GSMA Unveils Speakers for Mobile 360 Series-Middle East Conference

August 22, 2016


By Dipo Olowookere

The GSMA has announced on Monday the first speakers for its Mobile 360 Series, Middle East conference taking place in Dubai 17-18 October 2016.

The mobile industry-focused event, which is now in its fourth year, brings together representatives from the region’s largest operators and technology companies to debate the key opportunities and challenges facing the industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The first speakers confirmed for the event include: Osman Sultan, CEO, Du; Hatem Dowidar, CEO International Operations, Etisalat; Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA; Lin Yanqing, VP Marketing, Huawei Middle East; David Irvine, CTO, icflix; Anthony Nicalo, VP, Platform, Mobify; Mohsen Malaki, MD & Partner, Synergy Consulting; Ricardo Tavares, CEO, Techpolis and Raffaele Annecchino, President & MD, Southern & Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, Viacom.

Mobile 360 Series–Middle East offers delegates an opportunity to discuss and debate the most pressing issues and industry trends impacting the region.

Over the two-day conference, industry experts and leaders from both developed and emerging markets will offer insights through a series of keynotes, seminars and in-depth panel discussions.

The conference will cover topics including the evolution to 5G, digital payments, identity and privacy, the Internet of Things and Low Power Wide Area networks, mobile media and smart cities, amongst others.

The Call for Papers (CFP) for the Mobile 360–Middle East conference is currently open and submissions will be accepted through 23:59 GMT Thursday, 25 August.

More information on the conference, including the agenda and CFP, is available at Further speakers and event details will be announced in the coming months.

“The Middle East and North Africa is an incredibly diverse region, with varying levels of mobile market maturity, but it is clear that investment in mobile networks is having a transformative effect in many countries, reflected by growth in subscribers and the increased adoption of smartphones and new mobile services, as well as a rise in the number of innovative start-ups,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

“We look forward to welcoming delegates to this year’s show to discuss how truly innovative mobile-connected products and services are positively changing the lives of millions of people from across the region.”

Mobile 360 – Middle East will be co-located once more with GITEX at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This year, the event will be held in a new location at Gulfcomms in Za’abeel Hall 6 within the Dubai World Trade Centre. Industry leaders supporting the event include Etisalat (Host Sponsor), STC (Platinum Sponsor) and Huawei (Global Industry Supporter).

The 2016 GSMA Mobile 360 – Middle East is the fifth in a series of seven industry-focused events held in major cities across the world. Registration for Mobile 360 – Middle East is now open and attendees can visit to register.

For further information on Mobile 360 – Middle East, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – Middle East (#m360ME) on Twitter @GSMA, on Facebook and LinkedIn on

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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