Waleed Al Sayed was appointed as Deputy CEO - Ooredoo Group and CEO - Ooredoo Qatar in November 2015. Through his managerial and board duties at Ooredoo Group companies, Waleed has developed extensive experience in the information and technology sector, both in Qatar and the wider region. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Ooredoo Qatar and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ooredoo Tunisia; Chairman of the Board of Ooredoo subsidiary STARLINK – Qatar; and as Board Member of MEEZA (a technology joint venture between Ooredoo and Qatar Foundation). Waleed was previously Deputy Chairman of Ooredoo Algeria. He was also the Chairman of the Qatar Handball Team and a member of Ooredoo’s Football team. He holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from HEC Paris with full honors.
Waleed Al Sayed
CEO - Ooredoo Qatar
CEO/Co-founder - Eluvio
Michelle is the Co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, a new Berkeley-based start-up creating new software technologies for a content-centric Internet. She previously founded East Bay software company Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She and co-founder Serban Simu created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used throughout the digital media supply chain for high-speed low cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape based delivery technologies.
Chief Information Officer - Al Jazeera Media Network
Mr. Mohamed Abuagla is the CIO of Al Jazeera Media Network. He is also the organization’s CTO and executive director for technology and operations. In these roles, he guides the global technology and operational strategies of the network, covering 10 channels and over 70 locations worldwide. His focus is on enabling the complete transformation of Al Jazeera into a world-class organization through the use of cloud-based technologies, global support models, effective processes, and the best talent pools. His responsibilities also include IT, broadcast engineering and operations, information security, and digital products development. He has over 20 years of global technical consultancy and executive management experience in both public and private organizations.
EVP of Technology and Strategy - 21st Century Fox
Richard Friedel is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, the 21st Century Fox unit responsible for engineering, operations and technology supporting FOX’s national and regional television businesses. Mr. Friedel was also a member of the team that launched Fox News Channel. Mr. Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, President of the North American Broadcasters Association and is the Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee.
Head of Newsgathering Operations - BBC
Morwen Williams is Head of BBC Newsgathering Operations, leading the technical and engineering teams of BBC News and managing a multi-million-pound budget. She is responsible for creative daily technical news gathering for global stories and oversees more than 200 employees in the UK and abroad. Previously she was BBC News’s Deputy UK Editor and led on major special events in the UK.
Chief Engineer, Broadcast Strategy - Sky UK
Chris has been with Sky since its inception in 1989 having started his career in broadcast with the BBC. Chris formed part of the initial technical team tasked with launching Sky’s multi-channel analogue satellite offering. As chief engineer, Chris has been at the forefront of delivering broadcast functionality to the platform such as the multichannel digital playout facilities, Dolby Digital audio, server-based solutions and compression systems. Having played a key role in Sky’s HD launch and design of its HD infrastructure, he continues to oversee the product quality. Sitting on and chairing many broadcast groups and societies, Chris is a SMPTE Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the BKSTS. As part of Sky Technology, Chris is now helping the company enhance entertainment delivered across multiple platforms from a common core. As part of this remit he continues to evolve many new experiences such as UHD, Virtual Reality and enhanced audio as well as the associated technologies to deliver better images and sound to numerous consumer devices.
Ramzan Rashid Al Naimi
Director of Network Creative - Al Jazeera Media Network
Creative Director and Branding Consultant specialized in media and commercial advertising with more than 17 years of experience with Al Jazeera Media Network and other top lead companies. Started his journey as an Operations Manager Assistant and Head of Studio Director, directed by many TV shows and corporate films. Now leading creative strategy and the studio's set design, channels' branding and all creative production for Al Jazeera Media Network, with amazing creative teams across Doha, London and Washington DC.
