Westin, Mina Seyahi Complex, Dubai, UAE

Networks 4 the Next...

January 30 - February 1, 2024

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Tuesday, 30th January 2024

08:30 - 09:00

Coffee & Introductions

09:00 - 10:00

- Greetings From the Regional Leaders
- Worldwide NI Vision
- "Premium Connectivity" as a Necessary Trend in the Telecom Business

Roque Lozano, VP NI MEA RBC, Nokia
Amr El Lethy, SVP CX Middle East & Africa Market, Nokia
Federico Guillén, President Network Infrastructure, Nokia

10:00 - 11:00

Panel 1: Premium Connectivity for Data: From the SubSea to the Data Centers
The Digital "Tsunami" coming from the sea is an opportunity for MEA. Operators are increasingly addressing the growing business case of Network as a profit center (i.e. Naa$).
Security, Low-Latency, Hi-Capacity, Automation as well as a fast Time2Market are key to succeed.

Aref Chowdhury, VP NI Strategy & CTO @ Nokia
Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Technology Office @ EITC, dU
Razvan Ungureanu, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer @ Airtel
James Watt, Business Division Head, Optical Networks @ Nokia
Alain Biston, Business Division Head, Submarine Network @ Nokia

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Panel 2: Premium Connectivity for Application: The New TechCo Ecosystem
The network inside the DC is emerging as critical element to create valuable services, and a diffentiatior amongst operators.
We will discuss how the MEA market is seeing several operators transitioning to address this new space, the challenges and visions of the most relevalt players in this region, and the key technological enablers.

Heidi Adams, Head of Marketing @ Nokia
Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist, CEO @ Links
Kamel Tawil, Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa @ Equinix
Khaleelo Khan, Head of Region @ Microsoft Azure
Michael Ourabah, Chief Executive Office @ SO, board member @ AMS-IX, Entepreneur
Vach Kompella, Business Division Head, IP Networks @ Nokia

12:30 - 13:30

Panel 3: Premium Connectivity for Communities use: Broadband Everywhere to Help People Acting Together
The digital gap is an opportunity in a fast growing MEA region. Fibre for everything becomes digital opportunity for everyone.
MEA Megaprojects and technology shift away from "copper" will be disucssed.
We will delve into the strategies, ambitions, and vision of key regional players.

Eric Festraets, Strategic Marketing Director @ Nokia, Fixed Networks
Steve Briggs, CEO and Owner @ Fibertime
Marwan Bin Shakar, SVP @ Etisalat / E& Access Network
Dr. Luai E. Hasnawi, Chief of Fixed Networks @ ACES
Paul Divall, CEO @ Reflex Solutions South Africa
Sandy Motley, President Fixed Networking @ Nokia Network Infrastructure

13:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Panel 4: Premium Connectivity for Government & Enterprises: Secure, Autonomous, Reliable, Scalable Networks
The digitalization wave is the opportunity for the Enterprises, E.Gov and Mission critical to fullfill their ambitious transformational plans.
We will talk about the role of a secure, flexible, scalable network infrastructure as an enabler for Industry 4.0.
A new ecosystem is emerging with Hyperscalers, Cloud, DC, Network operators alongside with technology suppliers like Nokia.

Kamal Ballout, Head of Enterprise and partners MEA @ Network Infrastructure, Nokia
Dr. Luai E. Hasnawi, Chief of Fixed Networks @ ACES
Rashid Alahmedi, Chief Operating Officer @ InfraX – Digital DEWA Company United Arab Emirates
Emrah Ilteray, General Manager @ Yapı Merkezi IDIS
Andrew James Bianchin, Company Director / Principal Consultant @ IAENGG
Bahaa El din Hassan Saoudy, Head of Communication & Computers and protection Sectors @ EETC
Pasi Toivanen, Head of Enterprise and Partner Business @ Nokia

16:00 - 17:00

Panel 5: Nokia Executives Closing Panel
Nokia's key Business Unit executives will reverberate the findings of previous panels.
Conversation will be centred on their vision on the upcoming technology trends and business, bringing a "worldwide" experience.
Recent successes, upcoming features release might be announced as 'premiere' in this section.

Manish Gulyani, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer @ Nokia Network Infrastructure
Sandy Motley, President Fixed Networking @ Nokia Network Infrastructure
Vach Kompella, President of IP Networks @ Nokia Network infrastructure
James Watt, President, Optical Networks Business Division @ Nokia
Alain Biston, President & CEO @ Alcatel Submarine Networks
Stef van Aarle, Head of Network Infrastructure Services @ Nokia

17:00 - 17:15

Closing remarks & Goodbye

17:15 - 19:00

Free Time / Demo Booth Tour

19:00 - 22:00

Welcome Dinner with our Valuable Guests


Wednesday, 31st January 2024


Business Center

These 90min. sessions that will Deep-dive on the several Nokia's most advances solutions, using In-room Demos, Technical presentations, Collaborative Learning, Partner's testimonial and Engaging activities.
Attendees will have the possibility to learn, discuss, challenge, and debate with Nokia's worldwide subject matter experts.

