Join us at Cloudera Sessions as like-minded data innovators from around Dubai come together for a comprehensive day of exploring the different stages of the data journey.

Whether you are trying to increase operational efficiencies, discover and automate analytics, or transform your industry through unique data applications, we will walk you through our first hand experience of helping organisations build a modern architecture in order to make analytics pervasive across their organisation.

Cloudera Sessions 2016
Dubai | 1st November 2016

Sofitel Palm
East Crescent Rd Palm Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates



8:30AM - Breakfast in the partner pavilion

9:00AM - Keynote: Big Value with Big Data

Data is transforming industries and creating massive value for businesses. It can help us better understand our world, build innovative products and services, and manage operational risk and compliance. Taking advantage of these opportunities, including the internet of things, requires a modern approach to working with data, and success takes more than just applying new technologies like Apache Hadoop. Join us to learn how to get started on your journey to a data strategy.

Amr Awadallah, Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera Inc

10:00AM - Customer Case - Emirates

Martin Hammer - Big Data Architect, Emirates

10:30AM - Advanced Analytics: Innovation Lab, A great answer to Big Data Question

Yigit Karabag - Information Management & Analytics Practice, SAS

10:50AM - Demonstration Cybersecurity - Securonix

John Handelaar - EMEA VP,  Securonix

11:00AM - Coffee Break

11:30AM - Customer Presentation - BT: BT's 5 year Big Data Journey

Phill Radley - Chief Data Officer, BT

12:00PM - Presentation - Smart Cities

Abdulla Al Zaffin - IT Director, Dubai Municipality

12:30PM - Microsoft Presentation: Enabling the right tools for your solutions

This session will ably demonstrate how a collaboration of tools from Cloudera and Microsoft can quickly enable IoT scenarios to bring rapid insight

Kevin Ashby - Application Platform Product Manager

12:45PM - Lunch

2:00PM - Breakouts

Hadoop and Spark Essentials

New to Hadoop and Spark or still need to sharpen your understanding? Trying to figure out what Sqoop, Flume or Hive are and what they can be used for? If so, you're not alone. Hands on Hadoop and Spark is the ultimate guide to help you take your understanding to the next level. Join Cloudera as we take you through the origins of Hadoop, discuss existing and new projects, what they are used for, and how you can apply Hadoop and Spark to modernize your data architecture.

Tariq Salameh - Sales Engineer, Cloudera


Apache Hadoop Meets Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become the topic of conversation for organizations across every industry as attack surfaces have expanded with the digital, social, and mobile world. As it becomes more difficult to protect organizations, professionals are turning to new technologies in order to avoid massive reputational, monetary, and intellectual property losses. In recent years a convergence of factors have occurred that is putting Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark at the forefront of the cybersecurity arms race.

Chris Darvill - Director Sales Engineering, Cloudera

John Handelaar - EMEA VP, Securonix


Driving a True Customer 360 with Apache Hadoop

Organizations spanning all industries are in pursuit of Customer 360, which aims to integrate and enrich customer information across multiple channels, systems, devices and products in order to improve the interaction experience and maximize the value delivered. With an Enterprise Data Hub, powered by Apache Hadoop, organizations can effectively stitch together a true 360-degree view of their customer base that goes beyond the traditional segmentation attributes in order to deliver personalized offerings, improve marketing effectiveness and drive down churn.

Ammar Fayoumi - Sales Engineer, Cloudera

Victor Coustenoble - Sales Engineer, Trifacta

4:00PM - Reception & Networking


  • Amr Awadallah, Ph.D.

    Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera

    Before co-founding Cloudera in 2008, Amr (@awadallah) was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners. Prior to joining Accel he served as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo!, and ran one of the very first organizations to use Hadoop for data analysis and business intelligence. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in July of 2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Yigit Karabag

    Information Management & Analytics Practice Manager, SAS

  • James Kinley

    Principal Solutions Architect, Cloudera

  • Phill Radley

    Chief Data Officer, BT

    Phill Radley is a Physics Graduate with an MBA who has worked in IT and communications industry for 30 years , mostly with British Telecommunications plc. He is Chief Data Officer (acting) for BT at their Adastral Park campus in the UK.

  • Cristina Roa

    VP Global Strategic Initiatives - SNYPR

    Cristina Roa has been with Securonix since 2012. Her current role is VP Global Strategic Initiatives at Securonix and she is responsible for driving our Big Data Security Analytics adoption across the globe working with customers and partners and internally with Product Development, Marketing and Sales. In her previous role at Securonix, Cristina was VP of Eastern North America, EMEA and APJ and helped grow the company from its initial revenues to market dominance in the UEBA (User and Entity Behavior Analytics) space. Prior to Securonix, Cristina held sales and sales leadership positions at SailPoint (Identity and Access Management), Credent (EndPoint Encryption – bought by Dell), Mercury Interactive (IT Governance and Performance Testing – bought by HP), BEA (Web Infrastructure – bought by Oracle), Bowstreet (Web Services Application Development – bought by IBM), Tivoli (Enterprise Systems Management – bought by IBM), Sun Microsystems (Unix Systems – bought by Oracle) and NCR (Unix Systems).

  • Martin Hammer

    Big Data Architect

  • Kevin Ashby

    Application Platform Product Manager, Microsoft

  • Chris Darvill

    Director Sales Engineering EMEA, Cloudera

    Chris is the Director of Sales Engineering for Cloudera in EMEA. In this role Chris manages a team of of Sales Engineers who work with Cloudera's customers to help them understand how the Cloudera platform can help them address their business challenges and add value to their organisations. Chris is an experienced Sales leader with over 18 years’ experience working in the software sales industry, with the last 15 years spent in the Sales and Presales function. Prior to joining Cloudera Chris held a number of Presales management roles at companies such as SAP, Business Objects and Experian. He graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Computer Science.

  • Johan Handelaar


  • Abdulla Al Zaffin

    IT Director
    Dubai Municipality


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