Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum

Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

About Saudi Emerging Technologies Forum

The forum will be the first event of its kind to feature interactive sector-specific labs, lvie proof of concepts, a fully immersive conference and highly interactive networking sessions catering for C-level executives and innovation specialists keen on understanding how emerging technologies can aid their daily operation and make them thrive in the 4th industrial revolution.

In line with the Saudi 2030 vision, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to become the global leader of the digital economy through the ful ldeployment of emerging technologies such as IoT, IIoT, AI, Data Science, Cyber Security, Cloudification, Blockchain, AR/BR, Robotics, Deepl Learning (DL), Machine Learning (ML) and Coding 4.0 across public and private sectors. At the forefront of innovation, the Emerging Technologies Forum will be the largest R&D technology event in the region and will gather 3000+ government officials, C-suite executives from the private sector as well as the tyop tech players to unveil the latest applications in smart government services and private sector operations and discuss the future of tech in shaping a globally competitive economy.





Awards by Sector

Certified Technical Workshops

PoCs & Live Demo Sessions

IIoT focus day

C-level Executive Panel Discussions


Prof. Ahmed Banafa
IoT-Blockchain -AI Expert | Faculty | Author | Keynote Speaker
Entrepreneur, Board member, Investor and Director Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre
Cyrus Hodes
Vice-President and Director AI Initiative
William (Bill) Kalin
Independent Consultant & Former NEOM Director of Border Security
Fiorenzo Manganiello
Professor of Blockchain Technologies Geneva Business School
Gavin Maxwell
Partner; Advisory Services, Finance and Managed Services Leader Ernst & Young LLP
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Craig Smith
CEO Dhahran Valley Technology Development Company
Petar Stojanov
CEO Ebtikaar
Osman Sultan
Tonu Tammer
Head of Incident Response Department (CERT-EE) Estonia Information System Authority
Rob Van Alpen
CEO School of Disruption
Talal Tabbaa
Co-Founder and COO Jibrel Network
Gary Thompson
Co-founder and senior partner Rokaboat



11 th of November 2019

08:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:00 Official opening: National Anthem and Holy Quran
09:05 Chairman's opening address- Eng. Majed Alshodari, CISO, ACIG
09:10 Executive Panel Discussion
Vision 2030:  governmental roadmap to empower Saudi Arabia as 4.0 global leader 

This high level panel discussion will gather government entities from around the Kingdom to address the governmental roadmap set by 2030 vision on digitization. In this panel, government entities will also unveil some of their plans to empower a a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation

Confirmed speakers:
Abdulaziz Alshamsan, Executive DG - Customer Experience & Digital Transformation, Ministry of Labor and Social Development
Dr. Esam Alwagait, CEO, National Digitization Unit 
Abdulaziz Aloraij, MD - Foss Market, Ministry of Communication & IT
Yazeed Al Otaibi, Director of Business Solutions, Ministry of Health 
Eng. Mohammed Mahnashi, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ayad Aldaijy, Former Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Water & Agriculture and Adjunct Professor
Ramez Al Fayez, IT Director, The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition 
10:15 Alice In Digital Wonderland: "Headlines for the new conversations of the 4th Industrial Revolution" 

Osman Sultan, CEO, du
10:35 Session reserved to Machines Talk
10:50 Executive Panel Discussion
Digital Transformation in the knowledge economy: data as the new oil

This session will cover the key pillars of the Digital Transformation strategy which capitalizes on a robust and agile digital infrastructure capable of harnessing the benefits of emerging technologies across public and private sectors in the Kingdom 

Confirmed speakers:
Eng. Majed Alshodari, CISO, ACIG 
Mohammad Alsulaiman, CEO, Najm
Hesham Alghamdi, Digital Transformation Director, Abdul Lateef Jameel
Rasha Abu AlSaud, CISO, National Commercial Bank
Adel Fayez, IT Director, Ithra - Saudi Aramco
11:30 Executive Panel Discussion
Security in the age of the 4IR: creating risk proof IT infrastructures

This panel discussion will debate on the paramount importance of deploying risk- proof infrastructures when overhauling business operations with the integration of complex emerging technologies. The panel will also address the importance of educating the workforce on how to safeguard privacy by creating robust internal and external IT due diligence 

Confirmed speakers:
Sultan Altukhaim, Head of Information Security, Capital Market Authority
Tom Gamali, Group CISO, Abdu l Lateef Jameel 
Prof. Arwa Al Aama, Professor of Computer Science & Digital Transformation Consultant, King Abdul Aziz University 
Dr. Moudhi Aljamea, GM - Head of Digital School, STC Academy
Bill Kalin, Independent Consultant & Former NEOM Director of Border Security
12:15 Awards ceremony: celebrating the top tech innovators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
12:30 Official Exhibition Opening, Ribbon Cutting and VIP Tour
13:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 Afternoon Executive Briefings

