Event Topics

18th November 2019

08:00 – 08:30 Welcome & Registration


08:30 – 09:00 Ministerial Event Tour
The minister takes a tour of the venue, explores the exhibitions, and interacts with the participants.

09:00 – 09:05 Opening Speech
The Journey to become a Global Industrial Powerhouse: Government Initiatives in Industry 4.0
His Excellency Bandar al-Khorayef, Minister of Industry & Mineral Resources

A brief overview of Saudi Arabia's vision to become a global industrial powerhouse; why initiatives such as this event series is important towards achieving the vision, followed by the formal inauguration of the event.
His Excellency Bandar Al-Khorayef
Minister of Industry & Mineral Resources
09:05 – 09:10 Video
Factory Digitization in Saudi Arabia: The National Productivity Program

This video will give a brief overview of Saudi Arabia's government initiatives related to Industry 4.0 with special focus on the National Productivity Program (NPP). The video will highlight the progress of the program and how some of the early beneficiaries of the program are transforming their factories through the adoption of smart technologies.
Uwe Troeger
Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Digital Industries, Siemens Middle East
Joe Gerstl
Senior Director, GE Digital
Muthanna Abdulaziz Al Raqtan
CEO, Raqtan
Eng. Abdallah Obeikan
CEO, Obeikan Investment Group
Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, IDC

09:10 – 09:55 Panel Discussion - Government, Academia
Building the Future Factory: Harnessing the Opportunities and Tackling the Challenges

Manufacturers need to transform with the aid of digital technologies to thrive in digital economy. In this session the panelists will be discussing the following aspects on the topic:

• How is manufacturing changing globally? What are the implications to Saudi manufacturers?
• Saudi Arabia is aspiring to diversify its industrial sector, increase local value addition, as well as increase the overall productivity of the sector. How does technology help in achieving this vision?
• What are the key characteristics of a global manufacturing leader today?
• How matured are Saudi manufacturers in their digital transformation journey?
• How are technologies such as IoT, 5G, Cloud, AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, 3D printing changing the manufacturing value chain?
Uwe Troeger
Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Digital Industries, Siemens Middle East
Joe Gerstl
Senior Director, GE Digital
Muthanna Abdulaziz Al Raqtan
CEO, Raqtan
Eng. Abdallah Obeikan
CEO, Obeikan Investment Group
Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, IDC

09:55 – 10:30 Panel Discussion
Realizing the Industrial Vision: The Initiatives, Opportunities, and Challenges Saudi Arabia, as a nation, is going through a transformation and manufacturing is a major area of focus. The Kingdom strives to become a global industrial powerhouse. In this session esteemed panelists from government agencies, analyst firms, and academia discuss this vision touching upon the following aspects:

• What are the major initiatives the government is undertaking to realize the Kingdom’s vision for the industrial sector?
• How are initiatives such as NPP contributing to achieving the vision?
• A key focus area is the establishment of capacity-building centers around Industry 4.0 technologies. How is this progressing in Saudi Arabia? What is the role that KACST’s Innovation Center for Industry 4.0 (ICI4) is playing?
• What are the key opportunities the initiatives would bring to manufacturers as well as other stakeholders?
• What are the key challenges foreseen in achieving the vision?
• How can we work together to overcome these challenges and accelerate our journey towards excellence?

Eng, Khalid Al-Salem Director General at Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON”
Dr. Ibrahim Almojel
CEO, SIDF
Dr. Ahmed Hamdan Altheneyan Deputy Minister for Technology Development and Digital Capacities, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Hamza Naqshbandi
Country Manager, IDC Saudi Arabia & Bahrain

10:30 – 10:55 Keynote
Building the Future Factory Powered by Data

If the first and second industrial revolutions where fueled by steam and electricity, the fourth industrial revolution is fueled by data. To increase speed, agility, efficiency, and innovation in the digital economy, manufacturers will need to place data at the center of their processes. This session explores the topic through:

• The exponential growth of data availability in the factory environment as well as across the value chain
• The challenges and opportunities this data growth brings
• How to harness the power of the data to aid plant automation, strategic decision making, product innovation, and customer service?
• The rise of Digital Twins
Michael Newman
Executive Vice President, Siemens Ltd, Saudi Arabia

10:55 – 11:00 MODON - GE Digital Case Study Launch


IDC has written a case study on MODON’s National Productivity Program executed by GE Digital. This session marks the official launch of the case study as Hisham Bahkali President & CEO GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain hands over a copy of the case study to Eng. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem
Director General, MODON.

