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STEP X features the latest in future of transport and autonomous tech, smart cities, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Telcos, city planners, automotive companies, and startups gather to discuss what life will look like by 2050.

What We Cover

Future transportation
Discussing the evolution of MaaS, autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, and regulatory framework to encourage new transportation models.
Smart Cities & IoT
Debating building up existing infrastructure versus building out new cities. The shift to connected lifestyles and its level of effectiveness to suit people of all abilities across all nations.
Decision making and Artificial intelligence
Debating decision making through artificial intelligence, how much should humans let AI decide for them, and the socio-economic and socio-political impact of AI.
Regulation & Security
Discussing the excessive need for cyber security in smart cities as our lives transform by the data we generate, and the requirements from stakeholders to enhance security.
 

2020 Speakers

Karl
Feilder

Neutral Fuels LLC

Karl
Feilder

Neutral Fuels LLC

In 2011, Karl pioneered commercial biofuel productionin the Middle East when hecommissioned the UAE’sfirst cleantechbiofuelrefinery in Dubai. Today, it’sthe largest group of cleantech fuel facilities in the GCC,and Karl’s direct actions to mitigate climate change haveresulted in over 12 million tonnes of CO2 savings. Eachfacility uses local waste cooking oils and transformsthem into a clean, green ultra-sustainable fuel which canrun in any diesel engine without any modifications. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Contact (+971)[email protected] to book Karl for your next event. Over the past five years, Karl has pioneered the use of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors tooptimise waste and fuel management, saving time and money for customers. Adding to the manyaccolades Karl and Neutral Fuels have won.Neutral Fuels was recently awarded a place on the Mohammed bin Rashid InnovationFund Accelerator (MBRIFA). It is one of just seven companies chosen from hundreds ofapplications representing 29 countries. Karl has built and sold five companies (the first to Microsoftand the last to DHL) and led two more to their Initial Public Offering (IPO). Karl is now preparing theNeutral Fuels group of companies for an IPO on the London AIM stock market in 2024, and coachingother start-ups at Hult International Business School. Recognised by the World Economic Forum as aTechnology Pioneer, Karl holds an MBA, a B.Eng. (Hons) in Industrial Engineering and Germanlanguage, and is writing his PhD thesis on “Psychological profiling of start-up teams.” He is aninternational conference speaker, and the lead vocalist for Dubai based classic rock band Sandstörm.

Ayman
Alashkar 

OVERWRITE.ai

Ayman
Alashkar 

OVERWRITE.ai

After 20 years’ experience working in real estate and with Artificial Intelligence, Ayman is the founder and CEO of property tech platform Overwrite.ai, and AI design and development AI studio OBOTO. An expert in custom made AI solutions for SMEs across industry, including FMCG, health, real estate and banking, Ayman is an expert in using Artificial General Intelligence and Artificial Special Intelligence to solve real world problems. The first of its kind, Overwrite.ai has disrupted the real estate marke t worldwide by using narrow AI to write property listings better than any human, saving Real Estate organizations a magnitude of time that was once spent on an everyday task. In 2008 Ayman was a pioneer in predictive modelling for property, completing his thesis on the infrastructure of urban planning, and heading up the UK wise research and advisory team at Colliers Real Estate, prior to becoming Head of Real Estate Wealth Management at Emirates NBD,handling assets over $2. 2US billion. Ayman was the Co Founder and Managing Partner of ARK Proventus, a real estate transaction platform and Board Member of Serenia Residences. A graduate of MIT, Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy, with a bachelor in Maths and masters in Real Estate Investment and Development, Ayman is solution oriented, “numbers junkie.” He believes in owning your mistakes and failing fast. He is not afraid to share his failures along with his success and is an honest, raw voice in the UAE entrepreneurial landscape.

Charles
Blaschke

Taka Solutions

Charles
Blaschke

Taka Solutions

Founded Taka Solutions in 2013 to reduce the worlds energy consumption by 20% using fully-financed, paid-from-savings projects for smart buildings. Combining technology, finance and engineering by applying IoT, energy modeling and digital twins to save and predict Energy. Charles has raised 200m AED fund to invest in projects to so there is no investment from the customer to transform their assets to smart and low carbon buildings.

Pinaki
Laskar

Fisheyebox

Pinaki
Laskar

Fisheyebox

Pinaki Laskar, CEO & Founder, FishEyeBox. A disruptive Innovator & cognitive Technologist, has been founding brain for many disruptive AI solutions Ranging from Autonomous Car and ITS, AI-based Music and Retail. An expert and Distinguished Inventor in Artificial Intelligence and IOT with research in AI and Ethics. A thought leader and speaker at various conferences including 'Make in India', Mumbai, TIE – Bangalore, Sevan Startup Summit - Armenia, Neural Networks Conference - Finland, Artificial Intelligence International Conference - Barcelona, Cloud Expo, USA and many more with a work experience of two decades.

