Alibaba Cloud hosts first MEA Internet Summit
MEA Internet Summit builds on Alibaba’s existing partnerships with over 30 local vendors
The first ever MEA Internet Summit by Alibaba Cloud has been held, in conjunction with AI and cloud computing services provider Group 42.
Drawing the participation of tech experts and executives from some of the region’s biggest internet companies, the summit took place on the side-lines of the Ghyma Conference 2019. Among the guests were HE Saif Mohammed Al Hajri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, HE Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director Information Security Operations, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, Ibrahim Ajami, Head of Mubadala Ventures, Peng Xiao, CEO of Group 42, and Selina Yuan, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International.
Panellists and speakers covered a range of topics over 10 keynote speeches. These included maximising the potential of cloud and AI, leveraging the internet to thrive in the new digital age, taking e-commerce to the next stage of growth, the startup and financial technology (FinTech) landscapes in the Middle East and Africa, and the online entertainment revolution in the region.
The MEA Internet Summit builds on Alibaba’s existing partnerships with over 30 local vendors across a variety of tech segments. In addition, the company invests in the development of UAE youth through its collaboration with Khalifa University that identifies opportunities in areas such as data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and cloud computing.
Selina Yuan, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International said, “This is an exciting time for internet companies across the globe, and lately we have seen a surge in the number of innovations spanning diverse domains – from retail to fintech and entertainment. At Alibaba Cloud, our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. We are proud of our role in helping enterprises expanding into some of the fastest-growing vertical markets through our proven technology capabilities, such as AI and machine learning.”
HE Saif Mohammed Al Hajri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi in his speech during the conference remarked, "Our economic policy and strategic plans not only see innovation as a technological aspect, but also believe in the importance of building people, their ability to innovate, and the transfer and application of knowledge to embody the principles of sustainability."