Everything Mobile Forum
An exciting and interactive ictQATAR forum on the future of mobile in the Arab world!
Mobile has changed everything and we explored everything mobile!
ictQATAR hosted an interactive forum on the future of mobile in the Arab world, bringing together regional and international thought leaders, industry experts and policy makers – the people driving innovation in mobile!
The forum, Everything Mobile, took place in Doha, Qatar, February 4-5, 2012. Registration is now closed
The forum, Everything Mobile, explored mobile from a business, consumer and regulatory perspective. Specific topics addressed included m-commerce and finance, mobile, culture and mobile, mobile entertainment and games, mobile software and hardware, mobile public services, m-content, location-based services, social media, and of course apps. See below for program and speakers.
Day 1: Saturday, February 4, 2012
10:00 a.m. Welcome
10: 10 a.m. Disruptive Apps
- Kevin Rose, CEO & co-founder, Milk Inc.
11:00 a.m. Panel 1: M-Commerce, moderated by Marwan Marouf Mahmoud, Executive Director, ICT
Industry Development, ictQATAR
- Chris Hutchins, Vice President, Business, Milk Inc.
- Dan Stuart, Managing Director, LivingSocial Middle East
- Rob Jonas, VP & Managing Director, Europe and Middle East, InMobi
- William Hoffman, Head, Telecommunications Industry, World Economic Forum
12:00 p.m. Gamification of Mobile
- Gabe Zickermann, CEO Gamification Co.
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. Mobile for Social Good
- Claire Diaz Ortiz, Social Innovation and Philanthropy, Twitter Inc.
3:15 p.m. (Panels will run in parallel)
Panel 2: Mobile Content and Entertainment, moderated by Brian Wesolowski, Executive Director, Communications, ictQATAR
- Abed Agha, Founder, VineLab
- Badr Ward, CEO, Ertiqa
- Hossam Al Sokari, Head of Audience, Yahoo! Middle East
- Wael Attilli, CEO & co-founder Kharabeesh
Panel 3: Mobile, Media and the Public Sector, moderated by Kholoud Mohammad Al-Ali, Publications Manager, ictQATAR
- Alistair Erskine, MD, Chief of Medical Informatics, Sidra Medical and Research Center
- David Banes, CEO, Mada
- Mohanned Omar Naim, Service Delivery Manager, ictQATAR
- Safdar Mustafa, Head of Mobile Media, Al Jazeera
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Day 2: Sunday, February 5, 2012
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:05 a.m. Mobile: Your 3g Strategy and Beyond
- Tomi Ahonen, Author & former Nokia Executive
10:00 a.m. Smartphone Usage in Qatar
Velislava Metodieva, Research Specialist, ICT Trends & Indicators, ictQATAR
10:15 a.m. Mobile Policy/Regulatory Issues
- Kip Meek, Founder, Communications Chambers & Senior Advisor, Everything Everywhere
11:15 a.m. Panel 4: The Future of Mobile, moderated by: William Hoffman, Head, Telecommunications Industry, World Economic Forum
12:30 p.m. ictQATAR Closing Remarks
12:45 p.m. Lunch
Abed founded Vinelab, a digital entertainment company based in the UAE and serving the MENA region. Vinelab represents several global digital products in the region such as US-based Mobile Roadie and offers consultancy to media companies such as the Belgium-based Massive Media. Vinelab clients include MBC Group, Rotana Media Group, LBC International, EMI, Nokia and others. They have launched multiple video on demand apps for broadcast groups, artist’s apps like Ragheb Alame and Myriam Fares, and a virtual mobile singing competition for Arab Idol, among many others. Prior to Vinelab, Abed experienced 12 years spanning investments, media and telecoms across the US, South East Asia and the GCC.