Joey
Bertschler

Cool Japan Holdings

Joey
Bertschler

Cool Japan Holdings

Joey Bertschler is an Austrian-Liechtenstein social blockchain entrepreneur. As CEO of Cool Japan Holdings he aims to make Japan carbon neutral by 2030, democratize AI with bitgrit Inc., and enable compliant and efficient capital-raising and transactions as VP of the Security Token Alliance, the industry's most prominent think tank with over 100 partners. He started his entrepreneurial journey when he founded a media outlet at a very young age before entering the Blockchain space. Having visited over 20 countries, he built a genuinely cosmopolitan mindset.

Zohaib
Ali

Airlift

Zohaib
Ali

Airlift

In January 2019, he started Airlift Technologies, a smart-bus solution designed to cater to the mass transit market. Since then, Airlift has gone on to become a household brand, transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers weekly in Pakistan. Having raised the region’s largest Series A round (USD 12 Million) in record time. Zohaib’s day-to-day role at Airlift involves driving the business forward on its journey to become Asia’s largest mass-transit network.

Nadim
Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim
Taoubi

Natufia

Nadim is passionate about directly impacting peoples lives by giving them tangible and practical solutions to reconcile healthy living with sustainable growth. Nadim joined Natufia's co founders to help realize this ambition as the Chief Operations Officer. At Natufia Labs, he oversees company’s corporate finance, strategic growth and business partnerships.

Jamil
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil
Asfour

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Jamil brings more than 20 years of experience working for fortune 500 companies including Apple, IBM, HPE, and E&Y in the US, China and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Jamil identified gaps stalling innovation, organizational integration and growth pre and post M&A deals. He also developed sustainable long-term partnerships globally. Jamil's recent work experience focused on shaping the ubiquitous computing service offering while concentrating on privacy and security policies. He has carried out several executive positions, managing special and secret projects during his time at Apple and more than 20 M&A Mega deals. Jamil holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a Diploma in Management and Leadership from MIT and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from The University of Oxford.

Asma
Shabab

IBM

Asma
Shabab

IBM

Asma is the Digital Strategy Leader at IBM UAE and advises companies and governments on how technology can help them create competitive advantage. With insights into the role of technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, blockchain and big data, Asma is uniquely placed to help organizations develop sustainable strategies that address disruption and futureproof their businesses.

Hans
Schreuder

enaible

Hans
Schreuder

enaible

Hans is co-founder of enaible and leads the business in the region. enaible is AI-powered Leadership: We enable leaders to become the best they can be, then better! We turn your underutilized system data into a normalized scoring and leadership recommendations to increase your productivity. Prior to enaible, Hans spent over 15 years as investment banker ans strategy consultant focused on telecom and emerging technologies, of which the past 10 years based out of Dubai. He is also an active angel investor, having backed 15 startups including Rasello, a leading analytics and communication platforms focused on healthcare NGOs across emerging markets, where he is non-executive Chairman. Hans is a graduate of Babson College.

Robert
Scoble

Infinite Retina

Robert
Scoble

Infinite Retina

Transformation Group Partner, Former UpLoad VR Entrepreneur in Residence and Futurist for Rackspace, Blogger, and Author Robert Scoble is among the world’s best-known tech journalists and futurists. He is also a keynote speaker and most passionate about Virtual and Augmented Reality and how they will change and disrupt business. Futurist Based on his many meetings with tech pioneers and thinkers, he is always looking for early changes in patterns that foretell lasting trends. Three such trends have resulted in his three books with Israel. Siri was launched in his house. He did the first live video from inside the first Tesla (Elon Musk gave him a ride before he gave his best friend a ride). He has the first video of a Google self driving car up on YouTube. He was first to show the world many companies and technologies, like those, and Flipboard, Pandora, Instagram, and thousands of others. Technology Expert Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He later worked for Fast Company as a video blogger, and then Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He worked for Upload VR  — a new media site covering virtual and augmented reality — as its entrepreneur in residence, where he developed new shows, events, with other entrepreneurs in the Upload Collective, a co-working space for virtual reality-focused startups. Transformation Group, LLC Founded by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel in March 2017, Transformation Group, LLC, is the first consulting firm dedicated to helping big brands develop and implement Mixed Reality (MR) strategies, a trend just now starting that will soon transform businesses as profoundly as the smartphone did a decade ago. They believe that a decade from today the center of digital commerce and life will have migrated from today's handsets to tomorrow's VR and AR headsets--or smart glasses, as they will be called. Robert wants to help brands understand, plan and implement strategies to make this vital transformation. Books Robert has interviewed thousands of tech company founders, and his three books, written with Forbes author Shel Israel, have predicted three decade-long trends Naked Conversations predicted how businesses would use Social Media before Facebook was released. Age of Context predicted how wearable and mobile technology would bring new kinds of software. His newest book, The Fourth Transformation, predicts how augmented and virtual reality will change every business. Keynote Speaker As a globally in demand keynote speaker Robert delivers a rocket ride through the future of technology, and shows you how your business is about to be disrupted by mixed reality, which will bring a new user interface onto smart cities, IoT devices, self-driving cars, robots, and drones. He gives businesses an insight into how other businesses, like Sephora, Disney, and Ford, are already using augmented reality and how your business will need to change to get ready for consumers and workers who will be wearing augmented reality (or what we call mixed reality) glasses while interacting with their business.  

