Future IT Summit and Catalyst Awards 2023

The 9th Edition of Future IT Summit and Catalyst Awards 2023 is happening on 9th March at H Hotel-Dubai with the theme of: “Cloud and Automation Towards a Sustainable Business and Economy”.

The Future IT Summit will probe into how technology pioneers are realizing this vision and bringing on board some practical use cases. Hear from our expert thought leaders on how these 2 disciplines of technology have been spearheading the charts and making further inroads for other solutions to fortify an organization’s infrastructure.

FUTURE IT SUMMIT will welcome the IT Geniuses by organizing a dynamic platform to present the flawless cloud infrastructure for a better future with access to Big Data.

The event details are as follows:


  • Ronak Samantaray, Co-Founder & CEO, GEC Media Group (Welcome Note)
  • Sonal Chhibber, Editor, GEC Media Group (Editor Note)
  • Ms. Kelly Machado-Digital Strategy & Transformation, UAE Government (Summit opening keynote – Government)
  • Charbel Zreiby, Director, Data Center Channel, Dell Technologies (Tech keynote)
  • Sriram Ganeshan, Associate Director, Solution Consulting, Kissflow (Digital Transformation with the Power of Low-code / No-code)
  • Ali El Kontar, CEO, Zero&One (Tech keynote)
  • Farid Najjar, Area Distribution Lead – EEMI, NetApp (Tech keynote)
  • Murthy Sadasivan, Solution Architect, Securenet FZC (Scality Unbreakable Cloud Storage for Data Centers)
  • Manas Sarkar, Technical Director, Trend Micro (Accelerate and Transform Your Cybersecurity Outcome with Automation)
  • Gaurav Singh, Founder, JPIN (Plugging the Talent Gap in a Digital MENA)

Panel Discussion 1- CIO Power Panel: Who leads the enterprises’ ESG strategy and how can CIOs enable this?

  •     Moderator: Sonal Chhibber, Editor, GEC Media Group
  •     Mohammed Al Nabtiti-PMO & Governance Manager, Bee’ah
  •     Dr. Aruna Rabel-Corporate Governance & Compliance
  •     Krishnan Anand- Director Head of IT, Emirates Investment Bank

Panel Discussion 2- CIO Power panel: Are vendor solutions mature enough for enterprises large scale automation rollout?

  •     Moderator: Gigi Mathew Thomas-Group Head IT, Ittihad International Investment LLC
  •     Vishal Anand-Senior Director Of Information Technology, Jumeirah Group / Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
  •     Abdulrahman Khaiwi-Head of Information Technology, Emirates National Schools
  •     Ms. Linoy Kidd- GBM MENAT CIO, HSBC
  •     Pradeep Kedia, Vice President/Industry Leader, OPX Technology-MENA & APAC

Panel Discussion 3- Rapid Fire – Leadership in 2023

  •     Moderator: Ajay Rathi-CTO, Druce International
  •     Alan Brouard-Head of Information Technology, Etihad Rail
  •     Anindo Banerjee-CIO, Eltizam Asset Management Group
  •     Peter Gesper-SVP of IT, noon
  •     Tamal Chakravorty, Group Head of IT
  •     Dr. Esam Alfalasi-Chief Contact Center Business Officer, Moro Hub
  •     Viven Bhowani-Transformational Leader, Experienced CIO and COO


The Future IT Summit will be a unique independent business & Technology event focused on the state of the practice of AI and CLOUD in the enterprise, Cloud and AI achieve the best of potential to create a better and secure future for all. Data Scientists are also invited to enlighten the best practices of AI & Cloud to improve the ability of organizations to become pioneers of revolution since the competition of good vs better continues.

As the GCC Businesses in the region adopt cloud and automation for sustainability and business transformation, GEC Media Group will cover these topics with their expert panel and try to throw more light on the changing scenario in the business world, leading to astounding changes in the corporate arena.

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Sonal B Chhibber is the Editor of GEC Media Group and an award-winning Indian Author, Editor, Journalist, Speaker, and Moderator, who enjoys an exciting portfolio of work that allows her to inspire, create and communicate. Sonal is well-experienced in Business Publications, Content Writing, Event Moderation, and Media Communication. She is a People and Engagement Specialist with professional experience and expertise in creating compelling content across a variety of platforms. Sonal is the recipient of the Best Writer Award and Most Inspirational Woman Award in UAE. She believes in the quote, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."