AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Sreeram Visvanathan

Global Managing Director, Government


Sreeram is the Global Managing Director for Government at IBM.

The Government Industry is at the cusp of fundamental reinvention, driven by societal and socio-economic forcing functions. Complex geopolitical threats, evolving demographics, increasing urbanisation, the changing climate, an increasingly disruptive business environment, economic fragility and constantly evolving citizen expectations are driving Governments to rethink their priorities.

Sreeram and his team cover all of IBM’s activities across Federal, State, Local Governments and Defence industries across the world. Sreeram is responsible for the development of IBM’s Government Industry strategy and for creating the right levels of thought leadership, cognitive solutions, IBM and ecosystem offerings that serve the needs of our Clients in this industry. IBM has an established track record of delivering essential technology, systems and processes across all aspects of Government – Defence & Intelligence, Public Safety, City Operations, Social Services, Tax & Revenue Management and Citizen Engagement. In each of these segments, Sreeram and his team help our Clients with their existing process and IT operations and help these Clients transform their internal and Citizen/Business centric operations by leveraging digital, Cloud and cognitive technologies and processes.

Prior to his focus on the Public Sector, Sreeram was the Managing Partner of IBMs Global Business Services across Middle East and Africa (MEA). The MEA region comprises 70 countries where IBM is focused on rapid expansion and presence in multiple industries. As the Managing Partner of the business, Sreeram set up IBM’s business consulting and systems integration capabilities across the region and established IBM as a significant consulting services provider in the region.

At a personal level, Sreeram has a strong mix of technology and business skills. He is passionate about challenging the status quo, leveraging innovation and modern technologies to fundamentally transform industries. He has a passion for talent and culture, changing the way teams work to be more agile, to leverage all of IBM’s internal capabilities and skills to better serve the needs of our Clients.

Sreeram is a member of our global Industry leadership board, our GBS Leadership board and has served as a member of the IBM Strategy team.

Sreeram joined IBM through the PwC Consulting acquisition. He has worked in the Consulting profession since 1999. Prior to joining PwC Consulting, he worked in IT Management roles across multiple Industries, especially in heavy/manufacturing industries.

Sreeram has an MBA from the University of Bradford, UK, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology from Kingston University, UK.

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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