Adah
Parris

The House of Griots

Adah
Parris

The House of Griots

Futurist, Storyteller and Cultural Strategist. A polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories. In 2019, Adah was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators and was nominated by Google. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology. Adah is a storyteller who empathetically subverts the status quo. She takes a philosophical approach to technology, hones her skills in pattern recognition and creates immersive storytelling and learning and development environments. Cultures in which her clients and audiences become critical thinkers, philosophers and immersive storytellers, problem-solvers. Innovators. With over 20 years experience in transforming cultures to nurture decentralised humanity-centred innovation environments. Adah has worked with businesses and individuals in advertising, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, marketing, media and, technology start-ups. Her clients and partnerships have included Google, Unilever, Sainsbury's, Oath, Ogilvy Labs, The British Council, The EU Council, The Tate Modern, the British Film Institute (BFI), The Union Chapel, Burning Man Camp: Playground, ArabNet Dubai, Innovate Finance, Wayra UK, The Friday Club, and Shambala Festival to name a few.

Baher
Al-Hakim

Medicus AI

Baher
Al-Hakim

Medicus AI

Dr Baher Al Hakim is a dentist by study and a serial entrepreneur by practise, with 14 years experience in a broad spectrum of disciplines including product & technology, business, sales and marketing. Since June 2015, he is the CEO of Medicus AI, applying the latest technologies & trends in AI, mobile and design into redefining the state of healthcare. Before Medicus, he founded several startups, including CloudAppers digital agency in 2008, napkin startup studio in 2012, and Wally, a smart personal finance app that became no. 1 finance app in 22 countries.

Jihad
Tayara

Evoteq

Jihad
Tayara

Evoteq

Jihad Tayara is the Chief Executive Officer of EVOTEQ, a UAE-based solutions provider that champions technological innovations and digital transformation across the region. In his role, Jihad is driving EVOTEQ’s vision to be the region’s premier technological innovations and digital transformation partner. Leveraging on his expertise, Jihad is spearheading the development of disruptive technological solutions that increase efficiency, support business growth, and fuel digital innovation. Under his leadership, EVOTEQ has undertaken several large-scale projects, including the award-winning implementation of the region’s first fully AI-integrated Office of the Future, delivering the largest municipal digital transformation project in the region and deploying Sharjah’s first blockchain platform.Prior to EVOTEQ, Jihad held senior leadership positions in du, Motorola Networks and Investcom.

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman
Sharaiha

Altibbi

Ayman is a Co-Founder at Altibbi, the leading Middle East digital health platform. His domain covers Operations, Marketing, Business Development & Business Intelligence to assist the company’s growth. Prior to his Co-Founder role at Altibbi, Ayman was a Vice President at IMENA Group, an internet investor and operator. His area of focus was corporate development, which revolved around fund raising on the investment side; strategy, business intelligence and monetization on the operations side. Ayman also founded his own telehealth company in the US. The company aimed at bridging the gap of healthcare quality between the US and the rest of the world through its global telehealth platform. Ayman holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, Spanish proficiently and enjoys playing squash regularly.

Haris
Aghadi

Meddy

Haris
Aghadi

Meddy

Haris is the Founder & CEO of Meddy. He is a consumer internet addict with a passion for building products that solve real problems. He has a special interest in content-focused products that help people make better decisions. Haris has a strong background in product management, SEO and startups. He rants about them on Twitter. He occasionally writes guest posts for Entrepreneur MiddleEast magazine to inspire entrepreneurship in the region. Haris is currently running Meddy - a doctor discovery platform in GCC aimed at helping people in the region make informed health decisions. He Launched Meddy out of a course project at CMU, recruited 2 other co-founders and went from an idea to a public beta in 6 weeks. It’s currently the largest online healthcare platform in Qatar & UAE. It’s been extensively covered in major news outlets like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, ArabianBusiness, etc.

Karl
Jeanbart

Derq Inc.

Karl
Jeanbart

Derq Inc.

Karl Jeanbart is COO and co-founder of Derq, an award-winning MIT-spinoff with a mission to eliminate road accidents and save lives. Derq was founded in Dubai in 2016, in 2017 was selected to join the prestigious Techstars Mobility accelerator in Detroit, and in 2019 won best AI startup at SXSW. A former management consultant with Oliver Wyman, Karl advised ministers and senior executives on strategy and organizational matters in regulated industries, financial services and public sector. Karl also has previous engineering experience with major EPC firms, Utilities and Fortune 500 companies. Karl holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University with focuses on Finance and Entrepreneurship and graduate studies in Business Analytics applied to Energy. He is also a registered Professional Engineer with the Order of Engineers in Quebec, Canada.

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