Dubai implementing blockchain strategy 2020

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATE, December 10, 2017 / — Dubai announced its intention to turn itself into the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020. These ambitions are part of the Emirate's goal of becoming a global business hub with next-generation technology playing a key role in delivering this vision.

As a result, a number of Middle East companies, both private and public, have made substantial progress on understanding the opportunities, applications and preparations of adopting blockchain technology within their organisations.

Business leaders and government leadership figures across the Middle East will gather at the 2nd Blockchain Middle East forum from 5-6 February 2018 in Dubai, UAE, to discuss the opportunities, application and adoption of blockchain technology within the organisation.

Confirmed speakers:
• Ajay Rathi, Senior Director Information Technology, Meraas Holding
• Andrew Rippon, Principal Consultant and Blockchain Evangelist, NeXgen
• Dr Sohail Munir, Acting Director of Smart City Enablement Department, Smart Dubai Government
• Franco Bosoni, Director, DMCC Innovation Hub
• Hans Henrik Christensen, Director of Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
• Haroun Dharsey, Senior Vice President, Head of Technology and Projects, Dubai Islamic Bank
• Henri Bergstrom, Advisor, Business Development, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
• James Bernard, Director Business Development, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
• Jose Francisco Fernandez, IoT Blockchain Lead, du
• Krishna Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Bank of Dubai
• Massimiliano Di Gregorio, Partner, Digital and Technology Consulting Lead, PwC
• Mureed Mustada, Operations Director, Dubai Land Department
• Saqr Ereiqat, Blockchain Evangelist
• Shajahan K. Kakkatti, Cyber Security & IT Quality, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Simone Vernacchia, Senior Digital & Technology Consulting Director, PwC
• Sultan Al Akraf, Head of Real Estate Registration, Dubai Land Department
• Waleed Aldhuhouri, Head of Corporate Applications, Dubai Health Authority
• Yazad Khandhadia, Associate Vice President – Information Security, Leading Financial Institute in the Middle East
• Yousuf Mohammed AlShaiba, Director of Smart Services Development Department, Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

The 2nd Blockchain Middle East Forum will be held from 5-6 February 2018 at the Grosvenor House, Dubai, UAE. For more information, please visit the event website

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Source: EIN Presswire