About Business Resiliency Virtual Boardroom?

If the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have taught us anything, it is that resilience comes in many forms – and is all too often in short supply. But it can be built into a company’s strategy and can enable businesses to thrive in adversity.

As companies emptied buildings and facilities while the March 2020 lockdown took effect, hastily cobbled-together remote working plans resulted in ad hoc decisions taken on the fly as organisations struggled to come to terms with the many practical headaches they faced, both technological and human.

Lurking in the background were unforeseen dangers, including security vulnerabilities, along with instabilities caused by the rapid shift to new and untested technologies. The ability of companies to navigate these challenges has never been under greater stress and building resilience has become a key concern.

With the right technology in place, a distributed workforce can be more resilient, effective, and diverse. It is therefore imperative for organisations that want to survive in this new normal to evolve and adapt to new technologies and solutions that can help them empower workers to be productive anywhere, optimize each unique worker experience for performance, cost, and security, and extend enterprise-class operations to the home.

To discuss this and more, the Business Resiliency Virtual Boardroom will bring together senior IT and digital transformation decision makers and leaders from Government services, Education, Healthcare and Retail sectors in the UAE to discuss some of these challenges and learn latest best practices and innovative solutions on how they built a resilient business.

Benefits of Attending

  • Engage in conversation with other key business leaders on their business continuity and resiliency journey and find out how to empower your workforce to be productive anywhere.
  • Learn how to optimize each unique worker experience for performance, cost, and security.
  • Discover how to evolve your organisation to a secure and seamless distributed work model while expanding operational consistency across environments.


Time: 11am GST Activity
11:00 – 11:05 Welcome note
11:05 – 11:15 Presentation: Business Resiliency
Shukri Eid, Managing Director – Gulf Region, Cisco Middle East
11:15 – 12:00 Panel Discussion
Ali Abotteen, Digital Transformation and Innovation Leader, Cisco Middle East
12:00 – 12:15 Interactive Q&A Session and Closing remarks


Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul

Chief Executive Officer, Fakeeh University Hospital

Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul, MD is the Chief Executive Officer of Fakeeh University Hospital in Dubai, UAE. With a track record of successful delivery of large-scale projects, he is responsible for leading one of the largest private hospitals in UAE. He spearheaded the development of Fakeeh University Hospital in 2017, managing the USD 500 M project development, commissioning, hiring, implementing market strategies to deliver on the teaching hospital’s mission to provide medical excellence and champion outstanding research within the UAE.

Ali Nimer

Executive Director Digital and Technology, Digital and Technology Department

With 20 years of experience in the Digital and Technology field. Ali is currently the Executive Director of Digital and Technology at Miral; responsible for leading digital transformation and innovation initiatives across the group. His career includes leadership roles in various multinational companies, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), Regional Government Director at Microsoft, CIO at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Head of IT for the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR) and served a number of roles at Mubadala Development Company.

Dave O’Brien

Global Head of Digital Platforms & Service Management, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Dave has over 34 great years in the Banking sector with many spent at HSBC. He is currently the Global Head of Digital Platforms & Service Management, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) where he currently lead teams with Vision, Strategy & Execution responsibilities in the following keys areas

Shukri Eid

Managing Director – Gulf Region, Cisco Middle East

Shukri Eid is Managing Director – Gulf Region, at Cisco Middle East. In his current role, Shukri heads Cisco’s business and operations across Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, UAE and Yemen. With a key focus on digitization and the Internet of Things, Shukri is helping drive Cisco’s digital agenda, competitive positioning and business strategy across the markets he oversees.

A Cisco veteran of 13 years, Shukri’s responsibilities include driving Cisco’s strategy across his markets to ensure execution on business objectives, in addition to forging close relationships with governments, customers and channel ecosystem partners. He is valued for building results-oriented and enthusiastic teams and as a hands-on client and partner executive. Shukri has established himself as a thought leader and agent of change in fast-evolving, dynamic markets, and is known for his deliberate, strategic approach to complex challenges, his authenticity and his people management skills.

Ali Abotteen

Digital Transformation and Innovation Leader, Cisco Middle East

Ali is a visionary business and technology strategist with experience in implementing innovative digital solutions and business models spanning multiple sectors. With an approach cantered around the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, Ali has delivered complex business transformation programs involving people, process, data and technology for for large organizations in the public and private sectors.

Ali is currently the Digital Transformation & Innovation leader at Cisco, Middle East. He started his career as a software engineer moving onto management consultancy where he worked with a number of international consultancy firms including PwC, E&Y, and IBM (GBS).

Who Will Attend Business Resiliency Virtual Boardroom?

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Vice President
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Head of Digital innovation and transformation

About Checkpoint

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware, and other types of attacks. Check Point offers a multilevel security architecture that defends enterprises’ cloud, network and mobile device held information, plus the most comprehensive and intuitive one point of control security management system. Check Point protects over 100,000 organizations of all sizes. For more information, please visit www.checkpoint.com


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