Dr. Alistair Erskine is a double Board-Certified Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician with a specialization in Health Informatics. He was appointed to the Virginia Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission by Executive Order and was a voting member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and appointed Associate Dean of Medical Informatics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, Dr. Erskine is the Chief of Health Informatics at Sidra Medical and Research Center and chairs the Information System Committee of Qatar’s Academic Health System. He holds double appointments with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
Badr Ward is the CEO of a leading digital and mobile content company. As CEO of Ertiqa – the region’s leading digital and mobile content company – Badr has been at the forefront of the region’s most successful digital and mobile initiatives, leading a regional team across four offices worldwide. He is a regular speaker and contributor to regional and international conferences and publications on mobile, digital, and new media in the Middle East. Badr is one of the most experienced and visionary digital and mobile leaders in the region and has masterminded the award winning “NAGHAMATI” and is currently developing further ground-breaking products and services.
Chris Hutchins runs Business at Milk Inc., an idea lab in San Francisco that recently launched Oink, an app to rate and share the things you love. Prior to that Chris was at SimpleGeo, where he managed Business Development and Content Partnerships. He is also the founder of LaidOffCamp, a movement aimed at helping the unemployed learn new skills during the recession. In a previous life Chris was an investment banker for Allen & Co and a management consultant at Monitor Group. Chris graduated with honors from Colorado State University and lives in San Francisco.
Claire Diaz-Ortiz leads social innovation at Twitter, where she has worked since 2009. She wrote Twitter for Good: Change the World one Tweet at a Time and is a frequent international speaker on social media, leadership, and social change. She is known for developing the TWEET model — a framework to help organizations and individuals best excel on Twitter. Claire holds an MBA and other degrees from Stanford and Oxford, and is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. She also owns Do Well Media, Interwebs Publishing and Saving Money Media. Read more about her at www.ClaireDiazOrtiz.com or via @claired on Twitter.
As Managing Director of LivingSocial in the Middle East, Dan is responsible for the overall strategy, operation, development and expansion of LivingSocial in the Middle East region. He co-founded GoNabit in June 2010, the first group buying website in the Middle East. Prior to this Dan was the Chief Possibility Officer at Bayt.com and also the Director of Intilaq, Bayt's corporate venture capital arm. In his dual role at Bayt.com Dan oversaw strategy, product development, user experience design and new initiatives, as well as strategic and emerging business development both within and outside the scope of Bayt as a job site. He holds a Master’s in Curriculum, Theory and Learning from the University of Toronto in Canada and a degree in English Literature and History.
David has over 20 years’ experience in supporting people with a disability through technology in Europe, Middle East and Africa. With the support of ictQATAR and a team of professionals he worked to establish Mada as a core service and source of knowledge in assistive technologies for people with a disability across the Middle East. This role has included coordinating a series of projects bringing new technologies to disabled people, and integrating this technology with resources and services to ensure effective uptake. David is a regular contributor to conferences and publications and is the author of four books on IT and special needs related subjects.
Gabe Zichermann is the chair of the Gamification Summit where top thought leaders in the industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Zichermann is also an author, highly rated public speaker and entrepreneur whose best-selling book “Gamification by Design” looks at the technical and architectural considerations for designing engagement using games concepts. His previous book “Game-Based Marketing” achieved acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of start-ups and Facilitator for the Founder Institute in Manhattan. For more information about Gabe and gamification, visit the Gamification Blog at http://gamification.co.
Hosam El Sokkari is a media professional with extensive experience in both traditional and new media at an international level. He is the former head of BBC Arabic channel and a well-known TV presenter and moderator who has been honored as one of the 20 individuals shaping the region’s digital-media, broadcast and telecommunications industries by Digital Broadcast Magazine. Under Hosam’s leadership, the Yahoo! Middle East portfolio has grown to include distinguished brands such as BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera and Rotan. Hosam also helped launch Al Jazeera TV channel, where he established and presented one of the channel’s flagship programs. He holds a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.
Kevin Rose is a technology angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Milk Inc., a mobile application development company in San Francisco, US. Previously Kevin was the founder of Digg, and co-founder of Revision3 and Pownce (now Six Apart). Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Digg. He has been featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek and RedHerring. Kevin was named a "Top 25 Angel Investors (#14)" by Bloomberg, "Top 25 Web Celebrities" by Forbes, "Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web" by Time and BusinessWeek magazines, and one of MITs "Top 35 Innovators under 35".
