ICITSEM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Seifedine Kadry is a professor of computing and department head at the American University of the Middle East, KUWAIT.
He is a senior member of IEEE and senior member of IIE. He is the editor in chief of three international journals. He publish several books in reliability and system prognostic mainly in IGI and Springer publishers. He published more than 100 scientific papers referred in internationl journal and conferences.
Dr. Betsy Stevens is an associate professor in the College of Business at Zayed University, UAE. Prior to that she taught at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, San Jose State and Elon University in the United States. Her academic interests are in business ethics and management communication. An active researcher, she has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Communication, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, the FIU Hospitality Review, Business Communication Quarterly, and the Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies.
She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati and her Ph.D from Wayne State University. Dr. Stevens created study abroad courses in New Zealand and Vietnam for Elon University. As a Fulbright Scholar she taught university classes at Tomsk State University in Russia and has been on the faculty of the Australian International Hotel School in Canberra.
Mr.K. K. Aithal is a Management Consultant who handholds Clients to transform their businesses into a strategy focused organization & aligned to business. This would improve their business performance. He is currently working in the ALFA Group Dubai, as the Advisor.
Aithal does the Consulting work with the Clients in the following areas :
- Re-visit the Business strategy and define Business objectives & goals. Evolve the Key performance Indicators (KPIs) based on this at the business & functional levels, by deploying the Balanced Score Card approach.
- Conduct the diagnostic Study to identify the weakness areas in the business Supply Chain that impede better business performance.
- Suggest and facilitate select solutions to eliminate these weaknesses. The solutions can be Process improvement, ICT / ERP adoption, SCM & Spend management, HR improvement etc., all leading to reduced costs of operation, better resources & Funds utilization, Talent retention etc.
- Once the above is done as required, facilitate deployment of the KPIs evolved above for Target management & performance reviews.
During his professional career, Aithal has worked for large & multinational organizations and Business Groups – earlier in India, US & UK, and now in the UAE for the last 10 years in the above areas of Business Consulting. His Consulting ability primarily comes from his work experience in global Management Consulting Services companies – PriceWaterHouse Coopers (MCS) and IBM (GBS); and also by associating with companies like McKinsey & AT Kearney Studies at the Client site in the UAE. In the recent years, he has worked for the ETA ASCON Group and Saif Al Ghurair Group company as the Management Consultant / Advisor, enabling them to improve business performance significantly.
Aithal did his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering & O.R. from IIT, Kharagpur, is a top Ranker and and has over 4 decades of professional experience.
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Dr.Cosimo Carfagna is a full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Naples “Federico II”. Since 2001 he is Director of the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Technology(ICTP) of C.N.R. From 2008 to 2010 he has been President of Research Area NA3 of C.N.R.
He is member of the International Society of Liquid Crystals, member of the Material Research Society, member of the Academy of Science of New York, member of the Italian Society of Liquid Crystals, member of the Italian Society of Macromolecules, member of Italian Chemical Society, member of the Editorial Board of the review: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials ISSN 0003-5599, member of the Scientific Committee of POLYCHAR, member of the evaluation board of Marie Curie Project , member of the University Committee in the University of Study of Basilicata, member of the Department Council in the Department of Engineering of the Materials and the Production of the University of Napoli, coordinator of the sponsored Project of CNR: Special Materials for Advanced Technologies, responsible for the research projects BRITE-EURAM, responsible for the research projects of CNR, coordinator of didactic activity of AIM, coordinator pro-tempore of Ph.D. in Engineering of Materials, referee of Ministry of Education of Portugal for evaluation of projects in the field of materials science, referee of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Industry of Italian Government for evaluation of research project on polymer technology.
Currently Prof. Carfagna’ research interest are focused on Polymer Chemistry and Technology, Polymer functionalization, Polymer synthesis, liquid crystalline polymers, composites and nanocomposites, functional and smart textiles, recycling and processing of plastics, advanced materials for packaging.
Mr.Kamal Nagpal has more than 20 years of work experience in Telecommunication Industry. He has Master of Business Management from IIMBangalore, India and B. Tech from Jamia Millia Islamia University, India.
His industry experience has been with leading telecom suppliers namely Siemens, Nortel, Cisco and Oracle.
Presently Mr. Kamal is working as Sales Director with Oracle Communications for Middle East and East Africa region.
Mr.Drazen Colnar is a visionary and technology savvy freelance Telecom Consultant, IT Solution Consultant, Mobile Broadband Solution Manager, Unified Communication Expert with career spanning 10 years; 4 years of overseas exposure in Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific and extensive exposure in steering marketing and sale of Telecom product portfolio to Middle East and African Telecom Operators.
During the entire career, worked with varied technology streams in IP related network transformations and have exposure in PSTN, GSM, UMTS Networks, 3GPP, TISPAN, OMA, ITU standards driven technologies and Mobile Broadband services as well as IT driven technologies like Enterprise Architecture, and virtualization solutions.
Three years of experience as Regional Solution Manager for Mobile Broadband, leading business development and managing pre-sales & delivery of regional Voice and IP Transformation (VIPT) portfolio including Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Next Generation Networks (NGN), Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), Voice Call Continuity (VCC) and Voice over IP (VoIP).