London: The GSMA today announced the addition of several executive-level speakers for the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference programme from organisations including Avea, Du, Mobily, Ooredoo Group and Zain Group amongst many others. Mobile 360-Middle East will take place on the 13-14 October in Dubai and will be co-located for a second year with GITEX at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Attendees of the Mobile-360 Middle East event will also have access to GITEX.

New speakers confirmed to speak at the Mobile 360-Middle East event include:

  • Erkan Akdemir, CEO, Avea
  • Osman Sultan, CEO, Du
  • Jarmo Eskelinen, CEO, Forum Virium
  • François Rancy, Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
  • Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, Business & Data Intelligence, Mobily
  • Cynthia Gordon, Chief Commercial Officer, Ooredoo Group
  • Alexander Rusli, CEO and President Director, PT Indosat
  • Zarrar Khan, CTO, Viva Kuwait
  • Scott Gegenheimer, CEO, Zain Group

These leaders join previously announced speakers including:

  • Ger Baron, CTO, City of Amsterdam
  • H.E. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
  • Ahmad Julfar, Group CEO, Etisalat
  • Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA
  • Michael Kogeler, COO and CMO, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
  • Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Sugair, Chairman and MD, STC
  • Hatem Dowidar, Regional CEO, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia region and Chairman, Vodafone Egypt
  • H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim Director-General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), United Arab Emirates

“In two weeks’ time Dubai will host the Mobile 360 Series-Middle East conference, bringing together key stakeholders from across the region to discuss and debate the key issues, opportunities and challenges the mobile industry faces today,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights and perspectives on a range of mobile related topics and we would encourage anyone with an interest in the mobile industry from across the Middle East and North Africa to attend this event.”

Mobile 360 Series-Middle East will include a series of keynotes presentations from some of the biggest companies in the telecommunications industry, as well as interactive panel sessions and networking events that will address some of the most pressing topics in the mobile industry today. The full conference agenda is available at

The GSMA Showcase Networking Breakfast
Mobile 360-Middle East will also include a networking breakfast session showcasing the work of the GSMA and its partners, including innovative and interactive demonstrations of mobile technology solutions including:

  • A demonstration of how the GSMA Embedded SIM will impact the future of the connected car;
  • A native IP-based communication experience demonstrating VoLTE calls, video-based calling and Rich Communication Services (RCS) hosted by D2 Technologies and NewNet;
  • A SIM-based NFC API solution provided by Orange that turns your smartphone into a shopping assistant and demonstrates the future of digital commerce; and
  • A demonstration of Mobile Connect – simple consumer authentication using a mobile phone.

Mobile 360 Series
The GSMA’s Mobile 360 Series-Middle-East is the second in a series of four regional industry-focused events held in major cities across the world. For information on the Mobile 360 Series, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit Follow developments on Mobile 360 Series-Middle East on Twitter (@GSMA #MOBILE360) and Facebook (


About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

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