RPA Executive Briefing by Ernst & Young Digital Transformation: Enterprise Architecture in Saudi organizations Smart Contracts: Architecture, Applications and Future Trends Artificial Intelligence Implementation for 2030 Vision
Led by: Gavin Maxwell, Partner Advisory Services, Finance and Managed Services Leader; Africa, India and Middle East (AIM) Led by: Talal Al Qatani, EA Independent consultant Led by: Talal Tabaa,Co-Founder & COO, Jibrel Network Led by: Dr. Fatma Baothman, Doctor of Artificial Intelligence, King Abdulaziz University
17:00 End of Conference Day 1
18:00 Gala Dinner

12th of November 2019

08:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:00 Chairman’s opening
09:10 Keynote address: Saudi Arabia as the epicentre of global tech disruption
09:30 Executive Panel Discussion:
The future of the shared economy in Saudi Arabia: paradigm shifts in shared services 

This panel discussion will discuss how artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving the shared services transformation by accelerating existing business functions. The panel will detail the challenges in overhauling business operations and discuss lessons learnt in the digital transformation journey in each organization

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Tarig Enaya, Independent Consultant
Abdulaziz Abdulla Alshamsan, Executive DG - Customer Experience & Digital Transformation, Ministry of Labor and Social Development
Emad Hakeem, Digital Health Segment Director, SAGIA
Bilal Husain, CEO, Digital Transformation
Gary Thomson, CEO, Rokaboat
10:15 International Keynote address: a success story of AI implementation in government 

Cyrus Hodes, Co-Founder, The AI initiative
10:45 Keynote address on AI

Dr. Fatma Baothman, Doctor Of Artificial Intelligence, King Abdulaziz University
11:10 Executive Panel Discussion:
Championing Saudi leaders in AI: shaping the new tech era

This high level panel discussion will feature the Saudi movers and shakers of the AI industry in Saudi Arabia and globally. The panel will also showcase the several initiatives currently present in the Kingdom to train more young people in AI from academia to business 

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Fatma Baothman, Doctor Of Artificial Intelligence, King Abdulaziz University
Prof. Faisal Alsrheed, Professor, Saudi Electronic University
11:45 Panel Discussion:
Saudi start up ecosystem: nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship

This panel discussion will involve the top decision makers in the star- up domain to discuss about the importance of a business friendly ecosystem for start-ups piloting applications with emerging technologies. In this panel discussion different organisations will address their current plans to incubate Saudi start-ups destined to become unicorns

Confirmed speakers:
Sami Al Hussayen, Vice Governor for SME support, Monshaat 
Nawaf Al Sahhaf, CEO, Badir 
Hans Christensen, VP, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority 
Osama Hashri, Head of Development, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College of Business & Entrepreneurship
Fahad AlSharekh, Managing Partner, TechInvest
Craig Smith, CEO, Dhahran Valley Technology Development Company
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Afternoon Executive Briefings

Estonia’s success story on nation-wide cyber security framework Becoming an Exponential Organization in an Age of Disruption RPA / Digitization foundations: how to get started Blockchain implementation for government services
Led by: Tõnu Tommer, Head of Incident Response Department (CERT-EE), Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) Led by: Rob Van Alpen, CEO, School of Disruption Led by: Gary Thompson, CEO, Rokaboat Led by: Chamber of Digital Commerce

End of Conference Day 2

13th November 2019

08:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:00 Official opening: National Anthem and Holy Quran
09:10 International Keynote Address:
10 IoT Trends in 2020 and Beyond

  • Foundations of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, big data, and machine learning, the IIoT enables industries and enterprises
  • Understanding how to increase efficiency and reliability across cross-department operations
  • Creating seamless industrial applications, including robotics and software-defined production processes
Prof. Ahmed Banafa, IoT Expert at Faculty | Author
09:45 AI tools for enterprises: a success story by Wakeb
  • How to build a Data Science team, capabilities and services
  • Conceptualizing AI tools for enterprises: from ideas to reality
Eng. Majed Algarni, CTO, Wakeb
10:10 A thriving economy: Fourth Industrial Revolution in Saudi Aramco
Dr. Khaled Abusalem, Chairman of UAV & Robotics Standards Committee, Saudi Aramco
10:30 Humanizing IoT 

Dr. Abdulrahman Alolayan, CEO, Taibah Valley 
Dr. Arwa Althaqafi, IoT Lab Director, Taibah Valley 
11:00 Executive Panel Discussion:
IIoT in the Oil & Gas sector

    • Digitizing the supply chain: foundations for success
    • How to best integrate all features such as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT)
    • Successful integration of operational processes and industrial control systems (ICSs), including human machine interfaces (HMIs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed control systems (DCSs), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs)

Abdullah Alsubiae,
       Riyadh Area Generation Section Head, 
Saudi Aramco
11:45 Executive Panel Discussion:
The future of IIoT in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Creating a stronger culture on IIoT: educating the workforce on next-generation applications
  • Creating the largest IIoT R&D centre in the world
12:30 Chairman’s closing remarks

Networking lunch & End of Focus Day


Nov 11, 2019, 9:00 AM , AST (UTC +3)
Nov 13, 2019, 6:00 PM , AST (UTC +3)
Burj Rafal Hotel
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