Kip is Chairman of South West Screen, a director of the Radio Centre, a senior advisor to Everything Everywhere (the merger in the UK of Orange and T-Mobile) and a founder of the Communications Chambers, a group of senior experts from the communications industry. He was, until recently, Chairman of YouView (a connected TV joint venture in the UK) and of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (a body set up to advise the UK government on broadband policy) and was previously a board member of Ofcom where he held a variety of responsibilities, including chairing the European Regulators Group.
Mohannad Naim is a pioneer in the field of e-government and became the first project manager of Qatar’s e-government initiative in early 2003. Naim has over 15 years of experience in project management and information technology across the Arab world and the West. As services delivery manager at the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR), he has participated in many projects, including his current role as portal manager of Hukoomi, the national government portal of Qatar. Naim led a team in the redesign and re-development of Hukoomi and the new version is home to hundreds of services. He plays a central role in planning, directing and coordinating for Hukoomi overseeing content management, quality assurance, service delivery and marketing.
Rob joined InMobi in December 2009 as Head of Europe and the Middle East from Google, where he was Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa, with responsibility for some of Google’s largest commercial relationships in the region. Prior to Google, he was part of Yahoo! Europe, having joined through the acquisition of Overture Europe (formerly GoTo.com), which was acquired by Yahoo! in October 2003 for $1.6 billion. Most recently Rob has been elected to the Board of Directors for both the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) where he actively participates in leading advancements and defining policy regulations within the mobile ecosystem. Rob is a graduate of Oxford University in the UK and started his career in systems engineering and consulting at IBM Global Services in Europe and the U.S.
Safdar Mustafa is based in Doha, Qatar where he spearheads Al Jazeera’s Mobile Media strategy. In this role he is responsible for utilising mobile media to broaden audience use, distribution and engagement with Al Jazeera content. Part of his role also deals with Al Jazeera's major mobile media initiatives and services such as their mobile websites, applications and widgets for a range of different platforms. He also led a successful trial and subsequent deployment of a Mobile Reporter solution by working together with Al Jazeera’s newsrooms, websites and award winning international reporters. He has presented workshops to Al Jazeera’s reporters and newsrooms staff on the subject of Mobile Field Reporting. Previously he worked in the UK for Ericsson, Lucent Technologies and IBM.
Tomi released his twelfth book in 2011, “The Insider's Guide to Mobile” and is the most published author in the mobile industry. He lectures at Oxford University on mobile, digital and media and has been quoted widely in the press. Tomi runs a boutique consulting firm with clients around the world including industry leaders such as the BBC, BT, China Mobile, CNN, Ericsson, Google, HP, HSBC, IBM, Intel, LG, Motorola, MTV and Nokia. Tomi was head of Nokia's Global Consulting arm and oversaw their 3G Research Centre. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Telecommunications Management and is co-chair of the Forum Oxford. He has an MBA in International Finance from St John's University in NYC and can be found on Twitter @tomiahonen, his blog is communities-dominate.blogs.com.
Wael is an architect by training, an avid blogger, a young entrepreneur, and a passionate storyteller. Wael started working with Arabia.com in 1997 while still a student of Architecture at Jordan University. He later progressed his career in information design, user experience, branding and innovation until he finally started Kharabeesh in 2008. Kharabeesh is now considered one of the fastest growing entertainment networks based on social media that serves Arab internet users around the world. It started as a small storytelling house for the new Arab generation and it was aiming to raise the profile Arab entertainment worldwide. His hobby turned career has resulted in a large profile of productions, recounting stories, stemming from society to reflect its daily realties.
William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum's Telecommunications Industry Group, where he supports a global community of industry partners in addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges. Along with his work related to mobile financial services, areas of focus at the Forum include a cross-industry initiative on personal data and the scaling of mobile health solutions. Additionally William leads the Information and Communications Technology Industry Agenda Council, a community of 19 of the world leaders in ICT. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, William was the Director of Enterprise Marketing at AT&T. With extensive experience in the communications industry, he has a broad background with emerging technologies and strategic planning.
Velislava is part of the research team of ictQATAR and comes with extensive international professional experience in market research and analysis. Her expertise covers telecom and ICT trends, market regulatory issues and economic trajectories and she is familiar with the global, European and Middle Eastern market perspectives and sector development.