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ArabNet Digital Summit is coming to Dubai this month

ArabNet Digital Summit 2017

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ArabNet Digital Summit is coming to Dubai this month


The region’s digital experts will gather for the fifth edition of the ArabNet Digital Summit on May 16 and 17 at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Events Center in Dubai.

This year will bring together 80 speakers, 50 exhibitors, 1200+ attendees, more than 50 international and regional investors, as well as 35+ key talks and sessions.

For the first time, the fifth edition will see the summit spanning four different forums:

  • AdTech
  • Smart Economy
  • Digital Commerce
  • Innovation & Investment


On May 16, this forum will feature two full tracks covering the latest trends in digital media and advertising, including the AdTech Showcase, which is a convergence of new advertising and media technologies from around the world to improve the impact and efficiency of campaigns, and help publishers maximize revenues. Speakers include Scott Lamb, vice-president of International at BuzzFeed; Lauren Maillian, serial entrepreneur and best-selling author; Tim Wolfs, chief digital officer at Altavia Group; and John Stoneman, general manager – Europe at Triplelift.

Digital Commerce

On the same day, the Digital Commerce Forum will explore the emerging trends and opportunities in e-commerce, e-retail and payments in MENA, as well as the digital transformations taking place in the banking sector, and the fintech innovations changing the financial services industry. Experts include Faisal Khan, Banking & Payments Consultant and FinTech Scout for VCs/PE; Alpesh Doshi, Founder and CEO at Fintricity; Matthew Gardiner, Founder at Catch London; Rasool Hujair, CEO at Najm; and Ronit Ghose, managing director – Global Banks Sector Head at Citi Research.

Innovation & Investment Forum

Taking place on May 17, this forum will feature a full track for investors, with high-level discussions that include LPs, private equity investors and family offices.

It will also feature a full track where the most successful startups will share their experience highlighting cross-border growth, raising capital, acquisition, and building teams.

Investors/innovator speakers include Nabil Borhanu, president and managing member at Graphene Ventures; Chris Adelsbach, managing director at Techstars; Jeff Lynn, CEO at Seedrs; Luke Krueger, President at VA Angels International; and Ovais Naqvi, managing director at Abraaj Group.

As part of this track, the summit will feature the ArabNet Startup Championship, powered by PepsiCo, with pitches from 18 of the most promising startups from across MENA, hand-picked through local pitching rounds.

Smart Economy

Also held on May 17, this forum will cover smart cities, smart governments, the future of cars and transportation, and the digital enterprise, as well as the blockchain and machine learning technologies that are driving this transformation. Global experts who will be speaking include Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri, managing director at Smart Cities NYC; Tim Lea, CEO at; Ussal Şahbaz, innovation leader – Turkey at GE; and Todd OBrien, managing director at Startup Bootcamp.

The Digital Summit will also be hosting for the second consecutive year, the Smartpreneur Competition final pitches and awards ceremony, organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Smart Dubai Office, to support the transformation of Dubai into a “Smart City”.


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