Founder & CEO DUC International Consulting & Board Advisor & Smart City Expert,Skillz ME & Senior Advisor Locus Chain Foundation Singapore
An accomplished Business Management and Technology Executive with an extensive experience in both private and public sector with successful track record in building, transforming and leading result oriented professional organization, leading complex programs & business change initiatives with full P&L responsibility. Held Executive level positions with major Blue-Chip & Fortune 500 Technology Corporations.
Dr Usman has been at the forefront of many of the region’s (MENA) multi millions $ IT projects and extensively recognized for his expertise in the areas of eGovernment, e - services, ERP, process automation, specialized training initiatives and Strategic IT Planning.
An integrity driven personality and performance-driven executive with proven success in developing e¬ective and pro table partnerships with business stakeholders in risk adverse environments, strong communication skills with a reputation for being a detail oriented, and creative solutions provider focused on doing the right thing, the right way.
As an Organized Strategist and Entrepreneurial team player, he has provided strategic leadership to fully own and manage Life Cycle of Business Management, introduced innovative solutions to global marketing, and improved contract/proposal management processes. It produced breakthrough results in technology growth, business pipeline, exponential increase in revenue, and great market rapport.
Dr Usman has participated actively in several regional and International conferences / workshops and exhibitions as a keynote speaker to talk about various topics, such as Leadership, Marketing, Corporate Branding, Image Building, eGovernment Barriers, Change Management, Business Process Management, Public Private Partnership, Social Media, Strategic Planning, and Communication/Presentation Skills.
Apart from serving Large Enterprises and Public Sector, Dr Usman has several years of experience in the education sector as a consultant and professor with renowned Universities and Corporate Training Centers Globally.
Dr Usman has received several awards in the past few years for his outstanding performance and delivering Complex projects both in public and private sectors.
Co-founder & Executive Director,Sustain Leadership
Hanane Benkhallouk is a Moroccan American senior consultant with a broad scope of expertise, with 18+ years of professional experience holding senior managerial positions in Fortune 500 companies, government and non-profit organizations.
In Dubai since 2005 coming from New York where, she graduated with an MBA in marketing and finance with distinction.
Hanane has been actively involved in human capital development, leadership and entrepreneurship development since her university days, with a focus on women advancement that she is passionate about, but her experience was cultivated further when she was in charge of the entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the Arab World at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum foundation in Dubai.
Currently, she is Co-founder & Executive Director of Sustain Leadership, a consultancy specialised in Diversity & Inclusion, leadership development and transformational change.
She is also the co-founder of the first Lean in circle in the GCC, as well as a founding mentor of the Link, a women mentoring initiative in Dubai and the founding VP of the first Soroptimist international chapter in the GCC, Soroptimist international is a global organization dedicated to supporting women and girls across the globe. She is also the strategic partner of challenge to change, a swiss non for profit organization dedicated to women mental wellness and development, Hanane has been nominated lately by the Executive women magazine to be their ambassador for their expansion to a full platform to advance women careers and well being, and she is a consultant to Arab Women Pioneering network
Outside of her private consulting work, Hanane Benkhallouk speaks often at regional conferences and writes as a columnist in Harvard Business Review Arabic, and SME advisor magazine. She also sits on the advisory boards of a number of various SMEs and NGOs, and is well-known as a thought leader, an advocate for transformational leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship development, female advancement, and community engagement. Hanane has contributed to regional and global conferences and forums, such as the Women in Leadership Forum, E7 Summit in the UAE as well as the Lean in regional lead conference in Silicon Valley in the US.
Hanane Benkhallouk received the Saphira (good image ambassador) award by the Moroccan government in 2016.
She was also among the recognized contributors , to the Emirates Foundation for youth development, in the presence of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, minister of foreign affairs of the UAE
In 2017 she was recognized by the Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid of Ajman for being part of the Pan GCC Leadership program.
In March 2018, Hanane received Woibex’s Excellence Award for Women Leaders in the Middle East, and in August2018 she received the Woman in Leadership of the year at the Alleem business congress at Sharjah Chamber of commerce.
Her profile was featured on the World Bank blog series Profiles of the Diaspora. The blog series is related to the World Bank’s Mobilizing the Middle East and North Africa Diaspora for Economic Integration and Entrepreneurship report.
Hanane aspires to contribute to the MENA region’s move towards an innovation and knowledge based economy.
Managing Director ,FP Global Developments
Group General Manager - Human Resources Al Shirawi Group of Companies - UAE, Qatar, Oman & Kuwait,
Dr. Zakir is a seasoned Human Resource professional having 18+ years of experience in Strategic HR Operations. His work span has been in all the gamut of Human Resource function and have been involved in senior level decision making, both day to day management & strategic direction of the organization with respect to People Management.
