Ammar Al Malik
Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City
Ammar Al Malik was appointed Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City in March 2016 after 11 years at TECOM Group, the parent company of the two business parks.
He joined Dubai Outsource Zone - as it was then known- in 2005, as Partner Relations Manager. In 2009 he was promoted to Director of Operations. His efforts helped the business park maintain 100 per cent occupancy through the recession. This led to his appointment in 2013 as Director of Business Development for TECOM's ICT Cluster, a position he held for three years.
Ammar's focus is on enabling innovation, fostering a diverse ecosystem conducive to ideation and exchange of knowledge and best practice. His efforts in building a network of innovation centres in Dubai Internet City spearhead the transformation of the region’s digital ecosystem.
He believes in the power of the next generation of home-grown enterprises as a central driver of innovation, and oversees in5 Tech, the enabling platform for innovation in the region, which has created within Dubai a well-rounded ecosystem for students, entrepreneurs and start-ups to be incubated and nurtured to their next phase of growth.
Ammar began his career as Strategic Planning Officer at the Dubai eGovernment Department after earning a bachelor's degree in e-commerce from Al Ain University. He later obtained an MBA from Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan.
Vice President, Research and Development, Group Digital Office, ENBD
A financial technologist with over 15 years of experience in creating synergies between business and technology. At Emirates NBD, Afzal spearheads a series of ambitious and revenue-generating initiatives, by partnering with government, academia, FinTechs, entrepreneurs and technology partners from around the world.
EMEA Business Development Director for Platform Cloud Services, Oracle
EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Business Development Director for Platform Cloud Services with a specialty in Emerging Technology. He is leading the Go to Market, field enablement and demand generation for Blockchain and is a renowned speaker on Blockchain. Joost has 25+ years' experience in Information Technology. He holds a Masters' degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University with a major in Artificial Intelligence, and executive degrees from INSEAD and Columbia Business School.
EMEA Principal Business Consultant, Oracle
Jens Lusebrink has over 15 years of experience in Digital Solutions and Emerging technologies. He is an EMEA Principal Business Consultant at Oracle. Joining Oracle in 2006 through an acquisition, he moved to the EMEA Cloud Pursuit team to support and enable local teams, partners, and customers on Cloud technologies ranging from Mobile, Digital Experience to Blockchain. His goal is bringing together Business requirements and software products by enabling a business development strategy with the customer’s requirements in focus.
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer - Emirex.com
Irina Heaver is a Dubai based entrepreneur who works on bringing legacy businesses into the 21st century by leveraging the Emerging Technology - AI, Blockchain & Crypto.
With over 15 years of experience gained in-house (in senior leadership roles) and private practice (as a Partner in a law firm) she worked across the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, CIS countries, Europe and North America. Irina advised on over 500 billion USD worth of projects and transactions in the oil&gas, mining, construction, maritime and technology sectors.
Irina structured numerous asset tokenization transactions worldwide, as well as consulted multiple Governments and Governmental organizations on regulatory policies surrounding such emerging technology as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.
She is a multilingual Australian qualified lawyer with a Master of Laws and Juris Doctor Degrees. Irina is also a certified blockchain expert and passionate about designing token economic models and logic for smart contracts.