Below is an overview of the Symposium: Middle East agenda, designed to help you learn, analyze, compare, and decide on infrastructure, innovation strategies, and technology for your datacenter.

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  • 08:00 – 09:00

    Registration & Breakfast

    09:00 – 09:15

    Welcome

    Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute
    09:15 – 09:45

    Avoid Capital Project Failures: Tier Certification Explained

    Mustapha Louni, Business Development Director – Middle East & North Africa, Uptime Institute
    09:45 – 10:15

    Data Center In Cloud - Sharing of Industry Trends

    Zhang Fan, Chief Solution Architect, Huawei Global Technical Services
    10:15 – 10:45

    Networking Break

    10:45 – 11:15

    The Business Case for Efficient IT

    Julian Kudritzki, Chief Operating Officer, Uptime Institute
    11:15 – 11:45

    Applying Modular and Prefabrication Techniques for Data Center Optimization

    Jack Pouchet, Vice President Market Development, Emerson Network Power
    11:45 – 12:10

    Avoid a DCIM Procurement Disaster

    Matt Stansberry, Senior Director of Content and Publications, Uptime Institute
    12:10 – 13:30

    Lunch & Networking

    13:30 – 14:15

    Panel: Industry Foresight – IT Infrastructure 2020 and Beyond

    Adel Rizk, Engagement Partner, Edarat Group
    Jonathan Duncan, ITB MEA Director for Integrated Solutions & Data Center Applications, Schneider Electric
    Ben Selier, Data Center Solutions Manager, Commscope
    Moderator: Andy Lawrence, Research Vice President - Data Center Technologies, 451 Research
    14:15 – 14:45

    Digital Transformation: Powered by Cloud

    William Fellows, Founder & Research Vice President, 451 Research
    14:45 – 15:30

    Coffee & Networking

    15:30 – 16:15

    Panel: Data Center Strategies in an Age of Disruption

    Ahmed M Alhammadi, Director - Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat
    Jaiwanth Kumar, Senior IT Program Manager, Roads and Transport Authority Dubai
    Benjamin Anthony, Managing Director, Gulf Data Hub
    Moderator: Philip Collerton, Managing Director EMEA, Uptime Institute
    16:15 – 16:45

    Common Pitfalls in Data Center Operations

    Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute
    16:45 – 17:30

    Panel: Implementing change in your organization

    Philip Collerton, Managing Director EMEA, Uptime Institute
    Andy Lawrence, Research Vice President - Data Center Technologies, 451 Research
    Hassan Al-Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer, Khazna
    David Smart, Accredited Programme Director
    Moderator: Julian Kudritzki, Chief Operating Officer, Uptime Institute
    17:30 – 18:30

    Networking Reception