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February 20th
One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, UAE

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Tuesday, February 20th

8:30 – 9:00
Registration, Welcome Coffee & Networking
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Note
Marcel Yammine, General Manager, Gulf and Emerging Markets (GEM), SAS
9:10 –9:30
Government Partner
9:30-10:15Keynote: The Renaissance of our Species
Neil Harbisson - Cyborg Artist
10:15-10:45How AI and IOT helps Organizations in Digital Transformations
Alex Kwiatkowski, Senior Industry Consultant, Global Banking Practice, SAS
10:45-11:00Networking Coffee Break
11:00-11:40Customer Presentation
Sanjay Khanna, CIO, RAK Bank 
11:40-12:20Enterprise Analytics – Accelerating Your Path to Value with an Open Analytics Platform
Muhammad Asif Abbasi, Principal Solutions Architect | Analytical Ecosystem and Hadoop, SAS

Panel Discussion: AI and Machine Learning Adoption in the Middle East: Opportunity or a Challenge?
- Dr. Nasser Nassiri, Associate Dean - CIS Divison at Higher Colleges of Technology
- Shailesh Jain, Head of Analytics - Landmark Group 
- Yigit Karabag, Regional Director, Business Solutions - Middle East & Eastern Europe - SAS

Moderator: James Dartnell, Editor,

13:00-14:00Buffet Lunch
14:00-14:30Customer Success Story: How is Turkcell using SAS across the organization
14:30-15:00How AI improves Customer Experience
Celal Kavuklu, Head of Pre-sales Middle east and Turkey, SAS
15:00-15:30Coffee Break
15:15-15:30Paradise Found: Paradise Found with Machine Learning: Find Your Best City to Live
Badshah Mukherjee, Data Scientist / Advanced Analytics lead, SAS
15:30-15:50Looking ahead: The role of Analytics in Blockchain, Machine Learning and IoT
Yigit Karabag, Regional Director, Business Solutions, SAS
15:50-16:00Closing Remarks

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