Wednesday, 21 December 2011

New Gitex Global Leaders Summit Hosts World's Foremost ICT Business Minds

Some of the world's most influential IT decisions makers and experts in communication technology are set to converge in Dubai for the first-ever Gitex Global Leaders Summit, one of the new highlights of the region's largest ICT event.

As Gitex celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 17 to 21, 2010, many of the technology industry's most respected names will be available to give firsthand advice from an expert perspective.

Providing cutting edge insights into today's global ICT landscape, the Global Leaders Summit will host Rajeev Asija, Executive Vice President Enterprise Solution & Services Business, HCL Infosystems, a Gitex strategic sponsor; Ali Faramawy, Microsoft Corporation Vice President, Microsoft International and Area Vice President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa; Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager - Communications Global Business Unit, Oracle; and Randi Zuckerberg, Director of Market Development, Facebook.

The Gitex Global Leaders Summit celebrates the theme 'Inspiring Innovation and Collaboration' where speakers will cover topics that address emerging communications and technology trends, as well as the coordinated efforts needed from the region's stakeholders to bring about change. The Summit is an exclusive opportunity to network with the region's top decision makers and meet some of the world's foremost thinkers.

Rajeev Asija, Executive Vice President of HCL, India's $5bn global technology business begins the sessions on October 17. This HCL veteran of nearly 30 years heads Enterprise Solutions and Services Business and will be speaking on 'Transcending Boundaries'.

Ali Faramawy, Vice President of Microsoft International, is directly responsible for Microsoft's operations across the Middle East and Africa. He plays a leading role in the company's worldwide emerging markets community and will discuss the phenomenon of cloud computing in 'How to Thrive and Grow with the Cloud'.

Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Global Business Unit for Oracle will share his expertise in telecom growth and developing markets. He is responsible for managing Oracle's strategic planning, product development, sales, service and support for Oracle's communication products. Gorti will be highlighting the issues on how to 'Thrive in the Age of Telecom Transformation'.

Returning to Gitex Technology Week for the second year in a row, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division will also present 'Innovation and How that Equals Opportunity for You' on October 18, at an exclusive, invitation-only keynote address.

Gitex is also hosting the Global Conferences programme featuring over 30 thought-provoking sessions led by ICT leaders.

Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Gitex Technology Week, said:
"Gitex has established itself as an ICT event that provides opportunities for regional companies to attract global business. As the largest technology show in Africa and the Middle East, it acts as a driver for investments and knowledge sharing. We are committed to keep Gitex fresh, cutting edge and relevant, and along with the show's other new features, the new Global Leaders Summit aligns perfectly with that. The attendance of world-class speakers illustrates the impact Gitex has made on the international ICT stage."

Running alongside the Global Leaders Summit, the Gitex Cloud Confex, with platinum sponsors HP, and Gitex Mobile Apps & Content World with Industry Partner MEF also make their debut to ensure the event reflects and drives the most relevant ICT issues of the day. The Gitex Global Conference will ensure the event is the most comprehensive knowledge platform in the region and will bring together business leaders, government departments and trade professionals to network, discuss critical industry issues and explore opportunities for growth.

The Global Conference includes 30 streams and more than 50 local and international industry expert speakers, giving advice on a full spectrum of information and communication technology issues. Small and medium businesses, GULFCOMMS, environmentally-friendly IT, the future of security and dozens more debates will ensure hundreds of delegates are kept up to date, informed and aware of the latest developments.

Contributors include Tareque Choudhury, Head of Business Continuity and Security at BT, Khaled Kefel, General Manager of RIM Middle East, and Edmund English, EMEA Senior Marketing Manager, Dell and Irfan Ali, Senior Operator Account Manager, Nokia.

The three days of streamed networking and knowledge sharing will be followed by a Developer Day on Thursday, October 21, where developers, programmers, engineers, analysts, technicians, network managers and many others will gain expert advice and top tips.

Gitex embodies the continuing momentum of growth in the Middle East ICT sector and draws global attention and mounting investment to the region. The show connects more than 133,000 industry professionals from 135 countries with over 3,500 suppliers and is one of the most influential and high-profile events in the global ICT sector today.

Gitex Technology Week runs from 17 - 21 October 2010, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Admission is for trade and industry professionals only. To register or for more information please visit
Gitex Technology Week.
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