Tech Majilis

A succession of 5 Keynote Sessions where Nokia executives will be addressing latest trends and topics that are of high interest in the industry.
Sessions are expected to last ~40 min followed by an interactive Q&A.
Nokia Tech-Talks span a wide spectrum of interesting topics providing valuable insight to business and technological leaders alike.

08:30 - 09:30

Networking Coffee Break

09:30 - 11:00

Parallel Streams:
MasterClass 1: Exceeding Expectations with IP Networking
Johann Kellerman - Head of Regional Product Line Management for IP WAN, EMEA
MasterClass 2: Unleashing the next frontier in Optical Networking
Marco Bertolini, Head of Optical Systems Product Management, Nokia Network Infrastructure
MasterClass 3: Endless Value of Fiber Broadband
Maurizio Severi, Head of Fiber Business Line, Fixed Networks
MasterClass 4: Nokia Solution for Mission Critical applications: E-Gov & Enterprises
Soukaina Ben Youssef, Head of TEPS Business Development

09:30-10:00 Demo Experience
10.00-11:00 Tech-Talk 1: Preparing your networks for the AI revolution: Nokia & the Ultra Ethernet consortium.
Bruno De Troch, Head of EMEA Product Line Management IP Routing and Automation, Nokia

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Parallel Streams:
MasterClass 5: Reconsider your network peering to the hostile Internet
Bashar Bou-Diab, Lead Consulting Systems Engineer in IP-Routing, Middle-East
MasterClass 6: Monetizing the optical network with Naa$ and fiber sensing
Luca Baragiola, Head of Nokia Optics Network Automation Product Line Management team
MasterClass 7: Adding Spectrum to the Fixed Wireless Access Equation
Luis Martin Santiago, Head of Fixed Wireless Access Business
MasterClass 8: Successfully migrating multi-domain networks: extinguishing the Digital Debt!
Paolo Francati, Head of NI Service Pursuit

11:30-12:00 Demo Experience
12:00-13:00 Tech-Talk 2: Neutral Hosts: How digital infrastructure sharing reinvents telco business models
Michel W. Chbat, Head of Neutral Hosts & Government-Driven Broadband Initiatives

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00

Parallel Streams:
MasterClass 9: Re-Architecting the Fixed broadband service edge for universal access
Suresh Leroy, EMEA Regional Product Line Management IP Routing
MasterClass 10: Surf & Turf: An integrated approach to Subsea/InLand Optical Networking
Luca Luchesini, Leader Global SLTE, Network Infrastructure Optical Networks
MasterClass 11: Smarter Broadband for Better Experience
Justin Doucette, Head of Nokia WiFi, Fixed Networks
MasterClass 12: Network Services Platform: Delivering value with Automation
Mike Thompson, Global Network Automation Leader

14:30-15:00 Demo Experience
15:00-16:00 Tech-Talk 3: Panel: The Unique Contribution of Women in the MEA Technology Ecosystem
Moderator: Stefano Resi, MEA Sales Director Network Infrastructures
Dr. Fadi Aloul, Dean of Engineering @ American University of Sharjah
Fatima AlDaghar, Director of du’s Transport Network Planning division
Ewa Jaskowiak, Sales director MEA @ Enxoo, Saleforce Partner for Telecommunication
Juanita Clark, Chief Executive @ Digital Council Africa

16:00 - 18:00

Demo Booth, Refreshments & Networking

18:00 - Evening

Free time


Thursday, 1st February 2024


Business Center

Tech Majilis

08:30 - 09:30

Networking Coffee Break

09:30 - 11:00

Parallel Streams:
MasterClass 13: Exceeding Xpectations for Next Generation Data Center Fabrics
Micheal Ploeg, EMEA rPLM Manager Data Center
MasterClass 14: Connecting the Clouds with Low Latency Optical Networks
Luigi Re, Optical Network MEA Lead Architect
MasterClass 15: Fiber Access moves to MultiG, Monetization is Key!
Eric Festraets, Strategic Marketing Director, Fixed Networks
MasterClass 16: Quantum-Safe Networks: Unveiling Premium Secure Connectivity!
Martin Charbonneau, Quantum Safe Networks Lead. Emerging Markets

09:30-10:00 Demo Experience
10.00-11:00 Tech-Talk 4: An Holistic Approach to Security in Infrastructure Networking
Pierre Rahme, Software Services Product Manager

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Parallel Streams:
MasterClass 17: Network DDoS Protection for the Botnet era
Javier Aviles, Deepfield Business Development
MasterClass 18: Optimizing your network by jointly using IP and Optical Layer
Marco Bertolini, Head of Optical Systems Product Management, Nokia Network Infrastructure
Bruno de Troch, Head of EMEA Product Line Management IP Routing and Automation
MasterClass 19: Optmizing your Local Area Networks with NG-Optical LAN
Stefan Heldens, Head of Business Management FN Enterprise – Optical LAN
MasterClass 20: E2E Network Automation and Slicing. The Evolution to Autonomous Networks
Kurt Pynaert, Head, End-to-End SDAN & Network Automation, Fixed Networks

11:30-12:00 Demo Experience
12.00-13:00 Tech-Talk 5: ESG as Business Enabler and Tech Differentiator
Anthony D’Arcy, Global ESG Engagement Director

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 18:00

Conference Closed