11:00 – 11:20 Keynote
A World of Sensors: Industrial IoT in Future Factories

A key objective of the manufacturer is to gather intelligence on the entire manufacturing value chain and know what happened, see what is happening, and predict what will happen. Today’s manufacturing environment is a world of sensors that has significantly enhanced the visibility across the value chain. This session will explore the topic of Industrial Internet of Things through:

• Understanding the proliferation of sensors into the manufacturing value chain
• How the technology is transforming various departments such as inventory management, field service operations, production, customer service?
• The key use cases enabled by IIoT such as asset management, preventive/predictive maintenance, autonomic operations, root cause analysis, quality and compliance, creating advanced simulations, offering value added services
Joe Gerstl
Senior Director, GE Digital

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee Break / Prayer

11:50 – 12:10 User Case Study Presentation
Digital Evolution of Miran Manufacturing

In this case study, we explore the digital Evolution of Miran Manufacturing. Miran manufacturing found itself in a dilemma: How to meet the ambitious strategy without major investment in capital or resources?
In this case study, we will share how the change started with a deep understanding of the business strategy required and, then, imagining the possible options to have substantial growth with those limitations. Without knowing it, Miran’s digital evolution (rather than transformation) began.
Muthanna Abdulaziz Al Raqtan
CEO, Raqtan
12:10 – 12:30 Keynote
Man with Machine: The Evolving Industrial Automation Landscape

Manufacturing had been one of the first sectors to embrace robotics into operations. This session will explore various aspects of the evolution of the concept from machines replacing humans to tackling the issue of employee empowerment through ‘augmented worker’. The session will touch upon aspects such as:

• The evolution of machines in the shop floor
• The emergence of a more collaborative environment covering technologies such as cobots, AR/VR
• “lights-out manufacturing” where factories are fully automated and require no human presence on-site
Rajesh Ramachandran
Chief Digital Officer – Industrial Automation Global, ABB

12:30 – 12:50 User Case Study presentation
Implementing Industry 4.0 for the Refinery of the future – Texmark Chemicals

Discussion will cover lessons learned in delivering Industry 4.0 technology solutions within a real-world environment as part of the Refinery of the Future project at the Texmark Chemicals facility in Houston, TX.

Topics include:
• New innovation models necessary for this new IIoT world.
• Partnering models required for success.
• Specific success stories associated with Connected Worker, Video-As-A-Sensor and Asset Integrity Solutions.
Kelly Ireland
Founder & CEO, CB Technologies

12:50 – 13:10 Keynote
Digital Supply Chain for Industry 4.0 – Connect Digitally to Perfect Reality

Consumers have more choice than ever. People are vocal, informed, always connected – they want to do business with companies that know them, stand for something good, and can give them what they want, now. The differences between those who will thrive in today’s experience economy vs those who could get left behind, come down to trust and speed. Companies that anticipate, create and fulfill demand fast will build customer trust, and succeed against their peers. The best way to make this dream a reality is to turn the supply chain into a competitive advantage – with a digital supply chain that seamlessly connects demand signals to the fulfillment engine – all the way from design to operate.
Abdul Hakeem
Head of Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Middle East and North Africa, SAP

13:10 – 13:45 Panel Discussion
Automation, Skills, & Infrastructure: Implications of Industry 4.0 on Manufacturers

The fourth industrial revolution is characterized by a network of things, and technologies, that work seamlessly with each other. In this session, the panelists will be discussing how these two trends are shaping up touching upon the following aspects:

• How are the changes in Manufacturing value chain affecting the network infrastructure? How is Saudi Arabia’s telecom network backbone enabling this transformation? How is 5G networks a game changer for Industry 4.0 and why manufacturing would be an early adopter of 5G?
• What is the impact of IIoT, edge computing on the networks? How is the threat landscape evolving and how do we manage network security?
• How is automation transforming the production floor? Are certain tasks being replaced with machines/robots? Or is it becoming a more collaborative environment which is increasing employee effectiveness rather than redundancy?
• How are business lines and job roles evolving with respect to these trends? How do we reskill or upskill the employees?
Dr. Ahmed A. Sindi
CEO, Dawiyat
Rajesh Ramachandran Chief Digital Officer – Industrial Automation Global, ABB
Samer M. Abdallah, PhD Head of KPMG Academy, KPMG Al Fozan & Partners
Dr. Heinz Pley
Managing Director and Partner Boston Consulting Group Middle East Office
13:45 – 14:40 Lunch Break / Prayer