Partner - Reed Smith
Ingrid is a partner in Reed Smith’s global Entertainment and Media Industry Group and is a digital media, broadcast and communications transactional and regulatory expert. She has over twenty years’ experience working with clients ranging from blue-chip corporates to early stage innovators and disruptors. Ingrid’s practise is largely international. Ingrid is recognised in a number of legal directories, most recently, Chambers 2017 has described her as having “a strong understanding of the media industry". Throughout her career, Ingrid has been actively engaged with the sector through participation and membership of industry bodies. Of note, she is the first lawyer to have been elected to the global board of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, the leading organisation for the mobile entertainment industry and she has recently been appointed a member of the IBC Council. In addition, she has been voted by the industry as one of the top 50 women in mobile sector. She is the European President of the Global Telecoms Women’s Network (GTWN).
Co-founder - Al Sharq Forum
Co-founder of Al Sharq Forum and Former Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network. He now devotes much of his time to Al-Sharq Forum, an independent international Network with a mission to develop long-term strategies to ensure the political stability and economic prosperity of the Arab world and greater Middle East.His journalistic journey began with Al-Jazeera Arabic channel while he was a research fellow in Johannesburg in 1997, subsequently covering some of the world’s key political zones, including US-led wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. He was appointed the chief of the Baghdad bureau during the height of Iraq invasion. The same year, he was appointed as Al-Jazeera's Managing Director and Director General in 2006. Wadah Khanfar, who resigned from the network in September 2011, has been named as one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 global thinkers of 2011 as well as first in Fast Company's 'Most Creative People in Business'.
Executive Director of Digital - Al Jazeera Media Network
Dr. Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Digital at Al Jazeera Media Network. Yaser is leading the Network’s transformation as a global digital media player. Prior to Al Jazeera, Yaser was Chief strategist and business development Director at Lockheed Martin, based in the Washington D.C. Area with the remit to lead the transformation of its intelligence and cyber business from a government focused to commercial. Yaser has 21 years’ experience as the software architect and engineer, entrepreneur, and academic. Prior to joining Lockheed, Yaser had successfully co-founded and sold several startups in location-based services and social media analytics in Germany and in the US. Yaser holds an MBA from Duke University, an MSc, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
Head of Emerging Technology - BBC
Ali Shah is Head of Emerging Technology and Strategic Direction at the BBC. He helps the BBC make sense of the trends that will shape society and impact the BBC, and how media is being transformed. He has a particular focus on AI, and is leading on the development of the BBC's AI capability - people and technology. Ali cares about how technology is used for social good, and how to use technology to help the most vulnerable in society. Ali also leads the BBC’s Blue Room consumer & media technology labs, and the BBC’s Edge technology group. He is a massive Manchester United fan, and it pains him to see Manchester City ahead in the league!
Chief Technology Officer - TF1
Following the initial professional experience at France 3, Hervé Pavard began his career in 1990 at Sony France, where he served as Director of Marketing and Major Projects then as Director of Broadcast Systems and Projects. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as Technical Director IV Tele and then as Director of Information Technology of Canal +. In 2004, Hervé joined TF1 Group as Deputy Director of Operations. In 2005, he was appointed as Technical Director of TF1. He has been Chairman for 3 DTT multiplexes, MR5, SMR6, and MHD7. In 2014, he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer at TF1.
Head of Media - Inmarsat
Daniel Cooper has been actively involved in the Satellite Broadcast industry for 20 + years, majoring on the ever demanding successful delivery of live newsgathering and special event TV outside broadcasts. Having worked with Inmarsat since 2013, Daniel has been pivotal in the deployment of Inmarsat’s new HDR BGAN service delivering broadcasters with previously unobtainable bandwidths in the field of the connected mobile journalist. Prior to Inmarsat Daniel worked for SIS Live, a major service provider and manufacturer of high powered SNG terminals.
Senior Program Manager - Microsoft
For the last 20 years, Joel has been on the razor’s edge of enterprise IT and security. He originally joined Microsoft in 1997 after having served as a Technical Editor for Windows NT Magazine, where he authored more than 100 articles and product reviews, contributed to several books, and annoyed many hardware and software vendors. While at Microsoft, Joel has managed product lines ranging from BackOffice to ISA Server, mobile services, and—most recently—compliance initiatives in the Azure engineering team. Also during this time, Joel wrote numerous whitepapers on security and compliance topics such as data protection, network security, secure management, architecture fundamentals, and policies and processes, among others. His focus now is on the Digital Media & Entertainment industry, its compliance objectives (such as security certifications including the CDSA CPS standard), and privacy needs in the public cloud.
