Top Telco Speakers Lined Up for RAG Dubai Conference

If you live in the Middle East and work in telecoms risk management then you should come to RAG Dubai 2022, the next conference of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), which will be held at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre (pictured) on February 15 and 16. The agenda features senior managers working for telcos around the region.

  • Bareah Al Shanqiti will give a keynote presentation that draws upon her experience of creating and leading revenue assurance teams in different companies and countries. Bareah is currently the Revenue Assurance Senior Director at Salam, the Saudi Arabian multiplay operator.
  • Daniel Udochi, Head of Risk Management at du, will join the panel discussion about how to set the priorities for a telco’s enterprise risk management program.
  • The panel on the worldwide status of initiatives to curb the rise of spam and fraud will include Malick Aissi, VP of Business Assurance and Risk at leading international carrier iBasis.
  • Dr. Eman Gawish, a popular contributor at RAG’s previous Middle Eastern conference, will return to RAG to discuss hot topics in telecoms assurance. Eman is a university lecturer and General Manager for Revenue Assurance at Telecom Egypt.
  • The panel on maximizing the value generated from data will include Martyn Jones, Revenue Assurance & Business Intelligence Manager for Virgin Mobile’s Middle East and African region.
  • Farhan Malik, Advisor to the Chief Audit Executive at Omantel, will join a panel discussing ways to manage the complexity of telecoms audits.
  • Ibrahim Dababneh, RAFM Manager at Zain Bahrain, will join Adrian Harris of XINTEC for a joint presentation about the projects they have been working on together.

Other exciting sessions on the agenda include a workshop on the use of blockchain to automatically exchange fraud intelligence between telecoms operators, which will be run by blockchain expert Bogdan Mingela. Bogdan leads the development team at Japanese blockchain developers SORAMITSU and has been heavily involved in delivering the imminent upgrade of the RAG Wangiri Blockchain. The conference will close with a ‘Wise Heads’ panel of veteran experts who will answer any questions put by the audience. RAG will once again use its real-time audience interaction system so attendees can type questions into their smartphones which are then immediately displayed on the big screen for all the panelists and audience to see.

One reason that RAG is returning to the Gulf of Arabia is that we know this region is plagued by inferior events that charge ludicrously expensive prices whilst advertising telco speakers who have no intention of taking part. RAG does things differently, only publicizing speakers after they have said they will come, and only including topics on the agenda when it is known there will be somebody competent to talk about them. Instead of exploiting telcos and the professionals who work for them, RAG is a nonprofit association that never charges telco employees to attend its conferences. RAG’s philosophy is that if we come together as a professional community, then we will thrive as a professional community.

So what are you waiting for? If you work for a telco then you can register for your free seat at RAG Dubai 2022 by clicking here or learn more about the event from the conference webpage.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.