14:40 - 15:00 Keynote
Modernizing Legacy Systems: The Gateway to Future Factory
Manufacturers are yearning to improve business agility, staff productivity, as well as to simplify and standardize IT infrastructure and applications. However, most manufacturers are still utilizing legacy ERP systems that can’t evolve fast enough. Modernizing your manufacturing ERP software is a critical step in every digital transformation journey. This session explores this topic touching upon the following aspects:

• Unlocking the potential of IIoT and AI through cloud
• Managing multiple cloud environments
• How cloud enables servitization - to provide value-add services that supplement their traditional product offerings.
Mohamed Mansour
Solution Consulting Director, Infor

15:00 – 15:20 Keynote
The Death of Perimeter: What does Industry 4.0 mean to Security?

The increasing number of devices, within and outside the factory; the various networks that enable it; as well as the extend of data shared poses some serious challenges to manufacturers with respect to security. The evolving threat landscape and focused attacks makes cybersecurity and physical security more prominent and complex. This session deals with:

• How security is moving beyond the walls of the facility
• The need for a holistic approach to security – the convergence of physical security and cybersecurity
• The data growth and world of sensors – what does it mean to security?
• How artificial intelligence is aiding the evolution of security management
Dr. Terence Liu
CEO - TXOne Networks, VP - Trend Micro

15:20 - 15:40 Keynote
Jidouka: taking a human-centered approach to digitalization

The current narrative surrounding digitalization is both dramatic and powerful but also misleading. Among all the dramatic statements, the key point is missed: the users, i.e. customers and the employees who endeavor to serve them.

“Jidouka” is taking a human centered approach to digitalization. This is the modern derivative of the well proven Japanese methodology otherwise known as Autonomation whereby the human is supported by the machine in the process. Employees collaborate to deliver value to customers through processes. Therefore, digitalization is most effective when it helps employees to understand how their processes are performing and why. Using 5 implementation steps, the Jidouka approach creates a faster path to real, sustainable implementation

Learning Points:
• Contradictions in the current Digitization narrative
• Digitization/Industry 4.0 in the KSA context
• Jidouka human centered approach to Digitization
• Results of combining Jidouka & Industry 4.0
Seif Shieshakly
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Four Principles

15:40 – 16:00 Keynote
Smart Industrial Cities: Creating the Ecosystem for Future Factories

The industrial cities and special economic zones have become hotbeds of manufacturing activities in Saudi Arabia. They will as well be the cornerstones for growth as the Kingdom moves towards achieving the ambitious plan to become a global industrial powerhouse. This session outlines how intelligent infrastructures are key in achieving the vision touching upon various aspects such as:
• How cutting-edge technologies are incorporated into building these greenfield cities
• The convergence of physical and digital infrastructure and the opportunities it provides
• How manufacturers can leapfrog in their future factory journey with pre-equipped future-ready infrastructure
Eng. Ayman Mansi
CEO, Industrial Valley

16:00 - 16:15 Keynote
Financing Industry 4.0

“Tanafusiya” Program which aims to enable factories to improve their operations by adopting digital transformation, using the latest technologies, increasing competitiveness in the industrial sector and encouraging factories to implement energy efficiency solutions and improve effectiveness to be align with the National Industry Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), one of 2030 programs.
Hamad Almofeez
Products and Partnerships Development Manager, SIDF

16:15 -16:30 Keynote
Smart Cities

• 4 steps to transforming your city
• The role of AI in your transformative journey
• How to enable technologies to create an innovative city
• Power and potential of analytics
Khaled Al Dhaher
Country Managing Director, Accenture Saudi Arabia

16:30 – 16:35 Closing Keynote
Transformation is a Journey, not a Destination
This session closes the event with a summary of the day followed by ‘what next’.
Eng, Khalid Al-Salem
Director General at Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON”

16:35 Event Closure