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GSMA Announces First Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – Middle East and North Africa

 Mobile-Focused Event Brings Industry Leaders Together to Debate Key Issues in Region 

LONDON-Wednesday, September 6th 2017 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The GSMA today announced the first speakers for its Mobile 360 Series – Middle East and North Africa (MENA) conference taking place 9-10 October in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The two-day event, which is now in its fifth year, will bring together senior-level delegates from across the region to debate and discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing the mobile industry. The programme includes topics such as the Internet of Things, 5G, digital identity, artificial intelligence and more.

“Through long-term investment, mobile technology is radically transforming the lives of businesses and citizens across this diverse region and having a significant economic and social impact,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “This year’s Mobile 360 – MENA event has an amazing line-up of high-profile speakers who will address the key issues shaping mobile in the region, now and in the immediate future. We look forward to welcoming attendees to this year’s show.”

The first speakers confirmed for the event include:

    Ulugbek Yuldashev, Founder,
    Daddy Mukadi, Chief Regulatory Officer, Bharti Airtel Africa
    Faisal Al Bannai, Founder and CEO, DarkMatter
    Osman Sultan, CEO, Du
    Matias Silanpaa, EMEA Director of Growth and Operator Partnerships, Facebook
    Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
    Nasser Kettani, CTO Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
    Dr. Atef Helmy, Senior Advisor, Board of Directors, Orange Middle East and Africa
    Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, CEO and MD, STV
    Nazar Arabi, CSO, Sudatel Group
    Firat Yaman Er, CSO, Turk Telekom
    Ziad Shatara, CEO, Umniah
    Mikkel Vinter, Founder and CEO, Virgin Mobile Middle East
    Fadi Ghandour, Chairman, Wamda Group
    Diana Baddar, Head of Partnerships MENA and Turkey, YouTube
    Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Operations, Zain Group

Mobile 360 – MENA includes a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and in-depth case studies aimed at senior-level decision makers across the region. The event, which regularly attracts senior-level leaders from mobile network operators, network infrastructure vendors, governments and regulatory bodies, and content providers, provides delegates the opportunity to hear insights from senior leaders across the industry. This year’s agenda includes perspectives from across the ecosystem, with sessions such as ‘Smart Cities and Connected Cars,’ ‘The Case for Dynamic Governance and Regulatory Modernisation’ and ‘Financial Inclusion and E-Commerce’. This year, the event also includes a dedicated session on North Africa and a new Start-ups Showcase.

Mobile 360 – MENA will be co-located once more with GITEX at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai. The event will be held in the new Za'abeel Hall 6, close to Gulfcomms, within the Dubai World Trade Centre. Industry leaders supporting the event include Etisalat (Host Sponsor), Bank of Khartoum (Gold Sponsor), Huawei (Global Industry Supporter Sponsor), Global Certification Forum (Showcase Sponsor) and Mobile Arts (Supporting Sponsor).

For further information on Mobile 360 – MENA, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – MENA (#M360MENA) on Twitter @GSMA, on Facebook and LinkedIn on Download the event app for further information:


About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.


For the GSMA
Asad Abbasi
+971 52 861 4230
GSMA Press Office

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