CEO & President - MediaHUB
Broadcast, IT and digital media executive with experience in creating, delivering and managing the deployment of new technologies. Robert started out as an IT Network and Systems Engineer in a traditional broadcasting organization and gradually moved as an international entrepreneur in software development for broadcast IT. He has led and consulted on major industry re-structuring projects, new technologies and new workflow implementations aimed at increasing productivity and reduction of costs. Prior to being with Marquis, Robert was Director at Al Jazeera Media Network and CEO Television at HRT. He was also a President of MediaHUB Consulting and the Founder and CTO of On-Air Systems, which was the first company to introduce IT-based automation systems in television.
Presenter - Al Jazeera Network, UK
Richard Gizbert created The Listening Post for Al Jazeera and has hosted the programme since its debut in 2006. Prior to that he spent 11 years as a London correspondent for ABC News (US), doing extensive war reporting in the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Rwanda and Somalia. Prior to joining ABC News, Gizbert worked in Canada, covering federal politics and co-presenting special events coverage. For his reporting on CFTO-TV of a hostage situation at the House of Commons, Gizbert received the National Award for Breaking News Coverage. Gizbert grew up in Ottawa area. He plays guitar and ice hockey, both badly.
Head of Technology and Production - TV 2/FYN
Michael Jensen, Head of Technology and Production for TV 2/FYN, a regional broadcaster in Denmark. With more than 30 years of experience in broadcast, 20 of these years for the national broadcaster TV2/NYZ Denmark as News Director and Project Manager. Michael has been working with projects and process management for TV/Web/New Media-production and media strategies. He was in charge of launching the 24/7 TV 2 News channel in 2006. Later this automation was followed up for flagship news on the main TV 2 Channel. He is the Chairman of the annual Mosart Summit Group.
Managing Director - Digital Production Partnership
Mark Harrison was as a Freelance Film Director, and won many awards - including RTS, BFI, and an International Emmy. He then became BBC Head of Arts, and Head of Multiplatform. He was leader of the BBC’s End-to-End Digital Programme, and Director of Transformation. Mark was a founder of the DPP - the media industry’s international business network. DPP provides insight, technology change and market opportunity for 350 member companies - from start-ups to global corporations.
Director of the Data and Analytics Project - Entertainment Technology Center, USC
Yves is a data scientist and the CEO of AI engineering firm Novamente, which builds Artificial General Intelligence applications for clients including DARPA, IARPA, Raytheon, NIH, the CDC, and Intel. Novamente is the AI developer behind Aidyia, an autonomous AI hedge fund, as well as Hanson Robotics’ “Sophia”, profiled around the world. The Novamente team manages the OpenCog Foundation, which aims to develop open source, neural-symbolic Artificial General Intelligence, and is a practice leader in AGI across the world. Yves is also the founder and director of the “Data & Analytics” Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, where his team develops next-generation AI and machine learning applications for the media and entertainment industry. He also oversees the development of “Corto”, the world’s very first AI-driven knowledge engine for the media and entertainment industry. At ETC, Yves and his team manage a half dozen research and development projects applying advanced AI and machine learning methods to the challenges.
Head of Media Applications - Al Jazeera Media Network
Richard Bentley has worked in the media industry for 25 years. He’s done just about every job in production from directing gardening programmes and working as a video journalist for The BBC, to designing workflows in 45 countries for as many clients, as a senior professional services workflow consultant for Avid. He’s been with Al Jazeera for 4 years.
