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


Tuesday, February 20th


8:00 – 9:00
Registration, Welcome Coffee & Networking
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Note
Marcel Yammine, General Manager, Gulf and Emerging Markets (GEM) - SAS
9:10 - 9:55Keynote: The Renaissance of our Species
Neil Harbisson - Cyborg Artist
09:55 -10:25How AI and IOT helps Organizations in Digital Transformations
Alex Kwiatkowski, Senior Industry Consultant, Global Banking Practice - SAS
10:25-11:05Analytics for Business, Customer Service & Productivity
Sanjay Khanna, CIO, RAK Bank 
11:05-11:30Networking Coffee Break & Demos 
11:30-12:00Enterprise Analytics – Accelerating Your Path to Value with an Open Analytics Platform
Muhammad Asif Abbasi, Principal Solutions Architect | Analytical Ecosystem and Hadoop - SAS
12:00 -13:00

Panel Discussion: AI and Machine Learning Adoption in the Middle East: Opportunity or a Challenge?

Dr. Yousef Salem Mohamed Al Hammadi , Advisor to the Office of Strategic Affairs - Abudhabi Executive Council
- Dr. Nasser Nassiri, Associate Dean - CIS Division 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
Sinem Yılmaz Tutam, Data Science & Business Analysis Expert, Turkcell Technology
14:30 -15:00How AI improves Customer Experience
Celal Kavuklu, Head of Business Solutions, Middle east and Turkey - SAS
15:00-15:25Networking Coffee Break & Demos 
15:25-15:45Paradise Found: Paradise Found with Machine Learning: Find Your Best City to Live
Badshah Mukherjee, Data Scientist / Advanced Analytics lead - SAS
15:45-16:05Looking ahead: The role of Analytics in Blockchain, Machine Learning and IoT
Yigit Karabag, Regional Director, Business Solutions - SAS
16:05-16:15Closing Remarks