IGF 2017 WS #50
"Data is the New Oil": Shaping the Digital Economy of MENA

Short Title
"Data is the New Oil": Shaping the Digital Economy of MENA
Proposer's Name: Mr. Ali AlMeshal

Proposer's Organization: Bahrain ISOC

Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Satish Babu

Co-Proposer's Organization: ISOC-TRV


Ms.,Lianna,Galstyan,Technical Community, .AM Registry, Armenia Ms.,Sarah, Kiden,Academia, Uganda University Ms.,Maritza,Minan, Civil society, AUI PERU

Additional Speakers

Hanane Boujemi ,[email protected][email protected] 


Hanane Boujemi is Project Manager of Hivos’ Internet Governance Programme—MENA Region (IGMENA). She has a master's degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Malta and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies—University of London. She previously worked as a consultant with UNESCWA as she contributed to defining the policy challenges and prospects of IG in the Arab region. She also participated in designing the Internet Governance Roadmap which maps the Internet Governance issues specific to the region. Ms Boujemi worked as a senior policy analyst with the International Communication Union (ITU) and she was associated with DiploFoundation as a tutor in the capacity-building program on Internet Governance and as the coordinator of Internet Governance Research Projects. Ms Boujemi is a regular contributor to GISWATCH annual report on Internet Rights and democratization, and she is also a member of the UN's advisory group of the Arab Internet Governance Forum.

Jorge Sebastiao[email protected]


International ICT speaker. Seasoned managed services, cloud computing, cyber security, blockchain, big data, IoT and ICT innovation professional focused on business value; brings experience, creativity, structure, motivation, & agility. Over 30 years of ICT experience, covering, managed services, cyber security, innovation, architecture as well as risk management, compliance, auditing, certification, business continuity, & disaster recovery. Served sectors include Telecom, Oil & Gas, Financial , Government, Defense, HealthCare, & Education. Created the process A6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness & Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards & industry best practices.
He has been the speaker at numerous international conferences with topics including: ICS Security, ICT Security, Business Continuity, ICT Architecture (TOGAF), Wireless Security, Regulatory Compliance, Physical Security, Biometrics and Smart Cards, Ethical Hacking, ISO27001, ISO27002 (ISMS), ISO2000 (ITIL), ISO13335 (Risk Management), ISO22301 (BCMS), CobIT, Basel II, EMV-2, PCI-compliance, SOX, Info warfare, Fraud, Identity Theft, SAP-Security, CISSP, Forensics & Incidence Response.
Jorge is action and results oriented with passion to deliver a results in a collaborative approach.

Mr. Sebastiao also co-authored book "La Face Cachée du Credit".


Khalid Al Rumaihi , [email protected]


H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi was appointed as Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) in March 2015. He was appointed the Chairman of the Bahrain Development Bank in March 2016. H.E. Al Rumaihi currently serves as a Board Director of the National Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority and National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education and Training. He remains a Board Director of the EDB.

His Exellency previously spent more than 10 years at Investcorp as a Managing Director, a member of the Management Committee and Head of the Institutional Placement Team covering Investcorp's clients in the Gulf. Before joining Investcorp, H.E. Al Rumaihi spent 9 years serving at J.P. Morgan as head of the private client group in the Gulf. He Chaired the Board of Bahrain Airport Company and held previous Board positions at Gulf Air and Securities Investment Company (SICO).

He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, specialising in Economic Development, from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Tarek Kamel , [email protected]


Tarek Kamel is an Egyptian expert in global Internet governance issues. Kamel has been involved in global Internet Governance issues and he is well known for his support of the Multistakeholder governance model of the Internet

In August 2012 ICANN appointed Tarek Kamel to serve as a Senior Advisor to its President; and by that he is the first one from the developing countries to take one of the leading roles in ICANN’s senior management. Prior to joining ICANN, he was a board member of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt from April 2011- July 2012.

Kamel served as the Minister of Communication and Information Technology from July 2004 to February 2011, where he was responsible for the reform of the ICT sector and the development of telecom services and the Internet industry in Egypt. Kamel joined the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since its formation in October 1999, where he had been appointed Senior Advisor to the Minister following his pioneering efforts in ICT. He was board member of Telecom Egypt from 2000 to 2004 and a board member of Egypt’s Private Public Technology Development Fund (TDF) to support start-ups and incubators in ICT from 2002 to 2004.


Abdulaziz F. Aljouf , [email protected] 


Abdulaziz Al Jouf is a self-driven and passionate Entrepreneur, who is also the founder and CEO of PayTabs. His love for entrepreneurship and innovation stems from his childhood and university days where his studies mostly focused on technology and eCommerce. In addition to his love of entrepreneurship and innovation, Abdulaziz is committed to giving back to society through mentoring young and budding entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

According to Abdulaziz, the idea of developing a payment gateway came when he realized how difficult it was for MENA SME merchants to get a payment gateway. This in his view hindered the MENA market from reaching its full potential from an online payments and ecommerce perspective, so he proceeded to develop a simple and secure payment platform known today as “PayTabs”. PayTabs was under the wing of Saudi Aramco’s Entrepreneurship Venture “Wa’ed” when it first established after the idea caught the eye of top institutions in KSA. Since then, Abdulaziz and PayTabs gained multiple industry related awards and recognition in renowned magazines such as Entrepreneur and Forbes, and gained exposure in top media outlets such as CNN Arabic, and Sky Arabia.


Ines Hfaiedh , [email protected]


Ines Hfaiedh is a teacher, ICT Implementation in Education Specialist and Internet Policy Analyst with ISOC Tunisia, and IGMENA under Hivos Foundation. She is member of the ICANN community as the Africa Representative in the NCUC Executive Committee and in the MEAC Working Group.

An ICANN, ISOC and AIGF Fellow, she reported sessions from WSIS2016 with the Geneva Internet Platform and Diplo Foundation. She was a Guest Speaker at the 2016 Gobal IGF in Guadalajara, the Fourth Edition of the Arab Internet Governance Forum, the International Symposium on ICTs, the Tunisia TESOL National Conference and a sponsored delegate during the MATE International Conference in Morocco. The European Educational Tool Portal has shared her tool of 'Interactive ICT Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning and selected it for the Internal Tool Fair in Budapest, Hungary.

She compiled ICT-enhanced lesson plans into a pedagogical paper. She holds a CELTA Certificate, a BA in English Literature and a BA in English Language Teaching from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She was the British Council studio guest on National Radio RTCI several times and volunteered as an Editor for the Tunis Times Online Newspapers and Organizing Committee President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Project in AIESEC Tunisia.

Nasrat Khalid , [email protected]

Nasrat is an ICT innovation activist currently working with one of the leading development donors in Afghanistan. He was previously engaged with international NGOs, implementing partners, public sector and has succeeded throughout the startup cycle of an international ICT firm. Nasrat’s work focuses on the economic and social impacts of new technologies and development of ideas on how technology could be used in fragile and developing states such as Afghanistan. He further focuses on the study of modern technologies and it's possible implementation in under-developed, fragile and conflict-affected states.


1. Welcome and Session Objectives: Moderator (5 min)
2. The Digital Economic Future: Domain Expert (10 min)
3. The Middle East Experience in Leveraging the Digital Economy: Domain Expert (10 min)
4. Sharing of experiences (3-5 min x 10 = 40 min)
5. Open Q & A (20 min)
6. Summing up and Conclusions: Moderator (5 min)