Dr. Yousef Khalidi
Corporate Vice President - Microsoft
Dr. Khalidi is a seasoned technologist with a proven record of over 25 years’ experience shipping innovative software and hardware platforms, with experience that spans the spectrum from creating and shipping large “V1” products (Microsoft Azure, Sun Cluster); leading technology for established products (Solaris, Windows); creating, and incubating new technologies (Spring OS, Solaris MC, Windows Silos, high-speed networking); architecting hardware (MMU, networking, DC design) and software systems; creating new initiatives and technology direction (Sun N1 Utility Computing); managing large-sized organizations to individual contributor work managing by influence; to active customer, partner and academic engagements. Currently, Dr. Khalidi is responsible for product management for Microsoft Azure Networking, which includes software defined networking, physical network design, and WAN connectivity for Microsoft’s cloud. Dr. Khalidi was a founding member of Microsoft Azure, which is one of the biggest public cloud platforms in the world.
Head of Technology and Solutions - Eurovision
Oscar Teran is Head of Technology & Solutions at Eurovision Media Services, the operating arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). He comes with extensive experience in strategic innovation, product and business management in the converged Digital-Telco-Media industries. Oscar holds a MBA, a Telecommunications Engineering degree, a Bachelor of Music in Piano and several certifications in Innovation and Commercialisation by worldwide leading business schools. As Engineering Manager, Oscar has also been involved in different Olympic Games, and major sports operations.
Director, Strategic Accounts - Ooredoo
Harvard Alum with 18 + years of experience across Technology, Media & Telecom and functional expertise in the area of Business Development, Sales, Strategy and Innovation. Hands on experience of working through the phases of Start-up, Growth, Rapid scaling and Turnaround in many strategic programs in Ooredoo Qatar. Key responsibility entrusted in Ooredoo was to establish New Lines of Business, which have been successfully established to cater to IBS/Network Business and Sports & Entertainment ICT business. Successfully led a team of senior personnel across functional areas of Business development, ICT Solution architects and Partnership management, who were responsible for managing the business of Mega Projects such as Lusail Smart City, 2022 and many other large Programs contributing to the QNV 2030. Accomplished keynote speaker, delivered speeches at international, regional and national conference such as the GSMA, Innovate India, World Stadium Congress, Soccerex, Arab Future Cities.
Managing Director of Al Jazeera English - Al Jazeera Media Network
Giles Trendle is the Managing Director of Al Jazeera English where he oversees an editorial staff of over 400 people based in its centres of Doha, London, Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur, as well as in over 70 bureaus around the world. Giles first joined Al Jazeera in 2004 to work on the Arabic channel's flagship investigative documentary show before moving to Al Jazeera English ahead of its launch in 2006. He began his career in the mid 1980’s as a freelance print journalist based in Lebanon covering that country’s civil war. Giles resides in Qatar where the Al Jazeera Media Network is headquartered. Al Jazeera English produces 24/7 news and current affairs programming for a worldwide TV audience of over 311 million households and mobile content for global digital consumers.
CEO - Perfect Memory
Steny Solitude is the CEO of Perfect Memory, which he founded in 2008. He studied the engineering of cultural industries at the University of Technology of Compiègne. He graduated with honors. He specializes in the engineering of cultural industries. He is a recognized expert in the semantics community norms and standards advisor (EBU Core, FIMS). He values 15 years’ experience in software development and mass indexing and processing of multimedia content.
SVP, Global Video Solutions - Huawei Technologies
Ben brings a tremendous amount of global video system experience to Huawei, not just on the technical side, but on the business and strategy side as well. He worked with Huawei to help our customers design advanced video systems, and generate revenue, acquire new customers, acquire content, and what services will give them market advantage over their competition. Ben brings over 35 years of experience in all aspects of the Entertainment and Media Technology industries. Recently, Ben was Chief System Architect and designer of many nationwide IPTV, Hybrid and OTT systems globally working for several major USA companies. Ben won Emmy Award winning leader in Television and Motion Picture distribution, digital content licensing, licensing models, and contribution.
