Middle East Tech Summit

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

About

Join us at The Address, Dubai Mall hotel for DLA Piper’s fourth edition of the Middle East Tech Summit bringing together business leaders from the Middle East tech industry. The summit programme will cover some of the key issues impacting companies in the context of emerging technology, innovation and the pursuit of growth.

Hear from thought provoking speakers in the Tech industry on topics such as artificial intelligence, Web3, the metaverse, Tech M&A and the Start-Up Community. Which transformational technologies and potential liabilities are impacting businesses in the Middle East? Gain insight into the future of Tech, regulatory changes in the Middle East (and beyond), and best practices to move your business to the next level.

Be prepared to be inspired, astounded and educated on some of the hottest topics in Tech and how evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.

An unmissable event for anyone in Tech.

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2023 Speakers

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Additional speakers will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

Equity Group Investments

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Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.

He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.

Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.

2023 Programme

8:30am
Arrival and registration
9:00am
Welcome and introduction
Paul Allen
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Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Partner

DLA Piper

9:10am
Opening keynote presentation
9:40am
Opening plenary panel session: Pathways to growth
Moderator: Mark O’Conor
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What are the latest themes and innovations set to impact the Technology sector in 2023? This panel will reflect on the key findings of DLA Piper’s latest Technology Index report; our study that explores the perceptions and attitudes of technology growth. Yet again the report has generated some fascinating insights, shedding light on general trends which we will explore through the lens of businesses in Middle East. We’ll discuss current important innovations, emerging regulation and geopolitical issues in areas such as AI, fintech digital evolution, and more.

Moderator
Mark O’Conor

Mark O’Conor

Global Co-Chair, Technology Sector

DLA Piper

10:20am
Flash Talk: Where will Tech take us?
Jana Blount
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Jana Blount

Jana Blount

Change Maker

DLA Piper

10:35am
Networking break and refreshments
10:50am - 12:00pm
Breakout sessions (join one of our two rooms)
Room 1
Tech M&A panel
Moderator: Will Seivewright
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Will  Seivewright

Will Seivewright

Partner

DLA Piper

Room 2
Digital transformation panel
Moderator: Rami Zayat
Anthony Day
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Rami Zayat

Rami Zayat

Legal Director

DLA Piper

Speakers
Anthony Day

Anthony Day

Partner

DLA Piper

Corporate Venture Capital panel
Moderator: Leo Batalov
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Leo Batalov

Leo Batalov

Global Co-Head of Emerging Growth and Venture Capital

DLA Piper

Digital economy and future regulations panel
Moderator: Jamie Ryder
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Jamie Ryder

Jamie Ryder

Partner

DLA Piper

12:00pm
Networking break and refreshments
12:15pm
Legal flash talk: Man vs Machine
Paul Allen and Mark O’Conor
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What is AI and what is the impact on your business? Which legal liabilities are you facing? Our speakers will share thoughts on AI regulations and its impact on industries around the world.  

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Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Partner

DLA Piper

Mark O’Conor

Mark O’Conor

Global Co-Chair, Technology Sector

DLA Piper

12:25pm
Closing plenary with keynote speaker: Metaverse/Web 3.0 - From hype to reality
12:55pm
Closing remarks
Paul Allen
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Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Partner

DLA Piper

1:10pm - 2:00pm
Informal networking lunch

What past delegates say

"A truly professional, high-class event"