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Chairman Summit - 2018
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26 November 2018 • Al Faisaliah Hotel • Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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GCC BDI Chairman Summit is an annual leadership event held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It brings together influential chairmen, board directors and C-suite executives from across the GCC region and beyond, to explore the ever-evolving role of boards and the implementation of best practices in corporate governance. The theme of this summit is "Digital Disruption and Fourth Industrialisation - are boards ready? which will held on 26 November 2019 in Al Fasialiah Hotel  Riyadh, KSA , kindly sponsored by Elm.



Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 26 

  • 8:00 AM - Registration & refreshments
  • 9:00 AM - Welcome & Keynote address
  • Dr Abdulrahman AlJadhai, CEO, Elm

    Mohammed Al Shroogi, Chairman, GCC BDI 

  • 9:20 AM - Keynote address
  • H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. AlSwaha, Minister of Communication and Information Technology,

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • 9:40 AM - Guest speaker address
  • James Bilefield, Chairman & Serial Digital Entrepreneur

  • 10:00 AM Panel 1 : What is happening in digital transformation – the latest trends

  • Moderator:

    Wael Fattouh, Cybersecurity and Techology Risk Partner, PwC



    Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, CEO & MD, STV

    Ihab Foudeh, General Manager, Public Sector – Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

    Xavi Anglada, MD - Digital Lead, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Accenture

    Lino Cattaruzzi, MD - MENA, Google

    Omar Hashem, Head of Digital & Technology Group, The National Commercial Bank

  • 11:30 AM - Prayer break, refreshments and networking

  • 12:15 AM - Panel 2 : The board’s role in shaping digital transformation

  • Moderator:

    Dr Hans-Martin Stockmeier – Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company



    Richard Guest, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

    Rashid M. Al Ballaa, Managing Director, National Technology Group

    Evans Munyuki, Chief Digital Officer, Emirates NBD

    James Bilefield, Chairman & Serial Digital Entrepreneur

    Zeyad Khoshaim, Managing Partner, Khoshaim & Associates

  • 01:30 PM - Lunch & networking

  • 02:30 PM - Breakout sessions


    1. Cyber security and IT governance - the latest trends

    Wael Fattouh, Cybersecurity & Technology Risk Partner, PwC


    2. Artificial intelligence (AI) - Automation & AI for business transformation

    Vinay Chandran, Digital Partner, McKinsey & Company


    3. Blockchain - the next IT revolution?

    Matthew White, Partner and Head of Digital Trust and Blockchain Leader, Middle East, PwC

  • 03:30 PM - Close




By invitation only

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