Manager of Media Operations - Al Jazeera Media Network
Hussam Abudan is the Manager of Media Operations for Al Jazeera Network responsible for Ingest, Media Management, Editing and Transmission of the Network. He has been leading the team who is an integral part of content production of many award winning Programmes and Documentaries of Al Jazeera. Having 20 years’ experience in various sections of Television operations, he has played a key role in the launch of AJ channels and broadcast centers in London, Washington DC, Balkans, HD Migration projects across the network. Hussam has been leading media operations transformational project from linear tape environment to file based architectures applying advanced workflows and ensuring 24/7 operations aligned with editorial missions while productively engineering the technological changes and managing challenges of the network.
Senior Correspondent - Al Jazeera Media Network
Mohammed Jamjoom is a Senior Correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Doha, Qatar. Since joining the network in 2015, Mohammed has reported from numerous countries on a multitude of international stories; covering everything from the plight of the Rohingya to the war in Syria, from the Mosul Offensive to the Nepal earthquake, from the refugee crisis to the Paris attacks. For more than a decade, Mohammed has also extensively covered the Middle East from various countries throughout the region; including Yemen, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Mohammed was an international correspondent for CNN International based first in Abu Dhabi and then in Beirut.
Sudarshan C Shapurkar
VP & Head of Delivery, MEA - Tech Mahindra
Sudarshan Shapurkar is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of global experience in the IT Industry. Throughout 19 years of association with Tech Mahindra, Sudarshan has played a significant role in the growth of the company and has extensive experience in independently managing P&L, Program Execution, Client Relationships and Business Development. Sudarshan currently heads the Delivery responsibility for Tech Mahindra’s Enterprise Business in Middle East & Africa region.Prior to the current responsibility, Sudarshan has handled various roles in Tech Mahindra, heading the Infrastructure Business for UK & Ireland, Leading Germany as a Geography, and handling relationships for large customers based out of Switzerland, USA, Netherlands, Sweden etc. He has also played roles in Strategic Acquisitions by Tech Mahindra. Sudarshan has an Engineering degree and a Management Degree in Information Systems, and currently lives in Dubai, UAE
Senior Director - Cisco Systems
During the past 32 years, Dr. Ken Morse has been involved in software and hardware development, he has co-founded four companies in the digital video and entertainment space. In his current role, Dr. Morse is responsible for delivering leading-edge video solutions to market leading Service Providers. Prior to this role, he held CTO roles for the Video Software and Solutions Group, Connected Devices Group and the SP Video Technology Group. Prior to Cisco, Dr. Morse was VP, Client Architecture for Scientific Atlanta and responsible for driving the client architecture of Scientific Atlanta's software and hardware solutions. Prior to joining Scientific-Atlanta, Dr. Morse was a co-founder and the CTO of PowerTV, Inc. Here he and his team, along with their set-top partners, brought the first IP-based digital interactive television system to the mass market, providing the software platform and services for over 70 million digital interactive set-tops in North America today.
Manager of Enterprise Services Transformation - Al Jazeera Media Network
Faisal Iqbal has been at Al Jazeera for over 4 years during which he led a number of different technology and operation groups and delivered a wide range of capabilities and innovations with the organization. As an example, he championed and led the implementation of best practice processes across Al Jazeera including the implementation of a Global Single Point of Contact for all Technology Services for Al Jazeera. He is currently the “Manager of Enterprise Services Transformation” within the Technology and Operations Division – championing and driving Digital Transformation across the enterprise. Over the last 12 years Faisal has been leading process, technology and people transformation across a number of world renowned organizations such as Ericsson, Verizon Enterprise Solutions & Mars IS.
Founder - Dejero
As founder of Dejero, Bogdan is responsible for the strategic direction and vision of Dejero’s innovative network blending technology, as well as forging and nurturing strong relationships with customers and partners. After spending time with journalists covering election campaigns, Bogdan founded Dejero to solve their connectivity challenges, so they could more immediately and cost-effectively broadcast live to living rooms across the world. And as the world continues to become more interconnected, and more mobile, and reliable connectivity becomes even more vital, Bogdan is leading Dejero in pioneering new blended connectivity solutions—ensuring there is bandwidth when and where it’s needed. Bogdan began his career at Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) and has founded several start-up ventures.
Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure & Security - Al Jazeera Media Network
Asif Munir has been working in the field of Technology, Telecoms, and Media for the past 20+ years, his expertise extends from Infrastructure to Security having managed huge projects in these respective areas. He has also been influential in transitioning solutions from traditional technology deployments to virtualization and the cloud. Having experience in many facets of IT have allowed him to influence and challenge the status quo of how IT and Security work together to deliver Secure IT services from the ground up.
Director Strategic Solutions - Avid
As Director Strategic Solutions at Avid, Paul Thompson is responsible for shaping and managing Avid’s business solutions focus for its major global customers. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the complex solutions marketplace across technology development, operations, sales and consulting. Paul joined Avid in 2013, after previously holding commercial responsibility at Ericsson (previously Technicolor) for the outsourced managed services of ITV, the UK’s largest multi-platform commercial broadcaster and content producer. His early career in software engineering saw him pioneering first generation mobile centric business solutions, after which he transitioned into management consulting for hi-tech consultancy Pittiglio Rabin Todd McGrath (now PwC) and then returning to the industry. From 1999-2004, he was also Vice President in News Corporation's technology subsidiary NDS (now Cisco), creating and leading the Interactive TV business unit.
Senior Director Product Management - Avid
Régis continues to be a driver in the creation of major industry products around production asset management for sports, studio, and news, as well as workflow automation systems. With a strong interest and focus on the user experience, Régis is leading Avid’s effort in UI/UX design to offer best-in-class applications, deploying the latest available technologies. Régis started his career at Avid in the mid-90s as a workflow specialist and eventually headed up the design of what is now Interplay Production, among other products. After that Régis moved to Grass Valley, a Belden brand, to take charge of product management and UI/UX teams for their software products. After 10 years, he rejoined Avid in 2016. In 2017, Régis successfully brought to market MediaCentral | Central Cloud UX, a major step forward in next-generation user interface design, which marked a major milestone in Avid’s Cloud Strategy. Currently Régis is overseeing development of the MediaCentral platform, which embraces production, news and asset management systems.
Director of Engineering - Adobe
As Director of Engineering for the Adobe Professional Audio and Video Products, David McGavran is responsible for making sure the industry leading products are delivered with performance and stability and meets the needs of the Adobe customers. David has worked in the video group at Adobe for over 19 years. In his role he works directly with broadcasters, production houses and film makers all over the world to make sure Adobe products are helping them to be successful.
Dr. Carl Windsor
Senior Director, Product Management - Fortinet
Carl received his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry in the field of Quantum Mechanics from University of Manchester but found securing the faculty servers and network more interesting and moved into the security industry. Carl spent subsequent years as head UNIX Security for a telecoms security consultancy and later developing and delivering Managed network and security services for one of Europe’s biggest Datacenter companies. Leveraging this experience, Carl has spent the last 11 years at Fortinet helping to drive the development of enhanced technology solutions, including the Fortinet NFV, Cloud, SDWAN, Authentication and Email Security Solutions.
Media & Entertainment Industry Lead EMEA - Microsoft
Rainer Kellerhals, Industry Lead Media & Entertainment EMEA at Microsoft, advises large media and entertainment companies on how they can leverage the Microsoft platform to drive their digital transformation. He works with Microsoft’s Engineering Groups and Commercial Partner Organization to drive Microsoft’s strategy for the Media & Entertainment industry. Mr. Kellerhals joined Microsoft in 2006 and has held several solution sales and sales management positions in the European and worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Kellerhals held senior management positions at one of Europe’s most successful independent software vendors for large-scale media asset management systems, where his responsibilities included product strategy, marketing, and sales management. Mr. Kellerhals holds an M.D. (Diplom) in business administration and mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Enterprise Operations Manager - Al Jazeera Media Network
Information security professional and risk and ops manager at AJ and was previously an adjunct professor in information technology and security in Virginia, USA.