February 2022 - Currently
Chief Digital Officer
Kalaam Telecom aims to deliver tailored B2B digital transformation solutions that disrupt the GCC technology sector. The leading Pan-Arab managed solutions provider for digital transformation with over three decades of accumulated experience, Kalaam is the preferred one stop destination for agile and cutting-edge digital solutions, tailored for SME’s, large enterprises, wholesale business segments and government bodies– with sector specialized consultancy and expertise, while also offering global enterprise solutions.
The only ISP with licensed operations in 3 countries; Kuwait, Saudi and Bahrain, as well as one of the three largest independent ISPs in the Middle East in terms of revenue.
May 2020- August 2020
Head of IT & Innovation
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Leading the technology and innovation functions for DFSA. The DFSA is the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the DIFC, a purpose-built financial free zone in Dubai, UAE
June 2016 - April 2020
Partner and Chief Information Officer
Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)
Leading the technology and digital solutions function for Deloitte in the middle east region spanning operations across 16 countries. Participating in market eminence activities in the technology arena. Led the Business Process Technologies practice for the region.
Deloitte & Touche (India)
Service line leader for new technologies in the Indian market. Focused on new lines of advisory business to the market with a portfolio of SMAC, IoT and Digital centric advisory services.
Director & Chief Architect
Led the technology function as Chief Architect for green field telecommunications operations in India. Managing IT strategy, enterprise architecture, PMO, reporting/MIS, external engagements and application development divisions for the organization.
Additionally played multiple roles in large global organizations like Airtel Ltd. and GE Money.
General Management Program
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, USA
GMP is a business leadership program designed to guide you in your transition from an accomplished functional leader to an outstanding general manager with P&L responsibilities.
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, INDIA
Post graduate diploma in business administration (an MBA Equivalent) with a major in Finance and minor in HR.
Masters of Science
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, USA
Major in Computer Science
Thesis: Next generation communication protocol for heterogeneous computing environments
Bachelor of Engineering
BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, INDIA
Major in Production Engineering
Thesis: Integration of ERP, Robotics & JIT for automated manufacturing
Over 100 public presentations delivered in US, India, Middle East and Europe.
Innovation - Dubai Economic Forum
DataCentre Summit - Economic Times
Middle East Communications Forum
Broadband World Forum
World Cloud Computing Congress
Being an ardent propagator of the travel bug enabled me to dabble in digital photography which naturally lend itself rudimentary digital imaging and a collection of photographs through the years.
I prefer to take landscapes and candid portraits - my love for landscapes stems from a focus on stitching multiple high resolution photographs into "pans" and candid portraits helps me connect with the humanity in each of us.
You can see the evolution in skill and eye for detail as I continuously learn to this day. Feel free to head over to my Flickr account to browse...
I've been a motorcyclist for most of my life with memorable rides across parts of US, Europe, India and Middle East. I'm predominantly a solo rider since the experience is akin to meditation for me. Lately, my 11 year old daughter has been a permanent pillion rider and has taken on to the biking culture quite enthusiastically. Her only crib - she prefers the gang rides!
I've been a proud owner of a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500, Honda CBR 1000, Harley Davidson Fatboy Special and my current ride is a Harley Davidson Heritage.
My retired parents are both industry leaders in the manufacturing and education sectors respectively and live with me in Dubai. My wife is also an HBS graduate and after a 18 year stint in the media industry, she is currently involved in an edutech startup and our 11 year daughter is going on 18!