Dr. Zakir Malik is a well-established speaker & panelist in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, India and has delivered on various platforms such as Work 2.0, MENA HR Summit, ARAB Future Cities Summit, Wellbeing at Work etc.
He has conducted various workshop and trainings on varied topics & subjects such as Building Culture of Excellence, Employee Engagement, Manager to Leaders, Happiness & Positivity, and Futuristic Leadership etc.
Senior Client Partner,Korn Ferry
Sushant Upadhyay is a Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people and organisational advisory firm.
Sushant has worked in the area of HR advisory on issues of Workforce development, HR transformation, Leadership development, Talent management and Employee engagement for last 14 years. Prior to which he worked in the areas of process improvement, technology and engineering design. Sushant has lived and worked in Middle East, China, Hong Kong, India and Russia in his career and has advised companies and governments HR and workforce matters.
Sushant’s passion is in helping create workforce and HR practices that keep pace with business and employee expectations. He has been involved in several projects with government bodies across Asia and Middle East & North Africa on helping create a more employable workforce that better meets industry needs. Amongst his other responsibilities Sushant also Leads Korn Ferry Hay Group’s ICT (Information Communication & Technology) industry group in the Middle East & Africa region.
Sushant is an Engineer and holds an MBA in International Business.
Founder / HR Revolution Middle East,
Consulting Psychologist / Executive Coach,
Consultant of Excellence and Institutional Development,
Provost/Vice President For Academic Affairs,
Senior Vice President & Head of Centre of Excellence Division,Union National Bank – Head Office
Organizational Behavior|Learning & Capability Development Scholar&Educator,
ICT Expert, DC Cloud Practice Leader Data Center Solutions,Huawei
A seasoned cloud, managed services & security professional focused on business value; Jorge brings experience, creativity, structure and innovation to the solutions he architects ICT infrastructure.
With over 30 years of ICT experience, covering, C level on Cloud Computing, Managed Services, managed security services, business continuity, and disaster recovery as well as governance, risk management, compliance, auditing, certification. Served sectors include oil & gas, banking, financial, telecom, government, defence, healthcare, and education.
Created the process A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards & industry best practices.
Chief Technology Officer / Strategic Alliances ,SKILLZ Middle East FZ LLC
Dieter Hovorka is a creative Marketing and Solution Consultant with over +20 years industry experience working for multi international organizations to develop whole enterprise IT strategy, business process optimization, engineering projects and customer communication solutions with integration into digital and social media marketing initiatives.
Starting his carrier as a software developer in the gambling industry he quickly developed his business skills to succeed in fast growing markets by delivering business goal driven solutions which go beyond technology. Innovation and creativity allowed him to develop his knowledge across many markets, economies and technologies and in following companies into logistics, retail, manufacturing, services and multi lingual back office solutions.
As a senior Dieter was working over five years as the Global Information Technology Officer for Artesyn Technologies Inc., an U.S. based electronic manufacture across four continents implementing communication and information technology infrastructure projects, driving global initiatives for knowledge management and information centric solutions like ERP, CRM, IMMS and MRP. During his engagement he had to ability to develop creative solutions for complete new manufacturing standards and data exchange between manufacture, supplier and customer. He was driving also the implementation of ISO9000 and many government safety standards special in the Asian operations.
After he was holding multiply management positions, as CEO, Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, Quality & Product Manager, in a couple of start-up companies across Europe, which developed a complete web based business process management suite, a content transformation solution, a web based marketing solution, a multi-channel output management solution. During this period he was invited in as guest speaker in many forums across Europe and North America to share his experience and knowledge.
Dieter was establishing the Adobe Systems regional sales in Austria as Technical Pre-Sales Lead where he quickly contributed in many innovations for the product management for Adobe’s enterprise solutions, reforming the digital signature initiative and mobile initiative.
Three years later Dieter moved for Adobe to the Middle East as Technical Manager, building Enterprise Solution sales and partner network and helping deployment of electronic forms solutions, web experience management, customer experience management and content centric solutions for eGoverment and commercial sector companies across the GCC.
Recently Dieter launched a digital agency Skillz Middle East in Dubai, developing the transformation of knowledge management across information channels including social networks and building for company’s digital and social marketing strategies across Middle East and Africa.
In his free time Dieter is passionate into scuba diving, beach sports, traveling and enjoying good food and cigars.
Dieter graduated from the Higher Technical Institute in Moedling Austria in communication technologies.