identity Solutions Division, Morpho
  • Ugo Dallemagne, Head of the Legal Advisory Committee, Natural Security Alliance
  • Jürgen Hase, Director M2M, Ooredoo Group
  • Dilip Rahulan, Executive Chairman and CEO, Pacific Controls
  • Kivanç Onan, Regional Director, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa, PayPal
  • Fabien Migneret, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, MENA, Qualcomm
  • Alfred Boediman, Director, Samsung R&D Institute Indonesia, Samsung
  • Dr. Khaled H. Biyari, CEO, Saudi Telecom Group (STC)
  • Hakam Kanafani, Board Member and Advisor to Chairman, Turk Telekom Group
  • Nathan Cushnie, Head, Emerging Payments and Innovation, MENA, Visa
  • Guy Zibi, MD, Xalam Analytics
  • Scott Gegenheimer, Group CEO, Zain

“The 2015 edition of Mobile 360 – Middle East will focus on how mobile networks are creating the platform that will deliver truly connected societies throughout the Middle East and North Africa,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at the GSMA. “This year’s conference programme brings together an exceptional line-up of mobile industry leaders, who will share their unique insights in areas such as digital commerce, digital identity, digital security and the Internet of Things, and debate the opportunities and challenges shaping the region’s vibrant mobile ecosystem.”

Networking Opportunities
Alongside the conference programme, visitors to the event will benefit from a wide range of networking events and product demonstrations. The ‘Showcase’ area will be demonstrating the latest mobile technology innovations during the show. New to the event this year will be the Networking Opportunity Centre (‘the NOC’), which offers expert-led themed discussions on specific topics in which attendees are encouraged to participate. In addition, a networking reception, open to all delegates, will be held on the evening of Tuesday 20 October. This event will take place poolside at the Hotel Novotel World Trade Centre, adjacent to the venue, and will feature refreshments and live music.

The event has attracted sponsorship from major industry players. Leading mobile companies supporting the 2015 edition of the event include Etisalat (Host Sponsor); Ooredoo (Platinum Sponsor); Ericsson (Gold Sponsor); and Huawei and STC (Silver Sponsors).

Partnership with GITEX
Mobile 360 – Middle East will be co-located with GITEX for the third year running. GITEX attracts more than 25,000 C-Level executives and is recognised as one of the leading ICT events in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Attendees of the Mobile 360 – Middle East conference will also have access to GITEX Technology Week.

Get Involved at Mobile 360 – Middle East
Mobile 360 – Middle East will be held 20 – 21 October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. For more information and to register for the event please visit:

Follow the latest developments and updates on Mobile 360 – Middle East on Twitter – @GSMA and #M360ME – and on Facebook at



About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

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